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TEXTUAL IMPROVISATION TO FIND DRAMATIC POSSIBILITIES

Published October 7, 2021 71 Views

TEXTUAL IMPROVISATION TO FIND DRAMATIC POSSIBILITIES

  It feels literal. “He’s helpless. He’s a buffoon” Don’t[in monotone voice] “he’s helpless. He’s a buffoon”. Guys, don’t play the same rhythm. Keep changing the rhythm, changing your pitch. By the way, if this seems foreign to...

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YOUR PREPARATION IS ONLY UP TO YOU

Published September 27, 2021 148 Views

YOUR PREPARATION IS ONLY UP TO YOU

  Folks, the Scout motto: “Be prepared”. You think you’re prepared, but when you get to work on the day, particularly if it’s camera work. I remember when I first started doing guest star roles on tv, I was really excited. The first two major ones i got, it was &l...

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WHY IS 250 A MAGIC NUMBER?

Published September 23, 2021 106 Views

WHY IS 250 A MAGIC NUMBER?

  Harper Romano wants to know: “Why do we say the lines 250 times?” It’s very interesting that you ask that today, because Laurence Olivier gave that to Anthony Hopkins. Laurence Olivier gave that to Frank Langella whom, it’s too long a story, but who told that to M...

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ACTING IS NOT ABOUT CRYING - IT'S A FIGHT!

Published September 16, 2021 182 Views

ACTING IS NOT ABOUT CRYING - IT'S A FIGHT!

  Who cares about crying? I mean, people that can’t cry, they’re blocked up, but acting is not about crying. As I said, Stanislavski said that when the actor is crying, most often the audience isn’t. It’s not about crying, it’s about fighting!  Acting i...

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WALK IN THE SHOES OF THE CHARACTER

Published July 20, 2021 589 Views

WALK IN THE SHOES OF THE CHARACTER

  The clothes, women tend to know this more than men, that what you wear is going to dictate how you feel and that's why, often, for an important evening, one that is meaningful to you, you’ll change your clothes a few times. Costume designers, that's what they're all a...

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ACTING AND LIFE IS A CONTACT SPORT, IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING A GOOD STUDENT

Published July 20, 2021 163 Views

ACTING AND LIFE IS A CONTACT SPORT, IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING A GOOD STUDENT

  [Gestures a few punches] Good. Okay, so all of the guideposts, what i’m saying to you is don't go: [robotic voice] “Yes, guidepost 5 is opposite. Yes. Check” All these things are tools, to get you to believe in these given circumstances, imaginatively. It’s...

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YOUR TALENT IS IN THE CHOICES YOU MAKE

Published July 20, 2021 155 Views

YOUR TALENT IS IN THE CHOICES YOU MAKE

  Question from student: “My question is a little bit more about architecture. The thing I’m working on right now is so short, with every line, I’m trying to make each line its own story, with a lot of stuff behind it. When something is so short like 3-4 lines, how can...

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WORK ON WHAT YOU LOVE - LOVINGLY

Published July 20, 2021 119 Views

WORK ON WHAT YOU LOVE - LOVINGLY

  Guys, we dictate our experience. Are you living in the free-floating terror of everything? Again, the world's fearful right now, more than maybe I've ever seen in my lifetime, so what’s the antidote? To dial up the love, dial up the joy. Raise your joy tolerance, raise it...

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CREATING ARCHITECTURE WITH VOCAL VARIATION

Published July 20, 2021 153 Views

CREATING ARCHITECTURE WITH VOCAL VARIATION

  This is so critical as we segway now, we're talkin about the art thus far, we talk about the business now. You’ve all been told when you went to an audition, to prepare 2 scenes, 3 scenes, sometimes 5 or 6 scenes, which I think is ridiculous, cuz if I’m auditioning you,...

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SURPRISE YOURSELF

Published July 20, 2021 126 Views

SURPRISE YOURSELF

  This is a great question to close on, beloved’s around the globe. You don't hide or this or that when you really learn to work, you're going to be surprised by what comes up. I've known Mark Guerette for a long time and I just love working with him, because he's o...

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