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The Actor’s Fight To Intimately Connect…

In this masterclass interview, we discuss one of the most important aspects of the work that any seriously committed actor/artist must pursue. That is our ability, commitment, courage, and heart to intimately connect and communicate with another human being. Now I know this may sound like something that is common sense or even elementary…but truth be told…it is a real issue that we are facing…not only as artists…but as a collective. We are losing our ability to humanly share a piece of who we areas we are…in any real given moment…in front of another…just as we are losing our ability to hold space and witness another having a genuinely authentic experience in front of us. This day and age does not require us to connect on a real personal level. We don’t hold ourselves or others accountable to communicate. Everything, for the most part, is now existing behind a little blue screen. It does not call for an immediate exchange of personal human interaction and connection. We text…we email…we Instagram…we Facebook…we Tweet…we Snapchat…we barely pick up the phone to call anyone anymore. And worst of all…we ghost each other when things require us to get real and honest. If this triggers you, you know it’s an issue. We are more intimately connected to our cameras in our phones than we are to using our phones for their original purpose…which was/is supposed to be to communicate and connect. Rarely are we choosing to sit down in person and connect…communicate…speak…talk…discuss…share…listen…and commune about our lives and our experience and our story. We have gotten addicted to the ‘one-way‘ way of communicating. Why? Because it is convenient, safe and does not allow for any discomfort. We don’t remember…or maybe even know…what it is like to just BE without having to watch and edit ourselves. We pick and choose what we want to share by what fits into a square box that is socially brainwashing us to believe that we are only supposed to be this idea of perfect…or having it all together. All the rest, we hide. And so we Face-tune our lives to morph into a dangerously inaccessible and unrealistic dynamic. We don’t talk about our difficulties. We don’t share our struggles. We don’t open up about those things that are complicated and weighing heavy in our hearts. We have allowed ourselves to not allow ourselves to sit in the discomfort of what it means to be who we are in front of another and be open to another being who they are in front of us. You know, being a human. So we choose the easy-safe-adopted-present day way. And that’s what is dangerous for the artist…because we don’t have to really reveal ourselves…we don’t have to really show up…and therefore we don’t really have to hold space or expect others to do the same. We just accept trivial inauthentic impersonal connection. But it is crucial to remember that all those things that we have difficulty executing in our every day lives, are going to inevitably show up in our work. If we play an idea of ourselves in our everyday lives, we are going to play ideas of the human condition in the work. If we cannot just sit with another as we are and allow them be as they are, we are not going to be able to do that kind of required “intimacy” in our our work. We are limiting ourselves and we are quickly weakening that invaluable human muscle of what it is to be ourselves, to be imperfectly perfect human and to allow others to be imperfectly perfect as they are…and then allow that and all of us become worthy of being witnessed and shared without apologizing for it. The more we fall into the quicksand of not connecting and not communicating, the more we lose that muscle as artistic instruments responsible for sharing the complexities of the human experience…to live our most private essence of who we are in relation to the safety of given circumstances in a public way. We just become robots trying to fill moments with inauthentic ideas and/or actions of what we think a moment being human in relation to given circumstances and another human is supposed to be. Plain and simple, we have to continue to exercise our ability to intimately connect and communicate with others and take the risk to experience the discomfort within that authentic interaction. And we have to fight for a tribe willing to do the same. We have to start and keep sharing our stories.
I hope you enjoy this interview.
Much Love,

Mario

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Why We Continue To Study The Craft…

