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200 Voices Silenced: The passing of Steve Bridges, 1963 – 2012

200 Voices Silenced: The passing of Steve Bridges, 1963 - 2012

Last week, the sad news that impressionist and friend Steve Bridges passed away at the age of 48. He had recently flown home from China, and was complaining of extreme jet lag, but it is as yet unknown why he collapsed. I met Steve about ten years ago on a pilot for a show featuring

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Tips on Doing a Robert Deniro Impression

Tips on Doing a Robert Deniro Impression

The quintissential “Bobby D” impression is a much sought after and useful tool for any man wanting to influence and/or intimidate his friends. It also is the kind of impression that can be thrown in randomly to provoke laughter, because it is almost universally out of place in the lives of people who don’t happen

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS, A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Celebrity Impressions Chapter Six

PITCH One technical thing to listen for when working out an impression is the pitch of the voice.  This refers to the physical rate of vibration of the sound, whether of a high frequency or low.  Do you need to understand wave forms and other scientific basics to have an opinion about this?  No. Basically

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS, A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Celebrity Impressions Chapter Five

SPEED OF DELIVERY When you are developing a celebrity impression, or any character, one little thing to look at is speed of communication. Not everyone speaks at the same rate, or processes information at the same speed. Some personalities are as fast as a greyhound, others, as slow as a slug. Some, like Harold Camping,

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JIMPRESSIONS ENDS SUCCESSFUL 2011 RUN!

JIMPRESSIONS ENDS SUCCESSFUL 2011 RUN!

Last weekend, November 4 & 5, was the last of my scheduled shows at The Acting Center, and it was really terrific; great audiences, great response and a lot of laughs! I began the run of this show in March of this year, and performed about one weekend a month; we knew December was going

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IMPRESSIONISTS, UNITE!

As I am fully immersing myself in the impressionist world, I am discovering that it is a very rich world indeed, with a lot to it. I created the JIMPRESSIONS show in March of this year and started performing it at The Acting Center, which my wife, Tamra co-founded five years ago.  Since then I

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS: A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Impressions, Chapter Four: VIEWPOINT

If a useful definition of acting is “Knowingly taking on another viewpoint”, then the subject of doing impressions is just another facet of acting, because more than anything else, your performance will live or die on this one point. No one views the world from exactly the same position in space as anyone else, at

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS: A Beginner’s Guide to Performing Impressions, Chapter Three: How to Practice

Unlike Ocarina players, most impressionists discover their own individual way to perfect their art and do not cleave to a certain, specific method. Ocarina players are dogmatic and inflexible people who, like lemmings, are content only when they are treading on the exact same path as their robotic predecessors. Jim Carrey, whose path to film

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS, a Beginner’s Guide to Performing Impressions, by Jim Meskimen, Chapter Two

KNOWING YOUR OWN VOICE If you were a Las Vegas building contractor, and someone hired you to put up a huge hotel/casino in a specific location, and you accepted a lot of money upfront and got workers on the site with all the materials without ever bothering to find out if the building site was

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ACCEPT IMITATIONS, a Beginner’s Guide to Performing Impressions, by Jim Meskimen

The following is the Introduction and Chapter One of my new eBook about creating impressions. I hope you enjoy it and share it with others who love to do impressions. INTRODUCTION How tempting it is to start this eBook out with the phrase, “Since the dawn of spoken communication between members of the our species,

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