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The Actor’s Mission: An Upfront Dialogue On The Actor’s Role In Art…

Transcript Of This Recording:

“We have all heard the saying ‘There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.’

But is there?

Or is there just a big tunnel containing a series of events that asks us to try to cope with random or, for my spiritual folk, karmic circumstances to the best of our ability.

And though we want to believe that there will be some favorable outcome, the truth is that we don’t always get what we want.

We don’t always get what we need.

Sometimes Life happens and it can be pretty crummy.

Sometimes Life happens and it’s just heartbreaking.

Sometimes Life happens and it is unbearable.

And yet all the ironic financially stable gurus who are published by the finest publishers sell their theories of this or that new age trend.

Oh yeah….”and that through our suffering, we find the path to enlightenment”.

Am I guilty of that?

Probably.

Actually, yes I am.

Oh God, I just ate a piece of humble pie.

I have been known to try to alchemize reality to somehow see a silver lining…

To convince myself and others that there is some transformative code and within that magical transmutation of difficult circumstances, there is a remedy for the common good.

And sometimes there is.

Sometimes people make it through the most heinous of circumstances, and are blessed with a very special knowledge to help the collective achieve the transformation it is seeking.

But sometimes there is not.

And that is a hard pill to swallow, isn’t it?

Sometimes we see and/or are given information that we don’t want to see or know.

And sometimes we just need to get real about the state of things.

Life is not always a fairytale and 99% of the roles we will ever play will be about an individual doing all he or she can to improve his or her circumstances.

This is a fact of the human condition that we, as artists, must be open and willing to reveal about the struggles of the human experience which unfortunately includes human suffering.

Sometimes we need to blow out the candles, snuff out the incense, throw away the sage, chuck the oracle cards at the wall and really look, with our hearts, at tangible reality.

Sometimes the cards people are dealt are nowhere near the full house they had hoped.

Sometimes there is no house at all but a tunnel that echoes thoughts and questions in an earnest quest for Life’s greatest mysteries thus stimulating the creative process to express and hopefully come to terms with the human experience.

The artist must face unanswerable questions to suffering, greed, poverty, war, disease, trauma, lovelessness, abuse, darkness, addiction, evil, and even the newest pan epidemic, ‘narcism’?

Do I have the answers to any of these questions?

Hell no!

Not at all!

What do I know?…

I just work here.

But we have to be willing see the questions because they are there all around.

We have to be aware of them if we genuinely care about the state of humanity.

We cannot be scared to ask and confront these questions because it is the job that we signed up for.

Yet, no matter how much we may try…

No matter how hard we may dig…

We have to be willing to accept that there will always be unanswerable questions.

Life will always be in a state of flux and there will always be suffering somewhere in the world.

And you are probably reading this looking for some statement that illuminates the promised light at the end of the tunnel.

But that is just my point.

Sometimes there just isn’t and we, the artists, have to do our part in revealing the struggles humans go through in order to help bring awareness to these unanswered circumstances.

Otherwise it is just a tunnel and we are walking or even running through not knowing where it leads or what the meaning of all ‘it’ is.

The facts are…

Sometimes we are here with people who are good.

And sometimes we are here with people who are not so good.

Sometimes we are here with people living through compassion.

And sometimes we are here with people living through agenda.

Sometimes we walk with people who use troubling circumstances to help the greater good.

And sometimes we walk with people who choose to bank on it.

Sometimes we walk with trust.

And sometimes we have to walk with cautious discernment.

Sometimes people will walk with us to wherever the tunnel leads.

And sometimes they’ll just fade away.

Sometimes it will bring treasures.

And sometimes it will bring trauma.

Sometimes it will please.

And sometimes it will disappoint.

And within all those circumstances, the answer is…there is no answer.

It is what it is.

We don’t know why but we know it happens.

And while we live in a filtered world, creating the prettiest most perfected selfie, that hides any inkling of a ‘flaw’ sharing our abs and show biz smiles for some validation in the form of ‘likes’ on social media, we are ignoring the fact that we are not OK with what is.

We are not OK with the questions because we don’t want to face the answers.

We’re scared of the answers because we are not OK with anything that threatens the perfect little pretty picture that manufactures an artificial boost of dopamine or serotonin.

In fact, we don’t want to face the answers because we are not even OK with asking the questions anymore.

