Falling in the quarry of depression can really take the wind out of your sails, but while you’re climbing back out with that handy-dandy list of techniques you made, how about collect some pretty rocks for your coffee table display?
Identifying and picking up the worthwhile pieces of a negative time in our lives can be challenging, but as a model or actor, being able to portray those emotions at a later time can strengthen your craft. It may not be fun to sit in our own misery, but exploring all the pieces, angles, and colors will do you good when you need to portray those emotions on camera.
Accept that you don’t like what you feel, but then be brave enough to check it out. What does it “feel” like in your stomach? What does the world look like through your eyes? What human emotion is causing the pain? What other situations might cause a similar emotion to surface? Dissect the pieces of where you were, how you got there, and where you want to be instead, and put them away in a mental Tupperware (be sure that lid is on tight!) until you need them again.
It might sound like I’m encouraging compartmentalization. Perhaps I am, but your business is portraying emotions and you have to feel them in order to sell them.
What emotions do you pull to the surface easily? What emotions are more difficult for you?