If you’ve ever had a dream where a friend or a partner did something hurtful, and then you woke up and you really felt mad at them (even though they did nothing wrong!) then you’ve experienced the incredible superpower of your brain to turn imagination into something that feels like a memory.
What would happen if you harnessed that superpower in your acting?
In this clip, we chat about building memories for the roles you play. Doing so can produce real emotions and help you with powerful physical embodiment – which ultimately makes it a heck of a lot easier not to push in your work, and to make acting look real.
Check out the clip below and shoot me an email to let me know what you think.
CLASS CLIP TRANSCRIPTION
Sarah: Yeah, so sometimes as you describe the relationships, as you build the relationships with the people you have in the scene with you, finding juicy language, right. Like, my lover, love of my life, now right, the love of my life…he’s…you find him sexy, but he’s also a fucking asshole. You know, like to find those…because you know, our relationships are also complicated, always. Finding some of those opposing descriptors are very helpful.
Sarah: Maybe you can just build one or two memories. Memories that are so vivid. A couple is all you need. I was just reading a science article about how the parts in our brain, in the hippocampus, which is the center in charge of memory, they’re learning that our imagination and our memory are very closely linked and use the same parts of the brain. Right, isn’t that fascinating, Zach? Yeah, what were you gonna say?
Student: I read about this, and parts of your brain that…when you go through an imaginary scenario, your brain stores it like memories of things that actually happened to you.
Student: That’s crazy.
Sarah: How useful is that as an actor. To know that if you build something with your imagination in a powerful way, just in the way that we all know how powerful our brains are when we let them. Right, like when we have a dream that’s vivid and we wake up sweating. So if you build these memories so that they’re real for you, using your imagination, they become your own.