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Fueling Artistic Perseverance…  

As actors…

We have to be OK…

With allowing our instrument to experience discomfort…

We cannot shy away from it…

For it is that very discomfort…

That is the exact ingredient…

To fulfilling the most complex realities…

Of the most complicated of life’s circumstances…

Our discomfort is pregnant with the substance…

Needed to be utilized in our work…

It is through our instrument…

That we become the vessel…

To living the most complex…

The most complicated…

And even the most inexplicable…

Private essence of the human condition…

In a very public way…

And in order to do that…

We have to strive to make our history…

And our inner life/world…

Within those circumstances…

So vast…

So full…

So specific…

And so delicious…

That it/they stimulate…

And maintain…

All of our attention…

To take the risk…

To uninhibitedly go after our needs…

Moment to unknown moment…

With the true nature of action

That exists…

And necessary…

Within the world of the text…

And to help us along that journey…

We may need to utilize specific tools…

That allow that inner world to fill…

And experience those circumstances…

So we can actively live those circumstances…

With a truthful raw…

Authentic…

Unpredictably moment to unknown moment…

Honest life force…

It is through specific tools…

Using our own personal experiential vocabulary + imagination…

And the marriage of the two…

And our willingness and courage…

That we stimulate our inner world…

To actually experience…

And believe/have faith in

The most complex circumstances…

So we can then actively live those circumstances…

In service of, to and for our work…

But we must continue to exercise our work!…

Even during these unprecedented time…

We must not get discouraged…

And we must not give up…

The obstacles we face…

And the stakes that they heighten…

Must fuel the energy…

And the intention…

We put forth…

When it comes to our active pursuit…

In achieving our Life’s objectives…

If we spend all of our energy…

Allowing our obstacles…

To be the excuses of why ‘we can’t’

We simply do not give the energy…

To our Life’s objectives…

That they need and deserve…

Let not fear…

Doubt…

Or uncertainty…

Rob you of the very thing you love…

Let it fuel the flames of your passion…

To adapt…

Adjust…

Find a way…

And overcome!…

Allow the passion in your heart…

And the fire in your belly…

To be the fuel…

That keeps you persevering forward…

Despite everything ‘out there’…

That may attempt to keep you from persevering forward…

You are more powerful than you have been led to believe, dear Artists….

You are essential…

The only way to lose sight of the dream…

Is by giving up on it….

So don’t give up!

Continue to invest the necessary sweat equity…

Into what you want to make happen for yourself…

We must remember…

We get what we put into the dream…

And the Universe…

Undeniably meets us where we are…

And responds accordingly….

So persevere, dear Artists…

Stay safe…

Stay mindful…

Stay creative…

Stay on purpose…

Stay on the path of the dream!

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro


MC² Actors Studio Spotlight Features!

Spotlighting✨Talent✨Passion✨Commitment✨Investment✨Dedication✨Enthusiasm✨Hard Work✨Hunger✨Generosity✨& Love For The Work!

