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It is not nuclear science that being on camera is not as easy as many think. However it can be easy if you practice on it, even the best pastors do hide in the bush to rehearse and prep themselves on how to deliver their sermons.

The artists must have their mentors lined up and steal as much as possible the technique and style without necessarily copying the act action by action. The spirit of good acting depends on, how well you understand the art…if you don’t know how…listen to what I look for as a show runner.

1.       The A- Articulation,  you are like a musician on stage, you have to be precise…in your own words…know what you want and tell people, start  loving the sound of what you say just the same way you would love the sound of your voice in a talent show or international music stage…this is what will connect you to your focus…you must be heard in your performance…be focused and have a sense of belonging in the profession…this is show business, you must know what you want and it is your duty to go for it,  I want you to have direction and self motivation as you deliver the act…the emotion must be real and the character portrayal must surprise even you after the word “cut’ it does not matter whether it is during rehearsal or a take, the articulation must go for it all the time, you only save the best for the camera of course, but the build must be seen during the rehearsal…acting is not acting…it is living and being the character, everything about you must transform ,  A-Z and become this person that the writer created. The power of the act is in the articulation, everything else takes form when you give your all during practice to make articulation your number one job as an actor.

2.       The R- responsibility must begin with the fundamentals of discipline. You really must know that being an actor is tougher than going to the quarry to dig for the best building stone; it needs you to really know that the act will require all the physical, emotional and mental power that you can summon. It is your responsibility to research on what you have to do to make the whole act an Oscar deserving performance, .don’t just say that the director will help you…it is you who must help yourself first. There are things that other artist do which you must stop doing if you want to be taken seriously…and you know them and how to stop them to make you the artist that every producer wants.

3.       The T- is for training… it is training which defines and refines your character as an artist. You really can’t claim to be good and stop training as you will stagnate…be a member of a drama club, join a film club and share…this is your gym, even if jobs keep long coming, this will continue to sharpen your mental positioning and articulation…..don’t look at money as the beginning of your success…all the times, look at the role and the audience response it generates…it is a process not an event and you must drive it like your very life depended on it.

While we discuss art with the above in mind, we start to sharpen and address the desire to become better in ways and manners which are priceless. The show runner wants to be moved, as the first audience of your work, you must be able to give him a memorable resume of what you are made of five seconds into your performance, the impression you leave behind is everything.

When you are bold and yet humble in the way you carry the art of acting, you ooze respect and admiration, jobs just come calling. You will never stalk producers and directors for jobs, they see you in a movie and the rest becomes history.

When you know what you are worth, then you want to use the service of the art to give more and more to your fans and audiences, you will never fear during the audition that the big stars are there for the few roles …..You will always believe in your ability to upset and score big…art needs faith, faith with actions that is.

Your presence is the essence that counts, the way you carry your confidence in a polite yet determined manner, don’t create room for over confidence as this will be seen and create an immediate disappointment for you…..the directors and producers want somebody who looks the part from the spirit towards the physique not the other way round.

Finally…look around, everything that God created is art…and He Ambitiously did so to make what you see look great..beginning of course, with yourself…I believe in God and for me He is the best example for   an artisan……among many other great things…that aside, just look around and know, if you can truly live the moment as an artist…you will appreciate the beauty of what you can become, when you are articulate, responsible and always training to become better and better in every act.

Don’t just believe you are good, humbly submit your performance to win this crown….don’t tell people how good you are, let them see judge and vote…and you must know that it is a hard call all the time for you to please many…just keep on doing it, for that is the nature of art, to keep on!

Advised by John Karanja.


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