[Studio Guest Teacher] Carly Zien: (Re)building Foundations

If you’re looking for a place to get back to basics with your acting so that you can (re)inspire your work on camera, then this class is for you.

Introduction

How strong is your Craft? Are you raring to go with your on-camera work, but find that your acting “skills” feel rusty or just aren’t cutting it? Do you know that you have talent but you just aren’t sure how to harness it?  If you’re looking for a place to get back to basics with your acting so that you can (re)inspire your work on camera, then this class is for you.  I’m passionate about helping actors succeed, and to do so, you need a strong foundation in the craft. Ages (18-100) and all levels of experiences (newbies to award-winning veterans)… because can’t everyone always work on their craft?

MAY CLASS
Mondays 6:30-10:30 | April 30, May 7, 14 & 21

 

UNION SQUARE | NEW YORK CITY

*$250 DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO GUARANTEE YOUR SLOT, NON-REFUNDABLE BUT TRANSFERABLE TO A FRIEND.

$400* Total

May 2018

WHO IS THIS CLASS GOOD FOR?

This class is for actors who know they’re talented and who want to harness that talent using structure and craft.

If you’ve been in a million acting classes already, this class will take you back to the building blocks of your work.

If you’re new to acting, this class will help you build a solid foundation for work in theater, commercials, tv, and film.

If you’re somewhere in between and just need some more tools in your toolbox, this class will equip you with the right stuff to kick butt in your upcoming auditions.

All are welcome: all skill levels and ages.  These tools are timeless and they will serve you no matter where you are in your process.


WHAT YOU GET

  • 4 weeks, 4 hours each class
  • Individualized Coaching in class
  • Film your scene every week
  • Intimate and Non-Competitive Space:  8 students max
  • Downloadable video files of your camera class work for personal review
  • BFA and MFA Drama-school level acting tips and insights
      1. Specific instructions for how to analyze scenes and break down text
      2. Learn how to create an objective for your character
      3. Learn how to build a character’s physicality, given    circumstances, and stakes

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Assignments

Each week, you’ll receive an assignment that addresses a specific building block of the actor’s process.  Whether it’s where you are, what you’re doing, what you want, or what you’ll do to get there, these scenes will provide templates for you to learn where you can improve your specificity and skill.

WATCH yourself on camera

We film your scenes and provide you with downloads after each class. It’s an excellent way to study your progress, see your “tricks”, and see what the producers/directors are seeing on the television monitors.

Beyond Class

Carly “I am always available to my students to answer questions about the industry and to provide my experience, strength, and hope.  My wish for you is that after you leave my class, you feel like a strong, badass, empowered artist: in other words, the person you were born to be.”


CLASS CONTENT

These are just a few of the things that Carly will cover with you… in her own words…

THE FIVE QUESTIONS

Every audition should begin with the actor asking themselves these five questions:  Who am I?  Where and when am I?  What do I want?  What do I do to get what I want?  What happens if I don’t get what I want?  If you can answer these questions, you’re already on your way to a great audition or rehearsal.  In this first class, I’ll teach you how to apply these questions to your character, and how to use them in the scene to keep you grounded and specific.

BEATS AND TEXT ANALYSIS

How can you act well if you don’t know what you’re saying?  In the second week of class, we will work on beats and text analysis, so that when you’re acting, you sound like an actual human being instead of a robot.  Using imaging techniques and classic concepts like beats, you’ll leave class with a better sense of what story you’re trying to tell, and how to tell it effectively.

PHYSICALITY

How can your characters differ if they all exist in the same body? This week, I’ll teach you a quick and easy way to change your body’s energy centers and create physicality.  There are very simple ways to adjust your posture, stance, and energy so that your characters inhabit a different body than the one you walk around in every day.

LISTENING

Finally, what’s the most important key to great acting?  Listening!  This final week will be all about engaging with your scene partner, surrendering, and listening to what they have to say.  With the foundation work done in weeks one, two, and three, you’ll see how easy it is to let go and listen.  This way, your scene has buoyancy and spontaneity that can’t possibly be planned.

LEARN MFA-QUALITY TECHNIQUES TO ELEVATE YOUR PERFORMANCE

I’ll use my experience as a working actress along with the expertise I gained as an acting major at the Yale School of Drama MFA to pass along exclusive tips from the best teachers in the country.


WHO IS CARLY

Carly Zien

Carly is a working actress, business owner, and audition coach for actors in all mediums.

Carly attended Yale Undergrad and MFA and was always involved in the audition process for their MFA program. From watching thousands of MFA-hopefuls, she learned what makes a strong, well-crafted, and inspired audition. Carly is passionate about empowering artists and helping actors discover and rediscover their passion for what they do.

Carly is also an alumna of my Studio and shares a philosophy of empowering actors with inspiration and tools. At the Studio, she also teaches a one night workshop “HOLDING COURT: Film & Theater Monologues. 

When I first met Carly years ago, she had recently graduated from Yale School of Drama and was fully committed to breaking into film & TV. I loved her focus and approach as a highly trained actor and noticed that it made a real difference in her on-camera work. She had such solid foundations. She is the perfect teacher for this class!

www.CarlyZien.com

 


THIS CLASS IS A SPACE TO MAXIMIZE YOUR TALENTS! HOW CAN YOU BE A GREAT ACTOR WITH A WEAKER FOUNDATION?  

LET’S FILL IN THE GAPS SO THAT YOU CAN SOAR IN YOUR AUDITIONS AND ON SET.

 


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Reviews

The class has had a great impact on how I prep for a scene. What I’ll do differently is….follow Carly’s guide! She gave us so many tools and revealed her exact process in how she preps for every character/audition. Following them really helps me understand the character, even more than I realize. Her in the moment coaching was super helpful in helping recognize and break certain patterns/habits. So great! I got a lot out of this! I also want to credit my fellow classmates for really bringing it. People brought great challenging scenes that really made a safe environment for us to be vulnerable and try things. Carly of course was amazing at pushing us to try these things and challenge ourselves.

- Lee

It was beautiful, challenging and a safe environment! I feel more self-trust! Thank you, Carly and Heidi, for keeping the actor’s life meaningful! It gave me awareness of my body sensors! It reminded me that it is not about me! This class drew myself out ! I got the tools how to do it ! I will approach learning script with more depth!

- Sofija

Loved, loved, loved Carly!! Wonderful supportive teacher and class. Would love to have a Part 2. As always, you always provide the best teachers and the most supportive environment! Thanks, Heidi!

- Dawn Vicknair https://www.dawnvicknair.com/

I feel like a have a much more solid idea of what I need to do to prep and then let go and trust. It sounds basic but I felt lost before the class and I feel like I have the tools to work so that I may play now.

- Gabriel Awan gabrielawan.com

Absolutely thrilled! One of the most useful classes I’ve taken that provides more resources to explore!

- Brian Culbertson www.BrianCulbertson.com