Many times when I’m working with an actor on a scene and I feel they are holding back they tell me they don’t want to be too _________ fill in the blank. Too big, too loud, too sexy, too…. many things. But really what they are holding back from is: following their instincts.
Often this “holding back” is because of a director or teacher gave them that note for a different performance in the past. Don’t generalize your notes from a director or teacher and bring them forward. At least run these old notes by your current teacher and get their feedback.
Take into consideration that every Casting Director I’ve met has said that it is better to be too big because they can always tell an actor to bring it down, but rarely can an actor take the adjustment to turn it up.
Know that when you’re holding back – you’re not risking going outside of your comfort zone and so your performance will probably be safe. Instead, trusting your instincts, go for it and don’t hold back.
Are you holding onto any notes? Share with other actors and get some feedback below.