The opposite to …
- black = ?
- sweet = ?
- happy = ?
- hard = ?
How quickly did you answer “white”, “sour”, “sad” and “soft”? It’s easy, eh!!!
BUT … when an actor has to find an opposite reason for the conversation, to the one they first chose, there is a stunned silence. Throughout this week entire classes of actors said, “That’s REALLY hard!”
My question is … “How hard is it to change your ‘Conversation Goal’ from …
… I’m challenging you to see that I love you
… I’m challenging you to see that I don’t love you?
It’s as simple as black and white OR hard and soft. Yet, actors constantly have great difficulty in making such a simple choice. Why is that? Is it because we don’t like change? Is it because we are set in our minds that the dialogue couldn’t possibly have such an opposite meaning or intention?
About seventeen actors (across 5 classes) this week PROVED that after considering opposite possibilities there was a 400% improvement in –
# complex listening skills
# story clarity
# and believability.
The improvements were MASSIVE.
AS SOON AS you have decided on the most brilliant and appropriate ‘Conversation Goal’ immediately THINK OF AN OPPOSITE one.
AS SOON AS you have realized the perfect way to make sense of a complicated line THINK OF AN OPPOSITE way.
This simple technique liberates you from the straight jacket of predictable choices. It OPENS YOUR MIND to the possibilities. You don’t have to even use them. But being aware of them and being prepared to use them MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
Trust me … and if you’re in doubt ask the seventeen actors who confronted this is issue this week in classes. They’ll tell you … “It works.”