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You Hate The Material, Now What?

Today, we're going to discuss what you can do when you receive a script or sides that you don't like. Sometimes, you just need take an audition because you need the money or you want to work, regardless of whether you're excited about the material. And then at other times, you can book a job and realize later that you actually don't respect the material.

These incidents happen more than you think!

We previously discussed what to do when you don't like your scene partner, but when the issue is with the entire production, it can leave you feeling so frustrated and unsatisfied. You don't do your best work when you're in that negative place. And it can make you angry at the industry too.

To help you handle this tough situation, I hosted a LIVE training session and Q&A to share what you, as an actor, can be responsible for once you have that material in your hands, no matter what part of the production process you're in. The video is normally just for members of my private online community, The Instinctive Actors' Society, but today, I’m giving you access to it.

Here are a few highlights we covered:

  1. Your job is to defend your character, not to like the story. That is the audience’s job. Your responsibility as an actor is to bring life to a soul.

  2. Slow down and get to work. Within the material, no matter what it is, there is a human being going through something. Your job is to find empathy for them and connect to them, wherever their plight resonates with you.

  3. This is an opportunity to up your game as an actor. The choice is yours whether to use it, but... use it. ;) It may be uncomfortable, but you only really have two avenues when you HAVE to take the audition (or job): a) you can stay in judgment and add to your misery or b) make your piece into something that you believe in and can be proud of; that's all you can control anyway.

As a coach, I help actors work through the resistance that prevents them from being fully present, engaged and in the zone. If you haven't already, be sure to join the waitlist for my next free Instictive Actor webinar. We discuss how to liberate and free up your instrument from resistance just like what we're talking about today.

This is one of the basic ingredients to anything we do as actors, and you can benefit from this free training at any point in your career.

Click the image below to be the first to know when you can access the training.

Now, enjoy the video training!

Have you experienced this in the past, for an audition or on set? How did you handle it? What did you learn today that you will apply in the future? Let me know in the comments below.

And join me every week for free LIVE training session and Q&As JUST LIKE THIS ONE. Simply click the link below to get access to the private online community!

Now you'll never miss another session, and have access to all our previous training videos. PLUS, it's the #1 place to ask my acting questions and connect with other artists.

Until next time!



Whenever you’re ready, here are TWO ways I can help you:

1. Join my free Facebook Group, THE INSTINCTIVE ACTORS’ SOCIETY,

exclusively for actors who are ready to go from good to great and become undeniable.

2. Get on the waitlist for my course, The Reset Journey From Resistance to Freedom, and stop struggling to access your natural, authentic talent in the audition room or on set. You’ll learn how to reset your instrument to be 100% instinctive and free in just 33 days.


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