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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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18 month acting program new york - Sydney Nordan - maggie flanigan studio 03 - (917) 789-1599 The 18-month acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio is a Meisner based acting program for serious actors who are commuted to professional actor training. In this interview with Sydney Nordan, Sydney talks about the decision to leave college and semi pro soccer to train at the studio. Q: Sydney, tell me about your background in acting? I actually did not study anywhere else, and I don't really have any kind of background in acting. Q: What did you think Meisner training was before you started the 18-month program at Maggie Flanigan Studio? I actually knew really nothing about acting, and I actually read about it on this studio, our website online. Then I looked into a few other places and other definitions of it, but I really didn't understand it fully until I came here. Q: What were the specific steps that led you to Maggie Flanigan Studio? I knew that I really wanted to be serious about acting, and I wanted to find a very serious studio. I was ready to commit myself and my time 100%. I actually researched about a lot of studios in New York, and I called and actually talked to you on the phone. I asked you a ton of questions. Then I came in and I had an interview with Karen. I was going to interview at other studios actually, and I wasn't completely set until I met with Karen and Charlie. I just got this incredible vibe about this studio and what they were doing and how passionate they were when they talked and how they treated me. After my interview-- I actually cried with my interview with Karen. After my interview, I was like, "Let me come. Let me be here, please." Then I joined the studio after that. Maggie Flanigan Studio 153 W 27th St #803 New York, New York 10001 +1 917-789-1599 www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/ goo.gl/maps/oxqqExybwL32 plus.google.com/112291205845820496849 https://flic.kr/p/RY6uUy

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18 month acting program new york - Sydney Nordan - maggie flanigan studio 02 - (917) 789-1599 Q: Where were you living before you moved to New York? Did you move here specifically to pursue your acting career? Absolutely. I moved here-- I originally had no plans. I'm from Alabama. I’ve transferred up here to play soccer in college actually from the University of Alabama. I played in Connecticut for two years. Then when I decided and I started into this program, I was actually commuting about two and a half hours and I was playing soccer. I was going to college, I was taking eight classes because I was ready to graduate. I was working two jobs and it just-- this program was absolutely worth it to me. We were doing our scenes. Charlie came in to visit and to see our scenes, which he does in first year. He told us after our class, he was just like, "If you want to do this work, you have to fully commit. You need to be here, be on time, and everything like that." I sat in my seat and I sobbed because I realized I was doing so many other things that I couldn't fully commit. I actually have played soccer my entire life. I played semi-professional and professionally overseas. I did not end up finishing out my last year of eligibility in college. I had one more year, I did not do it. I decided right then in that class when he talked to us that I was moving to New York. I actually moved in with a girl who is going to the studio right now and we’re best friends and we live together. It’s been amazing, but I did commute for the whole first-- the January session. Maggie Flanigan Studio 153 W 27th St #803 New York, New York 10001 +1 917-789-1599 www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/ goo.gl/maps/oxqqExybwL32 plus.google.com/112291205845820496849 https://flic.kr/p/2d18rdA

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18 month acting program new york - Sydney Nordan - maggie flanigan studio 01 - (917) 789-1599 Q: Did your family support your decision to move here? My family doesn’t know that I'm up here acting actually. They think it's a hobby. I made the move by myself. I did everything by myself. My cousins, they support me and my acting friends here support me and they’re my family here. That's all that really hasn't mattered to me. My parents just wouldn't understand the whole turn from-- I was supposed to go down this road and then completely changed my life to a career that isn't always stable and they don’t get that, but you know, like I said, my friends here are my family and I love it. Acting has completely fulfilled my life and I have never been happier than I am right now at the studio. Q: What advice would you give to people or prospective students watching this video who are thinking about moving to NYC to train? Get ready. It's going to be a great ride. Honestly, you learn so much about yourself. I didn't even know who I was until I came here. I'm actually gay and my family doesn't even know. I was so conflicted on the inside about that. Last year through the acting training, I came completely out because I couldn't hide it anymore. You just learn how to look at other people and look at the world in such a new perspective. I think that you should be aware when you come to training that that's what's going to happen to you. You are going to open up. You are going to be emotionalized. I don't know, the world is just a really bright place. It's really good. Q: Do you have any advice for people who are feeling anxious or scared or nervous? It was a hard journey but I ultimately, I needed to do this. I needed to do it for myself. I knew my family wasn't going to be completely behind me. I honestly believe that this is your life. You have to do what is going to make you happy, ultimately. That's just, that's really it. Be ready. You're going to have your days. I had a day that I just broke down and just and cried. I was like, "What am I doing? My whole life is different." There is such beauty in that, your life is going to change. Everyone evolves. I think, honestly, just step into it with courage and go for it. Just be happy. Maggie Flanigan Studio 153 W 27th St #803 New York, New York 10001 +1 917-789-1599 www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/ goo.gl/maps/oxqqExybwL32 plus.google.com/112291205845820496849 https://flic.kr/p/RY6uXj

