"ACTORS, WAGING WAR ON NEGATIVITY."
Acting is not the easiest profession to pursue, but yet it is one of the most fulfilling. No one can truly explain what it feels like to be sent an email, or receive that phone call that you’ve been casted. I’m getting chills just thinking about it. But you know the one thing that could kill the potentiality of all that greatness being realized? NEGATIVITY. Yep, negativity is the shovel that can bury dreams forever.
It doesn’t have to be this way, at all. As performers, we know how important being positive and having a high vibration is to our progress, so we should not accept anything else other than that. I’ve seen more negativity in my life than I can account for, so I want to share with you what to look out for so you can do one or two things: PAY NO ATTENTION TO IT or REFLECT POSITIVE VIBES BACK ONTO IT.
One of the few things you’ll come against is the whole “CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM” thing. I’ll let you know now, most people don’t know what that is. You can tell how happy someone is with their life by how they criticize people or things. I remember my first television audition about 11 years ago. I can honestly tell you I didn’t do well at all. Couple that with sensitivity and the need to want to be a great actor, I was extremely fragile. Well, it didn’t help when the casting director sent out a reaming review of my audition to my agent. I had tears in my eyes because it went from constructive to personal. After I gathered myself, I made a promise that I would never stand for that or be the bearer of it in any case. My coach at the time looked at the same audition, after requesting the tape, and left me feeling inspired by pointing out all of the negative things, but backing them with positive reinforcement. Needless to say, I booked the next three gigs I auditioned for. So what was the difference here? One person knew how to criticize constructively and the other was allowing their feelings to get in the way of their professionalism which allowed negativity to shine through.
In another case, I joined a group on Facebook a while back where people showed their work for feedback and the negative comments were unleashed left and right. I thought to myself, this isn’t the right way to do things, at all. I created a post filled with words congratulating those that had been willing to put themselves out there in order to grow, and commended them for their courage and endurance of all the hatred thrown their way. Then, I left the group.
Here’s what I’m really saying. Uplift your fellow actor and actress! In anyway that you can, find a way to inspire them to be their best. This not only helps our careers, it helps our world. We all have it within us. We all have the ability to be phenomenal actors as well as teachers with a wealth of uplifting info to share to those who run the same race we do everyday. I challenge and encourage you today, and everyday, to make the actor/actress you come into contact with motivated to be greater. Inject with them encouragement, inject with them positivity and potentially, inject new life into their career. As actors, I urge you to WAGE A WAR ON NEGATIVITY!
“WHY YOU’RE JUST AS BIG OF A SUPERSTAR AS THE BIGGEST NAMES IN HOLLYWOOD.”
When you woke up today did you feel like the greatest actor or actress on the planet? You may be wondering where I’m going with this, but I want you to think about it for a moment. What separates you from Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams or Viola Davis? To be honest, outside of the obvious accolades, the only thing that separates you from them is the belief and confidence inside that you are the very best. THAT’S THE DECIDING FACTOR! YOUR INNER GAME AND HOW IT SERVES YOUR LIFE.
I can remember in an interview I watched with Will Smith a while back, he mentioned how even before he became a household name, he knew that he was a star before anyone else. Now at first glance it would seem crazy, but universal law states that our outer reality reflects our inner state. Every block or obstacle outside of you is only an obstacle inside of you that you need to overcome. Anything, and I mean anything can be conquered through patience and meditation.
So when you see some of the biggest stars on the planet, get excited. Why? Because you are only a few, couple or possibly one decision from being in the same place. My father in law who was a super successful investment banker once told me at dinner one time that the biggest thing to succeeding is: GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY. That’s it! Get out of your own way. Open up your heart and your world to what the Universe not only wants, but desires to give you. All of your dreams are possible. Start right there by recognizing that you are living in a dimension of perpetual possibility. Possibility is in your nature, and then it becomes probability which eventually becomes reality. So I urge you, believe in yourself like you never have before. Start right now in knowing that you have all that you need to not only be uncommonly successful, but abundantly fulfilled. All you have to do is choose. Make that choice today and wait patiently for when we’re watching you experience your moment of being the best Hollywood has to offer. I’m going to hold you to it!
ANSWERING THE CALL
I've never truly been into labels. I guess it's because I've always liked to do so many different things. More importantly, I've had success with all of them whenever I decided to be completely committed. OUT OF ALL THOSE THINGS, acting has been the biggest love for me. There's a difference though this time around. I used to approach this craft from a very vain perspective. It was mostly about being the best and letting everyone else see me, especially the haters. HA! Spoken like a true 20 something only to look back on how crazy that perspective was. But, that is what evolution is all about. I've shifted in a way that allows me to serve humanity with the gifts that I've been given. I feel that it's not only an honor, but a divine obligation to inspire others with the abilities that come naturally. As I look at my life 10 years later as an entertainer. I re-enter this profession wholeheartedly with a different focus. A focus from the spiritual side of things completely filled with the Divine expression of love. I know now that it is not only my calling, but my privilege to do what I know that I can do best. Most people find it crazy to change course at 35. I just find it challenging as well as inspiring. That's the difference now. I know that I'm no longer competing but rather creating from the standpoint of knowing that I've already won because I can do what I love everyday and motivate someone to be the best version of themselves. THIS, TO ME, is what it means to answer the call! It all comes down to answering the call to acting from a Spiritual jumping point. And now, with all the trust in God and myself, I take a leap of faith into the only certainty that I know I have what it takes to succeed, and succeed greatly.
SHAUN ROBERT GRANT