Carolé Acuña

How long ago did you graduate from The Meisner Technique Studio?
Finished the business class in December 2014
In your time away what is the #1 thing you’ve learned about going after your acting dreams?

The daily work put in is a precious gift and so important in moving everything forward in leaps and bounds.

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.

Since graduating, I have been working on many different projects including films (one being a film I wrote), commercials, webseries, podcasts, a one woman show that has a world premiere date in the fall of 2019, theatrical works, producing and performing in stand-up comedy shows, dance shows, activitistic works. Information about various projects is located on caroleacuna.com

If you’ve taken a break or stopped – please talk about that decision and what you are doing now.

I have not taken a break and am very grateful for that.

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

I listen to white noise a lot so I can prepare and imagine anything anywhere and everywhere. Books I love: Spoon River Anthology, Born Standing Up, The Artists Way, The Magic of Awareness, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky.
Good resourse: Steve Martin’s Master Class.

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

Being a studio member (like a gym for professional Meisner trained actors at The Meisner Technique Studio) is a complete honor as we help each other in so many ways. The stand-up comedy community is very supportive and helpful, the dance community is as well. The ATLAS program with Theatre Bay Area was also a good recourse.

Sanford Meisner was…

A compassionate genius that loved to help the evolution of humanity.

The #1 thing I learned in class was…

Everyone has their own process so there is zero comparison since we all have our own uniquely magnificent instrument. Every single moment is beautiful, every shade, feeling, thought, it’s all part of the exquisite process.

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

Embrace every single moment with everyone, yourself, in your daily life. It’s all part of it. Your life becomes it so enjoy all of the ups, downs, inbetweens. What a gloriously profound ride that you’ll learn from for the rest of your life. What you put in, you get out.

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

I am highly intelligent, incredibly organized, the hard working person I know, very compassionate, and am here to give and share.

The hardest adjustment since I graduated was…

I have done a lot of growing, healing, continual working so I feel very thankful for that. Nothing feels like a hard adjustment.

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

My a** off while not knowing what’s coming next!!!! That was so cool!!! The new teachings!

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

I was grateful during every single millisecond second. I loved it all and am still learning from it.

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

Nothing, I am grateful for the entire process exactly as it unfolded. What a life changingly beautiful journey.

My biggest obstacle in my growth during the training was…

Working through my trauma. I was going to therapy at the same time and that helped tremendously. I highly recommend going to therapy while training to anyone.

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

Have a mind-blowingly profound time again. It is a complete honor.

The funniest thing that ever happened in my class was…

There were so many funnny things. I honestly can’t recall a funniest moment right now.

My best activity that I ever did was…

One activity that hit close to home with me was when I was preparing the table for dinner for my friend. That plus what I had set up was very moving.

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

I had so many, every class had one. Continually breaking through over and over.

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

I have had a few agents and love my current ones. (One for commercial work and one for theatrical work)
I would say, come prepared, be professional, communicative, follow up, give thanks, be you.

Could you share any advice/tips about how to maintain a solid, healthy working relationship with an agent?

Oh, I seemed to have answered that above as well. Be communicative, follow up, be professional, give thanks, be you.

Could you share any advice/tips about auditioning?

Come prepared, come early, continue to work on your auditioning technique to keep it fresh, be free, have fun, analyse it after like you break down your work, take notes, go again and again and again.

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

It’s a completely different skill set and also takes continual work.

One year from now I’ll…

Be solidifying my one woman show to a more final draft, have everything I’m doing right now even more specific to exactly what I want and visualize ie film work, commercials, stand-up comedy, dance, podcasts, activism.

Five years from now I’ll…

Be touring internationally again, helping people through art and activism.

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

I am getting more specific every day.

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

I am allergic to bananas and avocados and I love the way they taste. I want to eat them everyday.

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

We come from some place. If more directors could trust us and know that we put the work in, come from some place, can take an adjustment and go again.

Are there any resources you can share in your marketplace – photographers, classes, private teachers, websites etc. – that you can highly recommend?

Robert Houser is a wonderful photographer

One year from now I’ll…

Be solidifying my one woman show to a more final draft, have everything I’m doing right now even more specific to exactly what I want and visualize ie film work, commercials, stand-up comedy, dance, podcasts, activism.

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

Jim Carrey

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

Any Jim Carrey movie. I’m a hugely physical comedian and comedic actor as well 😉

My greatest influence(s) are/were…

Jim Carrey, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, Carmen Amaya, Andy Kaufman, Gene Wilder, Carol Burnnet, Charlie Chaplin, Sanford Meisner and more…

I first knew I wanted to be an actor when…

I have always known but there was a moment in my ballet class as a 5 year old little girl. I remember looking at myself in the mirror when the ballet teacher asked us to raise our hand if we wanted to only be ballet dancers. I knew I was an actor, comedian, dancer, singer. I knew dance was an important part of it.

I’ll always be grateful for…

Sanford Meisner, Jim Jarrett, Melissa Thompson Esaia, my parents, Pepa Montes, Eddie Brill, Robert Moses, this lovingly rich life with vast opportunities.

My greatest strength as a dreamer is…

My imagination, tenacity, compassion, concentration, sensitivity, problem solving skills, instincts.

My greatest weakness as a dreamer is…:

My imagination, tenacity, compassion, concentration, sensitivity, problem solving skills, instincts. I keep going to an extreme degree.

I wish…

I was not allergic to bananas and avocados.

Someday I’m going to…

Give back in a huger way to many people and living entities on our planet.

My favorite film is…:

Jurassic Park (I love dinosaurs and narwhals)

Best website for actors is…

I am not sure although I’m open to learning about more online resources.

My favorite book is…

Born Standing Up

When I get overwhelmed I…

Feel ungrounded and like my head is zooming in outer space so I meditate then talk to someone.

The biggest waste of time is…

Not doing.

If I were not an actor I’d be…

Sad and feel dead. It is a necessity.

Courage is…

Diving off the high dive, risking everything, going head first, doing it!
In order to start, you must start.
Go for it!!!!

I’ll never…

Be safe and stagnant

Is there anything ese you’d like to say?

I love you all so much!
Let’s continue to help our world be a brighter place.
Thank You

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