Actor and Director Ben Hodge has been the acting teacher at Central York High School for the past 10 years where he has developed an innovative and fresh curriculum for young actors aged 13-24. This curriculum and workshop format is now available to the greater York area with hopes of training and leading new actors to the realisation that acting is a more than just a hobby or pastime: it is an honourable profession and a way of life. His connections with New York City, LA and local talent agencies are now being offered to anyone who joins the Studio classes and have opened the doors for many already joined. He currently runs classes and offers private acting coaching via Skype. Connect with Ben on Twitter or via email
Actors search for rejection. If they don’t get it they reject themselves
Rejection stinks. Failure may not be an option for some, but it certainly can feel like a regular at the local pub. No one likes the feeling of being told you’re not good enough or you didn’t get the part.
Rejection is a funny thing: even though there is often a perfectly good explanation for the rejection, we tend to dwell and obsess over our ineptitude while failing to acknowledge the reality and finality of the situation.
There are many different manifestations of this reality: sometimes we are not right for the part. Sometimes someone else was a little (or a lot) better than us. Sometimes we don’t fit the breakdown. Sometimes we give our best only to be told it isn’t good enough. Sometimes we don’t show up. Sometimes we don’t know the right people. Sometimes we know the wrong people. Sometimes, reality bites.
Is it any wonder why so many actors burn out and give up on the craft? I would argue they give up and burn out not because of their talent or love for acting. Many give up because they haven’t learned to manage the rejection and failure that comes with the business. At some point, failure befalls ALL of us. Here are three points to help us recalibrate our thoughts on failure and rejection.
In closing, your life is not over when you fail. Your career is not over when you face rejection. Yes, in many ways a door in your life has been closed. It makes no sense to sit there staring at that closed door. It makes no sense to stay there frantically knocking at the door until they let you back in. It would be crazy to blow that door open. So what is the key to dealing with the closed door?
Look for the next door.
Make decisions in your life that help you find the right doors and place yourself in positions that improve upon lessons learned from previous closed doors.
You’d be surprised what happens when you start focusing on the present, rather than the past or future.
Ben Hodge has been acting and directing for 20 years in a variety of formats. He has directed several productions in York, PA and had his play REACH performed in NYC at an Off-Broadway venue in 2009. Ben studied English and Acting at Messiah College and received his Masters in Education from Penn State University. After the success of REACH, the hit play about the hidden issues of 21st Century teens, Ben started acting classes in the York, PA area and created Ben Hodge Studios in October 2009. His main goal is to bring a high-level, professional acting workshop to York, PA that is modelled after professional workshops with influences by Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and David Mamet.
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