November 26, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Being Undeniable

May your excellence be filled with moments of being undeniable. (Thinkstock)

by Guy Camilleri

After acting side-by-side and coaching hundreds of actors, I have experienced and been fortunate to have observed my share of excellent work at my acting studio, on the set, on stage, and in rehearsals.

But, when an actor is UNDENIABLE (unable to be denied or disputed), I find myself gobsmacked and simultaneously deeply appreciating the power of a single word like undeniable to describe what I’ve just experienced.

What makes a person undeniable?

What makes a person undeniable to me in the casting room, at my studio, on-set, and in rehearsals is the person who is clearly in communion with their senses, an active imagination, the world around them and understands what it feels like to use their mind as a tool in place of being used by it.

How one attains this is much harder to define. Though from what I’m learning about myself and along with having intimate conversations with actors, writers, and directors it seems the constant thread is that the individual had the courage and the willingness to be foolish as they followed through fully on an inspired idea.

Everyone can relate to the person who follows through on an inspired idea, be it right or wrong, good or bad.  That is the individual who was “in the moment” and experienced it so fully that those in the room were affected in such a way, they cannot deny what they just experienced.

Those are the times, I’ve thought to myself, “okay, well that was undeniable.”

A working example of an undeniable moment for me was in Kenneth Lonergan’s film, Manchester by the Sea. The moment I’m highlighting was that very moment when Michelle Williams’ character speaks to Casey Affleck’s character on a street corner. That scene, I would argue, was undeniable on a universal level.

How they arrived at that moment as actors are, I imagine, Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply affecting script, two actors trusting in their respective craft and the courage to follow through at a level of communion I spoke of earlier.

As an actor, I may not be able to control the casting room I’m in, though what I can control is my willingness to be undeniable. As much as I would love to book the job if after leaving the room I overheard the casting director say “he may or may not be right for this part, but my god, what he just did was undeniable. He’s definitely going on our short list to call in again!”

May your excellence be filled with moments of being undeniable.

1. Guy Camilleri
Venice acting coach Guy Camilleri

Guy Camilleri is a Venice-based actor and acting coach. He teaches regular classes on Wednesday nights at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. For details email guy@rawactingstudio.com. Follow Guy on Instagram @guycamilleri.

Related Posts

Column: Erin Darling Concedes Race to Traci Park to Succeed Mike Bonin in LA’s CD-11

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

The close contest between two Venetians ends with Park garnering 53% of the vote to Darling’s 47% By Nick Antonicello...

Column: How Long is Too Long?

November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022

Why is it taking this much time to tabulate who won and who lost for LA Mayor, City Council? By...

Column – Gas Gougers Beware: California Is Onto You at Last

November 11, 2022

November 11, 2022

By Tom Elias It has taken more than 50 years of on-and-off gasoline price gouging, but at long last California...

$87,581,047.01: Candidate Rick Caruso on Pace to Smash All Spending Records in His Bid to Become Mayor of Los Angeles

November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

Caruso overwhelming Bass nearly 10-1! By Nick Antonicello According to the LA Ethics Commission as of October 31st, billionaire developer...

“Ten Takes” to Watch as CD-11 Hopefuls Park & Darling Close out the Campaign in a Mad Dash to the Finish Line!

November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

By Nick Antonicello And after some sixteen months of posturing, positioning and intensive campaigning be it door to door, shaking...

Column: Who’s the ‘True’ Democrat in CD-11?

October 30, 2022

October 30, 2022

So who is the true Democrat in this race to succeed Mike Bonin in CD-11? While the campaign for city...

Column: Tenant Support Could Tip the Political Scales in CD-11 Council Race

October 29, 2022

October 29, 2022

Darling pushes advocacy of renter’s rights over Park in tightly contested battle to succeed Mike Bonin! By Nick Antonicello In...

Column: Money & Messaging That Is Persuasive and Memorable May Just Make Rick Caruso Our Next Mayor!

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

Moving away from direct mail, Caruso saturates broadcast television with a more disciplined message that is resonating with an angry...

Column: The Flower Avenue Debacle: Five Years of Government Inaction & Failure!

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

Exhausted by Mike Bonin’s indifference and LA City incompetence, tenants & homeowner look to incoming councilmember to end encampment! By...

Column: Excess School Lands for Teacher Housing?

October 22, 2022

October 22, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist Do voters want more teachers living in their communities, even if it means a little more...

Column: Sparks Fly at South Brentwood Residents Association Council Forum

October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022

In one of the more animated and interesting forums in the race to succeed retiring Councilman Mike Bonin, the gloves...

Column: What Next for LA?

October 18, 2022

October 18, 2022

By Nick Antonicello The ongoing racism scandal that has engulfed and swallowed city government whole could be an opportunity in...

Column: Racist Remarks Have No Place in Politics or Government

October 14, 2022

October 14, 2022

The ugly side of our discourse rears its head once again! By Nick Antonicello Some thirty years ago Rodney King...

Column: Candidates Darling & Park Move to the Center in CD-11 on the Issue of Homelessness

October 13, 2022

October 13, 2022

Recent mailings suggest a consensus, common sense approach as campaign intensifies in closing weeks! By Nick Antonicello While campaigns have...