Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Constantin Stanislavski’s “An Actor Prepares”
One Word Review: Erudite!
Ever since I had started reading I classify books under the following basic categories: Novel, Informative, Educational, Philosophical, Religious, Spiritual, Psychology, and Self-help.
Whatever happens on the stage must be for a purpose.
I designate this books under the Educational category. An Actor Prepares is simply an encyclopedia of Theatre acting. It provides the basic requirements for an actor to be expressive. From A to Z, this book delineates the process of Method Acting on how an actor should start with his or her proceedings in order to establish oneself as a true actor. It covers methodologies to train your mind and body and how to tune them synchronously.
Art is in itself a creator, it creates its own life, beautiful in its abstraction, beyond the limits of time, and space.
Method acting is considered old nowadays. But this book will be a good read for aspiring actors, giving them a head start on what is acting. There was so much information and methods described in this book that I had to take notes and practice with my friend.
Don't act "in general", for the sake of action; always act with a purpose. And truthfully.
Key Takeaways :
Sincerity of emotions and feelings.
Develop our imagination.
Arouse our feelings.
Work steadily and untiringly.
Break into units and objectives.
The body is an Instrument or rather an apparatus.