Lately, I have been learning more about acting in front of the camera. I recently started taking acting classes at the Acting Studio. The class is taught by Victor Verhaeghe, an accomplished actor who has appeared on such shows as Boardwalk Empire, Blue bloods, Person of Interest, and Allegiance, just to name a few. I'm learning a great deal and am learning more and more that less is more. It is, at first, weird seeing yourself on camera, hearing how your voice sounds, see all the weird things that you naturally do (Tame the eyebrows, Jamyl). But it's also so great to feel the progression and to learn more of the differences between acting on camera vs. acting on stage.
The class is taught with a Meisner perspective, so it is very much about listening and responding truthfully in the moment. The class meets over the course of 8 weeks and we go through TV and film Sides, commercial auditions, learning about what our character types are and how to best sell that product to the appropriate markets, and then we get to show our work in front a casting director. Needless to say, it is invaluable. It is such a treat and I recommend anyone interested in a career in TV and Film to take this class at the Acting Studio on 54th!