I’m walking down Times Square and a little boy, maybe 5 years-old, is running toward me with his hand held high, pumping his fist and shouting, “Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah…” He’s doing it as if he’s just seen his favorite rock star. I can’t help smiling from ear to ear.
To be an effective actor you must find the child inside you at play. You must work to lose the inhibitions that bind you. You must do what you do like a child that plays for the sheer joy of it. Alive in every moment.
Never neglect your inner child. Never lose that sense of wonder and play. As the Persian philosopher and poet Rumi once said, “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” When was the last time that you felt bewildered or fascinated about something? You’d be amazed at how different connecting with other people and learning new things would be. Connecting with other people makes you feel whole. It’s food for the soul that contributes to your creative side.