EDEN LEDERER
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Eden Lederer!
@edennledererr
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I am a recent graduate of USC’s BFA Acting program and was born and raised right here in Los Angeles! My path to acting, although now seems very clear, was not always that way. I was the kid always wearing a costume or a wig, without a thought in my mind, yet I never thought of acting as a potential career. Being the youngest of 3, I followed my brother through our high school theatre program where I found a home away from home. When it came to apply for college, I looked back at my life full of theatre and commercials, and thought to myself ‘what should I be when I’m older?’ Only to think of a costume designer. Four months before applying to colleges, I had a mental breakthrough, found Mario on the Internet, and the rest is history! I can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for the beginning of a hopefully long acting career!”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I love acting because with every character I embody, I become a little more empathetic, and a little more open minded. I not only learn more about people I would never have met in my own life, but I get the opportunity to live stories that may teach others, something about culture or the world, that they would never have experienced. Acting is a reflection of the world, and I believe reflecting can make the world a better place.”
BRENDAN KANE
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Brendan Kane!
@citizenkane
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was raised by two Colonels in the U.S. Air Force, which meant I moved every 1-3 years during my childhood. And unlike most actors who started acting from infancy, I only started taking acting at 14 to get out of gym class, and have loved it ever since. I graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting, and have found my way to LA. Since then, I’ve been part of numerous stage productions, short films, and V/O gigs, and I’m excited to see what 2021 makes possible.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“Whether it be through a lengthy soliloquy in a work of Shakespeare, or a darkly comedic argument in a McDonagh play, acting makes me feel powerful. It fuels me with agency and ferocious energy. I love diving into a new world of text and making it my own, contributing my own verse to the role, and inevitably learning more about me in the process. ”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“I continue to study because I want to be the Actor Swiss Army Knife–to be as versatile as possible. I want to be able to jump from play to television to film to V/O with expediency and ease. Which is why I continue to study at MC²: because we work on complicated material in order for everything else to be accessible.”
CORRINE MICA
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Corrinne Mica!
@corrinemica
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I grew up in East Bernard, Texas, where football was king and the arts were a hobby. Primarily a singer, I fed my creative side by singing with my mom at church and later was lucky enough to find a community theatre home in the town over. At age 9, I made my stage debut as Brigitta in ‘The Sound of Music’ and decided then and there that this was not merely a hobby, but my life. I graduated from Oklahoma City University, double majoring in Acting & Theatre for Young Audiences. After some time in the Chicago theatre scene, I made my way to LA where I’ve had a blast creating my artistic home. I’m currently filming a TV pilot and am in pre-production for a feature film that I couldn’t be more excited about!”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“Acting keeps my child-self alive. It keeps me asking why and asks me to remain open and compassionate in a world that does its best to build up my armor. I am fascinated by the inner world we all have and in exploring and inhabiting someone else, I learn more about myself. Which is so challenging, but what a way to constantly grow! I also love the collaboration this art-form calls for–working with people on a soul level is the most fulfilling work. Stories keep cultures alive, help heal, transport us when reality is too much. I’m honored to tell and live those stories.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“There is always more to learn, to discover, to reveal! Studying keeps me on my feet and develops in me the discipline it takes to be a professional actor. Even when I’m not auditioning or working on a project, I have something to work on, and this ensemble keeps me accountable for that. I’ve found that you have to be ready when the door opens rather than getting ready when opportunity calls. Create a process, build a technique, practice vulnerability now so those muscles are ready when the time comes.”
MUSLIMA MUSAWWIR
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Muslima Musawwir!
@muslima.nm
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born and raised in Richmond, VA. I graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Acting. After graduating, I worked in the DC/VA theatre & film scene before moving to LA. I received an Honorable Mention at the Berlin Film Festival for my role in one of the first projects I booked in LA. My favorite part of being an artist in LA is that there are so many ways to remain inspired which is especially important to me right now. I’ve been finding inspiration in nature, my friends, and fellow ensemble members. I recently wrapped on a TV pilot and am looking forward to 2021.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I come from a huge family of strong willed independent people that don’t believe in the word ‘can’t’. It’s because of my family & a dear friend that I decided to pursue acting. I love acting because the word ’can’t’ doesn’t really exist. If there’s a will, there’s a way. Of course it’s a continuous hustle to make it as an actor. Also, of course, you have to stay within the given circumstances of the script but the safety net of acting allows me to explore without fear of being too much or not enough. I find a deeper meaning of humanity with each character I explore and create.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“My favorite Nina Simone quote is ‘An artist’s duty is to reflect the times’. As an actor, I believe it’s only possible to reflect the times if I truly understand what’s happening in the world of the character & how that relates to me & the current state of our society. I continue to study because with every new tool I learn, I am finding new ways to understand a character, reveal parts of myself, & connect to others.”
ALEX RAINES
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Alex Raines!
@_alex_raines_
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I’m originally from Colorado, but I grew up around the Phoenix area before relocating to LA. I studied Theatre & Film at ASU and acted in multiple productions around the Phoenix theatre scene. I’m currently a member of The Knights Young production company, having produced/acted in multiple projects from TV pilots, short films to feature films.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“Acting is the great craft of storytelling. I’ve always been drawn to it, being young and shy it would give me the outlet to express myself, and in turn it would move people. Diving into the work to create a truly authentic moment in time that resonates in people’s souls is a freeing and thrilling experience. It’s a wonderful feeling, and the collaboration with other artists is always so inspiring.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“Because growth is a never ending journey. There is always more to learn, to explore, to discover. Training isn’t a finite moment where we say ‘oh that’s it, I’m done.’ It continues through all of life’s changes. I’ve always approached the work with sense of childlike wonder, wanting to explore the unknown. Having the proper tools and training is necessary when navigating these unknown roads, to create truth and authentic experiences.”
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Kate Kelly Flood!
@katekellyflood
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I’m a London gal currently living in NYC w/ my hubby. I grew up in the seaside town of Brighton on fresh air & chip butties. My first experience on stage was at the ripe old age of 6 in a beauty contest having been entered by an overly enthusiastic neighbour. I was called last. But the stage had me hooked & I begged my parents for ballet lessons. In my final year at Dance college, I was told I needed a full Thoracic spinal fusion. And was prescribed ‘you’ll never dance again’. I gave a giant ‘let’s see about that?’ eye roll. Challenge accepted. I’m proud to say I proved them wrong. W/ blood, toil & tears I had an 11year career. A wild & wonderful time. But eventually the new physical limits on what I could do played heavy on my heart. In acting I found a new route of unrestricted expression, felt like total freedom. I’ve since had the opportunity to work on stage & screen. I’m truly grateful, but I’ve a feeling the best is yet to come.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“It makes me feel alive, totally alive. To breathe the love, life & struggle of a character off the page into a ‘real’ person is electric. A deep dive into the underbelly of being human. On a basic level, I love the imaginative weird world you get to create w/ the people you’re working with. If we say it’s Mars, it’s Mars. If it’s 1946, it’s 1946. And w/ the audience’s trust, we all agree that’s what world were in. That’s magic.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“I’ll never stop. We’re forever evolving. There will always be new things to discover & learn or unlearn! It allows me to keep the faith & trust my process. Being a human is hard, we suffer, & we survive by creating protective masks we don’t even realise are there sometimes. Class allows me to confront new self-discoveries in a supportive environment. Where better to keep shedding those bullshit layers than in the company of like-minded artists.”
JOSHUA LAY
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Joshua Lay!
@fakejoshlay
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I grew up in & around Surrey. When it came to hobbies, I was solely interested in performing. I grew up hooked on movies like All That Jazz, Edward Scissorhands & Baron Munchausen; obsessing over the sequences & creativity. I realized that as long as I was being creative I was happy. The BRIT School changed my life dramatically (in both senses). From the age of 14, I realized that the ‘strangeness’ in me could be celebrated & I saw that what I thought was ‘fun’ was actually a possible profession. After further training, I have since worked in the West End, In Paris, on Netflix, Sky Arts, in cinemas & regionally across the UK.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I feel like one of my main archetypes is a storyteller. I also have a keen fascination in minds & emotions, so when I see characters written down, I feel excited to try them on. I have always been interested in why people do the things they do & I love acting because it incorporates these fascinations & my general want to play at all times! My background is mostly Musical Theater & I have been asked before which discipline I enjoy the most; I realized that it depends on the character, the persons who is singing or dancing. That is where the fun lies for me.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“Because there is always more to learn & occasionally some resistance to make peace with! I feel really lucky to have found a place that allows me to work/play in a supportive environment like MC² Actors Studio. If it’s what you feel passionate about, then it doesn’t feel like a chore. The more I learn, the more curious I become. A ballet teacher once said, ‘technique is freedom’ & that has always resonated with me. I train to play with techniques & processes that allow me that freedom within my work. More freedom, more fun!”
