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Promiscuity and Monogamy on Stage and Screen.

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(I am often asked what the stylistic or acting differences are between the film actor and  theatre actor. My first response is to acknowledge that stage and screen actors  share much in common. However for the purposes of coaching I  use many analogies. The below has  struck a chord with many actors over the years. Enjoy.)

I speak of two actors; the promiscuous actor and the monogamous actor.

Beginning with the theatre actor; all theatre actors are promiscuous! And the  best theatre actors have mastered the art of promiscuity! Necessarily so. She is trained from the outset, to know the third party, the ‘other’,  in all stage transactions . This other is the spectator. It might be one, or hundred and one spectators,  it makes no difference to the promiscuous theatre actor.  However intimate the encounter on stage, however raw, the actors is forever seeking and needing the presence of the spectator in this most energetically-derived art form. What heightens the sense of promiscuity  is that by recourse  to vocal and physical techniques, she does everything in her power to have as great a relationship and connection with the spectator off-stage, as she does with the  scene partner on stage; just no touching!    It matters not, ultimately, if the scene partner is a spear carrier or the most ardent lover, no. She must have this other  observer, an active/passive on-looker,  completely  absorbed in whatever experience she offers.  The stage actor is so exquisitely honed, so adroitly sensitized, that she  can even feel the mood, focus, tendency of the spectator many rows back, while seemingly enraptured by what is happening right in front of her. In fact she can be so attuned to the spectator that she  quite literally acts for him, adapting and adopting her behavior and language to draw in  the naughty, unfocused, (dare I even say) bored, spectator back into the conversation on stage. THIS is art indeed!

And then there is the film actor, who can no more be promiscuous than  be heard across an uncrowded kitchen measuring 10ft x 10ft!

The ‘low talker’ is so internalized that only the finest instruments of magnification can capture his being. The camera, microphone, lights, and even the call to ‘action’  are required, so attentive is he  to the moment. It goes without saying that this particular actor-animal is monogamous; and the best of his tribe  make monogamy glorious.  The ability of an outstanding film actor to connect with his scene partner while seeming to render invisible,  the 10-30+ crew in the room is nothing short of miraculous.  To find a truthful moment and then to share  it in a  totally authentic manner with the  scene partner(s) is a magical process, requiring extraordinary technique. To be seized by the moment to the exclusion of all else, and then to react truthfully to that moment,  is an art most people can only hope to mimic well. Few are able to continually achieve such mastery without constant study and practice.

This is just one way in which I see and understand my actors. I often witness some of the best actors,  faking monogamy  beautifully, but unconsciously delighting in promiscuity. Nothing is more delightful  to observe than the promiscuous actor, faking it! Or the monogamous actor desperately trying to enjoy being promiscuous and just shriveling up, inside.

Either way,  I enjoy them both. I do not seek to change them; but simply to remind them what medium they are working in and what connection, therefore,  they must seek to have with their scene partner, and  the camera or the spectator.


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The Actor's ToolKit - March 27th 2018. The First Round of Auditions. Understanding that the first round of auditions is your online profile,  as opposed to the self-tape or the live audition.  Assignment: Over the next month, take 10% total of your time spent on social media and re-direct it to improving your online portfolio.  This empowers you to do a little bit every day. Make it a 'daily do'.

The Actor's ToolKit - April 24th 2018.  Self Tapes.  We reviewed online profiles for those that had done the assignment from the April  livestream. We also discussed self-tapes and why they are the way of current casting.  No one likes self-tapes, casting directors don't like them, actor's don't like them; but we should not fear them,  we should prepare for them.  Homework: a 90 second self-tape.  Narrative, fiction. Slate: name, agency and role that you are reading for. It must have a reader. When complete send to this dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/request/0M5hNJD12nnwWLb97RZb

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