There’s a famous acting adage that goes: “The more interested you are, the more interested we are.” This is why we can endlessly watch babies at play. Or people fully engaged in their work (aka “flow”). Even the old man feeding the pigeons in the park can be captivating. (This is why authentic behavior on stage or screen is an absolute must. Another post for another time.)
The same holds true when it comes to the element of surprise. For your acting and your writing.
The more you can surprise yourself with what just happened, the feeling of “Where in the world did that come from?”, the more surprised we will be.
And guess what?…When we’re surprised, that means you’re unpredictable.
And when you’re unpredictable that means we’re riveted. Because we have no idea and can’t wait to see what happens next.
And when that happens, you’ve got us right where you want us. Open, alert and ready to receive whatever it is you have to offer.
Go make your surprising art.