Read what professionals in the industry have to say about the importance of voice and body training:
“With the rapid growth of the Southeast market in the film and television industry, I am thrilled when I witness regional actors prioritizing serious study of craft into their practice. The need for further development of voice, diction and breathing technique is desperate, not only to compete with the influx of film artists arriving from other markets, but to land roles in today’s Southeast film and television industry. And, most importantly, by dedicating oneself to consistently learning and discovering more within one’s craft, each actor contributes to raising the bar of the filmmaking community as a whole..we all benefit from each other’s commitment and professionalism!” –Erica Arvold, Casting Director (House of Cards, Turn, Lincoln (Steven Spielberg), Commercials and More)
“As actors we only have our mind our body and our voice to offer. Training for all is the most important thing an actor can do. All are equally important. It is easy to neglect voice in the current world of microphones. On a bad day I can fake emotion and hope I don’t get caught. I can wrap my knee and soldier on. But if I lose my voice I’m SOL.” -Jayson Smith, Actor (Rectify – Recurring, NCIS:New Orleans, Rectify, The Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow. Features: Mena, Christine, The Birth of a Nation, Mississippi Grind, 99 Homes)
“Train the whole actor. Do not limit yourself to one class or a single acting technique. Expose yourself to as many different coaches and methods as possible. A vocal and physical acting technique class can be a game changer for you. Acting for the camera is deceptive. Many actors don’t realize the vocal and physical demands of the craft of acting. There are a limited number of things in this business that you can control. As an actor, your body is your instrument. Challenge it and further your training—vocally and physically.” – Susan G. Reid, Agent – Atlanta Models and Talent
EMBODY: The Actor’s Voice and Physicality
Voice and physical training is a necessity for any actor serious about a long lasting career, be it in theatre and/or film and television.
Acting, in any form, involves the entire body – not just the shoulders up.
In recent years, much has been made of the success of actors from the U.K. in the U.S. market. On average, 1/3 of the training comprises of intensive vocal and body work. Conservatory and college programs in the U.S. often include extensive training in these areas as well.
Voice and Physical training for the actor does more than solve vocal or physical problems – this training also allows actors to deepen their access to their deepest emotional states and reveal the complete range of their inner lives.
Through intensive physical and vocal work, the actor will:
- Increase power, range, resonance, color, and clarity of the voice.
- Become comfortable in their bodies so the body can be used completely in their acting.
- Take acting out of their head and into the whole self.
- Strengthen presence on stage and on camera.
- Gain confidence and empowerment through the exploration of physical impulse and its connection to the actor’s truth.
- Learn how to integrate voice and body into emotional preparation and creation of character.
- Learn how voice and body can assist in creating strong, rich, alive characters quickly from character breakdowns and sides.
- increase their sense of freedom, risk, and play.
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Eliana studied Theater Studies at Emory University, where she specialized in physical theater, particularly movement styles. She has performed with the Alliance Theater, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, ART Station, Aurora Theater, Stage Door Players, Out of Hand Theater, the Legacy Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Theater Emory, Emory Dance Company, Academy Theatre, Theatre Decatur, and Théâtre du Rève, both in Atlanta and in Limoges, France. Additionally, she is with Stewart Talent, and you may have seen her tiling a bathroom in a national Home Depot commercial. She has trained with Out of Hand Theater as a CORE company member for the past 5 years, creating original new work, directing company Viewpoints sessions on occasion, and training with the company in Suzuki, Viewpoints, and clowning. She’s been teaching Viewpoints at the Robert Mello Studio and other theater companies around town for 5 years.
Brad Brinkley’s most recent students include the apprentice acting company of the critically acclaimed Serenbe Playhouse and at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting with a concentration in Directing from Regent University, and has performed both in film, television and theater – including opposite Terrance Mann at the Connecticut Repertory Theater. He is a passionate teacher who thrives on challenging performers to their highest levels of artistic achievement.