The Great Acting Blog: “See It Through”
Doing 80% of the work is not the same as doing 100% of the work.
80% may be a good effort but it will get you nowhere.
80% of your lines leant, 80% of that script written, 80% of that film made, may as well be zero percent.
Do 100% of the work. See it through.
The Great Acting Blog: “The Superficiality Of Social Media”
I’ve always thought that the best way to serve yourself is by serving your community, by delivering something of true value to it. The wellbeing of the individual is bound up in the wellbeing of the group. When this is in balance, everyone benefits, at least to some extent.
Remember then – you’re only helping someone if you do something for them which they value. Doing something for someone which…
The Great Acting Blog: “Begin Each Day Afresh”
Don’t carry the baggage from yesterday into today. If you do, it’ll only weigh you down and eventually sink you.
Learn from what happens. Be objective. Be detached.
Begin each day afresh, with an open mind.
This is the approach that will help you keep going for the long haul. It’ll help you to keep whittling away at the grand challenges you face, and eventually lead you to accomplishing your…
The Great Acting Blog: “Know What You’re Doing - The Importance Of Technique”
You’ve always got to know what you’re doing. That means having a concrete, controllable, repeatable acting technique which enables you to deliver the goods in any situation. It means understanding why you got the results you did and knowing how to change those things you don’t like. It also means enjoying your work; being confident about activating your creativity and working with it, being able…
The Great Acting Blog: “Challenge vs Skill”
Fascinating chart showing how our skill levels and the difficulty of the challenge before us affects our emotional state.If you’re suffering from anxiety about your work, then maybe you need to up your skill levels. Or if you’ve become bored, perhaps it’s time to set more challenging goals for yourself. We see however, that the difficulty of the goals we set ourselves, needs to be…
The Great Acting Blog: “Don’t Use Judgement Calls As An Excuse For Inaction”
Sometimes, we need to make judgement calls. We use our experience, our point of view and the facts presented to us in order to decide. Sometimes we get it right, other times we get it wrong.
All too often however, judgement calls are not judgement calls at all. They are excuses for inaction. We try to find something wrong with the situation, we pick holes, we proactively try to think up reasons…
The Great Acting Blog: “The Trademarks Of 12 Famous Actors According To IMDB”
Some of these are sweetly naive, and their bluntness renders them somewhat absurd, but nonetheless they offer a fascinating distillation of the actors themselves.
The trade-marks are as much to do with the actor’s own nature and what they bring to each role, as they are to the roles themselves. The scripts are always filtered through each actor’s creative individuality, giving a certain unity…
The Great Acting Blog: “The Actor’s Life Is Not Always Elegant”
Often, being an actor is about dealing with stress and pressure – trying to find work in an overcrowded profession, trying to realise a project with minimal funds, continually facing up to an uncertain future, doing work where your mistakes are public. It can be a pressure cooker, but the key during such times is keeping your head, remaining mentally strong, staying fixed on your goals, not…
The Great Acting Blog: “Can’t Find The Help You Need?”
Have you ever thought about becoming that person you’ve been looking for?
That director, that benefactor, that person who can open the door for you. Instead of trying to find that person, why not become that person and then you can give to yourself whatever it is you need.
Later, when somebody comes to you, you’ll be able to offer the kind of help you can’t find for yourself right now.