Vincent Van Gogh"Your profession is not your job.Your profession is what you're put on this earth to do with such passion and intensity it becomes spiritual in calling."
If that’s how you feel about being an actor we’d like to help you.Check out Jim's welcome video!
How to save money and still have fun while building your career.
We’ll continue on with surviving and thriving during the probationary years as you build your dream and your career.
Be efficient. Be wise. As far as going out to dinners and buying things – I don’t want you to starve and be miserable. I’m not saying that. But hit the happy hours. Be smart about where you spend your money. There’s so much that can be done, these days, at home.
You may not be able to afford a gym membership, but you need it because it’s a good positive thing, but you’re struggling to pay for that along with everything else.
Just take a look at your expenses and be really honest. Say, “Do I need that right now? And is there a way of getting that some other way?” Again, back to gym membership, there are so many video teachings online. So much of the content is for free, showing you proper workouts, and it can all be done at home. I know the value of going to a gym as well, but again, there may be times where that’s not an option.
So this week, it’s really short and sweet. I want to challenge you to look at every area of your life and your expenses and ask yourself, “Do I really need that right now?” I know of someone who recently cut out their television set and almost a $200 cable bill.
Think about that.
And in areas like that, if you can think of anything you can do to just be more frugal without taking the joy out of your life. That’s what I want to be an advocate for this week. Take a look at your expenses and figure out where you can be more efficient. Okay? Next week, I have a big tip for you. So see you next week.
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If you weren’t able to join us, a video teaching about the keys to creating your dreams, your breaks, and your good fortune is still available for the same fee as those who registered – $20. If you’d like a video recording of the teaching, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the payment link and after that, the teaching.
Of course, if you’re not thrilled I’ll give you a full refund –no questions asked.
I heard about The Meisner Technique Studio by researching “the best acting schools in the Bay Area”. After auditing several of the other top bay area schools, I did not have a chance to audit The Meisner Technique Studio but was able to meet with Jim one on one and really connected with his style and approach and new it was the best place for me to be at. I could feel the authenticity and there was an emphasis on the grittiness and hard work that it takes to become an actor that I really connected to.
My greatest fear was; I thought that I was taking the easy road by not going to New York and studying at the Lee Strasburg Theatre and Film Institue or at James Francos Studio 4. I thought I was not going to get the same level of high-quality training as I would in a major theatrical city like NY or LA.
I also struggled to accept the Meisner way, especially in the beginning with the repetition exercise, it frustrated me because I thought I new more that what I was being taught and felt restrained by this technique.
I thought of myself of as more of a “method” actor as I had read a lot into Strasberg’s acting system, my favorite actors Dean & Brando both studied the method and I applied it as best as I could in the amateur film projects I was working on at the time. I was against the Meisner technique in the beginning but thought it would be something to try since its close and Jim talks about acting the way I would want my acting teacher to talk about acting with passion and authenticity.
I felt very assure of myself almost arrogant, wanting to be challenged, After class, I felt as if I was embarking on a long journey of self-discovery and it was going to take me a very long time to truly learn everything I thought I already knew about acting, humble & hungry sums up how I felt.
Personally – Stress release, peace of mind, self-confidence, a deeper understanding of my true self, and heightened instincts
Professionally – The beginnings of a strong acting foundation, a consistent work ethic and a desire to not be good but to just be.
a lot like Bruce Lee in their purist approach to their crafts.
The guided meditation class was a very big turning point for me, it was a magical experience and made me feel like a kid.
Stay consistent, schedule practices in advance, get more creative with my activities, be more social with my classmates.
It takes 20 years to become an Actor, Hollywood is not real, you have to have your life and self-healthy if you want to go after your dream with all you got.
Myself & increasing my sensitivity.
Focusing on trying to produce an emotion
Doing too much and getting ahead of myself
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
I came to The Meisner Technique Studio looking for a school that is genuine in it’s claim of teaching The Mesiner Technique.
