Recently, I have heard many excuses and complaints from actors (including me), which is a horrible habit. This is not conducive to effective work, motivation, or proactivity. It’s possible to feel down, out of control, bored, or just plain sad from time to time. This is a sign that something needs to change. I urge you not to give in to these feelings and to continue to work on developing new, more useful habits that will help you get back on track. Below, my team and I have created habits that we believe will help you be a better person and actor.
The golden rule of habit-changing:
It takes approximately 6 weeks to change an old habit and create a new one. This is not a temporary fix. It is a commitment to your health and future as an actor. Are you ready for a complete lifestyle overhaul? Let’s dig in.
Keep curious and be open to new ideas.
Never stop learning, training and growing as an actor. There is so much information available and many ways to access it. I am always amazed at how much I still have to learn. I want to continue learning more about the world around me.
How? How? You can find TED talks on YouTube, watch stand-up comedy, listen to podcasts and live music, and enjoy art galleries, festivals, immersive theater, interactive exhibitions, and more. I could go on for hours. Information and inspiration are everywhere. You have to get out of bed and search for it.
Could you do your best work, then do it again?
You might be a workaholic. If so, you can skip it or try other ways to work that are more efficient and productive. )
Although this is a difficult one, I believe it’s essential. There is work, and there is work. Sometimes work can be disguised as procrastination. I know this because I take on many projects to keep me busy instead of nurturing my acting career. Instead of working hard for myself, I work hard for others. While I am still productive, I have lost sight of my passion. It’s a constant struggle, and I’m still trying to win this battle.
Be a great listener.
Actors’ work is based on listening, both on and off stage. Acting isn’t about talking to people. It’s about connecting with people and having conversations. This is how we share stories with our audience and create connections. It is a beautiful, fleeting, sacred thing. Don’t let your ego get in the way.
There are many ways to listen in everyday life. One way is to stop talking. Talking is not a way to learn. This is something to think about. You can improve your active listening skills if you are in class right now. Great actors don’t talk talk talk and then stop when the other person speaks.
Generosity must be the heart of all we do
I’m being a little self-helpful here. But bear with me. Acting is a great way to get out of your way. Think about the other actors and not about yourself. Acting in isolation is impossible. You could, but that would be difficult and likely not very effective. You can’t do this alone, so get out of your head and share the passion with others.
Don’t be a complainer.
You don’t learn much from complaining, just as you don’t get anything out of talking. I often complain about the most insignificant things. All of this is my fault, and I have to accept responsibility.
Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of your career or life and then not doing anything about it, create action plans to fix them. If it is something beyond your control, you don’t have to be negative about it. There’s nothing you can change, and that’s okay!