So we hold onto that theory of a light at the end of the tunnel without paying attention to the chaos that’s begging to be noticed.

We skip the most important step!

We are too busy numbing ourselves with artificial affirmations that prevent us from actually dealing with what is going on here and now.

We HAVE to be willing to face the reality of things, no matter how scary, no matter how unpleasant, no matter how dark.

This is our job as artists.

To see what others are not willing to see.

To face what others are not willing to face.

To step into the trenches and face the human condition, head on, mask free, in all its grit and glory.

Because that is what Life is.

A series of moments defined by grit and glory.

And if we are lucky, sometimes we will find ourselves somewhere in the middle.

I guess it’s just about allowing the questions and being OK with the answers whether they come with favorable or unfavorable echoes of a response…or even not at all.

Whatever the case, I encourage you to walk through this beautifully complicated Life tunnel without any expectations but with awareness and compassion.

Allow yourself the willingness to experience it for what it is in all its authenticity and then be willing to share that beautifully complicated authenticity through your work.”

 


As The Great Bianca Del Rio Says: “Not Today Satan!”…

Transcript Of Video:

“Listen…

As actors…

As artists…

We are constantly going to be confronted with feedback…

And opinions…

And criticisms…

And reviews…

But we have a choice to make…

Do we allow ourselves to take that information…

And use it to better who we are?…

Not that we are not whole as we are…

But there is always room for growth…

But do we take it…

And do we look at it…

And do we examine it…

And see how someway we can use it to expand us…

As artists…

As people?…

Or do we take that information…

And allow it to be this anchor that sinks our ship?…

Because when we do that…

We start to believe information that triggers us into thinking that we are not enough…

It’s…

A perfect example is like…

Looking into a broken mirror…

Right?…

When we look into that broken mirror…

What do we see?…

We see a reflection of a human being…

That’s completely distorted…

Well…

What’s the truth?…

Is that the truth?…

Is the distortion the truth?…

Or is the observer the truth?…

Is the wholeness of the observer the truth?…

You know…

When we believe all these things that tell us we are broken…

Or these things that we believe that tell us that we are not enough…

We start to run on this rollercoaster…

That brings us to a place of complete destruction…

And as the great Bianca Del Rio says:…

‘Not Today Satan!’…

You have to choose wisely…

Take the note…

But do not hold onto it!”


You Are Not As Minimal As You Are Allowing Yourself To Believe…

Transcript Of Video:

“Listen…

I can tell you right off the bat…

You are not even giving yourself credit of what you are capable of…

Right now…

You are using the words:

‘I can’t’…

As an excuse for you to not take a step deeper into who you are…

And to know who you are…

And to come into the power of who you are…

You have to realize that…

Within you lives everything and anything…

You just have to be willing…

To actually start digging deeper…

So you can access those amazing qualities…

But also the most unmentionable parts of who you are…

That you can then bring to your work…

You know…

We are so taught that the answers live outside of ourselves…

That we are always looking outside of us to fulfill us…

But the truth of the matter is…

We have to start learning to dig deeper within…

And know who we are…

Learn our power…

And then be willing to own that…

To bring that to our work…

But you have to know something…

If you stop where you are right now…

You are literally giving yourself an excuse…

To not succeed…

You have to give yourself every excuse TO succeed…

And that means going…

Further and further…

And deeper and deeper…

And never stopping…

Until you come to terms with everything that you are…

YOU ARE NOT AS MINIMAL AS YOU ARE ALLOWING YOURSELF TO BELIEVE…

And once you come close to even tasting how powerful you are…

As a human being…

And as an artist…

Your whole world is going to start lighting up!”


The Actor’s Guide To Surviving Pilot Season!

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So…it’s Pilot Season!

For many actors this is a time of great opportunity and excitement.

But for others this could be a time of disappointment, disregard, and even depression.

Whatever the case may be, I want you to realize that you are the Pilot of your season.

Meaning you have the opportunity to be the controller of how you experience your reality during this time based on how you utilize your thoughts and your energies.

Are you squandering them in overwhelm, jealousy, competition, stress, and helplessness?

Or are you being fruitful with those energies by using them towards the creative process of either opportunities that are coming to you from an outside source or opportunities that you are more than capable of creating for yourself…

My point is that you are not a helpless victim in this industry!

You are an active participant of this industry capable of creating a reality that serves you based on how you align your thoughts, energies, and potentials to work for you!

