Hanging out on the beach can make you a better actor

Hanging out on the beach can make you a better actor

Picture this. You’re on a sun lounger, with a book in your hands. The distant sound of a motorboat humming out at sea, the gentle lapping of the waves hitting the shore; sometimes it’s a tiny clap of a wave but occasionally a stronger flush of foam breaks loudly on the sand. Sometimes the current turns and the waves get larger and stronger, energetic with violence, louder to the ear and the spray hits you in the face. And other times, it’s a milder lap, like a dog yawning mid-snooze.
This is how your feelings work. Often actors feel they have missed the moment, the impulse. The emotion hits and you failed to ride the wave. The moment has gone, and it will never come back. Don’t give up hope, another one will come along. Emotion is like waves, and as inevitable as it is that a wave reaches the shore, your feelings work the same way. Wait. Have faith. Another one will be making its way to you. It won’t be the same one as before, since all waves are different too. The moment has passed, now onto the new one.
And remember, size isn’t everything. The gentlest lapping of a wave on the sand can be as evocative as a large swell of foam on a rock. Basically, don’t panic, be patient.

The salon:collective offers training and professional development for actors, tailored to the needs of the industry, through its programme of acting (Meisner-based), movement and voice classes in London.

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