Approach to learning

Always come from a place of curiosity. Yes, we want to get every detail down correctly. But it’s too tempting to be hard on ourselves, particularly in the intensity of a rehearsal or workshop situation. Too often we think, “I should be able to get...

Posting Video Of Your Test Fights

Congratulations! You’ve spent hours and hours on your test fights, and you should be proud of all the work you’ve done! At this point, many people want to post the video of their exam, but I caution against it. Posting the video from your test fight is...

Story

For FDC’s National Workshop, 2014. It’s test day. Remember: It’s all about the story. It’s tempting to get caught up in performing the technique perfectly, and yes, perfect technique is lovely to watch. But in the end, if you don’t know...

Dying ain’t dead

“…Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas   All too often, test fights end with a “light switch” kill, meaning that the character gets stabbed and one breath later, they expire (many...

Acting Aggression

We’re coming up to final performance, and it’s time to get “test-ready”. At this stage most people need to increase their level of aggression. This does not mean that you go as fast as you can, or move with tension because it feels like...