If rejection is part of the thespian game then criticism is the foundation to the rules. We’re living abroad and often in countries whose culture doesn’t permit a blunt critique. Expat Thespians can be told that we’re good actors and at times that compliment can come so often that when we get criticized it’s a bit jarring. Today let’s talk about
How To Accept Criticism As An Expat Thespian
GET ANGRY. Not at the person giving you the critique. Get angry with yourself and where you are in your craft. I didn’t say tear into your self-esteem. I said get angry. When I was overweight it wasn’t until I got angry that I took care of my problem. Just like how pain lets us know we’re still alive; anger lets us know we still have passion. Think and don’t explode like a bomb but rather channel your anger like a bullet. I’ve exploded before and lost a casting agent, so turn that anger inward, determine your goal and execute. (Not the person in front of you)
GET LAZY. Haha, not the original definition which means “unwilling to work” but the North American livestock branding definition that means “placed on its side rather than upright.” When you get critiqued it’s time to look at your acting from a different angle, from a different “side.” Open your mind to the possibility of a new perspective. If you’re a Method actor then try Meisner. If you’re Meisner try some Practical Aesthetics. If you really want a shift then do some Improv. The key is to shake things up because even the best can get caught in a rut.
Above all else remember that everyone is a critic. So take all your critiques with a grain of salt. Find coaches, directors, casting agents that you trust. Find people that won’t tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear to further your profession as an Expat Thespian.
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