I’m often asked what is the No. 1 pointer I can give to help actors or the No. 1 thing an actor should do to really stand out. There is so much information to share and so many important topics to discuss. Let’s get to it.
What is the No. 1 piece of advice I give actors?
My answer might come as a surprise, but the best bit of advice I can give you is to make sure you donot spend every waking moment being an actor! You must feed the other parts of your soul and be a well-rounded person before you have any chance of being a well-rounded, grounded, genuine, and interesting actor. There are many actors who live and breathe the craft. From up and at ’em to bedtime, they focus solely on acting. While I admire that amount of dedication, in my experience, those actors are much less exciting in the room.
Actors take real life experiences and the accompanying emotions and bring all of that into an audition and into a character. Without living your life and feeling those feelings, how can you possibly expect yourself to buy what you’re selling? If you spend all day reading books on acting, watching films, going to scene study class, preparing new material, and going to rehearsal—and while you’re running from one place to another you’re listening to some acting podcast from some celebrity just because if they “made it,” gosh darn it, so can you—your entire day has been consumed with one only thing. You are an actor, be loud and proud about that. Back in my Syracuse University days my professors literally made us practice making the statement, “I am an actor.” However, you are not only an actor. You’re also a friend, brother, sister, mother, father, barista, Uber driver, swim coach, yoga instructor, and part-time American Ninja Warrior.