Applying The Actors’ Vow
The Actors’ Vow by Elia Kazan is an empowering message to be taken by all. The stage is not the only place the world needs to hear the authentic you in full display. Enjoy this message. Take it to heart. And, most importantly, apply it in your life so the world may benefit by coming to know the real you.
The Actors’ Vow
I will take my rightful place on the stage
And I will be myself.
I am not a cosmic orphan,
I have no reason to be timid.
I will respond as I feel; awkwardly, vulgarly,
I will have my throat open.
I will have my heart open.
I will be vulnerable.
I may have anything or everything
The world has to offer,
But the thing I need most,
And want most, is to be myself.
I will admit rejection, admit pain, admit shame,
Admit outrage, admit anything and
Everything that happens to me.
The best and most human parts of me are
Those I have inhabited and hidden from
I will work on it.
I will raise my voice.
I will be heard.
This is a beautiful poem and I’m thankful to have found it. My daughter is trying out for a role in her middle school play this week and I am going to print it and put it in her backpack to surprise her. It really spoke to me, and I hope it does her as well.
Thanks for sharing it!
That is so cool! She must have been very surprised and moved. What a great Mom.