The most common thing I see from actors is that they don't want to appear weak or give in to feelings that make them vulnerable. As an actor, your strength is in your vulnerability. In Meisner class you practice expressing your truth even if it makes you look bad. When you risk looking bad, you end up looking great! We cry with our favorite actors when they get their hearts broken and we root for them to find happiness in the end. You must really go through the pain in order for your audience to feel something- THAT is what great acting is made of. You need a safe place to take down those walls and do dangerous things.
You will gain an intimate knowledge of your own instrument, you'll find out where things really live in you and in turn you will learn to really see people and understand their feelings on an instinctual level. Why is this important? Actors must understand people and understand themselves, not from an intellectual place but from an emotional place. This can only be done by consistently working of others behaviors and watching how people react to things. All the while, allowing emotions to go on inside of you and come out in true and full behavior. That is what will make you compelling to watch.
You learn never to take anyone for granted and never think you know what will happen- people are surprising! At the end of the day, regardless of the scene, the most important thing is the chemistry between the actors. We care about the relationship more than what you are saying to each other. You will learn how to get your focus completely off yourself- even when you are feeling a ton of emotion. When you build that muscle of getting your attention off yourself, it will keep you focused in a scene no matter how many takes you have to do, no matter how tired you are and no matter how emotional you get.
4. You will learn to create chemistry and rapport with anyone
By actively listening to somebody and reacting from their voice and behaviors it will connect you on a level far beyond the social realm. Its about forgetting politeness and learning to live in the uncomfortable, that is what we want to see. That is what you'll learn in class.