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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?
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Going Beyond Limitation…

When times are tough and obstacles seems insurmountable…
 Do you exclaim: 
OK, I”m done!
Or do you simply state:
OK, I am just beginning.”
How far are you willing to go?
What standard do you hold yourself to?
What feeds your inspiration?
What gives birth to your creative genius?
Are you driven by the passion of your creative fire?
Or the hot steam of what you want to hear yourself say about it?
Why are actors such a powerful and essential force for humanity?
Do you even know how powerful you truly are?
Why is it such an honor to be able work in this profession?
If these questions vibrate within you, then you will not want to miss this powerful MC² Actors Studio Masterclass Interview.

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You Need To Love The Work To Really Do The Work…

I never thought in 20+ years of teaching acting that it would be a novel idea to declare that…

You need to love the work to really do the work…

I never thought I would ever have to say…

You need to take the work seriously if you want to be taken seriously…

I never thought I would have to reiterate…

It takes great discipline, commitment, accountability, responsibility, dedication, and perseverance to stay the course of such a tumultuous artistic path if you intend to keep on keeping on along the path…

But, to my great dismay, it seems we are living in different times…

And it seriously breaks my heart every time I come across someone that says they want to be an actor…

But seems to have been led astray…

Or has deluded themselves into thinking…

That the road of the artist is an easy one…

That ya just gotta memorize your lines and go“…

That it is not in the details“…

That it is not in the specificity“…
 

(Insert screeching car brakes sound here!)

Well, let’s stop right now and say…

That is not acting…

Not remotely…

At least not professionally…

That is pure mediocrity…

It is amateur hour…

And to put it bluntly…

That is just dressing up as we do on Halloween…

That kind of thinking is an insult to our great art-form…

And it is an insult to every great actor and actress that has ever blessed our stages and screens…

We are living in a day and age where we use social media stardom as our litmus test to “making it”…

Or at the very least thinking…

I got these likes and followers so I have arrived, haven’t I?”…

We look at others that get a bunch of hearts and then expect to be in that “limelight“…

Or we see actors on tv, stage or screen and think they just got there because they got lucky…

Or because they have a great agent and manager…

Or they networked…

Or they knew someone…

Or they went to that industry event…

So we think it should be the same for us…

Comparing and contrasting has become our little secret addiction… 

So we look for a quick fix…

That shiny appetizing easy road that gets us there at the speed of light without any work whatsoever…

Without any training…

We want the muscle without the exercise…

We want to eat the cake before we even obtain the ingredients and instructions necessary to make it…

And then we get hypnotized by all the expensive seminars, workshops and all those “gurus” that have really exquisite website/ad headshots with huge acclaimed smiles and lets just say it…

Marketing… 

Selling and banking on convincing actors that it is indeed easy peasy…

So we search out for that thing that reiterates the myth…

You know…

Follow us and we will get you there!“…

Click on this link and fulfill your dreams in no time flat!“…

Sign up for this 10 day course and you will book a blockbuster film!“…

Pay this price for headshots and we will make you a star!“…

(Show me one professional acting job where preparation is not necessary)

(Show me one actor that is willing to show up to their first Broadway rehearsal or first day on a major film or TV set without preparation)

You go girl/boy!..

Oh and then there is…

This is so and so and so and so is this and that and so and so knows the way so sign up for so and so’s famous well-marketed course and it will all happen!No rehearsal or work necessary!…Come as you are and it will just happen because we will just tell you what to do and you will do it and feel good because you got encouragement and reinforcement because you followed exactly what we said!“…

And…

Just learn your lines and go up there and see what happens!…You don’t need to know the world of the text!…You don’t need to know the history!…You don’t need to break things down!…You don’t need to have a need!…You don’t need to understand relationships!…You don’t need to know why things are the way they are!…You don’t need to know what got you to this here and now moment!…You don’t need to know your environment and the objects within that environment!…Or how that environment affects you sensorially!….Or what that environment does to your speech or dialect or body!…You don’t need to support your voice!…You don’t need to breathe!…You don’t need to know what you are doing!….You just need to do it!“..

Um Ok…

(Insert unapologetic judgmental eye roll here!)