GEORGE SMITH
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member George Smith!
@georgesmithinsta
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born & raised in remote Scotland & moved to London to train at the Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd). I’ve been involved w/ the arts from the age of 7 when I joined my local drama group which I was involved w/ until I finished school. Even before I turned 10 years old I told my parents that I was going to ‘move to London & be an actor’. After graduating ArtsEd I was in the UK tours of Anything Goes, High Society & Fiddler on the Roof as well as regional productions of Hello, Dolly! & The Ha’Penny Bridge.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I loved acting from the time I was in my very first show aged 7. I was hooked! When I joined my local drama group, we did 2 productions a year, rehearsing every Sunday during term-time. Before I knew it I was wishing away my entire week, waiting for it to be Sunday again. It was the only thing that mattered to me. I didn’t have a great time at school, & Sunday drama got me through those years & made me feel like my existence mattered. Acting literally saved me.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“I left ‘the business’ when I was 29 because I lost my confidence, & I thought never to return. Now at 41, I can’t deny the bubbles in my stomach anymore. This is what I want to do, this is who I am. Coming back into acting training 12 years older & wiser has allowed me to enjoy it & understand it even more than before. I want to be the absolute best actor I can be. Thank you Mario for welcoming me into the safe & supportive space that is the ensemble & helping me reignite my dreams and passion.”
LOUISE LEE
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Louise Lee!
@louiseleedevlin
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Born & raised in Liverpool in a working class family, playing ‘curby’ in the street & making crisp ‘butties’. I was a shy, sensitive kid who read & wrote poetry & was a massive Madonna fan. At 7 years old I was inconsolable when my Dad wouldn’t let me watch a VHS copy of ‘In bed with Madonna’. Being both an empath w/ a tendency for navel gazing & at the same time having a deep yearning to perform, express & move people to laugh or cry, I find acting provides a kind of useful synthesis for this dichotomy. At age 14 I was lucky to have been taken around Europe w/ Yellow House Theater Company devising shows w/ other young people, this ignited my passion for travel, theatre & exploring the imagination, all of which have kept me busy up till now.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“To make use of all these emotions! I find it incredibly satisfying to play & learn, be inspired & inspire as a collaborator. Human beings are wonderful & exploring the inner workings of the mind is a joy, the dark & the light. It gives me a greater understanding of human nature, & feels valuable in that way. There is definitely a rush in playing someone else, examining the details, bringing them to life, that will never go away.
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“To keep my child self alive, the one that doesn’t judge & feels free. To remind myself to be a sponge, absorbing the world around me. It’s so easy to forget our instrument needs constant practise to improve & be the best we can be. There’s so much to learn from others. It’s a difficult craft so a support network is helpful too. It’s important for me to keep working when there is no ‘work’, it keeps the creative part of me pumping, which means I feel happier. Also it’s fabulous to be up till midnight still discussing the why’s & wherefore’s of the way we think and react as human beings!”
LUCAS RUSH
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Lucas Rush!
@lukierush
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I’m half Swiss & half Irish. I was raised in London by my Mum, Jean. I have 2 dogs Lola & Doug. I first stepped on stage at the Hackney Empire at age 7 & knew instantly that I would spend my life in theatre. Later, I discovered the film & TV world & that came w/ its own buzz. My art has taken me all over the world & I’m eternally grateful for this.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I love immersing myself in a character. I find when I’m playing a role, my own character sort of melds w/ whatever character I’m playing. It’s wild! There was a time when I’d forgotten how I laughed as I had taken on so many of my characters laughs. It was a bizzare mesh of punks, clowns & pirates. There’s no better feeling than being fully immersed in a character on stage or set. When I know the entire room is w/ me & fully invested in the story & the character I’ve moulded, I’m immediately reminded why I ADORE what I do. It’s magic. I couldn’t NOT do it.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“I’ve always been of the mindset that there is not 1 ultimate technique to acting. There are tools that can help enormously but at the end of the day, you just have to get there. Training allows me to experiment w/ these techniques & develop my own route to a character, w/o the pressure of having to get it right! The more I train, the more confident I become. I spent a long time feeling like I was ‘blagging’ it. I did OK considering, but I always felt like I was doing myself a disservice by not putting in the time to really practice my craft. Turns out I was right! Just as an athlete needs to train, so do Actors. I guess they don’t HAVE to… But the athlete who doesn’t train is less likely to win the Gold. Also, to be in the company of other artists with the same passion for the work as me is just so totally inspiring. Not being in work does not mean I’m not an actor. I AM an actor & I DO the work. Delighted to have found this studio.”
SONOYA MIZUNO
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Sonoya Mizuno!
#SonoyaMizuno
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Somerset, England, I am of mixed Japanese/ English/ Anglo-Argentine heritage. I studied to become a professional ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet School in London. I danced professionally for a number of years, in many different countries, before I transitioned to acting. Outside of work I am studying for a BA in Arts and Humanities.” 
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“There is a perfect balance of needle-point focus and total calm that I have occasionally reached whilst acting. It has happened very rarely but when it does it is truly amazing. There is something cosmic about it.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“I believe in artists as craftsmen. As a dancer, you never stop training and I see acting similarly. I owe it to myself and I owe it to the art of acting to do what I can to be as good as I can be.”
SARAH NAUDI
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Sarah Naudi!
@sarahnaudicinema
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born in Paris & raised on the beautiful island of Malta. At 15 I moved to the UK alone to study Performing Arts. Playing Vanessa in Lin Manuel Miranda’s ‘In The Heights’ in the West-End is definitely a highlight in my career. I’ve also loved being part of an ensemble in shows such as ‘Evita’ at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. My on-Screen highlights have been ‘By The Sea’ directed by Angelina Jolie & also ‘Genius: Picasso’ starring Antonio Banderas. My writing career began about 5 years ago where I started off writing a series of short films nominated at the Valletta Film Festival. I’m inspired by multi-faceted, flawed women who have always been shoved aside or misunderstood.” 
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
”I was born w/ a club foot which meant that I probably wouldn’t amount to anything physically but my mother didn’t give up hope & sent me to ballet classes & acting classes. From then on it’s something I can’t really explain. Performing just became a part of me & my life. I’m so grateful to my mother who really pursued me having a normal active lifestyle which is now my chosen profession.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“Training doesn’t end at college as most of us are led to believe. I continue to train, learn & grow as a person & artist. That’s our duty. As Mario says, ‘to continually challenge & explore the human condition’. Let’s face it, we’re a very complex species.”
LYNNE HUNTER DAVIS
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Lynne Hunter Davis!
@lynnehdavis
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I’m a real down-home country girl born & raised in Mansfield, La. As a little girl I would always perform songs by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & the Pips, & pretend I was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz & Shirley Temple singing ‘on the good ship lolli-pop’. Then real-life hit, I got married, raised my children, raised my husband & forgot about the real joy in my life & that was Performing & Acting which I thought I had gotten too old. I was blessed to perform in numerous Theatre plays across LA, had a small role in SWAT w/ Shamar Moore & earlier this year shot a scene in Vivica A. Fox ‘Wrong Series’ on Lifetime & book several Commercials.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“Acting is the most sacred place I can escape & completely become someone else. I love exploring characters & witness how they evolve & just surrender to it all w/o judgment, it’s most rewarding & fulfilling for ME!”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“Training & Studying the craft is the most intricate part, you can’t succeed w/o it. It’s literally going to the gym to work-out! It’s TOP PRIORITY especially w/ someone you trust & knows the work better than you. I LOVE ACTING & I’M NOT STOPPING”.
JOHNNY BISHOP
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Johnny Bishop!
@johnny_bishop1
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Heyy I’m Johnny I’m originally from Trinidad & Tobago. I moved to London when I was ten years old to study performing arts at Sylvia Young Theatre School & to follow my dream of becoming an artist & actor. Since being here, I had the opportunity to be in some fun & cool projects including some West End productions, films & tv shows. I’m really grateful.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I have always loved the stage. And I remember saying to my mum one night, when I was younger, after a show I had done, & pointing to the empty stage in the auditorium; ‘this is what I want to do.’ It is magical, transporting, fulfilling, exhilarating & fun.” 
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“Seeing the work of others & being so inspired by them. I really wish to be excellent at the craft & the work, the way I’ve seen my friends & other actors/artist be. And so, my hope is that when I do perform that it is not luck that gets me through but love, knowledge, skill, talent and maybe one day some level of mastery.”

