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Posted by admin, November 17, 2014 11:28 am

 

 

Last week we talked about creating Intentional Acts of Openness.  These are the best tools you have for staying in the moment*and* keeping your performance authentic.

 

Here are a few more tips:

 

Fight for Something:  When you have an intention and fight for it you are OPEN.  That’s because if you’re truly listening and fighting passionately for what you need the other person to feel or do, you don’t know what will happen next because you are no longer in control.  You’ll then be open to explore the response of the other person in that moment, just as you would off camera.

 

Listen: It’s the biggest Intentional Act of Openness – and sometimes the hardest. Be open-minded, open-hearted, and listen for something.  That doesn’t just mean not talking.  It means redirecting that internal chattering monkey mind to listen for your intention and make your partner the most important person in the scene. Nothing will make your performance more real, more gritty, more reach-out-and-grab-you than this.  It is the greatest Intentional Act of Openness…and the key to making your performance authentic.
“Be willing to give up who you are for who you might become.”

~Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

 

 

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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 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, November 10, 2014 11:42 am

“Be brave!”  “Be open!”  “Be vulnerable!”

Actors hear this all the time.  We all know it’s the hallmark of a good performance, but what does it actually mean?  And how can you be open when you’re in a casting office with people are staring at you; waiting for you to perform??

Create Intentional Acts of Openness.

Actors must be Intentionally vulnerable.  Intentionally creating acts of openness will create vulnerability and allow you to truly share, listen, hear, react, and respond in the moment.

 

 

Here are some ways to create Intentional Acts of Openness:

Connect Compassionately:  Connect with the character’s experience instead of judging it.  Denial, justification, and fear all keep us from connecting to the character and the scene. “I never do that – I don’t say things like that.” “I’m not that mean, I’m not that bitchy.” “I don’t treat people like that.”  Those are all judgments – and they do not leave us open to experiencing our character’s emotional state.  Let them go.

BYOE (Bring Your Own Experience): Make it authentic.  In almost every character, you can find an element of yourself.  Search for it, because nothing will make your performance more compelling than making it yours.

Let Yourself Respond Passionately:  Allow yourself to feel.  React.  Every actor I know wants, deep down, to feel.  However, when they get up in front of a class or a casting director, that desire evaporates because the focus suddenly shifts from “I am here to experience and allow my feelings to come”  to wanting to look good and be in control.  An Intentional Act of Openness is the courage to let others in and let them affect us; to be moved and touched, to witness their experience at its most primitive level.  Be hurt…be excited…be angry!  Let yourself live in the experience and discover what feelings come up for you. You might find a new reaction or an old hidden emotion…and that will automatically create your authentic response.

 

Next week:  More ways to create Intentional Acts of Openness!!

 

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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 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, November 3, 2014 1:38 pm

Excuse Me!  (Part 2)

When we make an excuse to a Casting Director our intention is to get them to give us a break.  Or we want them to think we’re really not as bad as this performance – because, well…“I didn’t have much time.  You do understand, don’t you?”

No, Casting Directors don’t understand.  And it doesn’t get you a second chance at booking the job. In fact, it tells the CD that you’re not prepared, you’re not professional and you’re not the right one for the job.  Don’t forget – there are 25 other people in the waiting room right behind you, so…

Don’t make any excuses!

NEVER walk into an audition and tell them how little time you had to prepare.  Everybody else who is auditioning had the same amount of time as you did.

Casting Directors are on your side!  They want you to succeed.  You are their job security.  If you’re right for the role, the director will love the Casting Director and want to work with them again.

Casting Directors also want to help you.  Whether you believe it or not, they do try their best to get you your material as soon as they possibly can!

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

So get up there.  Be prepared. Do your best.  If you make a mistake, keep going. Be a professional and don’t make any excuses.

BTW – same thing for class.  Everyone has to work.  We all live in Los Angeles.  We all drive the same freeways and we all have to find parking.  Plan ahead and *give up* the excuses!

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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 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/

 

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