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Did I make the right choice?

How do you successfully act by following your act? Johan Forslund will give you a few tips.
Three stage-prop houses with footsteps leading to more than one.
© Luleå University of Technology

How do you know if your choices are right? Well, you never really know until you actually try them out. But there are a couple of things to look for. And also, what does “right” mean anyway?

In the previous step I advised you to look for your gut reactions. And if you’ve done that, then you’re probably in the right ballpark.

Another thing to remember is that the simplest solution is usually the right one. Our work is not to write a separate, more complicated play than the one we already have. It’s quite the opposite. We’re trying to boil down a lot of information that might be in a script into a few simple actable nuggets.

Once you get on stage or in front of the camera, you don’t want to have to think about anything or worry about remembering any stories you’ve come up with. You want to be able to put your entire focus on your scene partner and what’s happening in the moment.

So, ask yourself if you understand your choices? Do you really understand them? And if you feel like you do, then you’ve probably done all you can for now.

© Luleå University of Technology
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