Ben Franklin was a man of many wise saying that still have relevancy today. You know, “A penny saved is a penny earned”, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”, “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for making anything else” and of course every hostesses favorite “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after 3 days”. One of my favorites is “Never confuse motion with action”. This one has really resonated with me, especially recently and has led to a slight change in how I’ve been evaluating opportunities. I’m a big proponent of taking workshops and classes even if I’ve had to travel to take them. Let’s just say I’ve never met a workshop I didn’t turn down. I’m not that bad about it but I do take a lot of them. I do believe there is something to be learned from any situation and of course there are contacts to be made. I am pretty choosy about who I take classes from so I’ve been able to avoid most of the shysters that prey on the acting and voiceover community.
Recently though, my thought has turned away from learning and more towards doing. I realized that all this traveling to take workshops really threw a monkey wrench in my schedule. There was a gearing down and gearing up time that took energy and attention away from my progress. And because I was out of the studio and wasn’t in town, it was affecting my ability to audition both on the mic and on camera. I realized that while I was learning from each opportunity, what I was giving up wasn’t being paid back in kind. I was confusing motion with actually taking action and making progress.
As a result of this, I’ve said no to several recent workshop opportunities. I realized I needed to practice what I’d learned at all the other ones I’ve taken. So my suitcase remains in the closet. I’ll be attending workshops again in the future but for the time being, I’ve got my feet planted right here at home and I’m no longer confusing motion with action. Besides, the heat finally broke and it’s heavenly here.