19 episodes

The wish. From a Russian theatre school in Uzbekistan to performing on 42nd Street, my life, onstage and off, has been led by my wishes. As an international actress, writer and teacher, I am passionate about helping you step into your true artistic self while building the ensemble. Think of this podcast as your laboratory. Consider me your scene partner. And in this space, let your impulses run free.

Each week, you’ll tap into inspiration, technique and community. Whether it’s an intimate solo episode or cozy chat with a guest, you are sure to be in a constant process of #workontheself. Let’s turn down our brains, trust our bodies, activate our inner resources and find joy in the process. Together, let’s take the leap from Actor to Artist.

The Actor’s Wis‪h‬ Sera Heywood-Rakhimova

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

The wish. From a Russian theatre school in Uzbekistan to performing on 42nd Street, my life, onstage and off, has been led by my wishes. As an international actress, writer and teacher, I am passionate about helping you step into your true artistic self while building the ensemble. Think of this podcast as your laboratory. Consider me your scene partner. And in this space, let your impulses run free.

Each week, you’ll tap into inspiration, technique and community. Whether it’s an intimate solo episode or cozy chat with a guest, you are sure to be in a constant process of #workontheself. Let’s turn down our brains, trust our bodies, activate our inner resources and find joy in the process. Together, let’s take the leap from Actor to Artist.

    BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL, GORGEOUS with Lanise Antoine Shelley

    BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL, GORGEOUS with Lanise Antoine Shelley

    We have an incredible guest for you today: Lanise Antoine Shelley!! I had the privilege of watching Lanise perform at Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada years ago and have admired her work and journey ever since. 
     
    Lanise Antoine Shelley is a multi-passionate Haitian actress, director, playwright, podcast host and visual artist. You may know her from Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Empire, Discovery World, and Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth HD. 
     
    She has had the immense pleasure of studying abroad six times while achieving a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University, certificate in classical theatre from the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.

    Additionally, she was nominated for the Princess Grace Award, nominated for a Jeff award, nominated Best Leading Actress by the BTAA, and was Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Chicago Fellow 2016. As a director, she served as Victory Gardens Theater's Directors Inclusion Initiative Fellow 2019. 
     
    Learn how over the course of Lanise’s prolific career many opportunities birthed out of intuitive pings, and how she routinely summoned the faith, took leaps and followed the calls along the way. 
     
    By the end of this episode, you will never show up to an audition without being donned in your finest attire!
     
    You’ll discover:
    How Lanise’s vivid imagination as a child catapulted her into many artistic avenues
    Why Lanise prefers the terms intercountry, intercultural or interracial adoptee vs transracial 
    What Lanise encourages artists to do to allow themselves to absorb the world and apply it to their art
    Why Lanise dresses up for auditions (yes, you are Beautiful, Powerful, Gorgeous!)
    What artistic goal took her 9 years to manifest
    The 3 plays she performed in at Stratford Festival that blew her expectations 
    The biggest takeaways she got from studying at the Moscow Art Theatre 
    How she was inspired by a birth chart reading that ignited the trajectory of her podcast “When They Were Young”
    How she wrote and directed her play “Pretended” in quarantine
    Why Lanise is on a crusade to lift the fog and misconceptions on the fairytale centric qualities of adoption 
    How Lanise can talk so freely because of the healing work she has done 
     
    We explore all of this and SO much more!! Take a screenshot of this episode and tag @lantoines and @serabanda in your Instagram stories to let us know what you thought of this episode!
     
    Lanise provides her own special #speechforthestage for us so be sure to stick to the end and incorporate these awesome trills into your routine. 
     
    Visit Lanise on facebook!
     
    Check out Lanise’s website!
     
    Tune into When They Were Young: Amplifying Voices of Adoptees and check out @youngadoptee on Instagram!
     
    Be sure to check out One Child Nation on Amazon. 
     
    Write me a wish letter and let me know what you want to discuss next! impulse@actortoartist.com
     
    Join the International Ensemble on Instagram: @actortoartist
     
    Grab my Free Energy Exercise to co-create your dream #actorslife!
     
