I met a girl at an Improv class in Palo Alto the Fall of 2015. She said she was going to begin studying at the Meisner Technique Studio in January 2016. I remembered the name Meisner from my theatre classes in college, but I couldn’t remember the details of his acting technique. I went home and found The Meisner Studio website and realized this technique would be the perfect fit for me. I never wanted the fame and fortune of being an actor. It was my passion and a way for me to feel balanced in this crazy world. I immediately set up an interview with Jim, began training that January, and became part of the greatest family anyone could hope for.
My greatest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to complete the training. I began this training with a disease that caused chronic pain and fatigue on a daily basis, so I was worried I wouldn’t be able to put in the work that was required. The last thing I wanted to do was let down Jim and Melissa, but mostly myself.
I was so excited. I couldn’t believe I was getting formal training in San Francisco at a studio that valued the same things I did. I randomly moved from South Carolina the previous year, met a girl that was about to begin studying at the studio, and was lucky enough to get accepted into a training that would change be for the better in so many ways. I kept thinking that it was too good to be true, and a year and a half in I’m still pinching myself.
Where do I start? This training has turned me into the healthiest version of myself, mentally, physically and emotionally. If I never act another day in my life, this training will still be the best thing I’ve ever done.
a gift to this world. He knew his life’s calling and did great things with the time he spent on this earth. I wish he knew how many lives he’s changed because of his dedication and genuine love for the craft of acting.
Trying to be good. I’m a people-pleaser, so I still struggle with trying to make my teachers proud of the work I’m doing.
It’s not about me. I’ve been given a gift and I have the responsibility to use it to help others. It’s up to me to give myself over to my dream and use it in a way that will better the world around me and the people I come in contact with.
My inner critic still tries to tell me I’m not good enough. She has been silenced quite a bit since I started training, but every now and again she makes an appearance.
Take every moment of this training in as a precious gift. It goes by too quickly, so savor every day you spend in and out of the studio working on your dream. Also, treat your classmates as family. If you encourage and celebrate each other, you’ll cultivate a loving, supportive environment. You’ll leave here with the greatest family in the world.