Don’t be afraid to spend time getting to know yourself, whatever that looks like for you. Take yourself on a picnic, go on a hike, write yourself letters. Ask yourself the same questions you might ask of a new friend you’re out to drinks with, or a new classmate you’re curious to learn more about. You might discover that you’re one of the coolest people you know!
I would encourage you to document your findings. Give some attention to getting to know yourself better and digging up all the things about you and within you that are truly extraordinary, outright weird, seemingly contradictory and unique. Taking the time to figure out who you really are and what makes you you will enable you to bring your whole self to your acting work. The things that make you unique – ie, different from the rest – are exactly the things that people want to see on screen. Uniqueness is captivating.
Discover the personality traits, quirks, preferences and neuroses that make you different, and once you do, do not be afraid of them! Instead, use them. Infuse them into your work. Use them as a lens through which you bring your characters to life; give them a dash of you. This vibrancy of real human life in your characters will ensure that your performance is strikingly one-of-a-kind. No one else can possibly fabricate the essence of you and transfer it to a reading. Only you can do that! As Dr. Seuss famously wrote, “There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Allow your you-ness to flow. Let your freak flag fly. Get weird. Relish your uniqueness, and as you lean into it, it will make your characters come to life and your performances shine. Let your one-of-a-kind-ness light you up from the inside out as you realize that no one can beat you at being you. You are the best you in the universe, and there will never be another you. Try it out and see what happens when you let your amazing you-ness inform your acting choices. Spoiler alert: you’ll find yourself in a league of your own, because no one can compete with you being you!