An Acting Teacher’s Guide to Letting Go of ‘Imperfections’

An Acting Teacher’s Guide to Letting Go of ‘Imperfections’

BY BILL COELIUS

When actors come into my class, they almost always bring with them a mental list of all the physical ailments or irregularities they believe will keep them from booking commercials: height, weight, birthmarks, teeth. I’m here to tell you that your body doesn’t matter; what you think about your body does.‘

I grew up in Michigan where, as a kid, my mom would serve a milk and soda mixture for our dinner drink. Can you imagine my pearly whites by the age of twelve? Then came the braces. But by then my thinking was solidified; do not smile. Your teeth are like a cow’s. Have you ever seen cow’s teeth? Probably about as often as mine. Every headshot I took featured a tight-lipped smile that broadcast the message, “please don’t look at my teeth.”

Right around the time I booked my 30th national commercial, I begin to realize how little it mattered. If my teeth were really so horrible, how could I have managed to book so much work? Maybe they weren’t so terrible after all.

The truth? My teeth aren’t so terrible. I’m not so terrible. Actually, my smile is kind of nice. If only I had believed this about myself my whole life and not relied on an outside source of a booking rate to convince me, maybe I might have had more fun in the process.

What’s the point of being in this business if we’re not having fun and constantly trying to hide from the camera? The camera sees all, so it is our job to celebrate it all. And if you can’t celebrate it, change it. Probably less expensive than reconstructive dental surgery, though, is to notice your thinking behind the perceived imperfection. Keep in mind that you’re not fooling anyone. If you smile tightly to keep your teeth from showing, people unconsciously pick up on that cover-up and begin to tense themselves. So, relax. Enjoy. Even if you have textbook perfect teeth, you have no control over how people judge them. There are commercials for every body type, height, weight and yes, teeth.

Try this: take note of how you feel about each part of your body. Positive or negative? Why? Where did you learn it from? Who did you learn it from? If it’s a negative thought, is it really true? Try thinking the opposite just for a moment. “My nose is beautiful.” Try it again. And again. And again.

Today’s advertising market has expanded its understanding of what we as a viewing audience want to see. We no longer want to live up to a version of polished perfection—we want to see ourselves in all our imperfections. Watch commercials, you’ll find it true.

Maybe I’ve never booked a toothpaste commercial, but someone has. And for everyone with great teeth who haven’t book the commercials I have, that’s ok, too.

Study with Bill Coelius

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TSS Alums Julia Garner & Jon Orsini in The Assistant

Julia Garner in The Assistant

T. Schreiber Studio alum Julia Garner receives rave reviews for her starring role as Jane in the new, powerful film “The Assistant.” The film also features another TSS alum, Jon Orsini, who plays the role of Jane’s co-worker.

From The New York Times:

Written and directed by Kitty Green (whose last film was the 2017 documentary “Casting JonBenet”), “The Assistant” is hushed and gray-toned and glacial. More than a few viewers will find it a grim, even taxing watch; but Julia Garner is so wonderfully cast that she makes the slow draining of Jane’s soul almost visible.

From IndieWire:

In Kitty Green’s urgent real-time thriller, we see hints of his toxic behavior and furtive abuse through the eyes of a lowly assistant, who is always just outside the door or on the other side of the phone. “Ozark” breakout Julia Garner carries the film on her shoulders, in a role that is earning her much praise. The first official trailer for “The Assistant” offers a glimpse of a role that is sure to launch her career even further; she is timid but determined as she pieces together the unimaginable.

From InStyle:

To prepare for the role, Garner shadowed her manager’s assistant and videotaped her every move, including how she picked up the phone. “Every assistant has a certain tone in their voice when they answer a phone call,” she says. “There’s an urgency — like they have five other calls and need an answer right now — but there’s a calmness too.”

From Fast Company:

“It’s more of an internal film than an external film,” says Emmy-winning actor Julia Garner, who stars as the movie’s unlikely heroine. “But it was really important for it to be a quiet film because the subject matter is not quiet at all. It’s actually very loud. So that contrast is really interesting.”

