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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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  2. 9

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Consistency is the death of good acting.

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

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

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  11. Last Update: 24 May 2022

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