It is vital for every actor alive to understand the Structure of Drama. Why is that? Because Drama – both Comedy and Tragedy – is a very specialized type of
Here’s the thing, if you are reading this there’s a huge chance that you are human. And that means you 100% understand honest human behavior AND you’re well versed in it.
That’s GREAT news.
Now all we have to do is get you to allow your humanity to sally forth while under imaginary circumstances.
Aye, there’s the rub . . . Read more . . .
I talk to a lot of actors. Training them, helping them find their way, understanding their needs and burning desires.
One question that comes up a lot is: “How do I get a better agent?” (So I can book more work and get more fulfillment as an actor, etc.)
I really started thinking about that and what came to me was not the usual – Network! Send out postcards! Get referrals! All of those can be helpful to a point but what you really want to do is – – –
As a human being your are chalk full of impulses.
But as an actor you may be shutting those off – which will make your acting seem stilted and disconnected, not to mention make the camera yawn.
What are impulses, exactly anyway? And how do we learn to rely on them like Tilda Swinton, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and other great actors do?
As an actor you hear it all the time – “Listen!”
But what does that mean exactly? You hear the words your scene partner is saying. You’re familiar with the scene. So what more is there?
A lot more.
Listening isn’t exactly the best word to describe what they are talking about with this aspect of acting. Being present with, responding to, connecting with and allowing yourself to be moved by – your partner – those phrases better catch what we’re after . . . [more]