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Why Isn't Acting For Everyone?
Most acting problems stem from the fact that we think of acting as the process of copying life.
What does that mean? Simply this: in life we laugh, cry, and say things with a certain amount of emotional investment, so if we duplicate that emotional investment and say our characters’ words, we will do GREAT ACTING.
And when that doesn’t work out the way we think, we are baffled: “I thought that if I said it just like I do in real life it would be REAL.”
To dig deeper, the problem with that line of thought is this: we can’t copy the appearance of life, in the same way that we can’t take a photograph of something and present it as the original and live itself. The photograph may be an external representation of the subject photographed, but that’s about it.
It’s easy to be just an actor and get small roles. A good body and looks and hard work. That's all!
But to be a credible actor and to be a star, are you ready to truly act, to be a convincible character of the story? And by ready, I mean possessing some inborn talent, psychologically, emotionally and financially ready to meet the requirements to be a star
Unfortunately, everyone is not ready.
So how do we solve this problem, or what are the true underpinnings of great acting?
Learn acting for the camera and for the stage. The different techniques and how to market and promote yourself as a product in a highly competitive market where every aspiring actor is better than the other.
What’s acting technique? Acting technique is the process by which you create the appearance of life (a character from the story) by creating spontaneity and emotionally truthful behavior as you tell and show the story you were hired to tell.
Learning acting is understanding and practicing this process by triggering the power of imagination and getting to the NEEDS and ACTIONS underneath the outward appearance of a character's behavior.
The character You Want to Play
The human behavior we observe around are too diverse, leading to a creation of people of different attitudes with underlying emotions. To transform yourself into this unique and dynamic character truthfully becomes difficult, may be practically impossible if you don't have at least some inborn power of imagination, and on the top of it, may get compounded with thye lack of knowledge and training.
You’re baffled and also in a panic – if you don’t get this right, you’ll never be hired by this director ever again or his friends.
But if you have been studying and practicing acting, and at the right school or in the beginning, with a good personal coach, you will have a way to solve this. You will know that what the director really wants is more intensity, more emotions of action. Meaning that if you fight for whatever you’re fighting for in the scene, anger will happen naturally, if you are feeling the situation in a scene as 'happening really' rather than trying hard to generate an emotion of increased anger.
The result will be believable, your director will be happy, and you will keep your job.
The point is, you need to understand and learn the process of acting. You will be shocked how very few directors understand that process (and why should they, do you know how to direct?) and rely on YOU to understand it and give them the results they need in order to move on to the next shot.
So a word of advice, it’s OK to call yourself an actor before you are one, but also KNOW HOW TO DO THE JOB.
You may get acting jobs because of your looks and body or with excellent communication skills but how long? Without learning and mastering the fine craft of acting, If you’re just faking it, you will be found out and it won’t be pretty. You may fool them for a bit, but eventually, someone is going to ask you to act and act well.