Originally Posted by natasha obrien
Hi there, just browsing the internet and came accross your comment! I am the adult girl that you commented on in the film. I normally wouldn't reply but have to inform you that your comment is unfounded. With such low budget and limited time, I did what was asked of me by the director. It is not up to you how the script should be interprated and being an actor yourself you should know its up the director. Thanks for the comments on my daughters acting though9 (VERY PROUD), she has never even takin a class but in all fairness are ya judging a 6 yr olds acting anyway! IF I had interprated the script wrong, i trust the director would have infomed me, that's his job, not yours. You could wreck an actors self confidence when they are only starting out making the jump from a strong theatre career to film with such negative comments. Its clear you didn't get the ending and then the realisation of why my character was the way she was would have been clear to u. I enjoyed working with the director he was a pure gentleman. Take care
I’m sorry you feel the way you do, and my intent is never to intentionally hurt anyone’s feelings. This forum is an open forum, mostly used to share and critique work. Many of us speak very freely about what needs improvement or what they like.
The first thing an actor needs to learn is how to take criticism—it seems you have taken a major blow from a harmless statement. In fact, I never even said you were BAD…did I? I simply said I thought the young girl understood the tone of the film…she simply was more believable to me. This is in no way saying you’re bad, in fact I think you did just fine…it was mainly a compliment to the young girl.
And I know about low budget and constraints...I live it every weekend on set. This does not, and should never excuse a bad performance (not that you had one).
If you are so offended by my honest and fair critique, then maybe you should think of another line of work. Actors need to have thick skin…they need to learn from their previous projects, and learn from the critiques or reviews they receive. Flaming someone for a very indirect, honest critique is not something a professional actor should get in the habit of.
Also, yes there is a part of a performance that can be owned by the director…but it didn’t look like you were asked to do anything outlandish, out of left field, or incredibly uncomfortable…I don’t think, in this case, your performance should be finger pointing to the director. You owned your own performance. You as an actor, and the character you created shown through. You didn’t do a bad job, and should not have been so sensitive about it. But just because someone gives you a less than glowing review, you shouldn’t blame the direction you received. Again, another bad habit to get into as an actor.
Everything I’m saying is not meant to hurt you…I’m simply being honest. This is the place to do that. Would you rather hear an honest critique here, so you can better yourself for your next performance? Or would you rather never hear anything…and continue on unknowing?
I thought my critique was actually quite easy-going compared to some of the things you can hear in this business.