“To experience, to engage, to endeavor, rather than to watch and to wonder–that’s where the real meat of life is to be found.” –Ben Saunders

In today’s technologically advancing world, the notion of a tech-free life with no computer or cellphone is nearing extinction. Most everyone’s life has evolved into a cellphone-talking, Internet-surfing, texting, Facebook-posting, emailing, gaming, blogging, voice-mail checking, tablet-pressing, iPod-listening, GPS-relying hybrid existence pulling us several directions at once. But wo, wo, wo, wait a minute! Wasn’t all this technology supposed to make our lives simpler? More convenient? Save time? Streamline the lifestyle? Technology can indeed empower all of our lives with its instant information and mobile communications, but it can also enslave our consciousness and steal our precious time. In a recent study, Mental_Floss reported 68% of people surveyed experienced phantom ringing: the feeling that your cell phone is vibrating when it is, in fact, not. Obviously, technology takes up a lot of space in our conscious and subconscious minds.

With technology getting more and more complex and exceedingly immersive, it might be time to consider how many sunsets you’ve missed, how many swings you haven’t swung, how many hills you’ve yet to ascend, because you’re tethered to a machine! Lets face it, computers are a part of our lives, we communicate with friends and family, we get our news online, we organize our finances, and we upload our videos. It’s a beautiful thing. But more than anything, an actor needs to be in touch with what it means to be human. And that can especially be gleaned through uninterrupted human interaction, unleashed time outdoors, sheer adventure–and lots of it.

Explorer Ben Saunders encourages us all to venture outside more–not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” While Saunders’ idea of adventure may be to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, your version of delving into life can take on any endless shades and variations. There are times to replenish your spirit with the steadfast beauty of nature, have a heart-to-heart with a friend, get into the hustle of city life, play a game of hoops, and on and on. Yes, with first-hand, tech-abandoned experiences comes risk: you’ll get bumped and bruised, but will also be surprised with unforeseen joys and beauty. That’s the point! Each new journey enriches your life, builds upon your empathy, humbles and edifies you–and, most importantly, makes you a better actor!

It’s key for all actors to complete an online profile so their career has the chance to get rolling; it’s wise for an actor to have a personal website; and it’s essential to network responsibly. But then, for goodness sakes…get out in the world and live fully, with conviction, without interruption, and unplug from technology. You won’t regret it.

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