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We have gotten a little slack with our newsletters over the summer, so we're going to try and catch everyone up on the whirlwind of changes that have been happening at The Actor's Center of Asheville since May, in this month newsletter!
SO MUCH NEWNESS! As some of you may already know, we have been hard at work updating our existing audition taping room, and built an entirely new audition room over at the center since this past May. Outfitted with the best top of the line equipment, we're pretty excited about our new room if you can't already tell. We have some very special actor's center students and staff members to thank for all their dedication time & hard work they've volunteered to help us in completing these goals. Drew McDerrmott, David MacDonald, & our owner and operator himself, Kevin Patrick Murphy have especially burned the midnight oil to get these rooms built for our students and clients. The industry has obviously taken notice as well, check out all of our bookers, and signers below! We're over the moon for all of our actors, keep up the hard work!

Voiceover workshops! Plays! Movement workshops! So much to do this month! We hope you're able to catch one of these great events:

Voice over workshop!

Accomplished voice over actor, Leonard Dozier will be be teaching a workshop at Landslide Studios in Asheville this Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2016. There is a special discount for TACA students! Contact us for more info. If you aren't a student, contact the number on the flyer below t reserve your spot!
The Actor's Center Of Asheville student, Missy Bell is directing Anam Cara Theatre Company's,
GOD OF HELL (By Sam Shepard) at Toy Boat Community Art Space. Congrats Missy!

God of Hell
October 28 & 29 and November 4, 5, 10 & 11 2016
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Missy Bell


How does an actor "become" someone else?

This question has been at the core of the acting craft for millennia. The Actor's Center of Asheville welcomes professional working actor, Matt Burke for this valuble actor's workshop, Transform. This workshop will give students distinctions in movement and vocal practices that grant access to the foundations of crafting a character from head to toe. Get ready to move, breathe, speak, make sound and have fun in new ways, that provide each player the valuable practices to take home with them!
Contact us for more info and to sign up!

Word to the are what you eat! Meet owner of The Traveling Yogini, Cameron Gunter. Cameron works with professional actor's regularly at Traveling Yogini, not to mention she is in the process of raising one too! She sat down with us recently to give us some great insight and tips on food and well-being for Actor's and artists. This business is all about being proactive, and being proactive about your well-being is critical...Cameron understands and has years of experience as a lifestyle coach and holistic health guide. (You can check out all the other cool certifications and areas of expertise she has below, along with her contact info!)

Being an actor can take a toll on your well-being. 

In some roles your body suffers because the character is very physical. Other roles can be emotionally demanding leaving you physically drained. Then of course there are roles that aren’t only physically and emotionally demanding, but also mentally or even spiritually exhausting! 

Actors don’t always know where their next check is coming from. When opportunities appear, the actor may need to take the gig just to pay the bills. Luckily, work seems to beget work. The only downside is that if you’re not taking care of yourself, your work and — more importantly — you, could suffer.  Diet, Lifestyle and Stress Management are key factors in being your best Self.  You are what you eat, so diet is very important.  Focus on clean proteins like Wild Salmon (full of Omega 3 fatty acids good for your body and brain), fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (like olive oil and coconut oil), AND making sure you are getting enough hydration that is not caffeine (as caffeine tends to drain the body) like pure/spring water (1/2 your body weight in oz. daily) and herbal tea (like Tulsi for it’s wonderful adaptogen benefits that help lower the stress hormone cortisol).  

Resting your body is also on the list!  Sure it sounds simple enough, but for some reason a lot of actors think they’re indestructible and go at 100% all the time. Unfortunately, if you’re running at 100% all the time you’re not taking time for yourself which means you’re also not taking care of yourself.  You need downtime. Your body, mind, and spirit needs time to recharge.  Go for a leisurely walk or meditate.  Take a nap in the middle of the afternoon. If you’re sick in any form (physical, mental, spiritual), the entire production suffers and you could even get another cast member sick. You’re no good to anyone if you’re not taking care of yourself. 

If you are interested in knowing more about how to feel health as a lifestyle, connect with me for a free 20 minute initial consultation.  In my private practice, I offer comprehensive support in one-on-one and group consultations that focus on diet analysis, cooking and shopping instruction, and individualized dietary and nutrient recommendations.  I practice what I share.  I am dedicated to helping people regain and maintain health and vitality through whole foods nutrition, custom supplementation and wellness coaching.  I received my certificate of Nutrition Consultant through California state-certified Bauman College Holistic Nutritional and Culinary Arts.  I am a board certified as a Holistic Nutrition Consultant through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), a board certified massage therapist through National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCMTMB), an Educated Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours through Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and I am an active member of (NANP).  

