I try to keep my blog posts short and consumable, which is why I sometimes end up with multi-parters. Sometimes topics are longer than a single post, and so I try to break them into the smallest bits possible, to stick to my self-assigned word count and thereby hold your attention.
But I know that I am pushing my readers’ patience on this one. I started with this very practical, “How the heck do I use the tools effectively?”, and I’ve gone conceptual on you, talking about learning processes for three posts, and now I’m about to move into the subconscious for three posts:
- The Subconscious Effect, or Why You Can’t Do Any Acting Until You’re Off Book (read here)
- Trusting Your Subconscious (read here)
- Good Process = Great Performances (read here)
But if you are reluctant to trust what I’m telling you, to actually try doing what I suggest when you are under the gun, facing an opening night that your entire family will be attending, then understanding what is in these posts will help you to trust. None of us knows our own subconscious, except indirectly, so it can be difficult to trust both its power and capabilities. As I’m writing these posts, I realize that these tools are all in service of helping you to quiet your conscious brain when it is making too much noise, using your conscious brain in ways that will actually benefit you (but which you probably aren’t doing right now), and giving your subconscious more latitude than you usually do.
And from that comes great acting. No matter who you are.
Figuring out how to use your subconscious on your own takes time. I want to put you on a shortcut. I want to introduce you to your subconscious early in your development, so that you can recognize when it’s around. Because it will make an immediate, noticeable difference in what you do on stage. Who wants to slog through the usual slow learning process when you can be fast-tracked?
So please trust that I will get back to the practical as soon as I can, and at least skim these theoretical posts. Because they help to explain the process in their own way — just not in my usual hands-on fashion!