How to Overcome Social Anxiety as an Actor

So much can be said about the relationship between social anxiety and acting.

Why? Well, because anxiety is such a central topic in today’s conversations. Social anxiety can be understood as an extreme fear of being judged or scrutinized by those around us.

Usually it is associated with a context where we feel like we need to show performance.

Social anxiety is not shyness. It is a serious mental health condition with symptoms that can cause anything from discomfort to a serious disruption of a person’s daily life. This condition is also known as social phobia and it can leave the person who suffers from it in quite a lonely place.

The person experiences a feeling of powerlessness, being alone and feeling ashamed or unworthy. This, naturally leaves the person with a few or no social contacts or romantic relationships.

The mechanism is that, based on a negative experience the individual learns that social situations lead to shame, humiliation, judgment and negative experience. This leads to fear. And fear ultimately leads to avoidance of trigger situations. Avoidance, of course, only reinforces the cycle of negative beliefs.

The person who suffers from social phobia will fear and avoid being introduced or meeting new people, being teased, being the center of attention, being watched, interacting with people in positions of authority and, sometimes, committing to intimate personal relationships.

Raising quality of life is one of the main focus points of today’s mental health community. So, naturally with a raise in the numbers of people suffering from social anxiety we are trying to understand and create new and effective ways to deal with it.

Acting might just be one of the most interesting, beneficial and sustainable solutions. Even more so, many actors, even some of those considered to be well respected or accomplished have come out to say that they suffer from social anxiety.

The natural questions that come to mind after reading these lines are: “How can this be?” and “How can an actor deal with social anxiety?”

So how can an actor deal with his or her social anxiety?

1.        By becoming aware that acting is a birth right

The truth is that acting is an art form that does take commitment, education and practice.

But, more than any other art form, we are capable of doing it without any formal training.

Even before becoming aware of ourselves, we are playing a part. In our day to day lives we all act our part as humans. We perform our role as children, students, neighbors, friends, lovers and strangers. Without even being aware of it, we put on a mask and an outfit and we channel ourselves with more or less enthusiasm.

Actors understand this better than anyone.

In ancient Greece this mask was called Persona. To this day the concept is still accurate and defines the psychological facet of our personality that we use to interact with the world around us.

This mask, our Persona is both a protection and a mean of interaction with the world around us. In other words, we all have a built-in feature that enables and forces us to act.

2.   By practicing

Practice does make perfect. It also helps us gather more experiences that can show us how reality can manifest in multiple ways. And only some of them are similar to our fears.

In other words, our fears and phobias are fueled by past experiences and feelings. These experiences form beliefs that shape our expectations of ourselves, people and situations.

In other words, if performing in public has made us tremendously uncomfortable in the past, we will avoid social exposure in order to avoid further humiliation. By exposing ourselves consciously to situations we make ourselves vulnerable.

But we also have a fair chance at challenging our imitating beliefs and reaching very empowering conclusions.

The more an actor practices and is proactive about putting himself or herself in challenging situations the more he or she will trust that social anxiety can be a blessing in disguise.

3.        By becoming a good listener

People who suffer from anxiety will usually have trouble with really listening to others.

Anxiety pushed the person into “being in their head”. A train of thoughts is automatically set in motion propelling the person into a potential future scenario that causes them to experience all sorts of negative feelings. This is also a means of unconsciously avoiding the present moment.

Acting forces the person to really listen to the people he or she is working with. Otherwise the whole point and dynamic of the situation is wasted and the work is compromised.

An Acting technique such as the Meisner technique emphasizes on the importance of really listening.

The key request ingredient of acting is the idea of showing up mentally and emotionally to the performance. This key request teaches and forces the actor to interact with his or her role, with the other actors and with the audience.

4.        Working with a coach or psychotherapist

Acting coaches are not’t a must but they certainly help greatly. Having an objective mirror and a specialist that knows how to properly challenge is a huge asset. Not everyone will decide to contract the services of an acting coach. But the experience can be greatly insightful even if it’s a one time thing.
For those who have a deeper need of being supported and of introspection, working with a psychotherapist can help tremendously. Acting is a deep form of catharsis so it provides powerful emotional release and insight. Having the option of exploring the nature of these emotions, impressions and contents in a safe relationships can bring deep healing and access to valuable resources.

