Actors should train like athletes
Wanna be a professional actor and work in Hollywood? You better train like an athlete! I’m not talking about doing endless squats, crunches, and sprints mind you. I’m talking about routines, repetition, and muscle memory. I’m talking about raising your level of consistency and using each and every day to prepare for the big game. I’m talking about applying the methods of practice given to you by your coach, leveraging the knowledge and experience of someone who knows and can be objective about your progress. Use the mindset of an elite athlete and grow your skills while striving for a high level of performance as an actor.
Too much is made of “natural talent” in this business. Everyone has talent that can be mined, honed, and presented. It’s not a matter of having it or not having it. Some of the greatest professional athletes in history were considered average collegiate players. Jerry Rice became one of the greatest receivers in NFL history through his voracious appetite for hard work, and a single minded dedication to consistently achieving high performance. He honed his craft and elevated his game through constant and never ending improvement. In the off season when many of his team mates went fishing, Jerry would be fine tuning some aspect of his game or executing his off season training regimen. It was not by accident or hand of God that Jerry Rice became one of the greatest in the history of the game.
So it is with actors. It is true some actors are more photogenic than others, and some are more physically attractive, and others have some unidentifiable charismatic feature that is difficult to pinpoint. Some may even have “star quality” from birth. This may all be true – the playing field is not level and life is not fair. However, there is always a project that needs to be cast, auditions are held all the time and anyone with the skills can try and make the cut (get the part). There are many parts to play and a diverse group of people are needed to play them. The key is to treat your art form as an elite athlete treats his or her sport, so when opportunity comes knocking you are ready. Set a goal, get a coach, develop a plan, and work with a single-minded dedication towards achieving it and you just might find yourself in the big show!
Remember, you are enough!
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Nancy Berwid‘s First Take Acting Program provides a holistic approach to acting. (Los Angeles acting coach, San Francisco acting coach) Along with a Method that students can use to hone their craft, Nancy provides a keen eye for logic, a sensitivity to human behavior as well as the human heart.
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