Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When Discouragement Hits: An Uplifting Message To Actors Everywhere

When Discouragement Hits: An Uplifting Message To Actors EverywhereWhen you're an actor, you don't always feel good.  It's easy to get discouraged because whether or
not you get a job depends on what people think of you. That's understandable. It's uncomfortable to feel you are being rejected.  People everywhere want to know that they matter.  You and I are not different in that matter.  We love being appreciated and seen for the people we really are! 
There are clear sets of experiences that you like to feel and a set of experiences that you don’t like to feel.  This is part of being human. 
We’ll call the sensation that you don’t like to feel – discomfort.
Most of us go to great lengths to avoid experiencing discomfort, especially when it comes to rejection. (Actors - performers in general - are at risk for the pains of rejection because their talent and self expression are so personal.  It's YOU.  Your body language, your voice and your skill.)
But avoiding those attempts can lead to much worse results:
You will set up your day for discouraging, self-defeating, downright abusive-no-good-for-nothing-”I stink” thoughts. This will get you no where.
Here’s the thing.  I think you KNOW you are talented and can get the success in your career you want and deserve.  But here's how it works…
All attention has to go somewhere, so we might as well make it good. 
We can choose to feel the atoms and cells in our body swirling, pulsating, and vibrating (which many people label as fear, anxiety, nervousness - discomfort) or suppress those body sensations and end up listening to our mind telling is that we’re not good enough.  It's better to feel the temporary intensity of the body in the moment – and then begin to notice the garbage our mind produces when it is not in an active inspiration mode. .... Active Inspiration Mode.  Are you ready for *that* secret?
You are a creative!  This means inspiration is your fuel.  (not motivation)  We can all be motivated but inspiration is what creates new ideas and action.  So get inspired already!
When the discomfort comes and you feel in that slump of failure or just disenchantment, get back to the basics.  What about your career - your art - makes you giddy?  Thrills you?  What excites you?  Think of it. Even move around while doing so - kinetic inspiration is quite effective! Recall those times of applause, acceptance or even those times when you know you really nailed the scene and performed phenomenally!  
Then go back to what made you feel uncomfortable, anxious or rejected.  Notice the balance to that - the light side and truth!  Stay present in that moment and accept that the discomfort is real and is only looking to tell you what your are really capable of achieving!  
The result?
You'll feel invincible.
You'll be ready for the next adventure, not because you're motivated, rather inspired into action. We want to go there with you.  Stop on by to the New York Acting School and let us know how we can help! 

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