5.        Becoming aware of other people’s vulnerability

The actor has an intimate and direct view into the psychological nature of the human experience. Besides the relevant experiences that the roles and the performance provide, the actor can also catch meaningful glimpses of other people’s hidden sides. For example, the actor will closely work with other actors. He or she will surely become aware of how others deal with stress or how they are not always able to perform perfectly. Sometimes the actor will see emotional break-downs, fears, childish behavior, conflicts or a failure to remember a certain line. These are the moments that will help the actor understand that he or she is not the only one who is imperfect.

6. Acting Exercises That Helps With Social Anxiety

Any art, craft or endeavor requires serious exercising in order toget to a level of performance or mastery. Acting is no different. Even if working with an agency or acting coach can be huge support, the reality is that one should always focus on establishing a constant routine in order to develop those stong, lean acting muscles. This type of commitment offers the actor the advantage of always being in that mental and emotional space of perfecting his or her skills and becoming more aware of who they are. It also offers less room for over-thinking and anxiety and more room for observation.

These exercises can be both simple and highly effective in assisting the person become more confident in their ability to overcome social anxiety.

A great way to work on one’s acting skills daily is to learn how to “be in your body”. This sounds more abstract than it really is. A great way to be more aware and in touch with your body is to be observant of your body’s posture. We express a lot more than we think through non-verbal communication. Good posture ensures better communication, a better mood, better overall functions of the internal organs and bodily functions. It also offers more self-confidence and sends a message of: “I am comfortable in my own skin and I allow myself to express whatever it is that I feel.” A good posture is also a key feature of a good actor because it allows the person to express and channel the role with all his or her being.

Another great daily exercise that allows the actor to become more comfortable in his or her body and space is stretching. This can be done as often as we feel the need. It brings relief, better balance and a sense of relaxation.

Eating well, drinking enough water and working out are other very seemingly obvious but absolutely crucial exercises. They offer more self-confidence, energy, mental clarity and also are really effective ways to deal with anxiety and elevate mood.

A good way to become inspired and exercise daily is by observing. You can make it your goal to observe actors that you admire and take note of their techniques and the things that you admire about them. You can try to re-create those same techniques in your own time. This can be very fun and it can also assist you in learning how versatile you can truly be. Of course, you can build your characters by observing people in general. As mentioned earlier in the article, everyone acts their part. If you feel truly attracted or interested by the way someone speaks, moves or acts you can take note and learn from your observations.

While watching yourself on camera can be quite challenging for most of us, it is a vital part of becoming a good actor. You might feel vain or even crazy. But think of it this way, how can you expect others to watch you perform if you don’t do it yourself? Seeing and hearing ourselves on a recording can be quite disturbing for most of us. But for a good actor, becoming aware of what his or her strong points, preferences and shortcomings, is of the essence. You can start by preparing as you would for an audition. Choose a moment of complete concentration and solitude. Give it your best and watch yourself perform. By doing this exercise you will surely become more comfortable with yourself and you will grow tremendously!

All of these exercises can also assist the actor with preparing for a task that can seem huge for someone with social anxiety. Castings can be a scary prospect. Most often people who suffer from anxiety tend to postpone and avoid things under the thought that they can “figure it out”. Avoiding the reality of an up-coming casting is really detrimental. It leads to stress and anxiety building up and creates a huge block. This can even manifest in self-sabotage, somatic conditions and depression.

The best way to tackle the reality of an up-coming casting is to take it step-by-step with a plan for each day. The first thing the actor can do it remind him/her self that this is in fact great news. Remaining on top of one’s thoughts and staying rational and positive is of the essence. Instead of feeling huge pressure, the actor can make a conscious choice to be grateful for a great professional opportunity. This can be hard so physical reminders can work wonders. For example, the actor can create a list of positive things that might happen if they go through with the audition and a parallel list with negative things that will happen if they aren’t accepted. Social anxiety is very much connected with the fear of failure, being judged, embarrassed or inappropriate. Most often, when the person will make a list of their worst fears they will come to realize how irrational they are. Keeping this list in a visible place might be a huge help.

