Today we’re going to address one of those unspoken challenges that lurks in the minds of many an aspiring actor:
I’m worried about what people will say if I pursue my dream to study acting.
There’s a wonderful show streaming on Stan right now called Rise, which is about a high school theatre director who’s staging a student production of the musical, Spring Awakenings.
In his team of actors is a leading football player who comes under no end of criticism for being a part of the show.
There’s also a young man whose parents don’t want him to be in a production with questionable values.
There’s a young woman whose single mum is just scraping by and in order to help the family, she is asked to miss rehearsals in order to work to help pay the rent.
There are numerous other characters whose participation in the show is also challenged by others.
Although it’s just a fictional story, if you want to become an actor, you’ll find there are people out there who don’t think as highly of the profession as you do.
People who think you should have other priorities and who think you are making a very big mistake.
Some people will think you’re silly for wanting to become an actor.
Some will even say it to your face.
Some people will tell you to “go get a proper job” or do something that’s more worthwhile with your life.
Some people will tell you you’ll never make it, and it’s all a fantasy.
So you’ll need a comeback.
But what do you say to the people who criticise you?
Here are a few tips:
So as you embark on your journey to become an actor make sure you also have friends who do “get it”, who do understand what it’s all about, and can offer you support and encouragement when others can’t or won’t.
In time, you may find that some of the naysayers are won over - once they see you perform on stage, or see a film you’re in, and they find themselves inclined to admit... you’ve been on the right track all along!
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