The First Year – Gabrielle Hespe

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The Two Year Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio trains actors based on the teaching and exercises of Sanford Meisner and the Meisner Technique. In this interview with Katie, Gabrielle Hespe discusses her first year in the acting program.

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Acting Program Interview – Gabrielle Hespe

Q: Gabrielle, why did you decide to study at Maggie Flanigan Studio?

A: Well, I was really resistant when I came to the city because I was fortunate enough to have representation. It’s hard to find an acting studio that is really worth the money. It’s something where you actually are rehearsing in between classes, and you’re not watching a bunch of people just BS their way through it. It’s something where when you come to the studio, there’s a standard that has to be met, and you know what you have to do, the directions are very clear.

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“There’s no laziness here and there’s no room for it. You have to really give it your all and that’s what everyone else around you is doing.”

Gabrielle HespeProfessional Acting Program, First Year

You have to really give it your all and that’s what everyone else around you is doing. It’s exciting because you’re in it together with your class, and you’re actually doing what you came here to do. I chose Maggie Flanigan out of a suggestion from my manager, and I really trust her. I came and I tried that.

Q: What did you think Meisner technique was before you came to the studio?

A: I knew it was going to be repetition-based. I didn’t know much about the actual process of Meisner, but I knew that Meisner is all about listening for everything and putting your attention on someone else. I knew that’s what it should be.

Q: Now that you’ve completed your first year of training, what do you think it is now?

A: Well, it’s not too far from what I thought. It’s really about doing truthfully under imaginary circumstances, which is what acting is. It’s about really listening and putting your attention on the other person, and giving yourself a set of tools that you’re able to do that with. Really understanding what it feels like when you’re lost in the chaos of the moment. Understanding the difference and knowing when you’re there after the fact because when you’re there you know it.

It’s just invaluable. Being able to do three hours twice a week really working. Then, in between each of those classes, getting a good rehearsal in with your acting partner. It’s just incredible. You’re really doing the work, you’re really getting your money’s worth, and you’re putting the time in. It’s putting yourself and giving yourself a set of standards that you thought you had before, but really being put to it and really being challenged as an artist.

There’s no laziness here and there’s no room for it. There is no room for it professionally. You come out of here, especially out of the first year for me, really understanding what it is that you need to work on and how to challenge yourself. You just have such a better idea of how to do it.

Q: What happened during this first year of actor training for you that was a surprise or that changed you about yourself?

A: There are so many things. It’s playing with all of these different temperaments, and being able to access them artistically and understanding the emotional work, because it’s not about emotion, it’s about creating behavior. Recognizing what was more of a challenge for me, because some of the things that I thought would be challenging weren’t challenging and vice versa. Getting to know myself better and know what I take personally, and understanding who I am more as a person and also as an artist is incredible.

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Acting Program – Gabrielle Hespe – Maggie Flanigan Studio – Call 917-789-1599

Q: What’s it like to have a bad day in class?

A: It’s like a bad day at work. It’s bad but it’s something where no matter what happens leaving class, I’d call my significant other and I’d say, “Well, I grew”. That’s the point, is that you’re going to take acting classes. If you’re going to give your money to someone to study what you want to do professionally, you better be growing every second of the way. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be like you’re stuck in the mud but that’s the point.

Q: What’s it like to have a breakthrough in class?

A: Oh my God, it’s amazing. The highs and lows are pretty incredible here. It’s like a roller coaster. Your adrenaline is pumping, and you’re so excited to just do something where you know it’s running, and you’re able to really hit that. It’s something where you’re learning that you can’t recreate things. One class goes really well and the next class may go well, may not go well, you can’t recreate it. That’s how living moment to moment is when you’re doing the work. You can’t recreate that.

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Acting Program Interview – – Gabrielle Hespe – Maggie Flanigan Studio

The Acting Programs at the Maggie Flanigan Studio

Learn more about the acting programs and acting classes at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the acting programs and acting classes page on the acting studio website http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com or by calling the front desk during studio hours at 917-789-1599.

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The First Year – Gabrielle Hespe

The Two Year Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio trains actors based on the teaching and exercises of Sanford Meisner and the Meisner Technique. In this interview with Katie, Gabrielle Hespe discusses her first year in the acting program.