    Disclaimer:
    Your use of the content on this podcast, content on actortoartist.com, content on our social media or content from our email list is at your own risk. Actor to Artist does not guarantee any results from using this content and is for educational purposes only. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult, and obtain a professional for your medical, psychological, legal, financial, health or other help that you may need for your situation.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Unlock the Key To Energy

    Unlock the Key To Energy

    “Once you unlock the key to energy, you never lose it” - Marina Romanovna Turpisheva
     
    Today, it’s just you and I, and we dive deep into the Essence of the Actor’s Art: Energy. 
    And HOW to harness energetic expansion for yourself onstage, onscreen and in life. 
    This. Very. Moment. 
     
    You’ll learn:
    Why energy is so important yet often overlooked 
    Why the Ilkhom Theatre’s training puts such heavy focus on the energy of the actor (and the benefits that affords its artists, ensemble and performances)
    Why we must return to technical training to continually grow, connect with our partners and become our own energetic generators
    How even in dark, ugly roles we must begin from a point of positive energy
    How energy work literally alters the chemistry inside of you, your relationship to space, objects and people 
    My favourite energy exercises for the stage
    How to recalibrate your energy this very moment and commit to a solid practice of growth
     
    Grow your energetic bandwidth with my FREE Energy Exercise! Amplify your Presence Onstage & Onscreen. Psssst you can also do it every morning to set the tone of your day!
     
    Take your energy work a step further with a Distant Reiki Energy Healing Session!
     
    Let’s remember our other daily devotions: #speethforthestage
    a e i o u 
    R → K
    K → R
    ray-kay, ree-kee, rai-kai, roh-koh, roo-koo
    kay-ray, kee-ree, kai-rai, koh-roh, koo-roo
    ray-kay-kay, ree-kee-kee, rai-kai-kai, roh-koh-koh, roo-koo-koo
    kay-ray-ray, kee-ree-ree, kai-rai-rai, koh-roh-roh, koo-roo-roo
     
    Share your energy work progression: take a screenshot of this episode and tag me in your IG stories @serabanda! Let me know any & all of your thoughts, “aha’s” and breakthroughs. 
     
    Write me your wish letter: impulse@actortoartist.com

     
    Disclaimer:
    Your use of the content on this podcast, content on actortoartist.com, content on our social media or content from our email list is at your own risk. Actor to Artist does not guarantee any results from using this content and is for educational purposes only. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult, and obtain a professional for your medical, psychological, legal, financial, health or other help that you may need for your situation.
    Energy healing systems such as Reiki are not meant to take the place of standard medical or psychological treatment, but to complement and work along with it. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical illness. If you have medical concerns you are advised to contact a licensed physician.

    • 25 min
    In Pursuit of Divine Truth with Tyler Polumsky (Part II)

    In Pursuit of Divine Truth with Tyler Polumsky (Part II)

    "Existing is a constant state of overcoming if you want to grow” - Tyler Polumsky
     
    Before we jump in, take stock: where do you find feelings of freedom onstage or onscreen?
     
    *If you haven’t listened to Part I, we suggest doing so first!*
     
    Part II gets even juicier as Tyler and I explore the tendencies, techniques, energies and ethos between Eastern and Western acting. The way artists are raised and the ways they’re expected to create in the world.
     
    You’ll learn about:
    Cerebral tendencies in Western art vs. the visceral world-building in the East (the itch, the breeze, the scent, the dust)
    Analysis vs. études (you’ll learn what an étude is) and how études become building blocks to the visceral worlds we create onstage 
    Why it’s so important to know yourself as an individual in art
    How Western theatre & schooling isn’t built to ‘take your time’ but excels in production
    How Western training gears actors up to work authentically in cinema, but the same toolbelt doesn’t translate to the stage
    How the Russian method curates their schooling process in mindful way that supports young actors to become artists
    How Russian masters teach during the day and put their methods into action onstage at night
    Why no Ilkhom student does a monologue until their 6th semester (the end of their second year)
    How the business of the artist isn’t to engage the intellect, but the heart and soul
     
    And SO much more. You’ll also discover why Ilkhom students aren’t allowed to walk through the Ilkhom playhouse, what I did for my invisible object étude and what Tyler is most excited about creating right now!
     
    Take a screenshot of this episode and tag @tolyatolyantolik and @serabanda in your Instagram stories to let us know what you thought of this episode!
     
    "If you want to be a great artist, start by working on being a great person" - Mark Weil
     
    Let’s continue to work on ourselves, together!!
     
    Create distinction and ease in your mouth!
    #speechforthestage
    B → P
    P → B
    Bayp-beep-baip-bohp-boop
    Payb-peeb-paib-pohb-poob
     
    Wanna make a podcast-in-motion? Join the International Ensemble and get my FREE energy exercise to co-create your dream #actorslife! 
     
