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Musings from Slow Pony

“That celluloid, the actual film that runs through the camera, is dead. That’s gone, and now digital is here. But storytelling with cinema never will die–ever, ever, ever. The way stories are told may change, but it will always be.” David Lynch

 

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story, it’s the most important thing in any creative process. you have to convince people to care about the artistic endeavor. from painting to film, to music, people have to connect with what you are feeling or experiencing. that can be something simple or complex. it’s why people who have no interest in sports watch the Olympics. NBC has become great at telling the stories that go along with the games, and that is what draws viewers and compels them to root for the underdog or the favorite. same is true for shows like American Idol. it’s not about the music as much as it is…

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The 13 People You Meet At Community Theatre

Thought Catalog

Whether you’re musical theatre, Shakespearean, or just some down home community versions of Tennessee Williams, you’ve been there. You know all of these people (and are likely more than one of them yourself).

1. The star who is a blood relative of someone important. No one is going to call her on it, because what good would it do, but it’s important to acknowledge that we all know why she consistently gets Eponine/Velma/Maureen. We all know.

2. The exhausted director. It’s not just the usual exhaustion that comes from directing a large stage production — often involving children — it’s the extra special exhaustion that comes from having to do it while holding a normal 9-5 job. (In my experience, they are always teachers. Why are they always teachers?)

3. The grizzled techie. All this techie does is scowl at people, tell everyone to clean up after themselves, smoke…

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Meet a Tribute Artist: Mary Bacon

Primary Stages

Primary Stages sat down with Mary Bacon, currently playing Christina in The Tribute Artist, to chat about inspiration, the neuroses of her character, and her fondness for director Carl Andress.

Mary Bacon Tribute Artist Mary Bacon as Christina in The Tribute Artist. Photo by James Leynse.

What is your role in The Tribute Artist?

I play Christina, Adriana’s niece. She shows up thinking Adriana has been trying to sell the town home that Uncle Lou specifically left her in his will. She discovers Rita and Jimmy, who she thinks is Adriana, living there. Christina’s arrival with her kid Oliver throws a wrench in the friends’ scheme to impersonate Adriana and sell her seemingly unclaimed home, kicking off the obstacles in the play our heroines have to conquer.

What have you learned while creating this role?

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FACTS ABOUT MY ACTING BLOG

ACTOR - MODEL - IMPROV - VOICE OVER ARTIST

AS OF 3/26/2014 I HAVE HAD 27 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES VISIT MY ACTING BLOG.

I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK, EVERYONE VISITING MY BLOG, AND ESPECIALLY FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.  I AM EXTREMELY HONORED – AND I HOPE, THAT YOU ALL WILL CONTINUE,  FOLLOWING ME…. MY SINCERE THANKS – JAMES EADLINE – ACTOR – MODEL – VOICE OVER & IMPROV.

AND SPECIAL THANKS TO MAIN LINE MODELS & TALENT FOR BEING MY AGENT !!!!!

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The Difference Between Impersonation and Acting

Spacious Acting™

There is an ongoing debate among actors as to whether it is better to start with externals and move to internals, or vice versa.

It doesn’t really matter where you start, as long as you approach the internal aspect in an “organic” way.  Whatever triggers that for you is fine, if it works.

Years ago, Paul Muni and Laurence Olivier were among the best actors of their generations, and both began with externals.  “What sort of nose does my character have?”  Truthfully, they fall a bit short as actors by current standards.  Their approach seems like artifice to today’s audience.

Meryl Streep has received criticism throughout her career for paying meticulous attention to hair color, accent, etc., the implication being that it is all about externals for her.  The thing which keeps some people from feeling warm and fuzzy about her is probably more a function of the characters she…

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Learning Lines

Reflection of a Ham

In a private conversation, I was recently asked an interesting question; what is the best way to learn your lines?

Cary-Grant-DogIt is not something I really think much about these days. After many years of plays and filming, I have sort of had a technique evolve organically. I took bits and pieces from all over the place. Some worked, some didn’t, until I finally found I was learning my lines without much effort. Yet I can recall times where I asked the very same question of others.

So now that I have a technique, what is it, and can others use it?

To be perfectly honest, I don’t believe there is a definitive way to learn your lines. People learn differently. Our brains work in different ways. My wife can recall people’s names, dates, factual details about this and that, and when she rattles of a series of genealogical connections…

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3/27/14- Connect with your “Why?”

Musings of Adam Burch

Commercial Headshot Hey folks!  This week I had a really great week. I had auditions for a couple of short films, a feature, and was brought back as a Reporter on the TV show SCANDAL and got to act opposite the illustrious Kate Burton. Additionally, I stuck pretty well to my daily goals, am finishing up a block of P90X2 training in time for the Heart of the City 5K I am running to raise money for the California Hospital Medical Center (click the picture below to donate), and got to check in with my Power Group and Accountability partners and hear about all the actions and strides they are taking.

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However, not every week is a good week. There is always an ebb and flow. Indeed, Tuesday and Wednesday was back to the grind of working my day job…

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