“The movie is not only about sexual assault against women in workplaces—it’s about abuse in general,” Garner says. “The abuser is abusing everyone to the point where if they’re not being abusive or if they’re being kind or fair, they’ll get fired. Everyone was getting abused in the movie and they didn’t even know it.”

 

TSS Alum Matthew Del Negro in Limerence

Limerence film featuring Matthew Del Negro

Catch T. Schreiber Studio alum Matthew Del Negro as Tom in Limerence, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video as well as iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, VUDU, Microsoft XBOX, Vimeo OnDemand, Fandango Now and many more! The film is written and directed by Tammy Minoff who also stars in the film.

Rosemary (Tammy Minoff) is an aspiring painter who moves to Venice Beach at the encouragement of gallery owner Jack (Jack Merrill), whom she met long ago. Of course, when she arrives on his gallery doorstep, Jack has a vague recollection of who she is. Alone in Los Angeles’s Westside, Rosemary’s only friend is Leo (Billy Aaron Brown), who lets her stay with him in what appears to be the floor of a rather odd commune. Being that this is L.A., Rosemary dyes pink streaks in her hair, and boom! She’s now at her new home.

Creeped out by her strange flatmates, Leo takes Rosemary to his latest gig as the most popular Bar Mitzvah DJ in Los Angeles. Here she meets the handsome Tom (Matthew Del Negro), and as pretty people in LA do, they immediately hook up that night and then wish each other a good life the next morning.

While studying here at T. Schreiber Studio, Matthew Del Negro starred in Loose Ends as well as Hotl Baltimore.

Source: https://filmthreat.com/reviews/limerence

TSS Alum Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn

Photo of Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn, inside a car holding a camera.

Motherless Brooklyn Movie PosterT. Schreiber Studio alum and award-winning actor Edward Norton has taken his career to the next level with his latest film, Motherless Brooklyn, in which wrote, produced, directed and stars in!

A passion project of Norton’s ever since he read Lethem’s novel of the same name in 1999, the film took nearly 20 years to go into production. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019, and was released in the United States on November 1, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Grab tickets to see the film!

TSS Alum Julia Garner Nominated for 2019 Emmy Award

Jason Bateman; Julia Garner film still from Ozark

We are thrilled that TSS alum Julia Garner has received her first Emmy nomination for her incredible work as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix hit series Ozark. Julia is nominated for Best Drama Supporting Actress. Earlier this year she received two SAG Award bids (for her individual and ensemble performance) and two Critics’ Choice nominations (one for this Netflix crime drama, the other for the limited series “Dirty John”). She studied at T. Schreiber studio with instructor and acting coach Pamela Scott and we are so proud to see how far she’s come. Go Julia!

Tune into thee 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22 on Fox, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Congratulations to TSS Alum Julia Garner

TSS Alum Julia Garner with TSS Faculty Pam Scott

Julia Garner, TSS alum, has been getting incredible reviews for her work on Ozark.  We could not be happier for her success!  Julia came to T. Schreiber Studio as a teen seeking to overcome her shyness through acting instruction.  She took classes with Peter Miner and Pam Scott while she attended the Studio.  To this day, Julia still works with Pam both on and off the set of Ozark.

T. Schreiber Studio provides professional acting instruction for adults, teens, and youth. Your teen actor can take the next leap in their training with the Teen Acting Program, offered in connection with Denise Simon, Acting Coach.

Pam Scott offers both Beginning Technique Intensive, for actors looking to lay a solid foundation of technique, and an On-Going Acting Class for beginning and intermediate actors seeking to hone their craft though scene work.

Peter Miner instructs both the On-Camera Scene Study class, for actors with some film and television work under their belt, and the On-Camera Master Class, for actors looking to polish an advanced skill set.

Congratulations to TSS faculty Pam Scott!

Congratulations to TSS faculty member Pam Scott on the success of her show All The King’s Horses, which she both wrote and directed.  The production features TSS Alumni Erika Longo (Patty) and Gregg Prosser (Richie) as well as Kerry McGann.

