“Don’t take it personally” is great to remember when someone we trust gives us advice or feedback. It’s not about us. It’s about the work. Helping us get better. Go further. Make the change we want to make. We should be grateful that someone took time to notice, to care, and was brave enough to give us feedback. We need to put our egos aside and just listen. Take it all in.
But just like this post on expectations, when we’re acting, we should take everything personally. Heighten our senses. Raw ourselves up. Be super sensitive and deeply wounded by what the other characters say and do to us.
Taking it personally puts us on the road to conflict. Which is the journey we must take as actors and artists. That’s the only way we can ever move and affect our audience. And open their hearts and minds to the story we’re trying to tell.