Acting Inspired


As a bit of a departure from writing my novels, I was recommended by a friend and ex-tutor, Ken Rea to contribute to a podcast being created by another Guildhall alumni, Lewis Goody.

So, on Monday I made the trip down to leafy Chiswick and had a chat with him, trying as best I could to adhere to the theme of the podcast, namely, Inspiration.

I feel if you’re a creative type and your outlet is for whatever reason being thwarted, as is often the case as an actor, then it’s very useful to put that energy somewhere else and still create.

The hour went in the blink of an eye and as is often the case, I found myself thinking further on the subject once I’d stepped away from the mic, so below are my closing thoughts concerning the discussion we’d already had.

I think, as a general note, we need to learn to be kind to ourselves; not beat ourselves up too much, whilst still maintaining a focus.

THAT was the thing I nearly remembered at the end of the interview – you spoke about focus in a previous podcast… I have found it necessary to focus on one thing for long enough to achieve it- to get it done. Otherwise, one can tend to get bogged down with too many ideas and never pursue any, or try to pursue too many, to end up completing nothing, so feel even more down about one’s capabilities. 

Having one idea: for a film, for a novel, for a play you want to put on… I would ideally follow that to the exclusion of all else (-creative, not health, exercise, etc.) until it’s completed. Then move on to the next thing. 

Also- and I think this probably came through in the chat, but it’s good to iterate: So often, things seldom pan out in straightforward fashion.. by which I mean- opportunities often present themselves because you have -or are- doing something kind of unconnected, but at least positive. And that then branches on to other things and so on. 

But if you were to imagine it before you embarked, you would most likely picture a far more linear trajectory than will end up happening to you. And that’s fine, embrace it. So long as you also feel it’s all going in a creative direction that you like.

Finally, I would say, ‘refuse to compare yourself to others’. That way leads to madness. Ken spoke about the mind being an amazing tool- that habits can be broken and new (healthy) ones formed. There will always be peers that were more fortunate, that perhaps got their break sooner, or earned more money or recognition.

Wishing you were them achieves nothing but negative thoughts.. envy, feelings of inadequacy, etc., and that can very easily lead on to depression and bitterness. That’s one habit to cut in the bud.

Focus on the positive that you are engaged in instead, fill your life, your waking thoughts with how you achieve your goal of finishing that to the best of your abilities.

If you’re interested in the Acting Inspired interview, CLICK HERE.

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