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The most vital lesson Regina King has to teach us about creating and sustaining control of your career
What movie do you have playing over and over again?
Does that story serve you?
If not, lose it...now...
Oh, I don't want to do TV, I only want to do film
Oh, I don't want to do theatre, I'm a TV actor
Oh, I'm not half-hour, I'm definitely episodic
Have you done all of these things?
Then you don't know, you're just setting up barriers to your success, so you can feel safe and right.
Regina King went from 227 to Southland, for godssake...
If you haven' watched those two shows, watch them now ...
Then come back and talk to me about how she mastered the two forms effortlessly.
She learned how to handle the genre of work available to her in the industry at every given time and transformed her acting style to meet it.
Southland was like nothing American TV has ever made and we've yet to meet a show with the level of depth, humanity and subtle specificity of work that's happening in that show.
Regina took what could have been a nothing role in 227 and created a template for us all...this is what the all american black girl looks like...she's complicated, witty and carrying a lot of complex weight...she made the role live up to her skill level and not the other way around...
So, why can't you do the same...are you on top of the genres at work now?
What if you got an audition for a half hour show nobody has heard of?
I bet you an pint of Ben & Jerry's that you can find more work by that writer or creator and master their pace and style. This is the actor's daily homework....Regina King did it and the only difference between you and her is committment, preparation and tenacity...
She mastered everything within her control...
Now is the time to start learning what you don't know...not tomorrow, not next week, NOW during pilot season.
What's one thing you need to learn more about in your technique or the business of acting?
Post in the comments and i'll respond ASAP!!
April Yvette Thompson