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All the World's a Stage - monologue
Shakespeare_ _As You Like It __ Act 2 Scene 7_ Jaques_ _All the world's a stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.



Here some links to different performances of these lines:

Morgan Freeman--Seven Ages of Man

All the world's a stage_ - Seven Ages of Man - As You Like It (Richard Pasco)

All The World's A Stage

As You Like It _ Jacques_ 'All the world's a stage.' Act 2_ Scene 7 _ Digital Theatre Plus

AS YOU LIKE IT (1936) - Full Movie

("All The World's A Stage" at timepos. 0:43:00 - 0:45:30)


A sonnet is a poetic form...

The rhyme scheme in a Shakespearean sonnet is a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g; the last two lines are a rhyming couplet.




Tele-Prompter for your PC / Laptop  (Windows)

Ideal for rehearsals of your lines is the use of a teleprompter-software.
Mirrorscript_Pro_v3.2 is freeware and easy to handle - I use it since months.

To show you how it works here a demo-video while running.
The link to the download-site of Mirrorscript_Pro_v3.2  (freeware)
A helping hand for installation and the settings.


Tele-Prompter for your Tablet-PC (Android)

Android Promper (freeware)
by MonacoDevDroid




Du suchst einen Schauspiellehrer?

Hier ein Tip einer Seniorin die mehr als 30 Jahre Profischauspielerin war:
Wenn dir ein Schauspieler/-rin besonders gut gefällt, seine/ihre Art zu spielen etc. dann hinterlege an der Pforte einen Brief an ihn/sie, schreibe was dir besonders an seiner/ihrer Art gefällt und, dass du dich freuen würdest wenn er/sie dir dabei behilflich wäre deine Fähigkeiten diesbezüglich zu erweitern.
Besonders Schauspieler in der TV- und Filmscene haben oft längere "Leerzeiten" die sich da anbieten würden.


Looking for an acting teacher?

Here a tip from a senior-actress:
If there is an actor / actress you like best, the way of performing etc. deposit a letter for him / her and tell him / her what you like and that you would be very glad if he / her would like to help you enforcing the ability for your acting.
Especially movie- and TV-actors often do have some time between the takes.



What you should know about yourself:

Things that make me...

a    things that make me angry
b    things that make me blush
c    things that make me cry
d    things that make me depressive
e    things that excite me
f    things that frighten me
g    things that make me greatful about
h    things that make me happy
i    things that inspire me
j    things that make me jump up and down
k    things that make me kill
l    things that make me feel lost
m    things I'll not miss / will miss
n    things that I've never done before
o    things that offend me
p    things that piss me off
q    things that I question
r    things that make me regret
s    things I'd love to steal
t    things that turn me on sexually
u    things that upset me
v    things I value
w    things I wish I had
x    text or photo I would xerox
y    things I yearn to do
z    things that put me to sleep







--->  The Language of Acting  <---
A Glossary of 1,223 Terms Used by Professionals in the Acting Business




So You Want To Be An Actor ?!
This is the place for beginning actors and actresses to learn about acting and the acting business.
For actors and actresses aspiring to become professional

or for those who want to take their avocation to the highest artistic level possible.

The Business of Acting





You are looking for a monologue for audition ?
here you'll find what you are searching for

--->    the online monologue archive    <---


--->  Monologe zum Vorsprechen bei Schauspielschulen gelungen auswählen  

--->  Monologe vorsprechen - Tipps für die Aufnahmeprüfung an der Schauspielschule  

---> Monologe - Hilfreiches  







How to become an actor with no experience

I've written it down from: Ways & now
"How to Become an Actor with no Experience - Video Tutorial"


Many people dream of becomming a big-shot hollywood actor with mega-bucks, celebrity lifestyle, fame and fortune, champain and caviar and all the other perks that go with it, many see only the glitz and glamour but do not realise the hard work that went to becomming one.

That's why so many people phantasize about becomming  an actor with absolutely no knowledge how to become one, believing that looks and a modicum of talent are enough to start with.

In so doing, they belittle the profession and short-change themselves.

Acting is a craft, a profession, an art, it is something you have to work hard at, not something you just naturally fall into by virtue of genes, good looks or good luck.

As a craft, acting is something you must develop, keep working to improve and continually learn.
As a profession, acting must be respected as a legitimate vocation that you labor at, and you must be professional in your dealings and actions.
As an art, acting is a jealous mistress - it will demand your time, your devotion, your passion - sometimes draining you of all you've got and giving nothing back except the joy of performing.

So if you desire to become one, knowing how to become an actor with no experience is the least of your concerns.

Having no experience is not an insurmountable problem. Experience is an indispensable part of getting roles in big-budget films, shows or plays. Inexperience actors are rarely if ever cast in big roles in for good reason.

Acting is such a demanding, draining job that those who are not used to the pressure can easily buckle under it.
Those who have no experience cannot possibly have any idea what it's like to be actually doing it, and especially those who believe it is all ease and fun will have the shock of their lives.

