Combining life-coaching and screen-acting tools and techniques in one accessible handbook, this guide empowers actors to overcome personal inhibitions and approach their work, characters and careers with the assuredness to produce powerful, real and believable acting on screen.
Structured to build confidence and understanding of yourself before you take on the role of someone else, this book offers the tools and techniques to give you the necessary conviction and self-assurance to perform uninhibited. Dresner then examines essential elements of a screen actor's craft, such as emotions, imagination, nerves, focus, listening, improvisation and line-learning.
Published in partnership with The Actor's Centre, the book includes online videos of coaching sessions with professional actors and is ideal for readers and teachers looking to replicate the method in their own training.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Daniel Dresner sets out to offer the student of film acting valuable support both as a fledgling artist and as a person in his book A Life-Coaching Approach to Screen Acting. I can report that he succeeds ... A Life-Coaching Approach to Screen Acting is an excellent guide to truly important fundamental life skills. Life skills such as identifying your values, understanding what fulfillment means to you, how to avoid Imposter Syndrome, how to avoid perfectionism, are grouped with 'knowing yourself,' which most film people would call 'knowing your type' in the first part ... These subjects are treated carefully and well, and then backed up with plenty of exercises. They are also reinforced with links to brief, pithy learning videos created with The Actors Centre. You can read about the work, do the exercise yourself, and watch Daniel Dresner work with students on the same material. This all adds up to an excellent resource for developing confidence in oneself and in the work. It also makes it easy to see why Daniel Dresner is considered a top private acting coach and teacher. * Theatre Library Association *
"Know Thyself" proclaims the entrance to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and "Be Thyself" responds Oscar Wilde, many centuries later. It is with masterful insight that Daniel Dresner connects these simple but profound directives and brilliantly draws his revelatory parallel with well-being and the craft of screen acting. * Philip Wolff - Head of screen acting at the International School of Screen Acting *
This original and timely book introduces the benefits of life-coaching to the stressful and uncertain lives of many actors, especially those who perform on a screen. * Michael Ferguson - television producer, director scriptwriter and teacher *
This book not only transformed my approach to acting, it transformed my approach to life. Full of refreshing techniques that allowed me to simply get out of my own way and truly be the very best I can be. Written in a way that is extremely easy to take in and apply, a powerful tool that I will be using on every project I'm involved with. * Daniel de Bourg, actor, singer and songwriter *