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Commercial Acting Class – Acting and the Suffering Artist Stereotype

The Meisner method defines stereotypes as distorted views of people and their characteristics.  They do play a large role when it comes to creating a character. Despite this, actors have to ensure that they do not allow the stereotype to dominate the character. Even a simple character must go beyond the stereotype. For example, a good actor will be able to create a character who has a tragic aspect but also maintains a comical exterior.

A partial use of stereotypes can help the audience to better understand your character, at least on a superficial level that can be fleshed out later on in the performance. Character complexity cannot be ignored, however, or the viewer will rapidly become bored with the portrayal. Occasionally, the writer will use stereotypical characters as a device which means that the character must be carefully illustrated.

The Maggie Flanigan Studio provides quality meisner acting instruction. Find out more about commercial acting class in nyc by visiting the studio website.

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