31 May 2021 - 07:36 BY Louw
Top Pick: Inspirational Acting Interviews
I am one of those actors who geek out on my favourite actors who inspire me. I spend hours watching YouTube, or any other, videos I can get to study these actors’ way of thinking, their philosophy or their “method.”
If you haven’t spent a whole day just jumping from one video to the next watching your favourite actor talk about their craft, I would suggest doing it. I have done this with actors like Heath Ledger (not a fan of the spotlight but always vulnerable and kind), Robert De Niro (doesn’t say much but he will speak when he knows it’s valuable or truth) and Adam Driver (a guy with an inspiring perspective; intense work ethic yet not take himself too seriously). I told you, I kind of geek out on how these actors do life and their craft.
I want to share some of my favourite interviews with you, which inspired me greatly. Maybe they don’t jump out for you, but at least it can serve as a Segway to geek out on your own inspirational interview search…
Tool to try
Michael B. Jordan on Auditioning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwO4HYRh9Qc Heath Ledger (this is the trailer to his documentary but this doccie is one beautiful journey into Heath’s perspective and craft): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJTSZBsxbeA
Michelle Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4wUyzrZKmU
Actress Roundtable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBTvu66vc7g
Actors Roundtable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyQGKSzYqBg
Isabelle Huppert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqKEpaDcgFU
Marlon Brando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yi8oDKNYOo
These are just a few I wanted to share with you. Now go and explore your own clips that stirs something inside of you. These actors all had something in common: they followed instincts and not the masses of people around them.
I like to take these unusual characters and then make them as normal as possible because we all know that the tragedy and the abnormal always hides itself behind the normal.
How did you find the technique/tool/advice? Did it work for you? What was different this time? Share with the tribe and let’s keep on creating beautiful, honest and memorable performances. Let’s execute our best selves!
Edwin van der Walt