Wendy Ward, Director and Founder of the Ward Studio, reflects on the art of acting, the Meisner Approach, the industry, acting etiquette, the world at large and what to remember when taking your skills into the marketplace.
The problem of holding your classmates in too high of an esteem.
Having respect for your classmates is a good thing, but don't revere them too much.
Value all your work equally.
One of the habits you can create that helps get rid of nerves and allows you to do your best work under pressure is to value every acting experience equally.
Do you research BEFORE you meet people.
As an actor, you're your own business. When you're going to meet an industry professional, find out all you can before the meeting.
If it's working, invest more in it.
When you start to see tangible proof of the value of something that is the time to invest more in it.
Actors and the relationships that help or hinder them
Honest conversations to determine if your relationship is supporting or hindering your acting career.
Owning your niche
If you're a specific type, be fully prepared to own that niche.
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Wendy was my first experience with real acting, and the Meisner approach in NYC, and the best coach/mentor I have ever had. She tells the truth about what it’s really like to be a working actor, doesn’t mince words and tells it like it is. My experiences with her were life-changing and I recommend listening to her wise and insightful podcast. Thank you, Wendy!💙