Acting – or any art form for that matter – requires learning. And in our creative, spiritual, evolutionary process, there are three types of learning.
1. Those “light bulb” moments you get when you’re hearing something truly remarkable for the first time. It’s “beginner” learning. The sad thing is, as we get older, we think we “know it all.” We become bitter and jaded (ouch!) or cynical and sarcastic (eeeek!) which makes it feel as if this type of exciting discovery occurs less and less. It doesn’t. We just have to retrain our minds into becoming beginners again. And again. And again. In everything we do.
2. This depends on our own personal learning curve. “You get it when you get it.” It’s the kind of learning where – at a deep level – you know it, but your system hasn’t caught up with that knowing yet. So you get it, but you don’t get it. Or another way of saying it is: You know it, but you don’t yet have the muscle to support that knowing. It’s conceptual. Not experiential.
3. The most profound learning, which accelerates our growth, transformation and evolution 100 percent, is quantum. The physicist, Amit Goswami, calls it “taking a discontinuous jump in thought.” Which basically means, if you want access to possibility, stop trying to take the linear path. Stop waiting for the “assurance” before you do something. Stop waiting for proof that A + B = C and then maybe with that “security” you’ll take action. Instead, just jump from “A” to “C”. Skip “B” entirely.
Or an even more radical way of thinking about it is you have to leap into “C” in order to get “A” and “B”.
It is the new context in which to understand creativity.
When we step into the unknown it is a discontinuous jump because the answer to our problem that we seek has not yet been made manifest. So we’re in a nebulous, dark, scary place. But taking the leap gives you access to the things you are wanting that can’t present themselves to you until you take the leap. When you do, the number of possibilities that are created are multiplied.
It’s like you’re grasping around in the dark, searching and searching for the light switch. As soon as you take the leap, the light is turned on. That’s when the magical moment in the scene takes place. When the actor takes the leap…
So take the Quantum Leap!
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) in Los Angeles, where it was voted the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles by Backstage in 2011 and 2012 (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read). AMAW is also located in New York and Australia.
Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and the CW KTLA. He is also the author of the new best-selling book, “At Left Brain Turn Right,” which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl.
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