How To Further Your Acting To The Next Level


How To Further Your Acting To The Next Level

Pretty soon after starting acting, one gets the feeling that instructors and actors have different ideas, techniques and processes to reach to the ultimate goal of being “Truthful under imaginary circumstances”. Techniques and approaches sometimes appear to be in conflict with each other, “Meisner vs Method”, “being in the moment vs ensuring that each beat is the same while working on film”. At the end of the day it is the actor’s job -and that means you- to figure what works best for him or herself. The list below is a small compendium of books that in one way or another have been very influential in my career.

Must Read

Meisner on Acting by Sandford Meisner – Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges.

The Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique” by William Esper, Damon Dimarco – William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner’s legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor’s training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare

Respect for Acting” by Uta Hagen – in this book the author presents practical exercises to help the actor be grounded and be present moment to moment.

An Actor Prepares” by Constantin Stanislavsky – “An Actor Prepares” is a 1936 guide to acting by Konstantin Stanislavski. Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (1863 – 1938) was an influential Russian theatre practitioner. He was himself a highly-esteemed character actor and directed many successful productions. However, he is most famous for his ‘system’ of learning to act, focusing on training, preparation, and technique. This was the first of Stanislavski’s book on acting. Concentrating on preparation, it offers the aspiring actor or actress tips and instructions on how they should prepare for performances.

“Unblocking” oneself

The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron – The program begins with Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – The Morning Pages, a daily writing ritual of three pages of stream-of-conscious, and The Artist Date, a dedicated block of time to nurture your inner artist. From there, she shares hundreds of exercises, activities, and prompts to help readers thoroughly explore each chapter. She also offers guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors. A revolutionary program for personal renewal, The Artist’s Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer – This book is not for everyone. For that moment of your life, when you feel stuck; when you feel unable to determine the next step, open this book and let it guide you. A mandatory requirement is to have an open mind, and let it’s word touch your soul.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” by Natalie Goldberg – With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don’t listen to it)—even on choosing a restaurant in which to write.

Zen in the Art of Archery” – by Eugen Herrigel – A classic work on Eastern philosophy, Zen in the Art of Archery is a charming and deeply illuminating story of one man’s experience with Zen. Eugen Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, took up the study of archery as a step toward an understanding of Zen Buddhism. This book is the account of the six years he spent as a student of one of Japan’s great kyudo (archery) masters, and of how he gradually overcame his initial inhibitions and began to feel his way toward new truths and ways of seeing.

Acting Tool-books

The following are books that focus on specifics tactics or help solve specific problems. They don’t “teach” acting but are valuable to help unblock creativity or help tackle specific challenges when working on material.

Backwards Forwards: a Technical Manual for Reading Plays” by David Ball – This book presents the reader with techniques to discover hard to find clues present in plays. Actors interested in seeking a deeper knowledge of the relations between the characters in the play will find the techniques very useful.

Playing Shakespeare: An Actor’s Guide” by John Barton – Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors–among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet–John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. The director begins by explicating Shakespeare’s verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare’s most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice.

Seminario Intensivo de Actuación

Técnica Meisner

Por primera vez en Argentina voy a estar dando un seminario de actuación intensivo basado en la progresión Meiser. Este seminario asume la participación activa de los participantes. Se llevará a cabo durante dos días de instrucción y será dictado en Castellano.

👉 Lugar: La Balsa Centro De Creación Artística. La Rioja 861, Córdoba, Argentina

👉 Días: 27 y 28 de diciembre, 2021

👉 Hora: de 18 a 22 (8hs carga horaria) ⏰

👉 Es requisito tener experiencia previa en #teatro y/o #cine.

👉 CUPO: 8 personas y hasta 4 observadores.

La Técnica Meisner provee al artista de herramientas para generar respuestas orgánicas y auténticas durante puestas en escena o durante el rodaje cinematográfico. 🎥Fundamentalmente busca que el actor pierda la impostura de “actor” a través de una serie de ejercicios, repetición y el uso de su imaginación; haciendo posible que cada interpretación se presente con la impronta y la naturaleza como si fuese “la primera vez”.

