Reasons You're Not So Different To An A-List Actor
by Esther Bishop, posted 12 May 2015
(and what you can do better!)
Good Things DON'T Come To Those Who Wait
While it's true that cute pugs and sleepy kittens won't watch themselves, it's also true that success comes from doing, not waiting. Actors who take action and say yes to collaborations early on in their careers usually enjoy the possibility of more opportunities and bigger things to come.
Much to her mum's amusement, Keira Knightley asked her parents to find her an agent at the age of 3!
Where There's a Will (Smith) There's A Way
When your luck is down and auditions are drying up it's easy to feel frustrated. These moments are imperative to the making or breaking of an actors career.
In his early years, Will Smith faced bankruptcy owing the US government 2.8 million in tax, shortly after he secured the lead role in 'The Fresh Prince...' , making him one of the biggest success stories in Hollywood.
Shake It Off
Nailing an audition is about lots of preparation and practice. But learning lines and researching a role can often keep you in your head and make you feel stagnant.
Take a leaf from Taylor Swift's book and get happy by running, while it's no secret that the singer has a quid or two, her preferred choice of exercise doesn't cost a penny, running outdoors makes everywhere a gym.
The Jack (Nicholson) Of All Trades
Keeping the tools sharpened is a big part of being a performer. Being inquisitive and dipping in and out of new hobbies is all key brain activity work and will make new experience seem less daunting.
Before he became an actor, Jack Nicholson was an assistant artist in Hollywood, sketching Scooby-Doo cartoons for MGM.
Kardasian style butt selfies or 'belfies' might not be your thing but there's definitely a skill to a great actor's head shot.
When it comes to your self portrait most people find the idea of posing for the camera cringeworthy. But actors will stay as long as they have to until that shot is achieved even if that means practicing different looks in the mirror and working on your smising (smiling with your eyes).
Think INSIDE The Box
Absolutely everyone is watching one TV series or another and talking about it. For actors, watching TV comes guilt free. It's research, it's homework and, as long as you are selective about your viewing and don't spent all your time on the royal baby story, it can help to hone your craft.
So, take notes - pay attention to actor's performances and delivery and how YOU would do things differently.
But then actor Rachel McAdams famously doesn't own or watch TV... nuff said.