So what ends up happening is the actor takes the text and creates their own play, with their own thought up givens because they are just doing it without any respect whatsoever to the world the writer put his or her heart and soul in creating…

Or they become stiff as a board…

Or they push…

Or they play ideas…

Or they indicate…

Or they create blueprints of how they think it is “suppose” to be…

Or they strive for what they perceive as interesting moments…

Or they try “taking risks” doing something outlandish or different…

Wrong…

Interesting moments only exist as much as an actor can live authentically moment to moment within the full world of the text and all that comes with it…

Taking risks means living unapologetically, honestly, and courageously within the unknown of each moment as it pertains to a need within the full world of the text…

So is just “doing it” going to prepare one to play Eurpides’ Medea?…

Or Shakespeare’s’ Hamlet?…

Or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein?…

Or Tony Kushner’s Angels In America

Or Anthony McCarten’s Theory Of Everything

Or Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County

I can keep going  but I hope you get the picture…

Do you want to be an artist?…

Or do you just want to be a picture with several hearts so everyone can look at you in a split second in reverence and then keep scrolling?…

Where are you headed?…

What kind of actor do you want to be?…

What kind of artist do you hunger to be?…

What we do takes work…

Yes, there is no denying that…

But if you are choosing to be an actor…

This work should not feel like “work“…

That does not mean there won’t be tough times…

Of course there will be…

But even then…

There is fulfillment in the struggle…

There is growth…

There is art…

It should be delicious…

It should make your mouth water…

You should feel those wonderful butterflies in your gut every time you get the opportunity to work…

To discover…

To explore…

To dig…

To open up…

To expand…

To overcome…

To find a known or unknown piece of you within the world of every text…

The exploration of the human condition…

And the creation of character…

Should be exciting…

It is supposed to be fun…

It is supposed to be stimulating…

It should be carbonating you so much…

That you cannot wait to get into that space with your partner…

And trust your work…

To go after your needs moment to unknown moment…

And live

But you can only live in that unknown of the moment as long as you have done all the work that allows you to bring full breath to the character and the world of the text…

And grounds you within the known…

So you can fully live in the unknown…

It is not science homework…

It is not algebra homework…

It is not a cold read…

(Though I truly believe working on cold reading is an important skill every actors should exercise…especially when it comes to exercising listening, impulses and instincts)

It is acting…

It is life…

We can’t perceive our work as this laborious task that drains us of life…

NO!!!!! 

That is not the work!…

And if one is experiencing the work in that way…

And continues to expereince the work in that way…

Dare I say run for the hills…

Because you are in the wrong field!…

The work is for those that love the work…

It gives them life…

It excites!…

It does not deplete them of life…

Acting is to do

Your work is there solely to stimulate you to do…

But if you do not find joy and love and wanting to do this kind of work…

Well then I do not know why anyone would put themselves through such a difficult path…

It is the love of the work that allows the artist to persevere when most may want to crumble…

Remember this…

Life is created out of love…

Our work is about life…

It needs your love in order to breathe life into all those black and white sheets of paper which we call the text.

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A New & Necessary Approach To The Actor’s Work…

Despite what is going on in the world and all the changes occurring in our industry, @mc2actorsstudio ensemble members are still BOOKING!!

Check out what MC² Actors Studio masterclass ensemble members Amanda Bird @anoisybird @noisy_nest and Holly Hubbell @hollyjohubbell have to say about this whole new way of working with regards to the necessary adjustments in our industry!

REPOST @anoisybird @noisy_nest : “I booked it, we shot it… In quarantine #mc2actorsstudio @anoisybird and @hollyjohubbell on the changing industry in my acting class is held on zoom are the way of the future! @mc2actorsstudio”

REPOST @hollyjohubbell : “Commercials in quarantine. The industry isn’t stopping, but shifting… And so should you. We SAFELY shot a global commercial over the weekend with the director in France and production team in Germany. Times and protocols are changing – so if you want to stay relevant, it’s time to learn to expand your craft.“
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Fuel Your Courage: You Have Been In Training For The Unknown Of The Moment Every Single Moment…

By our very nature as human beings, we are constantly facing the unknown of the next moment.

There is no way of getting around it.

It is an absolute fact of life.

As much as we would like to think that we have some inkling of control…

The truth of the matter is…

We do not.

