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http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/twoyearactingprogramnyc/ The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York provides a two year acting program for actors who are serious and dedicated to professional training. In this video Charlie Sandlan discusses Piper Perabo’s visit to the studio and what it means to be dangerous as an actor.
This summer, Piper Perabo, one of our alum, she came back and did a talkback to our students, faculty and friends. She talked about the decision she made after ten years of working professionally and successfully, to put that her career on hold in order to train. She was finding herself on set with actors who were doing the kind of work that she craved to do and yet she did not know how.
One of the things that she said was that the work of some of these actors was dangerous and that excited her. It made me start to think.
“What does it mean to be a dangerous actor?”
I am not talking about being unsafe or unprofessional.
What does it mean to have danger in your work?
I think it has to do with a couple of things.
It has to do with your ability to be spontaneous. It has to do with your ability to be able to act before you think. It has to do with funneling your impulses. Being able to risk. Being able to be bold and courageous without being in your head, without editing yourself, without judging. Importantly, it has to do with really listening to what is being said to you and how you are being treated.
Actors that have that kind of spontaneity. Actors that are willing to make mistakes, to go with the present moment, they are dangerous because you just don’t know what is going o happen from one moment to the next. That takes training. That is what Piper realized. In order to have that kind of an instrument, in order to be able to work, take after take after take, night after night after night, if you are on stage, to make your work spontaneous and fresh, you need to train yourself.
These are all skills that can be learned. They can be ingrained in you so that they are second nature.
My wish for any serious actor, for anyone that is really interested in having a career well into their 30s, their 40s, their 50s, their 60s, you must have the same dedication that Piper had, a willingness to put everything on hold and commit yourself to your craft.
For more information about the two year program for actors at the Maggie Flanigan Studio contact the studio directly by calling (917) 789-1599.
Maggie Flanigan Studio
153 W 27th St #803
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