The 1 Thing It Takes to Be a Great Artist
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The start of a new year inevitably brings with it a list of goals: taking new photos, editing your reel, signing up for scene study and on-camera classes, sharpening your improv skills, finding new representation, going on more auditions.
The list can go on and on (and on), and every single one of those things is a good, tangible intention to set.
But amidst all the practical, proactive goals you’ll set out to accomplish, there is one thing you can’t forget, one thing that needs to drive you through all of it: You have to want to reach that excellence in yourself. If you don’t truly want it with all of your heart and soul, that list won’t mean anything, even if every single box gets checked.
Ask yourself: What does it take to be a great artist? How far do you have to push yourself? How does genius flourish? Do you have to bleed in order to hit your potential? How far do you need to go to be the best that you can be? What will motivate you to get there? Should you look for a teacher or a mentor that will stop at nothing to get to excellence in you? What does it mean to push yourself and work hard in acting? What is it that you truly have to do? How many hours do you have put in to succeed? What material do you have to work on to soar?
You have to feel like you have no choice, that your love and passion for the work is a conduit, a driving force. You have to crank up the desire to do the best work you are capable of and let yourself feel that ambition. You have to stay determined to succeed even when the going gets rough, even when all you’re hearing is rejection. Let yourself get up time and time again because you know your potential, and you know you have it in you to deliver the goods.
Make the promise to yourself not to betray what you know you can accomplish and put yourself in the position to do the work. Give it every ounce of creative energy in you. Once you’ve made that resolution, don’t back down or let anything stop you in the pursuit of that. You will aspire to nothing less than your biggest dreams and you will not settle.
And when you find yourself winning people over as you strive for greatness, exciting them with your potential, you’ll know that it’s what you really, truly want and that you’ve given it everything you have.
Michelle Danner is an acting coach, film director, and artistic director at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, and a Backstage Expert. Her next Golden Box master classes are on January 28th (10:00am-4pm) and January 29th(9am-3pm) at the Michelle Danner Acting Studio in Santa Monica, Calif. For more information, check out Danner’s full bio!
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The life of an actor is filled with ups and downs. The business of acting is one where the best people in the world get rejected all the time. It’s a rejecting business and you have to make your peace with it.
There are times when you feel on top of the world and times where it’s in a dump. Everyone’s career and life is like that. And if you don’t understand that about life, you’ll take it to heart each time that you are in a valley.
Being in a valley is a very wonderful thing sometimes, because you don’t have the pressure of the mountaintop and you can learn more of yourself then. It’s rich soil that will help you climb and go back to the mountain.
You will always have to deal with the uncertainty of where your next job will come from and the insecurity of not knowing if it will ever come at all. Once again you get turned down because you are too this or that—you can fill in the blank. You have to be able to stay open and strong and have faith.
I remember Stella Adler said, actors have to have “the soul of a rose and the hide of rhinoceros.” No matter how many times you hear no and why they’ve said it, you can’t let it shut you down. You have to work at staying open, being positive, hopeful, and creative.
That means having the soul Adler is talking about. Don’t retreat into your shell and never come out again to play. That’s the hide; it’s having tough skin and letting malice, criticism, and jealously slide off of you. There will always be a percentage of an audience, industry folks, and critics that…won’t like you.
So how do you stay open?
You develop a huge feeling of acceptance of yourself. You keep hearing yes inside of you over and over again. Yes to everything you do.
You look at every audition as a learning experience. Look at what you gained from it, even if you feel it didn’t go well. Ask yourself what the lesson was in that one. Artists grow from their biggest failures.
The challenge is to overcome them by learning how you feel about yourself and by understanding that you are valuable no matter how many no’s you hear. Your value as an actor doesn’t lie on hearing yes, from anyone. The most important yes comes from you and only you. Michelle Danner is an acting coach, owner of the Michelle Danner Acting Studio, and a Backstage Expert. For more information, check out Danner’s full bio!
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Whether you are auditioning for a role or you have booked the job, there are many ways to get in your own way, but the bottom line is, when you strip out all the layers of self-sabotage, at the core of it is… You don’t feel like you are enough.
- You don’t prepare enough.
- You get too neurotic.
- You don’t trust yourself.
- You apologize too much.
- You’re not able to detach from the outcome of the audition.
- Recognize exactly what you feel when you are feeling it.
- Don’t avoid it. Be strong and embrace it.
- Face what’s going on head on.
- Resist the urge to run away.
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She is a renowned acting coach and works with many A-List Actors privately as well as on set. These include Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, Chris Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Verne Troyer, Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Catherine Bell, Gabrielle Union, Rob Estes, Rick Fox and many others.
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