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My classes are going great. My actors develop major chops. They are getting good parts in '5-0' and movies. I will accept some more students after January 1st...best way to reach me is through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any coaches on the Big Island?
There is ALWAYS something new to learn and room to grow. Sally Jackson meets the needs of each actor, one-to-one, whether in private sessions, or group classes. Come play, it's fun!
Another way to get training. Welcome The Acting Studio with Consulina Wong
any more info on The Acting Studio at kahala korner?
MARGARET DOVERSOLA ACTING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY, MARCH 23
The Casting Directors for the television shows and commercials based in Hawaii are all requesting actors for their auditions who have acting skills. This is your chance to prepare your child for their next audition. If you want your child to be selected for a principal role in a major production, it is important that they perfect their acting skills. "Hawaii Five-0" is currently filming in Hawaii and there have been commercial auditions and productions recently filming in Hawaii, too.
Well Known Casting Director, Margaret Doversola, will be having a Children's Acting and Audition Workshop for Film and Television. Margaret will focus on audition preparation and working with scripts for television and film. Participants must be 7 to 14 years old and must be able to read. Attendance is limited, so please make your reservation early by calling Nancy Bernal at 947-5736 or e-mailing her at NancyBernal@aol.com (These workshops sell out quickly!) The fee for this workshop is $50.00 per person. The location is at the Manoa Marketplace (address provided below).
MARGARET DOVERSOLA ACTING/AUDITION WORKSHOP FOR CHILDRENSUNDAY, MARCH 231:30 p.m. til 4:30 p.m. Location: The Manoa School of Art & Music (NEW LOCATION) 2851 E Manoa RoadHonolulu, Hawaii 96822(The location is in the Manoa Marketplace. It is in the back of the shopping center, ground level, Safeway side, next to the Post Office. Free Parking is available in the shopping center parking lot.)Contact: Nancy Bernal, 947-5736 or NancyBernal@aol.com
Fee: $50.00 (Payments must be received in advance to reserve your spot in the workshop. You can mail your payment to: Nancy Bernal, 2444 Hihiwai Street #905, Honolulu, HI 96826 and make payments payable to Nancy Bernal. Please mail your payments in early.)
Jordan Segundo (Hawaii's First "American Idol" Contestant - Season Two and Professional Singer and Actor) will be a Special Guest Speaker and Assistant for this Acting Workshop.
If your child attended Margaret's Workshop in the past and you would like them to attend this workshop again, they can attend again! Each workshop is different and is a great preparation for actors and it sharpens their acting skills.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy at 947-5736. If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending this workshop, you are welcome to pass along this information to other aspiring young actors.
(Margaret Doversola was the Casting Director for numerous television shows including "Lost", "Magnum P.I.", "North Shore", "Hawaii Five-0" and many feature films including the production of "You May Not Kiss The Bride" and the pilot of "Hawaii Five-0". She also provided the talent for the two week Disney Aulani Resort Ad Campaign in 2013.)
TWERK YOUR BRAIN! A one night improv workshop w/ Kimee Balmilero
January 23rd @ 6:30pm-7:30pm at Zenbanx 685 Auahi Street
Twerking your booty is easy, BUTT twerking your brain? Now THAT’S another story! Join local girl, actor and improvhi founder Kimee Balmilero as she introduces you to the wonderful and AWESOME world of improv! Whether you’re wanting to try your hand at comedy or just want to get your brain a sweatin’…this workshop will teach you to think on your feet and out of the box. GREAT for entrepreneurs, performers, dog walkers and anyone else that likes to have a good time.$15 drop in
FREE Improv Workshop for Kids ages 9 - 17 w/ actor Kimee Balmilero (email@example.com)
Saturday January 18th 5pm-6:30pm at Zenbanx - 685 Auahi Street
FREE FREE FREE!!!Improv is a great tool for ANY kid to have. Whether they want to become an actor, comedian, attorney, astronaut, entrepreneur or even president...the gift of creativity, spontaneity, and wit is the BEST THING EVER!Actor and improvhi founder Kimee Balmilero (Emmy Nominated TV Series "Hi-5," Original Broadway Cast of "Mamma Mia" and "Miss Saigon") introduces the AWESOME world of improv to the keiki Hawaii.Through fun games and theater exercises, kids will start to feel more comfortable in their own skin and will slowly but surely break out of their shells...and if they're already out of their shells? EVEN BETTER!Improvisation also helps kids with communicating, listening focusing and supporting each other. Kids will be sharper and quick on their feet. Students will walk away with a great sense of self and will be ready to handle anything the world throws at them!Improv Workshop for Kids (ages 9 & up):Saturday January 18th5pm-6:30pmSign up and spread the word!!HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
By Risa Bramon García and Steve Braun | Posted Sept. 5, 2013
As the summer comes to an end and September draws near, a fire ignites in all of us. It's time to go back to school. Some of you may still feel like that frightened little kid on your first day of school, the tight grip of your little fingers clutching your parent's hand as you're dragged up the steps to the front door. Or like the high schooler, groaning, piles of books and assignments about to interrupt your summer Netflix and video game stupor. But for an actor, training is a necessity. Olympic athletes don't graduate from training and neither do you. So where do you start? And what's the right class for you? Here are some tips to help you jump into the ideal class this fall.
