Acting can be a metaphor for living a self-actualized life. Prepare for the challenge of living consciously in an uncertain world.

CCE Course: Actor for Life

Life has been described as improv. Without a script to guide us we undertake quests. We pass milestones, we may be faced with calamities, or take part in thrilling events, or chance upon comic ironies. We encounter some of the same dramas that are played out on the stage and screen, we just don’t have all the special effects.

An actor on stage might play the hero, victim, warrior, or protector.  Actors can show a range of mental states like the ones we encounter in life. They can be patient, peaceful, angry, fearful, joyful, sad, surprised, vindictive, manipulative and the list goes on and on. 

The three-day course uses acting as a metaphor for living a self-actualized life. The book Actor for Life: How to have an amazing career without all the drama was written as a textbook for young actors, but the concepts and exercises prepare anyone for the challenge of living consciously in an uncertain world. Specific skills help with things like self-doubt, motivation/procrastination, and stress.

Who is it for?

This classroom will attract individuals who want to live a meaningful and fulfilled life, people who are willing to take time to think through important life decisions and take purposeful action to move toward life goals.

For coaches, the course is accredited by the International Coach Federation for 24 hours of continuing education credit. It fulfills 21 hours of the core competency requirement and the 3 hour ethics requirement.

What is the content?

Drawing on research from neuroscience, participants will develop mental strategies to help them align their ongoing habits and patterns (in both behavior and thought) with who they are at the core of their being, and who they want to be in the future.

Using specific memories and state of mind “anchoring” techniques, participants will explore a variety of internal resources, and design ways to express these gifts and talents.

The textbook is organized into three sections, The Self, The Work and The Whole.  The Self focuses on how to win at “the inner game.” It helps us identify and craft habits of thought that serve us. The exercises in this section provoke awareness and bring to light patterns that can either support or inhibit our growth.

The section on The Work focuses on the attitudes that successful individuals bring to their work. It includes exercises that explore craftsmanship, resilience and how to cope with failures.

The section on The Whole looks past the individual into the systems within which we live and work. These include both the immediate systems (the workplace, the family, the community) and the larger system of humanity.

The course is experiential. Each activity begins with solo thinking time, then participants explore and develop their thoughts in pairs or in small groups.

When and Where and How Much

The 3-day residential seminar is held in Normal, Illinois. In 2020 the dates are July 28th through 30th, Tuesday through Thursday. Early bird registration (available until the end of June) is $700. After June, registration is $750. The tuition cost does not include housing or meals. The course is accredited by the International Coach Federation for 24 CCE hours.

The seminar will be held at the Hyatt Place (just across from the Amtrak station) in Normal. The address is 200 Broadway Avenue, Normal, IL 61761. Their website is hyattplacebloomingtonnormal.com or you can phone them at (309) 454-9288. For those who want to stay at the hotel, the room cost is $109 per night during the week. We suggest you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

To register, or for more information, email jelfline@mac.com with Actor in the subject line. Space is limited to 20.

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