All The King’s Horses cast and creative with Matt Dillon

All The Kings Horses is playing at The Bridge Theatre, 244 West 54thSt. 12thFloor Aug 16 – 19

Congratulation TSS Alum Julio Trinidad

Congratulations to TSS Alum Julio Trinidad!  Julio’s role in the horror film ‘Riley Was Here’ premiered at Fantasia Festival this past Wednesday. The film, written and directed by the team of Mike Marrero and Jon Rhoads will also be shown at Popcorn Frights Film Festival, and the Telluride Horror Show.

  

Meet the cast and creative of TEACH

Join us on June 23rd for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, TEACH written by Donna Hoke and directed by Gregg Wiggans.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 2pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at info@tschreiber.org to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need.

 

Donna Hoke (Playwright) Resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, Donna’s work has been seen in 46 states and on five continents. Plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List), and ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist); she has also been nominated for both the Primus and Blackburn Prizes.

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. She has received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and is a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS). For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice—the only woman to ever receive the designation. 

Donna serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and also as Western New York regional representative. In addition, she is a blogger, and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play(Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

Gregg Wiggans (Director) Broadway: Assistant Director/Ockrent Directing Fellow on Promises, Promises. Assistant Executive Producer How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Off Broadway: AFTEROrlando, Kristin Chenoweth: This One’s Personal, Ripcords. For Transport Group, Gregg has contributed to over 10 productions, readings and laboratories. Regional: Occupiers Tragedy (Actors Theater of Louisville), Barge (Actors Theater of Louisville). The Illuminations(DanceRink/State TheaterMinneapolis), . Internationally: The Chocolate Wall, Ladies, Sam Hunter’s Clarkston (Baltic Playwrights Conference in Estonia) He has also worked with Paper Mill Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Lark, The Goodman, Actor’s Salon of D.C., Austin Script Works, Casa Manana, Austin Lyric Opera, Arena Stage. Television: Assistant Executive Producer, SMASH (NBC), 2nd Assistant Director, IT COULD BE WORSE (Hulu) Gregg is member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, and faculty member for the National Theater Institute. He is proud graduate University of Texas at Austin.

Alton Alburo (Male Emerson) has performed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ma-Yi, The Flea, Target Margin Lab, New Dramatists, The Civilians, NYSAF, The Lark, La MaMa, IRT, New Light Theater Project, Two Headed Rep, Concrete Temple, PEN World Voices, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), ArtsEmerson (MA), Connecticut Free Shakespeare (CT), Red Cloud Opera House (NE), among others. TV/Film: “Friends From College;” “Two Girls | 1 Asian;” Breakfast; Exchange; The Hedgehog Dilemma. Alton is on the board of Undiscovered Countries, a bimonthly new and developing works festival. altonalburo.com

Casey Hartnett (Female Emerson) is excited to make her T. Schreiber Studio debut! Casey is a graduate of the William Esper Studio’s two-year training program under the instruction of Suzanne Esper. She is currently continuing her training with Terry Schreiber. Her New York stage experience has included sketch comedy shows around NYC. She has also produced and acted in several independent films and web series, including “The Crash” (2017) and the upcoming film “The Buried Girl” in which she acts opposite Elizabeth Mitchell. She is the creator of two comedic web series about taboo women’s issues and is the NYC Lead Ambassador for the organization #HappyPeriod, organizing donation drives to collect menstrual products for the homeless. Casey thanks her family and friends for supporting her two crazy passions of acting and period activism. www.cehartnett.com  Instagram: @caseyhartnett and @we.are.happyperiodnyc

Alex Kirshy (Stage Directions Reader) Alex Kirshy is a New York based actor who made his New York Theater debut last year in Oona O’Leary’s Please Go Gentle Into That Good Night. For his undergraduate education, Alex Kirshy went to Kenyon College, where he studied Drama and English. In his time there, he worked on many productions, including playing Vanya in Uncle Vanya, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Walker and Ned in Three Days of Rain, and originating the role of Angus in Wendy McLeod’s The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky. He also interned with the Kenyon Playwrights Conference each summer from 2015 to 2017, where he was involved was involved in readings of many new plays. He enjoys writing, reading, and games of every kind, and when he isn’t acting, he can be found working on various projects and catching up on long-completed television shows. He is thrilled be here and wants to thank everyone involved and, of course, his parents.

