Posted: Sep. 3, 2012
Category: Acting Tips
By John Pallotta
Acting Coach
New York   Washington DC   Chicago

Almost every acting class in the world trains actors to "play an objective",
in other words, to choose an action based on the information you get from
reading the script, or, why the character is doing what he is doing. Believe
me, that's the easy part of dealing with actions. The piece of the puzzle
that few actors learn to deal with is the deeper, personal layer of "why"
they are playing those actions.

Please consider this acting fact. Without a personal need to accomplish the
"action", you have not yet earned your right to stand on that stage and
speak the words of the script. I am talking about having the true need to do
the things you are doing in the play. The "true need". Not the pretended
need or the indicated need, but the authentic need. Having the true need to
do what you are doing, is the seed of all life on stage.

Isn't this true in life? Yes, in life, your actions are purposeful, you have
the true need to do the things you do in each moment or you would not bother
doing them. It is the same on the stage - we call this "purpose", your
acting must be truly purposeful.

Remember, theatre is not an imitation of our lives, it demands a greater
truth. "True purpose" is an essential part of that greater truth."

God Bless.
John Pallotta Acting-Coach