I am hoping that title either outraged you or challenged you.
It was a trick to get you to read this.
The truth is your understanding of the script structure is accurate and sensible. It makes total sense for the scene you’re auditioning for, or about to shoot.
Only problem is, no one wants to be a spectator to your interpretation.
The art form of acting is in the midst of a major shift.
Have you noticed, what used to work no longer works?
A bravura performance that had logic used to be king.
Likewise, a calm “naturalistic” performance that sounds really real used to be king.
Nowadays that same kind of acting feels like a manipulation of the actor and a waste of time for the audience. This of course applies to anyone who has to give a talk, or is in a live meeting maybe with one of those top acting agencies.
Here’s what’s going on.
We live in an era where there is an extremely low tolerance for manipulation.
People are hungry for truth. We want something real, dammit. We want something unplanned and spontaneous. (Thank you Rick Perry for giving us all of that in the last debate.) I’m back.
Face it, we live in a youtube culture where people are drawn to watching a drunk woman fall of a table.
That shit is real. A couple million clicks on that vid.
Compare that to someone staging a fall.
That vid would maybe get a few hundred clicks. Maybe.
Now, you don’t have to ride your bike off your patio – but you must offer your truth to book one of those great acting jobs, giving that presentation, or on youtube for that matter.
When actors first start working with Committed Impulse they tend to present their script analysis in class.
Yes, it makes sense. That’s what they were taught in that top acting school. I can’t argue with their idea of the scene. But the experience for those of us watching is kinda dead.
Here’s how the process needs to go to spark the audience’s imagination and spirit.
Read the script, come up with your intellectual interpretation of the material, and then turn your interpretation into organic matter. Yes, you must turn your ideas into spontaneity. You must transfer the ideas so that your body comes alive.
Truth, wisdom and imagination live in your body (not in your thoughts).
You must tell the truth fully while you create.
If you lie, manipulate yourself in any way, the ritual of acting will fall flat.
Remember, this is a physical art form, not an intellectual art form.
And here’s a fascinating truth, when you create from the honesty of the moment – your interpretation comes through beautifully. Kinda magical.
The beauty of Committed Impulse, or any other approach that holds the truth above anything else, is that the truth is always available to you.
You don’t have to dig around for anything.
You can stop manipulating yourself.
The audience only wants to see your experience in the moment of creation.
Yes – there are Committed Impulse tools we explore in class to alter your body information to support your intellectual ideas – but then you must tell the truth about that alteration.
If you are not creating from exactly where you are the audience’s imagination will not spark.
If you spark the audience’s imagination you will be a steadily working artist.
Again – everything you need, you already have.
Trust it, offer it, have fun.
Thanks for reading.
Be a part of this next wave. This next movement. This thing called CI.
Pop the share button, tweet this, tell your friends. Let’s make a revolution of truth.