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Your Questions About Acting Tips And Exercises

Mark asks…

How do I become an A and B student?

I am and A/B/C student and I want to become and A and B student. Any tips to study? I really want this for myself and my parents will give me more privelages if I do. I am in 8th Grade. My classes are Pre Algebra, Spanish, English, Orchestra,Science and History. Please help!

admin answers:

Eat well (avoid junk food, caffeine, and sodas), do not get less than 8 hours of sleep each night (avoid the habit of staying up late), exercise regularly, avoid excessive socializing, don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t use drugs, and maintain good relations with your instructors. Don’t miss deadlines, and seek out available tutoring (no false bravado).

Establishing a habit is very difficult, particularly if it involves laziness. If you start slow and gradually increase you will have a better chance of making it a habit. Of course, it will take 3 weeks or more to establish the habit. During those 3 weeks you have to commit yourself to doing something you don’t really want to do.

The way to get good grades is to score well on tests, the way to score well on tests is to know the material. Knowing the material involves committing much of the information to memory.

I believe the best way to learn something is to read it, write it, and say it; the three different actions help by utilizing different areas of the brain, and doing each action in close proximity time-wise links them together and strengthens the memory. The more this is repeated, the more one is likely to remember the material.

In 1949, Hebb published theorization on the neurological process of thought, and also produced theorization, later designated the Hebb repetition effect, wherein evidence concerning task learning and unlearning has been studied (as cited in Couture, Lafond, & Tremblay, 2008). Hebb’s theorization centered on three postulates: 1) That neurological connections increase in proportion to their correlated synaptic activity; 2) The activity of neurons firing as a group after a triggering event tends to persist and represents that event; and, 3) Thinking consists of the sequential activation of these groups of firing neurons, or sets of cell assemblies (as cited in Klein, 1999). The Hebb repetition effect is primarily examined through recall of numerical sequences; however, the effect has not been found to be restricted by the nature of the inputs, since it has been found to hold true for words, verbal communication, and spatial sequences (Couture et al., 2008). Subsequent advancements in biochemistry, technology, and computational algorithms have modified the understanding of the processes, but have not significantly altered Hebb’s theories (Sejnowski, 2003).

Gagne, Briggs, and Wager (1992) identified three empirically supported principles of learning design that improve learning and make retention more certain: 1) Contiguity: simultaneous stimulus and response; 2) Repetition; and, 3) Reinforcement: satisfaction or reward follows the act.

Gagne, R. M., Briggs, L. J., and Wager, W. W. (1992). Principles of instructional design (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Couture, M., Lafond, D, & Tremblay, S. (2008). Learning correct responses and errors in the Hebb Repetition Effect: Two faces of the same coin. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34(3), 528-547.
Klein, R. M. (1999). The Hebb legacy. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 53(1), 1-3.
Sejnowski, T. J. (2003). The once and future Hebb synapse. Canadian Psychology, 44(1), 17-20.

Robert asks…

I have a shi-tzu puppy and I am having alot of problems with trying to potty training ?

I have researched tips, watched videos and followed all the directions for weeks now and still i see no progress. Can u please give me some insight on something i am apparently doing wrong?

admin answers:

The first thing to remember about house training a puppy is there ability to hold themselves is limited. A rule of thumb is they can hold “it” usually 1 hour for each month of age. 2 months old = 2 hours, 3 months old = 3 hours, etc. When your puppy wakes up (morning, nap, whatever) the pup has to go, right then! Take the pup out. When the pup eats or drinks, it has to go, take the pup out. After exercise (play), take the pup out. When the pup does it’s thing outside praise it. A lot. Tell the pup how good, how smart it is. You have to pay attention to the pups “looking for it’s spot” behavior. When you see that behavior indoors, whisk the pup out. If you catch the pup in the act, simply tell it “NO!” and whisk it outside. If you find a puddle or pile after the fact, clean it up with an enzyme cleaner (pet food store) get a newspaper and hit…. Yourself in the head and say “I should have been paying more attention.” Daytime training they get pretty fast. Night time training is easier if you crate train the pup. Also remember the one hour/one month rule. You will have to get up through the night to take the pup out. Good luck
three websites on how to crate train a puppy

John asks…

What diet pills are good to use with a weight loss program?

I have wanted to lose some weight, and I managed to drop about 7 pounds just by eating better and jogging 3 days a week, and doing at least an hour of exercises every day.

I wanted to know, what is the best diet supplement pill to use with a program? My metabolism has become slower as I got older so I need some thing that will help give me a boost.

admin answers:

Follow these 10 tips for fat burning if you want to lose weight and lead a healthier way of life.

1.) Drink More Water

One of the best weight loss secrets is to ditch the sodas and stick to water! Experts say you should drink approximately eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and healthy. Instead of turning to calorie-laden or sugar-rich drinks, grab a refreshing glass of water. In addition to flushing toxins out of your system, drinking water encourages you to build muscle.

2.) Eat More Meals

A traditional three-meals-a-day plan just will not cut it if you are in the market to burn fat. Your body is not able to metabolize large meals and will quickly turn any excess into fat. Many experts believe you should eat six small meals a day. Be sure you cut back on your food consumption at each meal, or else you will be doubling your intake—and doubling your fat storage!

3.) Work Out with Weights

One great way to maximize the amount of fat you are burning is to add a weight program to your work out routine. Weight training will not only tone your physique, but will strengthen your body and improve your general health. Lifting weights will also burn calories and fat more quickly than traditional exercising, and it will also boost your metabolism.