Another helpful practice for someone who is preparing for a casting would be to create daily plans that include all the stages of preparation. The plan should give the actor a sense that they are preparing at a high intensity. But it should also leave room for relaxation and pleasurable activities. The person might need to be prepared to work and adjust the plan as they go. If they are not focused of busy enough they will feel underprepared and will also have time to stress and over-react. If the daily routine is too busy, the person might feel like they are unable to cope and will feel disappointed in themselves.

During periods of preparation having contact with positive and supportive people is a huge help. Also, taking the time to walk, read and do relaxing things is helpful. The actor needs to keep in mind that most castings are just learning experiences so they should not over or under-invest effort and expectation in the outcome.

In such periods, the actor should avoid, at all costs, to self-medicate the anxiety.

Conclusion

As the saying goes, where is a will there is a way. The same can be said about this intense, consuming, personal and elaborate journey of the actor that aims to deal with his/her social anxiety. Many resources, solutions and aids can be used in dealing with social anxiety. But what is true and most important, in the end, is that every actor’s journey is unique and worth being fully enjoyed and a priceless learning experience.

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How To Stop Procrastinating

Actor’s job is to act and be in the moment.

Procrastination is the opposite : it takes you out of the moment, and out of the action.

As an actor, you have to work for yourself and creat your own work schedule. You chose this job because you want to enjoy the freedom of being your own boss and having fun doing what you like. But there are several things you need to do in order to give yourself a chance to succeed.

Procrastination is a time stealer. It will take your time and leave you with nothing.

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Self-hypnosis can help you overcome your procrastination habit.  Here is how to stop procrastinating now :

Find your motivation

Whatever you need to do, it will be easier if you know why you have/want to do it. You can ask yourself what will happen if you don’t do it.

What are the benefits of doing it ?

Some people will picture the relief they will feel when the job is done. And that motivates them to do it.

Use your imagination the right way

Your imagination has the power to make you do things or avoid doing it. If you can’t overcome procrastination, it’s probably because you use your imagination in a bad way.

Do you associate a bad feeling to the activity ? Is there a fear behind it ?

Imagine yourself doing the activity you are procrastinating. What do you feel ? Ho can you make it more attractive ?

Make it easy to start

Many people procrastinate because it’s just too difficult to start. Make it easy to start by deciding where and what to do.

Start for 5 minutes

Our brain is made to continue the activity we are doing. After you’ve started, it will be much easier to continue. Just start for 5 minutes, and see if you don’t want to continue after that.

Your motivation anchor

When was the last time you were really motivated ? Remeber this time fully and feel the motivation growing. When you feel this motivation again, press your fingers together. Now you can trigger this feeling by pressing the same fingers. Press your fingers and visualise yourself doing what you have to do.

 

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What is self hypnosis

self hypnosis

Self hypnosis is a great tool of change and transformation for all those who dare to reinvent itself. It is a pleasure to share this tool with you!

What is self hypnosis

Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone has already experienced. The most common and most used state of hypnosis is a state that is located halfway between wakefulness and sleep. You know this state when you start to fall asleep? You still hear sounds and conversations around you, and your imagination is taking you away.

But the state of hypnosis is not only this state between waking and sleeping. When you read a book that activates your imagination, you are in a form of hypnosis. You are absorbed by what you read and you experience emotions related to this reading. The same thing happens when you are in front of a good movie.

Self-hypnosis is to voluntarily use this state to activate unconscious capacity to influence your emotions and behavior, and positively transform you. By creating a bridge between your ordinary consciousness and your subconscious, it allows you to be more relaxed (e), more available, more creative and more focused in general.

What is self hypnosis useful for ?

Through self-hypnosis, you can learn to better control your emotions. Emotions are generated by the unconscious based on what you perceive the outside world but also in terms of what you tell yourself about this world. So you can detach unhappy emotions related to the past, or generate optimal emotions for an important event coming.

Many of our unconscious behaviors are rooted in our emotions. One can for example use a behavior like snacking to help manage emotion. Self hypnosis helps change behavior by acting directly on the emotions the source of this behavior, but also finding other more suitable behaviors to manage that emotion.

By inspiring others and mentally repeating what they are inspiring, it is possible to transform through self-hypnosis. A person who wishes to be at ease in public can learn from people who have this ease. In self-hypnosis, she will first see these people, then imagine her in their place and finally feel things as if real.