That is a pretty scary notion…

Or I should say reality…

When you take a moment to consider it.

We have no idea what we are walking into as our next life moment approaches.

We have no idea what the next moment will bring us.

We are presently living the very best way we know how and can in this here and now moment.

And we are doing so by what we have learned from our past experiences…

Married with a pretty incredible natural ability to adjust, adapt, and move forward…

Step by step…

Moment by moment…

Instinctually…

And in some, many and/or most cases…

Impulsively…

Based on what life throws out at us at any given moment.

Think about how courageous and brave that really is…

Think about how miraculous that is…

How miraculous you/we are…

Based on everything we humans had…

And still have to face moment to moment.

For 100% of our lives…

We have been living in a present moment…

(which was once a complete unknown moment)

And then enter into a complete unknown next moment…

Carrying with us only the knowledge and preparation that past experiences…

(of confronting and living through what was at that time an unknown moment)

Have taught us.

As actors we are always responsible and accountable for doing our preparations to bring any given role the full life that he or she deserves.

We do that part of the work using our craft to help us along the way…

But despite all the preparation in the world…

The true magic…

The true living…

Can only exist within the unknown of the moment.

It can never be planned…

It can never be blueprinted…

It can only be discovered, experienced, and dealt with as it happens in the unknown of the moment.

And it is the actor’s courage…

All of his or her bravery…

The full willingness to really live moment to moment…

That that magic happens

That the real work is

That the life truly exists

It can only really be within the rawness of the unknown.

And your entire life has been training you…

Your entire life has been preparing you…

To work in such an ordinary…

(because we all have no choice but to live this way)

Yet extremely extraordinary…

(when you really think about it)

Very human way!

That bravery…

That courage…

That willingness to live your most authentic, honest, truth…

In relationship to the given circumstances of any world of text…

Within the complete unknown of each and every moment…

Is what makes the actor…

An actor.

I hope you enjoy this stay at home virtual Masterclass Lecture. 

 Stay safe and stay healthy!

Much Love,

Mario

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Do You Believe In Monsters Or The Unrelenting Ally Within?…

Even though we must do so from our homes, our studio and all our amazing ensemble members continue to adjust in our classes and persevere with our work, the craft of acting, and all the love and respect we hold for it…and each other!…

In this Masterclass lecture we discuss an all too familiar battle that many artists face.

Each of us has confronted, at one time or another, the myriad of “monsters” (as I like to call them) that creep into our conscious everyday lives…

And/Or we secretly battle those hidden “monsters” that lurk in our subconscious world that continually hold us back from really being who we are, owning what we do, taking the risk to put ourselves and our work “out there” (despite possible or inevitable criticism or even the dreaded result of “failure) and exploring uncharted territories within the vast playing field of all our artistic pursuits…and our lives

Even though these “monsters“…

These inner saboteurs…

May feel powerful, strong, permanent, unconquerable, insurmountable, and quite real…

The truth is that there is something within each of us that is capable of moving mountains. 

Something so great, something so powerful, something so REAL within each of us that is able to look at these fictitious shadows in the eye, dance with them, and watch them dissolve away. 

When we allow ourselves to connect to that unrelenting ally within, we realize that the light gets turned on, the shadows fade away, and the “monsters” disappear. 

As professional actors, we are constantly called and required to be brave in all that we do. 

With that said, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have those little moments (though they may feel quite big) of personal vulnerabilities where and when those “monsters” break in and intrude. 

But as long as we have that unrelenting ally within, we can choose which we believe in!

What is the truth?

The “monsters” or THE UNRELENTING ALLY WITHIN? 

What do you give power?

Where do you put your energy as an actor?

Where do you place your attention as an artist?

Which do you want to experience as the victor?

Hint:
We are not as powerless as we may have been led to believe.

I hope you are all continuing fuel your artistic lives, create and make magic!

And I hope you enjoy this stay at home virtual Masterclass Lecture. 

 Stay safe and stay healthy!

