The Actors Workshop is proud to announce another one of it’s students experiencing success in film. This time it is Wayne Bastrup who stars in the newest Arnold Schwarzenegger reboot of the Terminator franchise. In the film Wayne plays “Young O’Brien.” In the film, O’Brien is played by Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons. I see the resemblance, do you? We are so proud of his hard work and success! Keep it rolling Wayne!
I remember when I first met R.J. I had just moved to Los Angeles and a near stranger told me about his class. I remember shaking his hand, feeling the warmth of his contagiously sincere smile, and him promising me he would work hard for me if I worked hard for him. I was sold. As a new actor in the film mecca of Los Angeles, I had no idea what I was getting into. I honestly expected to find the whole experience discouraging to the point where I satisfied my desire to pursue acting, but realized it was not for me. Then I met R.J. He was full of encouraging drive and tenacity for the film industry that one could not help but want to emulate. Before every class, R.J. would update his students on how his career in acting, script writing, and directing was going. We heard of his successes and set backs and watched as he used both to fuel his burning desire to bring films to life. When it came to the film industry, R.J. always reminded his students that “no, is just a temporary word for yes,” and it was with this same fearlessness that he believed in the potential of each and every one of his students. R.J. was more than just a brilliant acting coach. To each and every one of his students, he held a unique relationship that personalized the classroom experience. He was your mentor, always available when you needed his help; he was your biggest fan, who encouraged you to, at minimum, match his own accomplishments; and he was your pillar, the steadfast support system on which you could always lean. However, perhaps what made R.J. such a fruitful coach was not simply because he was encouraging, generous, and devoted, but because as a result of these, he had high expectations and pushed you to reach your best. R.J. saw potential in his students that he unwaveringly sought to surface. Often, students would meet frustration and want to give up, but R.J. never did, and he was there encouraging them to keep going, keep working hard. He expected of his students what the industry expects of its actors. He constantly prepared us with the assumption that at any moment, his students could get their “chance” and would need to be at their best to capitalize. To R.J., his students’ futures were not necessarily years down the road, but perhaps tomorrow, or the next day, and they had to be ready. They had to be at their finest. The road to become an actor starts as a lonely one, and for me R.J. was my biggest support, armed with knowledge and experience. I trusted his teachings and his outlooks. For me, he was the support person who walked two steps ahead, your hand in his, to ensure you are going to make it and endure. It is one thing to have a support system, but R.J. was the first person that truly made me believe I was on the right path, that acting was something I could successfully pursue. His confidence in his students held the greatest significance over all those who believed in them. He had been there, he had and still was fighting all the battles, and he knew what it was like. When he looked you in the eyes unflinchingly, and reminded you that you have what it takes, you knew that it was true. You knew that he had already helped blaze the path and was walking it again with you every step of the way. It is not a secret that R.J. touched and influenced countless lives. I remind myself that although he is no longer with us, his teachings and invaluable friendship remain in our hearts and in our pursuits. – Rebecca Mason
Chuck actress Sarah Lancaster has joined The Judge, the Warner Bros dramedy starring Robert Downey Jr.
David Dobkin directed the movie, currently set for release on Blu-Ray & DVD January 27, 2015, in which Downey plays a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral to discover that his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
Lancaster play’s Downey’s soon-to-be ex-wife.
Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton round out the cast.
Lancaster previously starred opposite Zachary Levi on NBC’s cult TV show Chuck and was the female lead on J.J. Abrams’ TV series What About Brian.
Fatal Crossroads, the story of a young American soldier during WW2 who managed to escape the infamous Malmedy Massacre.
Cast list includes –
Mark Rolston (The Shawshank Redemption, The Departed), Rudolf Martin (Swordfish), Chad Michael Collins (CSI) and Emilie Germain (Saving Mr. Banks)
Annet Mahendru, an alumni of The Actors Workshop and one of the stars of the FX hit show The Americans has worked her way up to being a very prominent actress. She recently has been nominated for a Critics Choice Award and also earned herself an Emmy nomination. We couldn’t be more proud of her. We expect big things to come for this talented young lady.
Here is what Annet had to say about her experience working on The Americans:
I always think of it as an opportunity. I try not to think about too many things, about whether I’m good for it or not. If it’s coming your way, then it’s meant to be.
