4Right.  I just finished talking about your body, and now I want to talk about – your body.  Yes.  In an entirely different way.  Let’s stop thinking about what it looks like and start thinking about what you can do with it. This discussion relates more to stage than screen, simply because usually your whole body is visible in theatre, and in film there is often more of a focus on your face.  However, I believe the best actors, regardless of medium, know how to use their bodies.  If you’ve ever thought, “What should I do with my hands?” then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

You might want to ask yourself, “What is a great actor’s body?  What do great actors do with their bodies when they act?”  Read More


So now that I’ve chewed your ear off about training, I’ll leave that for a bit so you can think it over.  In the meantime, I’m sure you’d appreciate some ideas about what you can do to train yourself – whether you’re attending classes or not, there are always little things you can do to get ahead.  So I’ll start with the simplest and possibly the BEST of them all: reading.  Yes, this blog will be a very nerdy celebration of the written word.

I’m going to talk a bit later about some drama theory you might like to get into, but let’s start with something easier – plays and screenplays.  Film or stage, if you are working within the Australian industry, it usually pays to spend some time reading and watching whatever’s coming out of your own industry. Read More

Didn’t get into drama school? Here’s how you can train instead

11I told you in the last post that you don’t need to go to drama school, and now I’ll start the long series of suggestions of things you can be doing instead.  The best place I can think to start is with training, which you are probably already considering in some form.

Training is important.  99% of the time you can tell which actors on a stage are trained and what sort of training they’ve received, just by the way they move and speak.  Film is slightly different.  ‘Raw talent’ is much more common in film because the camera loves actors who can move and speak ‘naturally’, which is possible without training.  On stage, this naturalness would probably mean that nobody can hear you or that you’d create the dreaded ‘talking head’ effect.   But  eventually, film or stage, you are going to come across a particularly challenging scene where you are going to need to rely on ‘technique’ of some sort.  Some actors are lucky and become very successful without training, but this is often due to a personal temperament that includes confidence, diligence, and intelligence, as well as natural ability.  This is a rare combination, and whether you have it or not, it will almost certainly benefit you to get at least a little bit of training.

Training doesn’t have to come from a drama school.  There are a lot of courses available Read More