Watching the contortionists at the Cirque du Soleil last night, I realized that they make acrobatics look so easy that I forget how impossibly hard it is. I took for granted the strength, the flexibility, the practice, and courage it takes to achieve those feats.
Acting is the same. Great actors make acting seem easy. But I see a lot of actors who take the craft of acting for granted. They think “I can do that” and they audition, go to casting workshops, do showcases, without having a teacher and being in a regular class. By the way, they are the same actors complaining that they’re not booking.
Great acting requires consistent practice, a good coach and personal courage to build the emotional strength and emotional flexibility required to perform great roles. Respect your craft. Be in class – practice.