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THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE SUMMER INTENSIVE

The Meisner Technique was developed by Sanford Meisner over 65 years ago, and remains one of the leading actor training techniques today.  The summer intensive is a month-long course that meets three days a week for three hours. It’s purpose it to give student actors a full exposure to the philosophies as well as the structure of this demanding yet dynamic process. It develops sensory and emotional skills and introduces actors to the strength of using one’s own uniqueness within performance.  Students are expected to present work at each class. In addition, Ms. Mestnik expects students to rehearse in preparation for each class.

If you are ready to ignite your imagination, reconnect to your emotions, trust your instincts and develop the essential skills of great acting, and work harder than you have ever worked before…

This program is for you!

Auditing:

EMAS does not permit auditing of technique classes. We consider technique classes at EMAS to be a personal laboratory, where the students are encouraged to take risks. There is a sense of safety created by the closed classroom that allows for such risk-taking. EMAS does everything to encourage and support the actor in this endeavor.

Preparation:

We recommend reading On Acting by Sanford Meisner or The Actor’s Art and Craft by William Esper before interviewing for our program.

Attendance:

Students presenting themselves to EMAS for training must be prepared to undertake the rigorous and demanding work required to ready themselves for the demands of a professional career.

Ms. Mestnik is very strict about class attendance and students rehearsal in preparation for each class. Students who are not professional in conduct or undependable as partners and class members will be discontinued. Many of our students are working professionals and every effort will be made to accommodate student’s professional demands.  Students are allowed two absences in this 5-week session.

Tuition:

14-Class Core Acting Program $595

Add 4 Body/Voice classes for $150

Class Schedule:

Session A:  Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00, Saturday mornings at 10:00.

Session B:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:00

Physical Voice:  Mondays:  7:00pm

Acting Niches and Avoiding the Type Cast

We’ve seen it time and again – the public’s viewing of an actor and actress in just one niche. Is this the reason most Disney stars try their hardest to shake off  their previous image by going the opposite route of styling for a new perception?

Or, one actor being cast in the same roles movie after movie? Is there one way to avoid or break this pattern? Or is everything just a matter of luck and destiny?

Some actors that have been type casted include:

  • Funny man Vince Vaughn
  • Romantic Jennifer Aniston
  • Hit man Mark Walberg

As an acting school, the Elisabeth Mestnik Acting Studio can take you beyond the realm of your comfort zone to explore new acting talents, whether it’s to partake in action, romance, family or drama-type genres.

Get the look of multiplicity by presenting a diverse portfolio. Take yourself outside the box,  and explore acting in several genres.

If you prefer to be type casted in one type of role, then it’s all up to you.

It’s important to remember that being typecast has its advantages too. Some of these include steady work, being seasoned and comfortable in the role, since it was experienced before, and also having a very recognizable name.

It’s comforting to know that being typecast is not exclusive to acting alone. In business, average workers are also traded in the same professions. So much so that they have to prove themselves  over a million times to be considered for promotions or alternate job descriptions.

An acting school isn’t dedicated solely to run-of-the mill actors either. Every type of professional entertainer can benefit from the acting, such as singers, dancers, models, since these experts all perform to woo a crowd. Learning how to entertain an audience in several niches is one way of expanding your portfolio and getting cast in different roles.

How to Get Your Foot in Door with Acting

If you’ve always dreamt of being an actor or actress, then do something about it, no matter your age. Daydreams may have your head in the clouds, but we know your feet are grounded in practically realizing them. And that’s a good thing because you’re here!

To realize your vision of becoming an actor, you’ll need to have a plan. And in this short, but invaluable post, you’ll learn an arsenal of techniques to double your guns and show off your acting skills, in whatever setting  you find yourself.

Are you ready to get staged as an actor/actress? Here goes.:

Get Help  From An Acting Studio – raw talent alone is super, but it will still need to be refined and polished with the help of an expert. Professional singers use voice trainers, musicians refine their playing techniques, top athletes are coached, so why shouldn’t you get  trained as an actor?

It really is a sport, if you really enjoy it.

Confidence is Key – As with anything in life, you need to be able to believe in yourself before others will be able to believe in you. You’d be doing yourself a disfavor if you don’t.

Calm Your Nerves – During auditions, look at the bigger picture (literally), and be confident and composed. Training at an acting studio can help you to reel in the audience of judges and have them hooked to your performance. Many acting studios like Elizabeth Mestnik’s will have already exercised staged auditions to get you comfortable in front of a director. After all, practice makes perfect, doesn’t it?

