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Acting Challenge #3 – Explore Your Feelings

 

 

QUINCY AIRFIELD

EXT. LOCATION – AIRFIELD

Small town airfield.

How does it make you feel?

Explore your feelings. Beautiful. Lonely. Nothing.

Knowing and imagining your location in a scene makes the emotions stronger.

Actor Emotions – Keep Journal – Hello December

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Using your childhood memories of Christmas’s past can be one thing that you can draw upon as an actor to help trigger certain emotions. Keep a journal of emotions and events that have happened during these holiday seasons. The next time you are working on those emotions in class or for an audition look through your journal. See if you can find some inspiration to draw from.

 

Acting Rules: The question is sometimes the answer.

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To act or not to act and just be?  That is the question.

-Gayla Goehl, Acting Elements

There is a common mistake in using the word ‘acting’. Often a new student of acting or their parent thinks that this means to ‘pretend’ and even more often they think it means to pretend ‘unrealistically’.

If, when you are acting, you feel fake, then stop. Being fake more won’t suddenly make you truthful. Tell yourself to ‘stop acting’ and instead just be.  Maybe that means to be ‘in character’ or be ‘more centered’ or be ‘in the moment’.

There are many ways of thinking about using the word ‘be’ instead of ‘act’. What ever makes you the most truthful in the moment is the best choice.

Read the quote again.

Which ever works best for you is the answer.

Fortune Telling #1

If you don't believe yourself when you are acting, why should anyone else?  Acting Elements

If you don’t believe yourself when you are acting, why should anyone else? Acting Elements

ACTING ELEMENTS – ZOOM IN: LEARNING ACTING CAN BE FUN!!! JUST USE YOUR IMAGINATION

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By Gayla Goehl – Assistant Director at Gary Spatz’s The Playground A Young Actors Conservatory.

Imagination building is an important part of learning the craft of on-camera acting.   You might think that all children would be able to use their imagination easily. However, that is not always the case.  At Gary Spatz’s “The Playground” A Young Actor’s Conservatory it is a staple of the curriculum that the students explore their imagination every class. One way we do that is through working on specific exercises to explore imagination building. Now the funny part is that the kids just think we are playing crazy games and having too much fun.  The teachers know that these crazy games are really exercises designed specifically to work on building their imagination. lastdaybeginingchildrensclass

One of these exercises/games that we teach in all the classrooms and for all levels is this extraordinary game that Gary came up with called ‘Emotional Family’.  This is how it works. Four students come to the stage and must ‘Act Out’ their mornings breakfast as if they are a very specific family.  The fun is that no matter what type of family the teacher says you are, you MUST try and explore your imagination and become that type of character!  Sit like them, talk like them; eat a breakfast that they would eat. You get the idea. Then when the teacher calls out another type of family, now you MUST try and use your imagination to become that type of family.  No hesitating. No thinking about what to do. Just try and see if you can be that type of character. There are such crazy families that there is no way to avoid the fun that follows!   Class favorites for this outrageous exercise: Ninja Family, Robot Family, Shy Family, Zombie Family, Loud Family, Quiet Family and Paranoid Family.  However probably the all time favorite family is the Super Old Family (like 112 years old family). Like seen in the photo of this recent last day of a Children’s Beginners Class taught by Emily and Sarah K.   Notice how other classmates have come up behind them to act like the nurses and caregivers for this really old family. Doesn’t it look like all the kids are having fun? Yet the teachers know that they are actually learning!!

Then throughout Beginning Class as well as Advanced Class and the second year program called the Professional Class, we come back to ‘Emotional Family’ to see the growth of each actor in using their imagination.  And finally on the last day of class we play ‘Emotional Family’ again.  It’s a great way to challenge the actors to ask themselves if they can tell how much they have grown in using their imagination. Every single student always says yes!

Learning acting can be fun!!!!  Just use your imagination!!!

 

Lesson – #103 “New Path” P&K

Parent & Kid Friendly.

Problem: Three young siblings just can’t calm down or focus to work on their scenes.

Worse Problem: They really are struggling to calm down and focus enough to work on 
their scenes.
Worse Worse Problem: I have got to come up with a solution.
 
Thought: Tell them something you would tell yourself.
 
So I say: “Repeat after me”  and then I say:
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
 
SILENCE.
 