Geoff Pictor (Male Chris) is a Buffalo born actor singer and teacher. Most recent productions include Bachelor Agreement (Manhattan Repertory Theater), Tabula Rasa a premier jazz opera (Cantanti Project), Louisiana Bacchae (Red Thread Theater), Brilliant Works of Art (reading, Writer’s Theater of New Jersey), and All Quiet on the Western Front (New Phoenix Theater). Geoff is a proud student of Doriane Elliott, a member of the University Glee Club, and its subset group The Ten. Geoff gives special thanks to Donna Hoke for her brilliant works of words and his partner in crime Kelsey George Mogensen for her continued love and support.

Lisa Rochlin (Female Chris) Lisa has studied with various teachers at T. Schreiber Studio, HB Studio and the Aquila Ensemble Theater. Most recently, Lisa studied with Terry Schreiber in the role of Honey from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other roles of study at T. Schreiber include Mary from Mauritius, Sarah from Time Stands Still and Claire from Proof. Additionally, Lisa studied with the Aquila Ensemble Theater in the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and played Belle in Florida State University’s Mainstage production of A Christmas Carol. Lisa is also a certified fitness instructor who teaches Zumba and regularly attends classes at Broadway Dance Center.

Alexis Suarez (Ken James) is an actor and producer known for The Comedian (2016) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows (2016), and Weiner-Dog (2016). He has appeared in numerous prime time and cable television roles, including IFC’s comedy series “Benders”, “Gotham” (FX), “Shades of Blue” (NBC), and HBOs critically acclaimed drama series, “The Night Of”. Born and raised in NYC, Alexis has been actively performing for 20+ years and producing for almost a decade. He is represented by BLOC and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

RSVP to the reading of TEACH

Join us on June Saturday, 23rd for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, TEACH written by Donna Hoke and directed by Gregg Wiggans.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 2pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at info@tschreiber.org to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  You will be notified via email when your reservation is made.

LIMITED SEATS FOR ‘HALCYON DAYS’ MAY 5TH

Join us on May 5th for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, HALCYON DAYS written by Josh Drimmer and directed by Joan Kane.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 3pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at info@tschreiber.org to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need.

MEET THE CAST AND CREATIVE OF ‘HALCYON DAYS’

Join us on May 5th for the latest reading in our New Works Initiative, HALCYON DAYS written by Josh Drimmer and directed by Joan Kane.  There are two opportunities to hear this new work: 3pm and 7pm. While tickets are free, you must RSVP at info@tschreiber.org to attend this reading.  Please include your name, indicate which performance you will attend, and let us know how many seats you will need.

 

 

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Charlotte LeMaire (Star “Starla” Jenkins) is a French-American actress raised in London. She studied acting at Princeton University, The Neighborhood Playhouse, and UCB. Her recent work includes numerous short films and another T. Schreiber Studio reading of The Snowmaker. Charlotte thanks her family and friends for the love and support and the T. Schreiber studio for this opportunity.

Morgan V. Canham (Ella Fox) is thrilled to be a part of the cast of Halycon Days! Credits include: (NY Theatre) Miss Julie, Hoboken: The Play. (Television) HBO’s Ballers, The Sonnet Project, Cosita Linda, Titulares y Mas. (Film) Bad Trash, State of Mind, Just Super, Physics 101. (Dance) Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Yandel, Justin Quiles. She wants to give a huge thank you to her incredibly supportive family and friends, her acting coach Pamela Scott, and the entire T. Schreiber Studio community. Present moment, wonderful momentwww.morganvcanham.com

Vick Krishna (Amit Chaudri) is an actor, director, and editor. He’s been up in New York for the past two and half years, originally moving from Maryland, pursuing his interests in theatre, film and tv. He has notably been in many national commercial campaigns, and also recently has had his work as a director selected in coveted South Asian film festivals. He is a TSS Alum who was also privileged to take part in Terry Schreiber directed ‘Harper Regan”. Apart from studying acting and creating art he loves playing music, watching movies, photography and skateboarding. Favorite Actor: Dicaprio/DDL. Favorite Director: Spieblerg . “Your greatest art will be, being yourself.”

