Let’s talk about positivity for a moment. I know, I know, it’s cool to be a total sarcastic world-weary pessimist. But my recent theory is that this sort of outlook can be not-so-great for your acting career.
Imagine a little boy that is afraid to leave his room. When he eventually works himself up and is brave enough to venture out, someone outside the door slaps him. He then runs back to the safety of his room. The more the little boy is slapped, the less likely he is to leave his room and be brave enough to play. Eventually, the little boy just decides never to come out again.
That’s what we do to our inner artists, people. When we dare to go out and, say, take an improv class and it doesn’t go exactly perfectly, we beat ourselves up. Or worse, we joke about how stupid we are or how “improv isn’t my thing”. Or if we make a bold choice in an audition room and we don’t get the job (for whatever reason), we then mentally scold ourselves for… well, stepping out of our comfort zone. Words have power. Every spoken word rolls out of our mouths, across our faces, in our ears, and drops down into our souls – whether we want them to or not.
If every time our inner artist comes out to play or to be bold or to make choices that are brave, we slap them with pessimism, then our inner artist will eventually decide not to play. And that is the saddest thing in the world.
Be brave, people.
Here are a few inspirational interviews with Jason Alexander, Bryan Cranston and Robert De Niro for the week:
Michelle Loucadoux is relatively new to the Los Angeles area and LOVES it! After twelve years in New York, she is happy to step into the on-camera world for a new and exciting set of adventures. Her recent LA credits include being kidnapped, tortured, and murdered on Criminal Minds, being glamorously strung out on the award-winning Heisenberg, and hosting the web series Twenty Dollar Los Angeles. NY film and television credits include playing lead roles in Across the Universe, and Jump and generally acting a fool on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, the CBS Early Show, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Broadway highlights include falling in love with Drew Seeley as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, dancing in the moonlight as Hope Harcourt opposite Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in Anything Goes, strutting a Jolly Holiday as Miss Lark in Mary Poppins, speaking her best French as Babette in Beauty and the Beast, tossing beer bottles with Ana Gasteyer in Girl Crazy, and fulfilling a life-long dream as a featured singer in Chance and Chemistry with Paul McCartney.