Wednesday, October 15, 2008

ON ACTING: Why 'whining' repels an audience

‘Whining’ is an unappealing passive-aggressive tactic organized to induce guilt. We tolerate that tactic in children. Children are impotent. They can’t change parents.
But in adults, such whining repels rather than attracts.
It’s not co-incidental that whining produces an unappealing tone of voice. The sound of whining reflects its falseness: the whiners discomfort doesn’t really hurt as much as the ‘whiner’ is making it sound. The over-expression of lesser felt pain is primary to the guilt-induction process.
When the actor truly, honestly feels deep pain, she logically attempts solve the problem...and the voice drops in tone. It ceases to manifest the whiny sound. It becomes fuller, richer…and attractive.
The air escapes from the diaphragm, and not from a tensed chest. Words escape through the mouth rather than the nose. Shakespeare’s admonition to actors: “…don’t “spake i’ [speak in] the nose thus,” is happily avoided.


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