One foot in, one foot out.

That’s a terrible place for you to be working. 

One half of your mind going one way, and the other half going the other. Causes a disconnect.


There could be lots of reasons. Perhaps you think the movie’s content is too racist, sexist, divisive, or violent; maybe you’re not being paid enough; or perhaps it’s a case of the conditions on set not being up to proper standard. 

These reasons are valid in and of themselves, but you can’t let them split you down the middle so that half of you is thrilled to be in the movie while the other half hates it. 

You’ll become miserable to work with and the crew and cast will think you’re cranky.

That’s a terrible place to be.

What can you do to have both feet in?

You can always bring dignity to every role you play: good guy, bad guy, high status, low status. Giving true meaning and honour to your character’s life is the high road. Find the life reason that made your character the way they are, and do what they do. It’ll give you pride in your work. 

Knowing that those working with you may have the same feelings about the movie as you do, yet they work hard on set and do a good job nonetheless. That they too have problems that they put aside when they come on set. Being a good fellow worker and appreciating the good qualities of others is the professional way, and will help you and those around you enjoy the job. 

Always doing your best - acting as well as you can. This job of interpreting is your life, so you should try and raise the bar of excellence with every new role you get. The pursuit of excellence is a noble one. 

This is the hallmark of a fine actor. Modesty. Recognizing other people’s problems and worries connects you to the human race, allowing you the space to express yourself more freely. It normalizes you.

If your mind is in it - so too will both your feet.