“There is no price out there, the only price is yourself, and what you feel and what you want to accomplish!” says Kevin Spacey.
For this Monday/week, I decided to share with you this video of Kevin Spacey’s advice. Kevin Spacey is one of the most prominent actors of his generation. He was also the artistic director of the Old Vic until 2015. During his time servicing as artistic director, he continues to perform, appearing both on stage and screen. He’s been there, done it, and he definitely knows what he is talking about when it comes to a performing career.
This little extract from an interview captured the essence of what we performers choose to do what we do. It strikes me the most when he says that it is ‘not enough to just want to be successful, because that’s just desire’, but to know what you want and understand why you are doing it – that is the key to achieving anything you want.
Being a performer isn’t just about singing pretty tunes and kicking your legs from time to time. For me, it’s about sharing a message, it’s about educating, it’s about exchanging and collaborating. I want to use my skills and knowledge to enrich other people’s experience, that to me is more valuable and satisfying. As a teacher, this is also the reason why I am happy to put in the extra work for my students, as long as they are willing to learn and do the work.
What is your reason for choosing to perform? And what is driving you to achieve your goals?
Have a great week!