The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.

— Michael Shurtleff

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Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.

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Consistency is the death of good acting.

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To go into acting is like asking for admission to an insane asylum.

Anyone may apply, but only the certifiably insane are admitted.

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Actors, who should pride themselves on their singularity, are forever trying to be someone else. It isn’t necessary for you, the actor, to like yourself— self-love isn’t easy to come by for most of us— but you must learn to trust who you are. There is no one else like you.

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Acting in theatre or television or screen is only for the irrecoverably diseased, those so smitten with the need that there is no choice.

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An actor is looking for conflict. Conflict is what creates drama. We are taught to avoid trouble [so] actors don't realize they must go looking for it. Plays are written about...the extraordinary, the unusual, the climaxes. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.

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An expression of feeling isn't worth anything unless it interferes with what the other actor in the scene wants.

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Take nothing for granted. Make an emotional discovery as often as you can find one in every scene. Ask yourself: What is new?

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No matter how much we know about the other person, there is always something going on in that other heart and that other head that we don't know but can only ponder. And no matter how we explain ourselves to someone else, no matter how open we are, there is always still something inexplicable, something hidden and unknown in us, too.

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Most actors make themselves unhappy by searching for their sanity, by insisting on their normalcy; it's a grave mistake.

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Competition [in a scene] is healthy. Competition is life. Yet most actors refuse to acknowledge this. They don't want to compete. They want to get along. And they are therefore not first-rate actors.

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There's only one reason why a character drinks: to seek confrontation.

To fight for what they want in ways normally denied them.

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About Michael Shurtleff

Quotes 30 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday July 3, 1920

The actor needs to find out what the basic fight is in every character in every scene.

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Whatever you decide is your motivation in the scene, the opposite of that is also true and should be in it.

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Everyone thinks romance is weak. Yet romance is everyone's secret dream-it's why we're alive.

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Competition is healthy. Competition is life. Yet most actors refuse to acknowledge this. They don't want to compete. They want to get along. And they are therefore not first-rate actors. The good actor is the one who competes, willingly, who enjoys competing. An actor must compete, or die...Peacefulness and the avoidance of trouble won't help in his acting. It is just the opposite he must seek.

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If we lived for reality, we'd be dead, every last one of us. Only dreams keep us going.

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The moral: Don't settle for anything less than the biggest dream for your future Fight to make the dream come true.

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Often actors ask me if I think they should go on trying to be an actor.

I have the same answer for everyone who asks: If you have a choice and could reasonably be happy doing something else, by all means go at once and do something else. Acting or writing or directing in the theatre or television or screen is only for the irrecoverably diseased, those who are so smitten with the need that there is no choice.

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Every scene is a love scene. The actor should ask the question: 'Where is the love?'

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The life of an actor is a bit easier to take if you admit you're bonkers.

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Listening is not merely hearing, it is receiving the message that is being sent to you. Listening is reacting. Listening is being affected by what you hear. Listening is letting it land before you react. Listening is letting your reaction make a difference. Listening is active.

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Every scene you will ever act begins in the middle, and it is up to you, the actor, to provide what comes before.

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We don't live for realities, but for the fantasies, the dreams of what might be.

If we lived for reality, we'd be dead, every last one of us. Only dreams keep us going...When you are acting, don't settle for anything less than the biggest dream for your character's future.

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An actor must make his needs (goals, wants, objectives) so strong that he is willing to interfere with the other actor in order to get what he needs. Interfering means getting in their way so that what you want is stronger than what they want.

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Humor is an attitude, a survivor’s way of looking at life. It’s not about telling jokes.

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Humor [in a scene] is not jokes. It is that attitude toward being alive without which you would long ago have jumped off the 59th Street Bridge.

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That's why there's so little romance in our world now: everyone thinks romance is weak.

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Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential.

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