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Hard Work

What is hard work?

I think of hard work as that which is challenging. That which would provide self-growth and development. I used to think of it as working hard, you know, physical labor and that sort of thing. Now I understand it to be more mental. Thinking smarter.

If you want to excel in your industry or area of expertise it’s best to tackle the hard work, which everyone else is avoiding. Hard work is usually about personal development, growing and aligning yourself with a specific principle. When you’re facing hard work, it’s most likely a matter of discipline,persistence, courage, truth, etc.

What is hard work for the actor?

Perseverance in auditioning. Can’t let the rejection get to you. It’s part of our life.

Cold reading, at least it is for me it is. So I’m making it a habit of cold reading daily, along with some other creative habits.  When it comes to auditioning, this is a priceless skill. Learn how to do it right and practice, practice, practice. Perfect practice makes perfect.

Being vulnerable? Maybe. You’ve got to be able to give of yourself when you’re on that stage. Open up.

These aren’t accurate, just my assumptions. The point is, in a hard industry just as entertainment, it’s useful to find an edge. Or sharpen your own edges with hard work.

What is hard work? What is hard for you may be different from what is hard from someone else, so define it and get to work on it.

The Negative is Always Written

In the script or play, the negative is always written. It’s up to the actor to find the beauty, the positive.

As it is in life. The negative is always there. Nobody wants to be around the person that is negative all the time. Everyone wants to be around the person that can find the humor in the situation, the beauty.

When you’re making your choices during a reading don’t be so literal. Anyone off the street can read what is there but it’s up to the actor to find what is different.