“Show up on time, know your lines and don’t bump into the furniture”…Spencer Tracy
This was the quote I included with my high school yearbook photo many moons ago. It really reflects the simple attitude I brought to acting. I loved it and nothing phased me whether it was hours of rehearsals or driving all over New Jersey looking for tiny theatres to audition. In short, I was totally swept away by it, and the challenges it presented to me. I remember family and friends would show up at some of the hole in the wall places I would perform and marvel at how I put so much time into learning lines and developing a character. That is what passion will do to you my friends. It is like having blinders on whether it is a craft, a relationship, or a cause. You can see nothing else.
While I felt like acting was in my bones I have always had a dislike for public speaking. To be honest, it always qives me anxiety. I would plow through presentations and other events for work, but I never enjoyed it. It was forced because it was a requirement of my job that I would dread. My fear? I always feel like I am going to forget what I am going to say next and the room will be intensely quiet with all eyes will on me. This may sound ridiculous because I never worried about forgetting lines in plays or filming. However, as we all know fear is often not based in any real logic.
When Scott asked me recently to come on his podcast to guest host I put him off for quite a while. Earlier this summer he started The Well-Being Podcast with his friend Sumair of Train Life Fit. They usually meet once a week at our apartment to record a half hour episode of talk entertainment which focuses on training, health, wellness and the projects they are currently developing.
When Sumair and Scott could not match up schedules this week Scott asked me again if I would like to jump in. Again, this is not really my thing, but I figured there was little harm in giving it a chance. The fact that it was recorded live gave me a few butterflies, but it was also in the confines of our apartment and just the two of us. I figured if I became lost Scott would sense it and step in to help me out.
Last night after cleaning up from dinner we set up a podcast area on our kitchen counter with a microphone, filter and computer.
We did a quick sound check and then started to record. What do you know, but it turned out to be a lot of fun and I felt completely relaxed. I think there were a combination of factors at play which helped – I was with someone I trusted, had an interest in what I was discussing and felt all around more confident. We were both happy with the end result and if you are interested you can check it below. It is a 30 minute podcast, but You Tube will not allow videos longer than 15 minutes.
The message I want to share here is that you should not be so quick to label yourself in anyway. Do you ever claim “I am not athletic” or “I am a helpless cook” or perhaps “I have no talent”? No one needs to limit themselves in that fashion. Maybe if you found the right gym or sport you would be athletic or if you found that passion within yourself you would not be able to claim that you have no talent. No matter what your age or background always test the waters. You may surprise yourself in ways you did not think were possible.
Question of the Day: When is the last time you pushed yourself to conquer a fear?