- GO BIG in this scene?
- CROW (character, relationship, objective, where)
- STATUS (my personal favorite) and changing STATUS
- AVOID BLOCKING
- YES, AND
- GENUINE REACTIONS and EMOTIONS
- AVOID QUESTIONS
- thinking about the comedy GAME that's happening (example, one-upping another character)
- BIG MOVEMENTS
So, what's the solution? You can't really ignore any of these concepts because they all are important, and you can't realistically think of everything all at once, or else you'll be paralyzed on stage. My humble suggestion is to do the following:
1. Learn as much and as many techniques/tips as possible (the ones listed above are a good start).
2. Observe yourself performing and rehearsing to see which tips benefit your acting the most.
3. During performance consciously use the 1-2 tips that help, and during rehearsal spend time on the others that don't come as naturally until they're subconscious.
So, if you're an emotional player and find it helpful to focus on the emotions of a scene, don't waste your natural energy and strengths by getting too cerebral.
I really like thinking through status for a lot of reasons (that will have to be another post), and it helps direct my energy towards the other aspects of CROW in the scene. For example, if I'm acting as a low status character, that gives me direction in my own character, the relationship, my objective (often to gain status directly or subvertly), and even the "where." But, that's just me.
Take some time and figure out what thought-framework makes you most effective, and focus on that when performing.