I had many previous acting courses, yet after some research learned that for me the Meisner technique is the most effective and liberating approach to the craft of acting. What ensued was 2 years of life changing experience both personal and in the craft. Jim Jarrett and Melissa Thompson Esaia are passionate, honest, loving teachers who deeply care about their students and human beings.
In addition to teaching me the technique the way it was intended to be taught by Sandy Meisner, Jim and Melissa taught me how to have the work ethic to pursue my dream and overcome my fears of failure. They deeply care for me and my dreams and are always available to me.
I also learned how to navigate through the business part of an acting career, create professional marketing material and have strong auditions. Today, as an Actor I’m capable of high quality work, equipped with all the necessary marketing tools and most importantly the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.
If you’re serious about the craft of acting and are committed to your dreams, rest assured that your search has brought you to the right place to realize all of your dreams.
Happy Sunday to you!
I’m really grateful we get to spend another day together. These newsletters have become a source of incredible joy for me and it’s because of YOU – especially those of you who take a moment to share what you got out of them with me. I’m extremely grateful to you.
What are you grateful for this morning? Truly truly?!
So last week I tried to put a spotlight on just how hyper-critical we are by asking you to put a rubber band on your wrist and every time you judged anything, move it to the other wrist.
Did you try it?
My instinct is most of you didn’t. No critisism at all but I could tell by the lack of emails and Facebook postings that my “rubber band challenge” wasn’t a big success.
But I do know this – those of you who did do it, who joined me had a very enlightening experience. And thank you for sharing the gifts it brought you.
Today I’d like t ask you a question … how old are you going to live?
Maybe the better question is how long do you want to live? Because whatever that answer is will influence greatly the answer to the first question.
How long? How old?
How many years do you have left IF you’re one of those blessed people that dies of old age? (I once heard that most people don’t die of old age but instead of a slow suicide. Day after day, year after year – between an incredibly unhealthy diet of processed foods, alcohol, stress, and a job they can’t stand they do things on a daily basis to check out, to escape, to be done, to slowly kill themselves and end their pain of living … so sad and so true).
I’m 58. I plan on living into my 90’s. Let’s call it 94. So that means I have 36 more years left in this body’s lifetime.
I don’t say this to be morbid or because of some fixation with death. If anything it’s just the opposite. I say these things because I want to live a life where I can look back with no regrets.
I say these things, I ask these questions of myself because I want to squeeze very second out of what time I have left.
And I want the same for you.
The Dalai Lama was once asked what surprises him most about humanity: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
“He dies having never really lived.” How sad and how true for so many people.
How’s your life these days? How are your dreams doing? How are your New Years resolutions even doing?
I think most people would answer, “Not so great.”
So the next question I’ve been asking lately is why don’t we change? Why don’t we do the very things that would bring us more happiness and joy?
I’m working on something to share with you all someday soon that I hope and pray will benefit anyone who needs help changing.
Until then, let’s help each other get just a bit healthier, happier and a step closer to more of our dreams coming true.
30-DAY GIFT FOR YOU What is something you’ve wanted to do that could be accomplished within the next 30 days?
This is not some dreary “to-do” that’s been hanging over your head. Nope, just the opposite. In fact, here is the criteria:
Here’s mine: within the next 30 days I’m going to visit my 88 year old father and spend an afternoon with just him and ask him every question about his life that I can possibly think of.
I can’t wait to accomplish this dream/goal!
Now for this to be really effective we need to hear from you. So either email me by hitting reply or go to our Facebook Page and declare what cool dream/goal you’re going to experience for all of us to hear and see and celebrate!
I’ll leave you with one more Dalia Lama quote: “Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life and I am not going to waste it.”
Go create an extraordinary day please.
My love and best, Always, Jim
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In December we held our 5th Annual Sanford Meisner Film Festival and it was an overwhelming success. It featured some of the Bay Area's most talented and successful actors, directors, writers and filmmakers. We could not be more proud of every single participant!