I look forward to hearing from you!  In health, Cameron

As actor's & artists we tend to think a lot, right? Often times, some of us even let our brain take over and send us into a never ending hole of "what if's" and "why's?". Our efforts to gain better understanding for our lives can many times be our worst enemies, creating stress and anxiety that simply do not serve us. Some of us may not worry and doubt ourselves as much as we are just busy people, constantly in motion, physically and mentally. Prioritizing our schedules even seems impossible because you always feel like you're one step behind with no hope of catching up before the day is done. This is when meditation becomes crucial. If you are reading this thinking, "I don't have time to meditate", then you are likely the person who needs to make time for meditation the most! Becoming more mindful will change your whole perspective. Here are some free resources to help you begin to become more mindful, and possibly learn to work in some meditation into your everyday routine.
The Chopra Center has several guided meditations to help get you started. Meditating on your own requires some effort, while guided meditations literally walk you through a meditation and help you find a calm and peaceful state—one step at a time. The meditations you'll find on this site range from five minutes to one hour. 5 min. a day to start is better than nothing!

Holistic Nutritional Consultant who you met above, Cameron Gunter recommended this CD to us to aid in meditation practices. Listening To Smile has designed Sleepy Solfeggio Volume I with over an hour of sound immersion focused on the first five frequencies of the Solfeggio scale. Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 9-tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the beautiful and well known Gregorian Chants. The chants and each special tone were believed to impart spiritual blessings individually and when sung in harmony. Each Solfeggio tone is comprised of a frequency believed to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in balance. Based around the ancient 9 tone Solfeggio scale, Ian beautifully layers sacred vocals, chants, and soundscapes over each frequency; creating an intuitive blend of healing harmonics. Each track represents an individual frequency of the Solfeggio scale, with the final track being a blend of all 9. If you have a hard time quieting your mind and relaxing into a meditation, this album might help!
There are some great meditation and yoga classes offered locally:
In Black Mountain:

Black Mountain Yoga offers classes and workshops all week long. Monday's from 6:45-7:45pm there is a Gentle Flow and Meditation class offered @ only $7! "Bringing the body and mind into a space of joy and serenity through yoga practice. In this class, instead of going through a rigid sequence of poses, we will find a gentle and graceful flow between and within poses. This gentle flow stimulates our parasympathetic nervous system, which brings us into a space of peaceful relaxation. In this class you will also spend ten minutes in seated meditation. This is a time in which we will release tensions in the mental and physical body, much in the same way as our asana practice releases tensions in the muscles."

Asheville Community Yoga offers an all levels Restore & Renew Meditation class on Fridays from 11:15am to 12:00 pm. In addition to a restorative yoga with didgeridoo(!) on Fridays from 4-5:15pm as well!

Stop pacing the floor wondering if you booked that part. Relax.
Get your zen on.

1. International Dialects Of English Archive (free)
This is a website and is a pretty amazing tool for those auditions when they are requesting a Boston or Turkish accent, and you're all like, "I don't know anyone from Boston! Maybe I'll just watch goodwill hunting again if I can find it on netflix..." -  This site holds recordings of people from all over the world so you can study their dialect. Bust out that phonetic alphabet, listen, and you’ll be ready to knock out that Turkish or Boston accent in no time. Forget hit or miss youtube videos...this website is your new best friend for dialects.

2. StickK, (free)

If you're having a hard time getting motivated, stickK might help jumpstart you and your goals. You will set your goal and the time frame you want to achieve it in, then state how much money you want to put on the line and where you want that money to go should you fail to reach your goal. Next, designate a referee to monitor your progress. This person acts as an independent third party who logs into the app to monitor your progress (you can also choose the honor systems and go it alone, without a referee). Need a little extra motivation? You can also choose to have a panel of other stickK supporters to be your cheering section and post motivational messages in your Commitment Journal – the place where you make daily entries on your progress.

3. Wunderlist, (free)

Wunderlist is a simple to-do list and task manager app that helps you get stuff done. The app can be used for all kinds of different purposes whether it be a to-do list, a shopping list, a project you have been working on, ideas you want to remember, collaborations, and more. What's great is that the app syncs with all your devices so it is available to you at all times. You can also add presentations, PDFs, and photos to your Wunderlists, you can start a conversation about them, set reminders, delegate tasks to people, and more.

4. TwistedWave (free-$9.99)
For those actor's who also do voiceover work, or those of you who are interested, Twisted wave app makes recording a quick voiceover on the fly possible. Reviews say this audio editor and recorder app is a go-to for pros. If you upgrade to premium you can even edit out breaths! *Bonus tip: Record in your car for maximum sound quality if there’s no VO booth available.

5. Mile Bug ($2.99)

Driving to auditions, classes, workshops and rehearsals can really rack up your mileage. Luckily, you can deduct some of it at tax time. Keep track of those miles with MileBug. This app makes record keeping simple and central for all your vehicles and travel expenses. I'm sure there are some free mile tracking apps out there, but this one seems to make it really easy, so maybe worth the small fee!

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