I was going to wait for mid week to post this "how to" video. But then I realized that I did make evident what the day of the week it is, so it would be dated by Wednesday. So enjoy this rare update so close to the last one. Next one might take another 8 or 9 days...maybe. Or perhaps I'll still update later this week. In either case...stay tuned. Have an awesome Monday and awesome everyday!
Wow, has it already been 1001 acting tips that I have freely shared on this blog? Yep. Because I started counting at 1001. ;)
Seriously, I have a very simple tip for you the aspiring actor, artist, engineer, alchemist of yourself. How to totally nail a role in a movie, play, or commercial.
It's not complicated at all. The secret is simple. Have you heard the expression "stepping into their shoes?" That is the answer. You LITERALLY must step into that character's shoes and become him or her on the outside before totally nailing the internal state or disposition.
In other words, dress like the stereotype of that person would indicate. For instance, if you are auditioning for a role as a cowboy, guess what? You need a pair of boots and a hat at the very least. I would recommend going all out and getting a belt with the most ridiculously large buckle. Now you're talking, partner.
Of course there might be roles that are a bit more complex and ambiguous in that you cannot easily find some stereotypical type of wardrobe for him or her. In that case, find something that you think would make that person unique and make him stand out and that would serve as a good substitution for a clearly defined typical wardrobe. Maybe it could be a nervous tick, or some compulsive idiosyncrasy like washing his or her hands frequently starting from the thumb on the left hand and going one by one until you finish on the pinky on the right hand EVERY SINGLE TIME>>>. Now that's really getting "into" character.
But by far, I think that the easiest way to get into the role and nailing the character without fail is wearing the clothes that he or she would wear. That gets you into that mind frame. Then after consciously doing that many times over and over you will naturally feel like that person and won't be tied to the clothes because having started constructing the character from the outside, you will inevitably end up inside at the core BEING the character. As the saying goes: "clothes make the man..."
Watch this video. I titled the show "Una Obra de Amor" or "A Labor of Love" because the actresses (Erika E. Garza, Wendy Lara, and Judith Luna) were asked to develop and perform something of their own creation. They loved the idea and executed it beyond my expectations. The show itself was an hour and fifteen minutes long, but we condensed it here for easier viewing. I wish to thank them and Lucy Salazar of http://www.phosgrafemedia.com/ for all of their effort to make this project a possibility.
Hello, and welcome to the new and much improved Fluid Chicano website which, as you may have noticed is officially under its own domain. Yep, this is www.thefluidchicano.com and it is awesome. I have been feeling the love from a greater audience even though I have not shared the page in a couple of weeks. Thank you. Anywhence...
So I recently came upon a review about not only the play but also my participation in that play titled "Pat and Lyndon" about the Vietnam war. It is a work by Archer Crosley and was put on stage by the Pharr Community Theatre in Pharr, Texas under the direction of Luis Moreno.
I remember when I was approached about possibly doing the play I said ok I'll look at the script and see if I will audition. I read the whole thing back and forth, consuming it like some kick ass tacos or something. I thought "This was written for me!!" Literally. So after I auditioned and they loved me as the Prez :) I totally threw myself at it like my life depended on it. Sure enough, I guess all the hard work paid off 'cause apparently the performance was thought of as superb by this one critic who is like the Siskel or the Ebert (not sure which one, lol) of South Texas and it was a rave review he did deliver. Here is a minor sample of the review:
"Pat and Johnson is a production that highlights not only the sacrifice of Valley veterans but that of Valley talent through the acting of Sanchez. Sanchez is able to emphasize the importance of dialogue to articulate the feeling of a war without extensive special effects or war props."
Of course, I was not alone in this magnificently executed project. All of my fellow actors did such an awesome job that I was just so glad to have decided to take part in it. It was a match made in heaven between all the cast. Maybe sometime I will share a little sample of the video of it taken during one of our shows. Soon.
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The Pharr Community Theatre
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