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Thank You, Actors.

I know this column is supposed to be about advice for actors.

I’d like to take this time to say thank you, actors. Thank you for being who you are and for what you bring to the human experience.

I recently had a class where the assignment was to prepare a Personal Monologue. The way we do it at The Actors Workout Studio is that we encourage actors to share a personal, emotional experience that has had a huge effect on their life.  The purpose is to connect to deep feelings so they can access them to use in creative character preparations.  It’s not easy. Most people like to forget and get over past drama and experiences.  The actors in this class blew me away and reminded me of what it takes to be an actor.

You need to access deep feelings to play characters that affect the audience. So actors do what many other people don’t like to do, go into the pain, anger, fear, and rage of past experiences. Actors need to make friends with these emotions, so they can use them to serve audiences, not be victims of those feelings.

The recent class was astounding. The experiences and places these actors went and were willing to share was staggering.  It’s not easy to do. It takes a certain commitment and passion for the work.

When actors go to these emotional places, audiences can live through them and have their own experiences. They are touched, and then maybe healed or better understood, or most importantly, it helps audiences to know that they are not alone. Other people have these feelings also.

I believe actors are healers. Through their work, they help heal their audiences by inspiring, making them feel, and making them think outside of their usual life.

It takes a certain breed of human to do this work. After seeing the mighty performances in this class, I am reminded of how grateful I am to these souls, that are healing us by sharing the human condition. So, I say to all you actors, thank you, and keep up the good work, our species needs you.

Fran Montano

Author: Fran Montano

Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions

Fran Montano
Fran Montano - is the owner and Artistic Director of The Actors Workout Studio, located in the NoHo Arts District for nearly 30 years. It is one of the longest running small, intimate theaters and Acting Schools in the Los Angeles area. AWS was created to being a “home” for aspiring and working actors were the work not only includes classes and training, but personal coaching, career planning, networking, showcasing, and regular performing. His students range from beginning actors, accomplished actors who work regularly in film, television, and stage, as well as numerous working directors and writers. His style is on an individual basis and in his small, intimate classes, it’s like working with a private coach. His reputation is in finding and breaking actors blocks Fran’s background as an actor, in producing, directing and theater makes him an excellent resource for actors in Los Angeles, in finding their way both in their talent, and promoting their career. Visit www.actorsworkout.com for more information and a schedule of classes and productions
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