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Improve Your Acting

Our private group for graduates has over 1,500 posts on dozens of topics. Most of these links will only work if you are logged in to the private group. Begin by studying Acting Concepts and Archetypes or What is Voiceover? (public link) Here are a few more posts relating to acting:

Click to read Quotes about Acting
  1. “Perform out of the box, because inside the box, the walls close in until you can’t breathe.”
  2. “What you fear, rules you. Don’t try to avoid mistakes, embrace them. Free yourself for greater things.”
  3. “Much of acting is relaxing. If you’re knocking yourself out, you’re doing it wrong.” –Michael Caine
  4. “Good acting feels like work. Great acting feels like cheating.”
  5. Give up character and use yourself. –Michael Shurtleff
  6. “Be in the moment. Period. Just be there. Because if you get all like, ‘Oh I got to do this big thing.’ It just never works. It just doesn’t work. You’ve just got to let go. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Whatever you do is ok, just be truthful, honest, real, and that’s all you can ask for. –Robert De Niro
  7. “If anyone can tell you’re rehearsing vs. having a real conversation, you aren’t doing it right.” –Michael Caine

Have Conviction

Paying work comes from people who think that the content of the script matters. You must also be sure it matters … a lot. We call that by many names, but “conviction” is a common one. Here are some posts about conviction:

  1. How to Act with “Conviction”
  2. Have Complete Conviction, House M.D.
  3. Create Conviction Consistently

Major Acting Methods

Click here for a summary of methods such as Method • Meisner • Hagen • Practical Aesthetics • Chekhov • Spolin/Johnstone Improvisation • Grotowski Method.


Five Secrets to Becoming a Great Actor:

Learn more here.

  1. “Give Up Character—Use Yourself.”
  2. Identify And Release Tension
  3. Divert Your Attention.
  4. Develop Your Process
  5. Find Transitions


Where does a performance come from?

  • The role on the page.
  • The emotional transitions in the script.
  • The vision of the director.
  • Your life experience.

Who are You Acting For?

The client? The casting director? The writer? The producer? Yourself? Your scene partner?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Learn more here.