Thomas Edison State College (Psychology)
Fordham University (Master's)
I have studied acting for over 20 years, with the last 7 focused on directing and producing. During my acting years I studied several different disciplines including Stanislavsky as well as the Meisner technique. I was classically trained in voice ensuring the ability to feel comfortable not only with classical music but rock and pop as well.
I've also substitute taught general studies in school districts ranging from Ramsey to Lincoln Park to Paterson. I enjoy helping an individual connect to a situation or challenge they may currently see as overwhelming or unattainable.
I believe having practical and real life experiences will put you above the rest when it comes to the work you will be able to create. A textbook or curriculum can only teach you so much. You must at some point get up on that stage; write that screenplay; open the editing software; or press the record button and start filming that movie. Until THAT moment you are just preparing. The doing is in making it happen and that is a build up to an ultimate leap of faith...in yourself.
With my varied background I also received my Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. I entered into that concentration with a firm belief that individuals must learn to empower themselves in order to get over challenges, struggles, or roadblocks (either imposed by themselves or others). The experiences I learned during my time in that concentration, left me with a very strong belief that success really starts the moment you begin believing in yourself and committing to making a wish or dream happen. I have studied acting for over 20 years, with the last 7 focused on directing and producing. During my acting years I studied several different disciplines including Stanislavsky as well as the Meisner technique. I was classically trained in voice ensuring the ability to feel comfortable not only with classical music but rock and pop as well.
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I own an independent film company and have written, directed, edited, and/or produced 5 features, 3 shorts, and 1 webseries.
This experience has given me a very real and practical feel for what is needed to make a movie when you don't have millions of dollars (which most of us don't have).
I've learned one of the keys is doing your research in gathering your team and working with individuals who are as dedicated and serious about the challenges ahead as you are.
Although the majority of my acting is now in film, my start was in theater. Studying with teachers who were primarily involved in theater and guiding me to several theater companies to get "my feet wet".
There is a difference in theater acting vs. acting for a camera. It is a skill that not many teach but it is necessary in order for an individual to portray a role truthfully but still fit the medium they are performing in.
Some of my former acting teachers include;
James Price-The Acting Studio (Meisner technique)
Alice Spivak-Scene Study
Jeffry Zeiner-The Jeffrey Zeiner Studio (formerly of Weist Barron Studios)
I've worked as a freelance editor since 2010 learning Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere in that time.
As a film director and producer I've also learned the importance of ensuring that the entire cast and crew are on the same page when it comes to a production. Setting up fluid communication so that everyone clearly knows their job and requirements allows for a smooth experience as a team enters into the production phase.
The camera man must capture the footage using specification agreed upon by he, the director, and editor. If footage is recorded using interlaced instead of progressive, or filmed at 60i when it was needed to be filmed at 24p it can cause massive problems and headaches for all involved.
Video and Film production is a very complex and technical arena. Understanding the necessity of an organized workflow allows for a better deliverable product in the end and avoids costly delays and reshoots.