I’ve had a number of emails recently about acting students who are in a situation where they can’t be in a class for various reasons - whether it’s financial, location, or other, and want to do exercises to keep themselves in the work.
Actors constantly deal with rejection and their issues surrounding rejection. It seems to be a frequent topic of conversation among us. I have known numerous actors who left the business because, they say, they “Couldn’t take the rejection.”
“Casting is storytelling”…Joss Weadon
“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”
The beauty of living in Los Angeles is that we are really surrounded with just about anything we could ever want.
I really enjoy designing a characters world. Every tiny detail. What coffee they drink, how they wear their hair and how they live, everything…
It’s a process to sit down to write my blog, review the recent events in my career and allow something to bubble up to the surface that I feel is worth sharing. Sometimes it’s really clear and an experience demands a voice, other times not, but today I am clearly compelled. I’m grateful and want to express it.
Becoming a filmmaker by sheer force of will is what sets the dreamers and the succeeders apart from all the rest…
Are you trying to limit your exposure to chemicals and harmful ingredients, but finding it hard to find products that are both natural and effective? Natural alternatives are here for you!
Finally, an installation that gets me! I have nature and wet dreams and technology in my life, and it all stresses me out. But you know I keep coming back for more. Glutton for punishment.
I’ve had an interesting summer. A month ago I got a call from a director colleague on a Sunday morning who had to replace an actor in a play that would be opening the following Friday night. That would be in 5 days.
Recently I was invited to a woman’s group initiated by a couple of producers I’ve worked with who I adore and admire. I was really touched to be asked to join this group of successful, intelligent, growth oriented woman so I ignored my initial resistance and fear of being the oldest, least attractive person with the least amount of credibility and I showed up for the gathering with an open mind and curiosity about what would unfold.
“The Mexican Youth in the U.S. is, indeed, a very fortunate person. Why? Where else in one country do you have two cultures and civilizations of the highest type that have been developed come together to form into one?”
-Manuel Ceja, a student at Compton Junior College writing in the Mexican Voice 1938.
Last month's blog was about living truthfully in your characters’ every moment. I gave an example of an experience in one of my classes. Here's a continuation of that conversation.