Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice

Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice

Here’s a video of Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Advice. “Act wherever you can… it’s always about the work at the end of the day.”

Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July

Philip Seymour Hoffman

23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen’s finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz‘s Happiness(1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson‘sMagnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and the upcoming Mission: Impossible III (2006).

Hoffman is also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard‘s “True West” and as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill (I)’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. His other acting credits in the New York theater include “The Seagull” (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), “Defying Gravity”, “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by Peter Sellars), “Shopping and F*@%ing” and “The Author’s Voice” (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings” and “Jesus Hopped the A Train” by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and “The Glory of Living” by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company.

Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role.

On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in an apartment in Greenwich village, New York. Investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and two open envelopes of heroin next to him. Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was age 22. In 2013, he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Monday Night Speech Reel Shoot

Monday Night Speech Reel Shoot

It will inspire you to strive for more as actors. It’s been an amazing ride so far for the Screen Actors System members who take The System as far as Tony Petaros has HERE. Great work!

When Tony started class he was not ready to do this level of work on camera. He was theatrical and fresh out of drama

Anthony Petaros of Screen Actors System.
Anthony Petaros of Screen Actors System.

school and, like many of you, stuck with some bad habits. I am inspired to see the students, like Tony, who diligently apply the techniques taught in this class, who get off their act, and come out looking like pros after many cycles of struggle. If it was easy, everyone would do it. And it takes upkeep.

Consistency and staying dedicated to the training are the keys to building & keeping these skills. You will all get to this level in class if you don’t give up. And now Tony can look forward to going even beyond this level because he WANTS it.

We are establishing this level of work as a baseline for ALL Screen Actors System members. So when we climb to new heights from that strong base, we truly are reaching the stars. You will all get to this level if you follow The System. Apply yourself to it. Dedicate.

I don’t believe in talent. I believe in hard work and dedication and I believe in the System. Some people work hard and some don’t, and without that, talent won’t get you anywhere. Get to work!!!

Getting excited to shoot even more substantial work with you all! A 100 minute running time has a way of leaving an even bigger mark.

As ever,


PS. To all of you who shot your reels that night, there were MANY great speeches I could have chosen. I will be passing out the footage in class this week to all of you, VEGAS and EVERY CLASS IN LA, you have lots of footage coming out. Be in class to pick it up!

Let’s have a great scene study this week guys!!! Treat it seriously and treat your scene partners well. That is the path. That is how you get to do this. And the way you keep doing this level of work. It’s not as hard as it looks. It’s actually fun. But you have to be ALL ABOUT IT! Push hard. Don’t be a flake. Basic.

Be in class, don’t be a flake, work on scenes every week, get good, enjoy!

PS PS Flaunt this clip in the face of any auditor you want to bring to class. If I had seen this when I was studying acting, I would have enrolled in that school immediately. If they have questions my email is:

And for those few of you who haven’t been in class lately, what are you, crazy! Get back to work and get back in the System before we are full to capacity (most classes are full or close to it now).

Ryan R. Williams BBC Radio Interview


MERRY CHRISTMAS GANG!!! As you look forward to your goals for the new year, here is a bit on inspiration. I regaled the Wednesday Night class with tales about breaking into Hollywood in my early days in LA. I’ve attached a link to a BBC Radio interview I did about some of the bold shenanigans that opened the doors for me. I put it on youtube last night just so you could all hear it.

You will all get a kick out of watching this link. Fortune favors the bold!

Be bold, be in class and be ready to cash more checks then you write from your acting. HERE IS TO 2014!!! IT IS THE YEAR OF SCREEN ACTORS SYSTEM!!! And when we shoot our feature film, win major festivals, get distribution and make working actors of you all…this class will be the stuff of LEGEND!

Our story is about to meet it’s inciting incident. The readiness is all…see you next year.

Ryan R. Williams BBC Radio Interview

‘This a 2003 BBC radio interview featuring director Ryan R. Williams. It details the filmmakers’ freshman exploits breaking into Hollywood. This International press story, written by Guardian Observer London journalist, Tim Cooper and adapted into the forthcoming feature film, “Making Abbey Singer.'”