An actor is, to me, an athlete of the arts.

“I think I’ve always had the shots. But in the past, I’ve suffered too many mental lapses. Now, I’m starting to get away from that and my mental discipline and commitment to the game are much better. I think I’m really taking a good look at the big picture. That’s the difference between being around for the final or watching the final from my sofa at home.” – Andre Agassi

So what better time to start my acting blog then during the Olympics! (ok so I know its ending today…) The reason being that it occurred to me whilst watching the athletes that I needed to approach the acting industry in the same way the athletes approach their discipline.

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Poised, competitive, relentless, humble, focused, taking no prisoners and of a strong, sound mind – well the successful ones are anyway. I believe these are all traits which I need to further develop or bring to my career.

So I’ve decided the way forward is to look into sports psychology and start to apply or adapt some of the methodologies to my acting mindset. I think this will help me to really succeed. It’s a tough industry, heart breaking at time, rewarding and fulfilling and liberating and ridiculously frustrating. Potentially a bit of head f*ck really (if you’ll excuse my French) – if you allow it to be. But a lot of things have happened this year which have all lent themselves to making me realise that your mentality can be your biggest strength or your worst enemy – it can dictate so much.
I plan to make it my biggest strength. So I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on!
My first step is to start playing a competitive team sport, I haven’t figured out which one yet, I’m toying with a few idea’s – maybe getting back into swimming? Rowing? Hockey? … not quite sure…

“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win – if you don’t, you won’t.” – Bruce Jenner

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