I am currently reading two separate books right now. I’m not going to call them self-help, but I’m also not going to not call them self-help. The books are ostensibly about two very different things: self confidence and finding love. But what they are really about is embracing the positive and no longer dwelling in the negative. Or, making sure you’re putting into the universe what you want to get out. While the books aren’t strictly about acting or pursuing a creative career, they helped me realize a few things I want to share with all of you!
A couple of weeks ago, I worked on a film with a cast and crew that I respect and enjoy working with. During the filming, I realized that I was having consistency issues. I didn’t have the level of awareness that most seasoned film actors have about when and how much they move or gesture, or even how full of soda the prop cup was on the last take. Because I have primarily worked on stage up until now, I am extremely green when it comes to filming. When I initially realized I was having this problem, I started to question my ability and my competence. But then I realized that instead of hurting myself by dwelling in the negative, I could use this as an opportunity to learn and grow.
If you do a less than stellar performance, you can use it as a learning experience. Instead of beating yourself up, think about what you could do to better your performance the next time. A major part of having the thick skin necessary for this industry is being able to move on from less than perfect experiences with a positive outlook. It can be really, really hard. BOY can it be hard. But having a negative take on a performance can only be detrimental. Why would you feel confident about going into an audition when you felt so terrible about the last time you performed? What you put into the universe is what you get back. It’s all about maintaining a positive, constructive perspective on setbacks or missed opportunities. If you are constantly being negative and getting down on yourself, you’re going to self-sabotage, whether it’s on purpose or not. And this industry’s hard enough without you being your own worst enemy! So why not try being your biggest fan? It’s way more fun.