Having developed the Action/ReAction technique over twenty-plus years, I
have seen it grow and evolve into a highly technical approach with
component parts each with their own specific function and purpose. I
have applied the technique to actors, of course, and to businessmen
whose careers relied on being able to resonate constituent groups
amongst the audience for their public proclamations. I have generally
avoided politicians and lawyers in this regard though I would make an
exception for a notable few.
In the process of getting my
students to think of themselves as singer/dancers rather than actors or
public speakers, I have never actually instructed the technique to
singers advising that they think of themselves as an actor--until now.
student in question needed no help whatsoever with music--vocal or
instrumental--as he has that down and is very talented. What I started
with, as I do with any student, is the brand and how he wanted the
public to perceive him as an artist. We discussed the personal brands of
well known artists as examples of how a brand can manifest for a
musician. It took only a few minutes for this to become obvious and
helped to formulate his own personal brand. He now understands that the
DNA of his brand must be evident in every public offering whether a
song, a photograph, a PR interview, a personal appearance or blog post.
there, we moved into a discussion of the technique itself. As a singer,
he was already accustomed to singing his songs in phrases, so we moved
into emphasis and then broached the subject of interstitial reactions.
He had never heard of the concept but quickly understood why they are
important in resonating the various groups that comprise an
audience--after all, growing a fan base is as important to a singer as
it is to an actor.
This was only the first session with him but
he took to it easily and it underscored for me how the technique, though
designed for actors, has relevance to any form of communication.
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Examples of Responsive Reactions
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Action/ReAction at Stella Adler
Point of Departure
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Stephen Mitchell webinar for Stage 32
Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
Ray D. Shosay's Journal
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Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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Exerpt from Ignorance is Bliss
"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
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“You ought to meet Steve. The two of you have the same kind of Ferrari.”
Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
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L'art de l'automobile
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Meeting Enzo Ferrari
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I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...