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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:28

Actors as Trained Animals

Actors as Trained Animals  

Thursday, 22 September 2016 05:10

Finding an acting class

Finding an acting class

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 23:55

Casting session #1

Casting session #1

Monday, 26 October 2015 10:07

A perspective on rejection

Actors constantly deal with rejection and their issues surrounding rejection. It seems to be a frequent topic of conversation among us. I have known numerous actors who left the business because, they say, they “Couldn’t take the rejection.”

PART I

In a recent class I had two actors on stage doing the Meisner Repetition Exercise. If you’re not familiar with “Repetitions,” it’s an exercise in listening, reacting, and working off the other actor, as you repeat your partner’s behavior and they repeat it back to you again. (That’s a quick and simple description of repetitions. I assume most of you reading this are already familiar with the exercise. If not, don’t worry, as I’ll be addressing this in a later blog.) These two actors were on stage for about three minutes, and they shared great chemistry. When they finished I asked them this:

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In North Hollywood, CA, located where Lankershim Blvd meets Blix Street, rests a building with the name Actors Workout Studio on the front. You might have even noticed it before, and if you thought it was simply another acting studio, you’d be grossly ill informed.

What are the credentials that actors need to succeed? Acting is one of the few professions that does not require a degree, or even specific training to get a job. It’s the only profession I’m aware of where if you have the best training in the world, studied at the finest institutions, performed theater all your life, and practiced under the most prestigious acting coaches and gurus - you are not guaranteed to get work.

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