Here are five easy but crucial steps I work on with all my students/clients to keep them from crashing during the potential craziness of the industry’s most anticipated season:

1. Maintain your peace:

Whether you are going out like crazy or you are not going out as much as you would like, it is essential that you maintain your peace and stay grounded.

Be the oak tree in the storm rather than the blade of grass being easily blown every which way.

Stress depletes us of our vital creative forces and prevents us from executing and achieving our greatest potential.

2. Do not compare yourself to others:

You are the president of your own corporation and that corporation is one of a kind.

Comparing yourself to another is fruitless and serves nothing other than creating a false sense of competition which is a complete waste of mental space and energy.

Whether you would like to admit it or not, you are not competing against anyone.

Your only competition is the illusory internal fear that tries to get you to believe that you cannot materialize your greatest dreams.

Your essence is either right in the minds of those choosing casting or it simply may not align for a particular role/project at that time.

Either way, always stay true to yourself and do not get fixed on an idea of what you think is being sought.

You are your instrument so play it with honesty, pride, and integrity.

Live your truth in the reality of the circumstances and trust that your individual approach is worthy of being considered…because it is!

And who knows, your essence may change the whole idea of what was originally being sought.

3. Accountability:

Do your work!

You are an artist with a craft for a reason.

It is not enough to just memorize your lines.

You have to endow the life that gives birth to the lines.

The same information you know in relationship to your life, the character would also know in relationship to his or her’s.

Always be sure to bring that level of truth and sophistication to your work and in the room or on tape.

Trust and utilize your skills to bring walking life to the written page by utilizing the entirety of your instrument.

Take risks but never under estimate your simplicity.

There is power in it.

4. Own the room:

Do not go into any situation with a sense of intimidation or apology for what you are bringing in.

If you are given a note, take it and then execute it instinctively.

But do not hold onto it.

You have invested a lot of time, energy, and in many cases money into that situation that, lets be honest, 9 out of 10 times does not bring the return as immediately as we hope.

Go in there and give it your all because you deserve to be there.

Do you hear that?

You are deserving, worthy, and earned the right to be be there!

That audition is your time!

It is your time and your time is just as important and valuable as anyone else’s!

You re not a dime a dozen!

You are You!

One of a kind!

And you are priceless!

5. Let it go:

Once you leave the room, the audition has concluded.

If things went amazing, great!

If things did not go as well as you had hoped, take a few minutes to process what can be adjusted for your next opportunity and then move on.

Go to the gym, read a book, watch a movie, get a coffee, burn some incense, do some yoga, meditate, paint a picture, eat an entire cake…whatever.

Give yourself the freedom from the mental torture of holding onto an idea of how thing should have gone.

Do not stay in the bondage of the past.

Holding onto events of past completely dimishes the present and who knows what you may be missing out on.

The present is the very thing that holds an infinite amount of inspiration that can be utilized for future creative endeavors.

Stay open to what is meant to be in perfect alignment for you.

Give yourself the chance to appreciate the fact that you just put yourself through a very stressful and rigorous process that derserves your kindess, support, compassion, nurturing, and even celebration.

And keep this in mind…

Maybe you are not so much auditioning to see if you are right for a role…

Maybe the universe is auditioning the role to see if it is right for you! 

I am rooting for you!

Break A Leg and have an amazing Pilot Season!

 


That Defining Moment For You As An Actor & Artist…

Transcript Of Video:

“I think it is those moments…

Where you feel like you just cannot go any further…

Those moments when you feel like you are going to crumble to the ground…

And you are going to fall apart…

That actually become the moments…

That defines you as an actor…

And an artist…

Because it is those moments…

That ask you to ask questions…

Of what you are doing…

And why you are doing it…

And when you really confront those questions…

You get in touch with the love you have for the art form that you have chosen…

It asks of you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps…

No matter the circumstances that are surrounding you…

And find that fire within you…

Find that passion within you…

Find that perseverance within you…

That overcomes any obstacles that are standing in your way…

So that you are able to laser focus your mind…

And your intention…

On fulfilling the pursuit of your dream…

The pursuit of your love in art…

In acting…

In music…

In painting…

Whatever you are pursuing…

And it is those things that open your vocabulary…

As an artist…

So you are able to put that understanding of the human condition…

In whatever kind of work you are doing…

But it is those moments…

That really shows us how strong we are!”


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