Acting and Tim Tebow

Jan 16, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Attitude

We can all learn a lesson from Tim Tebow.

The second-year Denver Broncos quarterback has become quite the cultural sensation over the past several months. Sports writers love to hate him. Fans criticize his unorthodox skills. The Twitterverse is teeming with Tebowmania. Even though the Broncos’ season came to an embarrassing end this weekend at the hands of the Patriots, I suspect the rumors surrounding Tebow and his future will be hot topics on ESPN this offseason.

But…why the heck am I talking about a football player on an acting blog?

If you’re not really into sports, or you’ve been living under a rock for the past three months, allow me to fill you in. Tim Tebow, a relatively inexperienced young player whom nearly everyone has doubted since the day he was drafted, has been doing things in the NFL that nobody thought possible. He leads his team to comeback victory after comeback victory, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds every time. In fact, many sports broadcasters have begun referring to the final few minutes of a Broncos game as “Tebow Time,” because that’s when some of his more remarkable achievements have occurred.

Actors, here’s where we come into the picture. Tim Tebow is far from the most gifted guy on the field, but he’s also regarded as one of the hardest-working kids in the league. That hard work, combined with a never-say-die attitude and endless optimism, allows him to live his dream every day. I’ve always held the belief that being hard-working is more important than being talented, and he’s living proof.

We actors are a lot like Tim Tebow, in that we always find ourselves battling the odds. When you’re one of a hundred or more faces auditioning for a single role, you’re the underdog. When you’re a single headshot in a huge stack (a stack, I might add, that might find its way straight to the day’s garbage), you’re fighting an uphill battle. It’s an agreement we all made (or should have made) with ourselves when we first choose this career path: I’m going to have to work my butt off.

So the question ultimately becomes: How can I swing the odds a little bit further in my favor?

“Something I learned early in college (is) to not worry about what I can’t control…But what I can control is my attitude, my effort, my focus every single day and that’s what I’m trying to worry about.” -Tim Tebow

What can we, as actors, control in our pursuits? Can we govern the amount of raw talent that courses through our veins? Probably not, but we can take Meisner classes at a local acting studio. We can find mentors in the professional world and pick their brains. We can use our cell phones to film ourselves practicing our monologues over and over again. These are the little things that nobody’s making us do, but that we choose to do because they help us earn the victory when the game is on the line and “Tebow Time” arrives.

*NOTE: I don’t agree with Tebow’s religious beliefs, nor do I support his views on homosexuality, marriage, abortion, etc. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about winning. Now go get ’em, tiger!


Joe Von Bokern is the Chicago contingent of this blog. Find out more information and view his materials on his website, or read the rest of his blog posts.