acting technique

Why Study Acting

“The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” – Ygritte, Game of Thrones “I know.” – Jon Snow, Game of Thrones Did you ever have one of those friends, or a co-worker, ...
Acting Terms for Aspiring Actors

Acting Terms to know for Aspiring Actors. Knowing the terminology used by professional actors will help you understand what being a professional actor is all about. ARTICULATION: The clarity with which you speak. To speak with proper articulation is to ...
Bringing Your A-Game to the Cold Read- NYCastings

As actors we spend a lot of time obsessing about auditions – with good reason, of course. We are in the only profession that I know of that requires workers to go to job interview after job interview for much ...
NYCastingsexpressions

“The close-up, according to D.W. Griffith, allows subtle changes of facial expression – the raising of an eyebrow or the flicker of a smile – to become part of the action.”  – Chuck Jones “Few realize how loud their expressions ...
NYCastings-ActingTechniques

The following is a partial list of major acting techniques explained. Classical acting is an umbrella term for a philosophy of acting that integrates the expression of the body, voice, imagination, personalizing, improvisation, external stimuli, and script analysis. It is ...
Stand-Up Comedy Can Fuel Your Acting Career

So an actor walks into a comedy club… That’s it, there’s no joke here, just a thought: when was the last time you deliberately took yourself out of your comfort zone as a performer? Like, REALLY out there?  Most of ...
Improv Class

As dedicated actors, we all know the importance of constantly challenging ourselves. We try new things, delve into art forms we haven’t previously explored, and of course we’re always on the lookout for new classes to take. And while no ...
Acting Is Listening

One of the fundamental lessons for newbie actors to learn is of course the importance of listening. Focusing fully on the other person or people in a scene with you and reacting in a genuine way to the energy as ...
Killing it in your next audition

Let’s face facts: Being an actor is the best job in the world! Sure, there are challenges to the job, but even with all the hard work, auditions, late nights and early mornings on set, the classes, the memorization and ...
LetsTalkBlocking

“When I did plays in high school and college, I never remember memorizing my lines…Before I had blocking, it was just text on a page. Once it became embodied, it was much easier.” –Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) As actors we ...
OnCamersActing

When newer actors get work on films or television shows, there is sometimes a bit of a learning curve when it comes to delivering for the camera, especially doing multiple takes of the same scene. There are so many factors ...
jack sparrow

“There’s nothing like getting yourself into character and seeing a different person. It really wears on your vanity.” –Elizabeth Moss If you’ve ever gotten to meet a truly great actor just after they have performed a role on stage, you ...
nervous person

“I remember that Jack Lemmon, who is one of my favorite actors of all time, says that the day he stops being nervous is the day he should leave the business.” –Kim Basinger Let’s be honest: acting is a very ...
Auditions

There’s a trite saying about writing that unimaginative professors like to trot out when they’ve run out of original thoughts: “Writers write,” is what they say, generally with a smug, knowing look. Although this is a meaningless phrase disguised as ...
Audition mistakes

“An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience.” — Al Pacino As actors we spend a lot of time thinking about auditions, and that’s probably okay. After all, the audition is our version of a job interview! But problems can ...
Hugh Jackman

A few years ago the brilliant “Key and Peele” sketch comedy show featured a hilarious parody of “Les Mis” that had even fans of the musical rolling in the aisles. To give you some idea, it currently has some 8 ...
Acting Confidence

Confidence is a tricky beast, even for famously confident people like actors. You can be having a great day, then one little thing can shake your confidence and it’s completely shot, never to be found again. A common tale among ...
Monologues

As artists in a demanding, competitive field, successful actors are constantly pushing themselves. There’s always the next class, the next audition, the next performance to prepare for. But one place where many actors fail to keep on top of the ...
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As actors we all have our personal strengths. Like a baseball power hitter, we all have our wheelhouse–in other words our favorite type of role to play: that sweet spot where we’re confident we can hit it out of the ...
Interesting auditions

“Acting is all about…” As you go through your life as an actor, there are so many things you come to find out acting is “all about.” Every instructor, coach, director, agent, manager, and even advice columnist will at some ...