So this past weekend I saw the Meisner play, by Jim Jarrett.
All I could think about is every single word that was said during the production.
I don't often take the time to write about films & productions that I attend, but one of my professors, Wolfgang at the Playhouse West has made me realize how important it is for my development as an actor.
So actors let me tell you what I took away from this play because I am compelled to share.
Are you ready? Good...
First and foremost, Sandy Meisner was a genius. His love and respect for the are of acting is exactly how I feel. It makes me cringe when I hear people tell me that anyone can be actor. Hell, I want to strangle them for that matter! To be a great actor (not a Hollywood actor), a great actor takes time. There are Hollywood actors that aren't great, but my mission isn't to be a Hollywood actor, my mission is to be a great actor and if Hollywood catches on to my greatness then so be it. Screw the critics!
So what did I take away from this play that had me in tears within the first 10 minutes!
-DO NOT QUIT!
This career, this journey, this dream, takes time, and there will be times that you want to quit, but because you were born to be an actor, you are cursed-- because at the end of the day, you can't quit. There is absolutely nothing else that you want to do. If you were really born to do this, if this is your true calling-- then you can't quit!
- Create your own product! Product that influences people.
As an actor, we have the power to change the world-- We really do!
- Do not care about what people think when you are working at your craft, of course feedback is important, but feedback from the RIGHT people.
- Fall in love with yourself, unconditionally. Find out who you are! What angers you, what makes you cry, what makes you sad-- THE EXPLORING OF SELF IS ESSENTIAL!
- Acting is all about emotion and the life you can bring out of yourself-- the words (memorization of them) mean nothing.
- Surround yourself around those with vision, passion, action!
- Train your instrument everyday.
- And Play!
As an actor, you just Go and PLAY!
There are other personal factors that I took away from this play, which I will hold onto.
This journey is not a sprint,
If you were born to act...You will-- Period!
It's time to keep each and every one of you in the loop about my adventure in California. Yes, I left even further East Coast. From Rhode Island, to New York/New Jersey, and now Hollywood.
In April, it will be a year since I have arrived and I've been working really hard to get to where I am now.
and continuing to work as an artist…
and starting over.
2015 has been the year of starting over for me, so December isn't the ending of the year…but the beginning.
Everything takes time, so I am using the time that I have towards the goals that I want to achieve. With that being said here is what DAHIANA TORRES has been up.
First and foremost, I'm a participant in the 2015 Audition Competition, and I need your help. Stop reading, and click on this link and vote for me. Just enter your email, and click on the GREEN VOTE button. The contest is judged by the quality of the performance. and the number of votes. Make the votes count! Check out the performances, join the contest if you're an actor yourself, but don't forget to VOTE for yours truly.
So what else is going on?
Besides, doing my homework and networking…I've gone back to school.
Yes! I never thought that I would go back but I began training at Playhouse West and am thrilled! The talented Tessa Thompson (Creed) trained at the same school with the same professors that I will be training and yesterday was my first day.
Last month I was "blessed" to play the role of a pregnant mother, and the experience was truly amazing. Roles like this remind me on why I act. I started laughing to myself because as an actor…. I've given birth, but I am not a mother. I've been married but I don't have a ring, I've been drunk, but truly never. ACTING IS BEAUTIFUL AND I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANY OTHER PROFESSION.
I have an agent…
...A job that gives me the flexibility that I've always wanted.
Oh and I also took April Yvette Thompson's class Find your F* It Moment and my list of things to do has grown. I've realized I have more work to do and I won't stop until I get there. I had to cut out the distractions that were not really helping. The class was worth every dime.
Los Angeles requires new head shots, so I had my headshot session with Karine Simon, who was recommended by my good friend Kalon Jackon (One of the Executive Producers for my film,
Pain Love & Passion. Oh and well Pain Love & Passion is in the works of getting you more good news, but that's a future conversation. And if you haven't bought my film Pain Love & Passion yet, shame on you… Get your copy now on amazon!
