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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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Hit the road, Jim!

Hit the road, Jim!

Well, my philosophy now certainly contains the concept that, if something is working, do more of THAT. So, I am working on doing MORE performing, and mainly my impressions, since that is what is currently creating so much of a buzz. We just finished a sold out series of shows in Hollywood, which was mainly

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SHAKESPEARE IMPRESSIONS GOES VIRAL!

SHAKESPEARE IMPRESSIONS GOES VIRAL!

Well, this has been quite a memorable week! The response generated to my little short, Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices has been overwhelming.  After 140 little films generating about 6,000 views total, to have something that goes truly “Viral” was a thrill and a half, and may have launched me into a new career strata. The

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Paul Michael Remembered

Paul Michael Remembered

This week we said goodbye to our dear friend and family patriarch, actor Paul Michael. Paul was not my biological father, but he and my mom were constant companions, and effectively a married couple for over twenty years. They met on a play in Los Angeles and instantly fell in love. They continued to work

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THUNDERCATS SCREENING REPORT

THUNDERCATS SCREENING REPORT

July 2, 2011 Tamra and I went to a screening of the new Thundercats show, a one hour “movie” that will launch the new series for Cartoon Network. Why? Because years ago, when I lived in New York, my day job was designing cartoon characters for Rankin/Bass and their new series, Thundercats. I designed hundreds

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JIMPRESSIONS: review of the new show in Hollywood

JIMPRESSIONS: review of the new show in Hollywood

Jim Meskimen: A Man for All Voices By Bonnie Priever The Tolucan Times May 12th, 2011 Jim Meskimen opens his show, Jimpressions, at the Acting Center in Hollywood, with a pithy, profound statement: “It’s all about the voice!” This enjoyable evening of impersonations and clever humor takes me back in time to Las Vegas showrooms,

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A REVOLUTIONARY NEW KIND OF ACTING TRAINING

A REVOLUTIONARY NEW KIND OF ACTING TRAINING

For some time, my wife Tamra Meskimen and I have been on a path of supporting and establishing safe places where actors and students can pursue their craft without abuse from invalidative gurus who dominate the performing arts. In New York for many years, after having enjoyed improv classes that had the goal of eliminating

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JIMPRESSIONS

JIMPRESSIONS

Photo by Phil Proctor Around about 1985, when I was just starting my acting career in New York, I got it into my head to create a one-man show. Seemed like the thing to do.  I saw a friend of mine do it, and it didn’t seem too hard to do… For that first show,

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FINDING JASPER ROSE

FINDING JASPER ROSE

Last week, when I wrote about the inspiration for my own Professor Knestor Jackdaws, my old teacher from UCSC Jasper Rose, I casually requested that if anyone knew how to locate him to please pass any information along to me. Within hours, several friends had contacted me and I not only had a fairly recent

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