Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Unleashing Your Inner Joan Crawford
First, there is humble Joan and, for this, you must learn to suck in your cheeks so that they look pinched. Add a furrowed brow for best effect.
Speak as if your mouth has gone dry and you must fight to give voice to your thoughts. Wring your hands a little, let your lip quiver (don't overdo either of these gestures, however; less is more). Shake your head slightly, as if in disbelief of what's transpiring. I cannot overestimate the manipulative value to be gained from these bits of body language. They are the ultimate in passive-aggressive behavior! Sometimes we must stoop to conquer. Our girl Joan knew that well.
Your ability to mime is all well and good. But diction is crucial to establishing your superiority to those around you. Watch a few Joan Crawford movies and speak along with her dialogue as you familiarize yourself with them. Soft-spoken, theatrical, with a faint and phony Irish lilt to it. It doesn't have to sound real; it only needs to mesmerize and bring attention to yourself.
Now, Crawford can go from Underdog to Dominatrix in a snap and this is something you must master when you channel her. "Fierce Joan" is, perhaps, the part of her image we know best. No outburst is too over-the-top and, yet, you must put it across as if you're trying to hold back but just simply can't anymore. When provoked, Joan can be most harsh (as must you); witness this moment from the film Autumn Leaves:
If your emotions can't be contained, then you must take Crawford's lead and get a little bit violent. That means some face-slapping when push comes to shove! To demonstrate, see Joan haul off & let the sweet, little ingenue have it in Queen Bee:
So, by harnassing your inner Joan, you can (a) attain sympathy, (b) assert yourself when needed, (c) regain control when anyone gets out of line with you with a well-timed blow to one's face. I sincerely hope you will watch the videos provided, read my words and deal with life by being in touch with the Joan Crawford deep inside of you. She's there. All you need do is cultivate her.
Wishing you the best in all of your endeavors. Bless you.