Friday, 21 April 2017

Thoughts about my artefact

What is it?
I have chosen to create a short video documenting the process of my inquiry and the data found.  It will include participants responses and quotes from literature as well as different footage representing the different themes.

Who is my audience? 
I want to appeal to fellow BAPP students and acting practitioners.

I decided to map out what my video will include.  I want to accurately represent the process of my inquiry and the participants responses.  Throughout my literature and when gathering data key themes surfaced. I plan to include each one in my artefact.

It would be great to hear other people's opinions on my artefact! Please comment with any suggestions...

Summary of main project findings

Main project findings...
  • The link between professional and personal life.  The negative impact ones professional life can have on personal life i.e. drawing on past personal experiences can mean the actor may not have control of their emotional state or a character can draw up past “issues” that have not been fully healed.
  • Vulnerability is essential in acting all participant’s interviewed agreed.   However they explained that sometimes it is not fully committed too in acting due to the risk of over exposure.   In order to be truly vulnerable in acting the actor must be vulnerable in their personal life.
  • Childlikeness – the idea of constant risk taking, a level of curiosity in everything one does, which is natural for a child however as one grows up they lose these qualities, which are very important in the acting craft.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Module 3: Artefact and Oral Presentation with Adesola

The final session of Module 3! Where did the time go?!

  • We need to show that we have done what we previously said we would do in Module 2.
  • We need to explain what we planned to do and what actually happened.
  • Need to be able to speak about what we came to feel/understand having had the experience of completing the inquiry.  

As we are all in practice we don't usually tell each other things through writing or essays.  So we are given the chance to tell exactly the same information through a different means.  

The word artefact means thing, a professional thing.  We are going to hand in a written thing and a professional thing.  The thing is still the same it is the inquiry.

The artefact is not the answer/solution of the inquiry.  It is not the end product.  It is the inquiry.  It needs to explain:
  • Why I did it?
  • What did I do?
  • What methods did I use?
  • What did the data say?
  • What are the themes?
My inquiry came about because I wanted to explore the acting craft and literature pointed to the need of vulnerability in acting - so this needs to be present in the inquiry.  

Oral Presentation...
The oral presentation is a chance to defend your inquiry.  We spoke about the need to explain the inquiry and not assume that the audience knows your topic or field of practice. Like the artefact the oral presentation is another way of presenting the inquiry.

How has BAPP influenced my next steps?
Massively! At present I am waiting to audition for Masters courses.  The idea of a Masters came from my inquiry as the more I learned about acting and the need to continually develop, the more I want to know!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Campus Session 10.04.17 with Paula

The campus session was thinking through the final writing for each module. We discussed different samples of writing and our preferences - explaining why we found one more attractive than the other.  We spoke about the need to look at other pieces of literature to then allow it to influence your own. 

When reading through the samples I realized how I was naturally finding correlation between the literature and my inquiry.  This is something that I have been doing throughout Module 3 and now it has become second nature.  I spoke about my inquiry and Paula asked how my theories argued for and against.  The theories used in my inquiry have influenced my practice and allowed me to theorize my practice. 

We also discussed the need to make recommendations i.e. this is what I found out and this is what I feel should happen...

The library session was very insightful! I wish I had found out about the Harvard shortcut in Module 1! Using the different punctuation really helped narrow the search for literature and ensured the literature had greater relevance. 

Listening to the Module 1 students made me reflect on how much Module 1 has molded where I am now.  The tasks on reflection allowed me to use my journal in greater depth and made me view different perspectives.  The tasks on Web 2.0 stressed the need for online connection - in Module 3 I have been tweeting my blogs and connecting with other acting practitioners, something that would not have been possible without twitter!

Throughout writing it is essential to look for the meaning and reflecting on how it is meaningful to you.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

SIG: Lizzie Bell

Lizzie and me caught up over the phone: we discussed different aspects of Module 3 and what stage we are both in.

I can't believe how close we are to finishing - it is quite surreal! I have spent the past few days in libraries and coffee shops trying to piece together the critical review so my brain felt pretty hazy!

The artefact is a great way for us to present our inquiry visually we spoke about the suggestion of Lizzie incorporating the room idea Adesola mentioned in the coffee shop this week. The idea that because the audition process is set in a room: the artefact could be set there.  When discussing this I immediately though of a task in Module 1 where we had to journal as if we were different objects i.e. Reflecting from the perspective of a chair or headband. Lizzie could use different objects in the room to show a different perspective of the audition.

