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A Mission Statement For The Actor…

With all the recent tragic events happening in our world, we had quite an emotionally charged week at the studio. All these horrific events beg to question what does it all mean? Why does it all happen? When will it change? Will it ever get better? Does it get better? When will we learn? When will we wake up? What am I doing? What can I do? Does it even matter? Well, it does matter. And you matter. And it will get better. It does get better. I hope this lecture serves as a reminder to know that you matter. I hope it serves to inspire you to know that your work matters. As actors, as artists, as co-creators, we all 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 we take on that role responsibly and with commitment, accountability, respect, compassion, awareness, insight, and pure intent. Never forget that you, your voice, your instrument, your actions, and your work are infinitely more powerful than you have been led to believe. Never underestimate that your individual creative power has the potential to uplift and even heal those who you may never even know in this lifetime. But like a pebble being gently tossed into a vast pond, that ripple effect with reach all those whom it is meant to reach.
Stay the course.
Stay an integral part of the process.
Stay intent.
Stay awake.
Stay in that creative transformative light.
You can move mountains…
I know you can…
And we will…
I hope you enjoy this lecture.
With love,
Mario

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Life Or Death: The Human Spirit’s Fight For Survival…

In this Masterclass lecture, we open class with a very raw discussion about what it means when it comes to “life or death” stakes in the work. Our very talented and brave ensemble is working on a play that demands each member to viscerally understand and endow what it means to fight for one’s survival in the name of life and love without it being diluted by “ideas” of what that fight really entails. On a personal note, and to be quite frank, this was not an easy week for me to teach. In fact, I felt quite exposed. I felt quite vulnerable. I even felt quite isolated in my experience. And because of those feelings, I knew this was exactly what my heart was asking me to reveal in the lecture. So I needed to face all that and use it as the fire to my own breakthrough as well as in service of the work. Ya gotta practice what you preach, right? Otherwise, ya got no right to ask the equivalent of others. It is not the “easy” that makes us artists. It is not the “easy” that makes the difference. It is our complexity. It is that stuff that we feel we may need to hide. It is all those things that make us feel broken. It is that deep, messy and sometimes even shattered truth within all of us that is called for in the creative process. It is all that stuff that has the ability to open hearts and transform things for the better. It is all that stuff that brings us closer and closer to the ultimate truth. In preparation for this class, I had to do a lot of soul-searching to be able to reveal what I really wanted to teach on this very human and dark subject. I also wanted to be able to teach this part of the work with the utmost integrity and respect that it deserves. In my own life, I have had to fight tooth and nail in order to stay alive from a very complicated illness that has tried to take me out on multiple occasions. And for the most part, I have had to do that alone. When all known treatments have failed me, I had to take it into my own hands to find the answers to this crazy chronic illness that we still just do not have enough research for or answers to. And to this day, I still fight with all I have to make sure that I survive. So having tasted this notion of what it means to really survive based on my own circumstances, I wanted to substitute that experience to be able to share some kind of insight in a way that it can relate somehow someway to the extreme and horrific circumstances of the piece we are working on. We hear the words “high stakes” so often in our work but rarely do we take accountability to truly define what that means in relation to the circumstances and life of the character. We tend to go to the “idea” place of what that means…and even the emotionality of those circumstances…without realizing that in such high stakes, those ideas and all that emotionality may very well be the thing that gets in the way of the character’s survival itself. We have to understand that in those circumstances where it is “life or death“, there is something primitive that kicks in with laser focus to be sure that we survive. Sometimes all that emotion is a luxury that we just do not have in such extreme circumstances. It does not mean that all that emotion and feeling is not present. Because it is. And it is there deep down. And it is complex. And it is painful. And it is scary. But do we have the time and place to reveal it? To feel it? To go through it? Or do we need to refocus that energy, conserve it, and use it as the substance, the gasoline, the useful energy for survival? You see, there is something else that takes precedence. And that is that fight or flight instinct within all of us. It is that something instinctual within that works overtime to constantly figure out what can be done to survive life-threatening circumstances even if it means taking what may be considered outlandish risks just so one can stay alive. And we, as actors, have to find a way to understand and justify such actions without judgment so we can truly live them in our work. And we have to be sure that we are not playing all that emotionality thinking that it will somehow someway gain the compassion, love or sympathy from the audience. That is not the story. That is not our job. That is not what the character has to do to stay alive. If we do that, we lose the very action necessary to fight for survival. We need to stay the course, using all that emotion and feeling as the driving motivation to the do what we have to do in the scene, based on and in line with the text, to try to get what we want based on the circumstances and elements that we are in, the relationships that surround us, the obstacles standing in the way of those needs, and all the actions (spoken or unspoken) that we are willing to risk to accomplish what we are setting out to do with the intention to survive “life or death” stakes. And so we, as actors, begin this brave journey exploring and revealing the human spirit’s fight for survival in the name of life and love. And we honor the lives and stories of those who have suffered such atrocities throughout history. And we shine the light on such darkness that is still happening today with the hope, even if as a small part, of ending such suffering.
I hope you enjoy this lecture.
Much love,
Mario

