First Two Weeks of Third Year at Juilliard Drama
The first two weeks of my third year of training as an actress has commenced! There are many things that I hope for this school year but the beginning of this year has as much triumphs as it had its share of challenges and in-betweens. There are certain aspects of the craft that I especially turned my attention and energy towards during my second year of training (i.e. Alexander Technique, Speech, Singing and Scene Study) whose seeds are beginning to break out of its shell this year. I am very excited for myself in this regard.
I begin this year also with more resolve to take care of myself (i.e. mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health) within the training. I remember pummeling through sleepless nights and weekends in second year in order to get stuff read, memorized or rehearsed (on top of basic needs like laundry, cooking, etc.) at the expense of my own breathing space. When I spoke with a former acting teacher in the Philippines who also graduated from Juilliard Drama, she told me that it would behoove me to use time within this training to focus on presence and expansion rather than merely drilling speech exercises and Alexander self-lessons. I feel as if I’ve spent most of second year drilling and repeating those exercises that they are somehow embodied in me already. One of my notes in my first scene study class this third year was to trust in myself more, trust that I am enough, that I no longer need to work too hard. I am looking forward to using my “Self” more fully in the work rather than climb a mountain to prove my worthiness. I am already worthy, I am already capable. It will be very new and exciting for me to approach the work in a way that will unravel all the gifts that I already have.
To a transformative new school year.
REGINA DE VERA
From Quezon City, Philippines