Doing It Alone Is Expensive

Doing It Alone Is Expensive

Reach Out for Help and Invest in Your Training.   I have interviewed a number of aspiring actors and the common thread I have identified is the fear to invest 100% in the goal. Afraid they won’t make it, so they divide their focus between the goal and a back-up plan. If your goal was to be a doctor, you would focus 100% of your attention on becoming a doctor. Right? But, with actors, fear gets in the way. Perhaps because they have been told too often it is a difficult career to get into. Or, perhaps because they have not clearly defined the specific goal. The reason why is not important. In working with these aspiring actors, I have learnt: those that have backup plans need backup plans; and those who do not, do not need them because they achieve the goal. Their focus is 100% on the goal. Those who have no choice but to succeed as they have nothing else approach the work with a different mind frame – a more determined one. They are far more determined to identify the problem and find their own solutions to it. In order to achieve the dream you must not be afraid to invest in it and yourself. If you want to ensure you get there and want to get there quickly, then, like an athlete, you need to invest in training. And those who give over 100% to the training are the ones that really achieve. After all, what is the point of investing in the training if you are not going to take on board the...
Discover What Excites You

Discover What Excites You

In order to start making big, bold choices you need to first determine what excites and amazes you about the character. Ask yourself, what is the story that resonates with you about this character? What makes you the best person to tell the story because you understand it better than any one else? Make the most of what you have seen or experienced. What is the story you want to tell? Drawing attention to something that amazes, excites or stimulates you is often enough. If it fascinates you, it is likely to fascinate others. In his book “The Art of Creative Thinking”, Rod Judkins believes, “Creativity can be as simple as pointing out something incredible that everyone else hasn’t noticed.” Do your homework. Note down anything that excites you, no matter how small. If it left an impression on you, it will leave an impression on...
Lets Get Clear On The Dream

Lets Get Clear On The Dream

People need to be repeatedly reminded of their goals and reinforced in their efforts in order to progress. a) Choose the Dream / Goal You need to determine your focus so you can clearly see when you are off track, when an opportunity is right for you to pursue, and so you have clarity with regards to the people you want to bring on board to help you achieve your dream. The dream is the reason why you are doing it. It motivates you to keep moving forward. So before anything else you must get specific, very specific, about the dream. Most people, when you ask them to get specific about what they really want, feel uncomfortable discussing their goals/dreams or writing them down and in some cases feel that their dreams are stupid. You need to get comfortable and very specific. Your goal will guide you in making the right choices. It will keep you on track. It will motivate you when the work gets tough. b) Have a clear vision of what it looks like Write it up, or create a visual image of it by drawing it or even collaging it (where you cut out images from magazines that represent what you really want). c) Refer to it regularly Refer to it on a regular basis. As your relationship with your goal/dream develops, so does your determination to achieve it. As you begin to acknowledge how important it is to you, you begin to adopt that “do whatever it takes attitude”. The more you see the dream, the more achievable it seems. The dream keeps you...
Mastering Auditions

Mastering Auditions

Understand the value you bring before you start Often when new actors walk into an audition they believe they are there to please the panel. To show them that they are exactly what the panel wants them to be. Whatever that is! They believe they need to show how easy they are to get along with, what a great sense of humor they have and what an all round nice guy/gal they are. Afraid that the casting panel may not like certain attributes about their personality, the new auditionee “waters down” who they are and in fact almost completely loses their personality altogether. Remember it is your personality just as much as mastery of the craft that will get you the job. Your personality IS the draw card. Hiding your personality from the casting panel leaves the panel unsure as to what you will bring to the production. And besides, how can you be what you think they may want when you do not know what that is. Sometimes they aren’t really clear on that either. You are not a mind reader. Stand in your own power and confidently make them aware of who you are. They will thank you for it. It makes their job so much easier. So how can you ensure you bring YOU to the audition? a) Before the audition, sit down and list all the ways that you are right for this job. Identify attributes in your personality that you think the production team would benefit from by having you on board. This may mean some research into the production team and their mission...