Practice emotional preparation on the toilet

By February 13, 2017Acting, Blog, Theatre

Instead of checking your Facebook on the loo, why not take a moment to reflect on how you feel instead?

There are many times during the day when we waste what could be an opportunity to exercise our emotional muscles. Why wait to get the audition before you turn on your acting engine? Instead of checking your Facebook on the loo, why not take a moment to reflect on how you feel instead? Keep it simple: are you feeling mad, sad, or glad? It doesn’t have to be a huge feeling, but you will have one of the three…perhaps a mixture, but decide which one to identify with and let it be there. Avoid asking ‘why, am I feeling this?’ Sometimes it’s obvious and at other times it’s not. It doesn’t really matter why, it only matters that you do have a feeling. Sit with it for a minute, and practice giving it some freedom. You may need to take some deep breaths or change how you’re holding your body. We resist physically and hold our breath all the time. Checking in with yourself is as important as making sure you get your 5 a day. And you can do it in the shower, in a queue, on the tube. Once you know how you feel in the moment, it will be much easier to know how to get from your feeling to the feelings necessary for your acting.

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