A few precepts recently uncovered (again):
• Play action according to the given circumstances; that is, don't try to put an entire movie's or play's performance into a single action, just play it.
• Use props to support action
• Have something do do with my hands
• When the A.D. says "speed," Lead into the scene with a physical gesture
• If drinking from a cup, ask someone to put something in it, water, bourbon, doesn't matter
• If nothing else works, see what color my acting partner's eyes are; if that doesn't work, think of all the things I'd like to do to that actor, good or bad, reasonable or insane, but something (which is always better than nothing)
• Don't listen to my own voice while acting. It tells me nothing.
• Performances by famous actors in big movies are made one action at a time, just like mine, but with better lighting.