The first in a series of nine conversations with mentor, coach and trainer Sharon Bott (who also happens to be my wife), taking on the area of mindset as it concerns actors. This time, we're talking about LIMITING BELIEFS - how they're formed, how we can distinguish them and ultimately, how we can choose NOT to live out of them.
When we get a new script in the hand, it's all too easy to succumb to some less than helpful habits in our keenness to make our mark on the role. Inspired by a quote from a slightly surprising source, here's a thought about character development that may help shake out any old, stale habits you may have fallen into.
What's all the fuss about podcasting? Is there anything in it for me as an actor? Should I be paying attention? I'm joined by co-host of the POWERFUL NONSENSE podcast, actor Wayne Ingram, in this recording of an hour long ActorChat video discussion about the advantages and some pitfalls of podcasting for actors.
It strikes me that many of us learned, very early in life, there was a huge payoff in drawing attention to the fact that we were upset. There was real value in complaining to your mother that something was wrong. However, as we get older, the strategy begins to produce diminishing returns. What are the consequences?
For three glorious months, back in the Summer of In 2014, I was very honoured and privileged to be understudy to the great Bill Nighy in the revival of David Hare's 'Skylight' at Wyndham's Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry. This is a little story about luck, fate, and synchronicity, cause and effect - call it what you will. It has a longish preface because it revolves around this very significant event in my life. In order for the jewel to shine, it need to be bedded in the right setting - so bear with me!
In the show, I make reference to couple of names that are significant to the story but you may not have heard of. If you're interested, you can find out about Tucker McGuire on IMDb here, and Tom Macaulay here. At left is a shot of Tucker McGuire in the film "A Night to Remember", the 1958 British film about the sinking of the Titanic starring Kenneth Moore.
Being still at the beginning of the year, it’s not too late to talk about goal-setting - indeed, a week or so into January, it’s maybe around now that first indications appear that those fine and sparkly resolutions we made are beginning to look a bit tarnished? If that’s not the case - brilliant - however, as actors we’re particularly aware of the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" and I thought a conversation with my personal development coach wife, Sharon Bott, to look at the particular concerns that actors have about determining how life is going to go may be apposite.
I host an occasional video streaming chat - called, amazingly, ActorChat TV, that uses the Blab platform. By way of kicking things off and because it was easy to do, we did a live broadcast entitled ‘Actors & Goal Setting’ and the rest of this podcast is the audio recording of it. If you would prefer to watch the conversation, here is the YouTube recording of the Blab.
If you love what Sharon is saying and would like to know more about here and what she can offer, please pay her website a visit as soon as you can!
The very first episode of the Actor Notes podcast is about our constant companion ... fear. The thing is, whether or not it gets in the way of our work - and if so - what can we do about it? Not that I've got any answers necessarily, but I hope my angle on it strikes a chord or two - if only you feel less alone in your terror from now on.