Being an expat thespian is about finding opportunity where most people don't even see a chance. To see a triangle when everyone else sees a square helps in the development of your career. We as expat actors have to be able to find the positive perspective in any situation. Today's post?
How To Find Your "YES" As An Expat Thespian
Do Abstract Activities - The game "Unblock Me" is a phenomenal puzzle game. As seen in the picture to the right, the goal is to unblock the red block by sliding the other blocks out of the way and accomplish this with the minimal amount of moves. I'm a linear thinker and this game helps me to focus and find a new angle to achieve the objective. The answer to your acting career isn't always directly in front of you and finding your 'Yes' sometimes requires abstract thinking. Find an abstract activity that you enjoy, because the new angles you can learn could determine your career.
Critique The Critic - You're going to think this is crazy but bare with me. There's a YouTube series by Nicki Swift called "Why Hollywood Won't Cast (Enter Celebrity's Name) Anymore." It's a popular series that is extremely entertaining, but I also find it monumentally informative. Yes it's an opinion piece, unique to every actor, but it helps me to see probable mishaps, unpopular decisions, and career blunders that actors have made. We aren't perfect, no human is, but finding your 'Yes' means finding where you're vulnerable. So, listen to a critic and determine what information they have that you can use.
Acting is changing. The business of acting is changing. We as expat actors are evidence of this. So find your 'Yes' and maximize it because it could mean the difference in having an acting hobby and being a working Expat Thespian!
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