The theme of this week has been Not Doing.
I was introduced to the concept of Not Doing very early on in my acting career. Jeremy Stockwell, who was my acting coach and is the co-creator and director of HOW TO DO ACTING (Properly), my show that we are taking to Edinburgh this year, explained it to me in almost my first session.
You can do this exericse yourself. Breathe. You are perhaps breathing shallowly or in your chest. Breathe deeply from your stomach. Do you feel the difference? Now don't breathe. Hold your breath. Eventually you won't be able to hold your breath at all, and your body will breathe for you. Are you able to be conscious of your breath while your body breathes for you?
A mantra for acting is "Don't act the scene, let the scene act you." I believe in this a lot and try to use it very much in my acting.
Yesterday I was discussing how to make decisions and optimise your thinking with a group of CEOs. I am trying to make more decisions by Not Doing, Not Thinking, Not Planning.
I also had a conversation with a project manager about how to deal with a set of impossible deadlines. Not Doing seems almost paradoxical in this instance. And yet it's what I recommended to her...
Zoe is appearing in her one-woman show HOW TO DO ACTING (Properly) at theSpaceUK in August.
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