I’m on a speed boat speeding across the azure blue waters of the Galapagos Islands on our way to Kicker Rock. A brown-haired gentleman with Rayban sunglasses leans against the cabin wall sporting a yellow T-shirt that reads, “SLOW LIFE.”
We arrive at our destination, a huge, jagged piece of lava that juts out of the sea like the giant tip of a spear, and we jump in the water and begin to snorkel. The moment my mask dips below the surface, I’m overwhelmed by a rich world filled with thousands of fish, all gently moving in slow motion through an aquatic paradise.
I’m reminded of a tool I often share with actors, “SLOW DOWN.”
Often actors tend to rush, denying the audience and themselves any chance to fully take in the experience.
When we slow down, we’re able to enjoy the moments that go by. Slowing down heightens your awareness as your observation skills become sharper and your performances become clearer.
Andre DeShields says, “Slowly is the fastest way to get where you want to be.”
I think he’s on to something.
In a post-game interview after a five-hour match in the US Open, Carlos Alcaraz, one of the best tennis players in the world, commented on the length of the match, “I don’t want to rush the points”.
Perhaps there’s wisdom in slowing down.
Slowing down is a goooooooood thiiiiiiiiiiiing.