“There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors”: Why This Isn’t True and What To Do About It

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Kerry Hishon

"There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors": Why This Isn't True and What To Do About It

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “There are no small parts, only small actors” before. We often tell this to young actors who have received their role in a show, counted their lines (ugh!) and have discovered that their friend has 36 lines while they only have 4. They truly have a small part.

If you are doing Romeo & Juliet and are the Apothecary, you have a small part. However, your part is still vital to the show. Without you, Romeo doesn’t get his poison and the ending is totally different. (For the better, actually… maybe we should re-write the show without the Apothecary!)

Just because your role is small, does not make it unimportant. If you fully commit to your character and know exactly why he/she is there in that scene at that time, you’ll be able to make each moment count. Your role could be the turning point…

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