How Memorization Revolutionized My Spiritual Life

Real change happens from the inside out.

Mitch Teemley

stage-fright1Connecting With God, Part 5

(To read Part 1, click here)

I’ve been acting ever since the 6th Grade Talent Show. So you’d think I’d be pretty good at memorization.

Nope.

Memorization was always the thorn in my theatrical side, and the cause of a couple of serious on-stage meltdowns. So when, in the fall of 2013, I was offered the talky lead role in an independent film, The Do-Over,* I gleefully pumped my fist, and then went and had a panic attack.

Just days before filming began,“Father Abraham!” popped into my head. Not the Jewish patriarch, but the kid’s song of the same name, famous for its silly gestures. So I began making up goofy hand signals to go with my lines—not to perform on film, godforbid, just to help with the memorization process.

It worked! First day on set, my leading lady, a wonderful actress…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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One Response to How Memorization Revolutionized My Spiritual Life

  1. This seems like a good idea. I’m gonna try it. 🙂

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