Monday, August 06, 2007

ON ACTING: "The Filter"

Actor consciousness (of performance during performance) is sometimes referred to as "The Filter"; where the actor 'filters' their performance through the utilization of their self-awareness.

The filter is a bad thing. It removes the actor one step from their performance reality, and thereby lessens the impact of their performance.

It should be avoided at all costs. 'Filtering' is either a manifestation of performance insecurity, where the actor is afraid they will make a mistake if they give up conscious control/awareness, or a prelude to performance 'preening'...the use of consciousness to heighten effects of the performance through actor's application of verbal, physical or emotional pyrotechnics. In either case, performance manipulation rather than honesty is the result...and few are attracted to a manipulator, on stage or off.


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