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Actor Exercises

Posted by Martin Dansky on July 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Every now and then the actor needs to be reminded that he cannot afford to "perform". He has to be real otherwise the audience will not be convinced of his realism and will select the next program on the channel selector. It means having created a background story where you know what your history was before you find yourself on stage suring a scene or before and before the camera picks you up. always ask yourself those where, when, why, who and what questions before performing and this is a commonality in all the contemporary methods today that have taken off since Stella Adler, Meisner, Ivana Chubbuck and others made trained actors to be authentic.

If you cannot cry on a scene, well all actors don't cry but they can come very close to beaking down when they get to that raw spot that makes you feel especially vulnerable. It is a good idea for you to use your own childhood experiences, remembering a tragedy that will help you to relate to tragic moment on stage or even on set. Some actors go so far as to study what the character they are portraying was really like if he actually lived or what he would be like if he was a product of some fantasy.

It is so important to be spontaneous and not get into yopur head about how the character should or should not be. That makes your perofrmance real. The audience does not think you are holding back on what the character could have done or that you are not being sincere to what the character would have done.

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