AMY LOUISE PEMBERTON
Meet Ensemble Member Amy Louise Pembeton!
@missamypembs
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born in Essex UK. Forever thankful for my Grandad Jim, dance coach Stacey Reeve Morgan, my lovely parents Jan, Keith & bro James & Chris Hocking (whipped my ass into shape at ARTS ED LDN). West end credits: Ariel-‘Footloose’, Lorainne-‘Jersey Boys’, Sherrie-‘Rock Of Ages’. So lucky to be part of Stephen Soderbergh’s ‘The Laundromat’, Gideon on DC’s ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’, ‘Arrow’ & part of the 4th season of ‘Scorpion’. It was in LA that my VO career began to grow but always so thankful to BBC Big Finish for casting me as Sylvester McCoy’s companion Sally Morgan in ‘DOCTOR WHO’. VO Credits: Fortnite, Game of Thrones, Unchartered 4, Titanfall 2, Sergio, Doc McStuffins, Tom & Jerry, Zoo Keepers Wife, Geostorm. I’m incredibly proud & honored to be a patron of ‘Headway UK-the brain injury association’.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“It’s wonderful to transport people to another world for a few hours. I’ll never forget feeling this way watching theatre the 1st time & being completely sucked into what was happening on stage. To watch incredible performances on tv/film & be so moved. When audience members would come to the stage door after a show & thank cast members for such a wonderful night where they could be taken on a journey. We never know what someone has going on in their life & how much the arts help people.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“I love studying the human condition & trying to understand why we are the way we are. We’re such complex beings. It’s fascinating to delve into studying the reasons behind this & really find the authenticity in my work. There’s always something to learn! My brain feels so much more alive & kicking when i’m in class & I always learn so much from my fellow ensemble members. It will be 8 years since I had the privilege of meeting Mario, one of the most genuine, talented, authentic & wonderful human beings I know. Thank you for everything.”
LUCY MILLS
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Lucy Mills!
@lucyamills
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Originally from Swansea, South Wales, performing crept into my veins at a young age. I began dancing at 3 & my youth was spent running from competitions & classes to costumes fittings & dance shops. I took a slight detour to complete a degree in MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics & Economics) at the University of Warwick but I knew pretty early on that a career in merchant banking was not the path for me, so moved to London to study Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“To me it represents an opportunity to climb into strange new & interesting voids in my own persona. I get to put on a new facet of myself, albeit defined by another person w/ real life issues, wants & needs. I can’t help but feel ‘acting’ simply reflects a learning experience for me to dive into a character, wander around in & leave behind at some point having learned something. I ‘love’ the opportunity to expand who I am, learn about life from new perspectives & empathize w/ human experiences, many of which I may not have been exposed to. What’s not to love?”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“Two personally important motivations…Studying causes me to stop, reflect & consider more than myself. This is a contrary action to daily life in a mega city, surviving w/ millions of other humans w/ their own needs & wants. Secondly, joining like-minded people & sharing an emotional journey in a class captures a very real feeling of belonging. I’ve no doubt it is tapping an innate sense of being in a tribe & story telling, but it’s like having another family. I feel very comfortable & close w/ my fellow class mates & enjoy sharing time.”
VICTORIA SUMMER
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Victoria Summer!
@victoriasummer
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born in Berkshire, England & raised in the small town of Wokingham. I was involved in the arts from the young age of three, dancing, performing pantomimes & singing in the church choir. After completing my degree at Arts Educational schools & performing in musicals in the West End, I decided to pursue a film career in Los Angeles. Some of my credits include Oscar nominee Saving Mr Banks, blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction & wartime spy thriller Game of Aces. Whenever I’m not in front of the camera or performing music, I can usually be found doing charity work including finding forever homes for rescue animals – including my cat Elton John & Pomeranian Bentley – & representing Teen Cancer America w/ my afternoon tea Event ‘Tea with Victoria Summer.’”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I fell in love w/ acting initially very young. At 11 years old I was Trixie in ‘Daisy Pulls It Off’ at school & I realised it was utterly native to me to act & I loved being on stage more than any other feeling in the world. I’ve fought for that ever since. Looking back now, I love acting because this challenging career has led me down a path of greater wisdom, personal development & self betterment & I am the person I am today because I am an actor. To know ones self & to have an understanding of life brings about a feeling of continual effortless creation & magic. That’s priceless.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“The artist in all of us should be nurtured – I consider the artist to be one of the most important roles in society, after all we inject life into culture & create new realities – often challenging the status quo. It’s my duty to be the best I can be & life without challenge & without growth, to me, is not living. I have to have the confidence to know that when I’m up for a big audition I’m ready & being in class gives me a sense of pride in my work & the ability to deepen my craft.”
JABARI REDD
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Jabari Redd!
@jabariredd
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I was born & raised in NY, where my path was leading to a medical career. I graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. During undergrad, I interned at Turner Broadcast & that essentially started my life in entertainment even though my family played a big role in my life in the arts. I recently booked my first feature film ‘B Boy Blues’ directed by Jussie Smollett based on the best selling novel ‘B. Boy Blues’ by James Earl Hardy where I was casted as ‘Derrick ”D.C.” Carter’’. I’ve also worked on a few other shorts & series. When not acting, I find myself directing, producing, & sometimes even doing art direction. Some clients that I’ve worked w/ are Smokey Robinson, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, & many more.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“‘I have a story to tell’ was always my answer. I think I’ve graduated as an artist to refine the way that I look at myself & the art because I approach the work w/ ‘I have a story to LIVE’ so the angle changes. I went from being humble about the work but being humble is not enough. I’m in attack mode. Someone has to be brave enough to live the life. After I realized that the journey is bigger than me, the ability to live & fight became abundant. Acting is where I’ve learned the true meaning of making sure I take up space, & being unapologetic about it.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“Life is something that you’ll not have all the answers to & so is acting. Acting is the replication of real life no matter the circumstances. It’s a constant journey of learning, experiencing, & understanding. Continuing to live in story in its most authentic way is most important when you want to take your audience through a spiritual journey. Making your work spiritual so it touches the soul. What’s more essential for the actor is living the story, not telling it. ‘In its place stood Progress; and Progress, I understand, is necessarily ugly.’ W.E.B. Du Bois”
HOLLY DALE SPENCER
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Holly Dale Spencer!
@hollydalespencer
Spotlight
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Growing up in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, my mom an ex dancer, my dad a drummer/comedian, my sister a singer/dancer & my brother a Child actor-it was a pretty colorful household! Our house was full of laughter & music. I was brought up on classic MGM musicals, Morcambe&Wise, Victoria Wood, & the Royal Variety Show, whilst harboring a sneaky love of horror films! I feel extremely lucky I’ve had the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dreams of being on stage in the West End, as well as playing beautiful theaters such as the Old Vic, the Almeida & the Manchester Royal Exchange. My family remain my biggest support. They’ve always encouraged me to be myself, which has provided me w/ an inner strength w/ which to navigate the toughest waves I’ve had to ride so far.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“Acting has allowed me to discover parts of myself that I had no idea were there, which I find hugely exciting & liberating. It allows me to express & explore myself in ways that I wouldn’t or couldn’t ordinarily in my own life. In order to do the work, I have to unapologetically bring my whole self & I love the honesty & bravery that this demands. I’ve always been fascinated by people & how they tick, so I love to explore characters & their experiences, in order to comprehend what truly makes them the way they are. I love to move people & to change their minds. I’ve always had a deep need to understand people & to make them feel understood.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY?
“We never stop learning. There’s not a finite point we get to: theres no Finish Line-we keep moving/growing/evolving. Every speed bump we hit, we learn & grow a little more. I feel there’s so much more to discover inside myself that I can share. I’m excited to explore more fantastic texts, characters & journeys & hopefully honor them w/ the truth & wholeness they deserve. I’m excited for more challenges, more discomfort & more surprises through the work.”
ASHLEY MURRAY
Meet MC² Actors Studio Los Angeles Ensemble Member Ashley Murray!
@ash8887