What's the right technique?
Acting teachers are often guilty of desperately clinging to the validity of the technique they teach. When you stake your honor and your mortgage payments on one technique, you're probably not going to be super objective about it. You may even talk smack about another technique in order to build yours up. But make no mistake. There is no one correct way to act. No technique can guarantee that you'll book work or be a brilliant actor. If a teacher tells you that her or his way is the only way, walk away lickety-split.
You should probably check out any and all methods and approaches and discover which one resonates with you. More than likely you'll take little bits of goodness from a number of different techniques. Learn them all, take what you like, and leave the rest.
Which teacher is the right teacher?
1. If a teacher says she or he can make you a star, you're being lied to. If a teacher says she or he can make you a brilliant actor, you're being lied to. No teacher can turn you into Meryl Streep any more than a basketball coach can turn you into Kobe Bryant. Like a trainer at a gym, a good teacher introduces you to exercises and a practice that allows you to discover your pre-existing talent and then express it in all its brilliant glory. You have the raw material and a good teacher helps you mine it and shape it. Yes, some teachers have access to agents, casting directors, etc, but when it comes down to it, any claim other than, "I can show you how to discover and express your own voice in unique ways," is over-promising.
2. When you're in class, your teacher should be a teacher, not an actor. Yes, it is remarkably helpful if the person with whom you are studying is, or has been, a working actor. That practical, on-the-ground knowledge is invaluable. But when teachers are teaching they need to remove their acting hat. It cannot be about them: their ego, their skill, their career, whatever. You don’t pay a teacher to indulge. Teachers are there to train you. Nothing else. Anything that a teacher does in class should be in the interest of training you to be a better actor. And while we're on the subject, great actors don't necessarily make great teachers. Michael Jordan is not Phil Jackson. Jerry Rice is not Vince Lombardi. Wayne Gretzky is not Scotty Bowman.
3. Assume that any good teacher will push you. You’re wasting your money if your teacher isn’t pushing you to be better. This doesn’t mean that you should ever feel physically unsafe or be humiliated in class. But you need to be pushed. The type of profound progress needed to succeed as an actor is rarely achieved within one’s comfort zone. A teacher should take you to a place of discomfort and do it with nothing but deep care, respect, and your progress in mind. 4. Avoid Guru-ism. Understand that your goal is not to please the teacher. Your goal is to grow as an actor and a human being. It's not about the teacher, it's about you. Don't turn your teacher into mommy or daddy, give up your power (as actors are known to do), or try to make them proud of you. All of that tired, old stuff keeps you powerless and does nothing to further your craft or your career. And if you find a teacher who encourages such behavior, be wary. 5. Find the class that's right for you! Don't just sign up for any old class. There are flavor-of-the-month classes and in-vogue teachers that some agents and fellow actors believe look good on your resumé. Of course check them all out. But make sure you really look around and find a teacher who genuinely gets you and meets you fully in the work, wherever that is.
So… don’t hesitate! Sure, take some time finding a class that resonates with you. But start training as soon as possible. It's imperative that you keep your skills sharp, stay engaged in the work, and keep growing as an actor and a person. If you're not on stage or on set, you've got to be in class. Embrace the back-to-school spirit and make this the perfect time to dig in. "A good teacher never lies, and a good teacher never tells you what you should be or do. A good teacher tells you what you've done, what worked, and leads you toward the full realization of a character written and waiting for full expansion. The gifts do not come from a teacher or a prayer or a regime: the gifts are within you. Always have been, always will be. The hazardous and tricky process is teasing them out, finding comfort in having them exposed, keeping them ready for use. There is a magnificence in every artist. I believe this. I do not say this to flatter, and I do not say to this to many people, but when you find an artist--and there are many and of many degrees--you husband the artist and the talent within. You walk with them. You lead them to a place they can furnish with their gifts. A good teacher does not supply these gifts, but he can and should walk the artist toward the place where they are wanted, needed, and can be used. Fewer things are more gratifying than the deliverance of an artist to a consummation his gifts deserve." —Elia Kazan, from "Follies Of God" by James Grissom.
Risa Bramon Garcia (renowned casting director, director, producer, and teacher) and Steve Braun (teacher, actor, communication consultant) are partnered in The Bramon Garcia Braun Studio, dedicated revolutionary acting and auditioning training. New career changing classes and workshops are here for the fall! Career and audition coaching and taping are in full swing. For more go to www.bramongarciabraun.com.
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