I'm feeling great today, and back to my original format for my Vlog... I ventured away for a week or two. Thanks to "itsmalika." on YouTube, for the question which I featured in this week's Vlog! See below.
Marie's Acting Journey 2017 | Wk. 9
1. What did I learn this week in my craft?
This time I am answering a fan's question and discussing my "acting method." While in college, I studied different forms from Uta Hagen, Sense Memory, Physical Acting and Movement, focusing on objectives and script analysis. Now, I think what works best for me is a mixture of Stanislavsky basics discovering the imaginary “what if” along with script analysis, Meisner’s focus on actions, repetition exercises and the other actor, and improv exercises. Most of my serious training has come from my acting coach Barbara Beneville at Just Breathe acting, and we practice most of these elements, but I have also found some things from other coaches that I like. All-in-all, new techniques and methods keep popping up, because acting is a greatly subjective art. Some ways work for some and some work for others better. Whatever the case, you do have to have a process beyond memorizing a script and looking pretty on screen.
2. What am I currently working on?
My taxes. No seriously. This week was all about taxes. It’s a blessing to be a working actor, but you have to know your stuff even more. Learn what things you can count as an expense as they directly relate to your craft (because remember, this is our business), and consider how much of that refund (if any) can be reinvested into your craft. Did you know you can count things like joining a professional organization like Georgia Production Partnership or SAG-AFTRA as an acting expense? Pay those dues folks. Pretty cool!
3. What was my "faith" lesson this week?
Okay you are going to totally think this is weird and how in the world is it related to faith? But I learned this week that it is okay to be angry. Now in my anger, I can’t hurt anyone or myself or do anything illegal you know? The problem is, I can push down those feelings and reserve them only for the camera or the stage, and instead convince myself that, "It’s okay if that person did me wrong, I’m just going forgive them and move on." While that is good, if I don’t acknowledge how I really feel, I’m essentially in denial and continuing to do the very thing I reserve for acting. So I’m going to express my anger in journaling this week and have faith that I won’t explode or that it makes me a horrible person. No, I’m just human.
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