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Act Authentically – An Actors Workout

Things to do during Shelter in Place – Read my book. 

Last month I talked about actors asking me what they can be doing during the Coronavirus shelter in place. I talked about reading a play a week. Well, this month I recommend a book to read, Act Authentically – An Actors Workout.

Ok, I’ll confess, it’s a book I’ve written and is being launched this month on Amazon, so this is somewhat of a shameless promotion. I do feel it fits into actor advice, which is what this blog is about.

I wrote this book during my teaching beginning acting classes for over 20 years.  It is a compilation of my notes and exercises that are used in our Foundation Class.  I have found when coaching actors from all levels of experience and training, that certain aspects of their work was weak, sloppy, or not grounded in their emotional lives. So, over time I developed a series of exercises that builds a solid foundation of preparation, activities, and working moment to moment, to create a spontaneous unique chemistry with each performance.  Some of the exercises come from the school of “Method Acting” and some from “The Meisner Technique”. So whatever your background, it speaks and adds to all theories of training.

If you’re a beginning actor, it will give you the foundation of what the work is all about, if you’re an intermediate or advanced actor, it will refresh, sharpen, and strengthen your skills.

I tell new actors that when they take and complete all the work of the Foundation Course, which uses this book as it’s textbook, you will know three things; 1) what the acting craft is about, 2) if you’re any good at it, and 3) If you want to pursue it further either as a personal interest or profession. I know this to be true from the experience of taking hundreds of actors through this program for over 30 years.

It’s a fun read, and there is definitely helpful information for all actors and especially actors new to Los Angeles.

Check it out on Amazon, Act Authentically by Fran Montano.

Till next time, take care.

Fran Montano

Author: Fran Montano

Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions

Fran Montano
Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions
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