Acting

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Theater Thursday: Jack the Ripper

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

The third post in this series will explore my first large-scale production in Brainerd Community Theater's Fall of 2013 show Jack the Ripper: The Monster of Whitechapel, in which I played Dr. Forbes Winslow...

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Theater Thursday: Dearly Departed

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought. So this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside.

For the second post in this series, we'll be looking at my first on-stage performance as the character Ray Bud in the show Dearly Departed, which was put on in the late summer of 2013...

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Theater Thursday: Acting 101

Acting hasn't been a part of my life for too long, but in the last few years it has been incredibly influential and undeniably eye-opening. As someone who constantly downplays his own successes and skills in an effort to never deny the opportunity to improve, I do recognize that I am composed of some measure of talent when it comes to performing on stage. And as I approach my eleventh production in almost five years, the conversations I've had and the memories I've shared with my theater family have made me realize I don't remember all of my previous productions as well as I had thought.

And so this blog series seeks to delve deep into the experiences I've had thus far, as few as they may be when compared to those my many people I've acted beside. Every Thursday for the first couple months of Spring, 2018, we'll be looking back at my history with Brainerd Community Theater, and how it has helped to shape and define what it means to be Nicholas Kory.

For the first post in this series, there is no better place to begin than my final semester of my two-year degree at Central Lakes College, in the Spring of 2013...

Writing

Leveling Up: Dealing with the Feeling of Inadequacy

I like to think that I'm a fairly optimistic and level-headed guy. I won't deny that there are days when my head seems totally in the clouds, and this generally happens when I'm either about to start a new project, or when I'm just finishing a current one. The desire to see it, and anything I do, soar with all the potential I know it has is strong, and it doesn't take long before I'm overwhelmed with the dreams of seeing the books line shelves in stores they will likely never see, resting on coffee tables they will likely never touch, and be followed by other books, toys, movies and television shows that will honestly never happen. I hate my work when I'm doing it, but when I'm done, it tends to be the best thing in the world to me.

And yet, the last few days, I have felt marred by an undeniable sense of inadequacy; a worry that my work isn't worth sharing, or even completing. It's a strong feeling, and while I can pinpoint what fanned its small spark into a roaring flame, it's much more difficult to pick out what caused the spark in the first place.