In this Masterclass interview, we discuss why it is so important for the actor to consistently explore, exercise and cultivate the craft of acting. Our craft takes work. Plain and simple. It takes discipline. It takes commitment. It takes accountability. It takes consistency. And most of all, it takes dedication. We have to understand that our craft will only support us as much as we have it ingrained in our being as a second muscle easily accessible for the demands of our work. It is not going to be there to fully support us unless it is exercised. It cannot live in ‘theory’. It cannot just live in our ‘head’ or an ‘idea space’. We have to know what we are doing, how to get there, and why we use certain tools to fulfill specific aspects of the life of the text. We have to be in the known so we can live in the unknown of themoment. And it all has to be practical. It has to be tangible. It has to be useable and executable. And for that to happen, it needs to be exercised and exercised and exercised no matter where we are in our career or however long we have been doing it. It asks of us to consistently exercise/explore/discover physical, psychological, listening, and emotional muscles (not to mention textual detective work and the art of actively  listening/pursuing/overcoming) that we do not really tap into within our everyday life and then have the tools and awareness to be able to utilize our instrument to reveal that part of the human experience. And let’s be honest, most do not have the privilege of working in this manner every day. And depending on this or that audition to test out/try to do the work is not going to do the trick. That is a whole other set of muscles that our craft needs to support us in, so our work can fulfill the text with truth, authenticity, and uniqueness in the room or on tape. Just like holding off going to the gym, if we do not work out those muscles, they, unfortunately, become weak and do not have the stamina/know-how to fulfill the task at hand. We live in a day and age where everyone seems to want the easy road. Why wouldn’t we, right? Insta-fame is the new normal expectation or desire. It is natural for us to want to pursue the easy way when we see the way social media presents notoriety. However, when we choose this path as actors, as artists, we have to be honest and understand there is nothing easy about the journey. We cannot be lazy in the pursuit of our work. We have to be responsible. We have to reveal the complexities of the human condition. We have to go to places within ourselves that are complicated, vulnerable, and uncomfortable and then be generous enough in mind, body, and spirit to share a piece of ourselves in service of the text, for the purpose of art and in honor of the human condition. And as we exercise those muscles, we may have to go through growing pains many times as we explore the full color wheel of the human condition. And we have to explore all that in a safe yet challenging environment. It is through those difficult times and the exploration of them, that will come our greatest inspirations for our work.   ‘On the job’ is not the place to experiment and find our craft. We are there, paid, with the expectation to deliver…to already know what we are doing so we can do the job at hand. We have to keep our instrument awake as we do our part in understanding the fullness of life in the text that gives birth to the text and what is between it. And then we have to have a toolbox that we can depend on that will support us in going to those places within our instrument that are necessary to live the full spectrum of the life of the text. And studying the craft, going to a responsible studio, holding our mentors/teachers accountable for challenging us, being honest with us, caring about our growth, and really knowing how to individually give us the tools that will support our craft and work as an artist is simply necessary. Stay in the learning. As long as we are alive, we will have to continue to study the craft because life itself is an endless unpredictable complex lesson…and therefore, so will every piece of text that is presented to us.  
I hope you enjoy this interview.
With love,
Mario

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Why Are You An Actor/Artist?…

In this Masterclass discussion, we open up about how very often there are going to be times during the journey that we are going to confront many bumps in the road. These peaks and valleys will very often challenge our relationship to acting. Why wouldn’t they? Our work uses the Self as the instrument to create the music of life for our artistry while also serving to live story in the safety of givens…for the purpose of community and the awareness of all the trials and tribulations of the human condition. And that Self is the very beautiful, very complex, very layered, very sensitive and very vulnerable human instrument. The work in and of itself will inevitably bring up a myriad of complex obstacles and therefore a self-exploration that asks us to question why we have taken on this journey of being an actor/artist. The industry and business side of being an actor/artist is a whole other mountain that can really trigger a myriad of circumstances causing a lot of dissonance within the relationship to our work. These difficult times can manifest complicated thoughts and feelings such as frustration, depression, competition, anger, resentment, self-esteem issues and more often than not, a love/hate relationship to the work. It can also trigger very complex issues within the Self creating a very interesting labyrinth of self-exploration that necessitates the need for observing, understanding and even possibly healing those triggers that threaten our relationship to our work/art and go so far as stimulate unproductive self-deprecating and self-destructive thoughts/feelings/emotions/behavior. Whether it is stemming from the work itself, the industry /business side of things, our own personal history or any other known or hidden factors, they all ask us to question what we are doing and why? I encourage you that when times get rough, always try to go back to that first time you chose to follow the path of your artistry. Remind yourself why you made the choice to do it and connect to that within your mind, body and spirit. Connect to that reason that first inspired you, excited you, motivated you, stimulated you, and called you to the craft. And then hold that dear in your heart.
I hope you enjoy this very open discussion.
With love,
Mario

