Goodness Gracious!: Allowing Grace to Play a Starring Role in Your Acting Career
by Rhonda Musak
One of my favorites from the archive:
Grace. Take a moment to breathe it in...grace. Such a beautifully small word, ripe with elegance and strength, style and dignity. Choose to stand in the place of grace and the path unfolds with ease and possibility; choose the opposite and pay the price for what might possibly be a very long time. This business-show business-is just too elusive, changeable and outrageously unpredictable to choose to operate from anything less.
It was with much cringing that I recently listened to a friend recount a story of graceless behavior. My friend, Tim I will call him, is part of an ongoing project that involves casting actors. In short, Tim cast a particular role with an actor he thought best for the role rather than someone he personally knew who had their heart set on being cast. As a result, Tim received a bottomless cavalcade of recrimination from this disappointed actor. Knowing Tim-who is professional to the core-along with the demands of his project, I imagine he will not even consider working with this actor again.
My mother used to say while I was growing up, "Into every life a little rain must fall;" a sentiment that is readily applied to life in this business. It's easy to consider that actors are...
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Nothing feels better than a little spring cleaning-and the merry month of May is perfect for that!
Before the summer fully hits us, this month offers us a great time to clean and clear out... to let go of things that no longer serve and completely realign to all that is in the present moment.
Along with reorganizing some projects in my home, I am also taking the opportunity to redesign parts of my Art & Soul Acting website. Now that Art & Soul just passed its year-and-a-half mark (Hooray!), I have a more clear sense of direction in terms of what I am creating and I am enjoying finding new ways to reflect it throughout.
As an actor, is there anything that you would like to clean and clear away during the month of May? How might that allow you to be even more invested in all that you are aiming to create? When might you begin?
Much joy on the journey-
Rhonda S. Musak
Art & Soul Acting
Laser Acting Workshop: May 17
Monthly acting workshops...expand, explore, express!
Auditions That Get You Noticed
WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 6:30-9:30
WHERE: West Village studio location will be sent along with registration confirmation.
Do you wish you had a surefire approach to outstanding auditions every time you went in to be seen?
Do you long for a solid acting technique that would allow you to consistently do your best work with a sense of freedom and joy?
Are you a beginning actor or maybe a working actor who has been just getting by on instincts and wishful thinking?
Leave stress and fear behind and start having FUN while you audition!
In this action-packed workshop you will discover incredibly powerful tools that allow you to have the kind of auditions that truly get you noticed so you can book that job.
You will experience the power of choosing action based monologues combined with an amazing results-proven 4-Step Acting Process - an incredible duo that has the power to make your auditions stand head and shoulders above the rest.
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Fall 2012 class dates and details to be announced.
What's Up with the Book Club for Actors'?
Remaining reading time - 4.5 weeks!
On Saturday, June 2 & Tuesday, June 5 we will be discussing the plays of Tracy Letts. The Book Club for Actors' is offered twice; please choose either meeting.
WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 3-5:00 - East Village OR
Tuesday, June 5, 7-9:00 - East Village
WHERE: Location will be e-mailed with RSVP confirmation
Please begin by reading August: Osage County. After that, feel free to read any play from the Tracy Letts Reading List found on the Art & Soul Acting website: Tracy Letts 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!
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!
- June 11-16: Minooka Community High School
- June 25-30: Lockport Township High School
- July 9-14: Minooka Community High School
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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
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Congratulations on your acceptance to the Theater/Acting Department of Millikin University!
Congratulations on your recent role in the 100-cast member production of Spoon River Anthology!
Performing the role of Paulette
The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH