Hair must be kept away from the face.
This is a vital rule. You must not allow your face to be covered by hair or partly covered by hair. Head up more - make sure the audience see you. Get a hair clip (man or woman). There is no negotiation about this. You have to display all of your face. Similarly, you cannot wear a hat or cap. There is no such thing as 'bad hair day' for acting training.
ADVICE FROM TEACHER :
How often have I said to acting students in a critique about HAIR and about NOT KEEPING THE HEAD UP: 'I was looking at your hair, and not at your face. And how many times did I just not see your eyes. Particularly at crucial points. You have to work at the technique of FOCUS - communicating with the audience and WITH THE BACK ROW.'
A VISIT BY TEACHER TO LONDON'S WEST END:
(April 2006) At a matinee of a famous American play, I was so pleased to get a seat in the front row of the dress circle. But disappointed that the star did not appear. And even more disappointed that the substitute actress hid most of her performance behind her flowing hair. YOU COULD NOT SEE HER FACE.
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