by Alan Chenkin, Learned all about actors from reading the tabloids in the checkout line…
Controlling your face muscles when you act is a necessary discipline that all actors need to master; Involuntary “tells” will give your audience cues that you are reading your parts, not delivering a solid performance. Just as Poker players need to develop their “poker face”, actors need to be able to convincingly transmit the emotions and feelings of their characters with facial control.
Many actors spend hours working on controlling their facial expressions, toning their muscles so they can deliver expressive and “natural” faces.
I found a few items on the web that may be helpful:
and some books:
(Both available on Amazon Books)
Some actors use video and may work on their emotions with friends, as they work on their face muscles (remember, your face is a tool in acting) to broadcast emotions. Happiness, Sadness, curiosity, worry, grimacing, and more are “must haves” in an actors toolkit. Developing the muscle memory to emote faces on-demand will be a winning talent in interviews, performances, and more.
Break a leg – and control your emotions – it takes practice!
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This post is expanded and updated from my answer in Quora
John Malkovich, Showing off.