Developing intuition to enhance acting performance

Ben Whishaw, Abbie CornishPraising one of the stars of her movie “Bright Star,” director Jane Campion commented about Abbie Cornish:

“She has to be very true to her instincts, she doesn’t know how to betray them; it would be a little death to do so.

“She is weirdly strong, gracious, intuitive and bold and fabulously stubborn at times.”

[From Jane Campion’s ‘Bright Star’ poetry, by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2009. Photo: Ben Whishaw as poet John Keats, Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne.]

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Many talented and accomplished actors consider intuition an important part of developing creativity and power as an artist.

Commenting about the book Practical Intuition, Demi Moore said the author Laura Day “is a remarkable woman with remarkable abilities, but for me, what is most remarkable about her is how she has taught me to believe in myself and my own intuition.

“By creating a practical format like the one in this book, she teaches everyone to see how intuition works on all levels of our lives, and how we can take back our personal power.”

Kim BasingerKim Basinger said, “I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.” [imdb.com bio]

And Rachel Weisz thinks, “You have to stop thinking too much and just use your heart and your gut and your instincts [when acting]. Any intellect just gets in the way. You just have to go with the feeling and not over-analyze.” [imdb.com]

That perspective is also emphasized by Jennifer Lehman, a film acting teacher, consultant, and scriptwriter.

In our interview On Awareness and Creative Expression, she says, “You need to move away from your ego to stay in a creative state.

“Anytime you’re shifting the focus back to yourself, you’re shutting down creative potential. It’s difficult to achieve a consistent openness, letting things flow through you, without your own judgments, your own personal history, or how you think it should be, interfering with that.

“Our thinking mind is different than our feeling mind, and if we start thinking, we shut down creative expression – for actors, anyway.”

More quotes: Intuition / instinct

Related article: Whatever Works Best, by Christopher Grove, Variety. ‘With no one way to hone their craft, actors often go with their instincts.’

Two of many other articles:

Wrestling with our intuition

Developing Creativity and Business Success Using Our Intuition

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Article publié pour la première fois le 26/05/2009