Bryan Cranston was once asked to give advice to aspiring actors, and in turn he spoke about a “breakthrough” in his career when he shifted the way he mentally approached auditions. The Breaking Bad actor said, “About eighteen years ago, I had this cognition that, I realized I was going into auditions trying to get a job. And that simply wasn’t what I was doing. That wasn’t what I’m supposed to be doing. An actor is supposed to create a compelling, interesting character that serves the text, presented in the environment where your audition happens, and then you walk away–and that’s it. Everything else is out of your control, so don’t even think of it…You’re not going there to get a job. You’re going there to present what you do: You act. And there it is; you walk away.”
Cranston says this altering of his mind frame both empowered him and fueled him with confidence. Afterall, he continues, “The decision of who might get a job is so out of your control that, really when you analyze it, it makes no sense to hold onto that.” And indeed, he says the fruit of this philosophy was an increase in work. “I’ve never been busier in my life,” the Emmy Award-winning actor asserts.
If this advice sounds simplistic to you, you might be interested to know that other actors have noticed a leap in their success by adapting to this same philosophy…
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