Category: Anna Kendrick

Finding your focus and inspiration from the movies

Finding your focus and inspiration from the movies

Ever wondered what truly makes Anna Kendrick tick and how she works wonders with her stagecraft and voice? Still young and truly a star in the making, it should not be long before the rest of the world joins you in admiring her innate talent and charismatic screen presence. Like the writers of appealing posts, most actors and musicians will find inspiration from past performances, sometimes using them to hone their own talents but without ever losing focus of retaining their original persona. Earlier, the challenges of staying calm and focused while performing on stage was mentioned.

Focused training

There’s a lesson for everyone in trying to maintain eye contact. Away from the stage, it is indicative of giving undivided attention to a speaker. The best stage and screen actors and musicians will at some stage of their off-stage working life include mental and physical exercises to enhance their skills of concentration and focused eye contact. While rehearsing, they will also focus their hearts and minds on an area of their lives that helps them bring up the right emotions for that particular scene.


Those who have had the good fortune of attending drama school will know that physical exercises are a necessary part of every actor’s training. Also, think about those Hollywood legends, even those well into middle age, who always look fabulously in shape. It’s a necessary evil given the heroic roles they are cast to play. And they will tell you that it takes a lot of discipline and hard work to maintain those good looks and handsome features. You could just as well compare the training and coaching regimens of actors (and musicians) with that of athletes.


Inspirational themes


The principles are pretty much the same. And like actors, athletes need their inspiration too. An earlier post also listed admiringly favorite characters who are all brave and skilled archers. One character, John Rambo, could remind you of one of the most inspiring films made in the last thirty years or so. Audiences, young and old, have by now seen Rocky, one of the most famous sports movies of all time. Staying with this theme for a moment, boxing is a great way to teach both actors and sportsmen and women how to maintain good eye contact.


In this contact sport, the eyes are a strategic weapon. Like other sports, using the right equipment is also important. If you are interested to learn more you could go to this website and read a little further. Coincidentally, Anna will probably agree with this, epic films are effective when they have a great theme song to support the story. Eye of the Tiger is one such memorable soundtrack from one of the Rocky sequels.



Readers will agree that there are many movies and songs that inspire them, so much so that it prompts them to do courageous things, much like Anna Kendrick and her industry peers are doing right now.


Best Roles Of Anna Kendrick

A seasoned artist never fails to deliver. Anna Kendrick is one such artist who has vowed audiences with her killer performances. Her recent Pitch Perfect 2 is proof enough. Her role, Beca in the film has retained her place as one of the most captivating of Hollywood’s leading divas.  As one of the college leaders of The Bellas, a Capella team, she has come up with a good one. Here are some of her other roles, which had brought her into limelight in Hollywood.


This film had Anna Kendrick performing as Fritzi Wagner, a calculating but meek actor. Despite her role being a minor one and a debut for her, she managed to pull it off splendidly. Her dazzling act with flawless timing in comedy and the right nuances was noticed and applauded. The film is about a teenagers’ group in Camp, a musical theater. With such a backdrop, the film has several classic Broadway performance shows to enjoy.  Kendrick plays an introvert who shifts into a ruthless opportunist who doesn’t fear even killing to get the coveted role in the show.  Kendrick received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for her performance as Fritzi.

The Twilight Saga

This is a highly successful series with millions of fans all over the world. Anna Kendric plays the role of Jessica Stanley. Of the five films in the series, Kendrick appears in four albeit occasionally. As a friend of Bella (Kirsten Stewart), Jessica puts up a good show as the kindhearted sympathizer of Bella, all the while burning with envy at Bella’s love life. Even a non-fan would find Anna Kendrick’s act, which blends manic energy and layered comedy, quite wonderful. She has excellent comedy timing coupled with good dress sense. From her make up to her prim and proper shoes, she chooses well.

Up in the Air

In this flick with George Clooney, Anna Kendrick plays the role of Natalie Keener. The trio Clooney, Kendrick and Jason Bateman rocked in the film. Her role in the film, where she has the job of a corporate consultant who deals with companies all over the country and does the dirty work of firing their employees was praised by Manohla Dargis of New York Times as an attention grabbing one, which is in itself a big feat.  Kendrick received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.

The Last Five Years

Kendrick plays the role of Cathy Hiatt in this off-Broadway musical performance.  Her role as an actress who marries an upcoming writer is charismatic and brave, so much so that even if the film falters down the line, she keeps up the tempo with her stellar performance. Her fashionable dresses grab attention and so are her shoes. In fact, she’d manage to look dazzling even in comfortable shoes such as those available at this website.

End of Watch

In this super realistic crime story, Anna Kendrick plays the role of Janet, the wife of a gritty LAPD officer, Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal).She provides the perfect foil of light hearted optimism to the violence the story portrays. She motivates her husband and his partner to fight for survival.

Anna Kendrick’s Way of Life

Anna Kendricks Way of Truest Life

Anna Kendrick is one of America’s sweethearts. With her ever growing fan base, she is considered as one of America’s talented actress. Not only that, she happens to be a musician as well.

Anna Kendrick was born on the 9th Of August in the year 1985. Born in Portland, Maine, Anna was the daughter of Janice, an accountant and William Kendrick, who was a history teacher as well as working in the finance. Anna is of English, Irish and Scottish decent.

Anna was interested in acting from a very early age. She started her acting career at the early age of just 10. Having supporting parents, Anna’s parents would often drive her from Portland to New York just to audition for roles. She got her first significant role in the Broadway musical called High Society back in August 1998. She was just 12 years old when she landed the role of Dinah. Her performance in High Society was so good that she won the Theatre World Award as well as being nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.

Anna went on to make a number of appearances in a couple of other productions, which include the musical A Little Night Music, playing Fredrika Armfeldt in the New York City Opera production.

She finally made her film debut back in 2003 in a musical comedy called Camp. Her performance in Camp won her a nomination at the Independent Spirits Awards for Best Debut Performance for her portrayal of Fritzi Wagner. Her early years as an actress also saw her acting in the film Rocket Science as Ginny Ryerson. The performance in that role saw her achieve applauds from the critics and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Supporting Actress.

One of her well known roles as an actress was as the role of Jessica Stanley in Stephenie Meyer’s novel the Twilight. She auditioned for that role in 2008 and got selected to play the role of Jessica. She has since then appeared in the sequels of the Twilight Saga.

As a result of Anna’s theatre singing experience, she was able to land the role in the movie The Marc Pease Experience. She stared in that movie in 2009. She also landed the lead character in the movie “Elsewhere” in 2009 as well as in the movie Up In the Air. Her performance in the latter earned her the Best Supporting Actress from the National Board of Review. Her career has seen her pick up several nominations from critics awards including, The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.

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