Most actors never accomplish being the best actor in the world. Or they never achieve this goal.
I don’t think anyone has.
The best actor in the world has to use his body and his mind in order to capture the audience’s attention and get them to believe in a story he or she is telling.
The best actors are great and unique actors, and they cannot be compared to one another, because their uniqueness is what makes them, well, unique.
I’ve found that the best actors in the world have one thing in common: a never-give-up attitude
It’s also important to have humility when you’re trying to become the best actor in the world. Don’t expect to just magically become the best actor in the world. You’re going to have to work at it. You have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to become the best actor in the world.
Part of the reason for this is that actors all start off looking the same.
Yes, it’s true, we all do have something in common – we are actors.
But the thing that most people realize when they see a group of actors on stage or screen is that everyone has a similar shape, face, and voice.
And this, in my view, is the one thing that an actor can do, at least in a sense, that will allow them to be the best in the world – to possess a quality unique to them.
That quality is called uniqueness.
If an actor is able to actually look unique, the effort the actor has to put in will be apparent
If it’s even a tiny bit odd, it’s obvious.
People are going to know, without a doubt, that this is not an average, run-of-the-mill actor.
That’s what we’re going to look at today. What makes a unique actor?
What steps do an actor must go through in order to be unique?
The first step is to look different from everyone else. To look like a “misfit,” or “exotic.”
People love to be around these people.
The next step, once a person has a unique “look,” is to realize that it’s an aspect of them that gives them their uniqueness.
If you’re proud of what sets you apart, you will strive to maintain it.
Perhaps your look is your voice, or your height, or the way you wear your hair.
If you like what you look like, you will be more likely to feel like people like what they see. It will make you feel more special.
But maybe you don’t like your looks.
If that’s the case, it’s crucial to learn how to create a unique persona that suits your own voice and personality.
A good way to do this is to take a look at people you see in everyday life and imagine that you were them
Is there a trait about them that seems a bit out of character?
Perhaps they say and do things you’d never expect from them. Perhaps they have something you’d never think of them doing.
If you see something like this, see if you can find a reason why they would do something like that. See if you can find an answer.
Do this, and see what you can find. Once you have a reason for someone’s behavior, a reason you can think of, you can use it as a template for writing down character traits and how to put them into place.
If you look hard enough, you can always find something interesting. And you can use that interesting thing to develop a unique character.
If you struggle with anything, make a note of it, and think about it often. Most of us need reminding every so often, sometimes every day. You’ll come back to these notes a lot.
It helps if you can actually write them down. The best way to do this is with a notebook, though I sometimes use Scrivener.
A simple, free, and very useful app.
Writing things down helps you to understand how you feel and what your thoughts are when you first come up with them.
I encourage you to continue to do this.
Another way is to look back on your life and to take a look at your own behavior
Is there anything you can learn from your past?
Sometimes our behavior does become problematic, and we need to think about how we can overcome it.
Do you ever have an experience where you say “Dang, I should not have said that,” and you work to overcome it?
Maybe your reaction is a little extreme, but is there something you learned from it?
Have you identified the behavior that you’ve learned to live with because you don’t want to end up as that person you fear being?
That’s the important thing: to face our fears and learn to overcome them.
You will never be that perfect, flawless “actor,” but you can still develop your unique voice and personality.
And you can use those to come up with unique characters.