The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Dec 28, 2004 - Performing Arts
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“I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don’t seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living.”
–Larry Moss, from the Introduction

When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss’s guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone–professionals and amateurs alike–can discover Moss’s passionate, in-depth teaching.

Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic.

From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies.

Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss’s respect for actors and love of the actor’s craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.


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Review: The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor

User Review  - Jenny Maloney - Goodreads

I just want to note why I put this on my 'writing' shelf. Moss's method of script analysis can work backwards for writers -- characters need to have wants and obstacles and it needs to happen for ... Read full review

Review: The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor

User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

The best book on acting I have ever read-I know I will be referencing back to this book and Moss's advice and techniques over and over. This book has changed my acting life and I know it will only continue to do so! Highly, highly recommended! Read full review

Contents

TITLE PAGE DEDICATION
Discovering the Dream
Building from the Ground
What Do You Want?
How Will You Get
What Is It Worth to You?
The Life Within
Dont Get Caught in a Senseless
Starting the Scene with Life
Its Always Improvisation
RELAXATION AND OVERCOMING FEAR
VOICE ACCENTS AND BLOOD MEMORY
AN ACTORS TIPSHEET FOR COMEDY
Similarities Differences Traps
HOW TO WORK WITH A DIRECTOR OR BE YOUR OWN DIRECTOR
THE POWER OF

Finding Your Triggers
Creating Your Interpretation
DEFINING AND REDEFINING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
DESTINATION BUSINESS AND GESTURE Creating Physical Life for Your Character
Believing Your Characters Life 12 THE ANIMAL EXERCISE Expanding Your Behavioral Choices
The Richness of Where You
Using Sensory Work for Character
ENDOWING OBJECTS PLACES PERSONS AND EVENTS
WHEN RACE RACIAL STEREOTYPES CLASS ETHNICITYAND SEXUALITY BECOME ISSUES
Becoming the Writer and Star of Your Own Play
CONFIDENCE VERSUS ARROGANCE AND THE WORK ETHIC
A Rant
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS FOR WORKING ON A PART
Lobby Hero
THE MONOLOGUE WORKOUT PROGRAM
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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About the author (2004)

Larry Moss studied his craft with such luminaries as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Warren Robertson. He began his career at New York’s famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and went on to appear on Broadway in numerous productions. After teaching at Juilliard and Circle in the Square, Moss returned to Los Angeles and founded the Larry Moss Studio in 1990. His directing credits include the off-Broadway hit The Syringa Tree, which won the 2001 Obie for Best Play of the Year, and a new play opening on Broadway in spring 2005.


From the Hardcover edition.

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