We are having class this Thursday as usual at 8pm, at 12215 Ventura Blvd, Suite # 111, Studio City, CA 91604.
Please leave time for traffic and parking, and bring a flash-drive (Sandisk brand more reliable) if you would like to record your work. For those who are new
there is free underground parking.
Hope you got a chance to watch the Oscars. A Los Angeles Times critic writes: "So deeply did the actor delve into the character in Steven Spielberg's film, Lincoln, any essence of Day Lewis, the man, ceased to exist."
Really???!!! Do you really believe that any essence of Daniel Day Lewis, the man, ceased to exist in the character? Did you watch his acceptance speech? The sense of humour, the intelligence, the reserved elegance and authority - those qualities that were evident in his speech and banter with the audience were very much in evidence in the character of Lincoln. The quiet intensity, obsessive immersion in a process, those are also part of the man's essence which shines in the character.
Actors need to understand who they are, what makes them tick, what sets them apart before they can truly master building a character. It is first of all not possible to have your essence disappear. So why try? Meryl Streep may not be the bitch in real life that she plays in Devil Wears Prada, but you could see her strength, charisma, drive in every inch and ounce of the character. You see these qualities in most of the roles she plays, whether it be Margaret Thatcher, or the nun in Doubt.
You can put on the costume, the make up, the accent, play with the physicality but you have to start with who you are. Otherwise you are in danger of acting in a virtual reality. More on this later. Start with "I am the character" and build on it.
By the way, another student whom I coach privately got the lead in a feature film... Good going guys.