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The Heart Of The Creative Warrior…

In this Masterclass lecture, we have a “heart to heart” discussion about what it means to bring our heart to our work. Despite what many may think, the actor’s work is not just about going up on stage or screen to resight lines that a writer has written. There is no art in that. There is only the skill of memorization. We, of course, have the foundational tools that we will always use to bring us intimately into the world of the text. But after that necessary work is accomplished, the actor is called to live his, her or their most private essence in a very public way as it pertains to the given circumstances at hand. You see, the text is this incredible skeleton just waiting to breathe. And the actor is that brave soul that comes along to breathe the life into that skeleton. And that asks of the actor to share a piece of his, her or their heart, mind, body and spirit with the world of the text. And by the nature of what we do and the circumstances we are asked to reveal, we are inevitably going to be confronted with specific aspects of who we are that we may have closed off for one reason or another to those specific or similar circumstances. It is no secret that all those blocks and obstacles that we may experience in our everyday life are in some way somehow going to show up on our work. Why? Because we are asked to LIVE in our work. And the only way we can live in our work is by using our own instrument married with the accumulation of our own life experiences, observation, research and of course the power of imagination. You are the instrument to that life. You and your heart are the battery to that life. And in order to really do that kind of profound work, one has to go through some kind of emotional warfare at times to thoroughly endow the journey that a writer has written to give any given character the respect and life that that character is due. In other words, there needs to be some kind of internal exploration to gain some kind of visceral understanding and personal connection to what you are being asked to live and reveal so the truth can be brought to life in the work. And sometimes this requires facing our own personal obstacles. And sometimes this requires us having to face our own pain. And sometimes this requires healing. And sometimes this means having to safely work on unresolved parts of yourself and your heart outside of the work. The more you work on these unresolved parts of yourself in a safe and appropriateenvironment the more it allows you to experience your true wholeness so you then can bring more to your work. Now please do not get me wrong and let me be VERY clear! I do not think acting or acting class should EVER be used as or in place of therapy (even though I am sure in some ways it may very well be therapeutic for some). But I do think our work asks of us to constantly be working on who we are. I do think our work asks us to look at and heal our wounds. I do think our work asks us to have a courageous awareness of what has been shut down or what has been shut off. I do think our work asks of us what can be used and what most definitely should not be used in our work so we can make informed choices that allow us to safely and sanely bring potent life to our work. It is up to the actor to have that awareness of what he, she or they need to do to safely work on his, her or their own instrument (Self). And this will obviously be a life long job as life will always be hitting us with curveballs that need to be healed. The more you do that Self-work, the more you will be able to bring to your work. But nonetheless, it needsto be done. You have to always be working on yourself and taking care of yourself. At the end of the day, our instrument is that beautifully complex life force that is going to mobilize a character that only exists on the written page. And the actor is that creative warrior that volunteers to do just that!
I hope you enjoy this lecture!
Much love,
Mario

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Everyone Has Their Own Complex Story That Formulates The Way They Function In The World…

In this Masterclass lecture, we open class with a discussion about how life itself will always be the real Masterclass for the actor. Our craft is, always has been, and always will be formulated by life itself. I mean, what else would it be formulated by? Some may say we are storytellers, I say we are storylivers. We are intending to reveal the utmost truth within the story as service to the writer, all those willing to commune and witness that story, and the vast world of the human condtion. So why are we not turning to life itself to understand the work from its orignal source? Within life, in this here and now moment, lives all the answers to all the questions about understanding how people function and how we as actors can use that understanding for the life of our work if the desire to really understand and learn is present. Meaning, the hunger to understand married with a compassionate heart to understand and the intuition to see what may be hiding behind all things needs to be deeply vibrating within the actor’s mind, body and Spirit at all times. There needs to always be questions appearing within the actor’s mind and heart as he, she or they go through the journey of life so he, she or they can keep building that human vocabulary within his, her, or their instrument. It is by doing this, that we come to realize that within everyhuman life, there is a story that has formulated who that person is and how that person functions physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. It even illuminates us into understanding our own center and how we move through this crazy ride called life. If we know this about all humans, why then would we not apply that sameknowledge to understanding and revealing character. When we really understand this fact, it becomes possible for the actor to leave any kind of personal judgment out of the equation so he, she or they can reveal character with all the respect that a specific character’s story is due. It can evenserve in understanding and respecting all those that surround your own life. We can read this or that book about acting or life, but the truth of the matter is that the craft of acting comes from the living, observing, and implementing what life itself has to teach us and offer us about the human condtion. And trust me, life has a delicous limitless rainbow of colors to teach and offer you as an artist. I happen to call it Mary Poppin’s purse. It has everything you need in it! It is crucial for the actor to keep searching for the craft as it will always be mirrored, justified, and validated by life itself. Look for the intentions of people. Look for how people listen. Look for how people behave based on the circumstances that they are in. Look for how people try to find their way out of obstacles. Look for how people try to better their life. Look for how circumstances stimulate people to behave a certain way. Look for how people love or hate and then really question, and I mean REALLY question, what the story may be behind all of it. It is gold for the actor! And you gotta learn to pull and even steal that gold from the very rich, limitless, abundant, and giving account of life! And hey, the life info out there is free! So use it! By doing that part of the work, and it is just as important as figuring out an objective or learning your lines, it gives the actor a very high artistic standard to urge the actor to pursue and reveal only what is truthful in the work based on the circustances of the story that the writer has given. As a result, it obliterates “indication” and it debunks “shmacting” and your not trying to “pull one over on the audience“…who, whether you like to admit it or not, just so happens to know better…and truth be told…ya really can’t pull one over on them anyway. They are way to smart! Life serves as the actor’s guide in the life-long continuation of cultivating craft while also creating a high standard when it comes to being the very best crasftsperson and artist that he, she or they wants to be. So keep going and never settle for mediocrity or any generalizations in the quality of your artistry!
I hope you enjoy this lecture!
Much love,
Mario

