- Put ‘you’ to the side and become an open vessel. Doing so will allow you to receive information, process it, respond and give something back to your partner. Acting with a partner should be a constant give and take. A constant flow and EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION. Don’t get sucked into just what you’re doing; put all your attention on your partner(s) and soften that vulnerable place inside you… allow it to a way to flow out. With every moment in the scene, the actor is delivering information, which gives the audience more insight into the character. Then you become more INTERESTING TO WATCH!
- The actors’ responsibility is to constantly as well as actively listen. Blogpost on Active Listening
- In your everyday life, look for opportunities to truly live! Stay fresh, be risky and open your vessel (you) so it processes with more and more passion. You have to FULLY EXPERIENCE LIFE in order to IMITATE LIFE.
- Don’t try to get everything right! If so, you’ll be robbing yourself not only of the exploration but the most dangerous and exciting part: the discovery!
- When you don’t explore, you don’t discover! Trying to get everything right is actually quite boring and frustrates quickly. However, if you explore into unknown territory, when you act, you’ll find yourself being more risky than usual… and maybe even more challenging and adventurous for your partner! The end game will be, you’ll become more interesting to watch! And, your partner will (should) thank you… because you gave them something they had to deal with!
- As an exercise, try not to care about getting it right. Failing should be thought of as an integral part of your training. If we don’t fail, we won’t succeed! We need to remember that TRUE SUCCESS IS AT THE VERGE OF DISASTER!
- Actors are WIND INSTRUMENTS! They must practice DEEP BREATHING daily! Use Powerbreaths to flush the toxins out of your lungs and deeply inhale to full capacity when breathing in. BREATH IS LIFE!
- Find your own “POWER ON BUTTON”! What is it that gets you into the PERFORMANCE ZONE?! Not knowing what it is that causes you to SHINE will cost you everything! Not trying to locate that place within you that creates interest is a sure way to failure.
- Learn about BLOSSOMING! Look for ways to BLOSSOM! Practice BLOSSOMING regularly! The BLOSSOMED version of you IS! It’s your responsibility to learn how to bring that version of you into everything you do!
- When you have moments of not wanting to bring that empowered version of you, you still need to strive to BLOSSOM! And, when you can find how to ACTIVATE that MAGIC inside of you — that’s when you know you’re in possession of a TRUE CHAMPION SPIRIT!
- Are you openly affected by everything that’s around you? If you are, do you let it push you around? Or… are you the one contributing to how you affect your surroundings… in a positive and powerful way? Are you the THERMOMETER OR THERMOSTAT? Be the energy that can change a room, a theater, a set, a soundstage, a casting office!
- You can never allow yourself to get tired or bored with the exploration of a character. The longer you work on your character(s) the more information you’ll have. Details, information, quirks and secrets you should find about them. Well constructed characters are more interesting for the audience to watch. YODA MOMENT… ‘There is endless information in every moment of life, the actors’ job… find it and live it.’
- In reference to EATING ON CAMERA: Just because you can eat in real life doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to eat on camera. You need to TRAIN HOW TO EAT ON CAMERA… so it doesn’t look gross. It’s real talent to actually make the audience want to eat what you’re eating in the scene while you’re eating it.
“There’s no pretending in Acting. Pretending is a kid’s game. Actors, lie, we convince, we manipulate, we love, we hate! we do it all! That’s entertainment professionalism.” ~ C.B.
“It’s your Moral and Social Responsibility to be the best you can be. You owe it to life every day.” ~ C.B.
“I don’t give compliments. I give coaching notes.” ~ C.B.
“Are you the thermostat or are you the thermometer?” ~ C.B.
“It’s The Actors job to not get caught!” –C.B.