Have you ever walked out of an audition thinking you nailed it, but didn’t get even get a call back? You think that you had asked all the right questions of the script, but later realized perhaps you missed some important clues.
If we give our mind a question our mind will produce an answer. But it’s not simply the question as much as it is the intent behind the question that will yield the answers we are truly seeking.
The key for an actor is to ask the questions that elicit the most active, personal, and dynamic choice for the scene. The problem is that many actors don’t ask the right questions because their intent is not aligned with the needs of the scene and character. As a result, the answers they receive may satisfy their minds, but do not emotionally engage their experiences of being human.
Natural “Zone” Performances
When I founded Intentional Acting my intent was to design a process to empower actors with the tools to create compelling, natural “Zone” performances. The foundation for achieving this become the 9 Questions of Intentional Acting.
The tools, principles and methodologies taught through these nine questions have routinely proven to help actors, of all ages, to be confident, creative, present and passionate. All of this results in replicating in the “Zone” performances and equates into higher success rates for the actor to secure the job and fulfills their dreams.
A Trigger for Experiential Choices
The nine questions of Intentional Acting are the acting principles found in all major acting techniques: Intention or Objective, Motivation, The Event of the Scene, Stakes, Connection, Using Personal History, Substitution. With Intentional Acting, however, these principles are formed into questions that will trigger the actor to make immediate experiential choices.
The questions are also put in a specific order, designed to build on one another in a sequential order. This results in a repeatable technique that creates consistent, personal, engaging and spontaneous performances.
Here, then, are the 9 questions:
1. What is the scene about?
2. What is the experience of the scene?
3. How do I relate to the experience of the scene?
4. What do I need the other person to feel or do? (Intention)
5. Why do I have to get my intention, right now? (Motivation)
6. What am I listening for?
7. What is at stake if I don’t get what I need?
8. Who am I focusing on to get my need? Who’s the Most Important Person in the scene?
9. How do I make my performance personal? How do use this script to benefit me?
Replicate The Process
Going through the nine questions have helped actors better understand how to replicate the process of getting into the “Zone”. And they are a highly effective and practical tool for evaluating auditions and performances.
I also discovered the actors who learned the nine questions were able discuss how they achieved that performance with clarity. Suffice to say, the quality of their performance was repeatable.
With that in mind, my mission with Intentional Acting is to empower actors with the tools to create compelling, natural “Zone” performances. These nine questions are the underlining foundation for applying the tools that will help the actor to be confident, creative, present and passionate.
And when you put all of this together you’re in the zone performances become a consistent part of your auditions, which then gets the actor the job, and fulfills their dreams.
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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.
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