Finding the Three Sides of You In Your Acting

I saw Clint Eastwood interviewed on television when he took up celebrity portrait photography as a hobby many years ago, and he said that there were three ways in which a person could be captured: The way the world sees them (common perception) The way they see...

The Genius in Daydreaming

In late 2006 I spent three incredible weeks in Québec observing the creation process of Ex Machina, the company founded by internationally acclaimed theatre actor-director Robert Lepage. The company’s work is often described as cinematic, an intended compliment, but...

An Open Letter To Annoying Actors Everywhere

Dear Annoying Actor, First of all, stay with me here, because this has an important point. Okay? Okay. You know that annoying thing you do in class, where you check your phone while I’m trying to teach you something? Yeah? Well, that’s pretty annoying. Only slightly...

How to Bring Colour to Your Acting Performance

Over the years, I have heard many directors, teachers, and casting directors instruct actors to ‘bring more colour’ to their performances in auditions and on screen. Though we as actors think we have some kind of understanding of what this generalised direction may...

How To Know You’re Making An Acting Choice

It’s easy to think that we’ve made a choice when all we’ve done is follow an ingrained, habitual path. The difference is that choices are final conscious selections taken from multiple possible options, while habits are subconscious enactments based on limited and...