MasterClass with Dustin Hoffman : Journal 1

MasterClass with Dustin Hoffman : Journal 1

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I’ve been taking an acting MasterClass taught by Dustin Hoffman for the past two weeks, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve always relished in the act of learning. (NERD!) My life felt in control when I was jotting down notes during a professor’s lecture. When you’re learning the world slows down a bit. Nowadays, putting down my social media and listening to Dustin Hoffman talk about Tootsie sounds like a great way to spend an evening.

Learning is the best tool we have in life, and we should always be exercising that right. One thing I’ve already learned from this class is that you should never stop learning. You’re always a student and your art is constantly adapting. So it’s never too late to take a class in something you’re passionate about, and it never hurts to learn something new.

After 5 years of living as a freelancer in South Philly, and filming my first role in a feature film I’ve decided to give myself the education I’ve always wanted. After all, I work hard to pay my bills and keep my dream alive. The next smartest thing to invest in is myself and my art. Now, I’m not attending Julliard but I am taking baby steps in the right direction.

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I took this class because if I want to continue acting I have to get some guidance and exercise my craft. While filming American Exorcist, there were a lot of challenging moments that stretched my acting into uncharted territory. I was raised by the theater, and messed around in haunted houses. I’ve been behind the scenes in Philadelphia for almost 10 years, but once I stepped in front of the camera– I found myself in a completely different world and I felt a bit out of practice.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved being in front of the camera and I’m happy with my performance. I walked away from that movie with so many questions about acting. Within the first few sessions of this class, Dustin Hoffman already addressed key issues I had. This just proves that you can’t be silent about your craft. Talk about your issues, and maybe you’ll see other people run into the same problem. You’re never alone! I would’ve never found that out if I didn’t take the steps to take a class.

Even though this is an online course, and most of the people in the class are from LA, I do feel like I’m exercising my craft. I recorded myself performing a scene from Jerry Maguire for an assignment last weekend. Dustin Hoffman provided some feedback for a lucky few and the videos of his critiques will be on our class portal soon. I can’t wait to see them. I’m curious to see what kind of feedback he gives.

I feel like this is going to be the start of a well needed artistic education. Now all I need are some paid gigs so I can pay for more classes.

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