Henry Miller said that “Daring is the magic X factor that creates magic”.
“Creativity is strangled by caution. Most people”, Miller says, “launch themselves into their work wearing a life preserver that strangles them. ”
So when you’re acting, don’t hold back and play it safe. Take the handbrake off your imagination and let it fly.
The Roman philosopher, Tacitus said, ”The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”
This doesn’t mean you have to be wild and wacky. It may be that you just have to be open enough to see the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.
If you push yourself too far in life, it is relatively easy to pull it back, but if you haven’t gone far enough, it is much harder to push later.
Your creativity isn’t served by playing it safe. David Mamet said, “It is a question of what you might do in your wildest imagination, not what you might do because you are bound by the strictures of polite behaviour”.
If you cannot be a genius imitate the daring.