4.) Choose Protein

Choose protein-laden foods for boosting your metabolism and enabling your body to burn fat rapidly. In addition to burning fat, consuming a protein-enriched diet will help you rebuild muscle after work outs and maintain leanness of that muscle. Wisely choose proteins for your diet. Take great care to pick proteins low in fat so you do not consume extra calories.

5.) Cut Calories Wisely

It may be tempting to drastically cut your calorie intake when starting a healthy lifestyle. Instead, use a step method when cutting your calorie intake to minimize risk. Reducing calories too quickly results in your body rapidly burning all available calories, which will lower your metabolism. Furthermore, you are more likely to maintain your healthy lifestyle through this step method.

6.) Reward Yourself

When it comes to successfully dieting to burn the most fat, be sure to reward yourself. Everyone has temptations and favorite treats—so allow indulgence. You will be less likely to cheat on your new diet if you grant yourself small rewards. If you are a chocolate lover, treat yourself to a small square of chocolate or single chocolate kiss each evening.

7.) Avoid Marathon Work Outs

The biggest mistake people make when looking to burn fat and lose weight is to have one long, extensive work out session. Instead, break up your work out plan into small chunks throughout the day. Take a brisk walk in the morning, enjoy a work out at lunch, and then exercise more in the evening. In addition to staying active all day long, breaking up your work out will better maintain your metabolism.

8.) Mix It Up

Choosing to engage in a variety of quality exercises will keep your interest and best allow you to maintain your goal of burning fat. Instead of doing the same exercises each day—mix it up! Opt to swim laps one day, jog another, and bike the next. Rotating your activities will not only allow you to experience a variety of athletics, it will also allow you to better tone your body.

9.) Skip Happy Hour

For those individuals who want to burn fat quickly, avoid alcohol. Rich in sugars and carbohydrates, alcohol is a calorie-rich substance. These empty calories can add up quickly and take away from necessary nutrients that should be included in your daily diet. Furthermore, alcohol acts as an inhibitor for burning fat, allowing your body to store it more quickly.

10.) Try a Low GI Diet

A low GI diet is an excellent method of burning fat quickly. This diet encourages individuals to consume high amounts of foods with low rankings on the Glycemic Index. These foods are nutritious and will aid your body in burning fats and calories at a quicker pace. This diet includes many of your favorite fruits, vegetable, meats, dairy, and grain products.

Chris asks…

How can I, as an actor, determine my type as far as casting so I know how to appropriately market myself?

I know alot of actors hate typecasting, but hey it’s a reality of the business side so it can be helpful. That being said, I need to figure out what type I am and whatnot, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how I could do this without going to a career consultant.
I should mention, since it apparently is not clear, that I am a beginner in a small market(not in New York yet, though I have actor friends there).

admin answers:

I agree that knowing your type can be very helpful when looking for an agent and many actors probably try to be too many types in an effort to be multi dimensional and end up being forgettable.

A friend of mine took an acting class where they did a “typing” exercise. They went out with a friend to a crowded place like a mall and had their friend go up to strangers and say “see that guy/girl? How old do you think s/he is? What kind of job do you think s/he has? What 3 words would you use to describe them?” And so on. You can have the friend do this verbally or print out a questionnaire with a list of occupations and adjectives already given (allow them to check more than one box, but set a limit of say, 5).
Aim for at least 25 people, but obviously the more you get, the greater the probability of patterns emerging. The important thing is that they are all strangers and you don’t speak to them, so they will only be going off your look as an agent or casting director will be when you do mailings. Really try to get a range in gender and ages as well.

Also, recognize that things like the way you dress and your body language will also give off signs, so you while you shouldn’t necessarily alter anything (really, you want to be as “you” as you can) just be aware that if you’re slouching vs standing up straight or wearing jeans and a tshirt vs a suit, it’s going to give a certain impression.

I do agree with the 2 posters above in that 1. “typing” tends to be more important in big film/tv markets like LA. If you don’t live in LA/NY or even one of the smaller, but still definitely on the map markets like Chicago or DC, you don’t need to worry about this so much. Typing is really marketing and in LA, where there are just so many struggling actors, anything you can do to define yourself or make things easier for agents and CD’s to sign/cast you because they need an “early 20’s perky brunette” or a “balding mid-40’s professor” will help you. 2. You shouldn’t always limit yourself to your type. Especially in the beginning when you may not have an agent AND especially in smaller markets. Again, it’s a numbers game and while a breakdown may specify “late-30’s overweight asian woman”, if not enough of that type audition, then the director will be foreced to look elsewhere and if you’ve got the goods, you may get the part.

Good luck!

George asks…

What kinds of things to prepare for before trying to conceive?

My husband and I are tossing around the idea of starting to try to conceive. I have been using the Nuva Ring for 2 years now. What kinds of things do I need to do to prepare my body before trying to conceive. How long does it usually take after you get off birth control? Is there a certain diet I should or should not start? Vitamins I should or should not take? Anything that will naturally help the process. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!

Thanks for your help! ( When I ask about “preparing” I am referring to my health and body, not financial planning etc.)

admin answers:

Take prenatal vitamins when you are thinking about trying – you want them in your system for a month or more before trying. You can find them at any drugstore.

As to diet – nothing specific, just be healthy when it comes to diet and exercise. “Act” as if you are pregnant by cutting back on caffeine, stopping alcohol, smoking etc . . .

I would also recommend that your husband and you both schedule an appointment with your doctors for a check-up. It can take a healthy couple under 35 years old up to a year (or more) to conceive before you should become concerned about fertility . . . So try to be patient and have fun.

Good luck and best wishes!

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