This weekend a colleague sent me a story he wants to turn into a short film and cast me as the lead. The story, in a three-page document not yet in script format, moved me so much that I felt compelled to create and explore an early interpretation of the character. What came next is a 16-minute video showing the results.
Stage32.com, a networking site for our industry, once again welcomes members to introduce themselves and make fast connections this weekend. I made my post this morning and started receiving invitations to connect pretty quickly. My mention of Texas caught the attention of at least one screenwriter with a story set in San Antonio.
Unless you live in a dream world, someone will say something negative about your acting at some point during your career. The comment could be posted online, shared with someone else, or said right to your face. The comment might burst the bubble of perfection you felt about yourself or it might add to the load of criticism you’ve been liberally feeding yourself. Either way, there are really only two responses from which to choose.
1. Get Really Pissed Off
Hey, this happens to a lot of us. You feel insulted and offended. You try to come up with reasons this hater is wrong. You dive into whatever form of comfort you crave. Maybe it’s looking at the heaps of false praise that come your way from Continue reading
Here’s a little game to play when you’re in a public setting. It’s best if you’re only seeing people for a short period of time and not actually talking to them. All you want to do is give them two things: a character and a destination.
CHOOSE A CHARACTER
Determine who they could play based on appearance and mannerisms only. Be able to justify your choices. Consider what details support your decision.
Go ahead, watch the Academy Awards tonight, but you’ll never win an Oscar yourself. Acting’s most celebrated prize is not within your reach. Ever.
Hopefully you’re not telling yourself that.
I watched the work of two of the first-time Best Actor nominees this weekend: Bruce Dern in Nebraska and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. Both gave moving performances in their respective dramas. Dern’s been acting for more than 50 years, often in dynamic supporting roles. McConaughey made his film debut a little more than two decades ago and he’s built a solid career as a leading man in a mix of genres. One of these respected artists could take home an 8 1/2 pound statuette tonight.