Network – In all careers,  and not just showbiz, one asset that can always take you to higher grounds is networking, because people help make people. Learning to market yourself subtly or presenting  your talent to interested parties is also something that can be taught by an actor’s agent.

Keep Improving – Each step you take that’s an initiative to build upon your current skills is priceless. As you may have countless competition, the more you learn and refine your acting skills, the more you’ll stand out.

Take these tips and sprinkle it in your daily plan to be an actor/actress. And if you need a coach for your acting career, call Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio at 323-528-6280. Soon, you’ll be on your way to stardom.

Blend Business with Enthusiasm

It’s often the case that newer and more enthusiastic actors overlook the fact that things need to be done in a logical and properly conceived order. According to Actingmagazine.com, many as a result go through a case of classic self-sabotage.

One of the best things an actor can do for themselves is make sure they have a great foundation in film acting technique. Even though this is the rule of thumb, many beginning actors don’t see it this way. They think acting is just acting and therefore a fair amount of their time is spent on plays and dabbling into a workshop or two. After their vicarious training, then they rush straight into film and the television market, and only then do they realize their training/skills aren’t quite winning over those casting directors.

Eventually these impatient actors will see that it will be over a year or more before casting directors would take another chance to see someone who had essentially wasted their time.
What does this all mean? Basically, that the industry is too tight knit, and the memories of casting directors too long for you to make that kind of mistake.

To ensure you get the right training, be sure you check out The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting School.  Located in Los Angeles, in the heart of Hollywood, Ms. Mestnik has taught acting for over a decade.  With her combined experience in the industry and with her expertise in the Mesiner Technique, she will help you develop those skills that will get you the auditions you’ve always wanted.

Acting Education

If your goal is to become a film director, but you want to first gain access to that kind of exposure through an acting career, and you are divided upon what kind of education you want to seek, the question remains – how focused are you?

As a high school student about to finish school, and on the verge of starting his adult life and career, that is a really good question to ask awarding-winning filmmaker, D. L. White. White, who began studying acting at The Sanford Meisner Center in Los Angeles, CA where he graduated from the two year acting program in 2006 and went on to write and direct several short films and a feature length in 2010, titled, The Middle of the Middle, White most likely went through the same decision-making process and struggled with the same things that this high school student is probably going through.

To answer the question, White says that filmmaking is an extremely expensive and time consuming process, and sometimes the expenses and the time invested can outweigh the pros of going to film school. He gives another alternative: The School of Life. The only place to really learn about this job is via on the job training, and this true for any field in the industry including, acting, script supervising, directing, set designing, gripping, gaffing, etc. According to White you can work your way up in this industry, and through that gain great experience and valuable contacts along the way.

But sometimes as an actor, you would need some guidance to give you the right amount of direction that you need in order to get you motivated. Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio, located in the heart of Hollywood, is the recommended actor-training program for NBC’s Talent Development Initative. Since 2001, Ms. Mestnik has been providing Hollywood actors the same comprehensive training she received in New York City. Similar to D. L. White’s educational background, EMAS was founded on the principles of the Mesiner Technique. Offering serious training, in a fun and challenging environment, EMAS may become that great opportunity that you can’t forgo towards the honing and development of your potential as an actor. Contact us, here, for more details.

Key to Handling Auditioning Pressure

It seems like once you take that big step towards achieving your goals, a huge barrier comes between you and your success. And that can take many forms from self-doubt to the unknown pressures you may put on yourself to achieve those dreams. But the question remains: as an actor, how do you handle that sort of pressure?

D. L. White, an award winning filmmaker, who has worked in the film and television industry for nearly 20 years, has been asked this question before by aspiring actors who are attempting to make their mark in the industry.

His advice is to stop thinking about it. The creative process is a delicate thing, and you’re only going about disrupting the flow of your craft by stressing about things you cannot control, while focusing on what you can improve with rehearsals, research, memorization, preparation, and performance, will produce better and more effective results.

White writes that the more you try to control your craft, the more likely you will come across straining the creative process. Simply by letting go, and giving your talent leeway to breathe and grow, you will eventually learn and grow from it also.

White gives the example in his article for Actingreality.com of an absurdist play, a form of theater he is not all too familiar with, but where he finds the structured formatting stifling. Only during the more authentic moments of the production, where the actors’ emotions happened to slip through did the play really speak to him.

