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At 11:24am on April 11, 2012, Russell Kalani Subiono said…

The class was about 3/4 full. I don't remember the exact count, but I do remember there being a good amount of people, but still room enough to breathe. Louie Boria was in my class.

I agree with you that they failed to specifically cover the 4 points in class. They touched on them throughout the class through anecdotes, but didn't address them specifically. 

I can't say that I feel scammed, because I didn't have to pay, and they did provide a decent product, albeit a product of far less value and quality than advertised. But I do feel a bit duped. The workshop was probably a big learning experience for actors just starting out, which there were alot of in my class. But for people like us that have been doing it for a little while, I expected more training, critique, and inside information. In that regard I feel a bit disrespected. Especially since I didn't really learn much more than I would have from a local casting director and because I was supposed to be finishing a scene for a friend's film, but had to push my call time back a couple of hours in order to attend the class. Had I known what little I was going to get out of the workshop, I would have skipped it and went to set.

I guess we learned a hard lesson in doing more research into industry people from the mainland putting on workshops here.

At 11:01am on April 10, 2012, Russell Kalani Subiono said…

Hey Gina - I agree with you about the Jane Jenkins workshop, but I didn't want to say anything because I received a scholarship to attend. But the truth of it for me is that I'm glad I got to go for free because I didn't learn anything that I hadn't already learned from Wayne or Anna Fishburn or Margaret Doversola. I got good feedback from Jane when I did my scene and from her two lackeys, but I felt like they were just being kind. Plus, I'm pretty sure the younger of the two assistants was hitting on a young girl who flew in from the Big Island, which I thought was incredibly unprofessional, and for me having grown up on the Big Island, felt like he was trying to hook up with my little sister (even though she is totally unrelated to me). I definitely would have regretted it had I shelled out my own $250 to attend. 

At 10:18am on January 8, 2012, Russell Kalani Subiono said…
Thanks, Gina. Haven't been able to return to Wayne's class, but would definitely like to. Would love to do the Iris Klein classes, too. Just gotta find the extra money. Have you been keeping busy?
At 1:17pm on August 9, 2011, Percival Scott said…
Gina, how are you? Do you have an email address? Wayne recommended me to ask you something.
At 6:20pm on May 11, 2011, Remi Taum said…
aw thank you! see you in class :)
At 12:13pm on May 3, 2011, Russell Kalani Subiono said…
I watched Mute at the screening at UH this past Thursday. Great job. I enjoyed the film. Wish you had more screen time, though.
At 3:18pm on April 17, 2011, Colby Haines said…
Thajnks. Playing a crazed reporter ws fun. See you Thursday night as I return to class?  E-mail directly at my private email and we can catch up.
At 7:22am on March 3, 2011, Matt Rosson said…
Thank you Gina!!
At 12:51am on February 25, 2011, Chazz Lyons said…

Hey Gina,

Great 2b connected again after so long! Still in2 music. Not performing live since December. Collaborating locally n long-distance. Currently working with a talented female singer/songwriter/guitarist/violinist. Hope 2b playing live again with her n another guitarist/singer soon.


For almost 2 yrs I walked past your studio going to/back from rehab thinking about you n John but never stopped by. We're going to the OTM party this Saturday - are you going?


Hows your script writing working out? Do you still teach ballet or jazz dancing? We're still living in Waikiki but on the other end - corner of Kalakaua Ave/Ala Moana Blvd btwn Cheeseburger Waikiki & 7-11.


Thanx 4 the freind add. Hope to see you soon! Aloha nui,




At 9:43pm on January 9, 2011, Shaun Phillip Cantwell said…
Thanks! I had a lot of fun :D Looking forward to another workshop.
At 7:17pm on November 22, 2010, Larry Jackson said…
Hey congrats on your script making the top 5!!!!
At 7:01am on October 27, 2010, Derwin Ford said…
Pretty good I'm visiting my family now in Louisiana... Haha that pic was taken so long ago I need to get some new ones
At 8:50am on October 19, 2010, Michael Thabet said…
yes so much fun, i posted some pictures on my facebook, i dont know if you have facebook, but if you do, check them out
At 8:11pm on October 18, 2010, Michael Thabet said…
hay thanks sry just getn back to you i jsut got done doing off the map today i was so happy about that,
At 8:28am on October 15, 2010, Russell Kalani Subiono said…
Thank you for the Birthday wishes. I miss being in class. I miss being in character. Been busy with my job and family. Hope to start up again in November. Thanks for thinking of me.

At 11:53am on October 14, 2010, Scott Francis Russell said…
That was a pretty fun audition. Yup, got the part of Chris. Hope you got the call too! :)
At 8:32pm on September 12, 2010, Joanna M Ellenbeck said…
Thank you for the compliment.... I am trying to learn to accept them but its hard. See you next week!
At 10:09pm on August 16, 2010, Teddy Wells said…

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