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Embracing Your Flaws 

Updated: Apr 9

The Difference Between Screen Acting & Social Media

In today's digital age, the landscape of performance extends beyond traditional stages and screens, seeping into the realm of social media. With platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, individuals have unprecedented opportunities to showcase their talents, share their stories, and cultivate online personas. Yet, amidst the curated feeds and polished content, there's a fundamental distinction between presenting oneself on social media and embodying a character for the screen.

Female social media influencer recording herself with a ring light camera

On social media, the emphasis often lies in projecting an image of success, happiness, and perfection. Filters, editing tools, and carefully crafted captions enable users to construct an idealised version of themselves, meticulously curated to maximise likes, followers, and validation. We're not ourselves on social media, just a heavily filtered version of ourselves. Behind the facade of polished posts somewhere lies the reality of human complexity—the insecurities, vulnerabilities, and imperfections that shape our lived experiences. But it's all hidden. This stark contrast highlights the difference between social media and acting for the camera.

Contrastingly, the art of acting for the screen demands a willingness to confront these raw, unfiltered truths, to delve into the depths of human emotion, and to authentically portray the nature of each character. Whether embodying a hero, a villain, or an ordinary individual dealing with life's challenges, actors are tasked with illuminating the complexities of the human condition, transcending the constraints of their own identities. Such depth and authenticity are simply unattainable on social media.

To excel in the craft of acting is to embrace vulnerability—to peel back the layers of self-consciousness and inhibition and to surrender to the transformative power of performance. It requires a deep understanding and acceptance of character psychology, motivations, and dynamics, no matter what they are, allowing actors to inhabit roles with depth, nuance, and authenticity.

Moreover, the journey of relearning how to be real in front of the camera extends beyond technical proficiency—it necessitates a deep-seated courage to explore the depths of emotion, to confront personal fears and insecurities, and to embrace the inherent messiness of the human experience. It's about relinquishing control, surrendering to vulnerability, and allowing oneself to be truly seen and heard. Acting isn't about lying or being fake. It's about finding and playing human truth, which is hidden behind the social media facade.

Acting is an act of empathy—an invitation to step into the shoes of another, to empathise with their struggles, joys, and triumphs, and most importantly—their flaws. And to communicate their truth to the world. It's representation of these flaws that make us real.

Johnny Depp and boy on a bench in Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland (Miramax Films)

It's more interesting to watch and allows the viewer to relate to it on a more human level. It's a journey of self-discovery, self-expression, and self-transcendence—a continuous exploration of human nature and its infinite capacity for growth, transformation, and connection.

We have to relearn how to be real in front of the camera, embrace the beauty of imperfection, the power of vulnerability, and get used to Embracing Your Flaws . For it is through our willingness to embrace the full spectrum of human emotion that we unlock the true essence of acting—and in doing so, we illuminate the shared humanity that connects us all.

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