I don't live in a soap opera, I live in life. So should my Art.

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Acting is the human experience.And as such, anything that contradicts what we know to be true in life makes our art a mere reflection rather than a revelation of life. I’ve lived long enough to have emotional moments with my parents, friends, loves, deep powerful life changing moments, and none of them, NONE OF THEM, stayed the same one second to the next, emotionally/behaviorally from the beginning to the end, so WHY would our imaginary life on camera/stage be the same long drawn out emotional expulsion? Because actors make the false assumption that acting is about feelings rather than actions. And because our industry feeds into that assumption to pander to a non critical audience that want to escape reality rather than engage reality we have countless acting workshops that talk about ‘energy, feelings, attitude, eye rolling, showing your inner angst, line readings, clenching your jaw, being natural, etc.”, none of which is active, all of which is artificial. [...]

"...you know, raise your eyebrow..."

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So, you’re a trained actor, some Stanislavski, some Meisner, maybe Morris, lots of improv, dozens of audition classes and cold reading classes, you maybe have even done some Theatre to ‘strut and fret your hour upon the stage’ as it were, you’ve trekked to NC and Atlanta and New Orleans for auditions and callbacks, you’ve taken every weekend workshop with every LA teacher that blows through the state and you feel, you know, you can act, you can create, you can make a character come to life, and you book a day on a TV show and your moment comes and the director says, “Just give a look, you know, raise your eyebrow”…. Yep, that’s your direction. “Raise your eyebrow.”…. Now that’s what Chekov was talking about in his development of his technique of the Psychological Gesture…. NOT!!! [...]

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"...we start with ourselves..."

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ActTrue’s teaching of the Hagen Process, like all those techniques based on Stanislavski, is often more like reminding than teaching, in that, what we are doing is ‘reminding’ actors to do what humans do: Images/Thoughts in Action creating Behavior. Not tricks, not gimmicks, NOT ACTING. That’s why we use our own human behavior as the starting point of acting process, not a scene from a play or TV show or movie which starts out at ‘performing’ and not watching other actors which starts out at copying. [...]

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