What Makes Great Actors Great? – by Brad Rhame
How many actors/actresses would you consider great? What is it that they do that makes them amazing? There is a saying that goes, “Proper Preparation Produces Perfect Performance.” I couldn’t agree more. BUT… What is it that makes them exceptional? Could it be that every time they do a scene they can go back behind the camera and watch how they did? If you saw yourself everyday on video, would you change the way you walk, talk, stand, smile or even sit? What about how you dress, approach someone or shake hands? If you could see yourself as they see you, would you change yourself to be better?
What the camera, director and other co-stars do for those in acting; our friends, family, bosses, coworkers and yes even the camera can tell us how we are doing. THE word I am thinking of is Accountability. Whenever we are held accountable for our actions, we strive to meet and achieve those standards. That is what makes writing down our goals so important and so hard. People don’t like to fail and we know that by not telling others about our goals, it leaves us a way out to quit, slack off or cheat.
If you want to have your best life going forward, then you need to realize that things need to change. There needs to be accountability in your life. The goal in accountability is to find those that will push you and not make fun of you. Too many others, who are permanent failures, want company and will gladly pull you down to their level. Accountability is not about guilt, but rather motivation! Seek out those leaders, friends and family members who are going to motivate and inspire you to achieve greatness. Everyone has greatness inside of them, we just have to find a way of pulling, pushing and catapulting it out of us.
So, the next time you see a great movie think about all the accountability it took to make those actors/actresses that way. And now you know what makes great actors great. Go and do the same!