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Thursday, 07 July 2016 02:05

Tips from well-known actors

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I recently came across an old Backstage article that compiled tips from well-known actors. For fun, I picked a few of my favorites and thought I would give my input on their advice.

Tackle every role with a different technique-
John Gallagher Jr.
I enjoy starting fresh each time. Relying too heavily on a ritual, I tend to feel a little stuck. And then of course if the one thing that has worked for you nine out of 10 times doesn’t work on that 10th time, it can send you into a cataclysmic meltdown. So I try to shake it up each time.”

I thought of Christian Bale when I read this one. Every role you play is a new character. Even if you are continually type cast, coming at each role with a new perspective will yield unique results and keep it interesting.

Avoid desperation Michael Emerson
“The thing to get rid of is that you are the beggar at the gate, that you are the powerless and helpless eager youngster wanting a crumb from the big table.”

Easier said then done, I know. Sometimes you NEED the job. For some reason that desperation seeps through and turns people off. It is important to let that feeling go, know that you are good and be confident when you walk in the room. At the end of the day it really is out of your control.

Risk failure to make truthful discoveries – Lupita Nyong’o
“Every single role brings with it an ignorance and an insecurity, and so you have to approach it with the same curiosity and humility. It’s not about getting it right. It’s about getting it truthful.”

Her career is one of those mythological stories you hear about. However, when you are fortunate enough to be able to play a layered character, honesty is the only way to make it believable and real for your audience.

Loosen up in the audition room-Sam Rockwell
“You cannot try to get the job. Just go in there, have some fun, and do your version of that part. This is what I’m selling. If you want to buy it, that’s cool. Have some adjustments for me? That’s fine, I’ll make some adjustments, but this is basically what I want to do. That’s the attitude, sort of a ‘fuck it’ attitude. Not fuck you, but fuck it.”

I get the idea about not putting so much stress on booking the role; and yes be a rock star, but respectfully so. It is important to exude confidence but also be open to suggestions. Often you will be given direction opposite the character just to see how well you take notes.

There is so much advice out there it can get noisy. The goal is to absorb those tips that resonate with you and apply them to your work. 

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Kesha Williams

Kesha Williams, a talent manager for more than 15 years, operates a boutique management company that focuses on TV and Film talent.

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