My students are forever hearing me tell them to “fight for their intention.” That’s because it’s what drives the scene, crafts your interpretation of a role, and creates a natural, compelling performance.
All of which sets you above rest of the crowd.
“Fighting for your intention.” sounds intense, and it should because it’s the key to making your performance compelling to watch. And, it’s the fastest way to get out of your head and into your body.
How to make this happen:
What are you fighting for? What do you want to make the other character feel or do? You need to be able to state it in one very brief sentence: “I want you to pay to fix my car that you wrecked!” or “I want you to admit you are cheating!” Without intention, you’re acting without purpose..and that means you’re not driving the scene! Take control of it by figuring out what your intention is so that you can fight for it.
How do I figure out my objective? Once you’ve answered questions 1 and 2 of the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting, go to Question #3: What is the experience of the scene? Imagine yourself in the experience of the scene and figure out what would you want the other character to feel or do. This is your instinct – go with it. Make it specific: “I need you to feel or do______” Then fight for it! And don’t forget: make your partner the most important person in the scene!
Next Time: What stands in your way? Figure it out!
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