so you want to be an actor?
You’ve already made a good start, literally just by Googling ‘how to be a better actor.’ You’d be surprised, how many people don’t even take that step, after declaring their life dream to be famous. It seems like you just need to get lucky, right? To be in the right place, at the right time, with the right person to open a door for you, and BAM. You’re waving to paparazzi from the red carpet.
Wrong. Acting is difficult.
Acting requires hard work, intelligence, patience, passion, perspiration, optimism, diligence, joy, appreciation, strength of character, gratitude, understanding, vulnerability, an open heart, an open mind and above all – unabashed courage.
It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for those of two minds. You might have heard – ‘if you can imagine doing something else, do it’ – and those voices are right. Whether you want to pursue acting as your life-long career, or if you want to just play on the side – if you can imagine any other career, make that your priority. Long after Hollywood has worn you down and changed your spirit, there will be those who want it more than you, and will hold out just a little longer. It’s a thankless, hopeless, miserable profession that will destroy your faith in humanity, make you doubt what’s fair in this fucked-up world and discourage you to the point you deride every aspect of yourself.
It can also be fulfilling, intellectual, passionate, inspirational, progressive, engaging, philosophical, unbelievably rewarding, and fun as all fucking hell.