It is the most important thing in your work. Only your unique voice will make you stand out among the countless actors reading for any given role. Training, then, should be about expanding that voice. Stanislavski says "the person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could hope to be." But many actors make the mistake of training in a way that reduces themself and their work into homogeneity to try to fit in with the rest of the pack, seeking a false sense of safety. This only leads to predictable choices, void of the very things the audience wants to see—imagination, vitality, and a sense of play. Be bold enough to let us see you. At The Last Acting Studio, we believe the purpose of training is to develop your authenticity. In order to do so, we provide an explorative approach that provides pragmatic tools for synthesizing the foundational questions of script analysis with your personal point of view and life-force, creating work that both activates and transcends the material. When you lead with authenticity in whoever you are, you make yourself indispensable, no matter your shape, size, or color. By allowing the audience to see what is vulnerably human, you resonate with what is vulnerable in them, and they are changed by you...the you that cannot be duplicated.
"Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in it."
- Meryl Streep
Shoniqua Shandai is one of the stars of the Amazon Prim series Harlem. You've seen her dynamic work in movies like Bodied. Find out about her new show, the journey shooting her first series regular, and working with Desean...
"Training is my fail-safe and foundation. I couldn’t be the actress I am, nor want to be, without it."
"[Working with Desean] my process gained more variety... I found new ways to creatively explore the core of a scene, was challenged to make it even more personal and intertwine it with imaginative circumstances. "
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Having had the opportunity to work with Desean in both a studio and private coaching setting, I can say he is one of the most insightful, intelligent and helpful acting teachers out there. His knowledge of the craft, and thoughtfulness in coaching allows space for his students to experience and discover in-the-moment, emotionally truthful choices."