The six eyes stare at me, quite calm and focused.  Almost relieved themselves to be in a sort of trance of relaxation.
 
Thought: That worked great.
 
LITTLE GIRL #1: Wow. Is this what it’s like to be relaxed?
GAYLA: Yes.
LITTLE BOY #1: I like it, I think.
LITTLE GIRL #2: So I can focus?
GAYLA: Yes. Looks like it.
LITTLE GIRL #2: Don’t tell our Mom.
GAYLA: Why?
LITTLE BOY #1: She might want us to do this at home.

MORAL: When you discover a new path, careful you must be. For the new path may look back at you and tell you to lie to their parents.

Lesson #102 “Is the self-esteemed?”

P&K (parent and kid friendly)

Is the Self Esteemed?

Conversation:

KID: Gayla, am I doing a good job on this scene?

GAYLA: Well, what do you think?

KID: I want to know what you think.

GAYLA: Why? Is what I think more important than what you think?

KID: Yes. Because you know if I’m good or not.

GAYLA: Don’t you know if you are good or not?

KID: Sometimes.

GAYLA: Why not all the time?

KID: Sometimes I like to hear if from you before I believe it.

GAYLA: But you have to have enough self-esteem to know it yourself as well.

KID: Can’t you just give me some of your self-esteem?

GAYLA: No that would be called Gayla-esteem. Self-esteem has to come from you. You are the “self” in self-esteem.

KID: I never thought about it that way before.

GAYLA: That’s okay. You did right now.

KID: I have to believe in myself; that’s how I get self-esteem?

GAYLA: Yep.

KID: It’s sounds so easy that way.

GAYLA: It might be that easy.

KID: Okay. I’ll try it.

 

ONE WEEK LATER.

 

KID: Hi Gayla!

GAYLA: How are you today?

KID: Just great!

GAYLA: Great? Wow. What happened this week that was so great?

KID: I decided to believe in myself.

GAYLA: That’s wonderful.  How did you do that?

KID: Well, you told me too.

 

MORAL: If no self-esteem you have, yet searching you are…a teacher you may listen to.

 

Lesson #101 P&K “Lessons learned by teacher…”

(P&K) (Parents and Kids)
LESSONS LEARNED BY TEACHER
“The duck quacked twice and flitted her feathers yet acting responsibly for a duck.”
 
I’m sitting here practicing this phrase over and over again. I want to teach it to my kids tomorrow. Use it as an example of crazy dialogue that they might expect to get if theygo out on an audition for the Disney Channel or a new Nickelodeon show.
Problem: I can’t seem to say it right. I wrote it. I even spelled it right. But for whatever reason I can’t quit enunciate the k on the  word quacked. It’s just a k. I say k’s all the time. Kite. Kind.Killer. Kind Killer. That’s odd. Katsup. No. That’s with a C. How about the brand Ketchup. I’m on a role. Kangaroo. But truthfully I don’t say kangaroo often. I could if I worked at a zoo. Ah ha!!  Worked. That had a k. So does ask, mask, task. I’ll try rhyming words. Pack. Track. Smack. Whack. Okay, now I’m stretching. Flack. Flick. Pick. Poke. So I can say the k. So what is it? Even duck has a k and I can say that.
Maybe it’s the ‘ed’. I mean the more I stare at it the weirder it looks. Right? Is it Ed. That’s a guys name. Should it sound like ‘ud’. Like udder. No. That’s utter.  Never mind. Back to ‘ud’. How about if I sound it out like ‘ehd’ ‘Quuaaaaccccckkkk – ehd’’.
 
Solution: Type it up and show it to my students, have them pronounce it and correct them if they are wrong. Then I don’t have to do it. Ah. Relief.
Problem: I’m from the mid-west. My DNA strand will unravel if I ask someone to do something that I can’t already do myself.
Can you wash my car?
Can you pack my groceries?
Can you just put the toilet seat down?
Solution: If I was my own student I would tell me to slow it down. ‘The duck quack-ed twice….” Oh. Yeah. Got it. Nailed it. I’m ready to teach my students tomorrow.
Problem: Do students know how much time teachers put into teaching them?
Solution: It doesn’t matter. I love teaching no matter if they even know how much time I spend
making sure they learn.
 Moral: Lesson learned by teacher before learned by student