    Disclaimer:
    Your use of the content on this podcast, content on actortoartist.com, content on our social media or content from our email list is at your own risk. Actor to Artist does not guarantee any results from using this content and is for educational purposes only. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult, and obtain a professional for your medical, psychological, legal, financial, health or other help that you may need for your situation.
     

    • 54 min
    In Pursuit of Divine Truth with Tyler Polumsky (Part I)

    In Pursuit of Divine Truth with Tyler Polumsky (Part I)

    We have a wonderful guest for you today: my previous teacher, translator and actor of The Ilkhom Theatre (among many other theatres) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Tyler Polumsky! Our conversation went way longer than expected so we have two parts to this episode!
     
    Tyler Polumsky has worked professionally as an actor, director, producer, musician,  scenic designer, and teacher. He found his true creative voice and artistic aesthetic studying acting and directing with the late Mark Weil at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. During his nearly 10 years in Tashkent, he became the first and only American to work in Ilkhom’s Main Ensemble, performing in the standing repertoire and touring with the group to Russia, France, Poland, Japan, and elsewhere. As a Master Teacher in the Ilkhom Theatre School of Drama, he taught acting (M. Chekhov, Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, Grotowski), plasticas (Physical Improvisation and Biomechanics), and elocution (English and Russian). As Assistant Master, he taught Lecoq Methods (masks, clown, buffoonery),  fencing and acrobatics, voice, and theatre history. 
     
    Since returning to Seattle in 2012, Tyler has worked with The Seagull Project, appearing in The Seagull, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. He has taught with Freehold, presented workshops and master classes at the University of Washington, and taught and directed at Cornish College of the Arts. He joined Akropolis Performance Lab as an Artistic Associate in 2015, created the role of the Bad Angel for APL’s production of Ecce Faustus (2016) and is Raskolnikov in Crime + Punishment (2017-18). Tyler prefers the long form, ensemble-driven approach to the craft such as is practiced by APL, which better reflects his roots in the Russian theatre tradition.
     
    The concept of истина / istina / divine or cosmic truth, arose early on in our chat. Istina is the essence of the Ilkhom Theatre's training, its performances, its school and lives in its artists.
     
    We take a deep dive into:
    the difference between Eastern & Western training systems
    the importance of energetic exchanges onstage and off
    the rigorous technical training and experience that is required to access moments of naked, universal truth onstage
    the late creator of the Ilkhom Theatre, Mark Weil, and his lifelong pursuit of the merging of East & West (and how these worlds danced and collided onstage)
    seeking out spaces of resonance and how that can be the bridge across cultures 
    the integral part of the Russian system that’s skipped over in the West 
    the necessity of tuning into the partner
     
    And SO much more!
     
    “It’s great to tell a story. It’s better to tell a story and somebody walks out of there and it’s part of their DNA.”
     
    Take a screenshot of this episode and tag @tolyatolyantolik and @serabanda in your Instagram stories to let us know what you thought of this episode!
     
    Top off your #speechforthestage:
    a e i o u
    T
    D
    tay-tee-tai-toh-too
    day-dee-dai-doh-doo
     
    Be sure to put a pin in this conversation and catch us for Part II next week!
     
    Create your dream #actorslife with my FREE energy exercise!
     
    Disclaimer:
    Your use of the content on this podcast, content on actortoartist.com, content on our social media or content from our email list is at your own risk. Actor to Artist does not guarantee any results from using this content and is for educational purposes only. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult, and obtain a professional for your medical, psychological, legal, financial, health or other help that you may need for your situation.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    I AM ENOUGH with N'Tasha Anders

    I AM ENOUGH with N'Tasha Anders

    We have an aaamazing guest for you today: N’Tasha Anders! N’Tasha is an actress, artist and my fellow Teen Council partner from our time teaching comprehensive sex-Ed in high school via Planned Parenthood. 
     
    N’Tasha received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. Upon graduation, she completed a nine month Artistic Ensemble Program at the Milwaukee Repertory in Wisconsin. She traveled for years with Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre. Through Book-It Repertory Theatre,  she gained her love for Childrens' Theatre and learned the importance of the Comprehensive workshop classes that they facilitated after every performance. She took this passion for working with the youth with her to NYC and began working with a nonprofit organization called Changing Theater Perspectives as she continued to pursue her acting career. She now focuses on cultivating inclusive curriculum and group activities that expands the physical, emotional, and social growth development of children and young adults in Houston, Texas. 
     