The stages of a self-hypnosis session

Any self hypnosis session begins with preparation. It is of course first to make sure we will not be disturbed, and to set a clear goal for the session. This objective should be formulated positively. For example, I want to feel comfortable, relaxed, smiling and confident in asking for a raise to my boss. Then select the protocol you will use to achieve that goal.

Then the induction phase allows to enter the hypnotic state. This is the time when we will make the relaxation suggestions, let go, concentration, learning, etc … These are the states that are trying to achieve for the meeting was effective. Induction that I love is the imaginary journey: eyes closed, you imagine you go out of your body and you fly over the city to a place where you feel particularly at ease and available.

Once in the hypnotic state, it’s time to use the change of protocol chosen in the preparation phase. I can for example use the memory of a time when I was particularly comfortable and confident in asking something important to a superior. And keeping this state, I visualize myself asking my increasing my boss.

And finally, of course, comes the moment of awakening and taking action!

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3 Exercices To Improve Your Voice

I just saw The Artist, a magnificent film that really touched me. The hero is a silent film actor sinking slowly into oblivion because he missed the transition to talkies.

I will not say more on this film in order not to spoiler history, just « go see »!

During the film, I asked myself a few questions about the importance of his voice work for films. In the theater, it is clear that the voice work is required to be heard by the deaf in the last row, but cinema, one might think that the microphones used to precisely compensate for the lack of voice and the voice work is not so important.

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Voice work is mandatory !

It is a mistake to think that his voice work is not essential to the film actor.

In fact, his voice work goes far beyond simply being heard. The voice work is work on the vibration and the resonance of the body, which gives the player greater ease and greater freedom of expression. Besides, I happen to not work my voice during certain periods (shame on me) and I feel my strained vocal cords, contracted my neck and I tend to close me about myself … Instead when I work regularly my voice, I feel freer and more confident.

Kids know fun with their voice. Babies love to listen to scream! That’s how they learn to modulate their voices, and later singing. And babies often have more votes than adults, whereas with a small body like one wonders how they are to scream so loud. Maybe it’s just because it’s natural.

But we have learned more silent to express ourselves, and that’s what makes that many people are afraid of their voice, or do not dare to say what they want and express their feelings. I am one of those people, I was gagged but I am aware that I can work on it.

Obviously, the better for his voice work is to take classes with a professional, and sing. But it is also possible to work his voice at home, with a few simple exercises.

His voice work is also working his breathing and the first year that I propose is a breathing exercise.

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Working his voice vibrate better to breathe better

This exercise can be done lying down or standing. It is easier to start lying.

Start lie down to take a moment to relax. Let go of the tension, let your body rest on its support. And become aware of the natural breath which is already present. Concentrate only on the flow of respiratory movement.

When you are well aware of your breathing, breathe deeply to fully empty the air from your lungs and begin the following cycle:

1- At the end of your exhalation, release stomach muscles and allow air to enter. It is relaxing muscles which creates suction, you have to make any effort.

2- Once the stomach fills up, you let the air fill your chest, lift your ribs, and depart.

3- You hold a short breathing suspension

4- Blow by tightening the abdominal muscles and doing his ch … Expel air from the stomach.

5- Keep chasing air chest.

6- At the end of expiration, stay snorkeling and wait for the intake of air. Repeat in 1.

Working his voice playing rollercoaster with your voice.

The second exercise to work her voice is more sound exercise. This is to make curves with his voice.

It’s a fun exercise, you play roller coaster with your voice!

Take a comfortable position and start to emit a sound O. Whatever the height of this sound, this will be your starting point for the rollercoaster.

If you view the note and sound as a line, your first sound will be a straight line.

Now have fun making curves up and down this sound. You will draw curves and increasingly large as you win in vocal amplitude.

Take it easy, and always be attentive to your sensation. It is better the more ease as performance to work his voice in the fun!

 

voice work: The pen in mouth

And finally, an exercise to work his speaking voice, take a simple text and pencil.

Place the pencil between your molars and simply read the text aloud. The pencil will force you to keep your jaw open and articulate.

Read the text being aware of your breathing. Exhale through your stomach when you talk, and relax your muscles when you need to take to the air.

 

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This article comes from my french website : 3 exercices simples pour travailler sa voix

 

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7 qualities successful actors have

In this article you will find the 7 qualities needed to become an actor.

7 qualities succesful actors have.

