Thursday, May 17, 2018

The True Challenge of the Summer Intensive

this is Erica Perednia talking about the summer programs and acting classes at the maggie flanging studio she is sitting in the studio lounge talking with Katie

The Meisner summer acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio introduces actors to the Meisner technique. In this studio interview, Erica talks about what she thought it meant to train as an actor before she started the six-week intensive.

this is Erica Perednia talking about the summer programs and acting classes at the maggie flanging studio she is sitting in the studio lounge talking with Katie

Summer Acting Programs – Maggie Flanigan Studio New York

What did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started this six-week summer intensive?

I thought that I was going to do six weeks and be a star for sure. I thought I was going to nail it in six weeks. I didn’t realize that it requires a lifetime of crafting and work. I definitely thought that acting was a lot of self-generating behavior. At the studio, they call it pushing. When you are pushing, you’re pushing like you want something to happen that isn’t coming from your partner or from the circumstance. I thought it was just going to give me the tools to make myself cry. I don’t know.

“What do you need to be an actor?” I had no idea.

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"I did not know anything at all about acting when I came here. It's humbling. It's like eye-opening. It's insightful. It's so hard but it's so worth it."

Erica PeredniaStudent, Summer Acting Program

What happened during the six weeks that changed how you thought about acting and training?

It was so hard that I didn’t come back for three years. I didn’t really realize, I didn’t know anything about acting at all when I came here. So you should come here too if you don’t know anything about acting. What I am saying is that I just didn’t know how hard it was going to be. I had no idea. I nearly cried for six weeks straight because it was so hard and so challenging. I have just never been challenged like that by like a teacher in my life. I just never got into anything so challenging in my entire life as acting. It’s so hard, it’s mind-blowing to me.

I think that’s why I’m still here. While I want to be an actor because I’ll just never nail it. You nailed it and then you mess up again the next day like it doesn’t matter. You have got to just climb the mountain like it is infinite. You just keep climbing it, just in terms of having a career as an actor. There are no plateaus, and that’s so interesting to me. It’s like the same thing as the school. Once you break through something there’s another challenge just like ahead of you. I don’t know if exciting is the right word. It’s just I’m never going to get bored here.

What did you learn about yourself during that summer intensive?

I learned that I was not ready to pursue a career in acting. At the time I really wasn’t ready to confront myself, or where I fit in society or what I thought about myself, and what my blocks were. There were the things that I was afraid to live out. I just didn’t have the courage. I think I learned that it just takes a lot of courage. For me, at that time I couldn’t bring myself to keep showing up at that level. Now that I’m back things are different, I’m a little older. I’m sober. It’s the truth.

At that time it was just a huge life lesson for me. Even just to see through the six weeks, I wanted to quit every single day and just getting through that I felt like I had so much. It gave me so much self-esteem that I just accomplished during six weeks here. It’s weird because I didn’t act in-between. I took three years off. Being back now even at that time, it was still such a significant experience for me. I just learned so much by failing, and I’m learning it again now.

It’s humbling, it’s like eye-opening, it’s insightful. It’s so hard but it’s so worth it. I can’t really think of anything better to be spending my time doing.

Erica Perednia interview about learning the Meisner technique at Maggie Flanigan Studio during the six week intensive

Summer Acting Programs – Maggie Flanigan Studio – Call 917-789-1599

How would you describe Charlie Sandlan as an acting teacher?

Charlie will say that he has an inviolate sense of truth, and he does. I think that he just sees right through people, straight to their core. I think he just sees other people’s truths before they do, or before they even maybe like understand it. Sometimes it’s like underneath anger is like pain. For me, I was having a hard time giving myself permission to be angry. Now I’m having a hard time giving myself permission to be in pain. Charlie sees all of this before it happens. He’s really hard on people. He’s really hard on people about being prepared and doing their best.

If you bring your second best to Charlie, he is just going to ask you, why you’re okay with your second best. He just holds the mirror right at your face. He’ll just push you to be the best you can be or the best you want to be. I think that’s what he is really about. How bad do you want it? He’s a straight shooter. He asks really direct questions. He forces you to give really direct answers. It is a fast track how to learn anything. I think he’s great.

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The Leading Meisner Summer Acting Program and Intensive – 917-789-1599

The Summer Programs and Summer Acting Intensive

Learn more about the summer acting programs and the Meisner Summer Intensive at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the Summer Acting Program page on the studio website (http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/) or by calling the studio directly at (917) 789-1599.

