What Actors Can Learn from Olympians
As Theatre and the Olympic games have their origins in ancient Greece, it seems only natural to look for connections between the two.
I haven't watched much of the games this year (I don't have a television) aside from some ice dancing (which is awesome) and curling (which is reminiscent of team bocce on ice, and I don't fully understand). But I've been hearing and reading about them plenty. I find them inspirational.
So here's the beginning of my list of lessons that actors (and everyone else) can learn from the Olympians:
- If you’re doing what you love, it’s worth all the sacrifices.
- If you fall down, you have to get back up again and keep going.
- If you want to succeed, it helps to be obsessed with what you’re doing.
- You can always be better.
- If you stop practicing, you won’t be at the top of your game when you need to be.
- Fight for the chance to show what you can do.
- Always make sure you're warmed-up before you start.
- You play the way you practice. (So treat rehearsals as seriously as performances.)
- Go for the gold. Aim high. (Because really, does anyone go to the Olympics aiming for bronze? It's not a strong enough motivation.)
Have any other thoughts on what we can learn from the athletes? Leave them in the comments section.