Congrats to RKS student Sarah Horsman for her show stealing role as Linda in The Wedding Singer. Can't wait to see your inner badass in action Sarah! The Wedding Singer is now on thru January 25th at the U of T Hart House Theatre. For tickets www.uofttix.ca or harthousetheatre.ca. Way to start off 2014 with a bang and a high kick!!
So apparently scientists got together to create the most relaxing song known to man. Weightless is just over 8 minutes of pure relaxation and serenity that will give you the same release from stress that a massage will- that is, of course, unless you hate to be touched- in which case, this is better. Becoming relaxed is in incredibly valuable skill for an actor. It frees you to express truthful behavior, makes you look better on screen by giving a full life to your character and even helps you memorize lines. This is one way to do it. Try it out with some deep breathing before your next audition. http://bit.ly/1boS2Wo
Its amazing how daunting life can be when things don't happen NOW. I'm sure we can all agree that it takes work to avoid the culture of immediate gratification that colors our lives. Ads promising to "flatten our bellies in just 2 weeks" or "fast tracking to success by flipping real estate" can fool us into thinking that if something doesn't happen immediately there is just no point in continuing. Our attention spans have been whittled away to practically nothing and studies show that going into the second week of January, most of you have already given up on your New Years resolutions. Many of us (especially actory creative types) dream big, get excited over the massive changes and things they will accomplish by next weekend and then when they go to look at their list of things to do become overwhelmed and spend the week beating themselves up for being failures which is a great excuse for eating Nutella straight out of the jar.
So what is it that you would actually like to accomplish? The first thing you need to do is specify what it is you truly want. This is usually the part that actors tend to miss, writing down a specific time measured goal. Its wonderful to be a dreamer, to want it all and truthfully you can. However if you do not first choose one specific measurable goal, it can mean the detriment to all your other dreams. Small accomplishments release dopamine in your brain that leads to increased motivation. So take inventory of your life. What are those things, related to career or personal life that have you saying "oh if only I could....., then I could be happy". Is it becoming a better actor? Being more fit? Learning an instrument? Forging more relationships? Learning a new acting technique? The only way I know to get better at anything is by constantly doing it. Practice. Repetition. If you do something every single day for the next 100 days you cannot avoid becoming better at it.
This video is amazingly inspiring and great evidence that so much can be accomplished in a very short amount of time when you a) Choose 1 specific goal to focus on b) do that thing every single day c) keep track of your progress and d) Make yourself accountable by telling people what you are going to do. So what would you like to accomplish in the next 100 days? At the very least, check out the website 100daychallenge.com for some inspiration. Make this year a year of action.
Robyn Kay runs The Robyn Kay Studio for actors in Toronto, teaching acting classes rooted in the Meisner technique. If you are interested in taking classes and reaching your acting goals email email@example.com or call 416-312-9188
We have been working on some exciting new things for the studio in 2014 including, showcases, casting workshops and weekly screenings. Meisner technique classes officially resume next Tuesday, the 14th of January. We will, however, start off the year with a drop in class this Sunday from 5-8 pm. If you have been curious about what exactly goes on at the studio, this Sunday is a great opportunity to come on by and experience first hand. We use the repetition exercise to ignite your instincts and really get to the core of who you are as an actor. We work with you to develop your unique attributes and teach you to express truthful emotional behavior. You are capable of much more than you imagine and you are capable of far more than just trying to play a part the "right" way. We facilitate the process of unlocking your greatness as an actor. We hope to see you this Sunday 5-8 pm $20, all levels of experience are welcome.
For more information please call 416-312-9188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting coach, an artist and an advocate for truth.