There are many useful dictums about acting.
Here are two that were passed on to me.
The Four Pillars of Acting. Immediate …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
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
In acting class, working with two beginners, one of them asked how do you do commercial auditions.
One key part is to go ready to improvise the situations they give you. Let’s do some now to see.
I made up a Coca-Cola ad. You walk …Read More
Lots of characters are bored.
People get bored. You get bored. I get bored.
Some scenes the two characters are just passing time. That’s their action. Their objective is to be happy. They get happy by hearing the …Read More
Bridge thoughts are the thoughts between the lines.
They are before a new speech or line, and bridge the ‘end’ to the ‘beginning’.
You first receive the impulse from something sent to you, and then you respond, and, as you inhale, different thoughts affect your ...Read More
Football coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, says:
‘Prominent in the category of principles that are as important to me now as they were 30 years ago is the certainty that good coaching relies on repetition. Forget all the nonsense about altering training programmes to keep players happy. The argument that they must be stimulated ...
Pinchas Zukerman, the conductor, violinist, and teacher says that if you find a good teacher—stay with them.
I fully support this idea.
Learning from a different teacher is fine, but jumping from class-to-class to see ...Read More
When preparing a scene you should ask questions.
The answers aren’t the point; the point is the ‘asking of the questions’ and getting your mind active. The questions will stimulate your imagination, one of the best ...Read More
There’s a limit to what you would let someone say about your mother.
No way will we allow our mothers to be humiliated beyond a line of acceptable social humour or criticism.
We defend our mothers ...Read More
It’s a nice image when you’re trying to affect the other actor.
How sharply can you send your point? How much bloodshed do you want to cause? In this moment of the scene are you going to prick your fellow actor, or are you going to ...Read More
Try to like how you’re playing the scene, doing an audition, acting in close-up, or blocking for camera.
The wonderful acting teacher, Keith Johnstone, often asks the following question after an improv finishes: “Did you like it; did you enjoy it; was it pleasurable; was it fun?”.
Try not to get ...Read More
Always be looking to have your face away from the camera. You might think you need to always be looking in the other actor’s eyes.
Decide what is suitable and most useful.
If time has passed in the scene you might be ...Read More
When you send a line it can be like sending an arrow.
You could send that arrow right through the other character and out the other side into a wall ten feet behind.
Or you could send the arrow just to their chest, letting it stick there…Read More
Read the original authors on the subject of acting.
That way you get to have your own first impressions.
It is key to the development of your ability to think. Observing and having your experience in a ...Read More
Practice in class is different from performing or auditioning.
Practice is where you train your mind to do your acting. Learn to train it properly. It will give rise to good habits.
Always put ...Read More
John Boylan | Toronto Acting Coach
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