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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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Who Are You When You Are “Without”?…

In this virtual masterclass lecture we discuss the fact that we are all making necessary adjustments to persevere and overcome despite the heaviness of what is going on in our world. And part of being an actor/artist is being on the constant journey of learning essentially who we are under the myriad of circumstances that life presents us. And with what is going on in the world today…right now…we are being given this opportunity now more than ever to go on that very journey. We can use this time to learn who we areWho are we without what we do? Who are we without income, friends, family, things, games etc.? Who are we without? Internally. Who? Without labels of profession, activity, relationships. What’s left?  What is the beautiful complexity and substance that lives within all of us without all of the other ‘stuff’. We need to lean into that profound discovery and those possible transmutations and transformations. This ‘social-physical-isolation’ is and yet is not a choice. We have to take this time…instead of falling into a pit of worry, despair and fear that takes us farther away from who we are…what if we walk toward who we are? To understand that we are more than what we do…more than who we hang with…more than our salaries…more than where we live…What if we take this opportunity to help us grow within even more? The planet is asking us to do this as She heals. And so we are making these adjustments and persevering as best we can during this time so wecan also heal. Let’s do it together. And yet as artists, as we go on this journey of learning who we are without, it may be easy or tempting to give up and forget our purpose as artists during these times of great strife. We may forget the power that lives within all of us…and what we are capable of doing with that creative power. It is so important for artists to continue to show up right now (even though we must do so virtually) because there is so much healing that art is capable of achieving. Our ability to share gives connection to others who may feel lost, disconnected and isolated. Our work can help others learn who they are through its powerful mirror. Our work can help others connect to themselves. We all need authentic connection within to help others experience authentic connections within. This is our responsibility as artists – to GIVE. If we think about it, many spend more time with actors in their living rooms more often than family or friends or colleagues. And even as we ask who we are without…and even through all of what is going on in our world…we must understand that our work still matters. We…who we are…at our very core…are the instrument of our work. And knowing this, it is so important to remember that our work has meaning! Especially in time such as these! There is purpose to it. It has function. It is a form of medicine if you think about it. Never take what we do for granted. Use what is going on in the world and find a way to bring more importance, depth and meaning to your work…your gifts…who you are…your purpose. That is your creative power. That lives within. Use this time to continue to learn, explore, and discover who you are at the very core so as you continue to fulfill your purpose here on this planet, you are doing so with that much more authentic-connected-beautiful-powerful-sense of Self.
Stay safe and stay healthy! 

I hope you enjoy this virtual masterclass lecture!
Much Love, 
Mario

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Breaking Down Resistance & Complicated Relationships…

Partial Transcript Of This Masterclass Lecture:

“It’s so easy for us to go through our lives without awareness…

It’s so easy for us to go through our lives rolling our eyes…

It’s so easy for us to go through our lives judging people…

And it’s so easy for us to go through our lives allowing resistance to be our ‘safe space’…

Resistance creates such and ‘idea of safety’ for us…

Because it doesn’t ask of us to confront the things that are standing in the way of our growth…

And because it’s easy…

It’s easy to be…

And therefore, stay resistant…

It’s easy to not want to…

Or have to…

Deal with the things that are keeping us in a place of stagnation…

And so one of the most important things that we have to do as actors and artists…

Is to start opening up and developing our awareness…

To ask difficult and complex questions about the human condition…

That require our awareness…

And when it comes to our work…

Especially when it comes to our work…

Our awareness is responsible for us understanding why our character does what he or she does…

And our awareness is the thing that allows us to find the humanity within the text…

So that it is not just this thing written on a piece of paper…

But it something that has this inanimate breath…

Asking us to find and breathe the life into it…

And yet it’s so easy for us to think that our work is just about those black and white letters that are on a white piece of paper…

And that we just learn our lines…

And then…

By doing that…

It creates useful, productive, honest, truthful characterization…

Well…

As any respectful artist with integrity…

And that holds a very high standard for the work knows…

That is not the case whatsoever…

Our awareness and exploration of understanding why we do what we do…

And why we feel the way we feel…

And what we ultimately want…

And why we want it…

Is the thing that’s going to get us to tap into the life of the character…

And why the character does what he or she does…

And one of the things that we have to realize…

And this does not only apply to character on the written page…

But possibly to some…

Or even all of us…

If you think about it on some level…

Do things in our lives…

A lot of times…

Or some of the time…

Because of unresolved issues…

And a lot of times…

We go through life…

Consciously or unconsciously…

Creating relationships…

In order to find resolution for those things that we have not yet resolved in our lives…

Or…

We create relationships in order to cause ‘pay back’ for the strife that past relationships have caused…

Even though those newly formed relationships are not accountable…

Or responsible…

For the wounds that we maybe still hold onto…

And so when we begin to understand this about some very complex relationships in the ‘real world’…

We are able to start to see…

Understand…

And justify why certain relationships exist the way they do within the world of the texts that we are responsible for bringing to life…

And why certain characters do what they do within those relationships…

Or because of those relationships…

And all the historical circumstances that bring that character to the here and now moment within those relationships…

In order to find some sort of resolution within…”

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The Artistic Passion For What It Means To Be Human…

