Actors are notorious for allowing external outcomes to adversely effect their performance. A short video addressing this issue.
I admit it… I have been known, on the odd occasion, to launch into a bit of a rant during one of my classes. Maybe it’s one of my traditional rants; “We don’t just tell the story!” “No… acting is not just reacting!” “Yes… there is such a thing as Character” or even… “Working hard on your art/craft doesn’t mean it has to be hard work!” Thankfully for the most part my rants are well accepted by my students. So… maybe a bit of a public rant can’t hurt… or can it?
Status is a great performance tool but what is the secret to high and low status?
Please post here if you have any general questions on acting. Some I will answer here, others I will make as a new topic. Looking forward to some interesting discussion!
What goes on inside an Actor’s head is one critical determining factor in their success. What do you tell yourself before an audition, before a show? After an audition, after a show?
Do “Cold Reads” send chills down your spine? Here are some thoughts to help warm you up!
That all elusive “Vulnerability”, but what is it?
Line memorization is one of the most neglected areas of acting training. Don’t let it be your downfall!
One of the biggest barriers to remaining in-the-moment for actors is they often focus on themselves. Get the focus off yourself and onto the “Other” and you’ll be on the way to truly remaining in-the-moment!
I received a question from a student actor -
“Aren’t there two sides to the coin though, in the notion of re-acting to the other? I mean, they (if the “other” is a person) need something that originates from you to re-act to as well. I guess what I’m suggesting is that there must be a balance between the “who am I, what do I want, and how will I try to get what I want” and the purely “re-acting to the other”–sort of a Ying Yang of pure action/pure reaction.”
My answer -