Let’s think about that for a moment…
We’ve often heard that acting is reacting; but where does reacting come from? Reacting comes from listening.
But just being told to listen can feel vague. That’s why the question you should really be asking is: “What am I listening for?”
Think about it like this: when you were a kid and you went with your mom to the grocery story, what did you want her to buy? Candy, of course! And what was her usual response? “No.” :-/
But what were you listening for her to say? “Yes”! You wanted that “yes” more than A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. It permeated your entire being and gave you laser-like focus! Because wanting your mom to buy you candy was your sole intention, it became what you were listening for. Her saying “no” created your conflict and gave you something to fight for!
Remember: The key to active listening lies in that moment of expectation between what you desire and how your scene partner responds!
NEXT UP: What active listening looks like!
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