So, I was reading Interview Magazine – cuz I am so incredibly cool.
OK, I’m kinda cool.
Hey, what’s so great about being cool.
Aaaand, I’m back!
So, in Interview Magazine I came across a quote from Emma Watson that really resonated.
Here it is…
“No one likes feeling Vulnerable and uncomfortable and weak. But I really have found that it’s in those moments that there’s a kind of magic.”
Here’s why this resonated with me.
We have all been trained to show confidence, and strength, and by all means to avoid the state of, “I don’t know.”
In grammar school one of the worst responses to have when the teacher calls on you to answer a question is…
“Uh… I don’t know, Mrs Gumper.”
For many of us when we experience, “I don’t know,” it can lead to mild panic – even now.
Here’s the interesting thing.
I have seen this over and over and over and over. I did that to really make my point.
In CI when someone is doing some Stream of Consciousness to connect to their truth before a scene or monologue…
If they really connect to being unsure, or not knowing exactly what is happening in that moment – a genuineness emerges. A truth. A beauty.
And when they integrate that into their scene, monologue, or pitch, they profoundly connect with their audience.
Even – more interesting…
They connect more with their audience ( clients, colleagues, casting directors) than if they were trying to show how confident they are.
As I keep saying over and over (Because it is so contrary to how we have been educated.)…
PEOPLE WANT YOUR ACTUAL TRUTH – not your idea of how you should be.
If I have any mantra before shooting a scene in a movie or tv show – it is – “I don’t know what is going to happen.”
Doing this signals to my nervous system that, “Anything can happen. I don’t know what I will actually see. I don’t know what my experience will be. But I am open to the adventure.”
This makes for exciting work.
And I see that every time I plan what I am going to do and attempt to present it – it sucks.
When we are open to the ( unknown) magic of the moment – that’s when the good work emerges.
I’m gonna trust that this resonates with you, too.
People want YOU. Not your idea of you.
Try it out, my friend, and report back to base camp with results.
Big Damn Hug