When I sit in on castings, I watch actors coming in one after the other after the other all trying to be what they think they're supposed to be. I watch amazing talented actors push away or hide the things that make them unique and special. It just kills me. And then, in walks an actor…no excuses, no apologies, just a raw confidence in who they are and what special attributes they’re bringing to the table.... and everyone in the room exhales a sigh of relief. Finally. Someone who is real. Someone not trying to be what they think they're supposed to be, or trying to be what they want to be, or trying to be something someone has told them they should be. A real person owning everything about themselves…the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s usually those "ugly" parts or aspects of our personalities that we don't think are good enough or that might be thought of as negative, or not as bold and bright as we think an actor is supposed to be, that separate us from every other actor at that audition. Aspects that color us as full layered real human beings. Those same colors and layers that directors seek out and look for in an actor.
An actor who can accept and more importantly OWN every aspect of their being, is an actor who can display the confidence that commands attention, and who will be remembered after they walk out of the room. They might not be exactly right for the part they're reading for at that moment, but you can be sure that the casting director, director, agent, producer, client, or whomever was in that room is going to remember that actor and their various layers in a positive light. Whereas those actors who were all trying to be what they thought they were supposed to be, well let’s just say they will be as memorable as their one dimensional, generic performances.
So that bit of advice that every actor must hear…here it comes…get ready because it's powerful: YOU ARE ENOUGH. That’s it. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Each and every one of you is unique and special and incredible and powerful and memorable and castable and marketable. You don’t have to be anything other than yourself. Don’t try to fit yourself into a role. Fit that role onto you…make it work for all your colors and layers, embracing the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is in owning everything about yourself and being brave enough to expose it that will separate you from all the other actors out there. Once you can trust that YOU ARE ENOUGH and are able to bring your true self to each role, that is when magic happens and careers are made.
From this moment on I am giving all of you permission to just be you. That's all you have to do. Trust that you are enough. Own it…Believe it…and Bring it…to every photo shoot, every meeting, every audition, every rehearsal, every day you are lucky enough to work on set
Right now, look into a mirror or your phone or your reflection in your computer screen, and just tell yourself: I am enough. I don't have to try to be anything other than who I am. And right before you walk into that next meeting or audition remind yourself of that. Don’t try to be what you think they want, show them what they need…you!