You can't do your best work when you are audience-focused

Our best work as actors demands, DEMANDS that you are able to put your attention and focus 100% where it belongs – on your scene partner, what you are doing and what you are hearing and seeing.  Nerves cause actors to be self-focused.  So get into training and keep training yourself to get your attention off yourself.

Last week I saw a trailer that some actors made for an upcoming production that was in a word EMBARRASSING.  Here’s why.  They were so sure that they were funny; they were so obviously playing to impress us, to humor us, to sort of say, “look what amazing character work I am doing,” that it was awful.  These folks would not get hired but unfortunately their teacher/director is back in the mid-20th century and thinks that is acting.

It’s not.