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Actor's Studio Questionnaire

The Pivot Questionnaire
("Inside Actor's Studio" Questions)
These 10 questions originally came from a French series, "Bouillon de Culture" hosted by Bernard Pivot.
They're better known as the questions that James Lipton asks every guest at the end of "Inside the Actor's Studio" show.

Please answer in my "comments" space.


What is your favorite word?
(other than love: REPARTEE)

What is your least favorite word?
(PEDOPHILE - the fact of their existence)

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
(brilliance, angels, compassion, generosity, and stephan)

What turns you off?
(arrogance, stupidity, incompetence, see "Bush, George W.")

What is your favorite curse word?
(SHEISSE! - pronounced SHICE-uh - German for "shit."

What sound or noise do you love?
(cat's purring, children's laughter, ocean waves, thunderstorms)

What sound or noise do you hate?
(flies buzzing, leafblowers, grass cutters, electric saws, frogs being attacked by my cat - sound like babies in pain)

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
(i wish i had the talent to be a painter, would love to buy and refurbish old houses, and wonder what might have happened had i pursued my music career.)

What profession would you not like to do?
(i would hate to have to be a factory worker, work in a sewer, or have anything to do with garbage.)

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
(Come on in, your house and hot bath are ready, your family and friends are waiting to see you, and the dolphins are looking forward to swimming with you every day.)

Comments

What is your favorite word?

Revolution. (No, it's not my favorite word, but it's the first one that came to me. It feels good on the tongue, and its meaning is important.)

What is your least favorite word?

Republican. No wait, Fundamentalist Christian. No, that's just a phrase. I know: Stupid.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Nature, sex, a good argument, crying or laughing.

What turns you off?

Daily doldrums. Not getting hugs when I need them.

What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck. Fuck! Fuckfuckfuckfuckityfuckfuck.

What sound or noise do you love?

My child's laughter, windchimes, hard rain against my windowpane, frogs croaking in the night, waterfall/ocean sounds, whale cries.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Metal scraping against metal, porcelain, or teeth.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Comic artist, ambassador, madame of a brothel, choreographer, casting director, decorator, empress of a small island of debauchery.

What profession would you not like to do?

Garbage man, factory/warehouse work, Bush's lackey.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I'd like her to act like a mom picking me up from my Kindergarten: "How was school? Did you have fun, make lots of friends? So, what did you learn? Do you have a crush on anyone? I'm so proud of you, I created this kitten for you. O, and I asked some of your friends if they'd like to come over for a playdate. Is that all right with you?"
Note on an answer above: "argument" is intended in the sense of a logical discussion, not a verbally abusive fight.
I liked your answers, especially God's words. Yes, "revolution" suits you. :)

Dropping by via your daughter


What is your favorite word?
(Eviscerate. I know it's a horrible concept, but it's a really fun word to say. Roll it around on your tounge. It's rich and descriptive and has neat hissing sounds in it that bring out the horror behind it.)

What is your least favorite word?
(Deadbeat. I think it's one of the most offensive things you can call someone.)

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
(Lisa. Rainstorms. Intelligence. Glasses. Craftsmanship. Futurism. Outer Space.)

What turns you off?
(Ignorance. Unreasonable hatred. Badly bleached hair and the culture that's risen up around Paris Hilton and her anorexic friends.)

What is your favorite curse word?
(Fuck is the most useful word in the English language. Followed closely by Alter Kaker and the Quebecois "Tabernac!")

What sound or noise do you love?
(Raindrops. A well tuned car. Cellos. The little purr Lisa makes when I'm about to kiss her. The half purr, half meow my cat makes when she finds something interesting. Old typewriter keys or early computer keyboards that were made from typewriter keyboards.)

What sound or noise do you hate?
(flies buzzing, computer error noises, books ripping, car crashes, shrill and high pitches)

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
(Writing.)

What profession would you not like to do?
(I can't imagine willingly working in marketing or sales.)

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
(Oh. Hey, you did a good job. Come in. Sorry about the things people were doing in my name.)

Re: Dropping by via your daughter

Interesting responses. :) I agree, "eviscerate" is a rich word. I also like "epiphany," "effervescence," and "evanescence." Thanks for posting!
hello there, my name is Seth and I live in Michigan and I just came across your LJ, thought this was weird so i decided to share it with you: My girlfriend's name is betsy bogert too! Elizabeth Bogert, Betsy for short. Her LJ username is "thenarcoleptic"
Interesting! We must be related somehow - though perhaps quite distantly. Still, there aren't that many "Bogerts" in the U.S. (I was born in New York and raised in New Jersey, even though I live in Germany now.) I always wanted to be an "Elizabeth," but my parents actually named me with the nickname "Betsy." I do feel narcoleptic sometimes, too though. :)
do you know if you're related to humphrey bogart? b/c betsy's family is. I wonder if you two act similarly too.. wouldnt that be crazzy? what part of new jersey? my sister's friend jesse is from new jersey. she stays with us for months at a time, and new jersey is kind of small.. maybe you know her
not that i know of, though my father (vincent bogert) did meet him once. they talked about the similarities in their names and bogart said, "i spell mine with an 'a'." :)

i lived in northern new jersey - alpine/demarest area, not far from george washington bridge.

i don't know anyone named jesse though. :)