Daily Prompt: Inside the Actor’s Studio

On the interview show Inside the Actors’ Studio (which I’ve never seen, but is the impetus for today’s daily prompt), host James Lipton asks each of his guests the same ten questions. What are your responses?

  • What is your favorite word?     I like the word accordingly. I feel the need to explain myself,  to explain my thinking and actions, and this word comes in handy during situations where this is required, especially when writing business letters.
  • What is your least favorite word?     Jesus Christ, when used as an interjection or exclamation, is an indication of  insensitivity, or, worse, immaturity or ignorance.
  • What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?     Enthusiasm will get me thinking creatively, whether it is my own or someone else’s. The incredible beauty of nature and the adaptations of its species ignites my spirituality. I am moved emotionally when I sense, even briefly, that I matter, that I am essential to someone’s well-being, when there is evidence that I inspired someone to want to change or make a difference. I am equally moved when I sense my insignificance in the grand scheme of things.
  • What turns you off?     People who overly project themselves on others or into a normal social setting turn me off. It could be a smell–cigarette smoke, perfume, body odor; a loud voice or car stereo; an out of control or excessively active body; or stepping, uninvited, into my personal space.
  • What is your favorite curse word?     I get a kick out of strings of profanity that people let loose when they are completely frustrated:  “Goddamnmotherfuckinpieceofmotherfuckinshit…” When I am at my wit’s end, I deliberately spew one of these and it always makes me smile and lightens up the situation. A perfect example is the scene in A Christmas Story when the 1940s dad crashes down the basement stairs to do battle with the furnace. Black smoke poofs through the vent into the kitchen where the wife and children sit, stunned, as he “weaves a tapestry of obscenity that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”
  • What sound or noise do you love?     I love the sound of silence. Not complete silence (is there such a thing?), but the silence that compels you to listen to all those sounds that your brain typically filters out–the wind, the hum of the refrigerator, the breaths of your child. Another type of silence is that which enables one to get completely lost in thought, lost to their surroundings, listening only to that  in the mind. And then there’s the sound of a comfortable silence, when I’m with someone who totally gets me, who already understands what I’m feeling and no words are needed. This is the sound that often comes along for the ride on a road trip through beautiful country.imagesCAR97PPJ
  • What sound or noise do you hate?     I hate the sound of silence. The sound of no talking, no interacting, no taking chances. The silence that follows a one-word answer. The silence that understates your value. It is the sound of walking on eggshells, of tiptoeing around passive aggression, of resentment. This was the predominant noise in my house for too many years.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?     I would do well with any career that recognizes initiative, rate of production, and results and compensates accordingly.
  • What profession would you not like to do?     I have no interest in touching strangers’ bodies or hair. I would, therefore, not enjoy hands-on medical work, styling hair, or giving pedicures.
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?     Come on in and you will see that everyone is here. You were right to believe that I would welcome everyone.


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. farfetchedfriends
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 18:43:07

    Loving the last two, Randee!
    I love love LOVE teeth but could never be a dentist or a dental hygienist. Not just the touching people, but the constant saliva. 🙂


  2. Valerie
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 19:29:59

    Haha, your strings of profanity made me laugh! I love A Christmas Story, can’t wait to watch it again this year. Haha


  3. Lynette d'Arty-Cross
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 01:53:23

    Great post!


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    Nov 13, 2013 @ 05:39:44

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  5. Billybucb
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 13:52:43

    I’ll just answer the first question…my favorite word is love….for obvious reasons.

    Next favorite word…quintessential…it just flows off of the tongue, don’t you think?


    • Randee
      Nov 13, 2013 @ 20:32:02

      Quintessential is lovely. I love almost any Q word, now that you mention it. Would have loved to have named a daughter Quinn, but it didn’t sound that great with our last name.


  6. Deborah
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 06:36:12

    I love how you use the varying shades and interpretations of silence. Silence comes in many sizes. Some are quite comfortable, and some are excruciating. Your post certainly is a great reminder of that. 🙂


    • Randee
      Nov 14, 2013 @ 07:31:16

      Yes, I liked how that turned out, too. Something I surely didn’t know I was thinking until it was written. You know how that goes.


      • Deborah
        Nov 14, 2013 @ 17:18:31

        Yes, definitely! It’s like you can’t wait to see what you are thinking because you discover it as you’re writing. I wish I could get my students to understand that! 🙂

  7. scoobyclue
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 16:18:08

    First I’m stealing this. Secondly, I love your answer to your least favorite sound — things unsaid, that heavy tension that goes with an arguement when both parties might want to say something but don’t.


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