No big Hollywood director will want to have to deal with a freaked-out talent in the middle of a shoot.
There's good reason for hiring experienced cast, aside from the obvious advantage that experience will bring to the table.

But everything starts from somewhere, and if you consider yourself an actor albeit without any experience, than you can easily remedy that.


1: find opportunities and be out there

Search your local newspaper, bulletins, Community Centers, colleges for audition calls, and join.
Call local theaters and inquire if they have upcomming shows and if there are open auditions for parts.
Get involved in local plays and shows, if not as a member of the cast, then as part of the crew.
Tis is the easiest way to break into acting with zero experience.


2: be prepared to sacrifice time, personal life, other pursuits; and learn to harden your heart.

Acting is consuming and exacting. Many actors speaks of characters totally talking over their own selves so that it seems the character is all there and nothing is left of the actor. These actors have fully committed themselves to their craft and given themselves totally to it.
Sometimes, this can mean that the actor loses his sense of self even around his personal life and relationships, which can be very taxing for people around him.
You need to face this fact and be prepared to pay the price.
Even as this is so, actors have to learn to face much rejection, at the same time.
The rewards of acting can be very finicky!

Even if you give the greatest performance you are capable of, there is no guarantee the audience, the critics, the director will like your work, not even Hollywood's Top-Box-Office draws are always assured their films will not bomb and actors need to get used to rejection after rejection; you can't let it get to you.

This is the paradox of acting that you need to be confident enough to put yourself out there and be able to stand rejection, yet at the same time never lose the sensitivity and vulnerability that makes great actors great.

3: be genuinely nice to people around you, even those who reject you.

As an inexperienced actor you may meet with a lot of rudeness and incredulity, both from the acting circle and even within your family and friends.
Yet, the saying still holds true, what goes around comes around.
Understand their skepticism but set out to prove them wrong in the only way that works -
by showing them what you've got in terms of acting ability.

Treat people courteously and politely because the acting industry is a small, small world; you are going to meet people again and again, but they won't always be the same way. People in this industry are some of the most ambitious there, and the lowly assistant you snubbed today might be somewhere up the ladder in the future and have the power to make or break your career.

4: persevere and keep at it

Even after you get a good casting agent to work for you, it won't always guarantee a hugely successful career, a consistent stream of work, or always getting your dream roles. What you need to do is keep working!
There is no small role, no mean job - don't stick within your safe acting range, either.
Keep challenging yourself with nem characters to play, always doing something.

Don't wait for opportunity to knock, go make your own opportunities.


5: Be visible, accessible, persistent.

Any acting work - wether paid , unpaid, or underpaid - is a valuable learning experience, and experience is worth its weight in gold.

If you follow these steps, it won't be long before the issue of how to become an actor with no experience.
You will have gained a lot of experience in the process and become a full-fledged actor in your own right.




Acting video-links

I'm still working on it - daily updated


Free Acting Lessons - The Heller Approach

The Philosophy  (16 min)

The Foundation  (3 min)

Cold Reading  (5 min)

How to make an Impression  (14 min)

Introduction to Acting  (18 min)

The Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It!  (8 min)

3 Big Acting Mistakes  (8 min)

The Biggest Mistake Actors Make  (2 min)

Is Acting Right For You?  (2 min)


Stephen Book:
Critique of Scene Study Acting Classes, Part 1  (11 min)

Critique of Scene Study Acting Classes, Part 2  (9 min)

Improvisation Technique for Script Acting  (5 min)

Improvising  Performances with Scripted and Memorized Lines
Improvising the Acting Scales

Film / Movies:

(Michael Caine is one of my favourite actors - simply GREAT)

Michael Caine Teaches Film Acting (58 min)

Michael Caine: The Amazing Actor (57 min)

Michael Caine's John Wayne impression  (7 min)

Michael Caine interviewed by Michael Aspel  (13 min)

Michael Caine at 70_1  (13 min)

Michael Caine at 70_2  (13 min)

Michael Caine at 70_3  (11 min)





               Useful books about acting:                  


deutsch: "Kleines Schauspieler-Handbuch"

english:  "Respect for Acting"
Uta Hagen (Autor), Haskel Frankel (Autor)

Das Kleine Schauspieler-Handbuch von Uta Hagen enthält alles, was junge Schauspieler über ihre Kunst wissen sollten.

