Lynn Hirschberg, a writer for the Times does a bunch of these videos for W magazine called screen tests and features actors answering personal questions about their experience of movies mostly. I found this one interesting- snippets of several actors (from different generations) explaining which movies made them cry. So I ask you, what makes you cry? I teach that the most important element in acting is the truth. So its important to, as Meisner said, gain an intimate knowledge of your instrument. So what makes you cry? What makes you sing? What truly makes you laugh? Who would you kill for and what would you die for? You must know what makes you tick. So when you need to get there, wherever "there" may be, you can do it in an instant.
I am pleased to announce that April will be the most exciting month yet at RKS. I am introducing a brand new beginner Meisner Technique class due to increased demand. This class will focus on the fundamentals of the Meisner repetition exercise and is perfect for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the ocean that is the Meisner Technique. Starting Wed April 2nd, this class will run twice a week for 2 hrs- Monday/Wednesday 7-9 pm. For a limited time this class is only $149+ HST for a 4 week session. For more info please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org is one way or we can chit chat it up at 416-312-9188 if you want. Either way its a great time to get in to a class to learn a technique that you can rely on and start expressing truthful behavior in your acting. Don't hold off another minute!
While becoming a skilled, professional actor you must be doing a number of things regularly. The first is training. You must be in class. Not only does class allow you to explore the many facets of your instrument but it keeps you fresh and ever developing. So in between days on set, get your tush to class.
The next is networking and submitting headshots/resumes. Working on the business side of your career needs to be done every day. As an actor you are perpetually in between jobs. You never now how long your current job will last and you never know when your next one will be. You are ALWAYS looking and should always be prepared for new opportunity. Another thing is watching great actors at work. We learn by watching. You have, at your fingertips, access to every great film actor, and many theatre actors, who have ever graced stage and screen. Watch them. They have already succeeded in doing what it is you dream about doing.
The Robyn Kay Studio would like to offer you a chance to take care of these three things in one night. On a weekly basis. Starting tomorrow, Sundays at RKS will be holding a drop in Meisner Technique class, plus a screening filled with great chances to network within our community. Drop in class starts at 5 pm and goes till 8. Just after 8 we will start the screening. Easy Peasy. Now no, you do not have to come to class to enjoy the screening. And you don't have to stay for the screening if you come to class.
Drop in class is $20 and the screening is free of charge. Do what you will, I am looking forward to seeing you either way. This week we will be screening, arguably the greatest character driven drama of all time, "The Way We Were" starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. This is one of my favorite movies of all time and also a great example of how strong an actor's behavior must be without relying solely on script. Please RSVP at email@example.com or call me, 416-312-9188, don't be shy. I am happy to answer any questions or comments you may have.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Acting coach, an artist and an advocate for truth.