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Posted by admin, September 30, 2014 12:13 pm

Blah, blah, blah.

Has this ever happened to you?   You’ve rehearsed a scene so many times the words just float around your head and your scene partner seems a million miles away?

Not only are you not in The Zone, you’ve zoned out entirely.

Now what??

An actor’s greatest strength isn’t just the ability to focus; it’s the ability to RE-focus once their attention’s been shifted.  So how do you bring it back and salvage that scene before the whole thing goes down in flames?

Bring your awareness back to this:

WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE SCENE?

Reaching for this touch point will automatically bring you to center and get you back on track.  And not only will you re-engage, your scene partner will drop back in, too.  Doing a monologue?  Re-connect with the person you’re supposed to be addressing, even if it’s yourself.

This technique will give your mind, your inner critic, and your body a place to go when you fall out of The Zone.  And once you get back there, the technique will disappear and performing will once again be exhilarating for you and your audience…and it will be a joy to feel them get lost in the story with you!

 

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Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you are an actor, or know someone who is, and you need a safe place to be yourself and to be challenged to continually grow and share vulnerable performances, Intentional Acting may be right for you.

There is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

 

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

 

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/

 

 

Posted by admin, September 29, 2014 11:48 am

Adrian Black has been cast as a secret agent on NBC’s “The Blacklist”!  Way to go, Adrian…congrats!!!!
The Blacklist (2013) Poster

Posted by admin, September 25, 2014 6:15 pm

The Bad Audition and How To Fix It

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re in the middle of a scene, and your inner voice says, “Why did you do that?”  or “Oh no,  you’re not feeling it!” “The CD looks bored.” And then the dreaded: “I missed a line.”

Now you’ve lost your connection to the reader and then you realize you have no intention and by this time you’re probably getting a bit nervous, and what happens?  You feel the need to act.  Or as my teacher used to say, while he mimed smoking a cigar: “Yackting”

And you know how it goes from there.

The Casting Director says, “Thank you.” and as you walk out of the room and the next actor walks in and you hear the Casting Director say to them, “Oh. Hi! It’s so great to see you again. How ya been?” Do I need to continue? Didn’t think so.

So how do you fix this problem?

Your audition got derailed when you made the voice in your head the most important person in the scene.  Now the way you get back on track is to…

Get over there!  Make the other person the most important person in the scene.

When you hear your voice, tell it what to do, even if it’s as simple as  “What are the color of the reader’s eyes?”  “What do I want them to feel or do?”

When you hear your voice, it means you’re not connected to your scene partner. Train yourself so when you do hear it tell it:  “Get back over there.  Focus on my scene partner.”

FYI – be careful. The voice is sneaky. It will also derail you mid-scene when it says, “Good job. You made the CD laugh. “ So you’ve got to be cautious of the voice when it is nice to you too.

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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO!

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 Questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

Posted by admin, September 10, 2014 2:20 pm

Showing range.

Actors often ask: “How do I show range?”  From an acting point of view,  it doesn’t make any sense.  Think about it.  How can you be trying to show range and be present in the moment?  How do you do that?

If you’re thinking about showing range you’re not being an actor – you’re playing director.  Yes, director, because you’re on the outside watching your performance.  So now who’s the most important person in the scene?

However, if an actor fully commits to their intention and they make it personal and important, then fight for it - don’t you think a range of emotions will show up?

When an actor performs and I sense that they are not present, I’ll ask, “What were you working on?”  One response they might give me is: “I wanted to show range.”

I say you can’t do that and be present and give an authentic, compelling performance. Just think,  Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave was not thinking about showing range.  She was focused on her intention and it was important, personal and immediate. She showed lots of range, and now she has an Oscar.

Let us know your thoughts on “Showing Range” in the comments below. What is your experience, I want to hear.

Thank you.

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LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO

Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you need help, “Showing your Range” Intentional Acting may be the right class for you.

There is no better moment than now to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.

Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.

In the meantime, to learn more about Intentional Acting and the 9 questions that frame the work I do with actors of all ages visit www.intentionalacting.com/what-is-intentional-acting/.

 

 

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