Teil I
Der Schauspieler
1 Konzept
2 Identität
3 Ersatz
4 Das emotionale Gedächtnis
5 Sensorisches Gedächtnis
6 Die fünf Sinne
7 Denken
8 Gehen und Sprechen
9 Improvisation
10 Realität
Teil II
Die Objektübungen
11 Die Basisübung
12 Drei Auftritte
13 Unmittelbarkeit
14 Die vierte Wand
15 Objekte verwandeln
16 Selbstgespräche
17 Draußen
18 Bedingende Kräfte
19 Geschichte
20 Charakterhandlung
Teil III
Das Stück und die Rolle
21 Erster Kontakt mit dem Stück
22 Die Figur
23 Umstände
24 Beziehungen
25 Das Ziel
26 Das Hindernis
27 Die Handlung
28 Die Proben
29 Praktische Probleme
30 Kommunikation
31 Stil


english:  "A Challenge For The Actor"
Uta Hagen (Autor)




Kleine Pantomimik
Frank U. Nickel (Autor), Herbert Haag (Autor), Klaus Roth (Autor), Christian Kröger (Autor)

Dieser Band stellt die Praxis der Pantomime in den künstlerisch-pädagogischen und den kreativ-körperbezogenen Anwendungskreis der Psychomotorik. Sowie der Sport- und Bewegungspädagogik und des darstellenden Spiels.
Die ca. 30 detailliert beschriebenen Übungs- und Spielformen dienen der Wahrnehmungs-, Aufmerksamkeits- und Ausdrucksförderung. Sie sind für das szenisch-körperliche Spiel bzw. für die Einstimmung in das Darstellen ohne Worte bestens geeignet. Etwa 20 pantomimische Spielszenen sind mittels detaillierter Handlungsbeschreibungen für einen, zwei oder mehrere Spieler ohne technische Bewegungsfertigkeiten von Kindern und Erwachsenen sofort spielbar.



Shakespeare's Restless World
MacGregor, Neil

Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, looks at the world through the eyes of Shakespeare's audience by exploring objects from that turbulent period. Examining these objects, Neil discusses how Shakespeare's audiences understood and made sense of the unstable and rapidly changing world in which they lived. With old certainties shifting around them, in a time of political and religious unrest and economic expansion, Neil asks what the plays would have meant to the public when they were first performed. Neil uses objects to explore the great issues of the day that preoccupied the public and helped shape the works and considers what they can reveal about the concerns and beliefs of Shakespearean England.

Shakespeares ruhelose Welt
Von Neil MacGregor. Aus dem Englischen von Klaus Binder

Während Shakespeare unvergängliche Werke wie Romeo und Julia, Hamlet, Othello oder König Lear schrieb, ging die Welt durch ein Zeitalter tiefgreifender Veränderungen. Seit der Entdeckung Amerikas hatten sich die Horizonte Europas dramatisch erweitert. Ein ganzes Weltbild geriet ins Wanken. Neil MacGregor führt uns anhand von zwanzig Objekten mitten hinein in diese Zeit – und hinein in die Stücke Shakespeares.
Ob er uns das Schwert eines Edelmanns oder die Wollmütze eines Handwerksburschen, einen Glaskelch aus Venedig oder Münzen aus Marrakesch vorstellt – immer weiß er eines der Themen zu illuminieren, die Shakespeares Zeitalter prägten: die Globalisierung, die Glaubenskämpfe, die Pest, der Islam, die Magie – und uns zugleich vertraut zu machen mit einem der aufregendsten Dichter der Weltliteratur. Das Resultat ist ein hinreißend lebendiges, glänzend geschriebenes und in vielem überraschendes Portrait der gefährlich aufgewühlten Welt von William Shakespeare.



Weniger ist mehr. Kleines Handbuch für Filmschauspieler
Michael Caine (Autor)

Sir Michael Caine gibt Tipps und Ratschläge, wie man sich auf eine Filmrolle vorbereitet, wie man sich am Drehort und vor der Kamera verhält und welches die großen Unterschiede in der Theater- und Filmarbeit sind. Er erzählt von seinen Erfahrungen mit dem Filmbusiness und verrät Tricks und Geheimnisse, die jeder Filmschauspieler beherzigen sollte, wenn er ein Filmset betritt.



"The art of acting" (in German: Die Schule der Schauspielkunst)
Stella Adler (Autor)

Stella Adler was one of the 20th Century's greatest figures. She is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro.

The great voice finally ended in the early Nineties, but her decades of experience and teaching have been brilliantly caught and encapsulated by Howard Kissel in the twenty-two lessons in this book.

Die Schule der Schauspielkunst
Stella Adler (Autor)

Stella Adler war eine der großen Persönlichkeiten des 20. Jahrhunderts. Wahrscheinlich ist sie die wichtigste Schauspiellehrerin der amerikanischen Geschichte. Sie begann als Schülerin des berühmten russischen Lehrers Konstantin Stanislawski. Beeinflusst durch ihre lange Karriere in New York und Hollywood und nachdem sie Generationen von später selbst berühmten Bühnen und Filmschauspielern ausgebildet hatte, begann sie ihren eigenen Stil auszuprägen. Ihren Studenten brachte sie mehr bei als lediglich die Tricks und Techniken der Bühne und des Films. Es sei nicht möglich, Schauspieler zu werden, bevor man nicht wirklich Mensch geworden sei, war einer ihrer wichtigsten Leitsätze. Ihre Stimme verstummte zu Beginn der 90-er Jahre, aber ihre jahrzehntelange Erfahrung und ihre unnachahmliche Pädagogik sind von Howard Kissel in den 22 Lektionen dieses Buches hervorragend eingefangen worden.




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