About the Book:
When Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss's guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone — professionals and amateurs alike — can discover Moss's passionate, in-depth teaching.
Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic.
From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies.
Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. His respect for actors and love of the actor's craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.
What people say:
"I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don't seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living." — Larry Moss, from the Introduction
"The Intent to Live does what any great acting book must do. It refuses to choose between craft and spontaneity. It introduces and thoroughly explores the craft of acting — the nuts and bolts, the roll-up-your-sleeves, practical, tactical, doable how-to — while never losing sight of the fact that great actors learn those things to create emotion, intimacy, chaos, mayhem, revolution in themselves and in the audience. Buy this book." — Helen Hunt, Actor
"I studied with Larry Moss for fourteen years. I have been his friend even longer. I thought I knew everything he had to offer. I was wrong. I have dog-eared and highlighted page after page and line after line of his brilliant book. The Intent to Live is a textbook, an exercise book, and a holy bible. Epiphanies are on every page." — Jason Alexander, Actor
"Larry continues to inspire me to search fearlessly for the truth in the character I am playing and in myself as a human being. I am in awe of this profoundly gifted, articulate teacher. He is a godsend, as is evident in his book, The Intent to Live." — Hilary Swank, Actor
"The Intent to Live is insightful, funny and very informative. It's an important book for actors and anyone who is interested not only in the craft of acting but also in that elusive and magical contact with their creative self. Larry Moss is not only a great teacher but a wonderful writer with an immensely generous spirit." — Sally Field, Actor
"Larry Moss manages to capture the inspirational, challenging, wise and unsettling voice of his teaching style on the printed page. No small feat. He is a magician of sorts, with the ability to see the unique instrument in every actor. He makes alchemy commonplace. He leads with respect and ferocity. He wants you to love acting and actors as much as he does. Like all great teachers, he engenders awe and fierce loyalty. And the book is a lot cheaper than a private audience." — David Duchovny, Actor
About the Author:
Larry Moss studied his craft with such luminaries as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, and Warren Robertson. He began his career at New York's famed cabaret Upstairs at the Downstairs and went on to appear on Broadway in numerous productions. After teaching at Juilliard and Circle in the Square, Moss returned to Los Angeles and founded the Larry Moss Studio in 1990. His directing credits include the off-Broadway hit The Syringa Tree, which won the Obie for Best Play of the Year.
Larry Moss in CBC Television's series Triple Sensation