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Dear Marisa,

I was taking acting classes for a while and recently stopped to devote more time to audition. Now I am torn between a decision. I am not sure if I should go back to my acting classes. I feel that they have been beneficial and not a waste of my time. Though in talking with other actors I have heard that sometimes they actually get in the way of your natural acting ablity and/or they could make you get in your head more. So I am confused on what to do. Should I go back to classes or have I had enough?


dazed and confused


Dear Dazed,

As my college drama professor used to say, "The only way actors will ever succeed is when they realize they don't know $#!+ about acting." And it's true. A lot of actors these days feel they have reached a peak where they are ready to take on the world. In essence they stop training and think they have nothing more to learn, when in reality the exact opposite is true.

The more you train, the more you need to specialize and master your craft. My suggestion is NOT to take just any acting class, but rather limit the class to a specialty you would like to pursue and/or a weakness you feel you need to work on.

Some actors are very talented, but don't have good cold reading skills. You seem to be in your head about a lot....perhaps you worry and/or get anxious for no reason, which in turn puts you 'in your head'.

Marisa's advice: Take a break from the token acting classes and take a class on improvisation. This forces you to get out of your head because you just go with it and have to come up with dialogue, listening skills, focus, character and a scene within under a minute.

As for other actor's advice, every actor is different so what works for someone else may not work for you.

Go with your gut.

Marisa Liza Pell
Intuitive Success Coach
(877) 218-0228

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Marisa Liza Pell
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Marisa Liza Pell, M.A., CEO of Knowledge For Living, has been advising individuals and groups for nine years.

She is known throughout the Mid-Atlantic as a gifted motivational success coach and intuitive advisor. Born with heightened clairvoyance, she intertwines this extraordinary awareness with coaching to assist her clients on every level.

Marisa's passion for the arts also fuels her work as a recognized theatre director, writer and video producer.

Marisa holds a Masters of Arts degree from Emerson College, Boston and an Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College, PA.

In Boston, MA, she co-hosted a holistic and intuitive call-in LIVE radio show in association with nationally renowned healing and spiritual center Open Doors. After relocating to the Philadelphia area, she appeared on 610WIP sports talk radio, taking part in specialty talk segments, live call-ins and sports predictions. Most recently, she teamed up with Philadelphia rock station 93.3 WMMR for unedited readings on air.

Knowledge For Living was created this year to offer a combination of success coaching, intuitive advising and motivational seminars to clients so that overall well-being and balance is achieved.

She has recently teamed up with BigBreakNY.com and Creative Acting Company (NYC) to offer a new lectures series to professionals in the entertainment industry. You can read more about her lecture series in her online interview with BigBreakNY.com.

Marisa believes in making the most out of life through creative passion, which is the driving force behind her work.


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