“You know, it’s tough to be human…
It’s not an easy job to be a human being…
And what I think the actor has the opportunity to do is examine that…
To examine…
‘What is this being human?’…
And…
‘Why do we do what we do?…
‘Why do we feel the way we feel?…
I don’t really think many people realize how difficult it is to be an actor…
I don’t think many people really understand how complex it is…
One of the most paradoxical things about being an actor…
Or any artist for that matter…
Is to be able to reveal the work in a way that seems like there is no effort whatsoever…
So you’re just living…
But the truth of the matter is…
There’s a lot of work that goes behind that level of ease…
And that level of excellence in the work…
Many people have an ‘idea’ of what they think acting is…
They don’t realize what all it entails…
But as actors…
We need to be aware of what it takes…
If we go through our lives sleepwalking…
We don’t have anything to really connect to…
We don’t have anything to really pull from for our work…
We need that full awareness of humanity…
To be able to invest what life has to fully offer…
And then to be able to contribute all that to and for our work as artists…
I think the more we expand our consciousness…
And the more we expand our awareness…
In our own life…
And in the hopeful contribution to the lives of others….
And of the circumstances that our world faces…
Presently…
And even going back far into the past…
The more we get to draw from it in a way that allows for an audience who is witnessing whatever circumstances we are revealing…
To have some level of connection to it…
Because at the end of the day…
Isn’t that what the job of the actor really is?…
To be able to reveal something that the masses can connect to…
So that the masses can feel some sort of belonging…
So that the masses can have some kind of healing ‘because of’…
I think it all asks the actor to uphold the responsibility of understanding…
And being willing to reveal the the human condition…
In a way that’s not always so comfortable…
In a way that’s not always painless…
In a way that asks of us to look at suffering…
And try understand why human suffering is the way it is…
And then to really look within ourselves…
To see where that lives within ‘me’…
So that ‘I’ can connect with and to that…
And then be able to bravely…
Courageously…
Honestly…
And authentically…
Allow ‘myself’ to really bring ‘my being’ to the most extraordinary circumstances…
We are not just ‘story-tellers’…
We are truly ‘story-livers’…”
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Much Love,
Mario

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All “Brokenness” Has A Story That Caused The Break…(The Power Of Imagination)

Partial Transcript Of This Masterclass Lecture:

“When a bone breaks…we know why the bone breaks…There is an event that literally is the cause of the bone breaking. And very often when we see someone that has broken his or her leg…or physically hurt him or herself…the common response is ‘Oh my God, are you OK?’ or ‘Oh my God, what happened?’…because we see someone physically in pain…we see someone that is struggling in the here and now moment with a visual wound. Well take a moment to think about that…That’s the ‘norm’…the empathetic part of us…the compassionate part of us…sees someone in pain and wants to know what were the events that led to that break. Well a lot of the time we forget about that awareness…emotionally. We see someone’s actions (the character) that may be broken, and we automatically judge the actions…We don’t really ask with a compassionate heart, ‘What were the series of events that led to that brokenness?’…because we’re just seeing the actions…and we’re not understanding…or not willing to understand…everything that led to that person executing those specific actions. The Why! We as actors‘s have an obligation to artistically connect to the pain of what the character is going throughWe have an obligation to artistically connect to the brokenness of the character as a means into his or her life…so we don’t get stuck in a world of judgment…so we are not blocked from inhabiting the character’s world with judgment…or resentment…or bitterness. We ask ourselves ‘Where did the break happen?…How did the break happen?…When did it happen?…What were the series events?…What were the relationships?…What were the circumstances that caused this human being to behave…or react…the way he she does?…How…with a compassionate heart…am I able to justify…whether the actions are right or wrong…why someone does what they do…And how now, can I justify how everything that this human being is doing…is trying to improve his or her existence…his or her life…moment to moment?…How did this person formulate the way they go through life…the way they function in their life…based on the relationships…the events…the circumstances…that they have experienced…and the defense mechanisms that they may have created because of all that…to get them through?…How are they searching for solace?…For peace?…For an improvement in their world…based on what they do?’… We have to remember that the way in is not through our judgment of the unmentionable. It is through our willingness to enter in with a compassionate understanding of the historical origin of one’s pain and suffering that has caused one to behave in unmentionable ways. Just like a broken leg, all ‘brokenness’ has its own story that caused the break!”
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Much Love,
Mario

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If You Are Struggling, You May Need To Hear This…

Let’s get personal…
As actors…as artists…it is not uncommon to have an extremely sensitive and even empathic instrument. We willingly live our lives experiencing the deepest level of the human experience. We expose our deepest self…our soul…to the world through our work…not only because of choice…but also…deep down…there is an undeniable calling. We are messengers of what is hidden. We are speakers of what is said and unsaid. We are un-doers of what is doctrinated. And we are hopefully the shifters of the human consciousness towards that which is good and true. However, there are going to be moments in lives…and in our work…when this can feel like a lot. It can get heavy. It can get burdensome. It can even hurt. It can go as far as feeling as if we are going to suffocate…in some energetic way…from a never ending state despair. In this Masterclass lecture, we open class about all the trials and tribulations we are experiencing in this here and now moment. It would be impossible to not have our feelings surrounding all the circumstances happening throughout our planet socially…politically…environmentally…spiritually…artistically…and dare I say…universally. We are all connected as key players in this here and now story of life. As creative sensitive beings responsible for revealing all aspects of the human condition, it would be impossible to not feel deep down within the depths of our soul, such strife happening…and how that all inevitably affects…not only our personal lives…but also…how it greatly affects and influences our creative artistic lives. So as actors…as artists…as people who care and are invested in using our gifts…our talents…our work…to stimulate…to agitate…and to inspire change…and BE powerful instruments of healing for the collective…what do we do? How do we deal? How do we make it through? How do we continue to do our work honoring what the intention of our work is? How do we stand strong in order to continue to stay in our openness…in our vulnerability…in feelings…our truth…and in our willingness to use all that is happening to stimulate the purpose of art…for the purpose of being instruments of light, of love…of influence…of awareness…and of change. How does our craft support us…how does it have our back…especially in times such as these…so we can do the work for that purpose. If you are an actor…if you are an artist…anyone alive…committed…and invested it what it means to be a key player in this here and now story of life…you will not want to miss out on this masterclass lecture.
Much Love,
Mario

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