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Born to a rockstar father & a sweet southern mother, I was given the best of both worlds. I was born in Nashville, TN & was always outside, climbing trees & exploring the forest in my cape & Mickey Mouse boots. Our family moved to Raleigh, NC pretty early in my life, & I grew up playing all kinds of sports while being in as many plays as they’d let me. I graduated from UNCW w/ a degree in Theatre, & moved out to LA in 2013, where I’ve had the pleasure of working on a wide range of theatrical productions w/ Noisy Nest, making short films w/ talented friends, as well as wonderful feature films like ‘The Valley’ and ‘Sole’.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I’ve always been fascinated w/ peoples hearts. With connection. With how we live based on what has happened to us. I love the work because I get to go on a journey to breathe life into someone created on paper, & ultimately that journey always leads me to discovering so much more about myself. I’ve become a better, stronger, deeper, more connected human being thanks to the study of my craft. Then I get to share that connection in the hopes of opening others hearts to themselves.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY THE CRAFT?
“You should always be studying. There is always more to learn, further to stretch, & more growth to discover. MC² Actors Studio has shown me that the harder I work, the deeper I go, the more specific I am, the more life is revealed in every aspect of my work. I train so that I can learn as much about myself as possible, & give as much of myself as I can to my work & to the audience watching. The goal is to die on empty, so I’ve got a lot of giving to do. Better get to work!”
JONNY LABEY
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Jonny Labey!
@jonnylabey
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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
“I’m a Jersey born actor living in London. I’ve had a varied career from West End to TV & Film & most types of small scale indie projects in between. As a dancer/singer I’ve always had a coexisting relationship w/ the arts from a young age. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Being part of collaborative & experimental projects throughout my life has led me to produce work when contractual work doesn’t present itself. Due to the COVID crisis, I’m working on a company that supports creatives across all platforms called @mywyspace which navigates funds made from consumer products to the Arts, whilst also acting as a networking platform whereby Artists/Creatives get to present themselves.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“Acting has always been a safe haven where I can explore being in a character’s perspective & existing inside it as my own. It helps learn about relationships that are either completely different or strangely similar to my own. I learn about myself whilst observing others. The trust you give each other lives above any ‘normal’ connection you feel to another person outside a place of work. I love the adrenaline, risk, messiness, being present & passionate about what you’re doing. It’s the same w/ dance, exercise feels good to do but w/ dance, you get that same elation whilst telling a story w/o words.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN?
“You have to continue to train. You CAN always teach an old dog new tricks, you just need to make sure it doesn’t hold its age accountable for giving up. Dancers need to work their muscles as well as athletes & dart players! It’s the same for acting & performing. This is my life, this is what I do & I’m proud to say I’ve made a great career from it. It doesn’t mean the work stops, the work never stops. I’ve loved diving back into acting with MC². It’s really made me realize so much about purpose & why we do what we do, & how to put myself in my work in a way I’d never imagined.”
SAM MACKAY
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Sam Mackay!
@sammackay
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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“A born & bred Londoner, I was the product of a half working class, council estate, & half self-made middle class family. As a kid I would be taken from tea parties with a room full of university professors & scientists, to my Nans council house for ‘chinwags’ & a ‘cuppa’ (Americans might need to Google that!)Later in life I would go from rapping in a garage, doing pirate radio sets in Willesden, to dance classes wearing jazz flares. For years that left me feeling like I never belonged to any particular group, who was I etc. With time & age I realised what a gift that was. Seeing life from lots of different perspectives meant that, in fact, that was who I was, someone able & willing to communicate & connect with people from all warps of life. Which has, I hope, been one of my biggest strengths in life. It was certainly fuel to explore the human condition on all ends of lifes many spectrums.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING?
“I’m fascinated with understanding why I & other humans are the way we are. Why we make the choices we make. What deep rooted place our actions come from. I love being part of a community that brings to life these rich stories, be it on screen or on stage. To help people process their own lives or learn things about themselves & the world they live in, or even just escape that world for a few hours.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY THE CRAFT?
“With every passing year I learn new things about myself, experience new struggles, new successes. With every challenge that arises, comes an opportunity to understand & perhaps live through, a new perspective. Therefore the learning & exploration of what it means to be human never ends. How tiring, & bewildering and downright awesome is that.”
HOLLY HUBBELL
Meet MC² Actors Studio LOs Angeles Ensemble Member Holly Hubbell!
@hollyjohubbell
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TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Originally from Texas, I ventured to California to continue to stretch my love for acting & stunt work. Some of my highlights include playing Mary Brown in CBGB, Anna in Quibi’s 100 Deadly Skills, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods.”
WHY DO YOU LOVE ACTING/THE WORK?
“I‘ve fallen in love with this work because I truly enjoy getting to utilize my entire instrument when approaching the art of storytelling. I find such excitement in breaking down the text to discover the humanity within the character & from there getting to marry my own mind, body & spirit to help build the person created by the writer in order to serve the greater purpose of the story.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO TRAIN/STUDY THE CRAFT?
“If you want to be an artist, you must ALWAYS be an artist.’ I choose to continue to study the craft to continue to stretch the muscle & to create a foundation of skills to which I can pull from & utilize based upon what the text is calling for. Having such a firm foundation allows for truthful discovery from moment to moment within the given circumstances. I‘ve now been studying with Mario Campanaro for a little over a year now & I can happily say that I am not the same actor that I was. I‘ve learned what it means to find the humanity within the text, the importance of bringing yourself to the work, & how glorious it is to fully live once the foundation has been built.”
NATALIE WINSOR
Meet MC² Actors Studio London Ensemble Member Natalie Winsor!
@nataliewinsor1
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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
“London born and bred Actress. Love this incredible journey through the industry. Highlights and treasured moments, Fame playing Carmen Diaz in the West End. Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre Royal and Bury the Dead playing three leading Characters, Bess/Joan/Katherine.”
WHY DO LOVE ACTING/THE WORK?
“Acting is my greatest love. When the opportunity arises to bring a great vision alive, it is such an incredible yet indescribable feeling. Looking forward to where the path will lead me next.”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN THE CRAFT?
“MC² Actors Studio makes me believe and discover the impossible is very possible. Working with professionals in the industry and under the Leadership and guidance of Mario Campanaro is taking me to new heights and is helping sharpen and fine tune skills.”
LAURA NEW
Meet MC² Actors Studio LA Ensemble Member Laura New!
@laurajaynenew
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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
“Australian born Actress with over a decade of experience in the industry. I’ve had the chance to work on major networks; NBC, ABC, Disney, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central. I’ve had a rewarding career so far performing for millions of people on Television and stage. I’ve ticked off huge performer goals of mine performing at the iconic Sydney Opera house, Londons West End, Radio music hall and a residency show on the Las Vegas Boulevard.
I also recently finished filming a feature called ‘Everything you are’ which I’m excited for its 2021 release.”
WHY DO LOVE ACTING?
“Acting is the air I breathe and my greatest love! I have always felt an overwhelming presence in my heart to storytell. Story telling to me is a reflection of life, a reflection
of the human condition in all its joys and woes and that’s the beauty of it to me. I believe that telling stories is a defining factor in personal growth and enables the discovery of a more fulfilling life. Acting gives me the opportunity to reflect the human experience so that Art can keep reminding us that we are human, living a beautiful human experience. The true Joy of acting is that I get to use my entire instrument/vessel and provide the audience an experience of the gamut of human emotion and ultimately if they will feel something more from life and learn from it, – Well, wow, that is my lifes work! !”
WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STUDY/TRAIN THE CRAFT?
“First & foremost having a strong foundation of technique & craft provides the skill/backbone to then apply & allow for freedom in the work.I dedicate myself to training so that I can always do great work!The craft provides a toolbox that I draw from to do great work & execute at a higher standard as an actor.Studying with Mario Campanaro has taken me to new heights as a storyteller, experiencing my exponential growth as an actor while studying with him has been beyond rewarding & bloody exciting!Play after play,month after month.I‘m becoming a well versed Actor & ready for any project.”


