Monday, May 21, 2018
“We all have different timetables in reaching and realizing that being in healthy partnerships is better than being on our own.” – Hill Harper
You can’t act in a vacuum. Acting requires partnership. You must be connected with your scene partners, the director, the crew, and you can’t forget the audience. In this life, the only thing we can truly control is ourselves. So, be the partner you want to be paired with every day. Project the integrity and honor you want from your co-star. Lead by example and you’ll find those around you will start to do the same. Be a giving scene partner and people will give more to you.
It can be easy to blame others or look for their faults. But everything we do as performers is built by a team. This is an unavoidably collaborative medium. In the age of hyphenates, it’s easy to forget we can’t do it all. Take ownership of your mistakes and don’t be afraid of your weaknesses. Only once you acknowledge your shortcomings can you begin to conquer them. Use your partnerships to cover the cracks, smooth the edges, and enhance your performances. Use your partner’s strengths to hide your weaknesses.
As you go through this week, take note of all the partnerships that build up your acting. Thank your loved ones, your reps, your mentors, and your classmates. Be conscious of your energy in scenes. Be extra conscious of your presence while watching scenes. Consider saying, “How can I make my scene partner look good?” Instead of, “How can I look good?” Show up ready to be a good partner and you’ll be amazed how much better your partners will become.
I couldn’t do any of this without all of you. So thank you for being my partners as well.