Haha. Your feedback made my day! That magic eye!! Its clear to me now that I have been stirring and holding on to preconceived notions as to how to say my lines in a scene. I'll get down how I want to deliver a line and find a way to make that fit, instead of really being present and fully alive in a scene. The latter can work for 2D acting, but there is so much more. I understand I need to trust in the character, relationships and circumstances and let the rest be alive in the moment. I've felt that letting go before, especially back in college, but I think over the years I lost trust in it.
When I did the last take of the scene I was able to let go of how I wanted to deliver a line and let it come to me in the moment, which made it compelling, real and grounded. I've understood that acting in the moment is what makes acting captivating but thanks to your class and feedback I'm able to take that next step and fully trust in that again. I see this is why I have been told to paint with more color in the past, those colors lie with laying the groundwork in my preparation and then letting that all go and really being present and spontaneous with my choices in the moment. This was a major breakthrough for me, it comes down to trusting my abilities. When it's truly working it flows and I don't feel like I'm pushing or working towards anything. Thanks Steve.
Peace, love and Respect,
Ras Enoch McCurdie
Steve Hanneman is the intuitive acting coach just like Marlon Brando was the quintessential intuitive actor. He teaches based on The New Method of real world experience and then helps you bring out your true self in your work. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be trained by Steve while he was in New York City. Now, I’m writing and producing sketch comedy as a solo act and performing them in theaters and comedy clubs around Manhattan.
I watched my clips last night, very funny!
Yes, I was thinking that I definitely can get too uptight in pursuit of perfection, which obviously does not beget a fun atmosphere :)
I love and appreciate how playful you are when someone messes up...i.e., holding the camera on them until they become aware that something is not as it should be, which ends up in a laugh. Again, a good reminder that making mistakes is normal and how we learn.
You are also very gentle in the way you talk to actors. You are a VERY good director, making all actors feel liked, providing guidance that is focused on telling the story.
So thank you!
From the first day I met you at your New Method workshop at SAG--and continuing straight through to today--you have changed the way I think about our craft, our commitment to on-going and proper (and practical) training, and our unceasing search for simple, real, compelling storytelling. I won't forget this experience and I will try my best to remember to put the lessons I'm only beginning to learn from you into action. Your Actors Lab focused my work to a pitch that is almost dangerously real and put them into action for a real-life on-camera experience like no other!
--Robert Kilbridge, New York City
Thank you so much for the powerful, positive feedback! I appreciate you taking the time to help nurture my acting skills and career! You're an amazing teacher and person. I'm grateful that I've found you!
I watched the scene and I was blown away with the things that happened and were expressed through my character. I have to admit that I didn't know that I was capable of conveying such a character, although I've always wanted to. Something you said to me last week clicked and my process is changing and it feels good. It's the first time I've actually felt like I'm on the right path. It's like I'm looking at acting from an entirely different angle with fresh new eyes! I can't wait to see what happens next!
See you Tuesday!
If you're thinking about taking an acting class with Steve Hanneman do yourself a favor and sign up as fast as you can. I had the opportunity of being in Mr. Hanneman's class in New York. First off, he was an actor so he understands the trials and tribulations of our craft. He will work with you help you to understand the story telling aspect of acting. His brilliant insights and calm demeanor will help you with your work. While you're sitting watching your fellow actors work with Steve you get yourself educated and extremely entertained by this funny brilliant man. I wish he was still in New York.
-John Forde NY actor
Thank you very much Steve, your insights really bestow confidence. Also, there are many teachers who are excellent at what they do, but I have never seen one who, when presented with work they have never heard or seen before, be able to step up to the plate, so to speak. Most all teachers are familiar with the material, before they can jump in to make adjustments. So I don't know if it's called "Improv Directing/Teaching" or not , but much respect to you for being able to do that so well.
Your classes are fantastic. I have been very fortunate to have wonderful teachers in my life and very lucky to have had your classes at SAG-Aftra. Your unique techniques to get an actor to relax in front of a camera are priceless. My theater training was extensive (Stella Adler for one) but my on-camera skills were amateur and awkward at times. Your class helped me to understand the camera and how to incorporate my theater skills with film work.
I have to say, you have a special gift for explaining things to actors which I haven't seen before with other acting teachers/coaches. Many like this one or not that one, but everyone likes you...I don't know anyone who hasn't grown from your classes at the conservatory and labs, everyone has thrived there. I think you are a very experienced actor/writer/director as well you have so much to offer actors and the industry on so many levels. The sky is the limit for you... if I read about you one day or you are getting an award one day (Oscar) I would say, "I knew it". Your personable and likable personality is really captivating. I think that someone should know when they are doing great things so they continue on with their success and know how they are affecting and inspiring others around them, don't stop!
For all others who want to know-Steve Hanneman's Lab was an invaluable experience and took me to the next level as an actor. He helped me to discover my true branding, taught me how to make stronger choices in my craft and most importantly how to tell the story by thinking like a director. We all sure are missing Steve's multiple talents here on the east coast.Thank you .
Debra Lord Cooke
Wish you were doing this in NYC! Ha. You were my favorite instructor at SAG Conservatory! Thank you for all your guidance!
I wanted to mention that I just worked on The Good Wife last week, I also got 4 days on Woody Allen's new movie as Suzie Beaumont,
Also, The Feature, The Congressman, premiers this week!I I was invited to meet with the writer/co-director on Monday, and tonight is the Press Red Carpet event!
I am very fortunate to have worked with you at this time of transition in my career. Thank you for your generosity of time and guidance; everyone gains insight from watching you coach each actor through their chosen scene. We are so lucky to have you. You created environment of possibility and discovery!!
All the best to you Steve- you're a gem,
Laura (Professional Singer, Songwriter)
Hey Steve -
Thank you for your generous time and expertise!! I'm starting to 'see' better: there's something nutty about me, which is why people say I'm scary. It made me laugh :)
I can tell I can do less, use less head movements, less eyes. Sometimes I seem to stare or open them too much which to me looks like tension or 'bad habits' or perhaps lack of directing intent on the other person.Either way, I'm warming up to how I look and come across - and that is huge - thank you Comrade!!
Prada will be a challenge that I welcome: 1) I remember the performance very well and 2) last time I had to play haughty, better than though, I slipped into anger sometimes, which to me is the most boring and predictable place to go.
Wow - how can I say thank you without repeating myself :)
Enjoy your weekend!!