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Awesome websites for actors (6 more!)

Here are 6 more Awesome websites for actors!  If you didn’t catch my first post a while back click here. New Play Exchange Here’s one of the best ways to discover new plays and playwrights!  Record and save a career’s worth of thinking about the theater and you can actually champion the work you love.  The Reader level membership is …

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Naming Beats in Acting

Naming beats in acting You’ve probably heard about using “beats” in acting and if not, definitely check out this post first.  I want to share a way you can take beats a step further and help you create a powerful map for your rehearsal process. Once you have your beats figured out (which of course are always subject to change …

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Staying Released in Acting: Masters With Meryl

Masters With Meryl – Staying released in acting It’s been a long time since I did the first of what I hoped would be an ongoing series.  Meryl Streep is certainly of the best actors of our time if not the best.  Who better to study and learn from? When I posted the first Masters With Meryl it got flagged …

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Part 2 – How to Create a Character

How to create or become a character:  Part 2 Ok, so you know where to start now.  You have read and studied the material and now it’s time to play. There is no one perfect way to create a character and you will find that your process will likely be a bit different every time. I have a practice of asking …

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How to create a character in acting–

How to create a character in acting:  Step One: It’s easy to jump ahead in acting.  We get excited about the story, the character we’re playing, a specific juicy scene…and we sometimes dive into rehearsing/playing certain moments before we are ready. Before you do anything else:  Read and study the entire script. This may seem obvious, but I see it …

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Can actors be shy?

Excerpt from Sidney Lumet’s book “Making Movies”: Paul Newman is an honorable man. He is also a very private man. We had worked together in television in the early fifties and done a brief scene together in a Martin Luther King documentary, so when we got together onThe Verdict, we were immediately comfortable with each other. At the end of …

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Protected: Performance Prep Page

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The Enemy of Creativity

I’m going to ask you a question and I’d be curious to know what your brain’s first responses are. Ready? What is your personal biggest enemy of creativity? Ok, got an answer?  Or a few?   (I’d love it if you’d share them with me in the comments below.) While I’m sure everything that came up is indeed blocking your …

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