That wonderful time is upon us once again- Midnight Meisner is taking place this Wednesday night starting at 930. Perhaps you have been before and you loved it, perhaps you have been meaning to come. Perhaps you have been waiting at home, scratching your head wondering "what the heck is a midnight meisner and why do I need it in my life?" If that is so, then this post is for you.
A Midnight Meisner Experience is one you will never forget. It all starts just after 930 pm. Meet us at the studio where we start with snacks and beverages, cause everyone loves snacks, and make yourself at home while you mingle with other students at the studio as well as random strangers who find their way in. (It is downtown Toronto).
At around 1030 we will begin a Meisner repetition class that may go till about 3 in the morning. The class is much more informal than regular classes and everyone gets a chance to join in and experience the magic of losing inhibitions and completely getting out of your head. The Meisner Technique teaches you to act from the moment, to work off your partner and to take risks. Midnight Meisner offers the environment for actors to surprise themselves and get acquainted with the immediate truth. At the very least, you'll get to see the technique in action and make a few friends. And eat snacks. Don't forget the snacks.
Who can come? Everyone is welcome. Friends, significant others, grandmas, beginner actors, seasoned actors, non actors who want something to do with their Wednesday other than going to a bar. It is an experience for all*
Hope to see you there. For more info on classes, the studio and Robyn Kay, call her at 416.312.9188 or send her electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are well into September now and I have vowed to make this month #seriousseptember
So I actively find ways to use the phrase #seriousseptember throughout my day to keep that thought fresh in my mind.
We become what we think about most. You want to change your life, change your thoughts. You want to accomplish something- anything, keep that goal present in your thoughts. You want to have something, align your thoughts with whatever it is. Yes, its the law of attraction and we know it well. Everything you feel and have is a direct product of your thoughts.
The bad news is that if your thoughts are negative, that is what you will attract. Even the most positive of people are guilty of negative thought patterns. Many times they come in the form of excuses. Excuses masquerade as positive responses because they justify why things are the way they are. Letting yourself off the hook may make you feel better in the moment but it is detrimental to your success in the long run. So here are the 6 excuses I hear most. Things you should never get comfortable repeating if you want success:
1. I don't have the money
This is an overused excuse that makes people poor. The more you say it, the more true it becomes. The more you get comfortable with being poor, the easier it becomes to avoid working hard. You will find yourself surrounded by other people who are satisfied with having no money. Instead figure out what you would like to spend your money on and focus on building that life rather than repeating over and over how broke you are.
2. I don't have time
Most people love thinking that we only use 10 percent of our brains because it opens up the possibility that we have so much undiscovered brain power
potential. That has been proved as a myth but what is true is that we only productively use a fraction of the time we have. There are so many ways throughout our day that we can become more efficient and make time for the things we need to do. You have the time, its just a matter of managing it, doing things when you are tired or don't feel like it and prioritizing. Saying "I don't have time" just lets you off the hook.
3.Its so hard
Yes. It is. Life is hard. Success is hard. Acting is hard. Can we move on now? I was listening to a gospel station in Florida and I he said "Dont tell G-d how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your G-d is." I love that. You can do it. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Pull up your bootstraps and work harder. Go to class if you need confidence. Create your own vehicle when you can't get in the door. Do what you need to do- just stop walking around talking about how hard it is or it will never get any easier.
4. That person would never talk to me
Not with an attitude like that he won't. In order to be successful you must surround yourself with people who are more successful than you, who are smarter than you, who are cooler than you. You never know who is willing to talk to you. You have no idea who you can have the opportunity to connect with. The point is you must take a risk and talk to people who might never give you the time of day without worrying about the outcome. Go into every conversation assuming they WILL want to talk to you and I guarantee you will get a better response than if you stay at home, sure that they won't.
5. Im "trying"
You do NOT get paid for trying. Get over it. Get it done. You are either doing or not doing. There is no try. Yoda said it best. Stop thinking you deserve a cookie for a good try.