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Sydney Nordan is an actor at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City. In this interview Sydney talks about the decision to train at the studio and what it has been like coming out while she was enrolled in the program. Q: Sydney, tell me about your background in acting? I actually did not study anywhere else, and I don't really have any kind of background in acting. Q: What did you think Meisner training was before you started the 18-month program at Maggie Flanigan Studio? I actually knew really nothing about acting, and I actually read about it on this studio, our website online. Then I looked into a few other places and other definitions of it, but I really didn't understand it fully until I came here. Q: What were the specific steps that led you to Maggie Flanigan Studio? I knew that I really wanted to be serious about acting, and I wanted to find a very serious studio. I was ready to commit myself and my time 100%. I actually researched about a lot of studios in New York, and I called and actually talked to you on the phone. I asked you a ton of questions. Then I came in and I had an interview with Karen. I was going to interview at other studios actually, and I wasn't completely set until I met with Karen and Charlie. I just got this incredible vibe about this studio and what they were doing and how passionate they were when they talked and how they treated me. After my interview-- I actually cried with my interview with Karen. After my interview, I was like, "Let me come. Let me be here, please." Then I joined the studio after that. Q: Where were you living before you moved to New York? Did you move here specifically to pursue your acting career? Absolutely. I moved here-- I originally had no plans. I'm from Alabama. I’ve transferred up here to play soccer in college actually from the University of Alabama. I played in Connecticut for two years. Then when I decided and I started into this program, I was actually commuting about two and a half hours and I was playing soccer. I was going to college, I was taking eight classes because I was ready to graduate. I was working two jobs and it just-- this program was absolutely worth it to me. We were doing our scenes. Charlie came in to visit and to see our scenes, which he does in first year. He told us after our class, he was just like, "If you want to do this work, you have to fully commit. You need to be here, be on time, and everything like that." I sat in my seat and I sobbed because I realized I was doing so many other things that I couldn't fully commit. I actually have played soccer my entire life. I played semi-professional and professionally overseas. I did not end up finishing out my last year of eligibility in college. I had one more year, I did not do it. I decided right then in that class when he talked to us that I was moving to New York. I actually moved in with a girl who is going to the studio right now and we’re best friends and we live together. It’s been amazing, but I did commute for the whole first-- the January session. Q: Did your family support your decision to move here? My family doesn’t know that I'm up here acting actually. They think it's a hobby. I made the move by myself. I did everything by myself. My cousins, they support me and my acting friends here support me and they’re my family here. That's all that really hasn't mattered to me. My parents just wouldn't understand the whole turn from-- I was supposed to go down this road and then completely changed my life to a career that isn't always stable and they don’t get that, but you know, like I said, my friends here are my family and I love it. Acting has completely fulfilled my life and I have never been happier than I am right now at the studio. Q: What advice would you give to people or prospective students watching this video who are thinking about moving to NYC to train? Get ready. It's going to be a great ride. Honestly, you learn so much about yourself. I didn't even know who I was until I came here. I'm actually gay and my family doesn't even know. I was so conflicted on the inside about that. Last year through the acting training, I came completely out because I couldn't hide it anymore. You just learn how to look at other people and look at the world in such a new perspective. I think that you should be aware when you come to training that that's what's going to happen to you. You are going to open up. You are going to be emotionalized. I don't know, the world is just a really bright place. It's really good. Q: Do you have any advice for people who are feeling anxious or scared or nervous? It was a hard journey but I ultimately, I needed to do this. I needed to do it for myself. I knew my family wasn't going to be completely behind me. I honestly believe that this is your life. You have to do what is going to make you happy, ultimately. That's just, that's really it. Be ready. You're going to have your days. I had a day that I just broke down and just and cried. I was like, "What am I doing? My whole life is different." There is such beauty in that, your life is going to change. Everyone evolves. I think, honestly, just step into it with courage and go for it. Just be happy. Learn more about Karen Chamberlain, Charlie Sandlan and the acting programs at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the acting programs page on the studio website. Actors who are interested in applying for the 18 month acting program should apply online and contact the studio at (917) 789-1599 to arrange a personal interview with Charlie Sandlan. https://flic.kr/p/2e2wgeq

