Mar 7 • 17M

The Elysium Aesthetic

The Road To Elysium

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Happy Monday! We’re back with Acting Class Daily and Class One of The Elysium Aesthetic - we begin each month with a Week One tone-setter. A perspective-shaper for the tools and practices we’ll be covering over the next three weeks in each of our three areas of growth: artistry, instrument and craft.

Let’s begin by looking at the elements of Earning Excellence.

Not for fleeting success, but for the muscles, the instincts, the habits, that make this type of work - living truthfully through imaginary circumstances with personal, professional pride …

To make it our constant.

The Road To Elysium.

Elysian Field (Creative Communication)

This Month’s Focus

Class One: The Road To Elysium

Today’s Class

The Road To Elysium (Notes)

Today’s Finish Line

Knowing how to reach the finish line of Earned Excellence.

PREVIOUS: The Muscles of Preparation NEXT: Elysium Artist

New to our work? These four chapters of our overview are where we recommend you start: Kindred Spirits, What Is Good Acting?, Growing Excellence, The Muscles of Preparation.

Questions or challenges with anything we cover? Free subscribers can reply to any email + connect with me live each Thursday on Radio Elysium. Paid members have 24/7 access to my feedback on Discord + The Sunday Schmooz weekly video coaching hangouts.

The Olympic Spirit.

We’ll use this space to recap each week’s personal crafting work - and share the discoveries and challenges of teammates within our community.

Personal Crafting Work

Dull Daily Doings

Over the span of three days capture & refine a Main List of your Dull Daily Doings (brush teeth, walk to car, open fridge, tie shoes, tap phone screen, sit on couch, turn on faucet, etc):

  1. Day One Focus: Morning doings

  2. Day Two Focus: Afternoon doings

  3. Day Three Focus: Evening doings

Dull daily doings are only things that happen every single day (no exceptions!), are never reliant on others, and are done without much thought, automatically/instinctually.

Earned Excellence

“… rung #1 on the ladder of where we’re going.”

Write down a specific moment in your life where you:

  1. Embraced your baseline.

  2. Surrendered to the process.

  3. Accepted the twists/turns that found you.

Share your weekly discoveries & challenges and we’ll include them on Mondays. Simply hit ‘reply’ to this email. Members can share anytime on Discord and comment here on Substack:

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Put It Up On The Wall!

We had a tradition of capturing quotes on the Elysium walls. The torch has now been passed to the digital realm. We’ll use this space to highlight quotes and translate those terms we tend to throw around.

Today’s Quote

'‘A high-five through the time-space continuum!”

Glossary Gigantum

ELYSIUM; the Ancient Greek notion of paradise and the finish line of our work.

The Greeks believed that paradise was reserved for those who earned it. Happy heroes who got to spend eternity working on what they loved, with the people they loved, where they most loved working.

And that’s what we want as actors.

Being our best artistic self. Being surrounded by the best teammates. Loving the moment.

Everything we do in our training, muscle-building, and perspective-shaping builds the habits and instincts to make that level of meaningful success inevitable.

Sample the ‘stacks.

In honor of our friends at The Sample (who knew the coolest newsletters to send me … and here we are today!) each Monday I’ll highlight a Substacker that’s tickling my tastebuds:

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