Every week Backstage and its experts work to bring you the best advice and information to help further your career as an actor. For those just jumping on the site today, here are the tidbits our readers found most useful this week!
“Clarity. Be clear with your choices. There is always more than one way to say a line. Pick one. This doesn’t mean make bold, crazy, irrational choices, it just means make a decision with each line based on what your character wants. Don’t be safe, and don’t just glide over the important moments. Do the work at home, but then be open to direction and flexible on the room, in case you are given an adjustment.” —Matt Newton. Read more of “The 7 C’s of Auditioning”
“It will certainly seem at times like a crazy folly—a frustrating “plastic tunnel” filled with obstacles upon obstacles. It’s true some actors have had it easier than others getting careers started based on luck, beauty, or a famous name. But, even the most remarkable talent is difficult and challenging work to develop, and being able to act is simply the most basic aspect of sustaining a career. Kirk Douglas said show business is like an overcrowded trolley car and everyone is shoving to get on and stay on the trolley. If you aren't shoving, it won't be long before you taste the pavement.” —D.W. Brown. Read more of “The #1 Thing Every Actor Must Have”
“Whether I’m doing a routine where I want to move people, or if I want to feel moved myself, I definitely tap into those moments where it’s not just dancing or movement. It might just be a hand gesture or just a slow look, or even just the way you slightly tip your head forward. These subtleties speak volumes.” — Derek Hough. Read more of “5 Ways to ‘Make Your Move’ From Derek Hough”
“Everyone, and so every character, is a product of their environment, a manifestation of it. So imagine the environment of the story. Imagine the lighting, the mood, the temperature, the noises, textures, and feel. Now create a human being that embodies the characteristics of that environment, is a product of it, and a reflection of it.” — John Swanbeck. Read more of “3 Tips for Getting (and Staying) Out of Your Head”
“We’re scared of success because counter-intuitively, it means, once again, with success comes the possibility that we may get rejected or not liked on a grand scale. It means putting our private selves out there in a very public way. It means stepping into a new you—and a whole new paradigm—that our egos are invested in keeping from us.” —Anthony Meindl. Read more of “The 1 Thing Actors are Really Afraid Of”
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