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Discovering Imagination In Acting


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Discovering Imagination In Acting

Author : Diane Christiansen

Submitted : 2013-11-09 09:44:26    Word Count : 477    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   actors, imagination, what if, magic if, creativity, Albert Einstein, Stanislavsky

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Have you ever heard the term, "knowledge is power"? Knowledget certainly is an important part of any research every actor may need to create a living, breathing character. Our imagination can literally take us anywhere, into the mind and soul of another's psyche. It leads us to our dreams.... Not to mention its vastly mysterious function.

In acting, we use a technique developed by Stanislavsky called the "as if" or "magic if". What if I were this person? What would I do? Where would I be? How could I bring to life the desires and goals of this individual? I urge actors to develop each character by asking these questions. Think of portraying a character "as if" you really were that person.

The greatest gift we as actors have ever been given is the gift of imagination.

The actors in my recent videos, Joey and Nicole, have been given a scene with characters that have physical abilities and disabilities Therefore, in addition to being on task for their research and finding the truth about these characters through observation, who are both mentally challenged and hard of hearing, I have asked them to imagine what their interactions would be "as if" they actually had these conditions. The actors have demonstrated beautifully, the life of the characters, by allowing themselves to slip into their own imagination and let it take over.

Within the magical inner realm is the capacity to create anything at all. Simply imagine it and it can be so. Thus this lesson on using your vast imagination to create the life of another living being in our work.I am sure I tell actors every week to use their imagination in their scene work. That's why actors are paid large sums of money, to use their vivid imaginations to conjure up delightful histories and back stories for their characters.

Without your imagination, the process of creativity is halted. You have this enormous power within you. It is virtually an unlimited power and it has been given to you as your birthright. So let's put this gift to work every time we work. It is crucial or you to know how compelling it can be.

Simply let go and the non-existent character on the page unfolds with ease and grace in your performances and comes to life under your healthy commitment to it through your imagination.

Everything in life originates from something deep within your imagination...touch, taste, hear, see or smell. These sensory experiences can be brought to life by thinking of them and seeing them clearly. Fun, fanciful imaginings always percolate within you. Once you, the actor, surrenders to your imagination, you have reinforced the life of the character you are playing. I can't imagine actors acting without an immagination, can you?

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein

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