As a movie actor you are part of the art form of its time.
The movies, or all media that has moving images are ...Read More
“These are gems. John’s Tip And Thoughts are relatable and inclusive, and there is no doubt that every actor at every level will benefit. There are decades and decades of insight packed into these pages.”
- Rich Caplan, Talent Agent, Noble Caplan Abrams, Toronto
“There are the foundations of acting that as an actor you go over and over. But John’s tips and thoughts are, for me, like going through your house and cleaning out all the nooks and cranny’s. Tending to the areas of your work that you know are there but you don’t always address. They comfort the thoughts and questions that have rolled through my mind but never made it out of my mouth.”
- Natalie Krill, The Listener, Below Her Mouth, The Next Step
“Aha, that’s quite brilliant! Your entries are most useful to actors and everyone.”
- Lesley Larkum, Head of Strings, Dulwich College, London
“Great tips for the young actor, John. Your thoughts are much appreciated.”
- Michael David Kirby, Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts, Toronto
“John’s Tips & Thoughts are so useful to me as an actor. I like to read one every few days just to put a bright reminder in my mind.”
- Jake Epstein, Designated Survivor, Suits, Degrassi
Herbert Marshall was an actor who was wounded in World War 1 and had his right leg amputated.
According to IMDB, Marshall’s loss of his leg was ‘a fact not well known to many moviegoers because it was hardly noticeable on screen, as long as he ...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
Being prepared to say No allows you to have a three-stage approach when faced with typical upsetting situations.
Situations where you are put on the spot, put down or caught off guard. Under today’s pressure people ...Read More
This is the most difficult place before an audition.
Take this problem up for solution. Think about it, develop tactics, practice them over time so they become habits that serve you.
For instance: If your fellow actors are doing a lot of chatting, you don’t need ...Read More
It’s important to recognize success and to celebrate both your work and the work of your colleagues.
Life is made up of many beginnings, middles and ends. At the end of a project you should take a moment to commemorate ...Read More
Your life as an actor will have many twists and turns.
Once you have analyzed a question, discussed it and made a decision why explain it or apologize for it. Your decision is made, now just act on it.
The actor says ...Read More
That’s what they called it in the old days.
Maybe they still do.
An on-camera role in a commercial with lots of dialogue – that’s ‘wall-to-wall dialogue. Lots usually means 6 to 8 lines, which, compared to a ...Read More
Before the audition an actor whispers: ‘Watch out, the casting director is in a bad mood.’
She might be. And, if so, why?
It’s probably got nothing to do with you and everything to do the high pressure of ...Read More
Don’t forget that casting directors have seen everything.
Enter the casting room how it best suits you: in character, or not.
Maybe you work best always ‘in character.’ Then after the audition is finished you break out of character and say ...Read More
‘If only the reader would play the scene with me, I’d do a better audition!’
A reader is there to help facilitate the audition - not to play the scene with you.
If you’re confused about this you will get diverted and lose focus in your work. Scene partners are your fellow ...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
You enter the audition room and are greeted by the person behind the camera saying: ‘Stand on the mark’. Try not to get diverted and take that greeting literally by putting each foot equally on either side of the T.
The translation ...Read More
John Boylan | Toronto Acting Coach
Acting styles change with the times and right now acting for television and film is changing dramatically. What’s required today in episodic drama and feature films is the ability to be utterly and completely natural and truthful in front of the camera and this demands ...
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 the session.
In hour and a half sessions, two actors will work four times over two weeks. Semi-Private Sessions were initiated in 2009 and is the only course like it in Toronto. They offer the best ...
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