Archive for March, 2011
The muscles for acting are not in your body, but in your brain. Every skill, such as picking an intention, breaking down a script, executing a perfect cold reading, requires a specific set of neurons in your brain. Scientific research proves that those pathways must be continually used so that new pathways can be carved into your brain. Thus the scientific reason to be in class on a regular basis: to carve neural pathways that will book your next role.
You might not be able to see neurons, but you can feel their affects when an audition feels effortless and you notice that you are more comfortable being your authentic self, no matter for whom you are auditioning. You also feel the effects at an audition that you knew you should have nailed but somehow you just couldn’t get into the “Zone.”
Even the Tour de France – the world’s most grueling sports event – is actually the ultimate test of the adaptability of the brain, rather than of physical strength. Auditioning in Hollywood is probably the most grueling non-sports event there is.
Lance Armstrong would never consider practicing just a couple of times at home with a friend, or in their mirror, to prepare for his next race, but do you?
Actors and singers who have Stage Presence make it impossible not to watch them. What is that magic?
A great example is contestant, James Durbin. JLo him that he had “IT” or “Stage Presence” because he felt the meaning of his song and he made his audience feel it too.
The same is true for acting. You have to feel the meaning of your words and then make your scene partner feel it too.
You do this by really understanding what you’re saying. So often actors assume they know the meaning of their words, or they just know them generally.
Get specific – what are you really saying?
Visualize the details of what you’re saying. Rewrite the line in your own words to know what it really means to you. Think about how you relate to those words. This kind of detail work will drop the words into your body. It will create feelings and meaning and give you something powerful to say with which to connect to your scene partner.
When you think of Stage Presence, who do you think of? Let us know here.
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