Know Thyself

jumpMuch like how we go through life…we are not always all that self-aware.

You may have glimpses of blinding clarity, but most of the time, we’re too busy getting on with living our lives to stop and introvert into that thought for very long without going completely nuts.  Besides, you’d never come up with the whole picture no matter how hard you tried.  There would still be so much missing from the equation because we’re simply too close to it.

Distance is a remarkable thing.  We are not only “in it,” we are “of it,” if I can be so bold as to philosophize that far.

This is one (of so many reasons) why I challenged the usefulness of the American Method acting approach.  If we’re trying to establish every fine line and detail regarding the individual character, and what they would and would not do, certainly even the character, if they were a real person, would never be able to completely answer or determine all the minutiae the method actor spends so much time and effort developing.  The character would be too busy living their life or caught up in the conflict of the story, they would lack the benefit of distance to stop and even consider these details.

Sometimes it’s just best to surrender to not knowing—that’s usually when you discover the most.

You still have a whole lot of work as a talent that requires your attention beyond agonizing over every minute motivation.  Sometimes it’s the lightest brush strokes that create the greatest effects.

Keep it simple.

In acting, like life, there are times it’s abundantly clear, and then, at that very moment, it crests and you suddenly find you’re reinventing the wheel all over again.

What’s required of you is to embrace the change as it comes.

Now there’s a challenge in and of itself.

If you honestly don’t have any idea of how you are perceived in the industry or who would have a call for your type, then we have some work to do.

The answer is the same whether you know where you book or not, whether you’re fully aware of your type or not.  The answer is to make yourself fully accessible to commercial work, both in on-camera and voiceover.

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