The history of acting dates back to the Ancient Greek Civilization. According to legend, Thespis was the first Greek to ever perform on stage. In fact, the great Greek philosopher Aristotle has written about Thespis. In ancient Greek theater, masks and customs were essential components of acting. In fact, Thespis wore different masks and outfits to represent different characters. Sometimes, it was a one man show that only involved Thespis entertaining an entire crowd. The word Thespian has its origins from the great Read the rest of this entry »
Granted, cable tv isn’t always the best place to look when it comes to “actors.” Usually, with television, you get actors that are good enough – the standards are significantly lower than most movies or theatrical performances.
You usually aren’t going to find someone on a TV show playing a psychopath doing what Heath Ledger did to himself to accurately portray the Joker. And, while Heath pushed himself to the brink, he understood the secret of acting:
Becoming someone else.
It’s not enough to know the lines and the direction during a performance. You must actually convince the audience that you are not an actor – you are the character you are portraying. The illusion must be that they aren’t seeing a performance; they are seeing a true to life version of a fictional character.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Christian Bale do something called “method acting” which is where you immerse yourself so much into a role that you change your real life. In the case of Daniel Day-Lewis, if he were playing some kind of recluse, he would check himself into some hotel by himself and spend months developing the mindset of a recluse until it became reality for him.
However you decide to do it, it can’t be stressed enough that you must become the person you are portraying. Acting is such a poor word because you need to be more than just an actor playing a part. You must become the murderer, lover, artist, madman, etc.
There are a lot of men and women alike around the world who dream of becoming an actor in the future. There are even some kids and teenagers who join theater groups and dramatic classes just so they can learn everything when it comes to acting. However, if you are really serious when it comes to acting and you want to make it a professional career, the best thing that you should do is to look for an acting school.You can find a quick rundown here If you Read the rest of this entry »
Acting can very well be the career that most children want to have because of the fact that acting simply brings the money and the fame. There are hundreds of actors actresses out there who are deserving to make this list but I was able to put together a list of the ten best actors and actresses today.
#10 Will Ferrell
Though many people will say that he “plays the same role” all the time, he is simply one of the Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever watched a movie crowd scene where the main character is in the forefront and there are a number of people around that character? Here’s another question. Have you ever taken your focus off the lead and focused on everything around them? Those people you see are extras. There is an entire genre called background players.
An entirely separate process from the main actors, background players have a completely different set of requirements and guidelines. In fact, they actually have lessons on how to become a successful extra. There are even different types of extras. One cannot Read the rest of this entry »
There are several differences between those who act in movies, and those who act in theater and live performances, but the main, and most obvious difference is the fact that a movie is filmed, and is edited, where a stage performance is live, and any errors or mistakes made by actors in the cast is going to be seen by the viewers. So, if you prefer the thrill of acting in front of a live crowd, you have to be great, and be able to deal with the distractions, so that Read the rest of this entry »