Finding Center (In Your Life and Acting Career)
As I embarked on writing this article, I abandoned my plan to discuss goal-setting as it pertains to one’s acting career. Instead, I thought I should address what must take place first, in order to make one’s goals a reality. The concept of finding your ‘center’ is expounded upon around the globe, through an endless stream of New Age masters, ancient belief structures, yoga classes, self-help books, and so on. I am a proponent of engaging in any activity that brings you a modicum of peace and clarity, and it is important for you to seek out the avenue that best resonates with you.
But who (without trying to sound too esoteric) are ‘you’? That is really what you must contemplate before finding your ‘center’. Some call it the soul. I have a very easy time thinking of it in this way, but – living in a city (LA) with enough spiritual jargon to make your head spin - perhaps we should refer to it as the animating force that is beyond your physical body and mind. Creates a slightly more inclusive description. My boyfriend is an atheist neuroscientist, so this description was a necessary element in our relationship.
You may be wondering what all of this ‘finding center’ business actually has to do with your acting career. It has everything to do with it. Can one succeed in this business without having attained this? Certainly. Your chances of reaching all of your goals and continuing to constantly expand even after you have reached them are much higher if you do, however. Or at least attempt to. You will be able to accomplish what you desire with greater ease, have greater depth to offer on stage and screen, and have a sense of peace and certainty that will affect all you come in contact with. All of which helps you book the acting jobs you want.
In many ways, if you are immersing yourself fully in each character you audition for or portray, you must temporarily relinquish a portion of who you are in order to serve that character. Even if the character is very similar to you, I think most professional actors would agree that this process takes place on some level. This can be a dangerous game if you don’t have a solid center to come back to. In addition, as I previously mentioned, your acting will be even more multidimensional if you have a solid center to expand from.
With the time for New Year resolutions fast approaching, this is a great opportunity to explore that ‘you’ within the you that walks around the world. While I am in no way going to sell you on the teachers, practices and knowledge that I have incorporated into my life with wonderful results, feel free to contact me on the twitter page below if you have any questions or would like some guidance.
More on detailed goal-setting next time. In the meantime, contemplate what you really want to accomplish while you are here in this life. I think you all would agree, we are meant to be more than just amoebas checking things off a to-do list. It is due time to inject a bit of consciousness into our lives… and our careers.
Photo Credits: Half-face Kristina is Mike Ruiz. Kristina looking down is Paul Smith. Kristina smiling is Paul Gregory.
Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theatre. She graduated from high school at the age of 15, and that same year began her studies at The University of Hawaii.
Proving to be a true triple threat to Hollywood, Anapau has wowed audiences on the big and small screen. She plays “Galina” in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, in which she starred opposite Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey. Kristina recently completed the starring role in the feature film, Sighting, directed by Tedi Sarafian and will be seen next on Alan Ball’s HBO series, True Blood.
[This blog has been reposted from The Network's Talent Community.]