Welcome to the very first episode of Life is a Play Podcast. This episode introduces the topic of the podcast, which can be boiled down to the following phrase: Acting Techniques Applied to Life.

Here I share my insights about how having a mindset of acting is one of the fastest ways to improve your performance at work, in presentations, customer service, and much more. The acting stage is a reflection of life and therefore acting is the best practice for life.

This episode covers the following:Acting Techniques Applied To Life. Square.

  • Introduction to the concept of Life is a Play
  • What you can expect out of this podcast
  • The type of people I will be interviewing on the show
  • My own experience with acting techniques
  • Brief thoughts on willpower, one of the many things the acting stage teaches us

It’s time to empower everything we do and improve our authentic self through acting. And though that may seem like an oxymoron, it really isn’t. Authentic acting is not being fake, authentic acting is creating yourself into the person you are destined to be on your terms.

Resources/References mentioned

Reference #1

The Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan

Concepts that are discussed by me are as follows:

The first act is the past.
The second act is the present.
And the final act is the future.

The past cannot be changed. However, the present and future can. 

Because you have control over your choices in the present and the future acts, you have control over your destiny. You are like an author of your own life. You are the main character in your own play. And you write the script. Of course you can’t write the script of your entire environment, but you do have much more control than you might originally think.

Reference #2

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Quote taken directly from the book. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.”

Reference #3

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney

The case study that I mentioned when discussing willpower about the marshmallow experiment came from this book. You can also find more immediate information regarding it on Wikipedia.

Some pre-show notes

(These are some of the notes that I wrote down prior to recording the podcast.)

The stage can be a powerful and beautiful teacher if we allow it to teach.

There is so much that I have learned from the stage. I conquered my fear of public speaking and  learned how to memorize and use my imagination better. My will power increased and I also learned for the first time what it really meant to strive for excellence. These were just benefits.

From the exercises I performed in my very first acting class, I realized that I loved acting. The theatre stage and movies are a reflection of reality, and unless we are talking about non-fiction, all of that reflection comes from imagination. Who creates that imagination? You do.

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Samuel Hatton