LIFE LESSONS THROUGH PLAY ACTING

Updated on: 14/04/16 02:16pm
THE DAY I BECAME SOMEONE ELSE - TWICE


I recently had the opportunity to be an "extra" on a popular TV show. 

The brief was clear and to the point:

ABSOLUTELY NO MAKEUP, JEWELERY, NAILPOLISH OR ACCESSORIES. 
HAIR MUST BE CLEAN & DRY & PRODUCT FREE. 

(The show is a period piece set in the 1950's. All hair, makeup and clothing were to be provided on the day, so a "clean slate" was needed for "extras" to be made up appropriately.)


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So you can only imagine how exposed I felt arriving on set at 6am as a "newbie" actor, sans makeup and hair done. I can usually deal with new situations knowing my hair and makeup are in place, confidence knowing at least I tried to look groomed! 
Can you imagine my surprise at how LIBERATED I actually felt? It was a good feeling actually. This is me, like it or not.


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Once ushered into hair and makeup, I encountered ANOTHER interesting experience. The makeup artist decided NOT to use eyeliner at all on my eyes. She said my "peaches & cream" complexion didn't need much foundation.....did she even remember I was about to be on TV??? The hairstylist then curled and styled my hair reminiscent of my late grandmother's at the age of 80! My whole sense of self was completely transformed - not that I had much time to look in the mirror. 


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Snow White without makeup! 

I never realised the POWER accessories can have on the psychi. Donning gloves and sensible pearl jewelery made me instantly feel lady-like and grown up. 


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Don't even get me started on the clothing! My first dress was demure and below the knees. I had a wool pastel green cardigan and sensible shoes. I behaved accordingly...... for most of the time anyway! In between takes it wasn't uncommon for those shoes to be kicked off with stockinged feet padding over the gloriously soft grass. 
The next costume change was that of a uniform. I felt the need to conform instantly. It wasn't a bad feeling, I felt a connection with my similarly uniformed peers. We shared giggles in a comradely manner and I found our body language changed too. We were attentive and sensible when our perceived "superiors" were around. 


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WHAT I LEARNED

I'm always writing about how important it is to be groomed. Wearing makeup and having good hair. I have also written extensively in the past about how you choose to look, impacting others perceptions of you as a person. 

My lesson was that how YOU choose to wear your hair, makeup and clothes can actually affect WHO you are as a person. These seemingly innocuous rituals we go through every day to present ourselves to the world.... REALLY DO IMPACT OUR LIVES. 

Wearing a uniform WILL bind you more closely to a group. Putting on that demure dress and sensible shoes WILL impact how you behave - even how you walk changes due to clothing restrictions. 

These lessons can be carried into REAL LIFE.
Look sloppy - Act sloppy
Look groomed - Act groomed

IT'S YOUR CHOICE - WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BE TODAY?


NICOLE



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