If you’re waiting for your acting teacher to tell you what you should do, how you should do it or when you should do it—you may never make it. Waiting for someone else to feed you artistic ideas can be the death of your creative impulses.

What should you do instead? Take the bull by the horns and be an artist with your own ideas and vision.

You’ve probably heard that it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something. Well, where do you stand on your 10,000? Are you bored with your classes? Do you need someone else to inspire you? Are you waiting for your agent to call while you play Call of Duty at home?

Let’s take a look at the Indianapolis 500. It’s a 3-hour race where cars speed around a 2.5 mile track. Drivers drive the same track 200 times at 225 miles per hour. How do they train for a race like that? They drive tracks all over the world. Hours and hours of driving. And do they get bored? Are they sometimes uninspired? No. They stay in the zone every minute. It’s their profession and at those speeds, they can’t afford to look to someone else for inspiration!

How do you, as an actor, learn to stay sharp while you do your 10,000 hours? How do you stay inspired doing your research, character work, scene rehearsal, performances or auditions? Getting good at something takes practice, and practice does take time. Inspiration comes from everywhere—movies we love, plays we read, museums, music, nature. Sometimes you have to create even when you don’t feel like it. Push through the “I don’t feel like it’s” until you’re so good, you’re always excited to create.

Step up, my friends! Being an artist may not always be easy. But it’s sure as heck better than working a lot of other jobs!

Inspire yourself! Get in class and work on hundreds of characters. That way, even before you’ve finished your 10,000 hours, when you get in with the casting director, you’ll be able to create any role they throw at you.

Create so much you don’t have time to get bored. And in time, as Steve Martin put it, you’ll “be so good they can’t ignore you.”

 


The Acting CenterThe Acting Center helps actors to gain control over their work, teaching them to rely on their own instincts, imagination and choices. Our scene study and improv classes produce confident actors who bring an original voice to every production.

In fact, the most distinctive thing about an Acting Center student is how different each one is. We train actors to speak in their own artistic voice—producing characters that are rich and layered. They become the artist they always wanted to be.

Theater, television and film are all collaborative mediums, so an actor must work well with other actors, directors, casting directors and many more. Our technique trains them to do just that! That’s why directors love to work with Acting Center students.

 

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