And last but not least, I received the award for Best supporting actress in a feature film by the World Music and Independent Film Festival for Bachelorette's Degree. It doesn't stop there though! I was informed recently, that Bachelorette's Degree will have nationwide distribution in 2016.
I will definitely keep you in the loop, as to how you can obtain your copy.
My journey continues.
I'm living, I'm loving, I'm laughing, I'm dancing….
(and I'm struggling, but that side comes with the journey of a Dreamchaser)…
Don't ever stop chasing your dreams! That is unless…you find another dream to chase. :)
So follow me on instagram and twitter @actressdahiana if you don't already
Definitely like my Facebook fan page
Peace & Blessings!
"Bitten By the Acting Bug & I Don't Even Want the Cure"
I'm not who I use to be….
First realization of today, January 1st 2015.
I have changed drastically!
I went out on the road and drove out for hours. The best way to start my year. My car, the road, Mother nature, God, all of us, just driving, singing, talking, and thinking. I was headed to visit a long time friend of mine. It was good to see a familiar face. A face that has known me for fifteen years, but hasn't seen me in about three years. Extremely grateful for our conversation, we both realized so much. As most old time friends do when they catch up, we truly realized how we have grown up. Time just flew by…literally. After the visit, my trip back was different. By different I realized how much I still have to do. How time is just flying and I cannot waste time.
I began to think about ...
All of the crap I need to cut out of my life in order for me to be better. There are so many distractions, and with all the technology it may be a challenge to stay focused. I've never been a feen for instagram or twitter, but I must admit, I am on Facebook way more than I need to be. I NEED to have more self control and instead of being on Facebook, do more research on the things that will make me better as an actor. Who's casting what? I gotta get my ish together, because I'm not getting any younger. And I've never been the type of person to pat myself in the back for past accomplishments. I always need to be moving, progressing, what's next? I'll be there! Let's go!
A trip of self realization. A trip of self evaluation.
I know what I need to do.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR 2015?
Well how about you do it. You…. Me…. Let's go on this amazing journey of getting it done!
2015 is not the year of laziness, but of self motivation.
The year that when your body tells you no, you tell it to shut up, get up, and go!
The year your mind wants to whisper that negative well what if it doesn't, you tell it yeah but what if it does…
The year of hope, the year that even when those negative moments happen, where you get kicked so hard, you still dust that ish off and find another alternative.
I began to think about…
How the world is starting to wake up. How issues that have been affecting us for generations are coming to the light, like never before. I'm proud that people are becoming more aware of the truth.
And for those of you that are still sleeping (even after y'all water bucket challenges) wake up!
If you just follow without doing your research, I pray for you. Don't believe everything you're told.
I began to think about…
My blessings… (this was a long list)
My failures… (tried not to dwell on them too much)
What I need to change… (physically, spiritually, mentally)
The faded relationships & friendships. (People come & go and it's okay to let go).
I began to think about…
So many things beyond what the normal person thinks about.
I've always been called weird and today it finally hit me, that I really am. My Name is Dahiana Torres and I'm weird. And in this moment, I must admit, that I'm okay with the fact.
I began to think…
That I need to stop thinking so much. Stop analyzing, Stop assuming…
Thinking too much hurts.
I thought about all of these things.
I mean it was a long ride there & a long ride back.
2014 was good, but 2015 will be even better!
2015 will be the year of execution.
P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR
I MEAN THAT WITH ALL MY HEART!
I've never really been on this boat before…
Not knowing what to expect, not having any plans, and simply just going with the flow.
I, Dahiana Torres, write live from JFK airport, almost embarking on a new journey to the west coast. What awaits me there is unknown, what will happen, a mystery to me. I've always considered myself adventurous, but have always been the type to plan out everything when making moves like this. I have made major changes in my life for this trip, but all have been pointing me towards this direction, and so I'm trusting this boat that I'm on, flowing with the water, and God is my Captain.
