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The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat by Robert Najarian

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Chapter 14Taken for Granted (Skills Every Actor is Expected to Know)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

"I'm going to ask you for something and feel free to say no if you're not comfortable with it but ... can you fall backwards?" The director of the commercial I was auditioning for asked me this intently with an inflection that suggested he had requested the impossible. I had performed two falls for him, the casting director, and the producer on the other side of the table already, both landing on the blue mat face first. The first time I fell I made such a loud noise hitting the mat that the casting director jumped a bit from her chair. Falls landing face first are always a bit more strenuous ...

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