Have you ever struggled with creativity? Didn’t you know where to start? To do something, we need to start first. Do something now.
Part 5. – Do something now
Sometimes things don’t go in the direction you want. You are struggling and waiting for an opportunity, but the option is still not coming. What now?
We can always see only the goal. If you can accept this fact, the path will create on its own. Of course, you have to do proper steps, but don’t lean on the track. The power you believe in (the God, Universe, Destiny, etc..) knows everything well and knows what is the best for you, so trust in it. Meanwhile, work on your projects. It doesn’t have to be in your field of focus. Just do something, sometimes it connects two different things in one, and something new is created as much as your projects are related to your field of focus that much faster, you will be formed and moving forward to your goal.
As an actor, you can do so many things and improving yourself in various skills. That’s so amazing about the acting – you can do whatever you want, and you’ll never know what talent will come in handy.
What can I do?
If you still don’t know what you can do, here are some examples. Join a circus group and learn to juggle. Join dance groups and learn how to dance various styles of dance. Build your speech skills by learning proper grammar, different accents, or speech in characters of varying education levels (for example, a son of a stupid village guy with one eye with no education would speak differently than a lawyer from the upper class). Learn a new accent or work on the Standard American Accent as I am, yes, you should hear me, my accent is strong as an old Russian shoe seller.
Join to impro class. Rehearse scenes with a friend or create or join a theater group and learn different professions as director, stage manager, sound master, or improve yourself in stage presence. Read books related to acting. Please write your own story and try to transform it into a theater or movie script. Learn an instrument, or if you already play, try to master the instrument. Do some sport or exercise. As an actor, you should be strongly connected to your body. Meditate. Connection to your mind is also essential.
You also work with a breath through meditation, and breath is the most important thing for an actor. Better work with breath helps you with a melody of voice, an intensity of voice, release tension, with your singing, etc. If you sing, singing is based on breath—better work with breathing, better projection of your voice in speech or singing.
As you can see, you can do so many things on your own or with others. And if you do something with others, it’s even better, because you will bring more and more people similar to you and your goals to your life. And people around you form you. We need each other.
So do something now!
About the author:
I am a never-ending fighter for the perfect ART, enjoying the process of unperfectness. I am many things and nothing, but my main focus is acting. I've studied at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts. I've been an actor in Theater Around The Corner, Moravian Theater Olomouc, Theater DiGoknu, or Mlada Scena II. And I am working hard on my craft.