Saturday, May 26, 2012

Vincent Guastaferro with Joe Mantegna at The Sport of Acting

Prepare, Practice, Perform
A batter steps into the batter's box. A golfer sets up for a drive. A diver pauses at the end of the platform. A football player holds a suspended state of readiness before the ball is hiked. A tennis player sets himself not knowing where the serve will come from. A soccer goalie maintains a heightened state hoping he won't have to act. A runner sets his feet in the blocks before the start whistle. A boxer steps into the ring with an intention and an obstacle.
Everything that led to this moment was based on their preparation.
As athletes come to know the limits of their abilities they adapt and base their new training regimen on improving: overcoming their weaknesses, developing new skills, and practicing their craft - all to play the game better.
So must actors.
In most cases athletes are never asked to get into a baseball state of mind, a football mentality, a runner's head, or a golfer's mindset. Instead, they are asked to focus on the perfect execution of each task, moment by moment; for an athlete those moments add up to a good game, and ultimately, a win.
An actor also wants to win.
Win his intention - get the girl, defeat the enemy, overcome the odds, save her child, save a marriage, win independence, reach the moon, achieve greatness. An actor must keep playing that intention, physically, until it is accomplished or defeated.
- Just as a football player can't stop running until the whistle is blown. - Just as a batter who is down 0-2 must keep fighting off bad pitches. - Just as a gymnast on the balance beam prepares for a dismount.
Sometimes they are tackled, or strike out, or fall. When that happens, they go back to work, adapt, and practice with renewed intensity.
Vincent Guastaferro

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Start Planning Now To Win Your Fantasy Football League

The biggest key to success when you are playing fantasy football will be that you are able to successfully forecast the performance of a broad spectrum of players, making your decisions – as far as who you will add to your team, who you will drop, and who you will start – accordingly. This means that there will be a lot of guesswork in fantasy football, as you surely know if you have played for any significant amount of time, but you can also maximize your chance of success by eliminating guesswork as much as possible – and the best way to do this is to know certain things to look for in forecasting fantasy football performance.
Going with players whose names are familiar – or worse, going with players who everyone seems to like – is a mistake that a lot of rookie (and even a lot of veteran) fantasy footballers make; if you want to be successful in fantasy football, you will have to broaden your perspective beyond just the players you are used to seeing and hearing about.
When you are playing fantasy football, it can be easy to get caught up in past performance, but in order to properly project future performance, you will want to pay attention to trends; for instance, players at certain positions begin to decline at a certain age, and certain teams will try to change their offensive philosophy, and this will affect the performance of certain players. By making sure you are staying aware of these things, you will put yourself in much better position for making guesses as to how a certain player’s season will turn out.
And the last thing you need to make sure you realize is that fantasy football is all about minimizing risk by maximizing opportunity; for instance, if you are trying to choose between a running back who is explosive, but who only gets ten to fifteen carries per game, and a running back who is not nearly as explosive but can be counted on for twenty-five carries each game, your best bet will always be to build your team with the latter type of guy, as this will give you your greatest shot at fantasy football success!