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!
Midnight Meisner is back!! You ever wish you could find a place to hang out with and meet other actors in Toronto at some sort of event where you could learn a bit about an acting technique and have the funnest time ever?
Well you're in luck! Midnight Meisner brings you fun, excitement, emotion and an overly excitable teacher (thats me)
This Wednesday night, come see the studio and get a taste of how a class runs while you sip from a cup and enjoy dollar store tasty treats! Everybody is welcome, its 5 bucks, starts at 9 and goes till the last person leaves. If you plan on coming or have any questions let me know firstname.lastname@example.org 416-312-9188 (my real number)
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
So New Years eve is just around the corner. For many of you you will have the greatest time ever, for others, you'll have a night of disappointment and over priced drinks while the remainder of you gave up high expectations of New Years parties long ago may stumble upon a memorable evening regardless of zero planning. In any case, we are all ringing in a brand new year. It's an exciting occasion. The mark of a new year brings about hope. Hope for new success, new friendships, new ideas. A chance to reflect on the past 12 months and really decide made the year great, what mistakes did you make, what did you accomplish. Personally I am celebrating in Barbados this year. A Caribbean Christmas season is like no other. As someone who actively enjoys life as much as I possibly can, I can tell you, I have never seen people enjoy the holidays, family and every moment of life like the people of Barbados. People in the Caribbean have become masters of enjoying the moment. For instance, tomorrow night, we will not go out to celebrate New Years Eve, we will be celebrating OLD YEAR'S NIGHT. In Barbados, you do not celebrate the new year until the precise second the old one is complete. They pay full and due respect to the year about to pass before they begin to live in the new one, never taking the moment for granted. So this year I invite you to look at things a little differently. Planning and goal setting for the coming year is still essential, but enjoying every last second of 2013 before its gone is truly living in and enjoying every moment.
ow often do you really ensure that one moment is finished before moving on to the next one? We have all been guilty of jumping the gun. We get consumed with our evening plans before our work day is complete. We go to dinner and our mouths are watering for chocolate mousse dessert before the salad is even served (try ordering dessert first- its a treat). You want to break up with your significant other but you start dating someone before the relationship is really over...(just don't do that)....If you have ever really relished the true joy of the car ride before you get to the party then you know what I'm talking about. Its not always as pleasant as cruising at 140 to the sweet sounds of Brittany Spears with the wind blowing through your hair. But to really experience and live in every moment is to be present during the sour spots- it only makes the good ones sweeter.
This is what I want to see in your acting. You must live and breath life fully into every single moment, never missing a beat. Never anticipating what will come next- because you never really know. Never take one moment for granted because every moment is truly a gift. An actor living in the present moment is the one we are compelled to watch, not just because you're in frame, because we are connected to you. That also means enjoying the process when learning your craft. Too often I see actors frustrated with not being a great actor after 2 months of study! 2 months! Becoming a great actor takes 20 years. So the sooner you start enjoying the process, the quicker 20 years will go. Who knows, it may only feel like 19 and a half:) Live- really live fully in every moment because there is a truth that is bigger than you. Bigger than your insecurities, your ego and your problems. The truth is neither negative nor positive, it just is.
Happy Old Year's night to you.
Robyn Kay runs The Robyn Kay Studio for actors in Toronto, Canada teaching acting classes rooted in the Meisner technique. If you are interested in taking classes email email@example.com or call 416-312-9188
This is essentially what I have dedicated my life to. Helping people find the courage to be vulnerable and to be seen for who they really are. That is your job if you are to be a truly great actor. You have no choice. However, it is not just actors and artists who benefit from being vulnerable. Strength is found in vulnerability, I say it every day. To live a truly satisfied life and know what it is to be alive and experience real joy, you must let yourself get hurt. You must love with no guarantee, trust in people and you must take a risk that could end up with you looking bad. As my brother once said, "dignity is a renewable resource". So watch this talk- who knows- regardless of whether you are pursuing a career in the arts, it might be time for some Meisner Technique classes with me:)
This article is what the world needs now:http://thoughtcatalog.com/ryan-oconnell/2012/12/you-need-to-go-after-the-things-you-want/
What are we so afraid of? Why are we so addicted to looking cool and staying safe? I see actors come through my class daily who stay composed, calm, cool. The second they let their guard down they admit how exhausted they are. It is exhausting keeping it all together. And it doesn't get you what you want out of life.Tell people how you feel. Now. Not at their funeral. Not in a drunken text at 4 am. Not in a passive aggressive way that blames them for not already knowing how you feel. Strength is found in vulnerability and truth. Not just something to think about, try taking some action.
Everybody has a closet to come out of. We all have things we keep from people. Most of us experience life as a version of ourselves that has been heavily edited and photoshopped. We behave in manners that are socially acceptable. We behave how we think people want us to. I see that kind of bullshit in actors every single day. Actors who are trying say the line "right" or who do the scene how it is "supposed" to be done. I even have actors who can't answer a yes or no question lest anyone be offended at the outcome. As an actor it should be very important to you that people know how you feel. How you truly feel. That is your job. Its not about pleasing people, it is about being a living breathing expression of truth. The truth just is. The truth doesn't come with a battle, with a judgement or awkward manufactured laughter. This is an amazing talk that will hopefully inspire you to live your truth- regardless of sexual orientation.
Acting coach, an artist and an advocate for truth.