13
APR
2015
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

The Small Things You Can Do

Sometimes, it’s the small things that matter. There are plenty of big things that you can and can’t take control of in your acting career. You can be prepared, you can arrive early, you can be in acting class regularly, and you can have all the right materials on your website. But you
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17
DEC
2012

Being “In The Moment”

Have you ever wondered why is it so difficult to be in the moment? Have you ever wondered why no one has ever been able to tell you how to be in the moment more consistently? Have you wondered why having an objective or always playing an action makes it feel like you are putting your
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06
AUG
2007
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

How To Be “In The Moment” Without Really Trying

The experience of being in the moment is real. Many times it’s what provides the true joy in acting. Every actor who has been in the moment while performing knows this, as only then does the work become effortless, spontaneous, and utterly creative. Unfortunately, this experienc
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24
JUL
2005
Seydways Acting Studio: The Actor's Life

Welcome to the Desert

Whether you are a new arrival or have been here for a number of years, I want to welcome you to LA. As a director and teacher it has been my experience that many actors, whether seasoned veterans or enthusiastic newcomers, can make life in LA more difficult for themselves than it need
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01
JUL
2005
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

Nurture Your Imagination

Remember when you were young and play included imaginary games of Cops and Robbers, Hospital, Spaceship or whatever? Whether with friends or by ourselves these games would seem more real than regular life. For many of us, our childhood was the peak of our imagination. We were able to
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24
NOV
2003
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

Auditioning: Prepared Readings & Controlling the Time

Unless you have a particularly famous parent in the business, the single most important thing for you to learn to do well is auditioning. While there is a great deal of overlap with performing, auditioning is very different and has its own set of skills to learn and pitfalls to avoid.
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24
FEB
2002
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

Staying “In The Moment” with Audition Monologues

As the TBA Generals approach and audition season picks up, here are a few thoughts on selecting and preparing an audition monologue. Selecting Choosing a good piece is the first and most important part of the audition process. The material you select tells auditors a lot about you as
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30
NOV
2000
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

Be Here Now: An Interview with Richard Seyd

In this interview, Richard Seyd explains how being in the moment must be built into the rehearsal process. “One of the best-kept secrets of acting is … all actors lie to themselves and to others about how little they are truly in the moment.” So says Los Angeles-based, longtime direct
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05
NOV
1998
Seydways Acting Studio: Tips for Actors

Stretch Work: An Interview with Richard Seyd

In his teaching and his directing, Richard Seyd tries to put actors in touch with their infinite possibilities. “In 1990, I performed in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? At Berkeley Repertory Theatre under a brilliant English director named Richard Seyd. Last year, I saw his extraordin
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