Helpful Acting principles by Eric Stone

1—You cannot act if your instrument is tense, resists or does not let behavior in fully(both external and internal stimulus).

2—Being clear about who you are as the character, where you are physically, what’s at stake in the scene, what you’re fighting for and in what circumstances you’re in are essential to good, organic acting performance.

3—Actors, unlike many other artists, never deliver a finished product.  The work of the actor has to remain spontaneous, free and organic.  Actors never carry their rehearsal onto the stage.  All that matters on stage or in front of the camera is what goes on “at the moment” in terms of behavior and actions received or sent.  This represents one of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in the craft and a source of recurring tension and dissatisfaction among performers.  Acting is letting go.

4—Acting (while performing) is not directing oneself, editing, thinking, pretending or emoting.  It is simply losing oneself in what’s going on on stage in the pursuit of a tangible objective.  The truth and joy of acting is in the doing of it-that’s where true freedom dwells.

5—The “moment” comes from watching with awareness, accuracy and a strong point of view everything that happens on stage.  The actor must bring the “moment” into focus and give it first place, always.  Act from what you see in the moment rather than acting from what you think is supposed to happen or worse, from what you’ve rehearsed.  Rehearsal is an exploration which aims at stimulating the creative subconscious, not a tedious repetition of predetermined actions and stagings which blocks imagination.  From that stand point, good acting is a risk because it is never predetermined or planned.

6—There is no power, freedom or fun when actors watch themselves act or manipulate how they’re going to do things on stage.  Freedom is in the execution of the action and in the full commitment to it, not in how we perform the action.  By sending clear actions to their partner(s) actors trust that they will get a response back.  “Send daringly and see what you get back”: do not concern yourself with or plan what you might get back.

7—Spend time studying outside of class time.  Read plays or scripts, rehearse scenes and monologues, see movies and plays.  Practice the tools and techniques delivered in class on a daily basis.  If you are at the point of committing to your acting career full-time, do something constructive about it every day.  Take responsibility for being an actor and an artist.

About Actors_Studio_Hollywood

Eric Stone also known as artist Philippe Benichou first studied privately in New York with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, William Hickey, Tony Allen, Austin Pendleton & Bob Mc Andrew from the Wynn Handman Studio. Eric is well versed in most major acting techniques and ideas of the 20th Century including the Meisner and Russian actor and director Michael Checkhov Techniques. Michael Checkov was famous playwright Anton Checkov's cousin. Eric Stone was made an Honorary member of the famed New York Actors Studio in 1981 and was accepted as a student in Uta Hagen's highly acclaimed scene study class that same year. In addition, Mr. Stone was privileged to work with Judith Unland in New York. Ms. Unland had been a private student of Michael Checkhov. "Michael Checkhov's breakthrough work in freeing the actor has greatly influenced me and still continues to amaze me." Eric Stone Eric Stone first began teaching in 1983 and has contributed to the growth and success of many actors and performers including some well known stars in the US and abroad. As his acting, directorial and coaching skills began to represent a potent body of distinctions, Eric realized it was time to make his discoveries and love of acting more public. He founded the Eric Stone Studio in 1989 in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and began touring with weekend workshops around the country. An ongoing program was designed via classes, privates, intensive workshops and seminars. His sheer passion for artistic expression and his relentless pursuit of freeing the actor led Eric to establish a permanent actor's studio. A safe, clean, non-gaming, healthy, creative and empowering "arena" for people to hone, discover and challenge their spirits to more desirable heights of experience. This approach is focused entirely on training the individual artist not delivering a general system to a group or mass. It is the strength, success and competitive edge of this training. By aiming straight at the individual, it becomes easier to understand the actor's specific needs, talents and possible problem areas.
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5 Responses to Helpful Acting principles by Eric Stone

  1. carl Ene shamael says:

    I have read and understand that there are principles left behind Acting, and to be a good actor: it must be concluded with a self inspiration learnt from the Authors.

  2. Mr. Virgin says:

    That is all about acting if an actor can aply all this principples then he is a good actor

  3. Naturally, Clint Eastwood took the part and finally left network tv i.e.
    Rawhide permanently and turned a screen star.

  4. Godswill Alabai says:

    My first time,and am interested with a dream to be an outstanding actor.watch out for me.thank you eric for d help

  5. Prince obuobi gyamfi says:

    Please this site has really help me a lot please how can i come to Hollywood to learn more about film making.

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