Those of you who have read my articles (and I thank you for that) know that I attach great importance to the action. Strong technology is a necessity in the highly competitive gaming area. Unfortunately, there are too many young actors who place the cart squarely in front of the horse, ie seek representation before they have developed the skills necessary to achieve success.
If you have a bit of talent, a lot of skill and a spoon with Lady Luck, you might be able to move on to a career as an acting actor. If you want to maintain a career for a long period of time, you need additional skills. Skills that allow you to adapt to a variety of situations and personalities. In particular, directors, who all have different ways of working with actors. Each of them communicates in their own way. Some are much more adept at communicating with actors than others and you have to find a way to work with each unique personality.
Elia Kazan, the commander of the "turning psychology into behavior" had no actor read to him. He spent time getting to know his actors on a personal level so he would know which buttons to press when he needed to provoke a reaction. He rarely used the word "emotion" when directing. His focus was on "wholehearted" execution of the document. He was a chief of staff. Expert in all stages of action and directing. Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden thought he was the best they had ever worked with.
John Huston began his career writing screenplays. He was a talented writer who became a master writer / director. The Maltese falcon, the treasure of Sierra Madre, the fat city, the man who would become king, was among the many remarkable films he wrote and / or directed. Huston was not one who spent a lot of time talking to his actors. According to Huston, "Half of the director casts the right actors." For him, the right actor in the right role solved a myriad of problems. He said of Paul Newman as he had "wonderful instant ideas". Many better than his own. He was clearly dependent on the ability of his actors so they had to be well prepared and creative.
George Stevens described by Marc Harris in * Five came back, "... was a laconic and introverted man who was sometimes teased at his sets about the expression of an impenetrable, stone-like discovery he used to wear as a mask ..." On more than one occasion, actors and crews would stand around for what seemed like an endless time and wait for him to find out how he wanted to shoot a certain scene. But despite his quiet personality and stoney silences he was able to illegally perform well from his actors. * Published by Penguin Press, copyright by Marc Harris 2014
In most cases, especially when you start, you will not have the luxury of choosing the boss you have chosen. In fact, you may never have that experience. Get if someone does, so you have to learn how to adapt and adapt to each situation. If you are lucky, some will prove to be the work of love. Others will be full of excitement (Dusting Hoffman's experience of.) Graduate, Faye Dunaway is up and running Chinatown ). No matter the circumstance, you have to find a way to get through it without shooting yourself in the foot. It's the small world and the word travels fast. You don't problems children being the first thing they see when you walk into the room.
In addition to teaching acting, I try to teach life lessons that help my students develop confidence and build on their already wonderful personalities. I remind them as often as I can, without being terribly boring, that adaptability and flexibility are keys to long-term success in life. Inner strength is something you can develop over time if you are willing to acknowledge the parts of yourself that need attention. Don't ignore the features that need some fine tuning.
Having a solid craft is extremely important but not the only requirement for maintaining a career in the long term.