The Craft

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    To Flirt or Not to Flirt

    Everyone flirts differently. That's the first thing you need to know if you choose the action "to flirt," whether in an audition scene or a performance.

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    Acting as Dating

    We hear this all the time: Be willing to suffer for your art. But how do you know if you even want to make the necessary sacrifices to be an actor?

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    Leave the Agony Behind

    "Think of your pet dog having a thousand needles stuck into him over his entire body. Think of his pain. Now, while in this state, do your monologue for me." I don’t ever want to think of those images, especially before shooting a scene.

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    They Call It 'Crafting'

    In the acting world, "crafting" is a popular word. But I don't know if the meaning of the word is really understood. Crafting begins and ends with the fundamentals of acting.

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    Acting Is Action

    How does one go about finding the action? To begin with, you must discover the objective. This is the overarching need of the character: What does he or she want in the play?

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    Bloody Good Show

    Why do stage actors like to work with blood? Seán G. Griffin, who played Donny in the satirical bloodbath "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, says blood helps drive a scene.

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    Hitting the Back of the Balcony

    When the intimate drama "Next Fall" moved from a 99-seat Off-Broadway house to the 597-seat Helen Hayes Theatre, cast member Patrick Heusinger remembered two pieces of advice to help him with the transition.

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    Be a Smart Actor

    Knowing what to use and when to use it is important for your success as an actor. You can't bring the whole kitchen sink in with you every time you go to perform or audition.

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    Hey, Teach!

    With apologies to Paul Simon, there must be 50 ways to find a teacher. Check out the Back, Jack. Back Stage, that is, and other trade publications with ads and listings.

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    Shuffling off This Mortal Coil

    Despite the popular belief, dying isn't easy--especially on stage.