« Know thyself ! »

It means nothing to you? This well-known maxim will help you achieve success. The players who succeed know extremely well. They know what triggers their emotions, they know what they want, they know their strengths and weaknesses, and they also know what roles they can match. They have an objective opinion of themselves. This is also why serve the courses, workshops and coaching: to have the advice of a professional who will help us to know us better.

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They are creative.

Both in their acting work in the solutions they found to the problems of launching their careers, how to communicate, how to find the money to form etc … They arrive to find solutions where others fail .

 

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They know exactly what they want.

We know that we want to become an actor but we know exactly what we want? The players who succeed know exactly what results they want to achieve. They are able to give details. They will not just be an actor, or make a living by playing, but they want to play a fugitive from justice in a Tarantino movie, or play Hamlet at the Theatre du Chatelet …

They have a plan.

They are very good to imagine a plan and a strategy to achieve their goals and become an actor. And once this plan in place, they follow it and adjust according to the results they achieve. Do you have a plan that works step by step in the direction of what you want?

They are motivated.

And their motivation does not fail, because they know exactly what they want and how to get it. They remain motivated despite the difficulties or when they realize that there is much more work to do than they imagined. They know the motivational techniques that will enable them to regain their energy when they need it most.

 

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They have enough time and money to devote to their careers.

That means they know how to manage their money and are able to win without spending all their time doing a job that depletes food. They prefer to invest their money in their careers rather than spending it at random.

They know their business.

They are entrepreneurs. They see themselves as a business and know how to develop it, from product development to its marketing. They invest in their business because they know it will bring them a lot more. That’s why they do not hesitate to take courses and do internships that allow them to improve. They also know how to sell and become indispensable to their clients. And of course they know the environment in which they wish to work and evolve.

 

This article comes from my french website : 7 qualités des acteurs qui réussissent

 

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How To Choose Your Acting Class

To choose among different acting schools and classes, we must first know what you want. The more you have a clear idea of ​​the actor you want to be and you will determine what you need.

To help you make your choice, here’s a little reminder of the questions:

What will I learn in this acting class ?

The theater during the training content you okay? Do you have the courses you need or will you take other courses also complement (dance, song, etc …)?
Does it match what I want?

What is school guidance? Rather Theatre or Cinema? According to the schools, the approach of acting can completely change. If you want to burlesque theater, go One man show, the musical or become a movie star, you will not have the same needs.
How much is it for how many hours of training?

Pay attention to calculate the hourly cost. Some theater schools offer 9 classes per week, others offer 20 hours for the same price. How are things in his absence? Some schools, you will pay the entire training year even if you stop during the year or that are unable to attend classes for part of the year.

Who are the teachers of acting classes?

This is not the same thing to learn with professionals who work with young actors who come themselves out of drama school. What is their experience, what is their background?

A good teacher is able to see what works and what does not work in your game. And he can tell you exactly what’s missing. If you take acting classes, it’s because you want to improve and gain confidence in you. A good teacher must be hard, but it must be right. It will make you move because you will put pressure and push you to give the best of yourself.

For me, experience is the most important. You know when you are wrong, when you watch you play. If your teacher does not see if your teacher told you it was good when you felt that it was not going at all, there is a problem. On the contrary, if your teacher is still negative but does not give you advice to progress, it serves no purpose.

When you have stage fright before going underway, this is a good sign! And when you’re proud of you leaving, it is as you go!

What is the atmosphere in this acting class ?

The atmosphere, relations between students and teachers is a key criterion. The acting requires human qualities that you need to develop. Play requires a lot of trust in others more than oneself. It is important to find a theater course in which you feel confident, a family with which you can show who you really are and express your emotions. To do this, avoid crowded theater classes and many ask the average number of students per class. A small score seems a maximum, the more students, the less you’ll have time to work, and there are likely to be conflicts.

What is the workspace?

Visit local, you feel good? Can you imagine taking acting classes regularly in this room? Imagine that you will spend many hours in this place. The atmosphere of the place you inevitably influence, and can completely change your experience of acting classes.

This space is there at your disposal to rehearse or work outside of school hours?

What do the students and alumni?

Reviews alumni can help you make your choice.

Some schools claim « the success of their alumni, » even though these students have a one-week course … It’s easy for a theater school to announce a huge rate of integration in the job is more difficult to verify.

What opportunities are offered in the professional world?

