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What skills did Stanislavski think a successful actor needed?

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What skills did Stanislavski think a successful actor needed? Constantin Stanislavski was really the first to introduce a definite method that can be employed in specific ways for any given role. He revolutionized the way we think of acting and felt that an acting technique is absolutely essential for the actor's continued growth as an artist. A successful actor needs three things: a vivid imagination, a desire to perform and a dedicated commitment. Another point an actor should be aware of is, that it is the responsibility of each actor to examine the techniques, and make informed decisions, in order to better his performance. A definite technique is what actors need most and the more talent an actor has the more he cares about his technique. He uses many aspects in his system to help the actor prepare for a role and the imagination plays the biggest part. The imagination is the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses. ...read more.


If the student responds thoughtlessly, he wouldn't accept the answer. Then, in order to give a more satisfactory answer, the student must either rouse his imagination or else approach the subject through his mind, by means of logical reasoning. Work on the imagination is often prepared and directed in this conscious, intellectual manner. The student sees something, either in his memory or in his imagination, certain definite visual images are before him. For a brief moment, he lives in a dream. After that, another question and the process is repeated. So with a third and fourth, until I have sustained and lengthened that brief moment into something approaching a whole picture. Concentration is another important aspect of an actors success in his ability to remain focused on the reality of the stage. This allows the body and emotional responses to be more free and spontaneous. In the reality of everyday life, people are always concentrated on something, whether it be an inanimate object, a thought, or a physical feeling. ...read more.


Another quality that works in conjunction with concentration is the actors ability to relax. Relaxation was necessary for the actor to reach his potential. Of course some amount of tension is required in order to support our bodies. Stanislavski refers to unnecessary bodily tension that cuts off the power of the voice or hinders the actor's natural creative impulses. An actor must be aware of his bodily tension, and can work to diminish it through yoga and other exercises. An exercise to help your body relax is to lye on your back on a flat, hard surface, such as a floor and making a note of various groups of muscles throughout the body that are unnecessarily tense. The places noted should then be immediately relaxed and others searched out. In order to make a sculptural imprint on a soft surface, when we lie down we must rid our bodies of every muscular contraction. That will give the body a better chance to rest and in a matter of an hour or so you can refresh yourself more than by a whole night of lying in a constrained position. ...read more.

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