Acting Techniques for Everyday Life

Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult, Real-Life Situations

Author: Jane Robbins

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0786729198

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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Most people can name at least one situation—a business presentation, a job interview, a cocktail party, or a blind date—in which they felt uncomfortable, nervous, or simply self-conscious. Jane Marla Robbins, a successful stage and film actress and teacher for almost forty years, found that she could use the same acting techniques she employed to look and feel confident on stage and screen to make herself feel more comfortable in "real-life" situations. In clear and accessible language, Robbins describes acting techniques that actors having been using for centuries and explains—using real-life examples and easy-to-follow exercises—how each can be used by ordinary people to make difficult everyday situations easier to handle. Acting Techniques for Everyday Life will teach readers how to create a sense of well-being and self-confidence at will, giving them the tools they need to be as confident, strong, witty, authentic, relaxed, and happy as they want to be in any given situation.
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Acting Techniques for Everyday Life

Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult, Real-Life Situations

Author: Jane Marla Robbins

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0786729198

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

View: 6373

Most people can name at least one situation—a business presentation, a job interview, a cocktail party, or a blind date—in which they felt uncomfortable, nervous, or simply self-conscious. Jane Marla Robbins, a successful stage and film actress and teacher for almost forty years, found that she could use the same acting techniques she employed to look and feel confident on stage and screen to make herself feel more comfortable in "real-life" situations. In clear and accessible language, Robbins describes acting techniques that actors having been using for centuries and explains—using real-life examples and easy-to-follow exercises—how each can be used by ordinary people to make difficult everyday situations easier to handle. Acting Techniques for Everyday Life will teach readers how to create a sense of well-being and self-confidence at will, giving them the tools they need to be as confident, strong, witty, authentic, relaxed, and happy as they want to be in any given situation.
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Acting Techniques for Everyday Life

Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult, Real-Life Situations

Author: Jane Marla Robbins

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9781569245545

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 251

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In clear and accessible language, Robbins describes acting techniques that actors having been using for centuries and explains--using real-life examples and easy-to-follow exercises--how each can be used by ordinary people to make difficult everyday situations easier to handle.
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Life and Acting

Techniques for the Actor

Author: Jack Garfein

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810126737

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

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"Jack Garfein's book is a touching reminder of our early attempts at creating theater without artifice. It is good to know that he is still working hard at it."---Ben Gazzara Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded. Life and Acting is the product of more than sixty years in the worlds of theater and film, offering the kind of insight gained only through experience. Garfein distills his knowledge into a holistic learning technique. Beginning mostly with memoir, focusing on his own education in the theater and describing how his exposure to artists working in other media---particularly painters and writers---contributed to his understanding of acting, Garfein goes on to offer thirty-seven detailed lessons teaching acting techniques for the stage and applying his principles to acting in front of a camera. Life and Acting is an invaluable resource that belongs on the bookshelf of every actor and acting teacher.
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Perform at Your Best

Acting Techniques for Business, Personal & Social Success

Author: Jane Marla Robbins

Publisher: Plain White Press

ISBN: 0977738345

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 35

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This charmingly illustrated, easy-to-read “acting coach in a box” will teach you how to maneuver your way through any everyday stressful situation, onstage or off, within minutes. Whether making a presentation at work or talking to the PTA, the techniques help you overcome shyness and performance anxiety and project confidence. An Axiom Business Book Award gold medal winner.
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Acting for Life

A Textbook on Acting

Author: Jack Frakes

Publisher: Meriwether Pub

ISBN: 9781566081078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 299

View: 1862

An acting textbook for high school and college level drama students and teachers. Includes explanations, exercises, and illustrations designed to teach a variety of skills.
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Acting

Advanced Techniques for the Actor, Director, and Teacher

Author: Terry Schreiber

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1581159501

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Honed by the author's 35 years of teaching, this advanced book offers different warm-up exercises concentrating on the actor's sense of smell, sound, sight, and touch; sensory tools for conveying the climate and environment of the text; tips for suggesting a character's physical conditions; and much more. Individual exercises will help actors to free the voice and body, create a character, find the action and condition of scenes, and explore the subconscious for effective emotional recall. Readers will also find meticulous guidelines for best using rehearsal time and preparing for in-class scene work. The foreword is written by two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton. Those who act, direct, or teach will not want to miss the acting lessons that have made T. Schreiber Studio a premier actor training program.
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Acting for Non-Actors

