Ego and the actor

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    How much of an EGO does an actor need?

    Does the actor need one atall?

    if you could scale an EGO on the 1 to 10 scale

    just a question

    any answers?

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  • Alexander Helm

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    I don't know about ego but I think you should try develop a strong sense of self-belief and drive. I have faced a lot of obstacles so I think you need a lot of self-motivation to keep pressing on. I have built my confidence by undertaking courses, workshops and production to challenge and develop skills and listen to a lot of feedback.

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    thanks alex

    but what i am talking about is not self confidence

    its OVER confidence , the ego which drives all of us, but tooo much ego may make us think we are better than the other person

    everybody in life must have meet someone like that

    so what i am asking is are we aware of our own egos , do you control it

    what do you think?

    an ego is nessary but in the right amount

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    I don't think you need an ego but I think that being cheeky helps!

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    In my humble opinion too much ego is a bad thing as it can come across as arrogance and no Casting Director will take you on if you seem as though you are going to be difficult to work with. Confidence and a smile, on the other hand, are worth their weight in gold and a thick skin helps too - let's face it, we're all putting ourselves out there to be knocked back time and time again and we have to get back up dust ourselves off and start all over again...now where have I heard that before?....

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    ego to me means someone who thinks themselves above others, the type of people who dont need to listen to others because they rate their own opinions and beliefs above the rest.therefore i dont think it is a good think,how can directors work with such people??

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  • Helen Belbin

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    I suppose you need to define the word ego. What you describe Laura i would call arrogance.

    If you agree with me that ego means having a good/accurate awareness of self and your abilities then it is definately necessary for an actor to have an ego. How else would we put ourselves up for jobs and set the screen/stage alight with our performances(or whatever we do...).

    However, I would say it is a complete myth that all actors 'love themselves' in the way that they need to be the centre of attention all the time. But sometimes other people assume that you are a comedian/impressions expert and general entertainer and to a point you sometimes end up acting this way so as not to disappoint.

    That even stretches into my personal life where some of my friends get really surpirised if I have problems or feel down as they're used to me being totally assured and... Sorry poss too much info there!

    Also as an actor you have to be able to present yourself/market your product, which can come accross as arrogant. But a director doesn't want to audition a mouse who is too scared to speak.

    Not really sure what I'm spraffing on about though, waiting for 1 o'clock when i can stuff my face!

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    but you wouldn't deem the word egotistical as a positve word would you?

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    go ( P ) Pronunciation Key (g, g)

    n. pl. eĀ·gos

    The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.

    In psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality.

    An exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit.

    Appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem.

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  • Helen Belbin

    Actor

    That's the conatation in our society. Though I would generally use the term in a derogatory way, I agree. I would prob tend to use words like self assurance and self belief instead.

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  • Helen Belbin

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    Well based on that, apart from

    An exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit

    I would say that an ego (which everyone has, in varying degrees) is defos necessary for us thesps!

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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    well I am the best thing since slice bread and I don;t have a massive ego

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  • Christopher Hatherall

    Actor

    What more could a goosey man say?

    (damn we are very good Skip)

    Goseman

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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    oh guys you're making me blush :)

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  • Keith Patrick

    Actor

    It's a subject that could go on and on.

    To have something of an Ego is completely healthy.

    If you really wany to get into it, ask how Ego is relating to Super Ego, and I.D.

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    Oh My God! Now it's getting really deep - what have you started here.....all these egos are starting to get in the way of each other, soon there will be all out war...

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  • Simon Nader

    Actor

    Got to be honest here and say I think it really helps to have a bit of an ego about your own ability just so long as you KEEP it to yourself and don't try too hard to talk yourself up to everyone else! There's a definite distinction between arrogance and self-confidence, and I think that comes from whether you are quietly and inwardly confident or whether you choose to broadcast your self-belief to everyone else. I'm certain that rather than gain you a job, an outward arrogance can do nothing but talk yourself out of it. And how awful is it sitting next to those sorts at auditions? Ggrrrrr...

    Simon

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    true simon very ture

    its a question of balance

    and as actors i think its something thats needs to

    be kept in check

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    ...so what is the next thorny topic you are going to come up with Mark? I wait in trepidation....

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    are my topics thorny?

    never thought there where

    i could talk about shakespeare 's meter and weather in todays modern speak that the meter should be droped (which i like) so that the e-motion , the words come throu

    but i thinks that going to far

    but do you have any topics out there?

    any questions which keep you awake at night

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