Much Love,

Mario

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Your Calling, Your Mission & Your Testimony…

One very important point that I always speak of at our studio…

Is that Life will always be the most potent, informative and powerful acting teacher any actor will ever study with…

Life itself gets all the credit and acclaim!…

What we do…

This thing called story-telling (living)…

Is a mirror or reflection of life…

It is there reflecting the human condition from generation to generation…

We will always connect with the things that we relate to…

And those things will always be the stimulus that create story…

Because of present circumstances…

I felt compelled to share a very critical season in my personal life to one of our classes…

And an important lesson that I learned from those circumstances….

Because of severe chronic illness that I fought for many many years (often in secret)…

I almost lost my life a couple of times…

In addition…

I lost friends, family, career…joy, happiness, and even love…

During this time…

The one thing I had to do was basically isolate for 10 years,…

At least as best I could…

To protect myself and my immune system…

YUP!!!…

TEN YEARS!…

That isolation…

That loss of time and life…

Created a craving that I knew was my calling…

Everything I missed out on became my mission…

That long, difficult, horrendous, scary, lonely desperate test became my testimony…

The opportunity I was given during that “downtime” was an opportunity to understand things about people, circumstances and life that I was not able to understand before…

Everything beforehand came easily until it didn’t…

Those circumstances forced me to stop doing what I loved (my career as an actor on stage and screen)…

And gave me the chance to study the thing I loved in a completely new way…

It forced me to witness and understand humanity with a completely new and compassionate lens…

It forced me to slow down…

Ask questions…

Seek answers…

And bear witness to others…

Their circumstances…

And their pain with a bird’s eye view…

And more importantly…

It forced me to relate!…

It completely changed me as a person, actor and teacher…

I was able to begin to see and understand things in story that I never even thought possible…

It deepened my relationship to the work…

And the understanding of characters…

And why they do what they do based on the circumstances they are in… 

Why do I bring this up?…

During this crucial time in all of our lives…

It is so important to remember these three simple yet powerful statements …

WHAT YOU CRAVE IS YOUR CALLING…

WHAT YOU MISS IS YOUR MISSION…

AND WHAT YOU ARE TESTED BY WILL BE YOUR TESTIMONY! 


What we are experiencing in the world right now is inevitably going to create stories…

Many many very human beautiful complicated layered heartwrenching and also victorious stories…

And EVERYBODY’S story has the right to be heard and witnessed…

Every one of our stories is backed by the pain we have endured and experienced during some season in our lives…

And all of what we have done to try and overcome that pain and suffering to make it through…

Tough times and tough circumstances will always try our most vulnerable point…

And that is a beautiful and very human map as to what needs our attention…

Our awareness…

Our awareness, observation and the exercising of what we learn about ourselves and the human condition inevitably inspires and informs how we live honestly, truthfully and authentically in our work as actors…

And a lot of the time this may feel inconvenient, difficult, tedious and maybe even heart-wrenching work during the process…

During the season…

Especially when there is not an immediate payoff…

But the more we stay on track…

The more we continue to persevere…

The more we continue to align, refine and cultivate our craft…

The more we continue to grow…

And the more the payoff will eventually and inevitably come…

It is about pushing through…

Even during those moments when we feel like we don’t want to push through…

It’s not about going around it…

Or over it…

Or underneath it…

But going through it…

Being religious (meaning disciplined) in our approach to what we want to achieve as artists…

Being focused and disciplined…

And holding ourselves accountable within and throughout the process…

Because we (you) love what we (you) do…

And because we (you) know there is…

Always has been…

And always will be greatness within each of us (you) worthy of doing the work we (you) love with all our (your) heart and soul.

And with that invested, mindful, committed work…

We must remember the word ‘ACT’ means TO DO!..

And the artists perseveres when it may make sense to want to crumble…

The artist perseveres because by the very nature of being an artist is to create…

To move forward…

To give ‘birth’ to something from something…

And because of something…

Our work…

This thing called Acting…

Is not for the faint of heart…

It is not “substance-less”…

It is pregnant with the human condition!…

All of us…

In our darkest times…

Are spending our time being moved by YOU, the actor, in our homes or other venues where our work lives…

This is why we must take our work seriously…

And with responsibility…

Don’t forget what you do…

Why you do it…

And what it serves…

It is a rite!..,

It is responsibility…

It is a gift…

And it (you) matters!…

Our darkest moments will be the greatest inspiration for our most important artistic endeavors!

