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The Art of Film Acting by Jeremiah Comey

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Intimacy, Empathy, and Intuition

Like any artist, the actor has to be open to inspiration, intuition, and the unconscious. When you know what you are looking for, that’s all you get. But when you’re open to what’s possible, you get something new. And that’s creativity.

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You are what you are: The First Ingredient of Intimacy

Good actors come in all configurations—tall, short, fat, skinny, handsome, beautiful, homely, awkward, old, disfigured, handicapped, and funny looking. They know what they are, and they have accepted themselves. They have no need to keep secrets, and as a result they can share emotions and intimacy with other actors. To become a good actor, accept yourself. If you’re fat, you’re fat; if your nose is crooked, ...

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