It’s easy to underestimate what it takes to have a ‘Grand Slam Attitude’ because very few people are cut from this cloth. We see it in our agency from performers who simply cannot wrap their heads around the fact that the thing they need to change in order to generate more work and success is them.
They come to us with an expectation that we are going to gift them their careers, or they turn their nose up at certain jobs and then wonder why they aren’t getting on set. There are two types of people at the base of Performance Point. Those who are determined to reach the top without placing blame on anything or anyone other than themselves. They are fully responsible for their successes and failures and despite all the adversity and things they cannot change, they hold onto their 'Grand Slam Attitude' like a lifesaving rope.
They get knocked down, they are told they can’t do things, and sometimes it's down to something they can’t change about themselves. Yet they perform irrespective of the things they can’t change, and look ahead to the things they can – and will.
The other group are different. The other group blame their inability to reach the top on everything other than themselves. It'll be their shoes, their equipment, the weather, their other team members, their teachers, Donald Trump (Oh please, can we just blame him for everything!!?)
If you are reading this then I am likely preaching to the converted, but there is something to be said about the un-phased warrior. This may or may not be you, and if it isn’t but this is a career that you are trying to break into, then the un-phased Warrior is certainly who you should be aiming towards.
Persistence is one of those admirable traits, because although it seems so obvious and simple, there’s nothing more difficult than waking up at 5am to train for something when it feels like the entire orbital system has aligned to ensure that you will not succeed because of your age, skin colour, gender or enter trait that has nothing to do with the talent you possess here.
Becoming successful in the action industry takes its toll on you physically, mentally and emotionally in the same way these grand slam champions undergo all kinds of therapies and training to get them in the right frame of mind. But if you can get to grips with the ideology that your attitude and work ethic goes a long way in dictating how people respond to you, I guarantee you will have an easier time.
Now, I don’t want anyone going away thinking that in telling you this it will make you the next action icon of our generation. It won’t. But it will help you become more receptive to feedback, hard work and success. It will help you realise all of those small jobs, the hours in training - those small victories, if you will - are an accumulative part of something much, much bigger.
You may not get to be the next Jason Statham or Angelina Jolie, but there’s a lot to learn from taking Konta’s attitude. Being the next ‘you’ at the top of your own mountain is certainly good enough.
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