March Acting Newsletter
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. … Anthony Robbins
We are currently half way through Term One. NOTE: – You can <APPLY NOW!> for Term Two,
as classes are run on a term by term basis. Important: Abiding by application/payment deadlines ensures greater chance in securing a place in class.
*To see all "current" acting school student pics please SCROLL down…
"ACTING IS EASY. I RECKON I COULD DO IT. I WOULD LOVE TO BE AN ACTOR." Really? …read on…
The class photos of all the actors signed up for term one of the new school year – see below – represent different phases in the actors’ growth and development over a consistent period of time at our Acting School. As in most professions; a course of study and practice over a period of time is required if one is to master his/her particular skill. Depending on the occupation the period of time and effort required to achieve mastery of one’s profession will vary. For example: A student studying ‘dentistry’ will be required to undertake a course of study for several years then follow up with ‘on the job training/experience’. It can take up to ten years (more if you specialize) to become fully qualified dentist. I would not trust a dentist knowing that his/her training period was for a few months yet; it amazes me, after almost thirty years of teaching actors, how many ‘wanna be actors’ are walking around believing they are ready to jump into the acting profession (yes it is a profession) after only a few short courses. They believe that their passion and ‘love of acting’ is enough to make them not only good actors but successful actors. My dentist was put on this planet to be a dentist. For him it is not just a profession but a vocation. He LOVES his profession. But love and passion alone did not make him the great dentist he is. It took YEARS of study and practice. I hope the message is getting across. No dentist, after a few short courses, would even contemplate doing a basic filling. So why is it that actors or ‘wanna be actors’ assume they can get up on a stage or in front of a camera and ‘act’? If you see a great circus tight rope performer two hundred feet in the air performing with out a safety net – you marvel at his courage and skill. You appreciate and can see that it must have taken years of practice to achieve that excellence. So why is the acting profession seen differently? Why can we not see that to become a good actor requires the same amount of training and consistency? The answer to this question I believe is this: We observe actors – good actors – on stage or screen and because they are good actors they make it look easy and we say to ourselves: “That looks easy, I reckon I could do that. In fact I would love to do that!” Here lies the problem. Unlike the tight rope walker the actors craft/skill is not visible. The good actor makes it not only look easy but makes it look like he/she is not doing anything at all. It’s the ability of the good actor to ‘conceal’ his technique (which has taken years of consistent study and practice) that makes him a good actor. There are no short cuts folks. I am reminded of a quote from the great actor/teacher Sanford Meisner, which he borrowed from Goethe which says:
“I wish the stage were as narrow as a tight rope so that no incompetent would dare walk on it."
So to all the actors in my classes who are at different phases in their training, I wish you all the best for your next leg of the journey. May your consistent hard work now – bare fruit later – and remember: “Our reward for all our hard work is not what we get for it, but what we become by it.” Peter Sardi March 2nd 2010 …Melbourne Australia
Current Term One Acting Class Students_2010
<-Advanced Acting Class students.
The Character. The actor will progress from Acting_2/The Scene and move toward Acting_2/The Character. Work in this class is ‘advanced work’. Students will only be permitted to participate in this class at the invitation of Peter Sardi.
Intermediate Acting Class students –>
The Scene. The focus of this Acting Class is on the scripted scene. The actor will utilize the skills he has learned in Acting 1/The Instrument to help make himself & the scene come alive.
<–Camera Acting Class students.