mel churcher's screen acting class, actors studio, london.

















Mel Churcher, what an extraordinary woman! This past week I had the pleasure of working with Mel whilst at Pinewood Studios. I absolutely LOVE studios. The possibilities. The world. It really is magic. If you're looking for a place to get your showreel, I highly recommend the Actors Studio in London. Not only are they located in Pinewood Studios, but the people you get to work with are pretty amazing.

I actually found out about the course through a blog a friend of mine suggested. It was meant to be. Rebekah, if you're reading this, thanks for sharing! I absolutely loved the course.

Let's talk about the course. The first three days were spent really learning, sharing, & discovering. We worked on breathing and relaxing our bodies. We also worked on finding our centers. It's so interesting, ya know. I got my degree in vocal performance, right, and if I had a dollar for every time I had to use those breathing exercises from university, I would've been able to pay off my tuition by now! Incredible. Anyway, back to finding our center. It's phenomenal how important that is. Not just for acting, but for living!

Mel gave us a few other tools I had never heard of before. Like, "Cats & Dogs" and "Laban Efforts". Maybe you have, but they were new to me! We worked a lot on thinking & picturing things rather than feeling. I'm probably not making a lot of sense, which is why you should take the course.

The last two days of the course were my favorite. They were the days we got to film our scenes. You can see some snapshots of the process on my twitter & instagram. Mel was our director and coach. I'm amazed at how easy it felt. That was all Mel. For the first time, in a long time, acting felt so effortless. Just like when I was a child. Do you remember that feeling? I thought I'd never find it again. Euphoria. (Great. Now that Eurovision song is in my head.) I suppose that's what being in the moment feels like, effortless. But, yeah. Mel's class was worth every penny. Mel's extraordinary and extremely talented. Not to mention, on the last day Tim, the director of the Actors Studio, sat down with each of us and talked business. Ya know, like how we need to be on Spotlight. (Which I am now Tim! Thank-you-very-much!) That was a good chat. Tim definitely said what I needed to hear.

I'm really looking forward to adding my showreel to my website and my Spotlight page. The crew were amazing! Although our crew was the "absolute minimum", according to the AD, it's phenomenal to think how many people are involved in making the films we all get to enjoy.  I am in love.

TWENTY14, the year of making things happen, is looking alright. Ee!



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mel churcher's screen acting class, actors studio, london.

















Mel Churcher, what an extraordinary woman! This past week I had the pleasure of working with Mel whilst at Pinewood Studios. I absolutely LOVE studios. The possibilities. The world. It really is magic. If you're looking for a place to get your showreel, I highly recommend the Actors Studio in London. Not only are they located in Pinewood Studios, but the people you get to work with are pretty amazing.

I actually found out about the course through a blog a friend of mine suggested. It was meant to be. Rebekah, if you're reading this, thanks for sharing! I absolutely loved the course.

Let's talk about the course. The first three days were spent really learning, sharing, & discovering. We worked on breathing and relaxing our bodies. We also worked on finding our centers. It's so interesting, ya know. I got my degree in vocal performance, right, and if I had a dollar for every time I had to use those breathing exercises from university, I would've been able to pay off my tuition by now! Incredible. Anyway, back to finding our center. It's phenomenal how important that is. Not just for acting, but for living!

Mel gave us a few other tools I had never heard of before. Like, "Cats & Dogs" and "Laban Efforts". Maybe you have, but they were new to me! We worked a lot on thinking & picturing things rather than feeling. I'm probably not making a lot of sense, which is why you should take the course.

The last two days of the course were my favorite. They were the days we got to film our scenes. You can see some snapshots of the process on my twitter & instagram. Mel was our director and coach. I'm amazed at how easy it felt. That was all Mel. For the first time, in a long time, acting felt so effortless. Just like when I was a child. Do you remember that feeling? I thought I'd never find it again. Euphoria. (Great. Now that Eurovision song is in my head.) I suppose that's what being in the moment feels like, effortless. But, yeah. Mel's class was worth every penny. Mel's extraordinary and extremely talented. Not to mention, on the last day Tim, the director of the Actors Studio, sat down with each of us and talked business. Ya know, like how we need to be on Spotlight. (Which I am now Tim! Thank-you-very-much!) That was a good chat. Tim definitely said what I needed to hear.

I'm really looking forward to adding my showreel to my website and my Spotlight page. The crew were amazing! Although our crew was the "absolute minimum", according to the AD, it's phenomenal to think how many people are involved in making the films we all get to enjoy.  I am in love.

TWENTY14, the year of making things happen, is looking alright. Ee!



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