Here’s How You Can Stand Out As A Serious Actor


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There are actors who use their physicality to great effect, from Stallone and Schwarzenegger to Jim Carrey. These are just some of the actors that have learned how to project characters physically, as well as emotionally. Going one step deeper as an actor means learning how to alter how they move and express themselves truthfully in a physical way to portray character.

Expressing emotions physically is a complex thing and goes far beyond facial expression or developing a way of walking, for example. This is the art of existing in a completely altered reality, an imaginary physical world, and expressing physical aspects of a character even when standing still. The greatest actors use physical space and physical expression to enhance and express all other aspects of the instrument. Actors who can develop strong physical abilities are also more versatile. Being attractive and/or charismatic is certainly going to get you noticed, but it won’t give you a career into your sixties or seventies. By mastering physical expression and integrating it with the other aspects of the actors instrument an actor will find themselves working at more and more challenging roles.

The Maggie Flanigan Studio provides acting classes in NYC for serious actors. Find out more about meisner technique at the studio website or read this article about emotional preparation.

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