Forget the Rules and Be Yourself

One thing I've learned about acting, is that you can certainly make up your own rules.

There are so many articles out there about what to do, and what not to do as an actor and in the audition room. There are so many rules about how to go about this, and how to go about that, but in the end, it's totally up to you. What works for someone else may not work for you and vice versa.

However the one consistent and valuable piece of advice I've heard is this: be yourself (the article from Marci Phillips certainly sums it all up).

Simple right? It should be. But it isn't if you're sitting around thinking you have to be this, and look like that.  

When I started out on this creative path, I was told that I had to be more brunette, more tan, and more urban. But everywhere I went - just the way I was - I knew people saw me as corporate, serious and ethnically ambiguous.

My lighter brown hair, my olive skin didn't stop that perception which came as easily to me as breathing.  So why did I have to morph into someone else, especially if that didn't come naturally to me?

It took a while, but I tuned out the noise and I started to listen to my gut.  And it paid off. Why? Because I was just being myself; I was being what I bull's-eye.

If you know your brand, if you know what you bring to the table, then it is something that comes so naturally to you that you don't HAVE to BE anything other than that. You don't have to be more anything. If it isn't authentic to who you are, then don't waste your time.  This goes from how you look to how you act. It's all part of your package.

Once you embrace yourself, then you are free to perform in the audition room. You can present whatever version of yourself needed to bring the character to life (think of the adjectives that help bring those traits forth, like Greg Apps suggests in this article).

So forget all of the rules and just be yourself. Trust yourself. Trust your process.

Someday, At The #Oscars

I love watching dreams come true. The real life happy "endings," or perhaps beginnings. I especially love seeing films, stories, actors that truly move audiences and break all the "rules" come out winning. It's so inspiring. 

Of course there are so many movies that are phenomenal that don't make it to the Oscars.  But that doesn't lessen their worth. 

Touching someone's heart or making someone smile, simply evoking emotions with a story... wow... that is quite a gift; such an honor. That alone is a reward in itself. 

A storyteller that has been able to pass each obstacle on the road to their own personal level of success is victorious, regardless of whether or not they make it to the Oscars. 

With that said, those that did make it are entitled to their moment. So congrats to all of the nominees and Oscar winners! And congrats to everyone who has had the courage to tell a story worth telling. 

You all give me a little something to look forward to in my own personal someday. 

Telling Our Stories

Storytellers take chances. And it takes courage to do that. Especially when you write, direct, produce and star in your own film.

I did this.

I'm only starting to comprehend that I actually did this. And I am thankful for the fabulous crew that helped make it happen, and the support of my family beside me.

You don't realize what a labor of love it is, how personal it is, and how challenging it is when you are hit with inspiration to tell your own story. After you give into the inspiration, you have to decide whether to go forward.

When you take that chance, the work pleasantly absorbs every fiber of your being: the checklist in your mind, on the storyboard, and in the script itself as you prepare; the excitement and the nerves the day before a shoot; and the pure joy of watching it unfold in each moment.  These experiences are priceless.

I am thankful that I took an incredible chance; I bet on myself and in my heart, I came out winning.  Whatever the outcome may be, I'm glad that I had the courage to tell my own story.

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