The Craft

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    Do Actors Have An Obligation To Lose Weight?

    As actors constantly on the hunt for work, we’d be wise to remember that we are selling not only our talent and abilities but an entire package—teeth, skin, cellulite, et al.

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    3 Crucial Parts of Any Audition

    Auditions have three crucial parts. Most actors understand the first two—preparation and execution—but many forget the third. Often overlooked but extremely helpful, willful amnesia is something it may benefit you to cultivate.

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    How To Find Freedom As An Actor

    Freedom is the ultimate goal of technique. Many actors have no repeatable system of work. Afraid that technique will trap them, they use random instincts, which produce random results.

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    How To Determine Your Objective as an Actor

    Objectives (what your character wants) can’t come alive in a fog of thoughts and feelings. Only by actively pursuing your objective—playing actions—does your character, and the script, come alive.

  • Advice

    Are You Director-Proof?

    Most directors struggle to speak the actor’s language. While some take an interest in the craft—even signing up for the occasional acting class—others have no idea what we do.

  • Advice

    Don't Say Anything Negative About a Show Within Earshot of the Theater

    This learned young scholar of the arts might benefit from a little etiquette lesson in the “six-block rule.” In short, the rule dictates that you refrain from saying anything negative about a production until you are at least six blocks away from the theater.

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    Why Your Emotional History Is Important as an Actor

    An area in an actor’s work that is often neglected is emotional history. With history comes emotion, and it shows up in what the character says and does.

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    Own Your Accomplishments and Career Milestones

    The real work of your early career is trying to land one tiny job after another, and it can be impossible to explain your résumé on the spot. Instead, you might find yourself doling out excuses and undermining your own success.

  • Advice

    As an Actor, You Are Your Own Boss

    Whether prepared or no, you steer the ship. Do you push yourself as hard as you’d push those you love? Would you let them go to the audition late, under-prepared, and underdressed? Would you stand in their way?

  • Advice

    How To Create a Credible Back Story and Emotional History

    Stella believed that an actor’s talent was in his or her choices; the more intelligent the choice, the “better” the talent.