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The True Challenge of the Summer Intensive

The Meisner summer acting program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio introduces actors to the Meisner technique. In this studio interview, Erica talks about what she thought it meant to train as an actor before she started the six-week intensive. [caption id="attachment_9883" align="aligncenter" width="800"]this is Erica Perednia talking about the summer programs and acting classes at the maggie flanging studio she is sitting in the studio lounge talking with Katie Summer Acting Programs - Maggie Flanigan Studio New York[/caption]

What did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started this six-week summer intensive?

I thought that I was going to do six weeks and be a star for sure. I thought I was going to nail it in six weeks. I didn't realize that it requires a lifetime of crafting and work. I definitely thought that acting was a lot of self-generating behavior. At the studio, they call it pushing. When you are pushing, you're pushing like you want something to happen that isn't coming from your partner or from the circumstance. I thought it was just going to give me the tools to make myself cry. I don’t know. “What do you need to be an actor?” I had no idea. [post_author]

What happened during the six weeks that changed how you thought about acting and training?

It was so hard that I didn't come back for three years. I didn't really realize, I didn't know anything about acting at all when I came here. So you should come here too if you don't know anything about acting. What I am saying is that I just didn't know how hard it was going to be. I had no idea. I nearly cried for six weeks straight because it was so hard and so challenging. I have just never been challenged like that by like a teacher in my life. I just never got into anything so challenging in my entire life as acting. It's so hard, it's mind-blowing to me. I think that's why I'm still here. While I want to be an actor because I'll just never nail it. You nailed it and then you mess up again the next day like it doesn't matter. You have got to just climb the mountain like it is infinite. You just keep climbing it, just in terms of having a career as an actor. There are no plateaus, and that's so interesting to me. It's like the same thing as the school. Once you break through something there's another challenge just like ahead of you. I don't know if exciting is the right word. It's just I'm never going to get bored here.

What did you learn about yourself during that summer intensive?

I learned that I was not ready to pursue a career in acting. At the time I really wasn't ready to confront myself, or where I fit in society or what I thought about myself, and what my blocks were. There were the things that I was afraid to live out. I just didn't have the courage. I think I learned that it just takes a lot of courage. For me, at that time I couldn't bring myself to keep showing up at that level. Now that I'm back things are different, I'm a little older. I'm sober. It's the truth. At that time it was just a huge life lesson for me. Even just to see through the six weeks, I wanted to quit every single day and just getting through that I felt like I had so much. It gave me so much self-esteem that I just accomplished during six weeks here. It's weird because I didn't act in-between. I took three years off. Being back now even at that time, it was still such a significant experience for me. I just learned so much by failing, and I'm learning it again now. It's humbling, it's like eye-opening, it's insightful. It's so hard but it's so worth it. I can't really think of anything better to be spending my time doing. [caption id="attachment_9882" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Erica Perednia interview about learning the Meisner technique at Maggie Flanigan Studio during the six week intensive Summer Acting Programs - Maggie Flanigan Studio - Call 917-789-1599[/caption]

How would you describe Charlie Sandlan as an acting teacher?

Charlie will say that he has an inviolate sense of truth, and he does. I think that he just sees right through people, straight to their core. I think he just sees other people's truths before they do, or before they even maybe like understand it. Sometimes it's like underneath anger is like pain. For me, I was having a hard time giving myself permission to be angry. Now I'm having a hard time giving myself permission to be in pain. Charlie sees all of this before it happens. He's really hard on people. He's really hard on people about being prepared and doing their best. If you bring your second best to Charlie, he is just going to ask you, why you're okay with your second best. He just holds the mirror right at your face. He’ll just push you to be the best you can be or the best you want to be. I think that's what he is really about. How bad do you want it? He's a straight shooter. He asks really direct questions. He forces you to give really direct answers. It is a fast track how to learn anything. I think he's great. [caption id="attachment_6639" align="aligncenter" width="800"]meisner-summer-intensive-actors-on-risers-01 The Leading Meisner Summer Acting Program and Intensive - 917-789-1599[/caption]

The Summer Programs and Summer Acting Intensive

Learn more about the summer acting programs and the Meisner Summer Intensive at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the Summer Acting Program page on the studio website (http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/) or by calling the studio directly at (917) 789-1599.

