Acting Skills for a Better Life
What you'll learn
- How acting contributes to storytelling
- Why everybody can benefit from acting training
- Basic tools of an actor: text, voice, body
- Intermediate tools of an actor: listening, reacting, improvisation
- Advanced tools of an actor: imagination, emotion, empathy
- Inhabiting the character: back story, traits, cloaking
- Driving the character: intention, objectives, tactics
- Understanding scenes: actions, reactions, interactions
- Taking direction: perspective, arc, balance
- Putting it all together: practice, trust, instinct
- Being a collaborative actor: kindness, generosity, self
- Growth: personal, artistic, professional
- Bonus downloadable e-copy of the book "Acting: A Guided learning journey" by Robert David Duncan
- No specific prequisites required, just curiosity, enthusiasm and a willness to try new things
Acting skills will enrich your life in many ways, from making you more poised and effective in social and work situations, to helping you be more mentally flexible and adaptable to the changing environment around you. Plus, it is just plain fun!
Join me, Robert David Duncan, as I share with you the many lessons I have learned on my own journey to becoming an actor in mid-life. You don't have to be outgoing, loud, attention-seeking or any of the other common perceptions people may have about performers. The best actors are often quiet, thoughtful and in many cases quite reserved when they are not performing. The main thing is that you be yourself, have an openness to try new things and be willing to work steadily at building your acting tools.
I start from a belief that all actors should have a baseline set of skills, including learning how to work with text, voice and physicality, as well as more intermediate skills like listening, reacting and improvising. As we move further along, we learn about more advanced tools such as imagination, emotions and empathy. As our skills build, we then consider what it is like to inhabit a character and how to make that character come alive in scenes in the company of other actors. Finally, we look at what it means to be the kind of actor everybody wants to work with, and how we can keep growing both as actors and people.
This is definitely not a course in becoming famous, or a set of shortcuts that get around the hard work of becoming a capable actor. Rather, it is all about that hard, unseen work that all good actors have had to put into learning their craft. One thing I can assure you is, if you do the work in this course, including keeping a learning journal and doing the practice exercises, you will develop a formidable bedrock of talent that nobody can take away from you. This will equip you with the kind of ability that lets you walk into a drama book store or library anywhere in the world, pick up a play or script and start work!
Please feel free to check me out on IMDb so you can get a sense of who I am and what I do. I have been fortunate to have studied at a very well-known drama school and have also worked with several great coaches, teachers and directors. They were most generous with me, and I would like to pay that forward by sharing with you what I have learned through years of training, experience, study and reading, and resolving what I've learned down to the very essentials for you. Please join us on this wonderful learning journey!
Who this course is for:
- People who want to learn about the basics of acting
- Anyone who is curious about trying acting, but maybe is a bit shy or feels they missed their chance earlier in life
- Everyone who would like to feel more poised socially, better able to handle themselves in work and personal social settings, or who has a hidden performer inside
- Actors at all levels who would like a great refresher and skills builder
Robert David Duncan is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, actor, director and writer. Trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, he also holds an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Leadership, which gives him a unique perspective that spans both the creative and business spheres. A longtime educator, Dr. Duncan has taught acting, filmmaking, marketing, leadership and coaching among other topics. He is the author of several books on both creative and business topics.