October 19, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

The Big C – Craft!

By Guy Camilleri

Do you believe craft (skill in planning, making, or executing) is important in your pursuit of being an actor? If so, what is the level of your craft as an actor?

In New York, when I was starting on my path as an actor, I sought out to study and train with a ‘master teacher’. I felt it was in my best interest to invest in learning from someone who was not only proficient in their field but also someone with life experience, compassion, insights and a sense of humor to boot. I found these traits in Gene Frankel at his studio, the Gene Frankel Theatre. It was here I learned, practiced and developed a way of working as an actor.

After years of study, practice and application of said craft in film, television and theatre, I felt that I could rely on the tools I developed. It was important to me to have a sense of freedom to relate and respond spontaneously opposite my scene partner without exhausting my instrument (body, mind and spirit).

In hindsight, I would have been lost without a sense of craft…like a sailor on the ocean unable to read his instruments. Often, I witness actors with that ‘lost at sea’ look on their face unsure of what to do in the moment. With craft in hand, actors can read, navigate, adjust and calibrate critical decision making, moment to moment.

Without craft, an actor may deliver what is needed by a director once (or twice), but it’s rare to witness an actor repeat what is being requested of them multiples times on any given day and over a longer period of time. This is where the tools come in to play and prove to be invaluable.

“We have not the strength with which to fight this man; we must … win, if we can win, by craft. – Jack London

The use of craft is empowering, liberating and will ultimately serve you throughout your journey. It will also impress those who watch you in action. The last thing an actor wants to hear is that someone could see them working (in their head) vs. experiencing an actor engaged with another human being and reacting to what is actually happening in the moment!

The teaching and commitment to the craft of acting are part and parcel to the RAW ‘methodology’ I developed at my studio in Venice, CA. I look forward to being of assistance to you to develop and/or deepen your craft as an actor, writer, director.

Rock On!

Guy Camilleri is a Venice-based actor, acting-life coach, and poet. His classes are packed with actors, writers, directors and creative people from all walks of life on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Electric Lodge, in Venice.
His private coaching specializes in building characters for film, television, stage, audition preparation, self-taped auditions, original reels and self-expression in any field of interest. To audit, enroll in a class or book a coaching session, visit www.guycamilleri.com. Follow Guy on Instagram and Facebook.

Related Posts

Pali High Debuts Fall Musical Avenue Q Live on Stage

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Pali high students bring the musical Avenue Q to the stage for a limited time. Video brought to you by...

UCLA awarded $1 Million Dollars Towards Enabling Safer Bike Commutes

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

The Civic Bicycle Commuting team along with partners is one of six competitors for the Civic Innovation Challenge backed by...

Barn Owl Nesting Box Program Comes to The Westside.

October 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

The barn owl nesting box program from Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife is helping these birds create a network of...

Missing Woman Last Seen in Venice Beach

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

Jessie Jean-Baptiste last seen Saturday By Sam Catanzaro Police are seeking a missing 25-year-old woman last seen in Venice Beach...

Canstruction Fights Hunger Through Art

September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

International hunger relief fundraiser Canstruction makes an appearance at the Westfield Century City mall and we have the highlights. Video...

The Rich History of Prehemptive CBD Creams

September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021

The following is a question and answer with Paul Herve, founder of Prehemptive CBD creams, based on the formulas of a botanical...

Top-Rated Poster Printing Services in Los Angeles

September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

So you want a piece of promotional artwork that is eye-catching and makes a statement. Maybe you’re a store looking...

Comedian Fuquan Johnson One of 1 of 3 Dead Following Suspected Overdose at Venice Party

September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021

Early Saturday morning incident remains under investigation By Sam Catanzaro Comedian Fuquan Johnson was among one of three people who...

Gambling and Mental Health: Tips For The Casino

August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

With the advent of online casinos, gambling has become a more popular pastime than ever before. It’s estimated that a...

Final Weekend of Marina Drive-In Movie Summer Series With New Movies Added

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

WHERE: Marina del Rey Boat Launch Ramp, 13477 Fiji Way at Parking Lot #2 COST: $20 per vehicle, per movie...

Market Report: What is the Difference Between a Peach and a Nectarine?

August 25, 2021

August 25, 2021

Today at the Santa Monica farmers market Murray Farms answers all of our stone fruit questions in this video brought...

Main Street Traffic Closures Return This Weekend

August 20, 2021

August 20, 2021

Sharing an Open Main Street back for second time this summer August 21 – 22 By Sam Catanzaro  The summer’s...

Venice Restaurants Vie for Michelin Stars

August 19, 2021

August 19, 2021

Prestigious guide returning to California next month By Kerry Slater The Michelin Guide is returning to California next month after...

Venice Outdoor Venues Offer Maskless Event Experience

August 15, 2021

August 15, 2021

When mask mandates were lifted across California last month, the citizens of Los Angeles County breathed a collective sigh of...

What to Wear When Attending the Breeders’ Cup 2021

August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

Choosing the right clothing is a big part of the fun of going to a popular horse racing event such...