"...my own success..."

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ACTTRUE ACTOR CLASS REVIEW: “…Marc – I always tell you I love class. I have made friends and learning so much, but sometimes it is just the feeling of accomplishment after completing an exercise that really fills me up. I am pinching myself that I am on exercise 10. I will be doing it again, but I am okay with that, because I know it is just going to help me get better. I look back at all of the discoveries and how far I have come, it makes me proud of myself. I think we all have some desire to seek others approval, but to truly be proud of your own accomplishments…. [...]

'...the physical, the action, the true...'

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What confuses me about the whole ‘Hollywood’ way of TV acting is the supposition that as an actor (one who takes action, doer) we are first and foremost concerned with emotion. We’d be called ‘emoters’ if we were. That misdirected focus, from action to emotion, is the result of the focus on results rather than cause and the intimacy creating confinement of the closeup. Look in a view finder long enough and you think acting is all about how it looks, the tears, the furrowed brow, the grit teeth, the clenched jaw, the meaningless huff and puff of imposed emotion. Tell enough great actors to “throw it away’, “be natural”, “feel angrier” and their skills fulfill those vague and result oriented directions, not because of the insight of the direction, but rather because of the skill of the actor to take an action. I understand the existence of this result oriented directing and writing. [...]

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WHY TEACH ACTING?

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WHY TEACH ACTING?

Why, when one’s industry not only ignores the innovations of the legendary Stanislavski and his descendants: Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Hagen, Lewis, but twists and distorts their search for truthful human behavior into a stock palette of digestible but nonhuman mannerisms? When millionaires industry stars are made overnight from nothing more than a wink and a nod and a grunt, when bright, unique, energetic Teen actors are molded into the latest version of last year’s cliche, one questions where our work is going in terms of its place in society, or, one jumps on the bandwagon and rides it for all it’s worth never looking back, or, inside. [...]

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