Raúl E. Peyret es un actor teatral y cinematográfico nacido en Córdoba, Argentina y radicado en Estados Unidos en el año 2000. Su primera introducción a Meisner fue a través de la Progresión Meisner, enseñada por Robin Lynn Smith, directora artística de Freehold Theatre y galardonada directora teatral e instructora de la progresión.

Inscripciones al: +54 9 351 5 941077 Ariel Martinez Morán o a

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AMPD – A Monologue Per Day – Day 04

This monologue is “Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop” by David Hoch interpreted by Raúl Peyret.

A Monologue Per Day (AMPD) is a challenge I started that consists in preparing and recording one monologue per day. I select the monologue randomly from “222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes & Under” and I prepare whatever lucks decides; regardless of the character gender, age, etc.

“Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop” by David Hoch interpreted by Raúl Peyret

AMPD – A Monologue Per Day – Day 03

Today I’m doing “The Menaechme” by Titus Maccius Plautus.

A Monologue Per Day (AMPD) is a challenge I started that consists in preparing and recording one monologue per day. I select the monologue randomly from “222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes & Under” and I prepare whatever lucks decides; regardless of the character gender, age, etc.

AMPD – A Monologue Per Day – The Menaechme by Titus Maccius Plautus interpreted by Raúl Peyret

AMPD – A Monologue Per Day – Day 01

A Monolog Per Day (AMPD) is a challenge that consists in preparing and recording one monologue per day. I select the monologue randomly from “222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes & Under” and I prepare whatever lucks decides; regardless of the character gender, age, etc.

Let’s see what we have in store for today…
AMPD – A Monologue Per Day – Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch, interpreted by Raúl E. Peyret

Discover Which TV Shows are still on for 2020, driving $2.9B in Production Budgets

The COVID-19 situation had a huge impact on productions. Based on data from “Renewed or Canceled: The Status and Budget of Every TV Show for 2020 | Investing Magazine“, only 17 (47%) of the 36 productions for 2020 have been renewed (and one will be canceled after 2020). A back-of-the envelope calculation suggest that’s roughly U$S 2.6 Billion in productions that did not or will not happen this year. It is not possible to attribute all this to the COVID-19 outbreak but I do suspect it has lots to do.

Perhaps the optimistic view is that over 50% of the production budget has been renewed, that is an estimate of almost USD $3 Billion.

Budget of TV Productions in 2020 by Status

Find below the list of Shows and how much they budgeted per Episode or Season.

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List of shows renewed for 2020

ProductionEst. Production Cost (Millions)Budget Period
Archer $0.10Per Episode
World of Dance $0.10Per Episode
American Dad! $0.25Per Episode
Disenchantment $0.30Per Episode
South Park $0.30Per Episode
The Daily Show $0.80Per Episode
Dancing with the Stars $1.00Per Episode
High Maintenance $1.00Per Episode
Hell’s Kitchen $1.00Per Episode
Barry $1.00Per Episode
The Amazing Race $1.00Per Episode
Blue Bloods $1.00Per Episode
Shark Tank $1.00Per Episode
Queer Eye $1.00Per Season
The 100 $1.50Per Episode
Better Call Saul $1.50Per Episode
Pose $2.00Per Episode
American Ninja Warrior $2.00Per Episode
All Rise $2.00Per Episode
Mom $2.00Per Episode
GLOW $2.00Per Episode
Succession $2.00Per Episode
This Is Us $2.00Per Episode
Billions $2.00Per Episode
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel $2.00Per Episode
The Sinner $2.00Per Episode
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia $2.00Per Episode
Hawaii Five-0 $2.00Per Episode
Brooklyn Nine-Nine $2.00Per Episode
grown-ish $2.00Per Episode
You $2.25Per Episode
The Voice $2.30Per Episode
Black Mirror $2.50Per Episode
Bosch $2.50Per Episode
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow $3.00Per Episode
The Bachelor $3.30Per Episode
The Walking Dead $3.40Per Episode
Better Things $3.50Per Episode
Last Man Standing $3.50Per Episode
Doctor Who $4.00Per Episode
Fauda $4.00Per Episode
SEAL Team $4.00Per Episode
American Crime Story $4.00Per Episode
Conan $4.80Per Episode
NCIS $5.00Per Episode
NCIS: Los Angeles $5.00Per Episode
The Simpsons $6.50Per Episode
Bull $6.50Per Season
Stranger Things $8.00Per Episode
Ozark $9.00Per Episode
The Handmaid’s Tale $10.00Per Episode
American Gods $10.00Per Season
America’s Got Talent $10.00Per Season
Euphoria $11.00Per Episode
Taboo $12.00Per Season
Warrior $12.50Per Season
Westworld $25.00Per Episode
American Horror Story $43.00Per Season
Outlander $75.00Per Season
The Haunting of Hill House $90.00Per Season
Titans $90.00Per Season
Lucifer $92.00Per Season
The Mandalorian $100.00Per Season
Lord of the Rings $125.00Per Season
The Crown $130.00Per Season
My Next Guest Needs No
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$140.00Per Season
MasterChef Junior $150.00Per Season
Young Sheldon $160.00Per Season
The Jim Jefferies Show Unknown  Unknown  
The Good Fight Unknown  Unknown  
A Black Lady Sketch Show Unknown Unknown 
List of Productions Renewed for 2020, sorted by Production Cost
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List of Shows Canceled for 2020

