More LA Acting teachers!
"What do Stanislavski, Strasberg, Meisner, Adler, Chekhov, Hagen have in common? They're all for stage!"
"It's (acting and improvising is) like jazz...he's riffing on a C# triad...then I'll react and go up and down an F Major scale..." (An F Major scale theoretically would not sound good over an C# major triad)
"This is a Chekhov exercise...now imagine you're flying...you land on an island and a seal pops out of the water and talks to you. Remember what it tells you..."
"I never studied with Stella Adler nor her technique, but she was all about being nice to her students" (NOT according to what people who DID study with Adler said...)
"Improv isn't about listening and reacting. It's the battle of the wittiest and trying to outdo the other person"
"The working actors add imdb credits and embellish their resumes"
"Tom Cruise used to tell his agent to not send him out on commercials or tv shows and ONLY send him out on films. Tom Cruise didn't do student films either, so why should you?"
"You're too short to act"
Obviously they never heard of Danny DeVito or Kristin Chenoweth
(and yes I was told that to my face)
Not so much something funny relating to the craft or acting in general really, but I always thought this was funny:
"I'm pretty sure the ladies next door give more than just a massage. How come only men come there? Women get massages too!"
(reads an excerpt from his/her own book in class) - "Wasn't that just amazing?!? Changes your whole life, doesn't it?!"
"We work on our muscle of the moment in class"
"Only the 'sheeple' are taking improv classes"
"Good acting is a lot like good sex! If you're thinking too much during it, it's going to suck!"
"It's okay if your audition isn't perfect, casting directors don't expect your audition to be perfect."
"You shoudn't get too into the business."
"Workshops are a great way to be seen."
"I invited such and such director to tomorrows class" and someone else entirely shows up and they have nothing to do with actors.
"Come to this workshop night. They're casting right out of our studio."
Laugh when people try to take you as a fool.
I had this one director tell me "you can't just say the lines, and you can't just say the lines *as* the character. You have to say the words *through* the character, using the lines as the *context*, but not as what he *says*, but what the lines represent as the *reality* of what he *feels* he does and says."
I literally sat there and blinked at him for a moment -- this is a true story -- and replied, "So ... you want me to punch the name 'Billy' here, right?" (we were doing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
How tall are you?
"Unfortunately, Stanislavski was wrecked by the two superpowers for different reasons. He got adopted by the Soviets and this mindless, literalist mode for real eggs, a real fire, and so on. Then it all got further ruined by the Americans with their Method, which removes the idea of acting completely from the idea of an ensemble and turns it into the private secret which I am not going to show to anybody - the capitalist view!"
"Why you read the books? They are shit! If book could teach you to act, KGB would destroy it and sent writer to Siberia!"
"Don't make me hit you!"
I'm 4'9" and weigh 80 lbs. I'm very tiny and get easily mistaken for a preteen even though I'm closer to 30 than 20 if you get my drift
"Only working actors are the best teachers"
"People go to Lesly Kahn to learn how to be funny"
"Strasberg (his teachings) is not (derived from) Stanislavsky"
-During an interview with a 'certified ....technique teacher' ('.....technique: I taught Brad Pitt" (Then why doesn't he endorse any of your books/schools and only cites Roy London?)
Me: Why do we have to rehearse the scene with our scene partner outside of class and not by ourselves?
Teacher: What do you think is ideal, rehearsing with or without scene partner?
Me: I guess with scene partner?
Me: But what if I book a guest appearance on a tv show where if I'm lucky can have the sides one or two days before and cannot rehearse it with my scene partner?
Teacher: Purpose of this class is not telling you to work professionaly.
on the being short thing, fuck them! I don't want to curse and there are better ways to express myslef than cursing, but really, f them! Look at Kevin Hart, 5'2" and the hottest star in Hollywood right now. Don't let anyone get in your way.
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