Why Natural Actors Still Need Training
While an actor might be a natural performer, he or she is also a human being.
Training is vital to the actor’s life. Being a natural is great on the days when you “feel it”. But training is what you fall back on, on the days when you don’t “feel it”.
Acting comes naturally for some actors. The camera loves them. They were made for the stage. They have a natural desire to be the center of attention. They can memorize lots of dialogue and naturally ease themselves into the “skin” of their characters.
For naturally gifted actors and actresses, there sometimes can be a temptation to disregard training. The thinking goes that, if one is a “natural”, one does not need training. You either have “it” or you don’t.
But it’s important to remember that, while the actor might be a natural performer, he or she is also a human being. There are days when you don’t have “it”. There are days when the actor might be dealing with life issues or health issues or nervousness or they’re in a lousy mood or they’re just plain not feeling “it”.
It is days like that where just being a natural is not enough. On days like that, the actor must fall back on their training to get them through. Falling back on their technique, the well-trained actor is able to give a consistently good performance take-after-take, or night-after-night, whether they are having an off-day or not.