You’re A Genius Until Proven Otherwise: Demystifying the Cold Reading Process
My philosophy: You’re A Genius Until Proven Otherwise. The beauty of this statement is that you’re the only one who can prove it otherwise. The hardest part about creating art is the amount of belief it takes to trust in yourself, trust in your impulses and instincts, and know that your first impression is genius. If you understand that you are completely and totally enough, then you will trust and not judge what occurs to you during the creative process.
This class empowers artists to develop a killer process by introducing a proprietary and revolutionary new approach to auditioning, demystifying the relationship to the camera, and helping to change attitudes and expectations. Few people enter a room expecting to win; most people enter a room trying not to lose. Their attention revolves around trying not to fail rather than delivering what their intentions and choices are. This class is about changing the attitudes and routines that lead people to the same disastrous results. Understanding, of course, that “successful” is relative to process and not result.
Richard Lawson has had a long and distinguished career as an actor, master teacher, public speaker, drug counselor and patented inventor. His work spans almost 5 decades. Lawson’s first professional job was in the national company of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Charles Gordone, No Place to Be Somebody. His selected films include Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire, Coming Home with Jane Fonda and Jon Voight, Audrey Rose with Anthony Hopkins and Marsha Mason, Wag the Dog starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, and For Colored Girls directed by Tyler Perry. As an acting and teaching protégé of one the finest and most respected acting teachers in the world, Milton Katselas, Lawson honed his skills and sharpened his abilities. He is excited about his partnership with his wife, Tina Knowles Lawson, and their intent on fulfilling the mission and purpose for the WACO Theater Center.