I would like to extend an enormous congratulations to one of my most dedicated students, Artjom Gilz. After studying with me at the studio for a year he has now moved back to Berlin and taken Germany by storm.
In just a few short weeks he has already booked 2 major international commercial campaigns for the World Wildlife Fund and Seven Seas Supplements. Keep it up Artjom, we are all very proud of you:)
Its the morning and I'm raring to go! It is going to be a beautiful day:)
If you have never experienced a Meisner Technique class before or if you have but you want more, here is your chance!
Every Sunday evening, 5-8 pm I offer a Sunday drop in class. Its a 3 hour class that will get you out of your head as you actively focus on something outside of yourself.
RSVP to reserve a spot in class HERE
Just one class can make a difference in your acting and improve your listening skills. So come in for a great workout! If you have any questions, please email or call me directly
Starts at 5 pm and goes until 8. Every Sunday evening. We work on Sanford Meisner's repetition exercise to improve listening and get you working moment to moment. The most exciting acting class you will ever take.
$20 includes tea and biscuits RSVP
Hi There actors! Its me, Robyn Kay. I've got some great news and some bad news.
The great news:
There is another beginner Meisner technique class starting September 3rd. 7-9 pm Monday/Wednesday. It is a 4 week session, twice a week for $149 plus HST. Register Here
The bad news:
You have not registered yet. So I have a question for you. What do you need? What do you think is stopping you from getting where you need to be as an actor and in your career? Is there anything in particular that you struggle with or is it just a lack of direction and/or motivation?
I want to hear from you and I would be happy to meet with any first time students for a free 30 minute consultation to give you my advice on what you can do to get to the next level of your career.
We are at a crucial point in the year. How are you going to spend the next 3 months to ensure that 2014 is a wholly productive one? It is a great time to study a new technique. 3 months is a solid amount of time to really sink your teeth into a new class to learn the skills that will get you booking more jobs, build your confidence and make you a compelling actor.
So go ahead, leave a comment below or email me directly and I will give you a free 30 minutes of my time to go over anything you may be struggling with. Fall is a chance for another beginning. Why wait for new years resolutions?
I look forward to hearing from you!
To audit a class for $20 go HERE
Drop in classes every Sunday night: RSVP HERE
So proud of Samantha Duarte. I have been coaching this wonderful actress for 6 months and she has just been signed by Glickman Alexander Talent Management. She started auditioning immediately and the results of her hard work are evident. Congrats Samantha, it is a pleasure to watch you grow into a compelling actor.
Robyn Kay is available for private coaching and full classes in the Meisner Technique. Classes are available for kids, teens and adult in all levels of experience. For more info on what you can accomplish at the Robyn Kay Studio, contact: email@example.com 416.312.9188
A huge Congratulations to RKS student, Tadhg McMahon for winning awards for Best Lead Actor and Best Narrative for his short film, Shooting Oliver at the Rahway International Film Festival. His film is also an official selection at the Los Angeles comedy festival and the New York Underground comedy festival. Watch the film HERE. Keep it up Tadhg!
Find out how classes at the Robyn Kay Studio can the difference in your career
Congratulations to my student Brian Mifsud!! It has been a busy summer for Brian. After booking a role as a Mobster on RECALL and shooting a Christmas movie for the Hallmark channel he is now off to California to further his career. Beginning with continuing his Meisner Technique studies in San Francisco.
