I’m reading Rob Lowe’s book, Love Life, where he talks about a point in his career where his wife suggested he should seek out an acting coach.
Throughout Lowe’s life he had never really taken formal acting classes, pretty much learning on the job and growing up with the likes of the Penn brothers and others. However, he was facing the challenging role of the deaf/mute in Stephen King’s The Stand and he wasn’t sure how to approach it. On his wife’s suggestion, he saw the prime acting coach of the time.
Lowe originally was going to do the traditional method actor thing, getting himself some sort of ear plugs to blast white noise into his ear (he’s naturally deaf in one ear anyway) so he could try to understand what it’s like to be deaf.
His acting coach told him that since he could hear, in real life, to not pretend he couldn’t, but instead to pretend that he could hear and talk (which he can anyway) but just chooses not to. The difference in perspective made all the difference in Lowe’s performance.
Without a coach, an outside perspective, Lowe would have done what he’s always done and may not have gotten the result he wanted. Where in your life are you getting either the same mediocre result, or not getting the result you want? Where could you use the benefits of an outside perspective – whether that comes from a coach, a spouse or a good friend?