It’s amazing how much a skewed perspective can prevent performers from seeing themselves plainly. So, how do you deal with this issue when you may not even be able to trust your own self-assessment? Here are some suggestions from someone who did not attend Cornell:

Never, ever, ever stop learning. Don’t think of yourself as the genius of your own domain. Assume that there will always be more to learn. This way of thinking will push you to constantly improve while also broadening your control of craft and technique.

Get input from your trainer as well as the other students in your class. Request that they be truthful. Sure, their responses may be tough to hear, but this is the great way to know how they perceive your abilities. If you genuinely think your diction is flawless but no one else understands a word you’re saying, there may be a disconnect.

Stay away from confirmation bias. This is when you just listen to opinions that verify your beliefs. This journey results in the death of development, so pay heed to opposing viewpoints and be willing to be challenged.

Don’t undervalue your competitors. Why would you go into a casting call assuming that the other actors are bad? Isn’t it more reasonable to assume they’re the best there is? Wouldn’t that make you want to step up your game? Of course! Contact The Playground now to get started.