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Excerpt from The Outstanding Actor: Seven Keys to Success:
“The conditions I’ve described are mostly outside of your control, and you may beg thinking, well I didn’t have a troubled childhood, and I didn’t have pushy mother, and I didn’t go to Eaton, so all the cards are stacked against me. What’s the point?
But those factors are not exclusive; they just show how some people seized the opportunity of an early advantage and went on through effort to prosper. The focus of this book is about what you can do now to make a difference.
And in the spirit of the growth mindset, there is a lot you can do. This book is about how you make the best of what you have: your talent, your physicality, and your personality.
Because in the acting profession, there is always hope, and there is always room for one more outstanding actor. So let’s get started.”
“To keep our faces towards change, and behave like a free spirit in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller
Be comfortable with risk.
Risk— trying something that might not work to lead you to a solution to a better one.
Heart of adventure and risk, and going in for it rather than running away.
“Make it about them, not about you.”
Forget about yourself and think about the audience.
Focus on the work and getting better.
Effort trumps Talent
Mastery is ten years of deliberate practice.
Real success is being open to change.
Enthusiasm is essential because it’s contagious.
We love to be surprised as an audience.
If you follow these practices, it can help you step up to the next level.
You need that sparkle.
7 Keys to Success:
- Generosity of Spirit
Moment to moment — the more I was in the moment in my life, the easier it was to be present in my work.
How can I be more present?