Authenticity is a concept and goal I learned a lot about as an actor and Stand Up Comedian. My acting coach, a great guy Victor D'Altorio taught me the Meisner Method by Sanford Meisner. The Meisner Method's main tenet is being who you are under imaginery circumstances. The thing which seemed very simple at first glance, but proved to be utterly, painfully hard is knowing who you are in order to allow yourself the flexibility and plasticity to be imbued with the state of someone else. Acting, great acting is a sacrifice of the soul of the actor in order to be brave enough to bring a character, a thought, or an idea to life. I think that is why some actors fall victim to drugs, or drinking because the trip to one's authentic self is a perilous one; as well as the trip to the soul of a character. I think of Rober Downey Jr. as I write this. You in essence become those persons. They inhabit you and their demons as well. I learned alot from Victor. On stage as a Stand Up Comedian, the audience can tell immediately (depending on how many drinks have been served) if you are authentic or not. Again, that type of performance calls for you to know who you are and what you are, and what you want people to see. Authenticity is f*cking HARD. Which brings me to my next point. I'm thinking about authenticity and being authentic more and more these days. Particularly when it comes to electing the next President. I like Barack Obama. He seems authentic to me. He appears to hold the promise of freshness of perspective, intelligence, and ideas. He by his persona and manner, offers hope. He is not an actor! He is real in a society, a culture that gleams it's reality through the un-reality of Reality shows! I signed up at his website:www.BarackObama.com, and now I'm in the fundraising mode. This (fundraising) is something that I have never attempted before. I vote religiously. I think and talk about issues. But, I can't remember when I went on the line to try to raise monies for a politician and/or candidate. And money is what I pledged to raise to the tune of $100.000. This seems a monumental task. But, in a way, I think not. What may be more monumental is if I do not attempt this seemingly impossible task, to further the integrity, principles, and values of our great nation. In the world right now, I believe that the America I thought I belonged too, is a joke. I grew up in the Kennedy era. I was a child but the notion and influence of that time remains within me. The notion that individually, we are stronger than we know. That collectively, we can change the world...for the better, without destroying it first. I believe that. I believe in Mr. Obama to guide us, as a collage, a nation of disparate, yet beautiful elements, to our greatest good. There is still time, there is still hope. I BELIEVE!Please join me in raising funds not really for OUR future, but for the futures of our children, and their children and their children's children. It is not about us other than what we will proactively do to ensure a future, instill hope, and nurture integrity...once again.Now the shameless plug: (Hell, it is a marketing site too!)My book, 'Notes From the MotherShip ~ Naked Invisibles' will be out September 2007, from Chase & Wunderlick Publishers. A portion of the sale of the book will be donated to the Obama Campaign Fundraising.WE CAN DO THIS! OVER A MILLION IN SALES!You know, it feels good to be aligned to a cause that may change the way the world looks not only at me but us as a nation! I almost feel like little Ruby Bridges taking those steps into that Louisiana elementary school (okay, that may be a bit much) but somehow, it (this action on my part) does feel powerful! It is empowering! And, it is authentic!Respectfully,Adrienne Zurub, author/speaker/actor./comedian/pOet/RNPLEASE HELP ME BY DONATING AND/OR CONTACTING ME AT:this squidoo lenses, send me blurb, email me, just holla!http://www.adriennezurub.comhttp://www.myspace.com/notesfromthemothershiphttp://www.adriennezurub.com/typepad.comAND I WILL SELL OVER ONE MILLION BOOKS!