What Does Your Mindset Have To Do with Acting? Everything.
by Rhonda Musak
One of my favorites from the archive:
One of the most life changing books that has come across my radar in recent years is a deceptively simple book that packs a major transformational punch: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. I owe an abundance of gratitude to Ms. Dweck for her groundbreaking research, the results of which now positively impact my life in everything I do.
Simply put, we tend to function in one of two mindsets: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. The fixed mindset is a limited way of thinking and being in which we see ourselves as forever the same: unable to be, learn, or do more than we currently can. Conversely, the growth mindset is a way of thinking and being in which we place focus on our inherent ability to learn which ensures that we grow and expand.
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NY Actors Tweetup
You don't have to be on Twitter to join this super fun actor networking event!
The next Actors Tweetup will be held:
7 pm - late!
Pig 'n' Whistle
202 W. 36th St.
@ 7th Ave
I am hoping to be there!
If you would like to be on the NY Actors Tweetup mailing list please e-mail lovely hosts Erin Cronican & Marissa Mutascio at NYAT.
Save The Date
Laser Acting Workshop
Book Club for Actors'
Summer Acting Intensive for Teens
June, July & August Dates To Be Announced Shortly!
Next Session of Classes
March Madness, the Ides of March...March of the Penguins-however you slice it, it is March!
And that means only one thing: time to focus on ACTION! What I mean specifically: What do you want to GIVE, GET or DO in that scene or monologue?
I hope you'll join me in celebration of this awe inspiring acting tool as I look this month at "taking action" from many angles. It is the Art & Soul Acting Focus of the Month and it will also be the subject of the March 13th Laser Acting Workshop.
Wishes of joy in all you give, get and do,
Rhonda S. Musak
Art & Soul Acting
Acting Focus of the Month: Action
What you focus on you create more of. Focus on the powerful tools of acting and walk down the road to mastery.
"To act means to do, so you must always have something specific to do on stage or you will immediately stop acting. This is why physical action is so very important for the actor. Simply defined, an action is the physical pursuance of a specific goal." ~ A Practical Handbook for the Actor ~
In every moment while acting, actors want something. Usually, something powerful that will change the course of events in their character's life. And how is it that they get it (or not)? Ah...that is the crux of taking action.
Join me in the month of March as I explore the actors amazing tool of ACTION from many different angles.
Laser Acting Workshop: March 13
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!
Giving, Getting & Doing: Encountering the Actor's Language of ACTION
WHEN: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-9:30
WHERE: Chelsea studio location will be sent along with registration confirmation.
Join Art & Soul Acting as we dive into the heart of the March Acting Focus of the Month: Action.
When chosen correctly and well-executed, the right action has the power to move mountains. And without action, actors can find themselves grasping for straws in hopes of being touched by magical inspiration.
There is an easier way! It is taking action.
The experiential nature of this workshop will have actors on their feet embodying action rather than just thinking about it.
Actors will leave the workshop reenergized and more equipped to play powerful actions in a scene or monologue at the spur of the moment. Absolutely necessary when doing cold readings.
Please join us!
What's Going on with Acting Class?
2012 class dates and details to be announced.
What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'?
Remaining reading time - 3 days!
On Saturday, March 3 we will have our second of two book club meetings discussing the major plays of Tennessee Williams.
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation
Please begin by reading The Rose Tattoo. After that, feel free to read any play from the Tennessee Williams Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Tennessee Williams Reading List . For the most robust conversation, participants are asked to read at least 3-4 plays.
Be ready to share what you have discovered about this amazing playwright so we can all learn and grow together. Looking forward to it!
The next Book Club for Actors' playwright
and meeting dates will be announced during
the week of March 5...stay tuned!
Summer Acting Intensive for Teens
Art & Soul Acting travels! The Summer Acting Intensive for Teens is a one-of-a-kind traveling professional acting workshop. Teens spend a week training like the pros!
Created in 2011-but dreamed about for a long time-the aim of this workshop is to bring acting training to teens who might not otherwise have the opportunity to study professionally.
Sample Workshop Schedule
Classes: Monday-Friday, 5-hours a day
Final Rehearsal: Saturday, 5-hours
Dinner Break: 1-hour
Warm-Up & Half-Hour Call: 1-hour
Performance Cabaret: 45 minutes
The group activities made me feel as one with my fellow actors in the workshop, and I believe the trusting bond was carried on from the stage to everyday life. I made friends, improvements, and most importantly memories to last a lifetime.
~ Brandon Vlach ~
If you are interested in hosting a Summer Acting Intensive for Teens in your area-or know someone who is-please visit the Art & Soul Acting website for complete details. Workshops are booking now!
Summer Acting Intensive for Teens
LEAP with Passion Workshop News
2012 celebrated the 4th year of the annual Leap with Passion Workshop. It is a sought after favorite of many of my students.
Leap with Passion into 2012!!!
For 2012 Leap attendees,it has been my pleasure to create Leaps & Bounds - a bite-sized monthly reminder to inspire deep integration of all the discoveries made during the Leap workshop.
Please look for it in your e-mail inbox near the middle of each month.
Leap with Passion into 2013!!!
Never too early to plan ahead as Leap goes global!
- Saturday, December 1 - London
- Sunday, December 9 - NYC
- Saturday, December 15 - NYC
- Saturday, December 22 - Chicago
- Saturday, December 29 - NYC
Rhonda's thoughtful guidance helped me zero in
on the things that matter most to me.
~ Stephanie Joiner ~
Click for complete details & registration.
What's the Student News?
If you've studied with me and have news to share, please let me know the details by about 5 days before the end of the month; I will be happy to include it here!
Performing the role of Velma
The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH
Performing the role of Odysseus
Recommendation: The Actors' Enterprise
I'm making discoveries all the time and want to share them with you!
Even coaches have coaches, and most gratefully, Erin Cronican at The Actors' Enterprise is one of mine.
A few years ago, Erin and I were seated next to each other at an industry event. Once we started talking, I just knew I had to work with her.
Erin is a passionate and caring career coach who specializes in working with "actors who want to feel more fulfilled and in control of their careers."
Her genius is her ability to help clients create actionable plans in ways that are both logical and creatively inspired. What sets Erin apart is her perspective: she always sees the less-knocked-on "back-door" and helps her students develop the skills to open it.
If you are ready to move your career powerfully forward, I highly recommend coaching with Erin Cronican at The Actors' Enterprise