• There are few things that we can control when
we walk into court each day.
• As unstable and unpredictable an
environment that the courtroom is, there is
one thing that we still have control over:
where we put our attention.
• We can put it all on ourselves or on something
else outside of yourself.
• In other words, we can “see” or we can “be
• The essential building block for an actor (i.e.,
his DNA) is his concentration.
• An actor must be the master of his
• An actor must be able to gather his attention
and put it where he wants to put it – on set,
off set – any place, any time.
• The ability to focus your attention at will is
critical for every performing artist.
• Concentration is the muscle that allows you to
focus. It’s the first necessary essential thing.
• The type of concentration that I’m referring to
is a focused alertness with a specific intention.
• Here are two examples.
• First, an Olympic runner lining up at the
starting line right before the gun goes off.
• Second, a paramedic or first responder in a
moment of crisis without all of the chaos.
They take control of the situation immediately.
This is the kind of focus that both acting, and
• “To take the heat off yourself – to transfer the
point of concentration outside of yourself – is
a big battle won.” – Sanford Meisner