“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” -C.S. Lewis It doesn’t matter what you did or didn’t do prior to this moment. You cannot change the beginning of your story. But you can start from where you are right now and change theContinue reading “Changing Your Story”
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history hasContinue reading “Hope”
A well known and excellent actor once gave me terrific advice about listening. He equated it to hitchhiking. You get into a car with a complete stranger and you better believe you’re gonna listen to every word that stranger says and pick up every nuance and gesture that stranger makes. In short, you’re gonna listenContinue reading “Hitchhiking And Listening”
Actors… Wanna keep your skills sharp? Wanna work on amazing material? Wanna learn? Wanna work with great people who share your work ethic and love of the art? Wanna experience working with a certain director you’re curious about? Wanna practice producing? Wanna have an incredible artistic experience? Wanna do all of the above and notContinue reading “Your Own Personal Scene Study”
For the actor… Someone who’s got it all together? Not fun to play. Not interesting to watch. Someone’s who’s trying desperately to keep it all together? Super fun to play. Riveting to watch.
“Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid,Continue reading “Working Correctly”
“As soon as anyone comes close to me, his personality begins to oppress my vanity and restrict my freedom. I’m capable of hating the best men in twenty-four hours: one because he sits too long over his dinner, another because he has a cold in the head and keeps blowing his nose. But, on theContinue reading “Response”
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller There’s a classic Paul Newman story…I can’t recall which film or director, but supposedly after several takes, the director approached Newman, said the scene was dragging and politely asked if he could he speedContinue reading “Slow Down”
An unfilled pause is death. A filled pause, especially when connected to authentic behavior, is life. It’s riveting We can watch it forever. … … … P.S. – For a master class on pauses, watch this classic routine from Jack Benny. Count how long he pauses towards the end.
“There is nothing either good or bad, only thinking makes it so.” -Hamlet “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations The following story was told by Anthony De Mello in his book, Awareness which I highly recommend. It’ll be a longer post todayContinue reading “Crocodile”