Do The Work!

Acting can be incredibly rewarding. Especially when we are having break-throughs in our work.

Learning something new in our process allows us to go deeper into ourselves and our creativity. Discipline and commitment are prerequisites to this process.

You have to do the work. That can mean many different things for many different actors.

What makes you tick, what motivates you, what inspires you to act. This insatiable need we actors have to put ourselves out there can be both powerful and terrifying.

Powerful because it’s empowering, especially when we have something to say and we are connected to our voice as artists. We can have an impact as much as we are impacted by the world around us.

It is also scary at times especially when we are coming up against resistance in our work and in our lives (for me the two are intertwined). When we are still developing our voices as artists and learning to trust who we are (that we have everything we need within us to take on the demands of any project) we sometimes can be very hard on ourselves and insulate ourselves within the limitations of our insecurities and become very defensive.

Whatever you are experiencing in your life/work is the work and finding a way to allow yourself to be informed by it both personally and creatively is the best way to move past the resistance that is coming up for you. It’s easier said then done, I know. But you got to do the work.

Try this the next time you are feeling stuck:

Find a quiet place where you can sit with yourself undisturbed for 20 minutes. Close your eyes and listen to your breathing and moment by moment allow whatever is coming up for you to be sent energetically forward on the exhale into the space. Don’t judge yourself or try to “fix” or “correct” what you're feeling, just have an awareness of what is coming up for you and express it honestly through the breath and with sound if you like.

There is no substitute for doing the work!

Paolo.