Some actors like to be a member of “Ay of my club”, which usually consists of blowing in their audiences and lack of success, to drag other players with them. They blame their bad agent, their daily work, or maybe their dog! Hey, at least he’s going to listen. It’s a captive audience, right?
Of course, commiseration feels good for the moment, but this constant borage of negativity can lead an actor to drill a hole in doubt and defeatism. But what is the benefit? What is achieved with this? Maybe it’s reassuring to commit, but it does not delay your career positively.
When an actor hides in his career, it is easy to blame others instead of holding a mirror for them. While some factors are out of our control, as the years of the writers strike and summers can be slow for auditions. But sometimes this stops the actor is an internal block or limiting / negative belief about himself; Known this, consciously or unconsciously.
Why do the blocks occur? Sometimes it is the cause of an experience or a series of experiences that a person has suffered. Sometimes a person who has experienced a real or perceived failure begins to believe that they always fail and feel powerless. At this point, it became a learned behavior. Now, this individual sees each situation as immutable and feels stuck. “I will not remember because I never recover.” Psychologists often refer to this as “a recognized impotence.”
At some point, many of us have been deceived by a series of lies about ourselves. Some examples may be: “You can not do —” (fill in the space) or “you are not good enough to do —“. The messages may be subtle, but they are still there. It’s like his friend actor Roy University, who was sleeping on the couch for three months. Uh, Roy, I thought it took three weeks to get close to you?
These negative beliefs and limiting internal dialogues seep into your work as an actor as they bring in every role you play. Many players are not aware of their inner blocks and, instead, give up, to feel defeated; I really do not understand why. You are your own instrument, so it is vitally important for you, your life and your interpreter to live up to your potential.
Once a player recognizes these self-sabotaging messages, they can begin to move forward. Then the actor begins to realize that they have the power to change their thinking process, create a game plan and have a successful career.
One of my favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz, not just because I thought it was magical when the movie went from black and white to color. When Dorothy was desperately trying to get home, good witch Glenda said, “You have the power suddenly, my dear.” You, as an actor, have everything you need inside.