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16th of September

Playing the Paradox


The best acting, like life itself, contains paradoxes, or opposites. Look to nature – inhale/exhale, tide in/tide out, day/night, loud/soft, creation/destruction: for every action, there must be an opposite and equal reaction. As most great actors have always known -using opposites infuses our work with surprise and nuance. Even in loving someone, there may be hate for them (because they now have the ability to hurt us). If you observe people in loving relationships, there is usually a little anger/frustration/cruelty popping in from time to time. In a scene where you want someone’s love, if you find a way to infuse the opposite – you will be hitting every note in the scale. Playing a brave character, look for where there may be fear; when playing with cruelty, look for the compassion. Make sure when you choose your action, to notice places in the scene, or story, where you can play the opposite. It allows for the character to be not just in pursuit of his objective, but also in “process” of making decisions about his goals.

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  • Hello, my name is Natalie Diaz. I’m 18 yrs old and I’ve been thinking about taking acting classes. I’m not sure what’s right for me in terms of choosing the right acting class so I would like to know more details about what I need to get in and if it’ll cost. Thank you for your time and I hope you can email me any important information about your acting class as soon as you get this.

    • Hi Natalie, thank you for your interest. Because I get this question a lot, may I point you to my website http://www.jeffreymarcus.com, where prices are listed ($200/4 class cycle), and a lot of questions are answered. If you’ve been thinking of taking classes, I would encourage you to do so, it’s the only way to find out if you are passionate about the craft of acting…or just like the idea of being rich and famous!

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