The most interesting thing about being an actor and finding success as an actor is
that it all comes down to the type of relationship you develop with the craft.
I first began acting twelve years ago, all I could think about was success. Not only that, I could have cared less about anyone else succeeding because my focus was completely on myself.
Fast forward to today, acting has become a completely intuitive experience. Everything functions off insight for me and I care about the success
and fulfillment of every actor and actress on the planet. The only way that was possible for me was when I realized concept number one:
1. There’s More Than Enough Success To Go Around For 100 Lifetimes.
Let’s think about this for a moment. You came to this Earth, developed an intensely strong desire for the craft of acting, and began to move on that desire. What’s the only thing that could stop you from realizing your
dreams? Nothing in actuality can hinder you.
of greater truth than what I’m about to reveal to you. The only way you don’t succeed as an actor or actress is:
doing it for the wrong reasons. (fame and fortune as opposed to love)
believe that not everyone can succeed.
If you’re free of these three,
it’s only a matter of time before you reach a point of succeeding.
2. Believe In Yourself
And Your Acting , Even If The Whole World Is Against You.
Although this can
be a place that potentially makes you think about quitting, it’s your faith and belief in yourself and your acting that rises you above any adversity. The thing to know about adversity is that it’s always a springboard to greater heights.
You just have to embrace it, but more importantly, embrace yourself and your acting at
3. All Casting Directors Really Want You To Win.
As an actor or actress, your ability to be great makes it easier on everyone, especially for the person you’re
auditioning for. Somewhere along the line, it became US vs. Them. It’s ludicrous!
Casting Directors can be some of your biggest fans if you do your job and you do your job well. All the motivation lies in knowing: Casting Directors are rooting for you!
4. Be The Ultimate Professional.
Professionalism has an infinite reach in any area of life. But, as an actor or actress professionalism can be the difference between being hired or not, being kept or being fired, being remembered or forgotten.
Here’s another significant truth I’d like to share with you when it comes
to winning in the game of acting:
Everyone has talent! The days of just being talented to
book a role are over and behind us. What matters is not just talent, but the type of person you are, your level of respect for others and how well you work with others.
Instead of just bringing talent to the table, bring everything that is exceptional about you as an actor and a person.
5. Follow The Joy, Not What You Think You Should Do.
I’m reminded of the time I got offered to play “The Unlucky Bastard” in the Staright Outta Compton film. I thought about it, then realized
what the role consisted of, and then I turned it down.
Was it hard to watch
the film gain critical acclaim and popularity? Absolutely not!
I had no regrets is because as a performer, I always follow the joy. I never follow the fame or fortune. When you follow anything but your joy, you set yourself up to be disappointed down the road. It’s not worth it.
I recall Denzel Washington in an interview, discussing how in 1986 how he turned down a film that
could have paid him more than any job he had ever had as an actor. “The Nigga They Couldn’t Kill, is what I’ll call it,” Denel mentioned.
Everything about this film went against who he was as a person. He turned it down as well as the $600,000 paycheck. Only six months later, he received a film he could get
excited about as well as pay him more. But this would not have happened if he didn’t follow his joy.
6. Never Deal With Negativity, Ever!
Simply put, negativity
is a cancer that knocks down everyone in it’s path. Don’t allow yourself to be a victim, it’s never worth it. Negativity is blinded to all of the positive uplifting things that are present in your acting career right now.
There are a lot of things to be tolerant of, but negativity isn’t one of them.
Root it up and let it go.
7. Patience And Timing Is Everything As An Actor.
When Jason Bateman won an award for his performance in Netflix’s Ozark, he made the
most memorable speech ever for any actor or actress pursuing an acting career.
never forget the sincerity behind his words:
“You know, you guys out there watching
this…You’re only just one break away from being where I am. That’s all, one break. So be patient, continue to follow your dreams, you’ll get there.”
When it comes to this industry, once again, treat everyone with kindness and respect, because it’s only a matter of time before their, or your
number is up next.
8. Be Obsessively Clear On What You Desire.
When you clear out everything that could potentially hold you back and you put yourself in a position to be
free of self imposed obstacles, then you can get very clear on what you desire to see in your acting career.
An amazing way to do this is to set a goal in the present tense written down, and then write ten characteristics about the goal.
“When there are no self imposed obstacles, setting a clear goal is the greatest step for any actor or actress.”
All this does is place your focus on the task at hand and allows you to see what steps need to be taken once the goal is set.
9. See Everything As A Win….Everything!
Perspective is everything. There’s not much to it other than seeing every situation
or circumstance as a win.
When everything is seen as a win, you begin to win
in everything. When you know that you are winning at everything, it sends your confidence through the roof.
If your confidence is high, you will eventually book more roles.
Always Evaluate Yourself As An Actor or Actress.
This could be the most important
aspect of this list, and the reason being is, we have to be ready to change things if they’re not working. Sometimes comfort moves us into doing the same things but expecting a different result.
This gets us nowhere. As an actor, every six months we should evaluate things such as our passion, technique, creativity, inspiration
and lastly, results.
If acting is not giving you what you want or expect,
evaluate yourself and what you’re doing, and without question, you will discover what adjustments need to be made.
The most important aspect of playing and winning big in acting is just to take your career one step at a time.
Have a present awareness to always know that you only have to be your best in the present moment in order to win every moment.
Rev. Shaun Grant
“Let Kindness Lead The Way.”