Acting is Believing (tenth edition) by Charles McGaw, Kenneth L. Stilson, Larry D. Clark

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You unconsciously achieve proper body alignment as you recline on a reasonably hard surface. From this prone position, you can eliminate excess tension, bringing your body weight naturally into correct relationship. As an actor, you Chapter 2 Approaching the Creative State 21 must transfer this relationship and this feeling of relaxation from a prone to an upright position. When you do so, you will be standing tall, and the “tip at the back of the top of your head” will be the tallest point. The bottom line of your chin is parallel with the floor, as you relax your front neck muscles—a condition essential to eliminating vocal tension.

What would I do if I were this character in these circumstances? Worrying about the audience produces instant tension. Like actors, athletes also cherish the approval of the spectators, but during the game, they must concentrate solely on their actions. As LeBron James soars to the goal, he is certainly aware of the audience, yet he has one thing on his mind—the basket. While Serena Williams rallies against Lindsay Davenport up match point, she knows she is being watched by millions of tennis fans around the world; nevertheless, she stays focused on one thing—her next stroke.

D. Lower Back Stretch (Diagonal Twist) Straighten your legs, and place your arms straight out from your body. Raise your right leg, rotate it over to the left at a ninety-degree angle, and touch the floor with your right foot. Rotate your upper torso the other direction, looking to the right. Be certain your right hip is pointed up to the ceiling. Hold for fifteen seconds, and repeat with the left leg. When you are finished, repeat the entire sequence two additional times. E. Front of Trunk Stretch (The Cobra) Roll onto your stomach, bring your hands to the sides of your shoulders, and ease your chest off the floor, keeping your hips firmly pressed onto the ground.

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