Originally posted by TRUTHTELLER59:
Originally posted by jruda:
Fact..Mr. Meisner himself (while commuting from New York and Los Angeles) when he was in Los Angeles-He taught at Playhouse West for the last 10 years of his teaching career.
Unfortunately, PW is not what it was 20 plus years ago. Now they have way too many teachers underneath Bob Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum.
PW is good if you want a taste of Meisner training if you have to wait for September for an opening in a traditional 2 year program or after you're done with a traditional 2 year and want VERY affordable ongoing training.
Fact: Mr. Meisner wasn't commuting back and forth between LA and NY, he was sick and moved to LA to avoid the NY winters. Bob Carnegie and Sandy Meisner had maintained a correspondence between them for years prior to Sandy's arrival so when Sandy needed a place to conduct his classes in LA to begin, he held those classes at the Playhouse West studio on Lankershim. Then, Sandy took his classes to The Actor's Workout up the street and finally to the Sanford Meisner Center until his passing.
FACT: The name on the building cannot teach you to act. Sanford Meisner is not in the room to tell you what needs fixing or how to fix it. Sandy's dead. I was at the funeral, he's gone.
FACT: Everyone who teaches at Playhouse West has spent at least 4 years there, most have been there 10-20 years.
FACT: Playhouse West is the right training for people who will never quit. People who intend to be actors for the rest of their lives. NOT the folks who show up for 6 months to "give acting a shot." Two years of training is NOTHING in the life of an artist. Ask a dancer or a professional musician how many hours a week they train and practice.
FACT: Playhouse West has been successfully training newcomers for 33 years and probably has the highest percentage of working actors as alumni of any acting school anywhere.
Scott Caan, Ashley Judd, James Franco, Jim Parrack, Mike DeLorenzo, even Oleg Taktarov. Hundreds of working actors have Playhouse West on their resume's.
YES, 20 years ago the training was harder at Playhouse West. That's when I studied and taught there. I kept Oleg Taktarov in the Beginning level class for over two years. The results were that on his FIRST audition he was cast in a starring role with Robert DiNero. He's done TWO films with DiNero.
Today, the standard remains the same but you can't be that hard on the kinds of students who show up in Hollywood and feel entitled to their Oscars because they deigned to arrive.
Now, I'm not there now, but I know all the people of whom are spoken so glibly and callously and I will say this to the the bitter and disenfranchised; When they have accomplished something THEN they have the right to criticize.
Acting is the most competitive business in the world. If you are not over-prepared don't even think of competing for the top slots or even the lowliest.
If someone wanted to play in the NFL and took a couple of two day "intensives" or a workshop here and there, or had made the staggering commitment to 6 WEEKS of training, then showed up for a "Try Out", they'd be laughed out of the stadium.
Only in Hollywood do newbies expect a $20million dollar paycheck without working for it.
That's my opinion. The point of distinction between mine and yours may be that I'm speaking from personal experience and am armed with facts.
I hope that helps.