So proud of you Brian. Love and luck to you and cheers to your continuing success! Midnight Meisner will not be the same:)
My mother used to say that to me when I was misbehaving, act like a human being. When I say it to actors it doesn't quite mean the same thing my mother intended, but it all comes down to the same thing, behavior. How are you behaving? How are you being? Sanford Meisner said an ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words. Behavior is what makes and actor watchable. So while you must train to learn how to move technically in front of a camera, once you are there, on your mark, using subtle movements, not blinking and keeping your forehead still, how are you behaving? My guess is less like a human being. Here are my top ways to keep your acting human:
Fight to win but consider what will happen if you lose
There is always something you're fighting for in a scene. We want to root for you. But we need a reason to care, we need to know that you are just like us. We need to see your struggle, see that you have moments of doubt and regret. You cannot rely on the script to provide a "to be or not to be" soliloquy to explain your inner turmoil. You must express it truthfully and fully while you continue to fight. We want to see that your reason for fighting is human, your job is to make the audience see that your intentions are human. The best example is My Best Friend's Wedding. Julia Roberts is doing a horrible thing (breaking up an engagement) yet we root for her. We want her to win because she expertly portrays a look of terrible heartbreak every time losing becomes a possibility.
Keep the love alive
When another character double crosses or betrays you in a scene, the easy generic choice is to just do angry. Many actors become one dimensional and sub human by deciding, that "someone did me wrong, I'm pissed". Consider that anger is a secondary response in humans and always stems from hurt, loss or abandonment of some kind. The only way someone could actually make you angry in the first place is if you cared about them, trusted them and had a personal stake in how they treat you. That doesn't go away when they betray your trust. Love lives on. Simply responding with anger is not enough. Adding hurt is not enough either. You must also show through behavior that you do still care. That is the ultimate pain of human existence. That makes you compelling to watch.
You are not a robot. Holding your breath hurts you in many ways. Firstly you need oxygen to survive. So does your character. Not breathing also stops emotion from flowing through you freely and keeps part of your brain focused on yourself rather than something outside of yourself. Your characters breathe, if they are real people. Deep breaths and sighs are some of the best true behavior you have because people are immediately affected by them and they occur naturally when you are stressed in some way. Breathing is not something to plan, it is what you must allow into your acting. It is undeniably human.
Remember that at the end of the day an audience will forgive many things when they are rooting for the character. We want to feel like extraordinary things are possible for everyday human beings. We want to win vicariously through you. That's what makes all this show business worth doing.
Robyn Kay teaches Meisner Technique classes at the Robyn Kay Studio in downtown Toronto. To hear more about classes contact her at 416-312-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone knows how to be a good actor right? Its easy. Just get out of your head. Go ahead, do it. I'll wait....Are you out of your head? Probably not. Because as simple as the concept is, actually doing it can be one of the most difficult things for humans to do, and impossible the more you TRY to do it. You are your thoughts, your behaviors reflect where your focus is. So the more you focus on being out of your head, the deeper you bury yourself in the thought of it, the more trapped you become in your thoughts. That is death for an actor. So hear are some ways to get out of your head:
1. Dance I said, dance.
Any kind of movement will do really but dancing just may be the most fun. Too many actors come in to my studio completely stiff from the neck down. Too many people end up glued to their chairs, keeping their instincts quiet. Moving around immediately ignites your instincts and allows you to feel. Emotions are awakened through heavy workouts, long walks and dancing
2. Children and animals
They say never work with children or animals. They steal the show. Why? Because they are always instinctual. Never in their head or confined to societal norms. They have no filter. They are compelling to watch. So play with a kid, or pet some animals. Roll around on the floor with a dog for ten minutes or play superheroes with some kids. That sense of play that we all had as children is instinctual and vital for your acting.
3. Meisner Technique acting classes
In order to get out of your head you must focus 100 percent on something outside of yourself. You must get your attention off yourself completely and leave yourself alone. Great acting can only happen when you completely allow everything going on in you to go on, never being aware of how you look, or how cool you are or how relaxed your forehead is. This is not easy.
