Acting : Stillness and Performance by Alyn Darnay

Alyn Darnay

Stillness and Performance

(Alyn on Acting) Doing nothing is often preferable to doing something. It’s a hard lesson for actors to learn. It’s those moments when you don’t know what to do, how to react, that trip us all up. We search for something, some reaction or action to “Play” instead of staying still. You need to understand the power of stillness in performance. If you trust yourself and feel your character, whatever is happening is more likely to be right, even if nothing is happening. If you study people, you’ll see them doing that all the time. Trust in the stillness and the audience will live in it along with you. Don’t push something on them, fastest way to loose them and your performance.

Jack Ritter

So true. It feels more comfortable as well when you know you can do nothing.

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