June 11, 2018

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

The events of this week are a very important reminder to us all that success doesn’t make you immune to depression, mental illness, and the unpredictability of the human mind. Below please find a loving reminder that it’s always okay to seek help and more importantly, to give help to those around you.

As actors, we’re taught to be vulnerable, to be in touch with our emotions. At one point or another, we’ve all had the phrase “Use it!” thrown at us from a director. We use our skill sets to tap into our emotional wells of joy and sadness. For many of us, it’s easier to use these feelings in a scene and escape into a character than it is to unpack these difficult thoughts in our daily lives.  This week, push yourself to be honest about what you’re feeling outside of the scene work. And if you need help, know there are people around you willing and ready to listen. You are never alone.

To be a good actor, you need to be compassionate on the stage and screen.  You need to help your fellow performers reach their potential. You have to be kind to yourself between takes. Although it’s easier said than done, try and take this compassion outside the classroom. Just as you would in class, don’t be afraid to say, “I’m struggling,” or “I’m lost.” There’s no shame in it. There’s actually immense strength!

Just as listening to your scene partner is crucial in a scene; it’s also crucial in life. Take extra moments to really listen to how your friends and loved ones are doing. Let them know you’re a judgment-free zone.  Acting is all about creating a safe space. This studio is a safe space, professionally and personally. We’re here to support each other. We’re here to help each other. If we build each other up, we’ll all become better, stronger performers (and people).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255

Love always,

SS

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