TO YOU, THE ARTIST...

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EXCUSES

I have come to a conclusion.  Most of the reasons we use to justify a lack of progress in our life or art are excuses.
They sound good and feel good but are fairly flimsy upon closer inspection.
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Panning for gold

Brahms once remarked that the mark of an artist is how much he throws away.

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The Third Character

I’m just listening to a producer proudly taking us round a set that features in a series we’re filming. As ever I’m blown away by the expense and detail they have gone to.

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FAIL

One of our recommendations, nay, requirements at ICAT is that you fail.
A lot.
 In fact, fail BIG!
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ME WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS

I had the honour of coaching a very well known television presenter recently who is making a cross over into acting.
Having never acted before she was remarkably gifted, specific and instinctive.
Anyway, mid way through some impro work, she was struggling to let her imagination fly and kept blocking herself.  She wasnt easily able to mix fiction with reality.
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GUEST BLOG: MIKE ALFREDS COMPETITION WINNER

We recently set a competition for young directors. If they successfully completed a phrase by the legendary theatre director Mike Alfreds they could win a unique opportunity to sit alongside him for four days as he trains a group of actors in his freedom enhancing principles.

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CHANGE DIRECTION

GCSE drama anyone?
Like most high school drama classes, I often start my sessions with a ‘walking round the room exercise ‘.
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Action/Reaction

I have been pretty obsessed with the quality of listening in recent classes.
Stanislavski said that “the art of great acting is the art of great listening “.
Quite right. But its extraordinary how often this essential part of a transaction is missed.
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Insurance

My abiding memory of drama school was the plea from our esteemed head of department to ‘never take out insurance’.
A neat way of stopping us from apologising before, during or after a scene rehearsal.
This principle has stuck with me and, though I don’t always remember to practice it myself, I make a point of underpinning my students studies with it.