Another Ongoing Scene Study for Film & TV happened this Tuesday, October 15. I think everyone made some great progress with their scenes this week. We talked a bit about PRESENCE - one of the concepts of The CAPTURES Method.
We talked a bit about Patsy Rodenburg's 2nd Circle and watched a YouTube video on the Power of Presence. I highly recommend that you also watch the second video all the way through.
Another great series to watch on YouTube is a channel called Charisma on Command. They examine the way celebrities present themselves in life and how you can use their techniques to be more present. Here's a video on 5 Easy Steps to be Effortlessly Charming.
I also shared an idea I saw recently on social media from another acting coach who talked about forgiveness. He uses a self-forgiveness technique before he goes on camera by saying to himself, "I forgive myself for what is about to happen." I found that interesting, but not necessarily a technique I would use. I don't think we need to forgive ourselves for anything if everything we do is done fully, in the present, with confidence in where we are right now. I tend to think of auditions/scenes as moments to explore the truth of the scene fully and even if we don't quite find the truth we are looking for, there is not necessarily a need for forgiveness, just a willingness to let it go and move on to the next opportunity, making adjustments for yourself to get closer to the truth the next time.
What I'm saying is, it's not a sin or a crime to flub something while acting, it's just a missed opportunity that, if we don't have a "lack mindset" will come back around to us again as long as we keep searching for it. If we use The CAPTURES Method and USE WHAT WE HAVE, we have no need for forgiveness because we know that what we have is enough, and if not, we can take actions to change that when we can.
Here are the links to the VIDEO FILES FROM LAST SESSION.
We worked one-on-one and did a modified Meisner repetition technique using the script in order to really hear (intent listening) what the other character is saying to us. I think this helped us make a lot of progress in the scenes.
Keep up the good work, everyone! If anyone is interested in joining the Ongoing Scene Study for Film & TV, there are still slots available. Just drop me a line at email@example.com and we'll get you started in the class.
We also have the AUDITION MASTERY INTENSIVE coming up next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening from 7-9 pm. If you'd like to join us, it's only $210 for three evening sessions. We cover self-taping, cold reading, auditioning in the room and offer lots of suggestions on how your auditions can be stronger. We're almost full, so if you'd like to hold your place in class, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Pyle is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA actor, acting coach and adventurer living and creating in the Hudson Valley and beyond. His extensive film & tv credits can be seen on IMDb by CLICKING HERE.