Sunday, March 01, 2009

ON ACTING: The Unexpected

Audiences often say of exciting actors: “I love watching them. You never know what they are going to do next.” That’s often because exciting actors in performance don’t know quite what they are going to do next!

The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard said: “Logic can take you to the brink; but only a leap of faith can take you beyond.”

The good actor’s plunge into actual performance should take them deeply into their personal inner reality, beyond their own superficial understanding of themselves.

A good actor recognizes, accepts and appreciates that many of his best ‘choices’ in performance will happen in passing, during the performance; his/her actions arise out of their creative unconscious, rather than from the defined presupposed choices made in prior rehearsal or performances.


Blogger funny girl said...

So much trust required!!! How do I continue to immerse myself - lose myself - over the course of a six-week run?

6:57 AM  
Blogger Cliff Osmond said...

Dear Funny Girl:
(1) Use the AA motto: have your character (kill you, the actor!) seek your objective one day at a time.
(2) In each and every performance lose your self in the details of the other person (Acting is only through the other person you can achieve your objectiive).
(3)Think of how you whould/should maintain a successful everyday relationsip in your real life for six weeks: find something new in the other person every day, the way the light strikes their hair, the slighly changes in the sound of their voice, facial nuancal changes, all of which are occuring continually. Remember: People (and actors) are like snowflakes: never the same, everchanging. We watchers just have to get out of watching ourselves and pay close attention and notice those changes...and let those changes initiate guide our feelings.

12:04 PM  

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