The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor
“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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an ActorUser 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
Review: The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an ActorUser Review - Christina knox - Goodreads
better than i expected. larry moss summarizes the cannon of acting theory and interprets it in a conversational, no bullshit voice that speaks to those who can't bear to listen to stanislavski ... Read full review
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
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS FOR WORKING ON A PART
THE MONOLOGUE WORKOUT PROGRAM