Hey, you know that thing you’re avoiding?
That fear that snatches away your voice and sends your mind racing? The doubt that was planted in your heart that just keeps creeping in? Or maybe you’ve in the midst of an incredibly emotional time but no matter how much you try to ignore it and get back to your audition prep, you keep getting caught up?
We all have different stories. Different struggles, and different pain. Some periods of this life will be relatively smooth sailing. And others come with hurdles and experiences that shake us and sometimes even break us. In this business, it can be really easy to think that you have to keep going as if nothing is wrong. We let ourselves believe that if we stop to feel those feelings or work on that relationship or make some big life changes, that the industry will pass us by and leave us in the dust.
Or maybe you just don’t want to face that thing. You don’t think you’re ready or you’re scared. But you know that it’s weighing on you. And that’s the tricky thing. If you find that your work is off, your performances don’t land like they used to, and you’re feeling unsettled with the state of your career, it might be time to consider that the issue actually lies within.
As actors our bodies are our instruments, our minds and hearts are our tools. If there’s an imbalance going on, a blockage, it will come out in your work. I can guarantee it. It doesn’t matter that the thing you’re avoiding technically has nothing to do with the entertainment industry. If something’s creating chaos inside you, it’ll 100% affect your career. But I can promise you this- when you decide to face it, to process it, to start the journey to overcoming and healing it, your career and your life will change.
If you’ve been looking for a sign, this is it. Stop waiting. Take a breath and take the plunge. The best way out is through. And taking the time to work on your personal growth and development will ALWAYS benefit your work as an actor. We spend so much time in acting classes but how much time do we actually spend working on ourselves?
So make that call, have that conversation, schedule an appointment with your therapist, forgive the person you’ve been holding a grudge against. Do what you need to do to create a positive, peaceful, free space within you. You are bigger than that emotional weight you’re avoiding.