Feb 14 • 1HR 38M

The Elysium Aesthetic

Week #2: What Is Good Acting?

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Happy Monday! Welcome to Acting Class Daily.

I wonder what would have happened if I could have sat down with my teachers before training and asked them for their thoughts on acting? On what they love about it, how they view success, and their passion for what’s possible by training in their direction.

Today let’s take the time to lay out the landscape of our journey ahead.

Crystalizing what you’ll be left with after giving your energy, time, passion … all those ways we invest in ourselves honestly when growing as an actor.

Taking the time at the start, to know exactly what you’ll be left with when we cross the finish line together.

The Road To Elysium.

Elysian Fields by Robert Atkinson Fox

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This Month’s Focus

The Elysium Aesthetic Overview

Today’s Class

What Is Good Acting?

Today’s Finish Line

Clarifying our worldview on acting and the value of training in the direction of Elysium. Making that make sense with a finish line that holds us to account.

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The Olympic Spirit.

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Personal Crafting Work

Acting Barometer Muscle Builder: Knowings vs. Choices

  1. Taste back to locate 1-acting choice + 1-character knowing for your last audition.

  2. Taste back to locate 1-acting choice + 1-character knowing for your last rehearsal.

  3. Taste back to locate 1-acting choice + 1-character knowing for your last performance.

Creative Communication

Capture the answers to each the following questions with a very specific piece of Creative Communication:

  1. What is your name?

  2. Where is your home?

  3. What is either the best/worst moment of your life?

  4. What do you look like to other people?

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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.

Glossary Gigantum

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ACTOR’S BAROMETER; the instinctual knowing, taste, signal from your soul that you are moving in the right (or wrong) direction. That thing inside you that is your lifetime guide. The muscle of betting on yourself in the face of the unknown. Your lifetime artistic guide.

Something shaped into a super-strength with The Elysium Aesthetic work.

CREATIVE COMMUNICATION; the taste of any sound, image or object. Creative Communication goes beyond the words we use in daily life. Words we use because that’s what other people understand … but words that leave parts of what we know behind. We Elysium Artists have a motto: “Leave no creative truth behind!”

Creative communication captures what you know, what you really mean. We reach into the nooks and crannies of expression by using part of a song, a brushstroke on a painting, a shadow falling in a picture, the feel of an object …

It’s how we Elysium Artists speak the poetic language of our soul.

Today’s Quote

“I want to be Jon Snow in Game of Thrones standing there with the sword as all those horses are charging towards me! With all those Orcs, or those Morcs … I think I’m getting it confused with Lord of the Rings.”

Play On.

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Aaron’s Notes

Members have access to my handwritten notes for each audio chapter, bonus resources, personal nicknacks, and … a moment of magic.

The Notebook

PCW on bottom of the page is touched on next class.

EA Outros

Music inspired by our work, to carry us into the break.

Knicks & Knacks

Home - Creative Communication

Moment of Magic

Romeo & Juliet (2017)

Speaking of Juliet :-) … when we moved into the old Ante’s restaurant in San Pedro I found an opportunity to bring their love to life as the first production in our new space.

Here’s how we went into intermission … with the wedding vows of Romeo and Juliet.