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Drama is an art Its artists are actors Just like any other art form proper training in theater is essential to gain mastery in the skill of acting There are many approaches to teaching acting Gordon Phillips a seasoned professional in the field has developed a very interesting method In his book Take it Personally he describes his system as the most honest natural and practical The closest to the way nature itself works 26 Phillipss pedagogical technique revolves around the idea that the actor must learn to use a set of tools with which he can handle any role given to him Through his approach Gordon Phillips hopes to give all aspiring actors a set of instruments with which to conquer any character The Process as he calls it states that the tools in the actors toolbox do not entail acting in and of themselves but instead give the actor a way to master the art of acting The main component to Phillipss toolbox of acting involves neutralization and actualization of the self the script and the acting environment represented in the script In order to comprehend this we must first realize the definition that Phillips is referring to when speaking of neutralization and actualization By neutralization Phillips means to say that before beginning to tackle any given character one must open himself up to the new character free himself of judgments and preconceptions of the character After this has been accomplished the actor can move on to actualize or humanize the character An understanding of what Phillips means by these two complex ideas now allows us to explore the specifics--sensory physical and emotional neutralization and actualization Sensory and physical neutralization have to do with neutralizing the self The actor must not allow himself to be hindered by previous learning of the character He must expose his entire self to the character he is working with Actualization involves when referring to the senses
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