Introducing The MC² Actors Studio International Ensemble 2021!…

Commitment…

Investment…

Perseverance…

Love…

Passion…

Talent…

Hard Work…

Art…

All human beings are doing what they can moment to moment to try to improve their present situation…

And as actors…

As artists…

Our passion is the fire that keeps us persevering forward…

Despite all the things that attempt to keep us from persevering forward…

We must hold onto the fact that…

Every hardship plants the seed for a transformative victory…

The more difficult our journey may be…

The more impactful our experience becomes…

And all the circumstances that we make it through…

Inspire all of our artistic endeavors…

So persevere courageously dear artist!…

Continue to create…

Continue to find a way…

Any way at all…

To do your creative work…

Your Life’s passion…

Your Heart’s desire…

Your Soul’s purpose…

Let not obstacles stop you…

But let them inspire you…

It is times like these…

When the artist must not curl up and give up…

It is times like these…

That we must Get Up!…

That the creative warrior in all of us exclaims:

OK… I am just beginning!

It is times like these…

That our greatest adversities map out our creative journey…

To discovering our own creative greatness…

It is times like these…

That we manifest art…

And the world always needs art!…

So continue to persevere courageously dear artist…

It is so important for us all to continue to persevere right now…

Even though we must do so responsibly…

Even though we must do so virtually

We carry on

We stay focused

We stay driven

We stay on purpose

For all of us…

All of the artists…

And all of our beloved audiences…

Our ability to share our gifts gives connection to others…

Who may feel lost, disconnected and isolated…

And we all need authentic connection…

To help others experience authentic connections at this moment in time…

This is our great gift as artists…

To identify

To share


To give

To reveal

And to connect

If we think about it…

Many spend more time with actors in their living rooms watching a movie or tv show…

More often, sometimes, than with family or friends…

Even through all of what is going on in our world…

Our work still matters…

It is important…

It has meaning!…

There is purpose to it…

It is a form of medicine if you really think about it…

And together we continue to create with the objective of somehow…

Someway…

Making connection…

And so we continue to connect…

In any way we can…

To study…

To train…

To exercise…

To identify…

To share…

To reveal…

To give…

To do our work!…

We are so thrilled and excited…

To announce our January 2021 MC² Actors Studio International Masterclass Ensemble!

What better way to bring in the New Year of 2021…

Than with these remarkably committed, perseverant, invested, loving, passionate, talented and hard working artists!

Congratulations and Welcome…

To the MC² Actors Studio International Masterclass Ensemble! 

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro
Founder & Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio  
Los Angeles | New York City | London


If Not You, The Who?

Dear Actor,

Life will always be throwing curve balls at us…

But we have a choice to make in those pregnant moments…

Do we allow those circumstances to be the thing that destroys us…

And causes us to crumble?…

Or do we allow those circumstances to awaken us…

To not give up…

To not give in…

But to bring a perseverance in us that we did not know we had?…

To open the door to a determination…

To better who we are…

And then use that growth…

And awareness…

Towards helping the collective in one form or another…

Let’s be honest…

Much of Life has taught all of us…

At one time or another…

That our most profound growth happens…

When there is usually some unmentionable unexpected stimulus…

That initiates the inevitable dive…

Into the discovery of truth within oneSelf…

This usually and unfortunately knocks on our Life’s door…

As some type of immense strife or intense obstacle…

This can be a long painful journey…

But without fail…

These growing pains strengthen our inner constitution…

And begin to put the puzzle pieces of our own connection…

To the continuous learning of truth in who we are…

And where we come from…

Yes, it hurts at times…

It hurts so bad at times…

But it’s good…

I hate to say it…

But it is true…

The more difficult the journey…

The stronger we become…

So when those dark hours sneak in…

It is worthy to greet them with gentle gratitude…

Those circumstances are holding our hand…

And walking us straight to our very own awakening…

Our own glorious metamorphosis…

And our inspiration for creation…

You see…

As artists…

What we are usually not taught…

Is that we are indeed light workers…

We are able to see things that many do not want to see…

We are able to feel things that many are not willing to feel…

And we are able to bring an awareness to people…

Through our glorious art form…

That greatly helps shift the consciousness towards a better tomorrow…

And that is a wonderful gift to bring to the world…

But we have to persevere…

Even when it may make sense not to…

We cannot be scared or shy away from the discomfort…

We cannot hang back from the responsibility… 

We have to find comfort in the discomfort…

And use that love and passion that lives within all of us…

As the gasoline to keep going…

You, dear actor, have to KNOW that you, your talents and your experience are worthy of being witnessed through your work…

You have to continue to be brave enough…

Despite all that may be going on around you…

To trust yourself enough to let go…

And keep going…

Allow yourself to have your feelings…

Experience authentic experiences…

And take it moment by unknown moment…

And continue on in the work…

Most want to wait…

But you can’t wait as an actor….

