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The Woman Behind The Impressionist

The Woman Behind The Impressionist

In less enlightened, (or just more sexist) times, it was said that “behind every great man there is a great woman.”
I’m FAR from being anything like a great man, but behind ME every step of the way is a GREAT woman, my wife, Tamra Meskimen. (That’s TAMRA, no center “A”.  Pronounced to rhyme with “Camera.”)

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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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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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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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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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