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Commercial Acting Class – Using Stereotypes as a Distortion Device

When discussing identity and stereotypes, the term that must be discussed is distortion. Regardless of whether the actor is learning commercial acting techniques or methods for other types of acting, distortion is a necessary talent. Every performance, from film to reality shows, requires that actors distort the truth. Distortion, if well executed, is actually able to reveal truths previously undiscovered by the actor about himself. This is, in reality, the job of the actor.

A commercial acting class along with other good acting classes teaches students that stereotypes are, in actuality, distortions of real personalities. They do play a large role when it comes to creating a character. They cannot, however, be allowed to take over the entire personality. Even a seemingly “cartoon-like” character who appears to be the definition of a stereotype must have layers of personality that add complexity. For example, a good actor will be able to create a character who has a tragic aspect but also maintains a comical exterior.

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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