It’s all in the now…

It is needed and necessary right here and right now…

You are crucial and required in the pregnant life of this very complex moment…

It’s our job to live that most profound private essence of the human condition publicly…

As it relates to all of the world’s most complex stories…

You will find the way…

Trust that it is all there in you…

You are more than enough…

Married with your imagination…

And unwavering faith in the world you are responsible for living…

That others turn to as some form of unspoken medicine…

Through our work…

We have obligations to hold the light in the darkest of storms…

We have a duty to be strong in times of weakness…

We have to use our voices…

To be the thing that echoes loud enough…

To hold the torch…

Connecting one another…

And share all the universal stories and truths of the human condition…

Never leaving anyone out…

We are more than we are told…

And we are more important than we get credit…

We have to start believing in our most profound truth…

And the incredible influence that our gifts have…

That truly make a difference in our world…

We must start fully trusting ourselves…

We have to rise to the bigness of our calling…

We have to rise to the occasion…

And we have to continue to care…

Even in those moments when caring feels too much…

We have to continue to care…

We have to use the enormous energy that lives within us…

That transforms time and space…

To do good…

To do our work…

To help…

And let it reach those it is meant to reach…

We have to be the truth tellers(livers) of humanity…

If not you, dear actor, then who?

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro
Founder & Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio  
Los Angeles | New York City | London


Knowing The Artist That You Are!

Dear Actor, 

Dear Artist,

Dear Creative,

There is so much going on in our world at the moment…

And it can be…

And is

Very overwhelming…

It can even be described as disorienting…

And disheartening…

But it is so important for us…

During these trying times…

To remember who we are

As artists…

We have always been confronted with difficult times…

Yet, somehow…

Someway…

We always seem to make it through…

We have that super stamina…

We have that creative courage…

We have that ferocious fight…

We have that dedicated drive…

We have that incredible investment…

We have that powerful passion…

And we have that absolute ability…

To hold on…

To adjust…

And persevere…

And most of all…

And most importantly…

We have our dreams!

So I encourage you…

To remember…

Or Re-Mind yourself of this:

No one…

No-thing…

And no external circumstance…

Should ever be given the power…

To break down your artistic love…

And passion…

For what you were meant to do…

Always allow the artist that you are…

To live in…

And flow through you…

There is not a person powerful enough…

Nor is there an organization strong enough…

Or a circumstance big enough…

To make its way…

Into your unbreakable spirit…

And dismantle who you are.

You are an artist….

Plain and simple….

You are an actor….

Plain and simple…

You are a creative…

Plain and simple…

Despite what you may be doing at this very moment…

Despite if you are

Or are not

Or are not able

To do what you love at this very moment…

It is still who you are

It is still in you…

It is not going away…

It will not be lost…

It is in your dna…

It is in your heart…

It is in your spirit…

It is in your soul…

It is in your calling…

The most worthwhile success an artist can ever experience…

Will come from the trustworthy ally within

Which always knows

Who you are…

What you are…

What you do

What you want to do…

What you were meant to do…

And what you WILL do…

Never ever let anyone…

Or anything…

Steal/Rob/Take that away! 

So keep day dreaming…

Keep painting…

Keep drawing…

Keep playing…

Keep making music…

Keep singing…

Keep dancing… 

Keep acting…

 Keep creating! 

Keep living as the artist that you are

No matter what life throws at you (us)…

Always always find it in you…

To keep getting up!!! 

You will be doing what you love soon enough! 

The world is so thankful for artists like you

Who have given…

And contributed so much to humanity!

On behalf of all of us at MC² Actors Studio…

We wish you and your loved ones…

A very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are thankful for you!

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro
Founder & Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio  
Los Angeles | New York City | London


Knowing Your Creative Tribe… #Ensemble!

You will always ‘know’ your creative tribe…

When you can live your most authentic genuine Self in each other’s presence…

You will never feel alone…

And never walk away feeling lonely…

There will always be a willing generosity of Spirit…

There will always be an undeniable human to human energetic sharing…

There will always be a wanting to give…

And sometimes it is through the darkest of moments…

And sometimes it is through the most inexplicable of circumstances…

That guide us…

That lead us…

Or that detour us…

To that tribe…

Those same circumstances…

That we may think are causing us to crumble…

Or break our hearts…

And our Spirit…

Are the same circumstances…

That actually break our hearts open…

And allow our Spirit…

To be IN-Spirited (inspired)…

Opening our mind, body and soul…

And awakening us to something greater than we could have ever imagined…

Those same circumstances that begin to help lead the path to our greatest purpose…

Our greatest potential…

And so we find our tribe…

Or our tribe finds us…

A tribe that meets through the most unlikely…

And yet, likely, of circumstances…

A tribe that is generous in knowledge, creativity, heart, compassion, passion, love, support, kinship, responsibility, accountability, creativity, talent and Spirit…

And because of those circumstances…

We RECOGNIZE each other…

We SEE each other…

We UNDERSTAND each other…

We CARE about each other…

We SUPPORT each other…

And, yes…

We LOVE each other…

From one artist to another…

From one human to another…

That is the magic of an #ENSEMBLE!

Together we learn

Together we explore

Together we discover

Together we grow and expand

Together we share and give

Together we make art

Together we tell and live stories

Together we reveal the human condition

And together we hold onto the fact...

That once we make it out of the fire…

There will be

And is…

Beauty within the ashes…

That result in our life’s greatest contributions! 

To all our MC² Actors Studio ensemble members all over the globe…

And to all the artists all over the globe…

Thank you for the heart, openness, passion, hard work, perseverance, talent, creativity, healing and love you bring to the world each and every day!

You are not forgotten!

You are essential!

You are all warriors!

Much Love,

Mario


Remaining Open To Creative Growth & Expansion…

It is said that doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity.

When we really take a moment to contemplate the depths of this…

It is absolutely true.

Who wants to live the same thing over and over, right?

Staying in that kind of non-stop set structure…

Without the desire to expand and grow…

Creates utter stagnation that deprives us of the inspirational gifts that contribute to our creative expansion and evolution.

As artists…

As co-creators…

As human beings…

It is within our genetic makeup to crave creative growth and expansion…

And then contribute all we can…

From all that we have learned and experienced…

To the world through our chosen mediums…

In order to continue that creative expansive evolutionary process for the greater good.

However, when something new challenges our set belief system and daily routine…

The ego loves to say “Oh Hell No!

Defense mechanisms may very often kick in…

Fear seizes us…

And causes us to lock down…

White knuckling onto the familiar…

Convincing us that some imaginary net is keeping us safe from the unpredictable tightrope of Life’s moment to moment changes.

But that is false…

It is actually staying in the familiar that is causing our creative demise…

Because it deprives us of all that delicious artistic and creative growth that can only happen by experiencing all the newness Life has to offer…

Moment to unknown moment…

As actors…

As artists…

We MUST be open to change…

We MUST be willing to break the ‘everyday’ cycle structure mentality…

In order to experience a higher level of creative consciousness.

However, sometimes creative growth and expansion cannot happen unless there is a willingness to sit with the discomfort that often accompanies change.

