Can you (or your employees) act?

November 12, 2023

Have you ever heard of Tyson Fury? He’s a top world-class boxer. If you were to step into the ring with him, I’d wager that you wouldn’t like the outcome.

Now, have you heard of Margot Robbie? She’s a top world-class actress (especially after the film ‘Barbie’). If you had to co-star with her in a leading role in a new Hollywood movie… I’d assess your chances of delivering a good performance very similarly (well, maybe I’d see her advantage a little, but I wouldn’t bet money on it).

As Martin Scorsese says, more than 90% of good acting is good casting. Anyone can act. Once, I asked another Hollywood guy, Barry Primus, ‘What methods should one use when working with a non-professional actor?’ He confidently replied, ‘the same ones you use when working with a professional.’ Perhaps it’s difficult for you to imagine yourself playing a highly complex role, but if the creative team does their homework well, even in the most challenging role, you’ll realize that you and your character are very similar. With the right environment created by the director, acting should be practically effortless. Then, the only thing distinguishing you from a professional actor is certain technical skills. For example, newcomers need time to adjust their movements step by step (while the camera operator is composing the shot), to continue a scene after an error until the director says STOP, and so on.

However, these skills are quickly acquired, and the belief that you lack acting experience is highly relative. After all, we’re not always what we are. Strong experiences that leave something deeply buried within us can burst forth with the right touch, unleashing the most powerful emotions.

Directed by Albinas Kirkilas

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