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1– HOW TO ACT REALISTICALLY (first of 2 videos on this)

Five examples of how to act “REALISTICALLY” !

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Second of two videos on this. Please watch the opening one first.  During this video I promise to explain how it is even possible to “kill” someone realistically in film! After seeing this film you may now understand that you simply take it one step at a time.  The first step may be your ‘feelings’ for the victim, when you see them, before killing them! And  – as I’ve explained in these videos – you have to ‘really’ see the person, not just have your eyes open! Then you move towards them, ‘realistically’ threatening, (not exaggerating, not making angry expressions, as I show can be done in these videos). The next step might be real anger in your voice when you speak. Then, if your hands are hidden from the audience they won’t see that you fake strangling or stabbing them –  but because everything leading up to that moment is ‘real’ the audience will imagine that the final strangling is real too. You have lead them honestly, realistically, to believe in what you are doing.

3- THE BEST ACTING LESSON IN THE WORLD

That is how this lesson is described by the Head of Education at London’s National Theater. I can only hope you see what she saw in it!

4 – HOW TO DO A BRITISH ACCENT CONVINCINGLY (first of three)

The British accent most often needed by American actors.

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7- THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT SHAKESPEARE

A fact which even ‘great’ actors may need reminding about.

8- HOW TO GET AUDITIONS

Websites, publications, organizations.

9- TIPS FOR AUDITIONS

A more detailed video about this will come in a few months.

10- WHAT IS THE ‘MEISNER TECHNIQUE’?

This is not something all actors need, but it has helped many actors and actresses to be successful.

11 – HOW TO SPEAK IN VERSE

Speaking in verse can be fun. (This is also explained in another page on this website – ‘Notes on British Plays’ page – please see above).

12- HOW TO DO SOLILOQUIES

How to stop feeling strange when standing on a stage talking to yourself!

13- UNDERSTANDING HAROLD PINTER (first of 2 videos)

First of two short videos about a playwright whom many consider the greatest of the 20th century, and whom some find hard to understand. The video may also help actors to understand difficult parts of Shakespeare.

14- UNDERSTANDING HAROLD PINTER (Second of 2 videos on this).

Second of two short videos on this. Please watch the previous one first.

15- VOICE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

Two common voice problems, with unusual ways of solving them.  Actors need strong, safe voices all the time!

16- HOW TO LEARN LINES FASTER (first of 3 videos on this)

First of three videos about this, one of the most important talents an actor requires, (the other important ones being to be heard , and how to act ‘realistically’.)

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Second of three videos on this subject. See above.

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Third of three videos on this subject. See above.

19- HOW TO SIGHT-READ LIKE AN EXPERT

Two ways to read from a script like an expert, –  an important skill for modern ‘cold-reading’ auditions.

20- HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD AUDITION-SPEECH

Two suggestions which even experienced actors might easily forget.

21- HOW TO WRITE A PERFECT ACTOR’S RESUME.

New or experienced actors can all write better resumes. Good resumes attract good auditions!

22- THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT AUDITIONS

One way to make auditions more fun.

23- WHAT AN ACTING COACH IS SUPPOSED TO DO

What some of us try to do.

24 –  HOW TO MOVE IN ‘PERIOD’ PLAYS

How to move with ‘style’,  like an aristocrat. How to bow or stand, or sit like a Lord or a ‘Lady’.

25 –  HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF PLAYS BY CHEKHOV.

How to stop the plays of Chekhov seeming boring – which, frankly, some actors and audiences often think they are.

26 –  HOW TO START AN AUDITION SPEECH or a part in a film or onstage

A wonderful ‘trick’, connected to ‘realistic’ acting, for the start of any audition speech, or the start of any scene.

27 – HOW TO ANALYZE A SCRIPT OR AUDITION SPEECH

I will make a fuller video about this soon, but this simple method stops an actor’s lines from all sounding the same!

28 – HOW TO WORK WITH A DIFFICULT DIRECTOR

29 – WHY AMERICAN ACTORS SHOULD NOT GO TO BRITISH DRAMA SCHOOLS

30 – HOW TO DECIDE ABOUT BECOMING AN ACTOR

31 – WHY A PLAY OR FILM IS “GREAT”

32 – THE FINAL LESSON