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How To Achieve Your Acting Goals By Being Uncomfortable

June 10, 2013

I’m a fan of Joel Runyon, creator of ImpossibleHQ.  His purpose it to push and inspire people to live bigger lives and do everything they once deemed “impossible.”  As actors, this is pretty up our alley don’t you think?

This morning I watched his TEDxLUC talk on a philosophy he loves called Cold Shower Therapy.  It’s all about making a habit out of being uncomfortable.  The link here explains the approach and below is the TEDxLUC  Talk; if you have a few minutes, I hope you check it out.

The gist of the approach is this:

  • Make the choice to take a  cold shower – he’s talking freezing-cold, as-cold-as-your-shower-goes-cold, tundra-cold if possible.
  • Stick it out for five minutes.
  • Do this for thirty days and see what happens with your mindset.

The whole point to the exercise has to do with choosing to be uncomfortable.  When Joel put himself in an uncomfortable situation  as a daily practice (in this case, a cold shower), he accomplished the following feats:

  • Half Iron Man
  • Quit his job
  • Started his own business
  • Got in the best shape of his life
  • Ran his first ultramarathon

His point is as follows:

“If your’e not willing or able to be the type of person that is willing to be uncomfortable for five minutes alone in the shower where the only negative outcome is you being cold for five minutes and the only person affected by that decision is you, then how will you ever have the strength or the courage to chose to be uncomfortable in a situation where the outcomes are much much greater and the people affected by your decision far outnumber just yourself?” – Joel Runyon

How can we relate this to our acting careers?  What situations are we currently veering away from just because they may be a bit uncomfortable?  Are you avoiding any of these:

  • Calling up that casting director in charge of that role you are perfect for.
  • Waking up your non-union @$$ at the crack of dawn to be first in line for tomorrow’s EPA.
  • Making that bold and scary choice during your next audition that you considered but thought it might be “wrong.”
  • Giving up on cutting corners and laying down the dough to finally commit to the headshot photographer your professional self deserves.
  • Re-establishing a lost relationship with your agent and communicating your needs.

What type of person do you want to be?

If you chose to make being uncomfortable a daily practice, perhaps you’d achieve some of those goals you are shooting for.

  • Booking a Broadway role or feature film.
  • Having a target list that you actively and regularly pursue.
  • Becoming the next callback king or queen.
  • Getting called in for more auditions.
  • Having an agent that sends you out regularly.

Are you willing to be uncomfortable for a few minutes each day?  Start today by telling us what you’re going to do in the comment box.

Onwards and Upwards,

The not so Newbie Actor Signature


One Comment leave one →
  1. The College Theatre Dork permalink
    June 10, 2013 11:06 am

    I LOVE this idea! The title got my attention but what you have to say is spot-on true. 🙂

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