People watching is considered taboo by some, but an art by so many others. When mastering this art, you’re able to excel in areas of life that you may not have realized, both in your personal life and in your career.
No matter what your life or career path is, it’s important to know people and understand them. You need to be able to read them, know when to sympathize and when to run for your life, right? Well that’s where people watching comes in handy.
Try it. Sit on a park bench and notice the passers by. Observe what they do with their eyes and hands motions, as these are our most obvious expressive features. Take notes on any of the particular interesting characteristics you see, like if someone has a tick, a bounce in their step, or a striking expression on their face, then try to think about what they did and even why they did it. Don’t just look at their shoes, but imagine being in them!
This alone, will help you further your skills in empathy and simple awareness. But if you want to take it further….
These skills can even help you expand your career, especially if you are involved in performance and acting. By observing the people around you, you learn new body movements and communications, not just on the surface, but with a story behind it!
Keep studying the world around you, because the more you watch, the more you will learn. The more you learn and practice, the faster you will succeed.
We learn by both seeing and doing. To learn more about these skills, or to further your confidence and performance abilities, please visit us at the New York Acting School for Film in the heart of New York City; where dreams succeed!