brian mac ian
- Two minutes & Counting (Finding the Monologue that Fits)
- AUDITION (by Michael Shurtleff)
- The Way of the Actor (by Brian Bates)
- Actor Tools (courtesy of Little Lip Productions) (free e-book)
Brand Spankin' New!
Since it's good to know your "type" for auditioning, chosing headshot styles and perhaps just general vanity's sake, check out MyHeritage. It provides a face recognition program (register for free to use) which is fun and easy to use. (Or see what I did with some of my headshots and character shots.)
- Brian Mac Ian Workshops & Classes Newsletter (free subscription required)
- The Actors' Center (Washington, DC)
(these are just a few of the ones I commonly use in classes, workshops and while directing)
"Amidst the mists and coldest frosts, with stoutest wrists and loudest boasts; he thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees those ghosts."
"What a to-do to die today, at a minute or two to two; a thing distinctly hard to say, but harder still to do. We'll beat a tattoo, at twenty to two a rat-tat-tat- tat-tat-tat- tat-tat-tattoo and the dragon will come at the beat of the drum at a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two."
"Moses supposes his toses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously." (from "Singing In The Rain")
"The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue."
"You know you need unique New York."
"Cecil vexeth Essex."
"Red leather, yellow leather. Good blood, bad blood."
"Rubber baby buggy bumpers."
"Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?"
"Suzy's Irish Sushi Special."
"She sells seashells by the sea shore."
"The sixth Sheik's sixth sheep's sick."
... and if you're up for much more tongue-twisting torture, check this webpage: http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/en.htm.
Making your own tongue twisters is rather simple. Just form a grammically-correct phrase or sentence where your mouth cannot slur or run words together and force yourself to say it faster and faster BUT with clear elecution. Remember: the phrase or sentence does not have to make sense.