Getting your attention off yourself is a muscle. A muscle that must be worked like your bicep or your gastrocnemius. You must actively train yourself to focus fully on something else. The quickest and most effective way to accomplish this is through Meisner Technique acting classes. Think of class as a gym for your instincts, working moment to moment, consistently working the muscle of getting your attention off yourself. Think about it. You would not expect your tushy to tighten up by sitting on the couch an thinking about it. Well neither will the muscle of getting your attention off yourself. Building a strong foundation in a technique you can rely on is the way to keep you out of your head and keep your focus where it needs to be, when there a million other places for your focus to go.
Interested in trying out the technique? Summer promotion is on now: $250 tax included for a 4 week session. There is also a beginner class starting August 4th for $149. There really has never been a better time to learn a technique that can take you to the next level of your acting, no matter where you start from. Here's people are saying:
For more information or to book a free consultation with Robyn Kay please call us at 416.312.9188 or email@example.com
Alright, I will give you the secret to success right now, right here. The secret is that there is no secret. There is no one right way and all ways take hard work, discipline, focus and flexibility. There is no such thing as a get rich quick and there is no overnight success. The long way is the short way. This is all good news. This is why they say "if at first you don't succeed, try try again". You must become a collector of "No" and fail more than you succeed. For in the journey towards success, is not only a means to an end, but an end in itself. If that's not meta, I don't know what is. Here are 5 things to consider:
1. Do it when you don't feel like it.
If you keep waiting for it to feel right before you start, you will die waiting. Yes, die. No matter what you are trying to achieve, you must just start. It will feel awful. You might complain like a teenager having to hang out with her parents. In public. The more you do this the more you will feel like doing it. Its true. We are creatures of habit, so the more your efforts become habit, the more you will crave doing it. Go to the gym at 6 am for 30 days and I swear you'll start looking down at people who sleep in.
2. Surround yourself with people more successful than you.
Some people love hanging out with unattractive people. It makes them feel pretty. The problem is the more they hang out with the unattractive, the more they pick up their habits, the more they start to blend right in with them. You cannot soar like an eagle whilst you are surrounded by turkeys. All around you there are people who are achieving more, booking more jobs, getting in better shape. Be around them. Listen to what they say. Sitting at the pub listening to your unemployed friend's theory on how the credit card companies are out to control him will not make you richer. If you can't find any real live people, there are many teachers and mentors who have written books and talk about success all the time. Pop some popcorn and have a drink with one of these videos.
3. Constant training
Get to class. I cant stress this enough. Actors need to be in class all the time. You need to be growing, you need to be pushed by a coach who will not just tell you how great you are. You must learn to express and allow your emotions truthfully and fully. In any industry you are in, you must be learning new things on a daily basis. The world is changing at an alarming rate. What worked 5 years ago will not work today. If you don't think that is so, you must be still writing in Grafitti on your palm pilot and calling people you met off Myspace on your shiny new Razr. If you cannot find the right coach there are resources online www.tedtalks.com.
4. Be uncomfortable
Any or all of the things on this list will make you feel uncomfortable if you do them right. You must push out of your comfort zone to start achieving things that you never have before. Actors must push to sit in the uncomfortable space where they are being emotionally affected by another human being. At the gym you must lift weights that feel uncomfortable in order to build muscle. In your daily life you must constantly take risks to stay young and feel alive. Talk to a stranger, call in to a radio station, go to an open mic and sing something acapella. Risk looking bad. The rewards will blow your mind.
5. Don't make it personal
Life is about something bigger than you. People will tell you all sorts of things to bring you down or lift you up, depending on what they need from you. Whatever they say says more about them than you! That is very important to know if you wish to be successful. Whether feedback is positive or negative, take what you are getting without making it mean anything about you. Consider criticism and think it through to see if it may help your work. Accept compliments but go home and work harder. Your pursuits are a constant process and nobody is responsible for your success but you.
Robyn Kay is an acting coach and founder of the Robyn Kay Studio in downtown Toronto. Meisner Technique classes run continuously with drop ins every Sunday night. For more info please contact Robyn Kay at
416-312-9188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting coach, an artist and an advocate for truth.