From the Author
Shakespeare's famous words "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women are merely players" help to reveal the secrets of both life and the arts. The ages of 18-25 are often called the time of Discovery and Transition. Before, during, and for years after this period, I never realistically thought of life beyond "the stage" or certainly my role in it. Life "beyond the stage" not only was something something I didn't have a clue about as an actor, it was also something I really didn't want to face. And I think if I'm being really honest with myself here, I was somebody I didn't want to face. It is my observation that many people (whether they are involved in theater or not) often suffer from a central belief of "not being good enough." We seldom stop to ask ourselves "good enough for who?" and this core belief often translates as "never having enough." Often it is the fiercely ambitious actor striving for recognition who suffers the most from the deleterious effects of this core delusion. From my own experience, the majority of an actor's formal training focuses predominately on the refining of the stage character-- but what about the actor's character off-stage? What is the role of the actor in the drama of "real life?" It is my belief that if the actor/artist/performer were to change the way they feel about and see themselves in the world-- not only on stage but in the entire business of living-- that such an experience can be highly transformational.
For years after graduating Juilliard and stepping into the role of arts educator, I've believed that there is a vital missing piece in the training and education of the artist and it has been my personal mission as an educator, author, and a performer to help create an awareness of this essential and powerful ingredient. I give you Faces On My Wall, a novel to help transmit these ideas and to raise personal awareness for those on the path of performance art. Seen through the eyes of a teenager named Jamey Fuller who struggles to maintain the integrity of his "voice" while being an actor in New York, Faces On My Wall is about facing one's own fears and insecurities, as well as the realities of life, and ultimately about facing and celebrating ourselves as we really are. At the end of the book, there are few questions I feel address the importance of being aware of the "roles" we all play, not just as actors on the stage, but as human beings in life.
I hope you can embrace each stage in your role as a human being, as it unfolds, in the grand stage of this life, so that your voice continues to grow very, very loud and wholeheartedly you.