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You Know What They Say About Assumptions, Right?…

In this Masterclass lecture, we open class by discussing the crucial nature of accountability in our line of work. Accountability is a scary thing to face when you really think about it. It really asks us to look at where we are in our artistic pursuit, and come to terms with if we are really giving our work the all that this industry demands. Especially when the “payoff” does not come right away. And it is something that seems to not be very much part of the curriculum these days while learning and exercising the craft! Yikes! That is a huge mistake! They go hand in hand. They are dependentupon each other. This can be taken for granted especially if the actor does not have, at this moment, the opportunity to be doing this kind of work full time. It is easy to allow oneself to use the terms, “I will do it a little later...” or “I’m tired…I’m beat… I’ll take care of it tomorrow…” or just waiting for someone else out there to do the work. Or, that “big dream” of simply waiting for that one in a million chance of “being discovered“. Come on…NO!!! Find a different career if that is your mentality. Do something much easier…less heartbreaking. We have to wake up and get out of this present-day “tomorrow” mentality! We only have now! We have to get out of our own way and show up to the plate! In other words, to be quite blunt, stop making excuses! If you really want things to pay off, if you really want a shot at this, you have to work your butt off for it. You have to exercise every muscle possible…personally, artistically and professionally…so it is all there supporting you in all areas of your career path. And you have to remember that THIS IS A BUSINESS! And I think it is safe to say it is not a very forgiving business when it comes to lack of accountability, professionalism, and responsibility. The actor, or any artist for that matter, has to be the CEO of his, her or their own corporation. You have to be your own boss and you have to hold yourself accountable for what is necessary for your business to succeed because YOU ARE YOUR BUSINESS! In other words, do not get complacent. Do not get comfortable. And, dear God, do not get lazy! Have professional and artistic standards and hold yourself to them! You must remember that this type of work is deeply hungered and craved by an enormous amount of artists who dearly love this art form. So it cannot be overlooked that for every person that is not willing to do all the necessary work and hold himself, herself or themselves accountable, there is someone out there who most definitely will… and then work ten times as hard for it. Why? Because he, she or they REALLY want it. The professional, no matter what career one is pursuing, needs to hold themselves to that same standard that they would expect if someone was working for them to allow for success. That means continually exercising that professional muscle in all areas, with complete fullness and specificity, so there is nothing logistically, professionally, or artistically that can stand in your way to succeed. So…Your health will always be number one (and that comes in many forms which you obviously have to navigate for yourself)! But then be sure to always communicate. Answer professional calls. Respond to professional texts and emails. Show up on time (which really means show up early). Keep exercising your craft. Do the work. All of it. Do not allow professional gaps to be the thing that stand in your way of your success. Because I can promise you, in the blink of an eye, someone else will be there waiting to do what you have allowed to pass you by. And, don’t forget, word and reputation travel fast in this business. So be mindful! And care! Lastly, we bring the lecture to a close with a review of really understanding how to break down the material, WITHOUT ASSUMPTIONS, and then really diving into formulating the spine in order to fully reveal the character that a writer has created. And then going that much deeper by using this very very important question (which happens to be a very potent single word) about behavior, triggers, reactions, and the human conditon…And that word is: “WHY?” Keep asking yourself “WHY” as you work on finding and discovering the character. The more you ask “WHY“,  the deeper your understanding of the character grows, and the deeper you can find that within you! So give it your all! And enjoy giving it your all. Nurture your career…your work…your art, with the same love and care that it truly deserves.
I hope you enjoy this lecture!
Much love,
Mario

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