You tell me…
True or false?
You went into show business because you want to make the world a better place.
That was the first impulse.
The mere act and art of entertaining another individual is a huge gift.
And, I’ll bet you went into this world of show business (or entrepreneurship) because you wanted to enlighten an audience. Challenge an audience. Push people to see their shortcomings and go beyond what they think is possible.
But so often this altruistic impulse gets lost as we deal with perpetual rejection. So often I see actors lost in the insanity of wanting fame and attention. Wanting to own expensive objects to validate their existence. I know I’ve got sucked up in that game many times. But when we lose sight of that initial impulse to make the planet a better place, a lot of anxiety and frustration arise.
I suggest as an experiment that we treat all of our actions this week as altruistic acts. Instead of trying to get more attention, or more money, what if you made your intention to make the world a better place. Damn, sounds like I’ve gone all cheesy and shit. Fuck it, let’s do it anyway.
Start with your next audition….
Are you willing to make your next audition a random act of kindness? Hows about you do your absolute best work in your next audition. Make it the audition of your career. Whether you’re pimping how frigging soft Charmin is, or doing a 6 page scene for an independent film, or a feature or a broadway play, or a showcase… Offer everything you have – as a gift to those in the room with you. That means letting go of your concern with getting the job.
Just have fun, let your heart be open.
You don’t have a lot of control over whether you’re gonna get the gig or not. But if you have an open heart and are willing to give something away – well who knows…
And let’s face it…
You can’t afford to go into your next audition protecting yourself from rejection. That’s no way to live.
It’s time to be a passion rebel.
Go out there and have some fun.
The planet needs you.
So, was I right?
Did your initial impulse to go into the entertainment industry come from a desire to make the world a better place?
I’m truly curious about this.