Saturday, March 2, 2013

We hear, but we don’t listen

"Most of us touch, but we don’t feel. We look, but we don’t see. We sniff, but we don’t smell. We eat, but we don’t taste. We hear, but we don’t listen. That’s fine for the steelworker or secretary, but it behooves the actor to develop those senses in the same way a blind man develops all his other remaining senses. He touches objects and “sees” them with his fingers. His hearing is sharpened as he focuses on the sounds as if he has touched the sound with his fingertips. The actor must use his eyeballs like fingertips to develop all of his senses and explore the world around him.

The actor should also be able to see beyond the features of a surface and into the fine details. A simple snapshot is not enough. The actor should familiarize herself with every nuance of her environment. She should allow the total environment to affect her, thereby freeing her imagination. Our five senses are how we take in the information of our world. In order to re-create a world on stage or before a camera, we must be able to simulate the information those senses receive while we're on a stage or a movie set."  -Allan Rich

For more and links click on "read more" below.

From "The Soul of the American Actor" on line newspaper (see list to the right):

“Acting ought to be ranked amongst the learned professions; for the truth is, that in order to be a good actor, there is required a greater share of genius, knowledge and accomplishments, than for any other profession whatever; for this reason, that the profession of acting comprehends the whole system of human life.” James Boswell (1740-1795), "On the Profession of a Player," from “The London Magazine,” 1770)

Studying the history of acting must continue throughout your career. Again, much of our history is contained in one wonderful book, Actors on Acting. It captures the breadth of the history of acting. The knowledge and experience it contains is invaluable. Here's an example: Laurence Olivier wrote, “If somebody asked me to put in one sentence what acting was, I should say that acting is the art of persuasion. The actor persuades himself, first, and through himself, the audience.” •2007

To read more click here.

More excerpts from the article and Alla Rich's book "A Leap From the Method".

Allan Rich's Demo Reel click here. If you do not know who he is, you will after you see this reel.

Rich's career in motion pictures, television and on stage was interrupted in the middle when he was black listed by Senator McCarthy. He became a sucessful stock broker and art collector/dealer. He learned his craft and worked with the best, both before and after his period on the "Red List".

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