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Skill vs Luck…What Kind Of Actor Do You Want To Be?…

Transcript Of This Recording:

“There’s a sophistication to the work that cannot be denied…

And there is a choice to make…

Do you want to be the type of actor…

That is always dependent on luck

In the hopes that your work goes well?…

Or do you want to be a skilled actor…

Where you have something that is sustaining you…

Your work…

And your career…

So you know when you are losing your way…

You have your process:

‘Oh, I can rely on this to take me to where I need to go’…

No matter what kind of work you are doing…

You still have to look at the same kind of life structure when approaching the work…

What is apparent in life…

Is going to be apparent in the work…

You have to know…

Who you are…

Where you are…

What you want…

What is getting in the way of what you want…

What you are doing to overcome what is getting in the way of what you want…

(Life, circumstances, relationships, needs within those circumstances and relationships, obstacles to overcome in order to improve circumstances and relationships, and doing all you can that is in line with the text to achieve those needs with the hope of living in one way or another some kind of  peaceful, happy, successful, loving life as indicated by the givens of the text.)
You have to know your ‘in’ into those circumstances…

You have to know what stimulates you to go after the needs of those circumstances…

And be clear…

And specific…

You know…

Obviously…

About the environment…

And the time period…

And all that…

But there has got to be something that gives you a starting point into the work…

Otherwise, it is always going to be (and feel) like a ‘cold read’…

And you are always going to get into the place of:

‘I don’t know what I am doing’…

Every time you work…

And then hope to dear God it goes well…

And…

Don’t you get tired of always feeling like the work is going to be based on luck if it goes well?…

This is where we get into trouble if we are just depending and learning to do it all by ‘cold reads’…

Or we are just picking up the material and ‘doing it’…

Right?…

Because then it becomes your own play…

It becomes your own world…

In which you make choices…

Whether they are instinctual, interesting, or not…

But…

In the end…

What do they really have to do with the actually full body of the text?

What do they have to do with the world of the play?…

What do they have to do with the world of your character?…

And then what are you going after?…

Where are the instincts coming from?…

The play or script?…

Or an idea of the play or script without really considering and respecting the play or script?…

What are you doing and relying on when you have to do eight shows a week?…

The perfect test of action is..

Can you…

The actor…

Do a play that is two and a half hours long…

Eight shows a week…

Or a film…

For weeks or months on end…

And most likely…

Completely out of sequence…

And still have a consistent..

Alive…

Uninhibited…

Organic…

And visceral performance…

As well as the vocal and physical stamina…

To do your job…

And tell the story truthfully…

Using the full spectrum your instrument?…

And do it all as if for the first time…

And still it all be about the story that the writerhas given to you…

And then still live in the moment based on that…

That is where your skill…

Your craft…

And your process comes into action…

And when it comes to your process…

The actor needs tools that will help him or her…

Physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually to do the work…

To have his or her back…

I mean…

Since when has it become shameful to have a process?!…

Why is there so much recent guilt…

And even belittlement…

About having a craft?!…

Just as the ballet dancer needs to know all the technicalities to do a thousand faute turns…

The actor also needs to have a set of tools supporting him or her to do the work…

But it needs to be used in a way that is tangible and can actually activate the actor to live and breath in the work…

If you want to live in the chaos of the unknown or moment, you have to be aware of what is known to do just that…

It may not always be the same toolbox…

But the structure will always be the same…

What you know in life…

The character is going to know…

There is no if’s, and’s or but’s about it.

Any actor that has the talent…

Sophistication…

Know-how…

And ability…

To be dependable…

And accountable…

Is an actor that has a long life in this business…

Whether it be stage or screen…

Plain and simple…

An actor that does the work

Is an actor that works…

And continues to work…

And more importantly…

Enjoys the work that he or she is blessed to do…

Because it is no longer about one’s luck when it comes to the quality of the work…

It is all about a life long and well respected skill…

Married with organic talent…

And that’s where the freedom and fun is!”~#MarioCampanaro

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Playing Life’s Unmentionables…

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The Craft…The Moment…

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The Real-Deal Breakdown On Needs, Wants & Listening…

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Facing Your Humanity…Facing Your Wholeness…

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The Human Condition…

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The Potency Of The Moment In Relationship To The Text…

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Welcome To Thursday Night Masterclass…

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Searching For The Truth…

 

Transcript Of This Recording:

“Aren’t we all always trying to dissect what the Truth really is?…

It seems like there is always something standing in our way as we very seriously hunt for that one pure untainted revelation of what ‘is’…

But if we are always searching for the Truth, aren’t we are most likely missing it?…

I mean come on…

Since when is Truth interested in playing a game of hide and seek ready to jet as soon as we suspect its presence behind some closed door?…

Since when is the Truth a jester desiring to play cunning tricks in order to make us the fool?…

Since when is the Truth the jerk cutting us off or blind sighting us?…

Doesn’t it seem more likely that it is our addiction to the chaotic stories of our mind that keeps creating all theses illusory labyrinths to the Truth?…

Isn’t it our fixation on the way we think things should be or want them to be that is putting the blindfold over our eyes to what ‘is’?…

Here is the deal in my opinion…

The Truth does not need to be found…

The Truth is ever present in the pregnant gap of this moment…

To be poetic but also realistic…

It is vibrating loudly in the silence..

It is whispering silently in the loudness…

It is shining brightly in the darkness…

It is clarifying with shadows in the light…

It is simply there in all its complexity…

It is complexly there in all its simplicity…

It is there omnipresent…

It is there blatantly present…

But it is the blueprint of the unconscious mind married and obsessed with constant interpretation and influence that keeps blurring the lines of what actually ‘is’…

Have we ever contemplated that maybe it is not so damn complicated?…

Maybe there are no big secrets hiding out waiting to be revealed in this moment…

Maybe it is all just a little less mysterious than we are making it out to be…

Maybe it is not hidden under some rock or in some enlightened message from some psychic hotline…

Maybe we have to know that all those secrets, all that thick layered subtextual complex stuff that we are trying to uncover is just pure simplicity residing in the here and now moment…

Whatever that moment may be in relationship to whatever and whoever is part of that experienced moment…

Maybe that is the secret Truth waiting to be revealed…

Maybe the Truth is waiting patiently for us to wake up and stop sleepwalking in a dream based upon past experiences projecting into the now just so we can feel this artificial safety to predict what the future is going to be…

Maybe it is all simpler…

Why can’t we all try to just be a little simpler in our approach?…

Why can’t we just take it moment by moment as it all comes and possibly just find a way to enjoy it, or at the very least, be fully present?…

Ya know…

We live…

We breathe…

We eat and drink…

We eat and drink a lot…

We play…

We laugh…

We laugh a lot…

We trust…

We love…

We love a lot…

We distrust…

We hurt…

We hurt a lot…

We cry…

We cry a lot…

We get sick…

We get very sick…

We hope…

We will struggle…

We will struggle a lot…

We don’t not give up…

We overcome…

We overcome a lot…

We heal…

We trust again…

We learn…

We learn a lot…

We celebrate…

We help others suffering…

We hold on…

We let go…

We finally rest…

We go home…

We remember it was worth it…

We are grateful…

We are grateful for all of it…

Isn’t that the Truth?…

Isn’t the Truth right there in the experience itself?…

In the experience as it happens and unfolds?…

In all of that?…

Present…

Here and now…

Patiently waiting for our willingness to surrender to its embrace so it can awaken us from the cloudy confusing slumber of our individual dream state and experience the reason why we are all here…

Life.”

 


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.”

 


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