Why Performance Skills Help You Succeed

Author: Jillian Campana

Publisher: Cognella Academic Publishing

ISBN: 9781626617032

Category:

Page: 230

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"Acting Successful: Using Performance Skills in Everyday Life" explains how everyone can benefit from learning acting skills and techniques. Readers learn to view their daily actions as performances that influence the perceptions of observers. They discover how to use their voices, bodies, and acting skills to express themselves with clarity and build strong social and professional relationships. The book is organized into four sections: Acting Your Best Self, The Actor s Secrets, Channeling Your Inner Star, and Rehearsing for Reality. The first three sections provide information about acting theories, approaches to training, and skills development, while the fourth section provides opportunities for practical application. From formal presentations to subtle interactions, this book details how acting skills translate to life skills. "Acting Successful" helps individuals from any discipline develop expressiveness, creativity, and confidence. Perfect for introductory acting classes for majors or non-majors, or any course that addresses improved interpersonal and communication skills, Acting Successful is also useful as a training tool for business professionals, clinical practitioners, and educators. Jillian Campana holds degrees from Cal Arts, New York University s Tisch School of the Arts, and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is a professor of theatre and head of the acting and directing programs at the University of Montana. She is the author and director of the award-winning film "The Puzzle Club: Brain Injury Survivors Talk," and a recipient of the Kennedy Center s American College Theatre Festival Award for directing. Dr. Campana is an artist with the International Schools Theatre Association and she lectures internationally about performance on and off the stage.
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The Science Of Acting

Author: Sam Kogan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135257698

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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What is good acting? How does one create believable characters? How can an actor understand a character if they do not understand themselves? In The Science of Acting, Sam Kogan uses his theories on the relationship between neuroscience, psychology and acting to answer these questions. Practical exercises provide a step-by-step guide to developing an actor's ability, culminating in Ten Steps to Creating a Character. He presents the reader with a groundbreaking understanding of the subconscious and how it can be applied to their acting. The author’s highly original perspective on Stanislavski's teaching gives readers a unique insight into their character’s minds. Sam Kogan studied at the Moscow Institute of Theatre Arts (now the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) under the tutelage of Professor Maria Knebel. He established The Science of Acting, a complete stand-alone technique. Helen Kogan is the chair and former principal of The Academy of Science of Acting and Directing, has helped to shape her father's words and work for the publication of this book.
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Acting for Film

Author: Cathy Haase

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 158115951X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Aspiring film and television actors will discover exercises for relaxing the face to achieve maximum expressiveness; maintaining proper eye focus in front of the camera and conveying the "beats" of a scene, even in the shortest takes. They'll also learn tested techniques for adapting to the styles of different directors; modulating voice and breath for maximum effect; preparing for the first day on the set; enduring multiple takes and on-the-set waiting; and much, much more. For any performer who intends to make a living in front of the camera, Acting for Film is the most authoritative resource!
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The Actor's Secret

Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns and Improving Performance

Author: Betsy Polatin

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583946837

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Offering revolutionary new training for the actor, The Actor's Secret teaches actors and performers how to incorporate the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing®, and Breathing Coordination in order to reduce performance anxiety and stress; improve stage presence, breathing, and vocal production; and restore well-being and healthy functioning. These three kinesthetic disciplines are designed to lead to profound change and healing through body-mind reeducation. Part I explains in detail the principles of the three techniques. A practical method for self-improvement and neuromuscular reeducation, the Alexander Technique focuses on changing inefficient habits of movement and patterns of tension that inhibit the ability to move easily. Breathing Coordination helps increase breathing capacity and awareness. A method for resolving emotional trauma, Somatic Experiencing® follows a process of tracking bodily sensations to restore vitality and health. Enhanced with over 100 instructive photos, Parts II and III present explorations and exercises that draw on elements of the three methods. Topics covered include the importance of presence and non-doing; the proper mechanics of vocalization and singing; the understanding of character and role; and the actor's journey from auditions to performance, including initial script preparation, rehearsal, monologue, and scene work. Developed by Betsy Polatin, a movement specialist and master lecturer at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, the book's exercises provide the actor with simple tools for exploring his or her acting work. Most techniques and self-help books teach a new way of "doing." The secret of this book lies in "non-doing." When the actor learns to first recognize and then suspend habitual patterns, he or she opens the door to deeper artistic choices. "I have worked with many fine Alexander Technique teachers over the years and Betsy Polatin is far and away one of the finest. Her touch, her instincts, and her knowledge are miraculous."—Andre Gregory, actor and director, My Dinner with Andre
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Acting Techniques

