The actor’s work is one of creativity, of growth, and of perseverance. We can get caught up in the day to day, the ups and downs, and sometimes find ourselves empty, isolated, confused, or frustrated. The Actor’s Journey offers tools for weaving self-care and self-awareness into every stage of our work. By utilizing our preparation, our authenticity, with tools such as journaling and mindfulness, we can transform auditions into learning experiences that both flourish and inform our long-term creative path.
Replace people-pleasing with empowered choice-making. Replace desperation with soul-driven purpose. Where fear has taken you away from your inner self, you can breathe and allow fear to bring you closer to the level of work you want to do, and closer to the humanity of each character.
Corey Parker is your master guide on this Actor’s Journey. He has lived as an actor for over 30 years and has booked jobs on multiple networks, stage productions, and in film. He has taught actors for 18 years with empathy, compassion, talent, and professionalism.
BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.
The Actor’s Journey
A workshop of impassioned discovery and collaboration.
Acting is doing. In 8 weeks, you can learn to develop new work habits that can improve the effectiveness of your preparation, your choice-making, and your follow-through. And this work can inspire you in mind, body, and spirit. You will work every week, letting go of left-brain (analytical) ideas; instead entering a creative process that can be integrated into any actor’s day to day practices. Increase the amount of authenticity you bring to each moment- on-camera and off- through the practice of Trust.
Actors are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, but there is an important lesson there- learning where to put your energy and where not to put your energy. Success as an actor is not just a matter of will! What you are exposed to in this class will heighten your work, reconnect you with your joy in the process, and guide you to take care of yourself in the Journey of your work as a committed actor.
|Dates:||Tuesdays, January 29th – March 19th. Sign up now as this class fills fast!|
|7-10 pm. 8 weeks.|
The BGB Studio
10950 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
|Requirements:||A desire and willingness to get back to the work you love. For working actors. By application or invitation only. There are no make-ups for this 8-week class. (Cancellation Policy)|
|Cost:||2 installments of $325. $650 for the entire 8-week program.|
Corey works with you on where to put your energy as an actor and where you can get out of your own way. He creates a safe space in this class, and addresses finding solutions to any actor’s old issues, fears, self-doubts, and insecurities. This is a solution-based process that includes being seen, heard, and supported by Corey, an actor and teacher with a mission- to support you where you need it, empower you when you want it, and let you learn not by talking, but by doing.
Work is done on-camera and off, with a variety of scene material. Sometimes you bring in material, sometimes it is provided. You may work with material more than 1 week in a row.
This is a class for working actors.
This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.
- COREY PARKERTeacher
Corey Parker, an acclaimed actor in his own right, has trained actors on and off Broadway, on TV, and in film for 17 years. He has coached Patrick Dempsey, Sean Combs, Annaleigh Ashford, Scoot McNairy, and many more. Corey studied with Uta Hagen and worked under the direction of Herbert Berghof in three productions at the HB Playwrights Foundation. Corey is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. He worked with the Steppenwolf Theater Company and has appeared on stage at the Public Theater in NY where he worked with Joseph Papp, at Circle Rep where he worked with Lanford Wilson, at the St. James, the American Place, and the Mark Taper Forum, among others. He’s also worked extensively in film and television. Corey has taught at numerous studios, including HB Studio. He has taught for Susan Batson in New York and L.A., at Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the list goes on. He currently teaches regular classes in Nashville and Memphis, and whenever we can get him to join us at BGB in Los Angeles.
More on Corey here.
- CAMILLE CHENTeacher
Camille Chen attended The University of Texas at Austin, then quickly transitioned to Los Angeles, where she immediately broke into the commercial world. In 15 years, she has appeared in over 100 commercials and accrued over 70 television and film credits. You might recognize her from the STATE FARM commercial with the dollar on the fishing pole (that just wouldn’t quit.) Her favorite roles have been on LAW & ORDER, 2 BROKE GIRLS, GAME NIGHT, and most recently, SINGLE PARENTS and GOD FRIENDED ME. Her goal as a coach is to create the space for actors to find the work and play on their own, so the result is unique to them. She’s passionate about discovering what the scene means to each actor. She believes that every actor has the capacity to become fully confident and self-sufficient in the work. Camille booked her biggest and most favorite role to date, on January 18th, 2019 – playing Mom to her sweet little girl, Colette.
More on Camille here.
What Actors are Saying
Corey Parker's understanding of humanity and the craft of acting is astounding. He's masterful at serving the needs of the actor regardless of their skill set. He is incredibly intuitive, sensitive and nurturing. I believe these to be essential traits for an effective teacher and coach. Studying with Corey has always inspired me to start from a place of joy and love of acting, to dig deeper, to explore the boundless possibilities and to risk it all for my artist. I'm proud to call him teacher, mentor, brother, and friend. He's the real deal.
Corey Parker's instinct, support, and expertise as a coach have been invaluable to me as a working actor. I strive to always be a student of the craft and he always takes me to a new level of specificity. He has been instrumental in my preparation for character work and for script analysis. Corey always helps me find the truth. His coaching has been a blessing to me.
Corey Parker is a true artist. His intelligence, emotional life and creativity are formidable. It is Corey Parker who trusted me as a teacher and recommended me to Nicole Kidman whom I have coached for the past 20 years. I am returning the favor to all actors who seek great coaching. Take my advice and seize the opportunity to have a genuine genius to guide you on your path.
In this class I found the power to not back down. Corey helped me realize why my choices are not as specific as they can be. I can see now how I can get out of my head and into the action of the story, fighting for what I personally want. It's a much richer experience for myself and the audience! Thanks, Corey