Check out this great interview:
We recently had an Agent Showcase with Theo Caesar of 90210 Talent for our actors at The Actors Workshop. It was a huge success. Over 30 of our actors got to showcase their talent for a very busy Los Angeles Talent Agent.
Here is what Theo had to say about the Showcase:
“R J speaks the truth to these actors. I had the pleasure of seeing some great talent at the workshop I attended. We’re currently making room on our roster for some of them!!”
The Actors Workshop has regular showcases with the top Casting Directors in Los Angeles. These casting directors take time out of their busy schedules to see the actors at The Actors Workshop and have outstanding reviews of the actors.
Here is what they said:
“I have enjoyed seeing the talent @ The Actors Workshop for years but think it continues to get better! Very nice people too!!”-Chadwick Struck
“Outstanding young actors trained by one of the best” –April Webster (Criminal Minds, CSI, LOST)
“A pure pleasure visiting a workshop where the caliber of work is so high” –Hank McCann (Steel Magnolias, My Blue Heaven)
“R.J. Adams, one of L.A.’s premier acting coaches” –Donald Pemrick
For more information on Casting Director Showcases at The Actors Workshop email us!
Many actors look high and low to find an acting school in Los Angeles that teaches them to be “real.” Casting directors LOVE when an actor is “believable and real.” When learning to act on camera for Film this can be a tough task. Unfortunately schools don’t teach their actors to be a real, truthful actors.
In this review Tiffany M. explains how she found The Actors Workshop and how she discovered how to be a real and believable actor in front of the camera:
“I heard R.J. Adams speaking at an AFTRA workshop 2 years ago and it was the first time “acting” actually made sense to me. I have been attending the actors workshop for a year and a half now and have improved so much.
Most coaches teach you to use previous experiences or breakdown the character. Everything about that just seemed not right to me. I found myself stressing and in my head trying to figure things out. It was all about me, I couldn’t care less what the other actor was doing.
R.J. and Rob teach the art of reacting and listening. It’s very simple, you listen to the other actor and react to them. It creates reality. Real reactions, real emotions; the only thing that looks great on camera.
We practice auditioning and we are on camera every week, which is so helpful for me to see what I am doing wrong. The classes twice a week keep me in regular practice so I am constantly working.
I love going to class every week because R.J. and Rob push you to be your best and I wouldn’t expect anything less in an acting coach! If you are serious about working in film and TV you should check it out!”
Real and believable acting is what works on camera.
To find out more about The Actors Workshop’s Program click here to send us an email.
If you have been looking for an Acting School in Orange County or Los Angeles you know there are many acting “methods” or techniques being taught. Jessica L. came to The Actors Workshop having experienced many different ways of learning acting but found The Actors Workshop method of “common sense acting” to be the right fit for her. She’s not alone in feeling that way because it’s the acting technique used by the BEST ACTORS in the business.
Here is what Jessica L. had to say:
“I have been studying here for about two years (I actually generally attend the OC location, but the coaches are the same and we are free to go back and forth), and when it comes to acting technique for the camera, it doesn’t get any better. Having gone to other acting schools in the past, I had to adjust my understanding of what acting is while studying with R.J. and Rob, but having come to understand the “common sense acting” technique they teach, I will never go back! They teach their students the same method that the best actors in the business talk about in interviews. Through this workshop I am learning to be a real human being with real feelings and behavior in front of the camera–what more could an actor want?”
To find out more about “common sense acting” and how to train to work just like the best actors in the business click here to send us an email.
This next review, our most recent, is from Tanja L. Tanja has been getting great results from The Actors Workshop and has been participating in the free Casting Director and Agent Showcases as well. Her work has caught the attention of some of the top Agents in Los Angeles.
Check out what she had to say about The Actors Workshop:
“The Actors’ Workshop is a supportive instructional environment where people can learn everything they must know and do, to become good actors. The classes provide actors the opportunity to engage in cold readings techniques and memorized scenes. In addition to teaching students how to become consistent in implementing the Meisner technique, both R. J Adams and his son Rob Adams provide valuable insight about other aspects of acting and the business such as the audition process, developing your craft, and marketing your product . As a student, I have found that working on camera consistently is quite beneficial, especially since there are certain aspects about working on camera that are not taught in typical acting classes. I strongly believe R. J. Adams and Rob Adams are just as invested as I am in training me to become a good actress.”
If you have any questions about The Actors Workshop and how to take your acting career to the next level, feel free to contact us!