Many think bad acting is about bad choices. It’s not. Bad acting is about fear of commitment. It doesn’t matter what choices the actor makes. When she studder steps, grows ambivalent, takes one breath of uncertainty, we are instantly pulled out and reminded that this is make believe. The ball is dropped. The magic is lost. Her punch becomes a slight shove at best. We are not moved in any direction but down as we sink into our seats.
In life, we will make bad choices. This is a fact. We will do things we regret. We will hurt others. We will make decisions that will only bring more misery into our lives. But here’s the thing. Once we make a choice, we must commit to it. Second guessing is when anxiety floods us. It’s when we realize the world is watching and become crippled with fear. The moment we are afraid, we fall backwards into a pool of false beliefs.
Our ability to make healthier choices will change as we grow. But if we don’t practice being a bullet now, it doesn’t matter how healthy our choices are, we will be throwing a boomerang that may come back to smack us in the face. I’m not saying to be impulsive, which I struggle with every single day. Lay out the pros and cons and put as much thought and intuition into a decision you feel you need. But once you decide, pull the pin. Execute. Lean into it.
We must exercise walking with certainty because people that can’t decide are afraid and living in fear is not living. ”Good acting” means committing fully to your choices. Then growth happens when we take responsibility of those choices, good or bad.
Don’t be a bad actor.
It’s hard to watch.
Trackback from your site.