Wednesday, November 21, 2012


At certain key points in our lives, we audition for roles we want or need: a part, a grant, a scholarship, a job, a loan, a promotion or transfer, a date or partner or friend of some kind, maybe a position in an organization. Given this fact and for other reasons, too, I find a lot of value in Michael Shurtleff's Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part (1978, 1980).

For now, a few snippets of Shurtleff's simple wisdom:

"It isn't necessary for you, the actor, to like yourself -- self-love isn't easy to come by for most of us -- but you must learn to trust who you are. There is no one else like you" (page 4 of 1980 edition).

"I counsel all actors: Control your hostility" (page 17).

"Every day, learn. Learn enough so that you can do good theatre" (page 257).

Michael Shurtleff (1920-2007), RIP.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Today's Rune: Breakthrough.  


the walking man said...

I always just showed them the amount of tools i was bringing to the job and answered a few technical questions and BAM! I acted like I knew what I was doing.

dylann andre said...

Happy thanks giving! Thanks for the information.