If theater courses regularly organizes meetings or representations with professionals, or has an extensive relationship network, it will facilitate your professional integration. You will have more contacts with professionals, the more you learn how the workplace and chances are there to take your place.

I hope I have given you some ideas to help you make the right choice, but your feelings will dictate your final decision. If you feel it or not, your intuition is always right. Trust your instincts!

 

This article comes from my french blog : Comment choisir son cours de théâtre

 

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The Psychological Gesture

To succeed in being an actor, you have to take his courage, overcome obstacles, avoid traps, open to others and overcome his fears. Many psychological gestures to integrate into our personality to help us reach the top.

If you were to make a gesture that expresses your current mood, what would it be?

And if you had a gesture expressing your ideal self, the person you dream of being?

Michael Chekhov, the writer Anton Chekhov’s nephew and pupil of Stanislavsky Russian master has developed a method of original game based on the imagination and sensitivity of the body. His method is developed in two books: Being Actor and Creative imagination of the actor.

One of the tools of his method is the Psychological Gesture.

What is the psychological gesture?

It is a tool to use his creativity to incorporate the psychological characteristics of our character. It is a gesture that will serve as invisible architecture to create our character.

Basically it’s a move involving the whole body which alone sums up the motivation behind the character.

According to Michael Chekhov, the movement executed with force has the power to stimulate the will, nature awakens in us a desire and intention calls us feelings. The psychological gesture thus has a triple impact on the will, desire and feelings.

Make the move to free yourself from your fears, imagine a move that would represent this dynamic release and run it by getting involved completely.

Your mindset is already different, something has changed, you may feel more powerful, more courageous …

What are the characteristics of psychological gesture?

The Psychological Gesture, unlike the daily gesture is an archetype. This is a general model representative of a set of similar gesture. He must keep this symbolic dimension and be beyond the everyday gestures.

It must engage the whole body, psychology and the soul. It is a way of unifying the mind and body, it must be performed with total investment. Also involve your breath in motion.

It must be powerful, whatever the person it belongs to. Even a weak character must have a powerful psychological gesture, without falling into excess muscle tension. The power of gesture comes from the psychological commitment that we put into it.

It should be simple, psychological gesture is the architecture, the backbone of character. It is used to summarize the complex psychology of the character.

It has a beginning, a middle and an end. The psychological gesture must be drawn with precision. To reinforce his power, once completed the physically move, we must extend the projecting our strength and our intentions in the direction suggested by the gesture by keeping the final posture for another ten seconds. You can start from any position. If for example the character is a being oppressed on all sides looking to break free, you can start withdrawn yourself in a defensive position and open yourself to freedom.

The pace of psychological gesture on which it is running must match the rhythm of the character. By varying the pace of implementation, the meaning of the gesture may vary.

When to use the psychological gesture?

It can be used from the first work piece to approach the character as a whole. It can also be worked separately to address specific scenes.

The gesture is the secret architecture of the character, it should not be shown to the public. It is a tool for exploring and incorporating the character.

How to find the appropriate psychological gesture?

When you approach your character, you ask what is the main desire of your character. Then from there, find a gesture to represent.

first use the hands and involve the whole body. You can from a neutral position or a position suggested by the character. For example, if a character mauled, lost that seeks to find a light in his life, you can from a closed position of withdrawal to go to an opening to the sky and others.

By continuing to regularly work your psychological gesture, by reading the play or the scenario, you will find enhancements to make your move that will become more accurate and close to your character. In a change of line of sight, or open hands into details more precise gesture will express and feel different things.

Use the psychological gesture to enrich your life

For fun, train yourself to look for the psychological gesture of the people you pass in the street, historical figures, fictional characters or people you admire.

Perhaps in seeking psychological gesture of people who inspire you the most, you will approach them and reach their success. In any case I wish you and me!

Look for a gesture that matches your purpose of life, the person you want to be. Work this gesture regularly to remind to yourself your goal. In this way, you incorporate this objective unconsciously.

You can also find a number of steps corresponding to different attitudes you want to develop. For example if you feel you need to open up more to others, find the corresponding psychological gesture. If you tend to get distracted, find a gesture symbolizing the concentration towards your goals etc …

Explore, test, have fun!

