13147: Your Most Useful Reaction To A Simple Mistake

Hey there, hero!

The fact is, you’re going to make mistakes. And you’re going to be disappointed, feel less than and that wish that you could get a do-over.

But don’t let that be your norm. That’s certainly one way to look at it, but there may be another to consider.

If you know you’re not going to be perfect, if you know that there are times when you don’t have enough information to succeed or that you simply missed the mark, you can choose how you respond to it.

Here’s what the pros do: they simply move on.

Do you beat yourself up when you make a mistake? Or can you take a moment, acknowledge it and immediately move on? Let me know in the comments below.



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  1. Great topic. I think pick-ups are an important skill and they save the production time by not having to rewind and reset to the beginning of the scene again. I don’t want the crew to have to suffer for my perfectionism!

  2. Great topic, David. Thank you for addressing this! I know I do my best when I approach my rehearsal or performance as simply doing the work. Working through it – either on my own or with a director or someone else. Being open to the process without judgment. And when I do beat myself up, it feels so bad! I surprise myself at how mad I can get at myself so quickly! And it feels awful and is not helpful. I’ve gotten much better about this, but every now and then….it happens. Thanks for the encouragement.