Heart of a Lion, Skin of a Rhinocerous
Guest article by Jack Turnbull
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Acting with the Lion’s Warrior Heart
I met Jack when I was in Los Angeles, studying acting and exploring the idea of that life. He runs a casting director workshop place that I also visited frequently. Best one in the city at that time, in my opinion.
Although this article is on acting, it would apply to any profession. We all need someone to tell us the truth, even if we don’t want to hear it; we all need someone to help us sharpen our gifts. In any competitive profession, and acting is certainly not the only one, courage and toughness is required. However, as Jack points out, we have to be willing to shed that toughness, tame the lion and listen to constructive criticism.
This is also something I broach with people who come to me for spiritual guidance. Tough Love is sometimes necessary to break through the established patterns of the ego self.
Now, here’s Jack’s inspirational words…….
Scott Craig Jones, one of our members came up this saying…”YOU NEED THE HEART OF A LION, AND THE SKIN OF A RHINOCEROUS” to succeed in Hollywood.
The Lion’s warrior heart is definitely a “must have’ since EVERY DAY, you must stalk your prey, the elusive opportunity in Hollywood. And, if you don’t have a RHINO skin, the little spears that are thrown your way will penetrate and weaken you.
No News is Not Good News
When it Comes to Hollywood Casting
Usually as an actor the main feedback you get is NO feedback, so the Rhino skin is subtle.
Once in a while, though, a casting person or a director or an agent or a manager or someone will SHOW THEY CARE ABOUT YOU by being helpful and offering suggestions for change…
THAT’S THE TIME TO SHED YOUR
RHINOSKIN AND YOUR LION HEART
AND JUST ABSORB THE GIFT THAT
As an artist, it’s natural to be defensive…and be sensitive to the choices that you have already committed to. Well, when someone who has the experience, knowledge and more importantly, has developed power within the industry takes the time to share criticism, suggestions, and directions without sugar coating them, its up to you as an actor to shed your defensiveness and take what they say as a GIFT! It is hard to receive those kinds of gifts in Hollywood. So, when you are in a casting, a meeting, a workshop a seminar, or in any situation where such a gift may be given in the spirit of making you a BETTER PERFORMER and possibly helping your career in the long run…TAKE IT AND SAY THANK YOU!!!
All the best, Jack
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That is why we designed our Actorsite workouts…you can go and work on your “deeper” issues with your weekly scene study without sugar coating them, its up to you as an actor to shed your defensiveness and take what they say as a GIFT!
It’s hard to receive those kinds of gifts in Hollywood. So, when you are in a casting, a meeting, a workshop a seminar, or in any situation where such a gift may be given in the spirit of making you a BETTER PERFORMER and possibly helping your career in the long run…TAKE IT AND SAY THANK YOU!!!
All the best, Jack Actorsite