The Craft

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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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    I Love to Laugh

    Adding laughter is one of the best things an actor can do to take a performance from safe to spectacular.

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    Bring Reality On the Stage With You

    Jackie Apodaca, an associate professor and the head of performance at Southern Oregon University, says before you go on stage, create a "moment before."

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    Marc Warzecha Recommends Improv for Actors

    The Second City-Hollywood's Marc Warzecha extols the virtues of improv at such places as The Groundlings, iO, The Second City and UCB.

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    Making It Look Easy

    Ever watch a film and think to yourself: "Where did they find these people? How did they get these town folks to act?"

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    Staying Fresh and Alive With Theater for One

    Ana Margineanu, director of the recent “Hotel Project,” discusses the ways in which performers and spectators feed and replenish one another.

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    Thought Control

    Recently I found myself thinking about…well, about thinking. What should or shouldn't be in your mind when you're acting? How do you control your thoughts? How do you not think about a pink elephant?

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    Stop Focusing on Yourself and Start Telling Great Stories

    As great acting teachers have pointed out, you are at your worst as an actor when your attention is on yourself.

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.

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    Are Actors Swayed by Other Performers?

    When playing a classical or other oft-performed role, to what degree do actors find themselves influenced—intentionally or unintentionally—by the performances of others?