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Resistance: Risky Business…

In this Masterclass interview, we discuss how very often our resistance to our own growth is one of the biggest things standing in the way of our own forward momentum. We discuss what our training as artists is all about. Very often we can easily get caught up in the idea of having to “perform“, having to “be perfect or right“, having to be “on“,  or even having to prove “something” to our fellow ensemble members and/or the teacher. That is the exact opposite of what should be happening. The participation in any acting studio or ensemble should really focus on committed like-minded professionally-oriented actors coming together and wholeheartedly holding space to explore, discover, learn, grow, expand, share, support and cultivate the craft of acting. There should be the focus of committed like-minded professionally-oriented actors coming to work, to really do the work knowing each and everyone is there respectfully for the work. And more often than not, it is there where committed like-minded professionally-oriented actors come to find their tribe, their artistic home, their creative family, their ensemble. But that environment should not be used to contemplate our worth. We have to know we are worthy. That environment should not be used to ruminate about the respect we deserve. We have to know we are deserving of respect. That environment should not be used to ponder if we should be seen and heard. We have to know we have the right to be seen and heard.Part of being an artist in any learning environment is in the knowledge of what we are there to do and why. That does not mean we will not be challenged. Because we will. We will all the time. In fact, that is why we there. Challenges allow for growth as long as our resistance does not hold us back from our very own growth. But we cannot get that famously sought out “breakthrough” until there is an honest awareness and a profound understanding of what it is we are actually trying to overcome and learn. We have to be honest with ourselves and remain open to learning and growing.  Otherwise, we just remain on a merry-go-round of unuseful resistance and continue to have an un-evolved cyclical stagnant experience. Not ideal for an artist. We have to dive deep within ourselves and the work to discover all the treasures. And sometimes the true learning may have to come from the unlearning of what was once learned. One of the biggest obstacles we may have to face as actors is developing a tough enough skin to remain open and available to the work as the work challenges us in a myriad of ways. Very often the work is going to hold a mirror up to us and sometimes it is not going to be pleasant to face things that are stifling us or holding us back. But as actors, we have to be willing to stand up and face the music. There is no room for escapism in our kind of work. As actors, as artists, we have to be OK with allowing our instrument to experience discomfort as we grow. We cannot resist or shy away from it for it is that very discomfort that is the exact ingredient to our growth and to fulfilling the most complex realities of the most complicated circumstances. Our discomfort is pregnant with the substance needed to be utilized in our work. We have to be courageous enough to actually step out of the “safety blanket” of the ego, and into the reality of all that delicious discomfort as the artistic warriors that we are. It is through our instrument that we become the vessel to living the most complex, complicated and even inexplicable essence of the human condition in a very public way. But that kind of necessary bravery has to be consistently and safely worked on without consciously trying to run away from it. We have to confront it in the moment and work through it in the moment. It does not just magically happen when we step onto the stage. Working through it, void of resistance is how real learning begins. We have to stay the course. We cannot let what we were not able to overcome or achieve yesterday hold us back from what we may be able to overcome and achieve today. The fact that we continue to stretch our limits and openly reveal ourselves is a true testament to our inner strength, creativity, and light as artists. Do not take for granted the fearlessness that this art-form demands. As I always say in all of my classes, it is not for the faint of heart. The artist’s way is to persevere.
I hope you enjoy this interview.
With love,
Mario

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THE ACTOR’S MIRROR: THE INVALUABLE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY SELF-OBSERVATION…

In this Masterclass interview, we discuss the importance of self-observation and how it pertains to the work of the actor. By allowing ourself to be the subject of study and examination, we get the incredible first-hand opportunity to see that everything we do physically, psychologically, and emotionally has something behind it. We always have a destination. There is always a motivation. There is always an intention. There is always something wanting to be achieved. There is always a why. There is always how. There is always something to overcome. And there is always a response to something as it pertains to wants or needs and relationship to people/places/things. As I always say in all my classes, whatever you know in life based on where you are and the circumstances you find yourself in, the character will also know based on where he or she is and the circumstances he or she finds him or herself in. So what a great opportunity to be able to break down that aspect of the craft and explore it moment to moment in your own personal life so it becomes second nature in the break-down of the work itself. You will always know:  Where you are coming from, how you got there, and why you were there. You will always know where you are right now, what you want now that you are there, and what you are going to do in an attempt to get what you want. And you will always know where you are going (even if you are lost, you still have the knowledge of where you want to end up), why you are going there, and what you want once you get there. And last but not least, it goes without saying that this exploration really tunes us into our own Self. It brings to light all those aspects of life that we struggle. Triggers will show up. Responses to relationships and situations will begin to have “reason” (whatever they may be has a cause) for what they are and why.  And you will also begin to see that many of the obstacles you face in your work actually mirror the same obstacles you discover and face in your everyday life. Why wouldn’t they? We are revealing life and who we are is the very instrument to do just that. The more we practice self-observation, the more we allow ourself to face aspects of who we are and what may be stifling us, blocking us and even closing us off and why. Where there is awareness, there is a limitless opportunity for growth and expansion. It brings us into a more intimate relationship with who we are and therefore allows us to be more intimately connected and present in our work.
I hope you enjoy this lecture.
With love,
Mario

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