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You’re an actor – or on your way to becoming one. Do you think of yourself as an artist? Or do you regard acting as a craft? The difference between arts and crafts has been hotly debated for a very long time, especially in the visual arts. What does the distinction mean in the world of acting?
The difference between art and craft is partly a product of recent times and is often tied to modern aesthetic judgements. If you like it a lot it’s art. If you want to put it down, call it craft. Alternatively, you might think of the amateur actor as a craftsman and the professional, who has had acting training, as more of an artist. Some might even argue that the art of a dramatic work lies mainly in the writing and direction, and that actors are largely craftspeople who deliver the artistic product. But there are other ways you can see it.
A useful way of distinguishing art and craft is to think of craft as something that potentially anyone can learn. It’s that component of your capacity as an actor that is developed through teaching, by learning methods and techniques (at drama school and in acting training) and honing those techniques in practice. Artistry is harder to pin down, but typically refers to that indefinable quality that exceptionally skilled or gifted people possess. It’s what Robert De Niro or Cate Blanchett have in spades and a lot of other actors don’t possess to the same degree. No doubt that is what you aspire to in your acting career.
There are other ways of looking at the art : craft distinction as well. You can think of the art of acting as a question of individual style. Someone who not only masters a technique but also makes it his or her own might be regarded as an artist rather than a craftsperson. Art is what happens when it you have mastered your craft and are able to add something that is uniquely yours. Each of your performances is larger than the sum of its parts and we can call the difference ‘artistry’.
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From this perspective, acting lessons deal in the craft of acting. It doesn’t follow, however, that your acting training doesn’t also concern acting as an art. Without a doubt, some of the artistry we admire in the performances of celebrated actors is also learned. It’s just harder to label. Acting training will also help you recognise what artistry looks like – even if you can’t pin it down. Perhaps another way of seeing the artist is as someone who, perhaps subconsciously, sees, understands and internalises that which cannot be taught.
Your acting lessons are about learning the nuts and bolts of the job. But drama classes are also a key environment for developing the ability to appreciate quality. That will help you, as an actor, to fine-tune your own performances, extend your scope and up your game. In this and other ways the art v. craft distinction breaks down. Method acting is a technique that is taught in academies and actor’s studios. It is also one that is associated with many of the actors we regard as great artists. That probably isn’t just coincidence, and the art and craft of acting can be tough to separate.
As an aspiring or novice actor you can set aside thorny questions and academic debates about acting as an art if you wish. Answers will surely take shape as you learn the craft that is always the foundation stone of all good acting.
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Kyla Pratt interview with www.ExploreTalent.com. Kyla Pratt has appeared in films such as Hotel For Dogs, Dr. Dolittle, and the television series One On One and The Proud Family. Kyla gives advice and tips for new and up and coming actors trying to make it in the business. Her advice includes “always stay grounded”.
I am a very positive and optimistic. Actually, if I students opting to study with me, I am also of those characteristics. That said, what I’m like a negative light, but I tell you, to tell the truth.
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Most acting classes in London are terrible.
This is not ‘sour grapes’ on my part or a ploy to get you to take my classes. I have too many students as it is, so it’s not that.
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Without the phenomenon of corpsing, TV out-take shows would be a lot shorter. There’s something infectiously funny about actors, TV presenters and other public speakers getting the giggles. And the more they try to control themselves, the more helpless they become.
Corpsing is an occupational hazard for actors, but it has its unfunny side. It wastes time, money and VT. It contaminates the other actors and inconveniences everybody involved in the production.
On stage it is particularly disastrous. The mood and atmosphere that has been carefully built up simply vanishes. The illusion shatters. The audience is jolted out of the world of drama, reminded only too forcefully that these are actors behaving badly – even if they truly can’t help themselves.
What makes an actor corpse? Psychologically, it seems to be related to anxiety. Freud argued that laughter provides a release of psychic tension. Support for this comes from the fact that the altar is a popular place for brides and grooms to start giggling uncontrollably. Or consider the much-viewed YouTube clip of MP Keith Hill in the House of Commons: every time he encounters the challenging tongue twister ‘short sea shipping’ in his speech he cracks up.
The fact is: you can’t make a living from out-take royalties and anything more than the occasional collapse into hysterical laughter starts to look unprofessional. Though the actual outbreak of mirth may be short-lived, its effects are longer lasting. Getting serious and back ‘in the zone’ is a huge challenge for corpsers, especially since the slightest trigger is likely to set them off all over again.
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There are two strategies you can use to deal with the giggles. One is relaxation, to release that psychic tension. The only way to stop cracking up again – and again – is to regain your focus and concentration. This is a staple of method acting. Your teachers will tell you that concentration, vital to good acting, is something you can learn if you know the techniques.
Controlling corpsing may not be the main reason that actors choose method acting classes over other kinds of acting courses but it can come in really useful in your acting career.
Can anyone give me examples of Actors (past and present), who used one of two methods?
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Stanislavsky. . etc. What is the difference between each one? Is there a type of method acting that most hollywood actors use? Thanks!
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