Bringing My Soul Forward
The Maggie Flanigan Meisner Intensive trains professional actors based on the teaching and work of Sanford Meisner. In this interview, Tashima Evans discusses with Katie how the Meisner Intensive was different than she expected and how she has redefined for herself what it means to be real and authentic.
Q: Tashima, what do you really believe training as a celebrity before you began the six-week Meisner intensive?
A: Well, to be quite honest, I am just going to discuss my debut to the studio and that which my expectation was in coming to researching here for the summer. I looked at it would be an additional class I would take. That is kind of the way I seemed coming to, studying in the studio, that is the way I looked in my expertise. I will study a bit, I will add it to my resume and flourish, I will be useful.”
Q: What do you believe celebrity training is now that you are on your final week of this six-week program?
A: It has been, for me personally, incredibly life-changing. I have seen it allow me to develop up to my artistry, and that I feel like coming to it, I had the esteem for acting as a art. I am an artist. I say,”I am not only an actor, I am an artist.” I have had a deep esteem for artistry, but I really don’t believe I saw just how deeply flawed I was within my opinion of my artwork and I set constraints on what I did with my artwork.
I really feel like being at the class using Charlie was mind boggling. It has influenced my private life. If a thing is going on this I would like to do, I am thinking, What is more important, exactly what this individual is doing or exactly what you want and want? It has helped me to become clear about what I needed in my entire life, and there is no turning back, I feel just like today. It has completely altered how I see training.
Q: Was there something special that occurred within the course of the six months that changed your perspective about the training?
There were numerous minutes, not just for myself, but seeing other men and women work, but I will say there was only one moment in which I had been doing an action, and that I used an extremely personal experience. I cried in a manner I’ve never cried in front of anybody. Nobody in my entire life, my loved ones, friends that I am near I know has ever noticed that part of me. It had been something I have done independently by myself, but not in front of folks.
For me, that atmosphere is quite addicting. It also it showed me that is exactly what I need to discuss as a celebrity. When I am by myself, once I am my ideas, when I am at the car, anything that is, I wish to flaunt that. I feel like this opened my eyes to what I have been a wall that has been around for myself. It has been like, I could be powerful, and I will do this small bit of myself but that personal moment, feelings, and feelings that I talk about, I do not need to share this.”
A: That I had training. I came into it thinking,”Well, I am going to perform this class and I’m going to place it in my resume. I do not even have to move ahead in anyhow.” Exactly how much I had to unlearn and develop as a performer and the way I’d psychological blocks in areas I was not even conscious of. I feel like this was a major thing for me personally, but also to be of myself and become genuine and authentic.
A: I’ll say I did take things away which were great from several other conditions or adventures which I had since it could to where I am, but I sense before, I had been enjoying at acting. I was not attempted and right coming out of my soul and my spirit more. I really feel like being studying at Maggie and researching Charlie has taught me the way to bring my spirit ahead, and it’s not a thing which I am playing but being real and being true. I feel like that is the gap, not being also, about Charlie, is Charlie is not trying to sugarcoat anything. He is keeping it all of the way real.
I even tell people the thing he’s discovered about me and about matters that I will do and the way that it materializes in class, I am not aware. He has been on point and true in a manner that no additional acting coach has performed with me earlier. I feel as this is where it is all about the artistry, it is all about the craft. It is all about respecting it, and it is not about, Let us see what occupations you are likely to publication. Where is your heart? Where is your spirit? Where is the atmosphere?”
Q: How can you explain Charlie as a teacher?
A: Well, he is tough. There were moments at first, as I had been getting to know him that he does not even understand that, but I had been pi ***** off . I could believe in my mind like, I will walk out” I am telling myself calming myself down and turning, I will walk outside,” but I understood I want his teaching style. It is not likely to be all about making you feel great, it is likely to be on the fact, and at times, the truth hurts. It does not always feel great. I feel as Charlie includes a regard for the craft, admiration for the artwork, and he is not about making people feel great. I have seen myself and people cry due to that.
Q: What could you say to somebody who had been considering registering for the Meisner intensive next summer, but is stating, I really don’t require the training. So is a famed actor and they did not do some training.” Or, I am 24, I am too old, or that I do not have enough time. What could you say to this individual?
A: We all must grow. I had not even at all touched my highest potential. I do not even feel like this I have attained that in fourteen days. It is well worth the investment; it is well worth the time. Who cares what anybody else is doing? What do you find yourself needing to perform? What should you understand which you have to bring forth? What about yourself wants to change and shape?
If somebody’s even asking about it, then there is a part of you that understands you want it. Do not sell yourself think, No, I am great because I have done that before.” You have to grow” If you wish to be good at anything, then it needs training.
Q: There are a whole lot of intensives all around the nation and lots of Meisner intensives at New York, so why do you tell somebody that Maggie Flanigan Studio is your ideal location for them to train?
A: Prior to arriving here, I looked in various other areas. From what I have seen, in the folks who have studied this is a tried and true just like, This is where you want to be.” I came into a motion functionality, it was their closing movement functionality, and that I was moved to tears. Not just since, Oh my gosh, these are great looking folks and they are great,” but each person’s soul has been infused into exactly what they were doing.
I feel like analyzing in Maggie has shown me exactly what everybody is. It sets a standard for each and every individual in the class, professionally as far as artistically. I simply have not experienced that anyplace else. I’m tough– What can it be such as a hard egg to crack? It is the truth for me personally, and it has opened up me in so many different ways. I feel like there is no other place for me.
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