Acting Program Interview – Gabrielle Hespe

Q: Gabrielle, why did you decide to study at Maggie Flanigan Studio?

A: Well, I was really resistant when I came to the city because I was fortunate enough to have representation. It’s hard to find an acting studio that is really worth the money. It’s something where you actually are rehearsing in between classes, and you’re not watching a bunch of people just BS their way through it. It’s something where when you come to the studio, there’s a standard that has to be met, and you know what you have to do, the directions are very clear.

You have to really give it your all and that’s what everyone else around you is doing. It’s exciting because you’re in it together with your class, and you’re actually doing what you came here to do. I chose Maggie Flanigan out of a suggestion from my manager, and I really trust her. I came and I tried that.

Q: What did you think Meisner technique was before you came to the studio?

A: I knew it was going to be repetition-based. I didn’t know much about the actual process of Meisner, but I knew that Meisner is all about listening for everything and putting your attention on someone else. I knew that’s what it should be.

Q: Now that you’ve completed your first year of training, what do you think it is now?

A: Well, it’s not too far from what I thought. It’s really about doing truthfully under imaginary circumstances, which is what acting is. It’s about really listening and putting your attention on the other person, and giving yourself a set of tools that you’re able to do that with. Really understanding what it feels like when you’re lost in the chaos of the moment. Understanding the difference and knowing when you’re there after the fact because when you’re there you know it.

It’s just invaluable. Being able to do three hours twice a week really working. Then, in between each of those classes, getting a good rehearsal in with your acting partner. It’s just incredible. You’re really doing the work, you’re really getting your money’s worth, and you’re putting the time in. It’s putting yourself and giving yourself a set of standards that you thought you had before, but really being put to it and really being challenged as an artist.

There’s no laziness here and there’s no room for it. There is no room for it professionally. You come out of here, especially out of the first year for me, really understanding what it is that you need to work on and how to challenge yourself. You just have such a better idea of how to do it.

Q: What happened during this first year of actor training for you that was a surprise or that changed you about yourself?

A: There are so many things. It’s playing with all of these different temperaments, and being able to access them artistically and understanding the emotional work, because it’s not about emotion, it’s about creating behavior. Recognizing what was more of a challenge for me, because some of the things that I thought would be challenging weren’t challenging and vice versa. Getting to know myself better and know what I take personally, and understanding who I am more as a person and also as an artist is incredible.

Q: What’s it like to have a bad day in class?

A: It’s like a bad day at work. It’s bad but it’s something where no matter what happens leaving class, I’d call my significant other and I’d say, “Well, I grew”. That’s the point, is that you’re going to take acting classes. If you’re going to give your money to someone to study what you want to do professionally, you better be growing every second of the way. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be like you’re stuck in the mud but that’s the point.

Q: What’s it like to have a breakthrough in class?

A: Oh my God, it’s amazing. The highs and lows are pretty incredible here. It’s like a roller coaster. Your adrenaline is pumping, and you’re so excited to just do something where you know it’s running, and you’re able to really hit that. It’s something where you’re learning that you can’t recreate things. One class goes really well and the next class may go well, may not go well, you can’t recreate it. That’s how living moment to moment is when you’re doing the work. You can’t recreate that.

The Acting Programs at the Maggie Flanigan Studio

Learn more about the acting programs and acting classes at the Maggie Flanigan Studio by visiting the acting programs and acting classes page on the acting studio website http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com or by calling the front desk during studio hours at 917-789-1599.

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Summer Acting Program: Faith Cochran Interview

Why I Chose the Summer Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio

The Summer Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio introduces actors to the Meisner technique during the six-week intensive program. Faith Cochran talks about the summer program and why she decided to leave Boston University after the six-week acting program.

Q: Faith, what did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the six-week summer program?

A: That’s a hard question. To train as an actor for me, was a lot about pretending. At least, that’s what I thought. I thought that a good actor was someone who is really good at pretending. Before the summer program, I didn’t really know too much about what being an actor meant.

Q: What happened during the six weeks that changed your perspective on acting and training?

A: The six weeks actually really surprised me. It was so much more about feeling and finding more about who you are as an individual and as a person which makes you become a great actor because you can trigger feelings and trigger different emotions. Being an actor it’s not as much about pretending versus pulling from different experiences within yourself if that makes sense. The six weeks I definitely learned that which was so cool.