 

This article is coming from my french website : http://www.etreacteur.fr/geste-psychologique-acteur/

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Accepting Your Vulnerability

What is being vulnerable?

When I see the ability of children to move from one emotional state to another, to be true to what they feel, I tell myself that I wish I could have this capability today.

Being vulnerable is having the ability to be touched by others or by events.

In truth, we are all still as vulnerable as when we were kids, but by dint of suffering humiliation, ridicule, attacks, we have built a shell to prevent us from revealing our vulnerability. We do not want others to know that they can hurt us, move us. We often prefer to show us cold and insensitive even though we are touched deep within us.

 

How your vulnerability can help you play ?

By agreeing to reveal our feelings, accepting to be affected by the other, we learn to connect with others.

One of the difficulties I have as an actor, is to accept to feel something other than what I had planned preparing the stage. So, I tend to reach me and block me.

In one scene, it is often the other will tell you what to do if you let touch. You only have to react instinctively to the situation, and the scene will take off.

Think about the people you love the most, what touches you at home? Think about what made you vulnerable in your childhood, you will surely see that this is still the case today.

Let them reach you by what moves you!

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An exercise to reconnect:

Here is a simple little exercise that I found in the book No Acting Please, Eric Morris and Joan Hotchkis: personal inventory.

It is simply to ask the question « What am I feeling? « And to answer as honestly as possible whispering continuously.

For example :

What am I feeling? I fear that readers are bored, I do not know what to write. What am I feeling? I’m afraid of being judged, I am afraid to express my vulnerability. I hear the sounds of the street distracting me. What am I feeling? I tense shoulders, I breathe little. Now I breathe better. What am I feeling? I feel stupid to do this alone at my computer telling me that someone will read it all. What am I feeling? I’m pretty happy to do it anyway. I feel stressed and unsure of myself. I need to reassure me.

In this exercise, you will definitely feel ridiculous at first (like me in the example above), but you learn to be aware and accept, and especially to do with.

When you agree to be vulnerable, to find what you feel deep within yourself, you become true. Find this truth is a daily quest and soon you will be paid and applauded for that! But the greatest satisfaction will come from this truth itself.

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Remember to leave me a comment on this article how you manage your vulnerability?

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What if you forget your lines ?

The finger pointed at it, the light in his eyes, I held my anger and fear to avoid falling into panic and make things worse.

I felt the public expectation and my partner as my brain was busy looking after my reply.

« No, not that one, this is the last act in this replica … »

I do not know if that you’re already happened, but when you forget a scene on cue, it’s always a bit worrisome.

But if you have already repeated the text without error, so that you know that you know, then it is by hanging on to this insurance that you can get out of this situation.

You see, when you have a scene on the hole, the worst thing you could do would be to blame you for this oversight and begin to panic.

Rather, it is still the intention of the time and circumstances of the scene that you will return the text in memory.

This is what happened to me in the first act of the play Iphigenia in Tauris in which I play now.

And even if I did not say the exact text, it allowed me to continue the scene and keep the dramatic tension of the moment.

Do not forget that most of the time, the public does not know the text and are hoodwinked!

 

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This article in French : Que faire quand on a un trou sur scène

 

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How to deals with critics

« You do not pronounced enough! You let down your sentences purposes! »

I just wanted to tell him to go fuck himself … But I did not. Instead, I began to tell my reply pronouncing the syllables and better taking the sentence to the end.

But why was I so upset?

Maybe because I prefer when I hear the subtext of the situation of the character, its purpose, its obstacles, etc …

But perhaps also because it was true: I needed to do this job.

When someone says something true we do not want to admit is that the ego is hurt. And responds dramatically by saying « it’s true I’m too bad … » or rather « anything, I’m the best, you have not understood … »
(It can be helpful to understand that as a character)

That you’re probably already happened to refuse to admit weaknesses or limitations in certain areas, or criticize you when you internally estimated not to have been up to.

But if you’re already got to admit your difficulties, you could you realize that it relieves and it allows to find other solutions.
Self-acceptance is not contrary to self-improvement. In fact, the best way to really improve and have confidence in yourself is to be able to remain calm over our limitations and weaknesses.

It’s a job that can be done in self-hypnosis, revisiting memories where one is not accepted himself and giving himself the acceptance of which was missed.

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This is perfect to be imperfect!

 

This article in French : Réagir aux critiques

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