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CT- la: Did my Hidden Acting Agenda cause this? Appetizer • 62 CT- 2: What am I most afraid of as an actor? CT- 2a: Did my Hidden Acting Agenda cause this? CT- 3: What am I most afraid of while acting? CT- 3a: Did my Hidden Acting Agenda cause this? CT- 4: What negative thoughts or actions do I have before, during or after performing? CT- 4a: Has this affected my work? CT- 4b: Did my Hidden Acting Agenda cause this? CT- 5: What do I really like to do as an actor? CT- 5a: Do I do it? CT- 5b: Why or why not?
If you do not know your history you are doomed to repeat its weaker moments. With these questions, honestly view your acting history. "H" stands for history. H-l: Why did I start acting? H-2: What stories do I like to tell? H-3: What stories do I like to see? H-4: What stories do I like to experience? H-5: What have I been told about my ideas? H-5a: Did that criticism change my ideas? Take another look at whether you have ever been disrespected because of your ideas. 30 • The Actor's Menu H-6: What, if anything, did I change as a result of what I was told about my ideas.
It's good to discover what internal steps you actually take. Your Hidden Acting Agenda is part of your process and acts like a filter or a converter that alters anything that is related to that item. If your process is set up to "protect" you from any and all perceived flaws or weirdness, it's totally in opposition to becoming an affecting actor. "P" stands for Process For questions P-l through P-4, look for internal actions or inactions, such as doubting you can do it, criticizing the script, not experiencing the script and not noting any Appetizer • 60 impulses or ideas.