Annette Oliveira

How long ago did you graduate from The Meisner Technique Studio?
Three years ago.
In your time away what is the #1 thing you’ve learned about going after your acting dreams?

I’ve got to be able to weather wonderful highs and discouraging lows in order to stick with it.

Since you graduated tell us about the different projects you’ve worked on and are currently working on. And please share any links from your current and past projects.

I’ve had lead roles in Bay Area theatre in The Clean House by Sara Ruhl and Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez. I played the narrator in a rock opera. I’m very active doing cold reads and staged readings for Bay Area playwrights groups including Playwrights Center of San Francisco and Playground at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. I’ve also gotten parts in a number of web series and small films.

What do you read/listen to – blogs, books, podcasts, resources – that help you personally and professionally as an actor?

Books by Uta Hagen.

What groups or connections have you found in your market that have helped you stay artistically healthy.

Being a member of The Studio at this school has been enormously helpful to me. It’s given me a place to work on auditions, experiment creatively and keep working to improve my acting technique.

Sanford Meisner was…

devoted to bringing the real humanity of life to the stage.

The #1 thing I learned in class was…

not to act.

The best advice I can give current students at the Meisner Technique Studio is…

Work hard and take all the advice your given to the max…even if you don’t agree with it.

The #1 thing I learned personally about myself through the training was…

That I needed to be more considerate of everyone I deal with in an acting context.

The hardest adjustment since I graduated was…

Having to do so much work…on auditions and parts…alone.

The #1 thing I miss about being in class is working…

with a group of people I’ve really bonded with.

The #1 thing I don’t miss about being in class is…

not being able to work on outside acting projects.

The #1 thing I now know that I wish I knew while going through the training is…

I really don’t have to be good.

My biggest obstacle in my growth during the training was…

My old acting habits.

If I could go through the training all over again I would…

try less to perform well.

The funniest thing that ever happened in my class was…

Me talking about my slaves, when a fellow actor and I were eating at a restaurant in Oakland doing a history for a scene set in the civil war. I was supposed to be a slave owner and I was yammering on about them as my partner watched the diverse restaurant patrons react to my racist rap.

My best activity that I ever did was…

cleaning silver plates.

My “aha break-through moment” in class was…

don’t know that I had one.

Could you share any advice/tips about getting an agent?

No. I’ve chosen not to because I don’t want to do commercials.

Could you share any advice/tips about auditioning?

I’ve enjoyed trying different takes and accents with the same audition piece and have been able to use them for different plays that way.

I start every audition listening to a rap about how I really don’t need this part and don’t want to “be good.”

The # 1 thing I took away from the business of acting class was…

A good awareness of the realities of the Acting Biz.

One year from now I’ll…

I wouldn’t want to predict.

Five years from now I’ll…

I really wouldn’t want to predict.

The best thing about where I am in my dream is…

I’ve proved to myself that I can actually get out there and get cast. Before the training, I just wouldn’t put myself out there.

I’ve also decided I need to rely less on getting parts in other people’s plays and need to generate more of my own work if I’m going to be satisfied creatively.

The worst thing about where I am in my dream is…:

I’ve realized that parts for older women are few and far between. I’ve also gotten kind of tired of the casting mill. Have had a lot of getting to callbacks but not getting cast.

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The #1 thing I wish directors knew about working with actors was…

It’s important for a director not to keep changing their concept of the character. Directors need to be kind.

One year from now I’ll…

I wouldn’t want to predict.

If I could work with any actor, it would be…

Robert De Niro

If I could re-cast a Hollywood movie role with myself, it would be…

Maria in West Side Story.

My greatest influence(s) are/were…

Uta Hagen.

I first knew I wanted to be an actor when…

I did my first Hamlet soliloquy

I’ll always be grateful for…

my parents.

My greatest strength as a dreamer is…

I don’t let age hold me back.

My greatest weakness as a dreamer is…:

I judge myself too harshly.

I wish…

I could play younger parts.

My favorite film is…:

Too many to choose just one.

My favorite book is…

Moby Dick

When I get overwhelmed I…

turn to my husband.

The biggest waste of time is…

TV watching.

If I were not an actor I’d be…

an interpreter.

Courage is…

more common than people realize it is.

I’ll never…

say never.

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