Author Archives: Allen Barton

Allow me to rage, give voice to thoughts hushed and guarded, unexpressed, trapped, traversing the crania of teachers of serious acting, for fear of grave offense against what THEY say, for fear of pissing off a longtime student who has … Continue reading

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[I posted this entry in 2010, but the topic keeps smacking me in the face, so I thought it was worth revisiting with an edit, update and repost.] It doesn’t quite work, because “Cynema” and “Cinema” are homonyms. Visually – … Continue reading

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I’ve emphasized in plenty of entries here how important I think it is that actors follow up on all professional interactions. Auditions, callbacks, meetings, on-set work… Fact is, once an actor knows how to act, the business they’re really in … Continue reading

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An actor is a prism. The writing is the light. Each writer, being utterly unique, will create a different variation of light. Each actor, being utterly unique, will refract light in his or her own distinct way, before even thinking … Continue reading

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Here’s a question I think actors should ask themselves more often: What is required of me by this story? Asking this question can lead to a much faster understanding of “what to play” than will hours of mental gymnastics regarding … Continue reading

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Lights up on…. An agent showcase. Over the next hour or so, fifteen scenes will be performed, about 3 minutes each. Almost all will be glib comedies with glib acting, no one giving a shit about anything other than whether … Continue reading

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A student of mine sent this to me – comedian Patton Oswalt’s keynote at last year’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. It is awesome. Watch it. Live it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MSmoWKFz5A  

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My wife recently had coffee with a very successful entrepreneur, and he told her he wakes up every morning “wanting to hear ‘no’ at least ten times by the time I go to sleep.” This took her by surprise, so … Continue reading

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My rapidly advancing age has perhaps made me downright persnickety, but for some reason my ear has become more sensitive to the increasing lack of discipline with, you know, uh, saying the words of the script, uh, and, like, only … Continue reading

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From the Department of Context, a sketch of the lifecycle of a project. In boldface, the items over which actors have control: 1. Writer fills a page. And then another… 2. Project reaches casting phase. 3. Writer / Producer / … Continue reading

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