• Do not listen to your fellow actors (it will only throw you).
  • Hold for all laughs -- if you don't get it, repeat line louder (face front if necessary, or laugh at it yourself).
  • Tension gets results.
  • Emotion is like an orange, you must squeeze it to get the juice.
  • A performance, like concrete, should be molded then set.
  • Your first responsibility as an actor is to find the light.
  • Do not look at your partner -- You may not see what you want.
  • Always be specific, point to what you are talking about.
  • If a line isn't working for you, change it.
  • Cultivate an attitude of hostility. (NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY)
  • Stage Managers are not actors -- Ignore them.
  • Never be afraid to ad-lib to get attention.
  • Mistakes are never your fault.
  • Always find something to bitch about, no matter how small or insignificant.
  • Never arrive on time.
  • Never carry make-up; someone will always have what you need.
  • Help Stage Managers keep alert by not signing in.
  • Never help understudies (why should they steal your business?).
  • Help your fellow actors by giving notes whenever you feel it's necessary. (If they ignore you, report them to the Stage Manager.)
  • Whenever possible, give them notes immediately before they go on -- it will be fresher that way.
  • Speak your lines as if the audience had difficulty understanding the language.
  • Keep other performers on their toes by making fun of their performance.
  • Play the reality -- be aware of the audience.
  • The key advantage is surprise -- don't let actors know what you're going to do.
  • The difference between amateur and pro is that the pro does exactly the same thing for money.
  • Create your character -- find your own costume.
  • Never change anything that's working, no matter how wrong or phony it may seem.
  • When in doubt about an ad-lib, go Whoo!
  • Even if a piece of schtick doesn't work, keep using it.
 

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