Strong actors need to be able to memorize their lines. And strong actors need to be authentic and real in the moment. But how you memorize can really get in the way of your ability to be present. (Remember: being present means you’re actually reacting to the other person in the here and now.) Continue reading “How To Memorize Lines Meaningfully And Effectively”
Robin helps me trust my instincts. I don’t think there is any greater gift for an actor. (IMDB page)
Robin helped me to stop “acting” and start living in my work. After being in her class and doing private coaching with her, I became much more confident in my auditions as well as on set. Her deep awareness of human behavior, passion for teaching and learning, sense of humor and ability to understand what each of her clients needs to break through their own unique barriers/blocks are what make her one of the greatest coaches I’ve had. (IMDB page)
I’ve studied with numerous teachers and to this day, Robin has been the most impactful of them all. Her intelligence, coupled with her passion for the craft and for actors, makes her truly trustworthy. She absolutely loves her job! Robin caters to each person’s own individual journey. She understands how to guide you through the process of breaking down a script with mastery, creating a full life, finding specifics with relationships, the world, and the camera. She finds the truth in you and helps brings that to life on screen.
When we’ve had one on one conversations about life in general, she truly sees who you are as a person and nurtures your strengths with her warmth and authenticity. When she believes in you, you believe it. I’m truly grateful to work with such a wonderful person and will always look to her for guidance. (IMDB page)
Robin was the first acting coach I had when I got to LA and I still find myself going back to her teachings when I approach an audition. She has a very welcoming personality and made me feel safe to take chances and try new things. From the moment I met her, I felt like she was a long lost friend or relative I hadn’t seen in a while. She has one of those beautiful souls that you can’t help but take valuable lessons from! (IMDB page)
I really enjoy working with Robin. She creates space for you to find your own truth and teaches you to trust yourself. She helped me create structure without losing spontaneity. (IMDB page)
Robin has a deep understanding of actors: she makes me feel safe and free while holding me to the highest gold standard. Thanks to Robin, my auditions are more connected and authentic.
Most importantly, she has given me the priceless gift of knowing how to own a role completely, no matter the time constraint – an invaluable resource for an auditioning actor. I am so grateful to you, Robin! (IMDB page)
My work with Robin landed me my first series regular role. I coached with her for my callback and before I even had a chance to share the notes that I’d gotten from the Casting Director, Robin already knew what I needed to bring to the role. We got to the physical core of my character and I left feeling really empowered and clear about my choices.
It was such a great experience I asked Robin to coach me again for a “third” audition tape. No one had asked me for another tape, but I was going out of the country and I wanted to be prepared. I explained this to Robin and she was super supportive and committed to helping me get my best work – even if we didn’t know if anyone would be watching.
Luckily, someone did and I booked the job. Our role prep coaching sessions took it all even deeper, so I could bring a complex character to every shoot. (IMDB page)
I absolutely loved your intensive class and will be coming to you when I need coaching. Thank you so much for everything. (IMDB page)
Coaching with Robin helps me get to the truth and heart of any character. She makes it simple yet effective which helps me spend less time in my head and more time in my body. (IMDB page)
Working with Robin changed the game for me as an actor. I had plenty of training, but my audition technique needed a lot of work. She helped lay the foundation for all of my acting prep and performance moving forward. I started getting callbacks and bookings! With self-tapes being the new norm, I now make smart, creative adjustments to the life I’m living in order to give a full, more dynamic audition.
Robin is a fierce and passionate teacher and coach, and most importantly, she believes in her clients. Every time I work with Robin, her faith in me helps me to push myself through the moments of insecurity that we all face and focus on the work instead.
After working with Robin, I was finally able to walk into an audition room with confidence. She will always be my go-to acting coach and I’ll continue to recommend her to every actor I know. Robin will work with you, not for you (and not at you), and get you to where you want to go in the work!
I had never even tested for a pilot and I wanted to get to that level. This past pilot season I coached with Robin on almost every audition I had and SHE LEVELED ME UP! Not only did I test for 3 different pilot roles, I BOOKED ONE! I’m now role prep coaching with Robin on my very first network sitcom pilot and I’m going in feeling confident and ready. Working with her has made the difference!
Studying with Robin has been such a blessing. Her approach to each character was literally the missing link for me to fully understand how to truly create and become confident living the life of each individual human. She empowered me in ways no other acting teacher has done before. I am so grateful. (IMDB page)
Thanks for making acting fun again and not some intense competition. It’s more exciting when you stop working and start playing. (IMDB page)
Thank you for your extraordinary dedication and energy. I enjoy the process again! I’ve been getting much more pleasure and satisfaction out of my work since we met. You’ve shown me that this incredible journey I’m on is a fun and exciting exploration rather than a threat. So, thank you!
A very fine actress recently told me that she looked up other actor’s self-tapes online after submitting her own. After noting that one particular gal’s performance was “trash,” she was shocked and devastated that this same gal was at the callback… and it almost threw her in the room.
What we pay attention to – what we feed ourselves – has a great impact on our creative and inner life. So are you doing what you can to take care of your artist? Or are you succumbing to the beast within? Which are you feeding? Let’s look: Continue reading “Please Don’t Feed The Beast”
“In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked trout pond. We’ve got big fish, little fish, fat fish, skinny fish– an abundance of artistic fish to fry. As artists, we must…maintain this artistic ecosystem.
If we don’t give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked. As artists we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them– to restock the trout pond, so to speak. I call this process filling the well.” – Julia Cameron, “The Artist’s Way” Continue reading “Fill The Well. Put Down Your Phone.”
“That was a train wreck.”
“I sucked so bad.”
“…..” The actor struggles internally, but the words “I’m a horrible actor and I’ve just embarrassed myself in front of all my peers and/or casting. I should just give up and go back to being an accountant in Arkansas,” read clearly in his expression. Continue reading “The Number One Thing Actors Should Stop Doing”
Does Lady Gaga stop singing for several months? Do Alvin Ailey dancers hang up their dance shoes for weeks on end? Does Eric Clapton let his guitar gather dust until his next gig? Does Olympic Gold Metalist Gabby Douglas stop going to the gym for half the year? Continue reading “Act Like A Pro”
If you had a wound on your arm that was scabbing over, would you pick at it and open it up? If you have ever done that, then you know you risk infection and a much longer healing process.
So if you wouldn’t do that to your body, why would you ever rip open an emotional wound?
Some actors pick at those emotional scabs for their craft. They use personal experiences (aka: substitution) so they can achieve an emotion. But the internal results are the same as picking at a physical scab; more pain and less healing. Continue reading “How Substitution Hurts The Actor”