An Introduction for Aspiring Actors

Author: Michael Powell

Publisher: Methuen Publishing

ISBN: 9781408127346

Category: Acting

Page: 256

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Are you considering a career as an actor, or thinking of applying for drama school? 'Acting Techniques' provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the skills that are taught at drama school as well as offering insight into the acting profession itself.
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The Power of the Actor

Author: Ivana Chubbuck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440649967

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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In The Power of the Actor, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, premier acting teacher and coach Ivana Chubbuck reveals her cutting-edge technique, which has launched some of the most successful acting careers in Hollywood. The first book from the instructor who has taught Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor guides you to dynamic and effective results. For many of today’s major talents, the Chubbuck Technique is the leading edge of acting for the twenty-first century. Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but rather as a way to drive and win a goal. In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck’s script-analysis process. The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field.
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The Actor's Business Plan

A Career Guide for the Acting Life

Author: Jane Drake Brody

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472573706

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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The Actor's Business Plan is a self-directed practical guide for actors graduating from formal training programs, as well as for those already in the business whose careers need to move ahead more successfully. Using the familiar language of acting training, the book offers a method for the achievement of dreams through a five-year life and career plan giving positive steps to develop a happy life as an actor and as a person. It assists performers to flourish using the same kind of business/career planning that is a necessary part of life for entrepreneurs and business people. This introduction to the acting industry provides essential knowledge not only for how the business actually works, but also describes what casting directors, agents, and managers do, demystifies the role of unions, discusses how much things cost, and offers advice on branding and marketing strategies. It differs from other such handbooks in that it addresses the everyday issues of life, money, and jobs that so frequently destroy an actor's career before it is even begun. While addressing NYC and LA, the guide also gives a regional breakdown for those actors who may wish to begin careers or to settle in other cities. It is loaded with personal stories, and interviews with actors, casting directors, and agents from throughout the US. The Actor's Business Plan is the answer to the common complaint by students that they were not taught how to negotiate the show business world while at school. It is the perfect antidote for this problem and can easily fit into a ten or a thirteen-week class syllabus. Offering support as a personal career coach, empowering the actor to take concrete steps towards their life and career dreams, The Actor's Business Plan: A Career Guide for the Acting Life is a must-have book for actors who are determined to be a part of the professional world .
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Book on Acting

Improvisation Technique for the Professional Actor in Film, Theater & Television

Author: Stephen Book

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781879505605

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 629

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Stephen Book is a top Hollywood acting coach and teacher and a theatre director. His students have won Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Obies, and Grammys. Thirteen of his present or former students are featured in either starring roles or as cast regulars in the current primetime television schedule. This book contains film and television scenes in which Book-coached actors, used his Improvisation Technique to create their performances. These scenes, showing the actors' performance choices, demonstrate the use of Improvisation Technique in different genres of acting. Well-known theatre and film scenes are included, as well as scenes from such TV shows as 'Frasier', 'Melrose Place', 'Star Trek: Voyager', 'LA Law' and 'The Practice'.
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The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Author: William Esper,Damon Dimarco

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307481146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Secrets of Screen Acting

Author: Patrick Tucker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317579658

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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When it was first published in 1993, Secrets of Screen Acting broke new ground in explaining how acting for the camera is different from acting on stage. Reaction time is altered, physical timing and placement are reconceived, and the proportions of the digital frame itself become the measure of all things, so the director must conceptualize each image in terms of this new rectangle and actors must 'fit' into the frame. Based on a revolutionary non-Method approach to acting, this book shows what actually works: how an actor, an announcer--anyone working in front of the cameras--gives excellent performances on screen. Instead of starting with what is real and trying to wrestle that onto the screen, Patrick Tucker explains how to work with the realities of a shoot and work from there towards the real. His step-by-step guide to the elements of effective screen acting is an extension and explanation of a lifetime of work in the field, containing over 50 acting exercises and the tried-and-tested Screen Acting Checklist. As well as being completely updated to cover new techniques, film references and insights, this third edition now includes a set of Film Clip Time Codes for each film. These not only itemise the films discussed in each chapter, but also pinpoint the precise moments where each example can be found so that students, teachers, and professional actors can refer to them quickly and easily.
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Acting in Film

An Actor's Take on Movie Making

Author: Michael Caine

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476842752

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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(Applause Books). A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This revised and expanded edition features great photos, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material ... A treasure ... I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way ... FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel
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