ProductionEst. Production Cost (Millions)Budget Period
Cops $0.20Per Episode
Bojack Horseman $0.50Per Episode
Last Call with Carson Daly $0.50Per Episode
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend $0.50Per Episode
Counterpart $0.50Per Episode
Animals $0.50Per Episode
Broad City $0.50Per Episode
Dear White People $1.00Per Episode
Wahlburgers $1.00Per Episode
Speechless $1.00Per Episode
Baskets $1.00Per Episode
Future Man $1.00Per Episode
The Affair $1.00Per Episode
Life in Pieces $1.00Per Episode
Anne With an E $1.00Per Season
Fuller House $1.30Per Episode
Ransom $1.40Per Episode
Corporate $1.50Per Episode
Divorce $2.00Per Episode
Supernatural $2.00Per Season
You’re the Worst $2.00Per Episode
Killjoys $2.00Per Episode
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt $2.00Per Episode
The Ranch $2.00Per Episode
Mr. Robot $2.00Per Episode
GLOW $2.00Per Episode
Jane the Virgin $2.00Per Episode
Schitt’s Creek $2.00Per Season
Empire $3.00Per Episode
Dark $3.00Per Episode
Strike Back $3.00Per Episode
The Good Place $3.50Per Episode
Channel Zero $3.50Per Episode
Suits $3.50Per Episode
How to Get Away With Murder $3.50Per Episode
The Detour $3.50Per Episode
Modern Family $3.50Per Episode
Shadowhunters $3.50Per Episode
Criminal Minds $3.50Per Episode
The OA $4.00Per Episode
Legion $4.00Per Episode
Fresh Off the Boat $4.00Per Episode
13 Reasons Why $5.00Per Episode
Elementary $5.20Per Episode
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D $7.50Per Episode
The Deuce $9.00Per Episode
The Big Bang Theory $10.00Per Episode
Humans $13.50Per Episode
iZombie $17.00Per Season
Power $35.00Per Season
Veep $36.00Per Season
Vikings $40.00Per Season
Homeland $45.00Per Season
Will & Grace $50.00Per Season
Orange is the New Black $50.00Per Season
Arrow $70.00Per Season
Preacher $70.00Per Season
Blindspot $79.00Per Season
Silicon Valley $100.00Per Season
Transparent $100.00Per Season
Santa Clarita Diet $100.00Per Season
A Series of Unfortunate Events $140.00Per Season
Into the Badlands $200.00Per Season
Ballers $200.00Per Season
Friends from College N/APer Episode
List of Productions Canceled for 2020, sorted by Production Cost