Mindfulness often seems like a buzzword now, but it is a science, and and art form, and its applications in high-pressure or high-risk activities like Acting and Stunts are invaluable. This article aims to be a standalone resource while also serving as a follow-up to our previous piece on the Psychology of Fear in Stunt Work.
So What is 'Mindfulness,' Really?
In today's fast-paced world, the term "mindfulness" is often thrown around casually, sometimes reducing its profound impact to mere buzzword status. But what does it genuinely mean, especially in the context of high-risk activities like stunt work?
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, without distraction or judgment. It's not merely about paying more attention or remembering where you are. While those aspects are part of it, mindfulness goes deeper. It's about:
Hypothetical Case Studies
About the Author
Gavin Martin is the Principal of The International Stunt Academy and a recognised authority in stunts, film, and human performance. With a scientific approach to dissecting techniques and enhancing performance, he's equally passionate about the art and psychology of Stunts, Acting, Performance and Film-making. Before joining The ISA, he worked globally as a Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Creative Director, collaborating with many of the world's leading brands and innovating in digital film and production techniques. Known for his targeted coaching philosophy, Gavin is an agent for rapid, effective change. He values progress over accolades and pushes hard for the rapid and effective changes that moves us all forwards.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team