- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (December 27, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553381202
- ISBN-13: 978-0553381207
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor Paperback – December 27, 2005
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“Larry Moss is probably the most knowledgeable, articulate, creative, compassionate teacher of acting in America today. He is solely responsible for transforming me from a talented person into an artist.”
“Larry has an uncompromising dedication to the art and craft of acting. I wouldn’t take on another role without working with him.”
“Larry is pure genius. He opened my heart and allowed me to feel again. I would not have been able to be John Coffey without him.”
–Michael Clarke Duncan
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"I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don't seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living."
-Larry Moss, from the Introduction
When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss's guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone-professionals and amateurs alike-can discover Moss's passionate, in-depth teaching.
Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic.
From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies.
Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss's respect for actors and love of the actor's craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.
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I will admit that I was slightly bored through lots of it but that was only because for me these lessons were more reminders than enlightening new skills. But, if I was to recommend any book as a starting point for someone interested in becoming an actor, a REAL actor, I would definitely hand them this book. It's all in there! He covers pretty much everything.
The only reason that I'm giving it a four star instead of five is that it could have been a little more of a fun read. Being someone that studied most of this already I would have loved to chuckle more. Sometimes, there were too many examples of movies and plays and personal performances in a specific chapter. Although, many examples might be extremely useful for a beginning actor.
I will say that for someone that shies away from Lee Strasberg's affective memory exercises (think of my dead puppy), he clarifies and makes a great case for me to reconnect with it. Well done! And, you can feel him giving you a good kick in the ass if you're not pushing yourself hard enough. I'm definitely more inspired now!
All in all, it's a book that should come with a degree!!
*Any student of directing will find this book useful as Moss articulates the acting process in such a way that it parallels script analysis.