I’m going to show you the email exchange I’ve been having with one of NYC’s top movie and television casting directors, Paul Schnee, from Barden Schnee Casting.
By sharing this email exchange not only will I fulfill my obligation to write a blog post for the new year. But I’ll get to nurture the yummy/lazy part of myself. ahhhh.
Just to give you an idea, Paul Schnee and Kerry Barden have 20 movies that are currently in production. That’s extraordinary.
Over the years they’ve cast me in the mini-series, The Bronx Is Burning, and many movies including Teeth, The Normals ( which I just finished) and Price Check ( the movie I’m starting in 3 weeks playing opposite Parker Posey).
Schnee understands the power of Committed Impulse and wants to be part of the next weekend workshop in NYC.
I am sooo excited to have him join us!
Here we go…
The email exchange started with a lovely E holiday card from Barden/Schnee Casting.
On Dec 17, 2010, at 4:23 PM, Barden / Schnee Casting wrote:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS From
Barden / Schnee Casting
On Dec 19, 2010, at 8:14 PM, Josh Pais> wrote:
You Guys are the best.
You constantly renew my faith in our business.
But can you please start doing films that pay something??
I love you
NOTE: Of course the movies they cast pay the actors – it’s just not always on the scale of a blockbuster Hollywood movie. ( These days a lot of blockbuster Hollywood movies don’t pay on the scale of blockbuster Hollywood movies – but that’s another story.) I’m back.
On Dec 27, 2010, at 10:18 AM, Paul Schnee wrote:
The love is returned. As for the pay, well, we like to keep doing these movies where we don’t make anything either, so as to keep our indie cred.
When is your next committed impulse class in NYC? You and I had talked about my coming in one time, I guess toward the end to talk about ci and applying it to auditions, etc….
On Dec 27, 2010, at 12:00 PM, Josh Pais> wrote:
I’m doing an on camera weekend workshop March 4, 5 & 6, 2011.
If you’d be up for coming and talking, answering questions for 45 minutes or an hour – that’d be awesome.
I’d be honored to have you there, and I know everyone would get such value from your presence.
Let me know.
On Dec 31, 2010, at 12:02 PM, Paul Schnee> wrote:
Cool. I would love to. I really think, at least from what I can tell, that the committed impulse work is very applicable to auditioning, since we sit through sooooooo many people making zero choice and therefore not having an opinion, attitude, whatever you want to call it. I think you know what I mean. I would love to sit in on the on camera part, maybe and work in a q and a to that, so it’s not just me blabbing. I suspect that everyone gets more out of it if the q and a is done in and amongst the work so it’s a little more alive…
But whatever you want to do with me, I’m at your disposal….
Happy new year to you and yours..
On Dec 31, 2010, at 12:02 PM, Josh Pais> wrote:
Hey can I use part of your last email in a lil article I want to write for the CI peeps.
I think it’s such valuable info for actors.
RE: fear of making choices.
On Dec 31, 2010, at 1:29 PM, Paul Schnee> wrote:
Sure. Geh head.
End of email exchange…
So there you have it.
So many actors get caught up in the trap of trying to be natural and real. What that ends up being is dead and quiet. Not interesting. Not going to get you hired. There is a vast world between trying to be natural and real compared to being honest and available to your impulses. And, the Committed Impulse approach reveals all the tools you need to be both honest and make bold, dynamic choices.
This year, let’s step into the light. Let’s make those bold choices that reveal our truth. Let’s trust in the gift of our impulses and make a difference in the world through our art and our business.
As you can see, it looks like Paul will be joining us in New York for the On Camera weekend workshop.
There are still some spaces (this is a limited enrollment course) if you want to be there as well:
And you can be sure that this year we will be bringing more top notch directors and casting directors into the Committed Impulse classes to continue the exploration of creating from truth and impulse.
This is only the beginning.
2011 will be a year of creativity and wonder. It’s a new game. Let’s play.
Thanks for the peek inside your email exchange. I’ve been hoping to get more CI but this incredible opportunity truly means I need to pull out my March calendar and follow through on a resolution.
The On Camera class is now sold out – but there are still some spaces left in the Thurs Night class – do it!
love the email exchange! thanks for that josh. can’t wait for on camera CI in LA in T minus 13 days!!! WOOT!
Bert Botta says
Hey Josh, I had too much fun with you and Bryan out here in California. I’m about to soon put what I learned in the workshop to the test. When are you bringing more of this good stuff out here?
New Year Blessings
Come to LA and play. No plans for San Fran at the moment.
Josh, this is beyond awesome! Thank you so much for sharing it and the inspiration!
One of the students in the New York class mentioned that he wasn’t sure if CI was a way of life or simply an application to the acting craft. I have to say it’s both. I’ve been aware of when my mind has been traveling and chattering, and I’ve been hyper aware of when I’m in my body – in even the simplest of life’s moments.
Thank you for this awareness, for this gift.
Happy New Year!
Well, I don’t know if it’s a way of life. But if we want to create this stuff sure works for me.
Kristen Mallette says
Dude, Josh. This ROCKS. What a cool way to get us all pumped for a new year of CI! Thank you so much for sharing this!! And ps: hysterical first email…re: please pay more. Love it!
I didn’t edit myself on that one…
what would be the best way to get a good sense of what the committed impulse work is all about? do the March workshop in NYC or do a private sessions?
I am so pumped for CI this year.
Excited to bring in everything I’ve been learning and experimenting with and keep exploring.
The March workshop and classes you’ll get the most CI for the money. The private sessions are awesome if you have specific areas/projects/ blocks you want to handle.
So, see what feels right for you. Trust your gut – but come play!
Thanks so much for this, Josh!
I’ll see you and Paul in March.