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The eighteen month acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio is an accelerated acting program based on Meisner acting techniques and principles. Oriana, a student in the acting program, talks about what it was like auditioning without professional training and her decision to start training in the acting program at the studio. Q: Oriana, tell me about your background in acting. What were you doing before you came to the studio? A: Before I started at the studio, I was studying Theater in general at Hunter College. It was a pretty good education, but I felt that as soon as I graduated, I wasn't ready to start auditioning and I wasn't sure what was missing for me. I decided to look into this studio where I had a lot of friends that had been here before, and they said terrible things about it. I was like, "Okay, I'll try it." Here I am." Q: Have you ever studied the Meisner technique before you started the program at Maggie Flanigan Studio? A: I was 18 when I found this studio that's focused on the Meisner technique. For me, that was a weird experience because I was very young, and it felt as if the program was intrusive in a lot of ways and I wasn't ready to dive into those parts of me. It was good once I started at this studio because I realized that the technique isn't intrusive at all. It allows you to find yourself, but it shouldn't feel like you're being violated emotionally. That was my experience way back, and it turned me off for a little bit, and then I decided to try it a few years later. Q: You mentioned it just right now, by saying that one of the things you've learned here is that it's not intrusive in any way. How is Meisner training at Maggie Flanigan studio different than what you expected? Well, I'm not sure what I was expecting to be honest, but it's demystified acting for me in a good way, where now I have so much more respect for it. I know that nothing is arbitrary. Everything you're watching there's an entire process, and knowing what that process feels rewarding, versus just being like, "Oh, I'm talented. I think I can dive into a script." I don't know if that makes any sense. Q: Were there any specific problems that led you to seek professional actor training? A: Well, for one, I definitely couldn't make any choice. I would go into an audition room and just flat, read the script, and it would be super flat. I was like, "I hope they're getting what I'm trying to do." It was horrible, both for them and for me watching each other go through this. I feel being comfortable with making choices and claiming the time of being on stage and feel like I had something to say. I feel like being at the studio has taught me that I am more of an artist than I gave myself credit for before and I do want to say certain things and make them clear. Q: How did you feel about auditions before you started the two-year acting program? A: Petrified. I was not ready to go out and audition, it just felt like the next thing that I had to do after college. After trying it out for a little bit, it just felt like I wasn't getting anywhere. It wasn't because I wasn't right, it was only because I didn't know what I was doing. Q: If you started auditioning again tomorrow, how do you feel about auditions now? A: Absolutely. I feel when you go to an audition, you always feel like the people auditioning you have all of the power. Now, because I know what I'm doing and I'm sure I'll know even more once my two years they're done, I feel like it's a conversation at auditions. They're not as intimidating anymore. Q: What are the specific steps that led you to the studio? A: Well, I used to do costumes as well, and I was assisting someone on a show. I remember the main actress; she blew me away. There were three actors in the show. It was mad. I remember everyone was insanely talented, really hardworking, but something that stood out for me about her was that the stage managers loved her because she would hit every little thing that she had to do and keeping the same emotional life for as I saw the other actors had to play around a little bit, which was also excellent. The fact that they couldn't be as consistent as she was, and I was wondering how she did it. When I asked her, she said that she'd come to this studio. At that point, I was sold. That would be it for me. Q: Why did you choose the two-year program? A: That's something that I can't really-- As soon as I walked out of the elevator and I came in, I was like, "This is it." I didn't know what it was. There's just something about the space that feels sacred. It's just like it matches up with your passion like you're walking in and you don't know what you're doing, and then you open the door. I remember there was this little thing on one of the walls that it's like, "The home of the serious actor." I remember looking at that and being like, "Okay, I'm home. This is it. This is the next step." To learn more about the eighteen month acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, as well as the other acting programs at the studio, visit the acting programs page on the studio website. Interested actors with questions about enrollment and class schedules should call the studio directly at 917-789-1599. https://flic.kr/p/2e291xf

Acting Demystified

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The eighteen month acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio is an accelerated acting program based on Meisner acting techniques and principles. Oriana, a student in the acting program, talks about what it was like auditioning without professional training and her decision to start training in the acting program at the studio.

