Stella Adler once said in her acting class: actors have to have “the soul of a rose and the hide of rhinoceros.”
No matter how many times you hear no and why they’ve said it, you can’t let it shut you down. You have to work at staying open, being positive, hopeful, and creative.
That means having the soul Adler is talking about. Don’t retreat into your shell and never come out again to play. That’s the hide; it’s having tough skin and letting malice, criticism, and jealously slide off of you. There will always be a percentage of an audience, industry folks, and critics that…won’t like you.
So how do you stay open?
You develop a huge feeling of acceptance of yourself. You keep hearing yes inside of you over and over again. Yes to everything you do.
You look at every audition as a learning experience. Look at what you gained from it, even if you feel it didn’t go well. Ask yourself what the lesson was in that one. Artists grow from their biggest failures.
The challenge is to overcome them by learning how you feel about yourself and by understanding that you are valuable no matter how many no’s you hear. Your value as an actor doesn’t lie on hearing yes, from anyone. The most important yes comes from you and only you.
The Michelle Danner Acting Studio’s philosophy is that artists can draw upon all different acting techniques and form an individual toolbox, their own Golden Box. We will help you to develop your own “Golden Box” of techniques and tools that you can use when approaching a role or a scene, whether it be for film, television, or theater. The Acting School’s acting techniques are based on Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov, & the Stanislavsky Technique.
Auditions in Los Angeles
“The camera is like a dangerous lover. You have to risk letting it capture the most secret parts of you.” – Michelle Danner
Discover what Casting Directors are looking for! Increase your booking rate. Take the Audition for Film and TV class that will help you land the job! Auditions in Los Angeles for Film and TV is an eight week long course designed to help actors strengthen their audition technique. Open to students of all levels.
Actors will practice in front of the camera with sides from movies and TV shows ranging from all genres of comedy and drama. Their performances are then played back and watched on the big screen so students may learn how to effectively stamp their signatures on a character with unique choices. This auditions in Los Angeles class aims to develop an ease working in front of the camera and increase the confidence to perform and to shine in every audition.