Sometimes, we need to make judgement calls. We use our experience, our point of view and the facts presented to us in order to decide. Sometimes we get it right, other times we get it wrong.
All too often however, judgement calls are not judgement calls at all. They are excuses for inaction. We try to find something wrong with the situation, we pick holes, we proactively try to think up reasons not to contact that important person or not attend that big meeting.
Whether it’s the script, the casting call, our ideas, the project, the future, the present, the past, how we’re doing, the way other people respond to our efforts, the other actor in the scene, whatever it is, we try to find something wrong with it in order to excuse ourselves from taking action. Usuallly this happens when the action involves taking a chance, or entering into situations we’re not fully in control of, where we don’t know what the outcome will be, situations which may upset our peace and quiet.
We actors though, cannot afford to do this. We cannot afford to recoil from taking action in our lives and careers. For us, uncertainty is a permanent component of what we do. We need to accept the discomfort it brings, and keep on tossing our line into the ocean.