… personal development and and why you will benefit from it as an actor
My clients often deal with how others see them and tend to ask:
WHO AM I – and why is the answer to this question sometimes so complicated?
In the middle of the last century, the psychologists Karen Horney and Carl Rogers noticed at the same time and independently of each other, that as young children we tend to adapt and create a self that meets the requirements of our environment in order to please our parents as much as possible.
Especially when, for whatever reason, we are not quite sure that we will be accepted and loved by our parents exactly as we are.
Therefore we create a certain image of ourselves that is clever enough, lovable enough or striving enough to be loved and thus not to be dropped.
This self-image is equipped or not equipped with very concrete behaviours and abilities. It tends to be a static self-image.
The static image of me, over the years, can become a static concred sense of me. A good protection against the subjective fear of failure and a solid support of one’s self-worth.
As long as we do not encounter a situation or person who expects us to develop, to grow beyond ourselves, to change.
Such as a new character …
If that happens, this effective protection, our static self-image, is more of a hindrance than a help.
Every change in us means that the image that we have of our self, will have to change.
But this image was created as a perfect solution.
It is just right the way it is.
Changing it can feel like a mortal threat.
Our static self-image is not made for change.
It seems more feasible and much less threatening to simply improve the image we have created of yourself, to perfect the image we want to give of ourself. Through diets, sports, clothes, relationships, further education, etc.
These are all everyday narcissistic attempts to compensate the fear of change.
Another and certainly better possibility would be to deal with the feeling of being inadequate in one or more areas and, in the best case, even to grow from it.
To develope a static self-image to into a flexible self-image.
And if everything goes well in our childhood, then we create such a flexible, changeable self-image.
But quite honestly: we all tend towards the narcissistic compensatory needs just mentioned.
Because no mother and no father have done everything right every second.
Narcissistic disorders, in all their more or less severe variations, have always existed and probably always will. And yet the times we live in today seem to create a lot of room for those.
In your everyday professional live as an actor*ess, you are constantly asked to make yourselves visible and look as good as possible in any situations.
That is where self-marketing becomes self-develoment …
The egometric method
…is a method, which can help to dynamise the self-image, free it from its rigidity and thus create greater scope for action for your career and your future charatcers.
And this is how it works.
The egometric method has been developed as a marketing tool. The primary intention is to create a basis from which marketing strategies, a plan for self-promotion can be developed.
This basis is the personal USP, the individual mission statement.
Which is developed from three building blocks: the core effects, the myth and the goal.
The first building block: your goal
Without a goal, you cannot develop meaningful strategies.
Without a goal, it is relatively likely that the result of the strategy will not satisfy the actor in the end. Strangely enough, thinking about one’s own goals, one’s own target group, where I want to get to in life and maybe even why I want to get there, is already a challenge for many of us, an unfamiliar way to think about one’s own actions.
However, only when I know exactly what I want to achieve, where and with whom, do I have concrete options for action. If I know that, I actually just have to do it. If not, then chance will drive me through life.
Actors actually know this.
No actor would let his character go into a scene completely without any goal. Never! Even if it’s just “I’m hungry and want to get a yoghurt from the fridge.” They ALWAYS give their characters a goal!
For themselves, they too often can’t answer the question: what do you want to achieve?
And it’s not just actors who feel this way. We usually know very well what we DON’T want. Yet we too often don’t know WHAt we want to achieve.
The second building block: your individuell myth
This is the story that you can tell the best. That you are most comfortable with. And that you always come back to anyway – in variations.
It is the basic dramaturgical pattern of your standard reaction to challenges.
The personal myth combines your most important motivation with your basic values.
If you know which story really suits you, you have to make much less noise, because you know when you are credible!
This is where your individuell myth can help.
The third building block: the core eccences
We all have something like our standart solution of how we want to show ourselves to the environment, how we go into encounters. I already explained what this is probably due to.
These standard solutions are usually quite sufficient for most people. Unfortunately, however, not always.
And above all, by focusing on the standart solutions how to appeare, we neglect all the other potentials for our impact.
Those potentials mostly go unnoticed, for we do not know them yet.
Sometimes because they may belong to our shadows.
Often they hold opportunities for your acting career.
In general, there is a dramatic dilemma in our outward appearance.
There is often something about us or in us that we would rather hide. But everything in my appearance I want to hide becomes visible to others even more. As if by hiding it, that’s exactly where I’m putting the focus.
Let me summarise the concept
For the pure marketing aspect of the method you develop the orientation of your strategy with the “goal” building block, with the “myth” for the scope you want to use and with the “core eccences” you then design your strategic appearance.
For your personal development, the confrontation with your “core eccences” gives you the opportunity to dynamise your self-image and encrease your potentroial for new characters, with your “myth” you gane a greater self-understanding and knowledge for YOUR ytory. And the confrontation with your “goal” gives you self-efficacy.
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