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How To Embrace Your 'Type'

How To Embrace Your 'Type'

Why do we run away from who we are?

Well, it seems pretty obvious. We feel we lack his charm, her looks, his intelligence, her sexiness, etc.

We erroneously think that the qualities we possess are inadequate and unlikable.

And we judge them.

But something you might have discovered about life is that no matter how much you run from yourself, eventually, you keep returning to who you are.

If there’s no escaping it, there’s only one choice.

Learn to love yourself.

Accept all parts. Embrace the qualities you judge and are scared of. Unapologetically.

As artists, it’s only by understanding and using all our parts that we can get work.

The business is built on “types.” And you’re going to get work according to your type. But we often have so many judgments about those parts of ourselves that we exclude ourselves from even being considered for the job.

A “type” doesn’t have to label you. It doesn’t have to limit you. You do that to yourself.

It merely indicates the kinds of parts we can play because the medium doesn’t see beyond the physical.

It’s not intended to keep you from booking jobs. Instead, it’s trying to show you how you can work. Casting directors want to hire you based on how they perceive you, but you don’t like your own self-perception so you prevent yourself from committing, from having fun, from being free and expressive in the audition. All because you possess qualities that somewhere along the line you have been taught they’re not OK to have – that you are less a person for having them. That if you show them, you’ll be punished or made fun of or unloved.

No one is really perceiving you the way you perceive yourself.

Give yourself a break.

You are cast-able as you are.

You’re able to book jobs as you.

You’re talented.

Life’s too short to waste any more time squandering the gifts you’ve been given.

Whether those gifts show up as incredibly good looks or an offbeat voice. You might have an imposing physicality or be an awkward nerd. Celebrate who you are because if you can’t, none of us will ever be able to celebrate with you.

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

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