For my artefact I plan to write and perform a monologue about vulnerability in acting using opinions and interpretations gathered from my data.

It was great to catch up with Lizzie and we plan to speak again next week with an update of how we are getting on!

Evaluation of my processes for doing the inquiry

In my inquiry the main tools used were surveys, interviews, and literature.  Previously in module 2 I reflected on the merits and limitations of the different tools presented. From this task I decided to opt to use interviews and surveys as I thought this would prove most appropriate due to the nature of my inquiry. 


My inquiry looked at professionals interpretations of a "good" actor, vulnerability in acting and personal experiences of ones moral compass being challenge.   

Conducting interviews meant I was able to hear the information first hand.  In module 2 I wrote:
 “The tool I think will be most appropriate for my inquiry is an interview.  I will explore the different types, so far I am thinking that it will be semi structured with set questions but with space to allow the participant to wander a little and connect more to the question.  In my inquiry I would love to conduct them face to face however this could be problematic due to busy schedules and commitments therefore I am uncertain that it would be feasible so will look at conducting them through Web 2.0 platforms such as Skype or telephone communication.   I am keener to use a qualitative approach, as I want people’s opinions and thoughts” (Vickers, 2016).

Face to face interviews were virtually impossible and I also didn’t take into consideration that I would want to audio record them so a quieter background was essential.  The scheduling of the interviews proved most problematic.  Finding the best time for the interviewees and making sure the interview didn’t need to be rush.  Another implication was connection: sometimes the connection would be weak so the interview had no video just voice.  It made quite a difference and I feel participants found it easier to converse about personal experiences when a video call was used.

One interviewee answered very cryptically throughout the interviews.  No matter how much I reassured him that he's name would not be used he still would speak more broadly and struggled to give much detail.

When interviewing I chose not to make notes as I wanted the participant to feel comfortable as I was asking about personal experiences.  I decided to audio record the interview and type up the interviews after to use for the analysis.  

“You should expect to receive approximately 20 per cent response rate from a postal questionnaire and 50 per cent face to face delivery” (Reader 6, 2016).  The response to the survey was very disappointing many replied saying that they had completed it but when I would then check to analyse  the response rate had not gone up!  I sent the survey out via Facebook messenger asking actors to complete and aid my inquiry. Although the response rate was low I was still able to collect data online, which has been use in my analysis. 
"Using a survey in my inquiry allows me to gather data from industrial professionals working abroad that have little Wi-Fi" (Vickers, 2016).   
A merit of using a survey was that i professionals that could not be interviewed because they could not guarantee internet connection for the length of the interview were able to complete a survey.


Overall conducting the inquiry using these tools has been beneficial.  I have learned a lot from fellow actors and have been intrigued by different experiences within the craft. Through the interviews I have been able to learn about methods other actors use in their practice and how they draw the line between personal and professional life.   The knowledge gained through this inquiry has influenced my current and future practice.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Third Coffee Shop with Adesola

Adesola explained that the inquiry is something that manifests rather than being mechanical.  I definitely agree my inquiry has not been systematic and has explored routes that I did not intend to. 

Timing - Interviewing participants was very time consuming and it was hard to get a date in the diary! I would have loved to interview more participants as it was so interesting listening to fellow actors experiences and opinions.

The journey of the inquiry is like a seesaw.  Constantly going back and forth gaining more and more momentum.  The journal reflects this, as is always a working progress.  It is at the core of our studies on BAPP and a good resource to go back to.

I asked how others were putting their analysis together.  I have read a lot of literature about how to draft an analysis but I was interested to hear others opinions and methods.  Lawrence mentioned the idea of putting it into bowls, breaking it down into chunks with commonalities.  I have taken this approach and used a thematic approach throughout my literature and analysis.  Reviewing the literature aided finding themes and influenced my surveys and interviews. 

BAPP is a learning experience and reflecting on the whole experience including the trials and obstacles is essential in the critical reflection.

The artefact is another way of presenting our inquiry - it is not just an umbrella it needs to encompass all of the information.  It needs to be relevant to my practice and fit in with the context of my inquiry. 

This session was useful and has helped me visualize the analysis process.  I will re read my analysis and think about the different bowls and chunks!