Sunday, April 12, 2015

Crazy/Beautiful.....The price of being an Actor and the artistic mind

        Being an actor and stepping into your role is not always easy and the mind of the actor is often chaotic with unshed tears and emotions. The best actors pull from these emotions and even better actors push those emotions deep down to transform into their role. Happy to sad. Sad to happy. Happy, sad to crazy and back again. No wonder actors crack at astounding rates.

        What is even harder is to photograph this transformation in 3 pictures or less. One day, I will catalog the whole process. The night before, Chloe Blake and I stayed up late, talking through some of these emotions and she was gracious enough to let me in. We each sat in an easy chair across from each other and I snapped away through the pauses in our conversation about our anxiety and depression. Who wants the world to see your inner demons through the lens? She did and I will always be grateful.

April 8, 2015. April Chloe Hite deep in thought about the different struggles of Depression and how it affects her life as a mother, daughter and actor. This was shot at The Inn at The Hampstead in Glen Arbor, Michigan 

April 9, 2015. Even though the environment was posed, the struggle is real for April Chloe Hite. With depression and anxiety comes medication, coffee to combat the bone-deep tiredness from the medication. The life of an actor can be a series of generic hotel rooms that only serve as a place to read lines and sleep until the next scene.  

April 9, 2015. Always multitasking, one-half of her face is done, interrupted by the phone. A metaphor for her life.

April 8, 2015 April is never without her lashes.

April 8, 2015. The transformation is complete, but which picture is the most beautiful?
The headshot is taken outside next to the ski-lift machine house at The Hampstead in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

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