By Jill Place, The Acting Intuitive
I went to a seminar last week. For three days. And whenever I go to something like this I hear the words “fierceness” or “fierce love” often. The presenter keeps reminding you that, in order for you to be successful too, you have to get outside your comfort zone and voraciously carve a path to wherever you want to go.
I can’t agree more. I was also reminded that seminars, especially three-day ones, fire you up and then send you out to fend for yourself. Of course, you’re encouraged to sign up for the next course and keep going. These mega-millionaire marketing gurus have found the secret to making money . . . and selling to others how they did it. Most of them have their hearts in the right place. And somewhere, somehow, they’ve found the key to fulfilling their destinies. We can learn a lot from them.
I’ve lived a long time, had a lot of failures . . . and some successes . . . and have learned that you have to set an intention or goal and fiercely, single-mindedly pursue it to its conclusion to make stuff happen in your life. Here are some ways to do that; see if, when you read them, you fiercely agree. You’re in a fierce, fiery place when you:
1. Can’t think of anything else and are constantly figuring out how to play that part or ace that next audition. Ranier Maria Rilke said this about writing; the same applies to all creative acts,
Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
2. Work your tail off as many hours a day as you can at what you love, often neglecting sleep.
3. Get right up after failing, or losing the part of your dreams, and go back at it the next moment. I can’t tell you how many actors I held while they were crying after losing that plum part. Actors who were right back in class the next day. Sometimes they even cried in class. But they went on. Winston Churchill said,
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
4. Learn stuff, like marketing and success consciousness, that might be uncomfortable for you. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only way to combat that starving artist mentality. And bridge the gap between paid and non-paid gigs. The days of the agent fairy and the studio machine are long gone. You now have to be great at both acting and business.
5. Be fearless. Or, at the very most, find a way to manage your fears. Take Jackie Chan’s tack . . .
The ads all call me fearless, but that’s just publicity. Anyone who thinks I’m not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am.
6. Stay out of your comfort zone on a daily basis. In other words, do something that challenges you daily. I know so many talented actors who throw themselves fearlessly into their work just to play it safe personally. That’s not the path to tread if you want to be a success at what you fiercely love.
And . . . always . . . always . . . be grateful for where you’re at, your gifts, and how far you’ve come every day. Take a few moments each morning to light some candles, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and thank the Universe. It’s a great way to start your day. Be fierce!
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What other ways do you fiercely love your life’s chosen work? What will you do today to be fearless and get out of your comfort zone?