Actors are notorious for caring a little too much about their appearance and performance. While outsiders may view this as vanity, actors must be fully aware of their entire body as this is the instrument used to convey the message within a script. One of the best ways to enhance your performance skills is to properly assess your performance without entering into the world of vanity.
Film actors must learn how to view their performance with a critical eye; however, they mustn’t view themselves as themselves, but rather as another person in order to truly gain clarity into their weaknesses.
How to Assess Your Performance with a Clear Mind
Many fresh actors who view their work for the first time aren’t watching themselves to pinpoint weaknesses in their performance, but rather these actors watch themselves for the pure enjoyment of seeing their face on screen. While this is an exciting moment, and one that may have been years in the making, it is far too easy to engage in self-vanity instead of self-assessment.
When you sit down to watch your performance, take a moment to congratulate yourself on this accomplishment. Being cast in a film and watching yourself as an actor is one of the most thrilling moments in life; however, this thrill must only come second to the desire to improve your performance skills.
To properly assess your performance, you must alter the way you view yourself on camera. The moment you appear, imaging that this “person” is not you. Do not form a close bond with this “person,” but rather view him critically. Look for weak spots in “his” performance. It is only when you can view your own performance from a third-person that you can truly see where your strengths and weaknesses lay.
It is only when you are able to assess your performance not from a self-promoting sense, but from a critical sense that you will avoid falling into the world of vanity and maintain a clear view on what is occurring before you.
On the other hand, you must look at yourself as another “person” to prevent becoming self-conscious and convincing yourself you cannot act. I have seen this personally hundreds of times, and it is a slippery slope. Actually, one of the most talented actors I’ve ever worked with thought she was absolutely horrible and would refuse to watch herself in a production. Do not fall into this trap. You were cast in a film and this is all the confidence you need to accurately and professionally assess your performance.