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Fall in Love With the Process of Becoming Great

By Master Acting Teacher ~ Diane Christiansen

Why did you become an actor?  This is the all-important question.  It is a question worth revisiting from time to time in order to remind ourselves of our purpose as actors.  We do not do this for fame or fortune, for acknowledgment or accolades, or for other people.  We just want to be great actors.  Of course we all know great acting when we see it, but what does it mean to be a great actor?  And no, you’re not allowed to just shout out, “Meryl Streep,” without thinking about it!  A great teacher and casting director once told me that the best performances boil down to two simple questions: “Do I believe this person?” and “Do I care?”  Be sincere and be committed.  That’s it.  Simple enough to understand, but not so easy to deliver.  In order to deliver greatness, we must dedicate ourselves to the process of accomplishing sincerity and commitment in every performance, as well as in every day of our lives.  One without the other will invariably fall short of the mark.  Imagine believing an actor’s performance, but not being moved in any way.  Perhaps the level of commitment to a chosen action is not strong enough to stir your emotion.  Alternately, imagine it’s not for lack of a strong or committed choice that the performance falls flat, but rather lack of sincerity in that choice.  Perhaps the action is forced and contrived instead of occurring organically in the moment. 

Naturally, it’s easy to talk about the importance of sincerity and commitment in our work, but these tasks become especially difficult to accomplish given the fabricated worlds we live in on a set or on a stage.  Well my friends, here is the Holy Grail: We want to do great work and to be great actors, but focusing solely on being great is missing the mark.  The process is the prize. Greatness is merely the product of faithful dedication to process.  Falling in love with the process is like choosing to do long division over rote memorization or using a calculator.  It’s more challenging, but you can clearly tell whether a person really knows what they’re doing.  Like watching Meryl Streep.  So if you want to be great, then forget about greatness and dedicate yourself to the process of being sincere and committed in every role.  Do the work it takes to get you there.  Research.  Train.  Feel.  Observe.  Study.  Practice.  Recall.  Experience.  Develop a process that works for you so that you may fall in love with it, and in so doing, discover your own greatness.  

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Casting Insider Tips, Part 2 - The Audition Room

Insider Casting Tips to do Your Best Auditions – Part 2

The Audition Room Inside the Audition Room is where all your training as an actor and your preparation come together so that you can do your best and hopefully book the job – OR NOT. What the heck happens in there that often inhibits us from doing our best? The following audition pointers were formulated Read the Rest…

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Career: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!

by: Suzanne Lyons Is life going to get in the way of your career commitments from time to time? Sure. Are you going to be thrown the odd curve? Of course. Is it going to throw you off course and affect your focus? Absolutely. The question is, for how long. I have been a career Read the Rest…

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GETTING THE JOB – a Magic Tool for Success

By: Gerry Katzman If someone gives you a job, and you want them to hire you again, there is a under-utilized tool that will increase the probability by 50%. This same tool, can turn someone who hates you into a fan.  Let me share two examples: Example #1: One of my students was recently booked for a Read the Rest…

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Book TV Commercials

You Are the Character By: Carolyne Barry Actors are trained to play characters. From when you first began to train, the focus was on developing and being true to the character. With theater, film and television work, the actor’s responsibility is to bring them to life. I believe it is different for commercials. Commercials are Read the Rest…

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Blue8 Intro to Basic Stunt Work

Intro to Basic Stunt Work

Stunt performance is the ultimate form of physical acting. It is the moment when you commit, mind, body, soul into a physical state and share the same fears, exhilarations, triumphs and defeats as your character. In this place the lines of reality blur and for a blink you exist in complete portrayal of the role Read the Rest…

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Actors Must Always Be True to Your Impulses

By Diane Christiansen When we were kids, we acted on our impulses all the time. We wanted what we wanted and we wanted it NOW! Anyone or anything that got in the way had better be ready for a temper tantrum. But the grown-ups didn’t like that at all. They told us we had to Read the Rest…

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