Q: What did you learn about yourself that was a surprise?

A: Over the summer it was so hard for me to get angry because I realized in life I never allow myself to get angry because of society and blocking out emotions. That was a struggle for me. Once I overcame that, so much let loose and it was so cool to actually feel that. That was probably the biggest thing that the acting class in the summer allowed me to feel something different.

Q: Why did you decide to come to Maggie Flanigan Studio instead of any of the other Meisner summer programs in New York?

A: To be honest, I just started by looking online. I’m a big review person. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I read the reviews and all the reviews were really good. Then, my aunt, she writes movies. She’s worked with a lot of good directors and stuff and one of them actually recommended Maggie Flanigan to me. According to the reviews and the recommendation, it worked out.

Q: During the summer intensive you studied with Charlie. How would you describe Charlie as a teacher?

A: Charlie is very intense and a little bit intimidating, but it’s in a good way. The whole program is actually a little intimidating, but I think that that’s so important to be able to get out of your comfort zone. To have someone who you know really wants the best for you. That’s what’s good about Charlie is you know that he fully wants you to be the best you can be. He’s willing to give you that extra push to get there. He has a good sense of humor and stuff too. That like lightens it up a little when you feel like you’re either, I don’t know, in your head too much or about to get yelled at. You know that he does want the best for you and that he does have a good sense of humor. That helps too.

Q: Why did you decide to leave Boston University to come here an train in the two-year acting program?

A: I was studying business at Boston University, very different than studying acting here. I guess for me, I wanted to be doing something creative, and so studying business wasn’t really allowing too much of that first of all. Then after coming to the six weeks, being in an environment where everyone wants to be in class was so different for me. It was so refreshing to be with– there were like 12, maybe more, students in my acting class and everyone would come to class every day so ready and so willing to be vulnerable and to challenge themselves.

Whereas sitting in a lecture with 300 people and people falling asleep or texting, it’s like such a different feeling. I felt thankful for the first time for me– to be able to go to class every day and I felt like I was learning way more than I was at grad college. I think there was something about, in college I don’t think anyone really truly knows who they are. Here, I think everyone is trying to more allow themselves to figure that out if that makes sense.

Everyone is searching versus trying to force it. I know that sounds weird, but yes, that was really great. Then I just couldn’t picture myself going back, after six weeks of being so happy and learning and finding myself, going back and sitting in those 200 people lectures and just trying to get through it for a degree.

Q: How has being part of a community of students in the six-week summer intensive, now that you’re back for the two-year program, how has that contributed to your experience?

A: Yes. Because it’s something that everyone is so vulnerable, everyone is looking out for each other which is really nice. I remember when I came for the summer program I was sitting in the lounge and kids who were just finishing their first year were like, “Oh, I remember doing the activity,” and, “Oh, you’ll be fine. You’ll get through it. You’ll feel so good once you figure it out.” Now I’ll see them and they’re in their second year. Everyone is just so friendly.

Getting to work with different partners, I think that brings out different parts of you, like different emotions and different releases. So that’s also really nice. You become like a family. Even just after the six weeks, I still miss so many– the people who don’t live in New York. So yes, that’s really great.

Best Summer Acting Programs in the U.S.

Learn more about the Meisner Summer Intensive Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio and why many students consider this program to be the best summer acting program in the United States, by visiting the studio website [ http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com ]. Interested students with questions can call the studio directly at 917-789-1599 during business hours.

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Summer Acting Program: Faith Cochran Interview

This is Faith Cochran headshot. Faith is studying in the summer acting program and two year acting program at the maggie flanigan studio. She sat with Katie at the studio to discuss why she decided to attend the studio instead of staying in th university program.

Why I Chose the Summer Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio

The Summer Acting Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio introduces actors to the Meisner technique during the six-week intensive program. Faith Cochran talks about the summer program and why she decided to leave Boston University after the six-week acting program.

This is Faith Cochran headshot. Faith is studying in the summer acting program and two year acting program at the maggie flanigan studio. She sat with Katie at the studio to discuss why she decided to attend the studio instead of staying in th university program.

The Top U.S. Summer Acting Program – Maggie Flanigan Studio – Faith Cochran Interview

Q: Faith, what did you think it meant to train as an actor before you started the six-week summer program?

