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I don’t consider myself to be an avid reader. I’ve read good books, usually on acting, that have assisted me in my pursuit of this thespian cause, but reading is still a place I can work on. Nonetheless, being an expat actor means learning effective self-study and that can be tricky if you don’t take inventory on your study methods. Today I would like to touch on things I’ve learned. This post is
Effective Self-Study For The Expat Thespian
Choose Practice Books – There are so many books on acting it’s ridiculous. Every author is going to present their work in a different way and no matter what that way is, one thing is for certain, don’t spend too much time on a book unless it provides you with specific practice methods. I’m talking about self-study here, so the text should provide ways of script breakdown, character development, and even connecting the body to the voice/breath. If you’re unsure of the text, read the reviews, ask a friend, or take a look inside. Trust me; your craft will thank you.
Use A Writing Utensil – This one seems obvious, but believe me, to many actors don’t do it. Imagine with me a scenario where you read an amazing book and you never wrote anything in it. You never underlined a word or wrote a personalized note in the corner. Then imagine that you have a script/character that’s giving you difficulty and you remember a portion of the book that can help you, but when you open the pages, you don’t know where to go and you have no notes. Effective self-study means being able to go back and find what you’re looking for.
Choose Authors That Workshop – This one is my favorite. Nothing and I mean nothing says that an author believes in their work more than one that’s willing to workshop. It’s great to read a book, but even better to see the author seminar their technique in person. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a child of The 12 Step Chubbuck Technique. However, there are other authors that I recommend such as The Intent To Live by Larry Moss and Book The F#@KING Job by Anthony Meindl.
Remember, Expat Thespian, you’re the expat actors of the world. You represent a craft that is ever growing and evolving. You should be doing the same.
I hope you enjoyed my post on self-study. Do you agree? Please reply in the comments below with your thoughts.
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