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International Film Awards Berlin

As actors, we are no strangers to rejection. In fact, rejection is so common within our industry that we have come to expect it before we even say our first line. 

 

While rejection and our anticipation of it are valid and understandable feelings, I would argue that not only is rejection necessary for honing our craft as actors, but it can actually give us a kind of freedom. 

There are three ways that rejection can actually be used as a tool to experience this freedom in our creative practice: Introspection, Making Choices, and Abandoning Outcome. .”

Introspection

It is no surprise that introspection is crucial to our development as actors. Wading through our inner lives, finding where our emotional histories, our tendencies, our behaviors, may intersect or diverge with the character we are attempting to play, is where we spend a lot of time as actors. 

At times, though, rejection can cause us to take a long, hard look in the mirror and question whether or not we are “good enough,” whether or not we are “worth it.” While these questions are introspective in a way, they are not exactly productive or inspiring. 

Instead of questioning ourselves about our talent or ability, we should be asking ourselves: “Why am I acting in the first place?” “What is it I am attempting to achieve by playing these characters?” “What does the character want in this situation?”



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Why Am I Acting in the First Place? 

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THROUGH THE YEARS

THROUGH THE YEARS

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