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6 Sure Steps | How to Overcome Actor's Career Deadly Mistakes

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The Deadly Mistakes!

  • Just a dream to be an actor and jumped into the sea of "Actors" without knowing how to swim
  • No research done on the requirements of how to be a Bollywood or TV serial actor and have never analyzed whether or not you meet those requirement criteria- 
For example, your Physical and mental expertise, Financial support for a long period, Expenses in Mumbai, Proficiency in Hindi and English, Quality of voice, Contacts in the industry, Excellence in acting ability, Marketing competence and business sense, etc.
  • Joining an acting school on the basis of big names, glitter of the establishment, without proper survey, paying hefty sums of 2 to 3 Lakhs with no post training support.
  • Exhibiting impatience in becoming an actor and falling prey to cheats and fraudsters
  • Facing rejections leading to frustrations and depression

Final Result is 

A. Quitting the race
B. Taking petty jobs for survival
C. Drowning oneself in alcohol and drugs

Have you made any of the above mistakes?

Don’t worry.

I bet everybody knows about the saying nobody is perfect.  Well, it’s true.  One way or the other at one time in your actor’s life you are bound to make minor and major mistakes.   A mistake may seem to be a negative thing for you now. But it all depends on how you see things.  But if we turn the tables around, you may find that some mistakes in your life can make you stronger and wiser.  There are lessons to be learned if you just allow these mistakes to teach them to you.

Step 1

Forgive Yourself

Again, I would like to repeat the line “nobody is perfect”  because it’s true. Remember saying in the case of an unfaithful woman who was to be punished by an angry crowd. The God passed the stone to any person who has no sin and throw it at the accused. He said “He who has no sin may cast the first stone.”  No one dared to do so.  This comes to show that no one is infallible.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Knowing this you have to learn to forgive yourself. That is the first step.

Step 2

Past is Past

What was done in the past cannot be undone. We cannot change our past.  But we can mold the future today.  There’s no point in crying over spilled milk.  Besides, what good would that do, right?  Stop thinking about it with regret. Instead, start listing down the things that led you to make that mistake.

Step 3

Change your Path

Now that you’ve evaluated the problem and you’ve listed down the paths that led you to making that mistake, change your path. Don’t make the same mistake again.  The first time you made the mistake was unintentional, but if it happens again, you decided for it to happen.

Step 4

Be Smart

Do you know the laws of “cause and effect”?  There is something that caused that mistake to happen. Be smart enough to recognize it and avoid it in future. You must understand that although you are happy with who you are as an actor or a struggler, there is always room for improvement. Remember, a mistake makes you realize your weaknesses. Therefore you will know which skills and talents you will need to work on to improve your acting craft or marketing efforts so the mistake will not happen again.

Step 5

Forgive Yourself and Others

Hating yourself and others will not help you as a person.  It will only make you distrusting and paranoid.  If someone hurt you before, that doesn’t mean that everybody else will do the same thing.  Forgive the one who hurt you and trust that he or she will get what is due to them in time. Also, it is most important for you to forgive yourself. Everything happens for a reason.

Step 6

Be Positive- The Only Option

Keep a positive attitude.  Again, remember that everything happens for a reason.  Even though a mistake seems catastrophic to you now, some good will come out of it someday.  Just be sure to learn from your mistakes and you will find that the things you learn from them will make you a stronger and better person in the future.
Inspired by Sheila Noreen Gamo

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