5 Characteristics of A Great Actor
I am expanding on my original blog – Bringing Your Own Brand Of “Genius” to Your Work! Enjoy PART 3 of the characteristics that make up a great actor!
Being flexible enables you to adapt to changing circumstances readily. Resist doing things the same old way. Be willing to consider new options.
An inquisitive, curious mind will help you seek out new information. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know it all. Always ask questions and things you don’t understand.
Okay? So, in class we’re doing something, we’re on to something, and you’re not really sure about it, you’ve got to ask. All right.
Do things the way you think they should be done without fearing somebody’s disapproval.
Keep your feet on the ground, but have your head in the clouds. Strive to achieve great things, not just for yourself, but for the betterment of mankind.
We’re artists. We create. Why are we doing this, with the hope of doing what? To create emotional impact and move people and inspire them in some way to make changes in their lives. Yes? I know that’s a hefty ambition, but if someone sees your work and is moved to communicate with someone they’ve needed to for some time, that’s a big deal. Of if they have a great laugh or are entertained in some way and that brings some relief and new perspective to their life that’s also important. Never underestimate the power you have as an artist on the culture. You have the potential of bringing positive change more than anything else on this planet.
Geniuses know how to think in new combinations. See things from a different perspective than anyone else. Unclutter your mental environment to develop this type of imagination. Give yourself time each day to daydream, to fanaticize, to drift into a dreamy inner life the way you did as a child.
That would be a big investment in the dream world, but you’ve got to do it. It’s all part of it. So there has to be time to dream and time put your dreams into action. When you think about it, these are the standards that we want to take forward into any work that we do, whether in the audition room, on a set, on a stage, for a series, for a film, for any artistic endeavor, this is what we want to do. Move people to be better and to make a difference. It would be the start of a new civilization. So, you are the ones that will go out and affect the world with how you approach it. It’s a noble profession, honor it.
By Lynette McNeill
Acting Coach & Director
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