The Four Agreements
I’ve mentioned the Four Agreements in my posts before, but I don’t think I’ve ever expanded on them.
The Four Agreements is a book by don Miguel Ruiz on how to your best in everyday life. It’s a short book, worth the quick read. They are, in no particular order:
-Don’t make assumptions
-Always do your best
-Don’t take anything personally
-Be impeccable with your word.
These are great morals to live by in life. But, how does this apply to acting?
-Don’t make assumptions: When you receive an audition, don’t automatically start thinking about what “they” want in the character. That’s an assumption. You have no idea what “they” want. You can only give them YOU, and your choices. Work from yourself, and the rewards will be richer.
-Always do your best: If you don’t do your best, and you don’t get the part, your ego says “it’s ok, because I didn’t do my best”. But what if you had done your best? Would you have gotten the part? Maybe. But even if you didn’t, the satisfaction of knowing that you did your best is heartening.
-Don’t take anything personally: If you’ve been reading any of the articles I’ve posted here, you know that casting can be as simple as you are blonde, and they want a brunette. Or you were perfect for the part, but the writer decided to cast his sister because he owes her money. You have NO CONTROL over anything but your performance. So, don’t take rejection personally (if you’ve done your best!).
-Be impeccable with your word: Once you get the part, you MUST show up on time, be prepared, be professional, and courteous. You were hired because of your skill and professionalism. The hiring creates an unspoken contract - you have given your word that you will see this project through to the end, and do your best along the way.
The Four Agreements promote joy and avoid needless suffering.
Find the Four Agreements [here]
Read a synopsis [here]