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An Actor’s Guide To Being Great

An Actor’s Guide To Being Great

Any moment has the power to evoke our greatness. The possibility for us to realize our potential in each moment is always available to us.

But we’re scared of our greatness. We’re scared to embrace who we know in our hearts we can be. This disconnect between what the heart and spirit knows and what our egos tell us is what creates resistance, negation, tension, and contraction.

We often ignore this empowered part of who we are because of our own contrary feelings about it. It’s hard to feel great when you hear a voice that says, “Who are you to be . . . ?” It’s hard to feel great when you’re used to telling yourself, “You’re too fat” or “You suck.” It’s hard to be great when you think you’re too ugly or too dumb.

So part of what keeps us stuck is when we shrink from the whispering of our inner self that encourages us to be great and instead listen to the very loud ramblings of our egos.

We also have to contend with the stories we tell ourselves of how other people will react to our living our potential. How will people respond? We think that the more we put ourselves out there, the more susceptible to criticism and people not liking us for taking huge risks we will become.

And in many ways that’s true. But is it any different if we don’t reach for greatness anyway?

In this subjective world—people who don’t like you won’t like you any more if you’re successful or popular or a TV star or rich or philanthropic, than if you’re not. (Although they may instead be a little sweeter to you to your face, but in private, they’ll still tear you apart.)

The point is—you’re not doing it for anyone but yourself. Stop playing small so that other people are okay with you. An actor in class recently kept bringing his energy down to match his partner’s. Don’t do that! Don’t adjust your energy by lowering your frequency to match their’s.

That’s energetically dumbing yourself down!

You don’t help your partner, and you don’t help yourself.

Stop extinguishing your light because other people are being blinded by it. Tell them to put on sunglasses!

There’s a saying: “Small people talk about others. Average people talk about their problems. But great people talk about possibilities and great ideas.”

That’s greatness.

Think forward. Lean forward. Dance forward. Be out in the world in a forward-leading way. Simply put, if you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!

When you step into your greatness, you exponentially contribute positively to the world. It’s like a ripple effect—positively reaching more and more people.

Anything less is simply stealing the spirit of who you are.

Remember that the next time you’re scared of how great you can be.

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Vancouver. It was voted the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles by Backstage in 2011 and 2012 (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read).

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. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. 'Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl.

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