The Power & Magic of Listening Part 1
Kimberly Jentzen presents a new and dynamic series: The Power and Magic of Listening, Part One.
The following is an excerpt from her newly released book, Acting with Impact: Power Tools to Ignite the Actor’s Performance.
LISTENING IS WHERE THE MAGIC LIVES
Listening is opening up and hearing with not only your ears, but with each of your senses. To really hear the rain or take that moment to really taste the ice cream, or allow your eyes to take in the light through the trees in the early morning; these are all forms of listening.
A skilled actor understands how to listen for more than just the words, sounds and tonality, but also with an emptiness inside that needs to be filled by the other character. When you listen to others, what do you really listen for? And what is your character listening for?
Listening is the first real obligation required to carry out a believable truthfulness in the moment. It creates an honest connection between scene partners. The actor has to surrender the planned response to allow a true response that can only come when really listening. Nothing can replace it.
To listen is to put your attention on the other actor and what is being said both verbally and non-verbally. You watch, you hear, you wait; you are captivated in an active process. You can even listen to the silence of someone. Listening is taking in emotional reactions, body language, facial expressions and energy.
We live in the moment, uncertain of what the next moment will bring.
available at www.actingwithimpact.com, Amazon and Samuel French Bookshop, Hollywood.