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Eighteen Month Acting Program New York NY – Maggie Flanigan Studio – (917) 789-1599

Acting Demystified – The Eighteen Month Acting Program

Q: Oriana, tell me about your background in acting.

A: Before I started at the studio, I was studying Theater in general at Hunter College. It was a pretty good education, but I felt that as soon as I graduated, I wasn’t ready to start auditioning and I wasn’t sure what was missing for me. I decided to look into this studio where I had a lot of friends that had been here before, and they said terrible things about it. I was like, “Okay, I’ll try it.” Here I am.”

Q: Have you ever studied the Meisner technique before you started the acting program here?

A: I was 18 when I found this studio that’s focused on the Meisner technique. For me, that was a weird experience because I was very young, and it felt as if the program was intrusive in a lot of ways and I wasn’t ready to dive into those parts of me. It was good once I started at this studio because I realized that the technique isn’t intrusive at all. It allows you to find yourself, but it shouldn’t feel like you’re being violated emotionally. That was my experience way back, and it turned me off for a little bit, and then I decided to try it a few years later.

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When you go to an audition, you always feel like the people auditioning you have all of the power. Now, because I know what I'm doing, I feel like it's a conversation at auditions. They are not as intimidating anymore.

Oriana LineweaverEighteen Month Acting Program, Student

Q: How is Meisner training at Maggie Flanigan Studio different than what you expected?

Well, I’m not sure what I was expecting to be honest, but it’s demystified acting for me in a good way, where now I have so much more respect for it. I know that nothing is arbitrary. Everything you’re watching there’s an entire process, and knowing what that process feels rewarding, versus just being like, “Oh, I’m talented. I think I can dive into a script.” I don’t know if that makes any sense.

Q: Were there any specific problems that led you to seek professional actor training?

A: Well, for one, I definitely couldn’t make any choice. I would go into an audition room and just flat, read the script, and it would be super flat. I was like, “I hope they’re getting what I’m trying to do.” It was horrible, both for them and for me watching each other go through this. I feel being comfortable with making choices and claiming the time of being on stage and feel like I had something to say. I feel like being at the studio has taught me that I am more of an artist than I gave myself credit for before and I do want to say certain things and make them clear.

Q: How did you feel about auditions before you started the two-year acting program?

A: Petrified. I was not ready to go out and audition, it just felt like the next thing that I had to do after college. After trying it out for a little bit, it just felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. It wasn’t because I wasn’t right, it was only because I didn’t know what I was doing.

Q: If you started auditioning again tomorrow, how would you feel about auditions?

A: Absolutely. I feel when you go to an audition, you always feel like the people auditioning you have all of the power. Now, because I know what I’m doing and I’m sure I’ll know even more once my two years they’re done, I feel like it’s a conversation at auditions. They’re not as intimidating anymore.

Q: What are the specific steps that led you to the studio?

A: Well, I used to do costumes as well, and I was assisting someone on a show. I remember the main actress; she blew me away. There were three actors in the show. It was mad. I remember everyone was insanely talented, really hardworking, but something that stood out for me about her was that the stage managers loved her because she would hit every little thing that she had to do and keeping the same emotional life for as I saw the other actors had to play around a little bit, which was also excellent.

The fact that they couldn’t be as consistent as she was, and I was wondering how she did it. When I asked her, she said that she’d come to this studio. At that point, I was sold. That would be it for me.

Q: Why did you choose the two-year program?

A: As soon as I walked out of the elevator and I came in, I was like, “This is it.” I didn’t know what it was. There’s just something about the space that feels sacred. It’s just like it matches up with your passion like you’re walking in and you don’t know what you’re doing, and then you open the door. I remember there was this little thing on one of the walls that it’s like, “The home of the serious actor.” I remember looking at that and being like, “Okay, I’m home. This is it. This is the next step.”

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Eighteen Month Acting Program New York NY – Karen Chamberlain – (917) 789-1599

Apply for Admission to the Eighteen Month Acting Program

To learn more about the eighteen month acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, as well as the other acting programs at the studio, visit the acting programs page on the studio website http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/. Interested actors with questions about enrollment and class schedules should call the studio directly at 917-789-1599.

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