Where The Method Was Wrong

“I came more and more to realize that, what acting, to me, came down to me teaching is teaching somebody to look at a scene and then to teach someone to analyze what the scene was actually about in such a way that it could be done. It came down to a physical action.”

After reading A Practical Handbook For The Actor, which is by far my favorite from all the ones I’ve picked up, I’ve come to realize that David Mamet is not a big fan of contemporary acting theories. There’s more of our humanity involved in acting than
technique, systems and methods. Character is an illusion. The Method has it wrong, he has believed. It’s an interesting thought. I’m curious to learn more.

True and False

Acting is a tool of imagination, communication, and storytelling. I like how Mamets says it, acting requires common sense, bravery, and a lot of will.

As an actor, you should never concern yourself with “talent.” Talent, if it exists at all, is completely out of your control.Whatever talent might be, you either have it or you don’t, so why waste energy worrying about it? The only talent you need to act is a talent for working—in other words, the ability to apply yourself in learning the skills that make up the craft of acting. To put it simply, anyone can act if he has the will to do so, and anyone who says he wants to but doesn’t have the knack for it suffers from a lack of will, not a lack of talent.

I’m still learning, making a fool out of myself, and overcoming fears. David Mamet’s advice and stories really brings peace to my mind compare to what other teachers are preaching – bashing film, tv, and introducing acting in such a snobby way.

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