As an actor you already know much about language.
And, tomes upon tomes have been written about it. Let’s touch on a few points.
Writers know language best and actors …Read More
Nothing more comforting than to be in the bar with your fellow actors.
Watch what you take from the evening’s banter as truth.
You learn from experience. Testing the experience is done in acting …Read More
This is the proper title.
At the end of the day when we make movies you are acting for the camera. The acting classes geared for film and TV must have this title.
Yes, read-throughs, first blocking …Read More
That’s what directors often say when you arrive on set to play a guest lead or day role
They don’t remember exactly what you did in the audition, it’s a learned phrase that series shooters repeat. Or, they say …Read More
There are always real objects in front of you when you’re filming.
If you’re supposed to be seeing elephants running towards you see what works best for you to focus your eyes.
For you and for us watching you on …
‘I don’t really have anything new to offer. I’m just playing now ‘til I drop. I can try something new…but mostly I’ve resolved into a sort of habit form of playing. I play things that are familiar to me ...’Read More
Whether you use the word and or but makes quite a difference.
If you’re asked ‘Are you working?’ and you reply ‘Yes, but, it’s only a small role.’ That is very different from replying ‘Yes, and it’s going well.’
Your self-talk is important to you as a professional …Read More
One of the first actors I ever coached asked me the other day, ‘Do you teach proactive humility?’
I paused and thought about…’Yes, I guess I do.’ I haven’t thought of those two ideas – proactive and humility – together …Read More
So many guidelines in the film and TV industry are gone.
The times have changed. Often protocol isn’t followed, clauses in the producer/actor agreements are broken, preparation time for auditions shortened, less …Read More
When you’re preparing an audition or going on set and you know the situation, the tone, the quality, what you’re doing - try to avoid beating it to death.
You want to work hard. Good. But, ask yourself what hard …Read More
Observe when you’re in time and it’s peaceful.
You’ll be in thought then.
Seeing you thinking on screen is something we want. Try to learn when you’re in time and to identify different blocks of time.
Time can be like being on a train …Read More
As you speak, your mind can be aware of the beauty and clarity of the language it's creating.
With certain characters – speakers – there is an awareness that their dialogue – their speech - is good. Or, the manner in which they are delivering it sounds good.
It’s an overlapping support …Read More
When you’re out and about stop and look at the people passing by.
Play that age-old actor’s game of guessing who everyone is. What jobs each person does. Guess they’re age, if they’re married, nationality, income. Notice their bodies, how they walk, hold their head and general bearing. Hair and make-up.What they wear – and what …Read More
On hearing truisms and maxims early on in your career you learn the phrase.
Often, you go round repeating it at opportune moments without giving it a thought. The assumption is that you heard it, it was explained to …Read More
John Boylan | Toronto Acting Coach
Semi-Private Sessions were initiated in 2009 and is the only course like this in Toronto. The courses have proved highly successful with actors making breakthroughs, assimilating ideas, and going from incoherence on acting topics to coherence. They offer ...
After delivering Directing the Actor at the New York University, Graduate Film School, the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg and for The Directors Guild of Canada this course is now ...
These Sessions are right for you if you are an Advanced actor auditioning and shooting regularly or a Beginner. Separate Sessions will be conducted for actors at each level.
You can work in a Semi-Private Session anytime during the year. Just contact John and let him know you'd like to do that and you two can find a partner for you and set up …
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