Michael Pichardo (Aurelio Moreno) is excited to be making his T. Schreiber Studio debut. A Lower East Side native, a graduate of Queensborough Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Performing Arts. Regional Theatre credits: The Favor (Chicago Fringe). Off-Broadway Credits: Othello (ATA) and The Last Hour (Royal Family). New York Theatre credits: The Glory of Living (PCTF/Flamboyan Theater), Child’s Play (Rising Sun/Kraine), Punk Grandpa (Frigid New York), The Skin of Our Teeth (Articulate Theatre), Allie’s Appendix (PCTF/The Paradise Factory), and Spoon River Anthology (Roy Arias Theater). Recent film credits include Judgment (short) and #Lear (DM Theatrics). He is a member of Rising Sun Performance Company and Articulate Theatre. He is a hip-hop enthusiast.

Hui-Shan Yong (Casey Seong) is excited to be working with director Joan Kane again! Her collaboration with Joan includes Loose Ends at T.Schreiber Studio and Rising Sun Performance Company’s 2017 summer staged reading series. She’s currently having a lot of fun doing children’s shows in public libraries around New York as part of Urban Stages’ Outreach Program. You can follow her work at www.huishanyong.com (TSS Actor)

Glen Llanes (Kyle Marija) is excited to be a part of Halcyon Days. NYC/ Regional – Evita, Rent, Miss Saigon, King and I. Tours/International: Miss Saigon, The King and I, Xanadu, Legally Blonde, Little Night Music. Thanks always to family, friends and mentors for their support and love.

Helen Herbert (Grace Stroud) is an actress, writer and producer. Selected NY roles: Haley in Final Request and Marilyn Monroe in It’s All Make Believe, Isn’t It? (Nylon Fusion); Elizabeth in Queen Elizabeth of Factory Fifteen (Samuel French OOB); Margaret in Everything Will Be Alright (Columbia MFA Program). She has also performed with the Labyrinth Theater Company, Irish Repertory Theater and Theatreworks USA, and in NJ with the Paper Mill Playhouse and Premiere Stages, among others. She has a green thumb and lives in Brooklyn with her husband. Proud member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA.

Joan Kane (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School and is a member of NY Madness Company, Dramatists Guild, SDC and is on the Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is delighted to be directing once again for T. Schreiber Studios.   www.EgoActus.com

Josh Drimmer’s (Playwright) plays include the lighthouse invites the storm (Sanguine Theater Company, winner of Project Playwright), The Beeping(American Renaissance Theater Company’s WinterFest), For You (Manhattan Repertory Theater’s WinterFest), Love Is Good (Producer’s Club, workshops with Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab and Feed The Herd), and most recently, Halcyon Days (staged reading at Theater for the New City). He is the book writer of the new musical The Last Days of Pompeii and a cabaret (Rejected Showgirl), and a member of the American Renaissance Theatre Company and The Pool. joshdrimmer.com.

Melanie Glancy (Narrator) recently appeared in the 2018 Schreiber Shorts as Mac in Creekside Drive. Assistant Directed/Stage Managed The Snowmaker alongside Terry Schreiber. Producer for The New Works Initiative here at T. Schreiber Studio including Ribbon Creek, What Happened, and now Halcyon Days. Other acting credits include Janice in Loose Ends Directed by Terry Schreiber, Gabrielle Rejane in The Ladies of the Camiellas and Jaquenetta in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Thank you to T. Schreiber Studio for all of the incredible opportunities. (TSS Actor)

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