I totally understand how you feel. You are a talented, aspiring (or seasoned) actor that is simply ready to make your big break, but you're just not feeling it today. It's been a long haul and you're tired of it feeling like a struggle that you deserve to succeed in. It's a difficult career choice, for sure, I'm not going to lie to you. But with the right attitude, persistence, classes and a coach, you increase your chances of not just success but even with endurance.
Here's the problem. When you are discouraged, you are either not going to show up at an audition or you won't give your best when you get there. Let's be honest, that's not going to speed up your career. It will slow you down though. The best way to keep a fire burning? Fan the flames.
You've got to remember WHY you are doing this. What do you enjoy about acting? What do you get out of it? How does it make you feel when you're in your moment and element? Grab that feeling and remember why you want to keep up with it. No career choice is always easy and the creative ones have even more challenges at times.
Next, I want you to imagine how you would act if you WERE in the mood. How would you walk? How would your presence affect others in the room? Would you be magnetic? Would you WANT to be magnetic? How do you want to be seen and remembered? Embrace that and reclaim your talent and strength.
Lastly, remember how good it feels to do a great job. Failure feels terrible and success feels amazing - but only with the corresponding mindset. You need to remember what the joy of confidence and endurance feels like. Just like a workout, you don't always feel good in the middle of it, but you feel good and accomplished when you're done... and stronger in the long run.
We all have a hard time sticking to our goals sometimes. Discouragement happens to the best of us, but it's the people with optimistic drive and consistent action that win in the end.
If you want to be a winner, ACT like one.
Take classes, be coached, read books, study the best (and worst) and keep learning in humble and positive determination.
"If you don't become an actor, you won't become a factor" - Lupe Fiasco
From The New York Acting School for Film and Television, we invite you do dive into opportunity and see what you can really do.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
How to Act at an Audition When You're Just Not Feeling It
About Me: Mark West, head of the Acting School for Film and TV, also teaches "Acting For Film and Television" at The New School in New York City. Add my Google profile to your circles.
Posted by Mark West at 9:26 AM