I'm nervous, I'm excited, optimistic, positive & scared at the same time. I know the networking pool will open, and many more friendships will be made, it's a little bit more of a month's time away from what I have known as home for the past 5 years. Let's face it, I have never been away on "vacation" for more than 2 weeks at a time. This "vacation" is different. With this "vacation" I know that I don't come back to my regular life. I know that the life I know is no longer going to be the same. That's a whole month away, so let me focus on the right now. Right now, I will board this plane. I will meet very special people in my life that I've never met before, and I will reunite with friends that I haven't seen in a very long time. I will focus on the positive and trust my Spirit, listen to my Spirit, and trust my gut to know that God's got my back.
So friends (not that there are many for now), in the west coast, Dahiana Torres comes. With an ambitious mind, and a "WILL DO" attitude. #IwasBornForThis #HereIComeCalifornia.
I welcome April with open arms, for I know another year of evolving is in the making. God enables me to see another year, this beautiful April 9th, & I'm blessed to continue...
to understand the things I haven't before--
I wanted to re create my site-- for in the same way my site is different, I feel different. With every learning experience, it is safe to say that a person changes, or so I would hope. So let me begin by sharing one of the many changes.
Take a good look at the new tab on my website. www.dahianatorres.com/videos
Take your time visiting my site because within this www, I open up to you just a little bit more than usual. I wanted to share more of my personality / talents with you. I hope you enjoy. I know a few friends of mine can smile that the domain backslash videos exists. Consider these videos to be from my digital camera, phone, or from something I dug up in my archives, some footage far from anything "professional" in resolution, but are aimed to put a smile on your face. At least, that's the objective. That & to include other aspiring artists.
That is change #1 , Change #2 is coming really soon.
D.T. signing off,
Make everyday count without allowing anyone to take your happy
(small shot out to IllFlo for my photo shoot session-- be sure to give him the thumbs up on Facebook )
2013 was an amazing year- both spiritually, mentally, and if I had cut down on the bread just a bit more, it would have been a great one in the physical category as well. So many "firsts" happened this year, and I'm blessed in knowing that 2014 can only be better. It wasn't all success stories, but this only means I have to more work to do. Some goals that weren't achieved by my deadline, will happen this year. Some things that I didn't plan, just came about; from working on the set of Verizon to being your bad a#$ super villain.
The older I get, the better I get…
I'm not going to sit here & explain the plan of Dahiana Torres, but know that it is changing, for the world is changing, & well time & experiences changes a person.
2013 was truly a year dedicated to spending a lot of time with my family, an amazing trip to Dominican Republic with my brothers & sisters, visits from unexpected guests, people that just needed to be let go, visits to places I've never been, long drives I've never taken, reunions that reminded me of my age, from times on the carpet to times on the beach, I am truly grateful.
At the moment, I have nothing else to say, but this…
Do not give up.
Nothing can be achieved without The Almighty.
And keep going.
@actressdahiana signing off
I'll leave you all with a little audition tape I put together for a casting in 2013…. I call it
Audition Gone Wrong!
Let's face it-- People hate to do work when it comes to getting details about supporting. I would get aggravated too, if I had to do a whole lot of work to show my support...
So with that being said, I'll make things really simple for you because with everything going on, I feel like you need it laid out with just the details. So since I don't wanna loose you, I will do all of the work for you. After all, it isn't your job to do the work since I'm always asking for your support anyway.
These are all the projects that I'm involved in & will be airing this year 2013.
I HAVE LEFT YOU ALL WITH THE TEASERS & TRAILERS, JUST SO YOU CAN GET A TASTE OF WHAT YOU'RE IN FOR!
I THANK YOU,
YES YOU! FOR READING THIS, & TAKING THE TIME TO FOLLOW MY WORK. NOW PLEASE CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE AND COME OUT & SUPPORT.