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The Actor's Online Resource
Weekly practical and motivational podcasts of importance to actors. Supplement your acting classes, private study, or your reading with clear and concise talks about acting techniques and approaches that will make your work more interesting for you, your acting partners, and audiences. Subscribe here or via iTunes.

    improv classes

    improv classes

    Students in my acting classes know that when they do scene work the expectation is that they will rehearse and plan their work carefully to demonstrate that they can make and repeat good choices and give the impression that it is all happening for the first time.  I don’t want students improvising their scene work in front of us tdespite that I thinkthat improvisation classes and workshops are good training for actors andvisation I don’t necessarily mean comic improvisation. .  If you believe as I do that acting is reacting—improvisation teaches you to listen and watch carefully so you respond and react to what your acting partners are giving .    Improvisation sharpens your mind and body.  And teaches the most important lesson , which is to say yes to whatever other actors give you. saying yes to what you are given is a great life lesson as well as a great acting lesson–  as so many actinglessons are—in life you must deal with where you are andwhat you are given.  Pretending life is different than it is does little good and it certainly doesn’t change the reality.  You are better off saying yes to what is, acknowledging it and .   onstage or on filmto be in the moment you must respond to what you acting partner is giving you.  Pretending that he or she gave you something different doesn’t eliminate what they did–  it only points up that you are ignoring them and not in the moment.  And what your acting partner gives you is going to fuel your performance.  So say yes to it and live off of it.
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    TRUST YOURSELF

    TRUST YOURSELF

    http://www.actingis.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Trust_Yourself.mp3I am delighted that you have chosen to listen tomy NOTES ON ACTING podcasts ng but I hope you understand that my goal in providing these thoughtss isto help you learn your craft so you can listen to  and trust your own acting instincts.  to have a career as an actor you must be ablle to work on your own and be able to handle any kind of acting challenge. It is particularly true that you must be self-reliant when working in television where there might be many different voices giving directions and in theatre with a weak director who has little to offer you, you must still create strong ,believable three dimensional characters.  That is your job regardless of the situation you find yourself in. To do this you must develop your acting instincts and  trust yourself.  The difficulty is this trust comes from working.  The more you work the stronger your acting instincts get.  Its like that old conundrum to get an agent you must be workingbut to get work you have to have an agent.  In the case of developing your acting instincts you need to be working in classes, on small projects, in student films.  It doesn’t matter what you do just get to work.  I assure you that the more you do the better you will get and the better your instincts will become and the easier it will be to trust yourself  So turn off your computer and get into an acting class and do as much work as you possibly can the more you work the more you will trust yourself.  At first you may have to actjustike you know what you are doing .  Since you are an actor that shouldn’t be too difficult.  Imagine how your favorite actor would approach the role in one of my acting classes students would say”what would Gary OLdman do?  How would he get into this character?  Then they woul try to imagine his process and do it. so use your imagination to help you.
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    Stop Thinking and Nail That Audition: Wisdom from “The Dude”

    Stop Thinking and Nail That Audition: Wisdom from “The Dude”

    If you have listened to my podcasts you know that I think you should be able to read a script carefully and pull out story and character clues to guide your work. You don’t have to be a scholar but you must be analytical and disciplined so you can find a doorway for yourself into the script. If a choice you make feels wrong don’t worry about it, for as jazz musician Miles Davis said, “Don’t worry about mistakes there aren’t any.” If something that feels wrong or uncomfortable see it as an opportunity to explore and find something new, at the audition. Don’t try to think your way into a character. Find the element that allows you to embody the person, some movement, posture or gesture that allows you to slip inside the character without having to think through every line reading or choice–sometimes over- thinking things only serves to paralyze you as you try to pick the right answer out of a bouquet of choices. Even if you knew everything the producer was thinking it wouldn’t help you because his or her mind is changing. Each actor he or she sees makes him or her rethink the role so there is no way you can think your way though the audition trying to guess what they are looking for, there is too much to know and it is changing all the time which is why the only thing you can do is stop thinking and play the hell out of the script. Let your Actor’s intuition guide your play and respond to the words and situations, let your own character shine through and people will cast you.
     
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    i recommend the bookthe dude and the Zen master by jeff bridges and bernie glassman for more valuable tips on acting from the heart
     

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    Stay Strong

    Stay Strong

    If you listen to my Notes on Acting regularly you know that I haven’t added a new podcast in several months.  What you don’t know is that in April I developed an infection in my heart that caused several strokes. I was in a fight for my life and the strokes made it impossible for me to speak and paralyzed my left side.  I am now well enough to write and produce a podcast and get it on the website and I am more than anxious to talk to actors and those who visited the website in the past 6 months  I have been forced to learn some important life lessons that I think apply to acting. First no matter how long it takes for your career to take off don’t give up. Re-learning to talk and walk again have been the hardest things I have ever done and my success depends on me showing up at rehab every day mentally and physically and persevering and working regardless of how tired or frustrated I am.  I cannot give up on myself, that’s a lesson I learned as an actor, and you can’t give up on yourself.  Patience and perseverance are muscles that can be trained so we learn to carry on even whe we don’t think we can. You are much stronger than you think you are… I have learned that I am much stronger than I thought I was. You have to believe  that quitting is not an option. Just because you don’t get cast from time to time is no reflection on you or your talent so don’t let it get inside your head and undermine you.  Stay strong, show up physically and mentally for every audition and performance and be true to yourself   Thanks for listening and thanks to those of you you who wrote to me here and on Facebook to see if I was alive and well.  Your interest, concern, and support got me back in front of the microphone faster than I would have on my own. Thanks for listening I hope you’ll join me next week at actingis.com for my Notes on Acting ©  Eric Barr.  All rights reserved. 2013
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    Acting Classes with Guest Victor Chi

    Acting Classes with Guest Victor Chi

    Victor Chi, this week’s Notes on Acting guest, is an actor based in Los Angeles, California. In this podcast, Victor shares his thoughts on taking acting classes once you arrive in Los Angeles or New York.  He looks at the different types of classes, explains why you should take them, and how to find the best ones for you.
    Victor works in theatre, film, and television and recently did a show with the Young Vic in London, which also played at A.R.T. at Harvard.
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    Character is Behavior

    Character is Behavior

    You can create a character by building it from the ‘outside in’ by finding your walk, posture, and rhythms.  Or you can build it from the ‘inside out’ by determining how the character thinks and responds to people, places, and things.
    Or you can figure out what your character wants and carefully determine how he or she goes about getting it.  By knowing your character’s objectives, actions, and adjustments you will end up defining your character.
    Remember, the objective is what the character needs.  The actions are what the character does to get what he wants.  And the adjustments are how the character does the things he does to get what he wants.  And it is in the “how” that characterization resides.
    Clearly, the distinction between two characters that have similar objectives and actions is in how they approach their actions.  So thinking about characterization in this way should help you to play any character.
    As you get ready to take on a new role, think carefully about how your character pursues their objectives.  You may know what they want…but it is the “how” they behave that defines their personality.  By discovering interesting approaches to how they do things, you’ll be able to play any type of character.
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Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

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Best everyday acting tips

I've been listening to Eric Barr for a couple years now. Can finally listen to him over my phone. After taking his classes, I regularly found myself listening to his podcast. He gives great sage advice and tips for acting. A must for all actors.

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Brilliant!

Eric Barr is a brilliant man! I am a former student of his, and I'm grateful to continue learning from him through these podcasts. I have been through many acting trainers in my life and Eric Barr is "Barr-none" the most insightful and introspective. This podcast WILL make you a better actor!

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