The level you’re at is the level you’re at.

Don’t be pressured to think that your acting should be somewhere other than where it is.

It isn’t realistic, and you need to be if you want to improve.

This doesn’t mean you don’t have aspirations. Of course you do, but you have to start from where you are now. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it?

The key is knowing that your work is now at the proper level. With all the assets and liabilities that that includes. You shouldn’t or couldn’t be at any other level. Accepting that is such an opening of the door for your improvement.

In analyzing where your work is at you take two aspects into account: you – the subjective; and the industry – the objective. 

Having unrealistic expectations leads to disappointment, which you want to avoid. The movie industry has lots of disappointment already built into it. Wishing you were more advanced is just, well, wishing and, you know, ‘If wishes were horses…’.

Look the thing in the eye. Call a spade a spade. Tell it like it is. That will focus you now – your mind, your work. 

Know that the level you’re at now is the level you’re at.