20 Reasons Everyone Should Take Acting Lessons
Here’s what my students learn:
- Enter a room with confidence, head held high. If you don’t think you’re worth someone’s time, why should they?
- Look people in the eyes.
- If you shake hands, use a firm grip. No floppy fish and no vice grips. Again, confidence.
- Don’t babble, but do speak clearly, distinctly, and loud enough to be heard.
- Listen carefully when someone is speaking to you.
- The most important thing you do is listen.
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes, especially when you do not like how they are behaving. Why do you think they are being that way? Figure it out. It’s probably not the reason you think.
- People have reasons for everything they do. They may not be good reasons, but they make sense to that person at that time.
- Very often, they themselves are unaware of the reason. The reason is still valid.
- Be nice to everyone because you never know who you are talking to. Also, isn’t that the way you want people to treat you?
- Only (bad) actors show emotion; people do everything they can to hide emotion.
- Everything you do is probably motivated either by fear or love.
- Every story is a love story. You just have to find what the love is about.
- Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to feel needed. Very few people feel like that.
- Everyone has sides to them they don’t like or are afraid of. Don’t be afraid; look at them, but do so with control. Unexamined feelings fester and contaminate everything you do.
- We all have deep dark secrets, and most of them are the same.
- How a person behaves is not who they are.
- Everyone had a life before they met you and will continue to have one when you leave.
- Support others, especially co-workers. Don’t try to steal focus from them.
- If you cannot treat a person with respect, walk away.
My students need all these skills to create believable characters and to work with other actors, directors, etc. But wouldn’t the world be just a little better if everyone had these skills?