A few of our working graduates provide some advice for taking your Meisner training out into the marketplace.


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"Appreciate the time you have in the training to turn over and unearth and explore every facet of yourself that can be brought into the training.  It's not something to just pass through and at the other side you get a certificate that says you're a great actor -- it's the actual experience in the room.  It's going to be over, and you're going to need it.  So use it when you have it... and take notes!"  

- Clayton Dean Smith (New York)  Actor:  30 Rock, Louie, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order, The Sopranos;  Director:  Off Track Betty

 

Julia Halperin

“I think nine months of Meisner training was time very well spent!  I’d be happy to roll up my sleeves and get dirty and do it again, to develop the habit of really showing up and bringing my A game every class.  More independent film directors need to think about acting and think about how they’re directing actors, because they’re so involved in the writing and technical issues that they are not putting thought into their relationships with their actors."

- Julia Halperin (Austin, TX)  Film Director:  Now, Forager and La Barracuda

 

Merel Smitt

"Whenever things are going hard or I want to make a decision, I always think back to my time with Wendy in New York because... I found a way to make it happen, to do the whole program. I think it's really important for the rest of your career.  It gives you really great tools as an actor but also as a director.  The lessons I learned from Meisner -- committing to every project, to be genuine, to be truthful -- it's important just for working with people wherever you are in your life."

- Merel Smitt (The Netherlands) Director

 

Petra Glieson

“Meisner helps you maintain your self-respect.  Don’t get distracted by other actors and how they have trained.  You’re always going to come across actors who are incredibly self-conscious.  Meisner helps you let go of that kind of thinking.  It stops you from being judgmental.  You learn quickly what a leveler the Meisner Approach is.  It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.  You can be someone who has been doing professional film work for twenty years and be in class with someone who has never done acting work.  You’ll go through the same course and you’ll find out very quickly how very equal we all are and never know from one class to the next who’s going to have one of those days where everything works and everything falls into place or who’s going to have one of those days that nothing is working no matter how much experience you’ve had.” 

- Petra Glieson (Australia) Actress: Dr. Blake Murder Mysteries, City Homicide, It's a Date, Kissing Paris

 

Torben Karstens

"Because I have the strong foundation of the Meisner technique, I just know every second, nothing can happen to me.  Whatever people throw at me... I just know what I'm capable of.  I can adapt.  I'm not the kind of actor who says, 'Well, but I don't feel it right now.'  The foundation I got in the craft is really, really good.  You just have to learn to work with other people.  If you're professional and you put in hard work, people will work with you over and over again."  

- Torben Karstens (Germany)  Actor: Trugschluss, Verbotene Liebe

 

Cathy McGraw

"I actually get about a minute or two minutes to look at the script before I start.  It has to be genuine.  What I learned from the training is specificity and reality of doing.  You may not think you can do that in a recording booth but I know that one of the reasons that I am as successful as I am is I know how to do that quickly!  Once you are confident in your skills... and your training is strong and your instincts are good, the only way you learn how to handle it [the industry] is by doing it. " 

- Cathy McGraw (New York)  Voice-over Actress: Bic Soleil, Dreamtab, Hsabro, PBS, Tropicana and dozens more!