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Decisions and Discoveries

Actors: because life is a collection of decisions and discoveries, our portrayals benefit from a mix of the two types of event. Often in our training, we get a fair amount of encouragement to define what our character wants & to pursue that. Likewise we are taught to make strong, clear choices. Both of these are valid and very valuable. But in mapping our scenes and planning our journeys, we often discount the value of the moment of discovery. Discovery alters what we thought we wanted. Discovery provides the impetus for new, necessary choices. In the script of our own lives, we don't know the tire will go flat or that the other shoe is about to drop. Neither can our characters know. Consider choosing the occasional non-scripted plan--then respond in the moment when the script intervenes. The discovery and subsequent adjustment will look very human on you!


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