The Intuition Zone

Artists seek a More Interesting Life

We’re all seeking a more interesting life.

As actors, we have a unique opportunity to develop our inner life through our imagination, artistry and focus.

We’re about to launch a new training opportunity at the Studio: an ongoing online course called “The Intuition Zone.”

You’ll get to hear how other artists and creative spirits are digging in,



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Mature Interpretation

Good acting comes from the application of technique. Mature acting comes from the way we think about the script. The way we extrapolate from it. Combining it with our own understanding of life. Mature Interpretation is a result of who we have become as people.

We see plenty of strong actors, with fluent emotional instruments, who give good performances,



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“Taking the Bait”

When we find reasons in the text to disempower our character, we “take the bait.”  Remember: the writer has given the character problems to bring out his or her deeper resources.  Intelligence, humor, perseverance, charm, sexuality and courage. Most of all courage.  And, of course, this applies to life as well.  Our problems can bring out our own deeper resources. 



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Illustrating

When we’re not really Engaged, we tend to Illustrate our ideas about the scene. We know what the writer is trying to say about the character, or the relationship, and we find some obvious way to portray it. Either with a line reading, or gesture, or a piece of business of some kind.

It works okay, but it isn’t really a pleasure.



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Practice

Once, I asked a young actor if he thought he could be a professional athlete. He was silent for a moment. Then his eyes narrowed and he spoke in a serious tone. “If I really set my mind to it,” he said, “if I really committed, I think I could still do it.” How would you start, I asked. “I’d get up tomorrow at five in the morning and work out twelve hours a day.”

Was he working this hard as an actor?



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