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Friends, Actors, countrymen, lend me your ears....it's your first challenge

Krista GanoComment

One of my goals is to, on occasion, give you guys exercises or challenges that will help you to polish your craft and walk towards your business goals.  Here's your first one!  

If you know me, you know how much I LOVE Damian Lewis' work.  He is on my career dream/bucket list to work with someday.   This version of the famous speech as Anthony from Julius Ceasar, Act III, Scene 2, was filmed for the 400th year celebration of William Shakespeare.  If you haven't watched this, do yourself a favor, and do.  If you have watched this, watch it again.  It's that good.  See the challenge at the end.

Damian Lewis is SO grounded and present in this video.  The end makes my heart catch.  I don't sense that he's thinking about anything else other than the death of his friend and leader, and his condemnation of Brutus.  I don't sense that he has that actor thought bubble above his head....you know the one....the one that sometimes floats above us when we are being self critical WHILE we are acting.  The one that can feel like another person in the room....however invisible. 

He is just THERE in that moment and it's beautiful!

Okay....now, here's your challenge.  Grab a monologue or speech that you love and film yourself.  Do it with similar framing as above.  It doesn't need to be fancy.  Get close.....close enough so that you can only get away with your most authentic performance.  Go ahead and break that 4th wall if you want.  Look and talk directly into camera and deliver your work....and then watch yourself.  What do you see?  Be honest....do it several times....make different choices....play!!  If you start to notice your self critical thought bubble creeping into your performance, banish it and start again.  Then take a few minutes and write down what you learned.  How can you leverage that learning into your ongoing work?  

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