Actors, high steel workers and surgeons all need to clear their minds to do their work.
When they begin work they go into made up time.
They become the brain, the steel ...Read More
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 often just before a new speech or line, and bridge the ‘end’ to the next ‘beginning’.
You first receive the impulse from something sent to you, and then you respond, and, as you inhale, different thoughts affect ...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 often put others down to make themselves feel good. It’s a tiring pursuit because nothing ...Read More
This is the most difficult place.
You must take it up for solution. Think about it and develop tactics that can become your habit so just before your audition you are in a good atmosphere.
Just because ...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 the work you’ve done.
Otherwise life will become an endless ...Read More
That really is like how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin.
Actors want to debate the question ‘Should I go into the audition in character or just as me?’
It’s a non-discussion.
These propositions are ...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. Lots usually means 6 to 8 lines, which, compared to a movie or a play, isn’t much at all, but in a commercial it’s quite ...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 the movie business.
There are a ...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: ‘thanks for bringing ...Read More
‘If only the reader would play the scene with me, I’d do a better audition!’
A reader is there to facilitate the audition, not to play the scene with you.
Scene partners are your fellow actors in plays and movies or who you practice with in acting class.
The best readers will make sense ...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 ‘what the teacher is like’ isn’t.
Actors often describe ...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, which is one of the best fuels to keep your confidence fired.
Any new idea that you conjure ...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
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 ...
The best work is often the result of an intense and in depth period of concentrated effort. This is also the way an actor makes significant gains in his overall abilities. If you’ve acted ...
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