"The Lazy Actor"
I've worked with so many
actors that have fantastic potential, a potential that they'll
never reach because they're lazy.
“I didn't do my home work”
“I don't know
“Can you find
me a monologue? I can't find one.”
wasn't here last week it was my cat's birthday”
this sounds like you then I have some great news! The only way is
up!! Yes, snap out of it! To succeed in this industry you need to
take it seriously. You need to work. Hard. There are many people
out there who dream of making it big in acting, and there are
others who have decided to make it big in acting! Decide to make
it big, if that's what you want, if that's your goal. If you are
happy to dream about it, that's fine, just be prepared to keep
for the Non-Lazy Actor who wants to make it!
you need to gain a solid mental framework for your acting
technique. It's no good going from class to class, course to
course, year after year working with methods and techniques that
you can't use because you don't have a solid mental framework in
which to incorporate this knowledge. I obviously recommend my
course (Home Acting Course) for this framework but if you don't
want this course just make sure that you find a good strong
framework that works for you, soon. A solid foundation for your
work will make all subsequent classes and experience much more
take classes. Anywhere and everywhere. Seek out the best teachers,
train with them until you've bled them dry and then move on. You
will have to spend money, don't skimp out on the important things,
money spent now is an investment in your future.
make certain that in class you are active in your learning. You
will not learn by simply turning up to class. Ask questions, be
the first to volunteer, take a risk. Demand to learn! If you don't
understand something then ask, the class exists for you, the
student, so keep your acting coach working hard and hit her/him
with any questions that you have.
make certain that you do all work asked of you and more. Learn
your lines, do your homework, study this character, go and see
that play, live, learn and work towards your goals. Support your
classmates and your acting coach. Go to all productions that they
are involved with, support them as you'd like them to support you.
listen. Listen to anyone and everyone about acting, about life,
about love, about anything that will help you understand the human
condition. It is the human condition that we seek to understand
and bring to life, that infinitely variable quality that allows
characters to create and spawn wisdom, love, hate, jealousy, fear,
empathy……. And be capable of the greatest acts of love to the
greatest acts of hate.
Make the decision to forge a
fruitful career for yourself. Don't be lazy just because there's
work involved. Enjoy the work and you'll be rewarded.