A: That’s a hard question. To train as an actor for me, was a lot about pretending. At least, that’s what I thought. I thought that a good actor was someone who is really good at pretending. Before the summer program, I didn’t really know too much about what being an actor meant.

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“Before the summer program, I didn’t really know too much about what being an actor meant. I thought that a good actor was someone who was really good at pretending.”

Faith CochranSummer Acting Program Interview

Q: What happened during the six weeks that changed your perspective on acting and training?

A: The six weeks actually really surprised me. It was so much more about feeling and finding more about who you are as an individual and as a person which makes you become a great actor because you can trigger feelings and trigger different emotions. Being an actor it’s not as much about pretending versus pulling from different experiences within yourself if that makes sense. The six weeks I definitely learned that which was so cool.

Q: What did you learn about yourself that was a surprise?

A: Over the summer it was so hard for me to get angry because I realized in life I never allow myself to get angry because of society and blocking out emotions. That was a struggle for me. Once I overcame that, so much let loose and it was so cool to actually feel that. That was probably the biggest thing that the acting class in the summer allowed me to feel something different.

Q: Why did you decide to come to Maggie Flanigan Studio instead of any of the other Meisner summer programs in New York?

A: To be honest, I just started by looking online. I’m a big review person. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I read the reviews and all the reviews were really good. Then, my aunt, she writes movies. She’s worked with a lot of good directors and stuff and one of them actually recommended Maggie Flanigan to me. According to the reviews and the recommendation, it worked out.

Q: During the summer intensive you studied with Charlie. How would you describe Charlie as a teacher?

A: Charlie is very intense and a little bit intimidating, but it’s in a good way. The whole program is actually a little intimidating, but I think that that’s so important to be able to get out of your comfort zone. To have someone who you know really wants the best for you. That’s what’s good about Charlie is you know that he fully wants you to be the best you can be. He’s willing to give you that extra push to get there. He has a good sense of humor and stuff too. That like lightens it up a little when you feel like you’re either, I don’t know, in your head too much or about to get yelled at. You know that he does want the best for you and that he does have a good sense of humor. That helps too.

Q: Why did you decide to leave Boston University to come here an train in the two-year acting program?

A: I was studying business at Boston University, very different than studying acting here. I guess for me, I wanted to be doing something creative, and so studying business wasn’t really allowing too much of that first of all. Then after coming to the six weeks, being in an environment where everyone wants to be in class was so different for me. It was so refreshing to be with– there were like 12, maybe more, students in my acting class and everyone would come to class every day so ready and so willing to be vulnerable and to challenge themselves.

Whereas sitting in a lecture with 300 people and people falling asleep or texting, it’s like such a different feeling. I felt thankful for the first time for me– to be able to go to class every day and I felt like I was learning way more than I was at grad college. I think there was something about, in college I don’t think anyone really truly knows who they are. Here, I think everyone is trying to more allow themselves to figure that out if that makes sense.

Everyone is searching versus trying to force it. I know that sounds weird, but yes, that was really great. Then I just couldn’t picture myself going back, after six weeks of being so happy and learning and finding myself, going back and sitting in those 200 people lectures and just trying to get through it for a degree.

Q: How has being part of a community of students in the six-week summer intensive, now that you’re back for the two-year program, how has that contributed to your experience?

A: Yes. Because it’s something that everyone is so vulnerable, everyone is looking out for each other which is really nice. I remember when I came for the summer program I was sitting in the lounge and kids who were just finishing their first year were like, “Oh, I remember doing the activity,” and, “Oh, you’ll be fine. You’ll get through it. You’ll feel so good once you figure it out.” Now I’ll see them and they’re in their second year. Everyone is just so friendly.

Getting to work with different partners, I think that brings out different parts of you, like different emotions and different releases. So that’s also really nice. You become like a family. Even just after the six weeks, I still miss so many– the people who don’t live in New York. So yes, that’s really great.

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Best U.S. Summer Acting Program – Maggie Flanigan Studio

Best Summer Acting Programs in the U.S.

Learn more about the Meisner Summer Intensive Program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio and why many students consider this program to be the best summer acting program in the United States, by visiting the studio website [ http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com ]. Interested students with questions can call the studio directly at 917-789-1599 during business hours.

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