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The Opposite of Fear is Work   Home    The Work

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.  'Which road do I take?'  she asked.       His response was a question: 'Where do you want to go? I don't know", Alice answered. 
'Then" said the cat, it doesn't matter.'  Lewis Carroll

1. Class Objectives-  What do you want to accomplish in class? Keep your list updated? Tell me where you want to focus my attention. Stay on track by reviewing and updating them quarterly. 
"A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the toughest road.  A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road." Thomas Carlyle
   
2Your Class Workbook - hardcopies of notes, class precis, ideas for scene work, any personal rumination 

3. Monologues -
You should have 2 ready at all times. Keep 'em fresh.

4. Tell me a little bit about yourself"  -Be prepared to answer this question in industry situations. You'll be glad you thought about it ahead of time. Short, sweet & self- promoting without being needy or propitiating.
 

5150 words (the self authored monologue)- Just the facts about something that impacted you. Not for the entering student. Contact me for instructions.
 
6.  Books -
Do the reading @ What We're Reading

7.  Keep your Instrument ready-  
Yes, keep fit, but also make your body "smart":  movement classes that work flexibility and muscle intelligence, fencing & stage combat class, yoga.  
Your voice is part of your charisma.  
Vocal exercises are more important than most actors realize. 
Use the exercises on Bob Corff's CDs in the car, especially on your way to auditions.  Stretch your vocal strength & your ability to articulate.

        

                                            The opposite of fear is work.

 

Some ways 

to keep that monkey mind occupied.  
Become an interesting person by being interested- stay curious
  • Observe people: at the train station, at the cafeteria at a hospital, at the park, at the library. Watch them, eavesdrop. You'll learn more about human behavior by watching humans than in any acting book.
  • Go to museums
  • Savor great literature
  • Read great plays
  • Go to plays.
  • Do volunteer work - get grateful
  • Watch Rachel Maddow
  • Expand what you know & your world view. 
Invest time in GETTING  BIGGER- Your acting will probably get better.I promise that you will. 

"It has often been observed, that those who have the most time at their disposal profit by it the least.  A single hour a day, steadily given to the study of some interesting subject, bring unexpected accumulations of  knowledge"  William Ellery Channing       

"We must not, in trying to think  about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot forsee."  Marian Edelman