This Emotional Post on Creativity By One OF Australia's Best Acting Coaches Will Change The Way You Approach Your Next Project.
IF you don't already know about Anthony Brandon Wong chances are you haven't been reading these articles too carefully. His name and tributes to his teaching appear regularly throughout these pages from myself and those I interview, grateful for the impact his teaching has had on our creative lives. One such moment of gratitude came recently when Anthony's musing led this magnificent jellybean of knowledge to pop up on my Facebook feed and fortunately he's allowed me to share it with you today:
A little musing on creativity: As I prepare to teach my next series of acting workshops in Sydney, I'm reminded of how important it is to be gentle with ourselves as we strive to be our best. Sometimes we think we get that acting role because we did everything "right", but I've gotten major roles when I forgot my lines in the audition ["Matrix 2 & 3"], when I felt emotionally blocked, when I didn't know my scene objective. Am I suggesting that we just "wing" the audition, and do no homework? No.
It's important to practice our craft and put in the hours so we can feel prepared and then let go and run with our impulses when the camera is rolling or the curtain goes up. But along the road to connecting deeply with a role, what if we could make peace with being confused, emotionally blocked, feeling fake, not being in the moment instead of beating ourselves up for not being "perfect"? What if we knew that even A List actors, get confused, emotionally blocked, and sometimes don't know what the hell they are doing? I remember asking Holly Hunter and Halle Berry "Do you get emotionally blocked?", and their answer was a resounding yes, although you'd never know it from seeing their Oscar-winning performances.
What if we could approach acting - or singing, or painting, or any other creative or life skill, like meditation? "I'm focussed on the breath...now my mind wanders...now I bring my mind back to the breath, and now I'm thinking about lunch." The actor's inner monologue might be: "I'm in the scene and listening to my scene partner, and in the next moment, I feel fake and don't believe a word I'm saying, and in the next moment, I'm back in the zone and emotionally connected to what I'm saying, and in the next moment, I'm aware I didn't eat before rehearsal and now my stomach is rumbling."
What if everything that occurs in the moment in a scene was MEANT to be part of that scene - for now at least? Of course we to have to honor the given circumstances of a script, but on the way to doing that, what if we could accept ourselves and realize that concentration and emotional accessibility naturally ebbs and flows? What if we EMBRACED all of our feelings, impulses, blocks, insecurities, and a-ha moments, as we worked towards a deeper connection with our role? What if we could welcome everything that happens in our lives as "meant to be", as a Yes from the Universe, as we craft and work towards the life of our dreams?
If you'd like to experience Anthony's teaching first hand he's currently organising two of his signature two day workshops coming up in Sydney. Whilst the core of his classes focus on the powerful 12 step Ivana Chubbuck Technique, Anthony's training with Larry Moss and Eric Morris and in the Strasberg and Meisner Techniques, as well as other approaches and his own exercises, all inform the way he work with actors. Actors are nurtured and challenged to do their best work in a safe, supportive, positive environment.
The workshop dates are SATURDAY and SUNDAY the 11th and 12th of JULY, as well as the following weekend on the 18th and 19th of JULY. The workshops are open to participants and auditors alike and are well worth the investment.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0415 941 684 and if you have not worked with Anthony before, please attach your current cv and headshot.
Film and Theatre Actor Based in Sydney. Creator of Script Gym. Lover of Stories.