Doing Whatever It Takes

August 4, 2013

Being it’s a mano-a-mano contest, tennis is one of the most competitive endeavors out there: there is no one to pass the ball to, no one to substitute, and no one to blame save the person who is competing. And professional tennis–given the tremendous level of competition nowadays–is nothing short of gladiatorial engagement. From a field of all-time greats like Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal, and up and comers like current Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, one skinny kid from war-torn Serbia has emerged as the world’s best player. In his new book “Serve To Win” Novak Djokovic credits much of his recent success to diet and mental outlook. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Djokovic employs numerous empowering practices in his determination to be the world’s top men’s tennis player. Here is just a tiny sample of his routine:

 “Start by drinking loads of warm water all day long, as well as shakes made with pea protein concentrate. Avoid dairy and stay away from alcohol during tournaments. Eat lots of avocados, cashew butter and very little sugar. Banish caffeine, other than the occasional energy gel bar before matches. Be sure to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, meditate, do plenty of yoga and tai chi, take melatonin supplements, hook yourself up to a biofeedback machine that measures your stress level and, when you have a free moment or two, keep a diary. Feel free to unwind with a cup of warm licorice tea.”

Wow! No wonder Novak’s opening up a can of whoop ass on the world’s greatest players.

So, what does this mean to you, a humble actor trying to land as many callbacks as possible? Some of you who follow this blog recognize a reoccurring theme, which is: Are you really doing everything you can to accomplish your goals as an actor? If your instinctual answer is a resounding “Yes!” then great! Raise a glass because you are definitely on your way. But, if you’re unsure, if there’s even the slightest hesitation in your answer, then it’s time to get out a notebook and list everything you must do to accomplish your dreams. Do it now as time waits on no man–or woman! The wonderful thing is that you know better than anyone what exactly you’ve been neglecting, and you know what to do; it’s really a matter of filing through all that stuff sitting on the shelves of your brain. Now, it could be argued that the world’s number one player has all the money and resources anyone would need to overhaul his or her lifestyle. And that may be true. But if you really think about it, adopting a healthy diet, perfecting the craft, updating your online profile, exercising, submitting on auditions, taking classes, networking, etc. is not extraordinarily expensive. But it does require a lot of commitment. Come on, you’re a capable person, you can do this!

Hey, Novak Djokovic was languishing at number three in the world for many years until he took control of his life. He made a conscious decision to address whatever was holding him back, and to make the changes necessary to be number one. What makes you any different?

That’s not a rhetorical question; Casting Frontier wants to know!