I’m sure you’ve heard this quote before
Keep your eyes on the prize
You might have heard that quote a number of times, or you might have heard this one by Russell Simmons from his book Do You
“I know some people say “Keep your eyes on the prize,” but I disagree. When your eyes are stuck on the prize, you’re going to keep stumbling and crashing into things. If you really want to get ahead, you’ve got to keep your eyes focused on the path.”
I think the wisdom behind both of these viewpoints is simply to have a vision of where you want to end up, but keep your mind focused on the now. To know your goals, and keep them in front of you. As Stephen Covey said, “keep the end in mind.” But remember, we only have power in the present, in fact, it’s all we ever have. If you don’t have a destination in mind you may end up wherever the current of life takes you. You are the architect of your life, but you only build that life by focusing on your present actions.
Don’t try to build a wall. Just lay a brick. But lay that brick as perfectly as you can and continue to put in that same effort day after day. -Will Smith
I’ve always wondered why there were so many starving actors out there. The numbers used to keep me from pursuing a career in acting. I used to think it was a whole ‘nother world. Complete with different principles and rules. After some observation and insight, I don’t think that anymore.
Actors are no different from anyone else
They do or they don’t set goals. Their goals may not be clearly stated. There are numerous reasons.
In Audition, Michael Shurtleff says actors fail not because lack of talent but because
1. They don’t work hard enough
2. They aren’t disciplined
3. They are literal rather than truly imaginative
4. They are victimized by their limitations and prejudices.
5. They are ruled by their negative side.
6. They are not persistent.
Of course there are numerous other reasons. Nonetheless, they’re some of the same reasons that anyone would fail at anything in life. Why is it that I hear of actors being late to set? In an industry so competitive and jobs seemingly scarce?
My technique teacher told me acting is more hard work than talent. So my aim is to find the hard work and build my capacity to do it.