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Module 11: Concentration

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Module 11: Concentration

  1. 1. Concentration • There are few things that we can control when we walk into court each day. • As unstable and unpredictable an environment that the courtroom is, there is one thing that we still have control over: where we put our attention. • We can put it all on ourselves or on something else outside of yourself.
  2. 2. Concentration • In other words, we can “see” or we can “be seen.”
  3. 3. Concentration • The essential building block for an actor (i.e., his DNA) is his concentration. • An actor must be the master of his concentration.
  4. 4. Concentration • An actor must be able to gather his attention and put it where he wants to put it – on set, off set – any place, any time.
  5. 5. Concentration • The ability to focus your attention at will is critical for every performing artist. • Concentration is the muscle that allows you to focus. It’s the first necessary essential thing. • The type of concentration that I’m referring to is a focused alertness with a specific intention. • Here are two examples.
  6. 6. Concentration • First, an Olympic runner lining up at the starting line right before the gun goes off.
  7. 7. Concentration • Second, a paramedic or first responder in a moment of crisis without all of the chaos. They take control of the situation immediately. This is the kind of focus that both acting, and litigation, demands.
  8. 8. Concentration • “To take the heat off yourself – to transfer the point of concentration outside of yourself – is a big battle won.” – Sanford Meisner

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