Tasha Smith Actors Workshop - Acting
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TWELVE STEPS To
Becoming A Great Actor
As a comprehensive
acting tool, TSAW follows 12-steps to becoming a great actor
based on Ivana Chubbuckís technique found in her book, ďThe Power
of the Actor.Ē For more details about these 12-steps
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What does your character want from
life more than anything? Finding out what your character wants
throughout the script. Itís important for the actor to identify
their characterís primal need, goal or OBJECTIVE. Itís best used
when an actor finds the appropriate personal pain that can
effectively drive this OBJECTIVE.
What your character wants over the
course of an entire scene, which supports the characterís OVERALL
Determining the physical, emotional
and mental hurdles that make it difficult for your character to
achieve his or her overall and SCENE OBJECTIVE.
Endowing the other actor in the scene
with a person from your real life that makes sense to your OVERALL
AND SCENE OBJECTIVE.
The pictures you see in your mind
when speaking or hearing about a person place, thing or event.
Beats and Actions:
A BEAT is a thought. Every time
thereís a change in thought, thereís a BEAT change. ACTIONS are the
mini-OBJECTIVES that are attached to each BEAT that support the
The event that happens before you
begin the scene. This is created by your imagination. It gives you a
place to move from, physically and emotionally.
Place and Fourth
Wall: You endow your characterís
physical reality, with your imagination. Itís best used with
attributes from your real life, it creates privacy, intimacy,
history, meaning and safety.
The handling of props which produces
The dialogue thatís going on inside
your head that you donít speak out loud. Itís also called an inner
Circumstances: Your characterís
history. This is important itís also called CHARACTER BACKGROUND.
This is the information that determines why your character is what
he is. And how he operates in the world and why. This will help you
to understand your characters behavior and bring more of a real
Let It Go:
Just what it means LET IT GO and
trust itís all there. The foundation of your work. Trust your
instincts and natural impulses. Stay aware of your surroundings. Be
as curious as possible. Stay in touch with your FEELINGS they will
come in handy later to utilize as a tool for a scene. Increase your
listening and allow organic response. Stay open and try to write
every thing down onto your script.