Student Spotlight – Stephanie Scholz

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.Stephanie Scholz 
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“I booked more work in my first year studying at The Acting Center than the prior eight years put together!  It works!”

-Stephanie Scholz, star of the feature film;

AbsenceActing Center teacher.

When Stephanie first began her study at The Acting Center she was filled with self-criticism about her acting, and also of herself as a person. Through her study and use of the drills she learned, she was able to put that criticism to rest and really focus on being a character without hesitation or judgment.

 

“I found myself doing a drill and being a character and actually having the thought, ‘Wow, that was cool!’ The first time that happened it was a new point of view for me… to actually like what I was creating. Now, I have the tools to consistently reach that place, and they are easy and uncomplicated, rich and full. And it happens at every class.”

 

This new certainty in her own skill and enjoyment of acting is something that Stephanie quickly realized wasn’t just happening in class, but in her life as well. She noticed at auditions and on set working, that she was no longer looking for validation from others and instead was confident in her own work.

 

“In auditions and sets I also found that I wasn’t craving approval from the casting director or director. I had gotten to a point of where I was, for the first time in my life, creating art and the characters as I saw them. Not through the eyes of my teacher, fellow actors, or friends.
When Stephanie first began her study at The Acting Center she was filled with self-criticism about her acting, and also of herself as a person. Through her study and use of the drills she learned, she was able to put that criticism to rest and really focus on being a character without hesitation or judgment.

 

“I found myself doing a drill and being a character and actually having the thought, ‘Wow, that was cool!’ The first time that happened it was a new point of view for me… to actually like what I was creating. Now, I have the tools to consistently reach that place, and they are easy and uncomplicated, rich and full. And it happens at every class.”

 

This new certainty in her own skill and enjoyment of acting is something that Stephanie quickly realized wasn’t just happening in class, but in her life as well. She noticed at auditions and on set working, that she was no longer looking for validation from others and instead was confident in her own work.

 

“I would go in with this character that I was really excited to play and it was FUN. I mean really fun! Those moments that you remember from when you started acting in the first place, whether it be with friends or in my case, with my sister putting on plays and dancing. That exhilaration that I felt and the total fun of it was all there AGAIN! For the first time, in what felt like years! I was newly inspired. I missed that! And was so incredibly grateful to get it back!”

 

Stephanie found the technique at The Acting Center so revolutionary and successful for her as an actor that she got trained as a teacher as well. She is a huge supporter of other actors and feels that studying at The Acting Center is vital for any artist.

 

“If you really want to be able to work all class, every class, then come to The Acting Center. It’s the best way I’ve found to handle the self-criticism.

 

“It helps you find out what makes you the artist that you are. If we are all being cookie cutters of someone else, then how are we going to think differently, to do what we, by nature, do? Artists think differently. That’s what I believe. If Tarantino, Nolan, Kubrick or any other great director or writer didn’t think differently and create these incredibly unique stories then we wouldn’t have any of them.”

 

Stephanie stars in the recently released and critically acclaimed film; Absence. A film in the “found footage” style, it was largely improved based. Written with a skeleton script, Stephanie relied on her understanding of character to navigate her way through it, and really be this person and live their life. This is a skill she learned at The Acting Center.

 

“We really had to understand our characters fully, so that we could just live as them, have their thoughts, say their ideas. Right away at The Acting Center, I was drilling this skill. So that was easy for me. You really have to trust yourself, creatively, to be able to do that.

 

“I also had the wonderfully lucky experience of working with a director who had done the Directing Program at The Acting Center. The program teaches a director how to get a real and visceral performance. That combined with my own understanding of character work made it an incredible experience.”

 

Stephanie believes wholeheartedly that the technique she studies and teaches at The Acting Center is imperative to her having a successful career, as well as her own self-confidence.

 

“Most importantly, I am doing, what I consider, the best work of my career. I have a long way to go. But now I have a wonderful foundation to get me there. I booked more work in my first year studying at The Acting Center than the prior eight years put together! It works!”

 

*ABSENCE IS AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD AND ‘VIDEO ON DEMAND’ THROUGH ITUNES AND AMAZON.

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