The preceding post The True Challenge of the Summer Intensive is republished from NYC Acting Classes

The Challenge of the Summer Intensive | Summer Acting Programs | Call 917-789-1599


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Meisner Summer Acting Program - Pedro Souza Interview


The Maggie Flanigan Studio is one of the most recognized acting studios in the United States for professional actor training based on the principles of the Meisner technique and Sanford Meisner. In this interview, Pedro Souza discusses the summer acting program and what Meisner actor training has been like at the studio. Q: Pedro, what did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the six-week summer intensive? A: I grew up watching American movies. I always compared the American actors with Brazilian actors, and I still felt that something was missing there. I think in Brazil, everybody thinks being an actor is just being natural. Here, I realized how much deeper you can go and how much work you have to put into it. Q: Well, what happened during the six-week summer intensive that changed your perspective, that made you realize you could go so much deeper than what you learned in Brazil? Was there a specific part of the class or was there something Charlie said that changed your idea of what it meant to be an actor? A: It was both. I think it was the first day of class; Charlie gave a speech about behavior and all of this. During the night classes, we have a vocal reading; it's like a stanza reading rehearsal. All the time, he came back with, "behavior, behave." I was like, "Oh." When I heard Charlie say that, I was like, "That's it." There is something connected with that. I had an experience in class too that changed everything, and I never felt so truthful in class. I felt like I should call my girlfriend and tell her. I was like, "I got so upset. It felt real to me, but it was in the scene. I never felt this way." It was great. Q: When you're experiencing real emotion- A: Yes. Q: For the first time? A: Without pushing or anything. Just through the contact. Q: What did you learn about yourself during the summer intensive that was a surprise or that changed you? Did you discover a new part of yourself or was there something that Charlie was saying that kept coming up for you that you had never realized before? A: I think, there was the anger. Anger is a bad thing in life. I can always have this anger in life, and it was the first time Charlie said, "Oh, no. You're okay with that." Just follow through with that. After that, I think, it changed me, and I don't hold myself back that way anymore. Now, anger is natural. Q: How would you describe Charlie as a teacher during the summer intensive? A: He was a hard teacher, but that was what I needed. He is not hard actually. He's a fair teacher. If you're working hard, he's fair to you, but if you're lazy, there's no point to be here. Learn more about the Maggie Flanigan Studio and the professional acting programs and acting classes at the studio, by visiting the Maggie Flanigan Studio website or by calling the front desk at 917-789-1599, during daytime business hours. www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/summer-acting-programs/meisn... https://flic.kr/p/24gf95b

Summer Acting Program - Pedro Souza 05 - Maggie Flanigan Studio


The Maggie Flanigan Studio is one of the most recognized acting studios in the United States for professional actor training based on the principles of the Meisner technique and Sanford Meisner. In this interview, Pedro Souza discusses the summer acting program and what Meisner actor training has been like at the studio. Learn more about the Maggie Flanigan Studio and the professional acting programs and acting classes at the studio, by visiting the Maggie Flanigan Studio website or by calling the front desk at 917-789-1599, during daytime business hours. 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/271XvCM

Summer Acting Program - Pedro Souza 04 - Maggie Flanigan Studio


Q: Pedro, what did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the six-week summer intensive? A: I grew up watching American movies. I always compared the American actors with Brazilian actors, and I still felt that something was missing there. I think in Brazil, everybody thinks being an actor is just being natural. Here, I realized how much deeper you can go and how much work you have to put into it. 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/JT36B3

Summer Acting Program - Pedro Souza 03 - Maggie Flanigan Studio


Q: Well, what happened during the six-week summer intensive that changed your perspective, that made you realize you could go so much deeper than what you learned in Brazil? Was there a specific part of the class or was there something Charlie said that changed your idea of what it meant to be an actor? A: It was both. I think it was the first day of class; Charlie gave a speech about behavior and all of this. During the night classes, we have a vocal reading; it's like a stanza reading rehearsal. All the time, he came back with, "behavior, behave." I was like, "Oh." When I heard Charlie say that, I was like, "That's it." There is something connected with that. I had an experience in class too that changed everything, and I never felt so truthful in class. I felt like I should call my girlfriend and tell her. I was like, "I got so upset. It felt real to me, but it was in the scene. I never felt this way." It was great. 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/26X1z2u