By the end of the performance, White was surprised to find that the things that stood out to him the most were these rare and spontaneous moments of emotion. The human connection that he felt through the player’s acting drew him closer to the scene and dialogue. What also lured him was the authenticity of the moment. By being real, the player was actually able to elicit a truer gift than any contrived monologue has ever done.

Join us at Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio, located in Los Angeles, to discover your full acting potential. Currently enrolling for Spring classes for beginning actors and those who want to study under the Meisner technique, be sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Juggling Acting and a Day Job

There’s already so much that goes on with an acting career, but what if you’re juggling a day job as well? There’s no question that you need the day job to pay for expenses, but a burgeoning acting career is something that asks all kinds of sacrifices from you and it just isn’t realistic to work at both a regular full-time gig and pursue an acting career at the same time.

The question has come up if you had to choose, would you choose your day job over acting? Well, it comes down exactly to that – how committed are you, and to which career? In the long run, if you choose acting, you’ll have to sacrifice comfort for crappy living conditions and for long periods of time – which is why a lot of people quit their acting pursuits because to actually give yourself this kind of shot is really up to what you are willing to sacrifice.

Usually an average of eight to ten years is required from acting professionals who make it to the big screen or television. Similar to any profession out there, acting requires hard work, determination, and perseverance. If you’re not willing to do your part and carry the bulk of what’s required of you, then it really isn’t likely that you’ll be able to hit the big time either.

And finding something flexible, which usually falls into the waiting tables-category, is ideal. It’s pretty rare to find something part-time that is flexible and accommodating at the same time. But if you’re not willing to work hard to reach where you want to be in 5-10 years, then it’s pretty much telling an engineer that forgoing his studies will help him get his certificate – which really isn’t the way the world works. Work hard, and that means roughing it, and even suffering a few blows financially, but if you want to be one of the elite few, then it’s all requisite stuff from here on.

Acting: How To Get Started

Acting is a tough profession. It’s a distinct balance of experience and skill perfected over a period of time. A lot of patience and time ends up being thrown into the equation, and those who are disciplined enough to work hard and persevere for what they love and aspire to will reap the rewards in the end.

Rigorous training and practice – a minimum of three to four hours a day, six days a week for at least two or three years before you reach the bare minimum of becoming a professional. Which means you might have the potential, but you’ll have to work hard in order to be able to push that potential to the max.

It also comes down to how you present yourself. Imagine this: you are given a basic monologue and a rundown of what the casting director is looking for. What if you look down at the script in hand, your self-doubt gets in the way, and you freeze? The first few seconds are crucial. Your monologue either flies and you deliver, or you fail to sell them your speech, and you’re axed before you can unearth your character. Two seconds or so to prove youself – probably the most essential two seconds of your life.

The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio, a dynamic Los Angeles acting school, is willing to help you unmask your potential in truthfully, emotionally, and courageously expressing yourself. Ms. Mestnik founded EMAS in 2001 to provide Hollywood actors the same comprehensive training she received in New York City. Using the Meisner Technique to help challenge and invigorate actors to fully encompass their roles, EMAS will help guide you in understanding and improving your craft.

What’s most likely standing between you and your goals, is yourself. With the help of some great acting instruction, you’ll be able to acquire the skills that you will need to deliver those lines with fiery appeal, or with enough pizzazz, or dynamic panache to impress the right people.

Enrollment for Spring Classes Beginning Acting Classes starts now!

The Actor’s Life Workshop

The Actor’s Life:

Bridging the gap between your personal life and your acting career.

  • Do you dream of setting up your life so that you can focus on your acting?
  • Do you want a personalized action plan for your acting career?
  • Do you need to learn how to use your individual strengths to increase your income, your security, your creativity and well… your happiness?

If you are ready to get clear about your acting career in a safe, supportive, fun-loving environment, then this workshop is for you. Open to all creative people, from novices to expert professionals, this hands-on workshop will give you the tools you need to make 2012 your best year yet.

The Actor’s Life Workshop

Samantha Bennett is the creator of The Organized Artist Company; dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck and motivated. A professional actress based in Los Angeles, Samantha offers her revolutionary “Get It Done” and “Get Your Work Out There” Workshops, tele-classes and private consulting in the areas of self-branding, individualized career planning and arts business to creative professionals around the globe.

Actor’s Life Workshop

Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio
DATE: 3 Sundays January 22, 29 and February 5th, 2012
TIME: 2:00pm
LOCATION: 7600 Melrose Avenue 2nd Floor, Los Angeles 90046
COST: $130
CONTACT: 323-528-6280 For more information

For more information on The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio visit us on the web at www.emasla.com