What is faith really and why is it the true key to your child’s acting success?
Why is it crucial you recognize faith within yourself as the parent of a child actor?
Why is it crucial you talk about this with your actor?
We believe it is these 3 things:
Faith is Knowing and Believing. NOT Wondering and Doubting.
Faith is being sure of What we Hope For and Certain of What we Do Not See.
Faith is continuing to take Steps, even when we don’t know the layout of the Whole Staircase.
Faith is literally central to everything that your child wants and loves with acting. It’s literally the key to allowing the acting process to happen for your child, allowing your child actor to learn, grow and become the actor they can become over time. It’s literally you letting go of trying to move your child too fast, too hard, and it’s what will give your child balance and longevity in the industry. It’s just believing in your child’s talent, passion, love and dedication for what they are doing. That should be enough. That is faith.
You must also have faith in the team that is around your child including: their acting school, their acting coaches, their managers, their agents, other family members that may be talking to them, friends, their teachers at school and any other main team members. You have helped find this team and they have also chosen your child. Your faith needs to be strong and relentless.
You must have faith because acting is a marathon not a sprint and you never stop learning, growing or auditioning.
Acting life for children needs to be based upon the fact that you truly believe in your child and they also believe in themselves. This especially comes into play in those moments in between auditions and roles. There may be long gaps of time in between auditions or roles or both. During these times, you have to go inside your heart and just keep that faith going strong. Besides, if you truly believe in your child’s passion and talent, why should that ever waver? It should not at all ever change.
If they are training in an acting academy consistently, keeping their balance, and still loving every moment of it, then there is no reason to ever question your faith. Because, well, it’s still all real. Nothing has really changed. And it’s always only about them having fun with what they love to do. They need to be doing it because they love it. So, if they still do love it, then there is nothing to question. Therefore, your faith is intact.
So, to repeat – What is Faith? We believe it is these 3 things:
- Faith is Knowing and Believing. NOT Wondering and Doubting.
- Faith is being sure of What we Hope For and Certain of What we Do Not See.
- Faith is continuing to take Steps, even when we don’t know the layout of the Whole Staircase.
Can this be hard for some parents of actors and actors themselves? Of course. Will you question things? You would not be human if from time to time thoughts did not pop into your head asking when your time will come. Or asking yourself if you are really good. Or, asking yourself if your child should continue. But, the Key is, when these questions arise, you just need to tap into your faith and believe with no questions asked. Push away any negative thoughts. Literally shake them off of you or go for a run, jump up and down, dance, do whatever you need to in order to get rid of those thoughts. If you have always had the faith, then keep the faith going.
The actors that are most successful always believed and had faith and their parents or other support systems always believed too. The ones I have personally spoken to say that their faith never wavered. Did they question things from time to time, yes, absolutely. But they quickly reminded themselves and their child (and family) of their faith to what they know they are supposed to be doing. So, they never really even got off their horse. They didn’t let themselves fall.
One note too, if you do get off the horse, you can still jump back on. Faith is something that is never too far away from you. It’s within your grasp at all times. One thought away. It’s as simple and quick as flipping over your hand. Try it.
For your child to believe, you must believe too. Yes, faith can be considered abstract, but you all must always see it, taste it, and for your child to have faith, it must come from you the parent, first. You must model it and you must stand strong even when time may pass without you knowing the next steps.
BTW, if you are always questioning things, then you are not truly faithful. So, stop that and change it. As long as you are doing what you should to help your child follow their dreams, the rest just has to come from the process. Relax and Believe.
Have more thoughts about faith and how that will change the outcome of your child actor’s success? Please post them below in the comments section. How are you, your family and your child actor with faith? We’d love to know where and how this plays into your journey. Thanks for your input!