The The Brain Based System is an alternative approach for actors who are looking for a more precise way to create each role. Many actors do not thrive in conventional methods that rely primarily on metaphors and gut instinct, so I worked with a team of cognitive scientists to create an alternative; a tangible approach to embodying the unique and authentic behaviors of each character.
This approach includes three separate training modules:
The imagination is the actors most critical tool. As dramatic artists, we must be able to consistently immerse ourselves in the imaginary circumstances of every role we play. A brain-based perspective on the imagination provides actors with a working understanding of the imagination and provides actors with techniques that enable them to consistently get the results they desire.
Actors need a technique, a reliable and efficient way to create each role. The Actor's Algorithm consists of seven steps to embody any character. An acting instructor and a team of cognitive scientists collaborated to identify the specific challenges to actors who seek to mentally immerse themselves in an imaginary world and embody the behaviors of a character.
The team first designed a model to reverse-engineer the natural processes of human behavior, and then designed applications that achieve an actor's goal to embody the authentic experience of another human being in a different (and imaginary) set of circumstances.
In this course, you will learn how to develop and utilize specific skills for acting. You will learn three newly developed techniques that are organized into seven steps named the Actor’s Algorithm.
You will learn to mentally construct an imagined reality, to identify and respond to the stimulus within that imagined reality, and you will learn how to experience this imagined reality through the perspective of your character. Lastly, you will learn a personal assessment process so that you know which parts of your performance are ready and which need more work.
By the end of this course, you will have the tools to continually improve your acting skills and you will know exactly what to do to create every role.
Different performance mediums require performance adjustments. Actors should be able to create effective performances for stage, television, and film. Different genres demand different performances abilities. Most of us have seen actors that perform with great impact in the theatre, yet become ineffective on screen.
Actors who know specific imaginative techniques and possess the skills to effortlessly create authentic behaviors as the result of having studied The Actor's Imagination Workshop and The Actor's Algorithm have the ability to make adjustments tailored to each performance venue.
You will be amazed at how easy it is to adjust your performance once you understand the specific demands of each medium and you have a working model of your imagination. You will be able to take notes from casting agents and directors, and create transformative performances on stage, television, and film, at will.
"It's going to get you places you're not used to going, quicker."
- Joey Abrego
"Instructors are always telling actors to focus, but on what? That is how I get stuck in my head. Directed focus (this process) gives me a starting point, a foundation, even a springboard to send me into the scene."
- Chante Lewis
“I’ve studied acting since high school and this is the first acting technique that makes complete sense to me while helping me feel more organic when performing."
- Brandon Berg