Sharpen Your Skills
“The theater, for me, has always been a place where I’m free to be more creative, a place to sharpen my tools.”
– Ethan Hawke
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abe Lincoln
“Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view – what is the highest and best use of your talents, skills and abilities? When you answer that, seize the opportunity to sharpen those qualities even more sharply by applying your focused effort.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher
Ask the right questions—get the right answers. By asking the right questions, we are able to know where to put our focus. What things do we want to be exceptional at? What do we feel we could work on to get to that next level? Sharpening our skills can feel like it takes a long time, but when we have focus on the skills that matter most to us, becoming an expert at that will feel like no time at all. If we try to do all the things at once, be good at all the the strategies, concepts, skills, techniques, and more—our energy and focus is stretched thin. Why not break things up and focus on one skill at a time starting with the skill or technique you want to be great at the most.
So ask yourself, what is one thing I’m most excited about getting really good at? What skills am I wanting to hone in on and sharpen so that when called upon to do it, I can do it easily and with great confidence.
Sharpening your skills—one at a time can feel like it will take forever, but truthfully, as an actor, you’re in this for the long haul and it will all come together faster than you think. Stay with it. Keep going. Ask yourself the right questions and you’ll get the right answers.
As always, we are here for you and ready to help sharpen those skills. Know what skills you want to sharpen? Let’s do it! Explore with us with any of our online or in-person classes, make your choice for what you need via sharishaw.com or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.