ASK Me!: Reviews?

Could you help me with my “Reviewer/Critic Theory?” I go by the 50% rule. Only 50% of both positive and negative reviews are honest. The other 50% are either trying to get on your good side at the ground floor or are trying to look good and get more hits on their website by making you look bad. Am I off base here? How should you treat your theater reviews?

Well, I’ve never been reviewed.. so, there’s that.

Hypothetically though, if I were to be reviewed I hope I’d fall into the “I don’t pay attention to reviews – who cares?!” category. And, ideally, that’s the way we should all think about it. But I understand needing outside feedback and praise, especially if you’re doing TV or movies, because you don’t even have a live audience to give you immediate cues as to your success. We all know that a good review can help your career as a performer and prove to the cynic agents and casting directors out there that you are a valuable asset. Sad but true. But, it takes a very special kind of person to read/hear reviews about themselves and remain objective through it. In general, if you’re wrapped up in what people think about you then you cannot be doing good work. It’s practically impossible to be a good actor if your attention is anywhere else but in the scene/movie/show/play/improvisation (etc – you get the point, right) you’re doing. The only feedback that’s of REAL importance is that of the director. Period.

AND.. if your 50% rule is true, Alexis, then there is no need for anyone to pay attention to reviewers, ever. If it isn’t the truth that they speak/write then who cares.


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About The NYC Actor

Angela Dee is a professional actress working in Film, Theatre, TV, Commercials and Voiceovers. She currently lives in New York.

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