Category Archive for: ‘Acting’

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 Alexander Technique is Awesome for Actors

The Alexander Technique is Awesome for Actors I shared in one of my “life. art. biz.” emails that I had recently done an awesome Shakespeare intensive with the Theatricum Botanicum.  I learned so much that I really look forward to passing on to you all over time.  In this post, I will share a powerful technique to really catapult your physical …

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Acting Technique for Building Relationships: Opposing Descriptors

Acting Technique for Building Relationships As a lot of you know, one of the most important things for you to work out in any scene is what your specific relationship is to the other character.  Who are they to you emotionally?  How do you feel about them?  Here is a tool that will help you flesh it out quickly and …

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All those people in the audition room.

All those people in the audition room. This is technically a biz post but it’s kind of an art post, too. I hear it all the time:  I was feeling so ready, prepped and confident about my audition.  I was perfect for the role and I wasn’t even feeling that nervous–until I walked in the room and saw all those …

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