Are you singing Aretha? I was when I was typing this. Respect, it’s what great songs and excellent mob movies are made of. But is oh, so much more. Cultures are steeped in it, every gansta thug rap artist raps about it… and everybody wants it although not many know how to give it.
Wikipedia states: “Respect denotes both a positive feeling of esteem for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., “I have great respect for her judgment”). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, whereas actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect.”
And what does this have to do with acting???????? EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Respect for the profession: If you are a serious actor, you need to know the profession. Take some time to learn the players involved, the history, and really what it takes to make it.
Respect for yourself: If a role conflicts with your core values, do not compromise who you are. This is a business and there will be more opportunities. Don’t think so? Then create your own opportunities. Be genuine.
Respect for others in the business: Almost everyone worked like a dog to get to where they are. Very few people were handed their successful careers. Ackowledge that and do not expect gimmes or handouts.
Respect for others in general: Show Business is a BUSINESS. Dress for success at auditions, at classes, at showcases, at ALL TIMES. Don’t be too casual with people. Don’t interrupt. Don’t suck up. Don’t act like you are more than you are.
This may all seem like common sense but everything we write about is based on things we see and/or what other industry professionals and players talk about. It’s really sad that common courtesy seems to have gone by the way side and the sense of entitlement is just amazing. It’s also amazing how good old fashioned common decency, aka RESPECT is received when given. Make a conscious effort this week to give respect. Give it until it becomes a habit. In the end this author believes you’ll not only see fruits of your efforts in your acting career, but in your life in general.