On Acting

We all act and we all act with intention. We may or may not be conscious of our acting, – how we are playing our part, – or of our intentions.

When we are conscious of our intention and understand the nature of our character, – when we are comfortable with our character and understand our part and our intention, – we can play our part better

Our world is our stage. How close we are able to act who we are and who we like to be, – our character and our intentions, – the better our performance the greater the contribution we can make to others playing their parts, whether they are on our stage and part of the performance, – or are appreciative and exploring observers experiencing and reacting and responding to our performance and to the character we are and the story we are telling, – and tell.

We write the script We play the part We direct the performance. We perform well when we discover who we are and can be our self. We are always on stage, and as we play our part our character comes into view.

Larry Moss on Acting

“That’s what our work can do: we remind people things can change, that wounds can heal, that people can be forgiven, and that closed hearts can open again.”

“You will be grateful when a director talks to you in terms of intention instead of results, when they tell you to pick a fight with the character, to annoy them, to romance them, or to soothe them. These directions are much more actable the “Be angry,” Be sour,” Be sexy,” or “Be relaxed,” You have to pick an intention because of its emotional heat; that’s what makes intentions so actable.”

“Acting is about sending ideas to other people, – not just emotions but ideas. So you want to be clear about and fascinated by the ideas you are sending. Often the other characters’ ideas are obstacles to getting what you want, and ideas you are sending to them are your attempts to overcome these obstacles. How you send the idea is your active intention. You might try to seduce another character with an idea, you might try to intimidate them with it, you might try to shame their idea out of existence, or to humiliate or denigrate their idea with your idea. It’s the active intention you choose to send your idea with that makes your idea live instead of being just a bunch of words.”

Larry Moss
from The Intent to Live