I’d recently read “Sanford Meisner on Acting” and knew I wanted to study the Meisner Technique. I did a Google search for Meisner training in the Bay Area and found the studio. After reading about Jim and Sandy’s relationship I knew the school was where I needed to go if I wanted to get as close to learning from Sandy as possible.
My greatest fear has been that I wouldn’t have what it takes to go after my dream. That I would fail miserably at it and that I would be embarrassed and ridiculed for even trying.
The first day of class I was very nervous and didn’t know what to expect. The fight or flight response definitely kicked in. I stayed though and by the time I walked back out the door I knew The Meisner Technique Studio was where I needed to be to not just grow as an actor but as a person.
The greatest benefits I’ve seen so far on a personal level are how much more self aware I am to how I view and interact with the world. That wasn’t something I’d expected coming into the training but it’s definitely made and continues to make my life more rich and fulfilling. On a professional level I’m growing in my confidence and my craft as an actor. I’m learning what it takes to earn the right to say someone else’s written words and deliver them in a way that’s truthful and genuine not forced and rehearsed. I’m learning to be as authentic and present as possible under whatever imaginary circumstance I find myself in. And I’m learning to have fun along the way.
Thank you Jim and Melissa! You guys are the best!
I need to be more patient and kinder to myself and accept that things aren’t going to fall into place right away. Persistence and resilience are the keys in this game and I must utilize both if I’m going to succeed.
Being as healthy as possible about going after my dream is the best thing I can do. Finding balance and enjoying the things that make me me are how I’m going to stay sane while pursuing a career in the most competitive field on the planet.
My main obstacle is dropping my ego and not caring what other people think of me and not trying to be good. I have a lot of difficulty showing emotion around people so realizing that that’s all ego and letting go of that will benefit my work greatly.
Hang in there! You’re gonna have good days and you’re gonna have not so good days. Just always remember that you’re a student and you’re at the school to learn. You’re not there to be good. You’re not there to impress anyone. You’re there to be a sponge and soak up as must knowledge as you can. So relax and have fun!