Whether we are aware of it or not…

Whether we like it or not…

There is no escape from this…

Simply because by the laws of nature itself…

Each and every moment requires a physical, mental, emotional, and yes, even spiritual shift within us.

As we consciously begin to accept this…

We can begin the process of truly activating it in our everyday Life…

And along the way…

There will most likely be many twists and turns challenging our belief system…

Our patterns…

And whatever else we have held onto…

All the while inevitably adjusting it.

Trust that all has been set in place so that our on-purpose creative soul can discover and experience the greatest possible evolution contracted for our individual artistic journey.

As we go deeper into dismantling creative stagnation…

It can sometimes feel somewhat overwhelming due to the restructuring of Life patterns from a colloquial essence to that of an acute awareness.

This is the beginning of change in and of itself.

This is part of the creative healing and metamorphosis process.

And this process may not always be experienced as what may be labelled as ‘positive’.

It may have taken an enormous accumulation of traumatic…

And emotional toxins…

To result in a present state of stagnation…

As these stored poisons energetically release from our creative Life…

There might possibly be an unpleasant cleanse mirroring the cause…

We must not be surprised if there are even moments during which we feel ‘locked’ in our head, ‘paralyzed’ in our body…

Or even uncomfortable and unpredictable emotional/physical pains emerging…

Very often this is the ego trying to desperately avoid change…

And hold onto its ‘safe identity’…

While a cleansing/recalibration process takes place…

Be what it may…

Trust in the light within the process…

Do not resist it…

The only thing that is holding us back from the gifts of the creative unknown…

Is our fear of the creative unknown.

Resistance is fear’s energetic way of brainwashing…

And we have all come way too far to be at the mercy of it…

When we are able to dissolve all useless fear…

And its resistance…

Through our conscious awareness of it…

And seek refuge within…

All the blocks that we feel imprison us…

Begin to dissolve…

And we can experience the change we seek…

And we grow…

And we expand…

And we share…

And we expand…

And we grow…

There awaits not only personal and creative freedom…

But also a delicious sense of peace…

And wellbeing…

To be enjoyed within daily Life…

To continue to share…

To grow…

And to expand.

With all that said, I urge you to not be held back by what may be perceived as ‘Limitation’. 

There is always a way! 

You have to understand that you are the answer to your very own creative life. 

You are the answer to your work. 

Allow yourself to become aware that as actors…

As artists…

As co-Creators…

You (we) have a calling and even a mission…

That is capable of shifting some of the darkest realities and consciousness that humanity still has to face…

With the objective of creating a better today and tomorrow…

Provided that you (we) take on that role responsibly and with commitment, accountability, respect, compassion, awareness, insight, and pure intent. 

Never forget that we…

Y(our) voice…

Y(our) instrument…

Y(our) actions…

And y(our) work is infinitely more powerful than you (we) may have been led to believe. 

Never underestimate that y(our) individual creative power…

Has the potential to uplift and even heal those who you may never even know in this lifetime. 

Like a pebble being gently tossed into a vast pond…

That ripple effect will reach all those whom it is meant to reach. 

But you (we) have to be on that knowing of what you (we) can do. 

Stay the course.

Stay an integral part of the process. 

Stay intent. 

Stay awake.

Stay in that creative transformative light. 

Remain open to y(our) very own creative growth and expansion.

You (we) can move mountains…

You (we) can always choose to be the lighthouse in the storm.

You (we) can continue to blossom even in the most unlikely places…

And during the most unlikely of times!

Much Love, 

Mario


The Actor’s Generosity Of Spirit…

Their Question:

“In addition to what you teach about the importance of an actor’s craft, what else do you think it takes to do the kind of work that we all admire and respect?”

My Answer:

“I think it takes a very special actor… 
I think it takes an actor… 
That has a very open heart… 
I think it takes an actor…
That is so willing to give…
That is so willing to be vulnerable…
In whatever situation (textually speaking) he or she finds him or herself in…
In pursuit of the truth of those circumstances…
And you can see it…
You know it…
You know when an actor is there…
You know when an actor is giving…
You know when an actor has that generosity of spirit… 
You see it in their eyes…
You see it in their soul… 
You see it in their energy… 
And it’s this powerful thing…
That gets us from sitting back…
To leaning forward…
Because there’s something magnetic about them…
And that magnetism…
Is our ability to relate to them…
To understand…
Somewhat, someway and somehow…
What they are going through…
And that is what that generosity of spirit does… 
It’s this magical energy…
That brings a collective…
To a commonality…
Of the human experience…
And those are the actors that we see…
That transform us…
That move us…
That take us somewhere…
That inspire us…
And that we greatly respect and admire…
There has to be a generosity of spirit…
There just has to be.”
 I hope you enjoy this MC² Actors Studio Masterclass interview.
Much Love, 
Mario


Get Up! Get Up! Get Up!

“You may have to endure a lot…
You may even find yourself ‘suffering’ in some way at times…
But if you keep persevering…
If you keep on believing in what you are doing…
If you simply do not give up…
You will find that all that hardship will pay it forward by bringing something inexplicably magical to your life…
Every hardship plants the seed for a transformative victory…
Never forget your passion…
Never forget your strength…
Never forget your power…
No one ever said it was going to be easy…
There are going to be seasons of strife and struggle….
But it is from those accumulated moments that will come your greatest inspirations…
So…
No matter what life may throw at you…
No matter how many times life may knock you down…
No matter how often life may cause you to fall…
I urge you to use every ounce of passion burning within your life force and…
get up…
get uP…
get UP…
geT UP…
gET UP…
GET UP…
GET UP!
GET UP!!
GET UP!!!” 

Much Love, 
Mario


The Studio Environment: Upholding The Professional Standard…

Questions…
What is a professional acting studio environment?
Why do you choose to study at a professional acting studio?
How do you approach the continual exercising of your craft?
How do you approach doing the work at the studio?
What is your personal objective when it comes to…
What you want to gain…
What you want to learn…
What you want to experience…
What you want to do…
And what you want to accomplish…
When you are paying your hard earned money so that you can learn…
And continue the cultivation of a craft that you love?
Are getting those needs met?
Do you really own what you want to get out of a professional acting studio environment?
Are you learning what to do so you have a skillset that you can always rely on…
So that you know where to start…
So that you know how to persevere…
So that you know what you are doing…
So that you can specifically live in the unknown of the moment within the givens of the world of the text…
No matter what project you work on at the studio…
Or more importantly…
Offered to work on in the real world?
Is what you are learning applicable for what the real world demands?
Does it mirror what is needed in the professional world for you to do your job as a professional actor?
What standard do you hold the studio to?
And more importantly again…
What standard do you hold yourself to as you exercise your craft in that studio environment?
Do you hold yourself to the same standard that you hold other actors that you watch and respect on film, television and stage?
If not…
Why not?
What are you really exercising?
If these questions strike a chord, you do not want to miss this MC² Actors Studio Masterclass Interview.

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