Actors Talk Acting Process + Prep, For Oscar® Nominated Roles

acting prep is the actor's process for a role

acting prep is the actor's process for a role

I Can Never Get Enough Of These Videos, When Actors Reveal How They Got To Play The Roles That I’ve Already Seen…They Share Their Process For This Year’s Oscar® Nominated Acting Performances.

I love discussing acting preparation, anytime…anywhere…with anyone who has an acting process. By acting prep, I mean all that an actor chooses to work on to prepare themselves specifically for an acting role; and all research associated with it, that informs their acting choices, before and while performing the role. It’s the creative process, the shaping of a part.

It’s like the great mystery is revealed, inner piece by piece. Every actor’s process is different. Varied. Even if they are schooled in the same acting technique, and share a similar acting philosophy. And approach to the work.

I have my own technique and way of preparing, and I think different roles also can alter the ways an actor prepares for specific acting work. Example: In a video below, Oscar® Nominated Actress, Michelle Williams describes here how she altered her usual methods while preparing to play Marilyn Monroe. (That’s a biggie. And I’m not sure I would have approached it the same way as she describes.)

Generally, for me: Love for acting was a two-part experience. That’s in broad strokes, in overview. First, I fell in love with acting as a little girl, from afar. That remained throughout my career, and still remains.

A much more powerful love came for acting when I learned craft and all that goes into the creative artistry.

That’s why I love to watch these. Especially, because these actors really know how to act, and how to turn out a masterful performance.

Please let me know how you feel about these videos. Please do join the discussion, or start one; I welcome it, and invite you to… I could converse about this topic forever. As a matter of fact, I wrote quite an essay that I just cut out of right here. Um hm. Here, on the page. It’s a blog post all it’s own…

I’d love to hear from you, in the comments. This is a club where every actor is a member. Any actor at any stage is invited to be a part of this club…I invite you.

Thanks to Newsweek, for this Academy Awards 2011 Nominated Actors and Actresses Roundtable...

Later, I add this note:
I posted this just after I finished some big deal ouch appointment at my dentist. Must’ve been distracted, because at 10 PM I see that I posted a set of videos that are not the ones that are about the Oscar® Nominees acting prep and process. Will add with planned, corresponding videos tomorrow.(These are enjoyable, but not on topic…)

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Please share, tweet, and like. Let other actors know that this is here, because others may as thrilled to discover this too.Thank you.


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