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The Art of Film Acting by Jeremiah Comey

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The Art of Not Knowing

In acting, it’s best if you really don’t know.

Jack Nicholson

Everything Happens As If for the First Time

The Art of Not Knowing is reacting to every experience as if it were happening for the first time. Even though you think you know what is going to happen in a scene, you don’t know, and you don’t want to know. Because when you figure out ahead of time how you are going to act in your scene, you put a limit on your own creativity and will most likely give a mediocre performance. So don’t try to figure it out ahead of time.

A personal idea is any bias not directly related to the reality of the scene, and it will stifle your potential for having a creative experience. Through Not Knowing you become free of personal ...

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