We all want to be the best we can be when it comes to our craft. Acting coach Mark Westbrook gives some insight about the qualities his best students have that help them be successful on camera:
Yes, believe it or not, my best students have a little arrogance. Not aggressive, nor does it present itself negatively towards others. They simply have the arrogance of self belief that they work hard, achieve results and that there is a place in this profession for them
The best have always had the best attendance rates. They don’t have excuses, they are simply present in our classes all the time. Many of the best do more than they are asked, turning up for extra rehearsal. For instance, the successful have often rehearsed for scene study for 4-6 hours per week when their requirement has only been 2. The rest made very earnest noises about not having time and leading busy lives, having responsibilities outside of class. But while I deeply respect their reasons, it is those doing more than is required who tend to make the most progress.
At the same time as those who are willing to do more than required, the best show marvelous patience. They do not rush ahead of themselves, desperate to show off, but understand that developing craft involves time served. This cannot be rushed -- apprenticeship requires time to learn and acting is no different.
Energy and Enthusiasm
Simple enough, but the best infect others with their enthusiasm for acting, for scene work and particularly for getting better. They want to see everyone develop and learn and they bring their energy to their encounters with others.
The best are restless to learn, always wanting another opportunity to grow in knowledge and skill. They turn up at masterclasses; they widely read plays, scripts, books on Shakespeare, acting, film making, voice, theatre, history, etc.
Take a look at Mark’s advice, and ask yourself which of these qualities you need to work on in order to achieve greatness. Attendance, knowledge, and patience may be generally accepted, but how can you bring more energy, enthusiasm, or confidence to your craft?