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Inspiration is key

Finding Your Inspiration


As a working actor and photographer in NYC, I constantly look for inspiration and new loves to keep me going. My friend and teacher Casey Biggs says to find something to fall in love with everyday.

I’m listening to my favorite film scores as I write this because I’m a nerd and love the power the music carries.

As I continue to take headshots for other actors I find there are so many lessons in acting that can be applied to everyday life. When I work with my clients, my focus is on bringing out their unique personality by connecting with them on a personal level.

The best acting (and headshots) come when you, the person, own what you’re doing. When you let go of the “idea” of what something should be or what others expect and just be the person you are right now, magic happens.

Inside the Actors Studio is a great example of this. I think it’s eye opening to see actors be themselves in an audience setting because it shows that they’re a real human being. Flesh and blood, just like the rest of us. This article takes a look at 50 hours of footage and hits 30 examples of the best advice to take away from the interviews. Some of my favorites are:

  • Regarding fear: “It’s like walking through fire; if you stop pushing forward that’s when you’ll be consumed.” – Forest Whittaker
  • Why so serious: “Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.” – Clint Eastwood
  • Everyone has a story: “People are interesting. You just have to ask the right questions.” – John Travolta

What do you do to stay inspired?

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