A while back, I wrote an article about why every actor needs to pay attention to Donald Trump. With the presidential race now entering its final lap, it only seems fair to look at the opposite end of the political spectrum: Hillary Clinton. With decades of experience under her belt, Hillary Clinton aims to be the first female president in American history. Just like Donald Trump, however, she’s made some mistakes, but still appears to be going strong heading into the general election. With that in mind, there are plenty of things actors can learn from her besides her views on politics.
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No one has adapted more in this political race than Hillary Clinton. Remember that time she was criticized by the media for not smiling during debates? Not long after, she was criticized yet again for smiling too much. This is a perfect example to illustrate Clinton’s natural ability to adapt when she receives criticism (and also how hard it is to please people). Each time you walk into a rehearsal space, it is imperative that you remain open to feedback–both positive and negative. Even if you don’t agree with something, try it out anyway. Isn’t that what we are taught in acting school? By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will make new discoveries and perhaps learn something new about yourself.
When asked during the second presidential debate to name a positive trait about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump summed her up in a way that is inarguable: “She doesn’t quit”. Remember, this is not the first time that Hillary has run for President–and if she doesn’t win in November, I highly doubt it will be her last. Her attitude in the face of adversity is admirable to say the least and is a trait that is invaluable to the actor. Rejection is a key part of what actors deal with on a day to day basis. Not only do you need thick skin to deal with it, but you also need a spirit of perseverance to keep moving forward.
Looking at Hillary Clinton’s resume, she is undeniably qualified to serve as the next commander-in-chief. She was a former first lady, senator, and secretary of state. What else would you ask for in terms of a track record from a presidential nominee? The point is that Hillary is well prepared and has the experience to back it up. For an actor, this translates to being properly trained and learning about the craft. Nowadays it’s that kind of experience that will set you apart from everyone else claiming to be an actor. Just keep in mind that having the right qualifications doesn’t necessarily guarantee you will get the job at hand. But it does give you a leg up on the competition, so study up!
Hillary Clinton could very well become the first female president of the United States–or not. Either way, she exhibits several characteristics that actors ought to be on the lookout for. If you found this article helpful, subscribe!