The woodpecker acting technique

Posted on 13 May 2015


One of my favourite birds is the woodpecker.

It finds a tree and has a little peck.

A tiny bit of wood comes off and falls to the ground.

‘No big deal’ you may say to yourself.

But the woodpecker doesn’t stop there.

It pecks and pecks and pecks until the whole bloody tree comes down.

The moral of the story- a lot of little pecks can have a huge impact over time.

This is a great approach to apply to your acting.

Each day do something small to improve your ability, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. It’s all about consistency.

Overtime, you build up strength in your acting instrument and before you know it, you are bringing down the house…with applause.

The Japanese have a word for this sort of activity. It’s called Kaizen. Small improvements made every day.

When you are looking at a large task, such as becoming an acting genius, you need to approach it bit by bit. It’s not something that happens all in one go.

This reminds me of the old metaphor about how to eat an elephant…one bite at a time.

If you are ready to take your first bite at the acting cherry then you should come along to my live seminar on – How To Become A Professional Actor From Scratch.

Places are limited and it’s an ‘almost’ free event so you have nothing to lose.