Brian, The GOOD Intern Experience
Today I want to talk about the much avoided “C” word, commitment. Commitment is imperative to any part of success because nothing can be carried out unless one is fully committed. In relationships men tend to be seen as commitment-phobes by women. Women emphasize the importance of commitment because they realize that commitment is the integral part to the success to their relationship. I don’t blame them though, who would want to be in a relationship with a guy that’s only committed anywhere from 30-70% of the time?
Losing weight has never been much of an issue for me; frankly, I’ve never had to really try. For the first time in my life I made a resolution to lose 15-20 lbs. in 2012. This has been by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s like the healthier I eat the more I want to eat junk food. Sometimes I fall off my diet but I realize that I didn’t gain the weight all in one day and accordingly I’m not going to lose it all in one day either. It’s the accumulation of the weeks on end that I commit to working out and dieting that is leading me to my goal of having a fit body. The results are starting to show and my commitment to achieving my goal prevails 100% of the time, but if I lose my commitment, I’m sure to know that failure is eminent.
Being committed brings out a certainty that wouldn’t be perceived if one wasn’t. This is true to many aspects of performing. Have you noticed the contestants on American Idol that are usually laughed at when they audition? The commonality is that they’re uncertain of themselves, hesitant, lack confidence, and do not commit in full to their audition and are usually interrupted and told to stop. Without being committed your chances for success are nil.
One could as well argue that being committed is what acting is all about, being committed to a moment, to reaction, to feeling, to instinct and this will allow one to commit to a role. Being a committed to a role is a essential part to what makes the character come alive. An actor has to lose oneself and fully envelop a character, forgetting who they are in reality. An actor whom I highly admire for doing this is Daniel Day-Lewis. He is known for embodying his characters from start to finish upon completing a movie, even while off stage. His commitments to his roles are exemplified time and time again through his performances. Of course every actor must find their own way of staying committed to their roles but doing this is a commitment in itself. An actor must work all the time to perfect their craft but being committed to doing so is the only way in achieving this. To continually progress, develop and grow should be a goal for any artist.
This concept of commitment is illustrated in all aspects in obtaining and successfully completing any goal. Whether it be having a good relationship, losing weight, singing or performing to being/becoming a great actor. So stay committed to being committed you’ll be that much closer to getting to where you want to go, but you’ll never reach your destination without being so.
Meaghan, The GOOD Intern Experience
Hey guys! Today I want to talk about overcoming obstacles. Whether it be everyday trials or challenges in your acting endeavors, all obstacles are good for you! If you can train yourself to view them all as learning experiences, life’s lemons will be sweetened! Problems arise to teach you a lesson. When you are faced with a problem, its important to remember that its all about how you react to the situation. Making logical, rational decisions after careful evaluation are the keys to climbing any mountain. Taking the time out to analyze, and view the challenge with different perspectives will allow you to remain objective. Next time you are faced with a seemingly impossible obstacle, ask yourself, what am I being taught? With every problem you face, there will be a gift, and its up to you to pick up on it. A lot of times it’s hard for us to accept the truth. The truth about ourselves, others, and our very own shortcomings. Its important to remain honest with yourself. If there is an area in life in which you need to grow, the universe has a funny way of bringing you into situations to grow. Think of it all as an opportunity. A window of opportunity, and once you hop through it, you will be blessed with wisdom and knowledge on what to do better, or how to be different. Every mountain you climb, every bridge you cross, and every window you hop through will make you that much stronger. I’ve come toe to toe with plenty of challenges. Sometimes, its hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But throughout the years, I’ve learned that you don’t necessarily have to know “how” you will get to the finishline, you just have to know that you will get there! You have to visualize, believe, and reach deep within yourself, and you will make it to the top! So meet each challenge prepared to fight. Because you only get one life, take its good and bad as a chance to better yourself and be enriched! Stay strong family!