From playing the Easy Reader on The Electric Company to Red in The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Freeman has had an extremely successful acting career that spans several decades.
But Morgan Freeman didn’t make his off-Broadway acting debut until he was 30 years old. Before that he had worked as a transcript clerk at a community college and as a dancer at the 1964 World’s Fair. It took him years of persistence.
Yes, Morgan Freeman certainly has tremendous talent as an actor. But there are many talented actors out there. What makes certain performers hit it big while others spend years struggling before they give up? Is it only luck?
Maybe our own emotional blocks can hinder our professional growth as performers. Finding tools to remove our personal barriers can free us to focus all of our energy on our craft. Then maybe the difference between talented, struggling actors and talented, successful actors becomes clearer.
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© 2012 Valerie Simon, LCSW, PAT