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The Acting Podcast

Ep. 29: Cooking Your Self-Tape

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BGB Master Teacher Sydney Walsh teaches Risa how she makes steak, shares insight on mushrooms as she cooks them LIVE, and connects it all to your audition + self-tape practice. “You can follow the recipe and still be deeply creative.” Just like cooking… as an actor, you must create space and time to prepare a meal and allow it to simmer and grow into something delicious. This goes for your self-tape or audition as well- being fully present in order to allow your imagination to inform what you create and be in the process of making something new each time. You must allow each “take”- each dish- to unveil itself in the moment, accepting and inviting that it will be different and fresh every time, trusting the process of cooking it, and thus enabling a more profound, pure, and inventive creation. Listen in to this inspired conversation for a whole bunch of “aha” moments! And check out all of Sydney’s classes on her BGB PAGE!

“What does food mean to you and how does it correlate with art, life, community, and being nurtured?… I think there is something about cooking and acting… being in real time, making something, and watching it change and grow, that’s the ultimate creative act. With cooking, it takes time, you have to slow down and have intention. This is the same with acting; we have to be present, being in the slow process of discovery, and letting it become something right in front of us.”

‍– Sydney Walsh

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