    N’Tasha’s experiences as a black actress are telling as to what is still happening in the acting world and how it needs to be spoken about until real change takes place. 
     
    Learn how N’Tasha had to build a backbone early on in her career, how the glitz and glamour of the industry was a facade, and how she blossomed in her community of fellow black actors in NYC, cultivating the education she never received in her acting conservatory. 
     
    We dive into:
    The importance of being in a room with other black artists: playwrights, actors, directors and beyond 
    What N’Tasha’s wants more of for black art: releasing stories of struggle and focusing on narratives of celebration that highlight black joy, excellence, and love 
    Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed” and how forum theatre has the power to inspire social change
    Live improv: N’Tasha visits a previous experience with the backbone she has now to help reconcile an event within the framework of forum theatre 
     
    We explore all this and SO much more! Take a screenshot of this episode and tag @ntashacharmel and @serabanda in your Instagram stories to let us know what you thought of this episode!
     
    Stretch out your #speechforthestage with us:
    a e i o u
    M
    N
    may-mee-mai-moh-moo
    nay-nee-nai-noh-noo
     
    Take the leap from spectator to Spect-Actor and reach out to N’Tasha!
    IG: @ntashacharmel
    Email: ntasha.anders@gmail.com
     
    If you want an ‘I AM ENOUGH’ t-shirt, be sure to check out Niqua Daniels’ IG (link in bio): @niqua.daniels
     
    Write me a wish letter and let me know what you want to discuss next! impulse@actortoartist.com
    Grab my FREE energy exercise to Amplify your Presence Onstage and Onscreen.
     
    Disclaimer:
    Your use of the content on this podcast, content on actortoartist.com, content on our social media or content from our email list is at your own risk. Actor to Artist does not guarantee any results from using this content and is for educational purposes only. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult, and obtain a professional for your medical, psychological, legal, financial, health or other help that you may need for your situation.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    ABUNDANCE Mindset for ACTORS with Gaby Miranda

    ABUNDANCE Mindset for ACTORS with Gaby Miranda

    We have a super special guest today: my dear friend, mentor and coach, Gaby Miranda of Joy Pursuit!!
     
    Growing up in Venezuela during the rise of communism, Gaby had nearly every obstacle stacked against her, times 10. She has worked and traveled all over the world, manifested her dream life with her love in Switzerland, and has cultivated the business of her dreams. Gaby is the living embodiment of what it means to create your life from possibility, the power of your thoughts and taking ambition to the next level: with a conscience!
     
    Ditch the idea of the ‘struggling artist’ and learn how to: 
    Turn obstacles into opportunities 
    Move from why is this happening to me to what can I do?
    Give what you want to receive
    Harness uncertainty as a gateway to possibility
    Choose yourself and be the conscious creator of your life
     
    Tap into your divine abundance and learn how there are an infinite number of ways you can live the life of your artistic dreams!!
     
    We dive into all this and SO much more!
    Be sure to take a screenshot of this episode and tag @joypursuit and @serabanda in your Instagram stories to let us know what you thought of this episode!
     
    Let’s warm up our abundance like we warm up our voices:
    #speechforthestage
    a e i o u
    R
    Ñ
    ray-ree-rai-roh-roo
    ñay-ñee-ñai-ñoh-ñoo
     
    Connect with Gaby on Instagram! @joypursuit
    PM Gaby on Facebook! Gaby Miranda
    Visit Gaby on Twitter! @joypursuit
    Grow with Gaby! joypursuit.com
     
    Write the scenes of your life onstage and off with #SketchfromScratch !!
    Get my weekly MAGIC IF MONDAY letters delivered directly to your inbox and claim your FREE Energy Exercise as a welcome gift! Psssst: You can use the Energy Exercise before any audition to Amplify your Presence Onstage and Onscreen.
     
    Disclaimer:
    Your use of the content on this podcast, content on actortoartist.com, content on our social media or content from our email list is at your own risk. Actor to Artist does not guarantee any results from using this content and is for educational purposes only. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult, and obtain a professional for your medical, psychological, legal, financial, health or other help that you may need for your situation.

    • 59 min

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Fun & illuminating

I love the lightness and joy Sera brings to every episode. The question of “what if” is so powerful, I will apply it to my life.

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