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Publisher Comments:

“I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don’t seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living.”

–Larry Moss, from the Introduction

When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss’s guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone–professionals and amateurs alike–can discover Moss’s passionate, in-depth teaching.

Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic.

From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies.

Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss’s respect for actors and love of the actor’s craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

“I love the work I’ve gotten to do with Larry. He loves actors, he loves acting, and I love him.”
–Helen Hunt

“Larry Moss is probably the most knowledgeable, articulate, creative, compassionate teacher of acting in America today. He is solely responsible for transforming me from a talented person into an artist.”
–Jason Alexander

“Larry has an uncompromising dedication to the art and craft of acting. I wouldn’t take on another role without working with him.”
–Hilary Swank

“Larry is pure genius. He opened my heart and allowed me to feel again. I would not have been able to be John Coffey without him.”
–Michael Clarke Duncan

About the Author

Larry Moss studied his craft with such luminaries as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Warren Robertson. He began his career at New York’s famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and went on to appear on Broadway in numerous productions. After teaching at Juilliard and Circle in the Square, Moss returned to Los Angeles and founded the Larry Moss Studio in 1990. His directing credits include the off-Broadway hit The Syringa Tree, which won the 2001 Obie for Best Play of the Year, and a new play opening on Broadway in spring 2005.

Table of Contents

  1. Given circumstances: building from the ground up
  2. Superobjective and objective: what do you want? — My system of wants exercise — Obstacle and intention: how will you get it? — Stakes: what is it worth to you? — Inner imagery: the life within — Battling acting teachers: don't get caught in a senseless war — Emotion on demand: finding your triggers; Memories of home exercise — The actor's choice: creating your interpretation
  3. Defining and redefining your relationships — In-character improvisation
  4. Destination, business, and gesture; Creating physical life for your character-- Back story and biography: believing your character's life-- The animal exercise: expanding your behavioral choices — Place: the richness of where you are — Cold, drunk, hot, sexy: using sensory work for character — The physical sensation exercise — Endowing objects, places, persons, and events — The personal object exercise — The moment before: starting the scene with life — Moment to moment: it's always improvisation
  5. The repeat exercise — Relaxation and overcoming fear — The release exercise
  6. Voice, accents, and blood memory — An actor's tipsheet for comedy — Stage, screen, and TV: similarities, difference, traps — How to work with a director or be your own director — The power of yes — When race, racial stereotypes, class, ethnicity, and sexuality become issues — The story exercise: becoming the writer and star of your own play — Confidence versus arrogance and the work ethic — On being cool: a rant — Breaking in and breaking out: how I learned not to be a demented puppy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553901153
Subtitle:
Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Moss, Larry
Author:
Larry Moss
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Performing Arts-Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Performing Arts : Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
General
Subject:
Acting
Subject:
Vocational Guidance
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
358

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Product details 358 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553901153 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , “I love the work I’ve gotten to do with Larry. He loves actors, he loves acting, and I love him.”
–Helen Hunt

“Larry Moss is probably the most knowledgeable, articulate, creative, compassionate teacher of acting in America today. He is solely responsible for transforming me from a talented person into an artist.”
–Jason Alexander

“Larry has an uncompromising dedication to the art and craft of acting. I wouldn’t take on another role without working with him.”
–Hilary Swank

“Larry is pure genius. He opened my heart and allowed me to feel again. I would not have been able to be John Coffey without him.”
–Michael Clarke Duncan
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