I have just returned from a wonderful trip to the film festival for my annual "acting party up" and as usual I managed to attend some wicked parties and events. And the thing I was left with, apart from sore feet from four days in heels, was a clearer understanding of the beautiful way in which the really successful people carry themselves.
You notice that people who are great at what they do don't need to name drop or talk themselves up all the time. They just get on with it. They share as necessary; they politely ask questions, they exude confidence like a badge. Now this may sound like it is a direct contradiction to what we should do as actors but it actually isn't. Let me give you some examples.
The Parties: You know the ones.. you rock up to an A-lister party to see loads of uber cool peeps with hints of Jimmy Choo under their incredible designer garments. You swiftly move over to grab a glass of champagne and then pick the cutest person nearby to share a story with about something incredible that just happened to you. Why not try something different. Imagine you don’t need to impress them because you are the person they want to impress. And remember they’re just a friend you haven’t met yet (Bernard Hiller showed me that).