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Have You Been Told That You’re Too Expressive When You Act?

You may have been told that you are too expressive and need to turn it down, be more natural and do less.

You might have heard this from casting directors in the audition room, from acting teachers or from directors themselves when you are shooting.

This can be really uncomfortable to hear and it may sting your ego. As a consequence of this, you may have tried new methods, techniques and teachers; you may have read books or prepared less. And yet, you may still get the same feedback.

When you watch my training below you'll discover that one of the reasons why this may happen is because you are unable to be free so you push your emotions. You may feel that there is no flow in your acting, so you force yourself to get to those big emotions that are expected of you. Inevitably, this can drain all your energy. All this pushing happens when you are not able to be with your truth. If you could be with your truth, you would not need to push.

But pushing your emotions is not the problem, it’s just the consequence of the actual issue. What is really happening is that you have been raised, educated and conditioned to behave yourself, to not listen to your instinct and truth, to not cry in front of people or get angry because you have been told that those emotions are wrong. Therefore, you have learned to put a lid on your truth since you were little. So you learnt to fake, push and produce emotions instead of expressing them freely. And when you produce, you are not with your truth.

The other reason why this can happen is because being too big or expressive is just your natural way of being. There are examples of really successful actors who are really expressive, like Jack Nicholson or Jim Carrey. If this is the case and being big is your truth and uniqueness, then you want to double down on that and keep honoring yourself no matter the feedback that you get. As usual, when you are a truthful artist, some people will love what you do and some people won’t.

However, if being too big is part of your pushing, then the work to do is to undo your conditioning so that you can get back to your truth and uniqueness, so that you stop caring about what other people think.

Watch my training to hear all my thoughts on this topic.

After you watch the training, I'd love for you to join in the conversation happening in our private Facebook Group THE INSTINCTIVE ACTORS' SOCIETY. You can get answers for your specific situation directly from me and connect with THOUSANDS of like-minded actors across the globe, so we can move things forward faster together.

If you're not already a member, be sure to request to join ASAP here.

See you there!

Jo Kelly

Creator, The Reset Journey From Resistance to Freedom

P.S. Whenever you're ready, here are two ways I can help you:


  • Get on the waitlist for my program, 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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