The Opposite of People: The Transformative Power Change your mindset, change 1 day ago   18:26

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In Tom Stoppard’s play /Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead/, he humorously writes, ‘But don’t you see! We’re actors! We’re the opposite of people!’. After more than 20 years of teaching acting for film and TV around the world Paul Barry finds this consistently to be proven true. In order to regularly and believably portray real and engaging human beings, actors must subvert their habitual impulses and dive into the unfamiliar and sometimes frightening territory of playing the opposite of what would seem to be ‘intuitive’. Actors learn by observing their fellow humans on an incredibly deep level, but Paul Barry is here to let you know that you can flip the camera around and observe actors, and in so doing, become bolder, braver and more successful in your own life. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Paul Barry worked extensively in the industry as an actor and director and taught acting and corporate communication skills upon graduation for six years prior to moving to Santa Monica, California where he now resides. Having taught acting for film and TV for over 20 years to almost five thousand clients from around the world, including many recognisable actors working on screen in Australia, the UK and the US, Paul's time is now dedicated to his online acting training and helping actors avoid the 'starving artist' fate by teaching online income generation skills to the next generation of artists via his coaching program, 'Dreaming for a Living'. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Michelle Stewart
Great talk Paul! Good to see you.
I didn't get if this is actors class, but I found the idea of finding patterns and break them or to create them where they are lacking to be intriguing.
Tansel Ali
This is fantastic mate, well done and congrats once again!
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Change your mindset, change The Opposite of People: The Transformative Power 1 day ago   18:21

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr. Crum says the biggest game changer is “YOU, by harnessing the power of your mind." She explores scientific results that show the influence of the mindset on the body, and how changing the subjective mindset produced different outcomes. Dr. Crum's work is inspired in part by the placebo effect, and has implications that stretch far beyond the realm of medicine.

Dr. Crum is a professor, psychologist, and researcher investigating how mindsets affect health and behavior.

Dr. Crum's research focuses on how changes in subjective mindsets—the lenses through which information is perceived, organized, and interpreted—can alter objective reality through behavioral, psychological, and physiological mechanisms. Her work is, in part, inspired by research on the placebo effect, a notable and consistent demonstration of the ability of the mindset to elicit healing properties in the body. She is interested in understanding how mindsets affect important outcomes outside the realm of medicine, in the domains of behavioral health and organizational behavior.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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