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Much Love,

Mario

“One very important point that I always speak of at our studio…

Is that Life will always be the most potent, informative and powerful acting teacher any actor will ever study with…

Life itself gets all the credit and acclaim!…

What we do, this thing called story-telling (living), is a mirror or reflection of life…

It is there reflecting the human condition from generation to generation…

We will always connect to the things that we relate with…

And those things will always be the stimulus that create story…

Because of present circumstances…

I felt compelled to share a very critical season in my personal life to one of our classes and an important lesson I learned from those circumstances….

Because of severe chronic illness that I fought for many many years (often in secret)..

I almost lost my life a couple of times…

In addition…

I lost friends, family, career…joy, happiness, and even love…

During this time…

The one thing I had to do was basically isolate for 10 years, as best I could, to protect myself and my immune system…

TEN YEARS!

That isolation…

That loss of time and life…

Created a craving that I knew was my calling…

Everything I missed out on became my mission…

That long, difficult, horrendous, scary, lonely desperate test became my testimony…

The opportunity I was given during that downtime was an opportunity to understand things about people and life that I was not able to understand before…

Everything beforehand came easily until it didn’t…

Those circumstances forced me to stop doing what I loved (my career as an actor on stage and screen) and gave me the chance to study the thing I loved in a completely new way…

It forced me to witness and understand humanity with a completely new and compassionate lens…

It forced me to slow down, ask questions, seek answers, and bear witness to others, their circumstances, and their pain with a bird’s eye view…

And more importantly, it forced me to relate!…

It completely changed me as a person, artist and teacher…

I was able to begin to see and understand things in story that I never even thought possible…

It deepened my relationship to the work and the understanding of characters and why they do what they do based on the circumstances they are in…

Why do I bring this up?…

During this crucial time in all of our lives, it is so important to remember these three simple yet powerful statements …

WHAT YOU CRAVE IS YOUR CALLING…

WHAT YOU MISS IS YOUR MISSION…

AND WHAT YOU ARE TESTED BY WILL BE YOUR TESTIMONY!

What we are experiencing in the world right now is inevitably going to create stories…

Many many very human beautiful complicated layered heartwrenching and also victorious stories…

And EVERYBODY’S story has the right to be heard and witnessed…

Every one of our stories is backed by the pain we have endured and experienced during some season in our lives and all of what we have done to try and overcome that pain and suffering to make it through…

Tough times and tough circumstances will always try our most vulnerable point…

And that is a beautiful and very human map as to what needs our attention…

Our awareness…

Our awareness, observation and the exercising of what we learn about ourselves and the human condition inevitably inspires and informs how we live honestly, truthfully and authentically in our work as actors…

And a lot of the time this may feel inconvenient, difficult, tedious and maybe even heart-wrenching work during the process…

During the season…

Especially when there is not an immediate payoff…

But the more we stay on track…

The more we continue to persevere…

The more we continue to align, refine and cultivate our craft…

The more we continue to grow…

And the more the payoff will eventually and inevitably come…

It is about pushing through…

Even during those moments when we feel like we don’t want to push through…

It’s not about going around it…

Or over it…

Or underneath it…

But going through it…

Being religious (meaning disciplined) in our approach to what we want to achieve as artists…

Being focused and disciplined…

And holding ourselves accountable within and throughout the process…

Because we (you) love what we (you) do…

And because we know there is…

Always has been…

And always will be greatness within each of us worthy of doing the work we (you) love with all our (your) heart and soul.

And with that invested, mindful, committed work…

We must remember the word ‘ACT’ means TO DO!..

And the artists perseveres when it may make sense to want to crumble…

The artist perseveres because by the very nature of being an artist is to create…

To move forward…

To give ‘birth’ to something from something and because of something…

Our work, this thing called Acting, is not for the faint of heart…

It is not ‘substance-less’…

It is pregnant with the human condition!…

All of us, in our darkest times, are spending our time being moved by YOU, the actor, in our homes or other venues where our work lives…

This is why we must take this work seriously and with responsibility…

Don’t forget what you do…

Why you do it…

And what it serves…

It is a rite!..,

It is responsibility…

It is a gift…

And it (you) matters!…

Our darkest moments will be the greatest inspiration for our most important artistic endeavors!”

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