The Foundation Of Story(living)telling

“The ability to have an open heart and a willingness to dive into the depths of the human condition is the very foundation for our work and our ability to live moment to unknown moment within extraordinary circumstances.

We have to be willing to see, hear, feel, taste, understand and experience more than just our own small circle of experiences in order to live the vast highly complex life of characters in unimaginable pain, great struggle and overall high stake circumstances.

This is ultimately the ‘in’ to every character we will ever play/reveal/live.

Everyone has struggled.

Everyone has suffered.

Everyone has had trials and tribulations.

Everyone has a story.

Every story has a history that formulates who we are and how we move and function in life and what we strive to get, achieve, be and experience.

We have to understand that at our very core, we function from survival, love received, and love unreceived.

From there our story unfolds based on what life throws at us.

This is not just about our technique.

This is about humanity.

It is about our humanity.

And every human’s story has within it the worthiness to be witnessed simply because it is part of the essential fabric of this thing we all call ‘Life’.”

~Mario Campanaro
Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London

Commitment To The Craft

“It is so important for the actor to consistently exploreexercise and cultivate the craft of acting. 

The craft of acting takes work

Plain and simple. 

It takes discipline

It takes commitment

It takes accountability

It takes consistency

And most of all, it takes dedication

We have to understand that our craft will only support us as much as we have it ingrained in our being as a second muscle easily accessible for the demands of our work. 

It is not going to be there to fully support us unless it is exercised

It cannot just live in ‘theory‘. 

It cannot just live in our ‘head‘ or an ‘idea space‘. 

We have to know what we are doinghow to get there, and why we use certain tools to fulfill specific aspects of the life of the text

We have to be in the known so we can live in the unknown of the moment

And it all has to be practical

It has to be tangible.

It has to be useable and executable

It has to make human-sense“.

And for that to happen, it needs to be exercised and exercised and exercised no matter where we are in our career or however long we have been doing it. 

It asks of us to consistently exercise/explore/discover all the myriad of physical, psychological, behavioral and emotional muscles that we do not really tap into within our everyday civilian lives…

(Not to mention all textual detective work, the art of actively listening through filtered wants and needs, pursuing, overcoming and executing the true nature of action)

And then have the tools, awareness and ability to utilize our instrument to reallybe able “to do” and reveal the extraordinarily complex human experience within the work. 

And let’s be honest, most do not have the privilege of doing this work or working in this manner everyday. 

And depending on an audition to test out/try to do the work is not going to do the trick. 

That is a whole other set of muscles that our craft needs to support us in, so our work can fulfill the text with truth, authenticity, and uniqueness in the room or on tape. 

Just like holding off going to the gym, if we do not work out those muscles, they, unfortunately, become weak and do not have the stamina/know-how to fulfill the task at hand. 

We live in a day and age where everyone seems to want the easy road. 

Why wouldn’t we, right? 

Insta-fame is the new norm, expectation and desire. 

It is natural for us to want to pursue the easy way when we see the way social media presents notoriety. 

However, when we choose this path as actors, as artists, we have to be honest and understand there is nothing easy about the journey. 

We cannot be lazy in the pursuit of our work. 

We have to be responsible. 

We have to reveal the complexities of the human condition. 

We have to go to places within ourselves that are complicated, vulnerable, and uncomfortable and then be generous enough in mind, body, and spirit to share a piece of ourselves in service of the text, for the purpose of art and in honor of the human condition. 

And as we exercise those muscles, we may have to go through growing pains many times as we explore the full color wheel of the human condition. 

And we have to explore all that in a safe yet challenging professional creative environment. 

It is through those difficult times and the exploration of them, that will come our greatest inspirations for our work. 

On the job‘ is not the place to experiment and find our craft. 

We are there, paid, with the expectation to deliver…

To already know what we are doing so we can do the job at hand. 

We have to keep our instrument awake as we do our part in understanding the fullness of life in the text that gives birth to the text and what is between it. 

And then we have to have the toolbox that we can depend on that will support us in going to those places within our instrument that are necessary to live the full spectrum of the life of the text. 

And studying the craft, going to a responsible studio dedicated to the learning…to the exercising…to the challenges within the work…to honesty…to accountability…to responsibility…to the demand of the industry…to caring about growth…to exploration…to discovery…to support…to collaboration… and to the tools that individually offer each and every actor the opportunity to experience all of the above is essential.

So do it for yourself and do it for your dreams…

Stay in the learning!

Remain a student of life…

But do it as professional actor/artist in your approach of the learning.

As long as we are alive, we will have to continue to study the craft because life itself is an endless unpredictable complex lesson…

And so will every piece of text that is presented to us.”

Much Love,

Mario Campanaro
Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London

Walking The Walk Of Artistic Greatness

“Why in the world would you ever aim for ‘normal’ when you’re already extraordinary? Why in the world would you ever aim to ‘fit in’ when you’re magnificence already makes you stand out? Why in the world would you ever aim to ‘dim your light’ when it’s already lighting up all of your surroundings? Why in the world would you ever settle for ‘ok’ when excellence already lives within your nature? You have to have the courage to go on the journey of greatness. And you have to not be afraid of the path that takes you there. Because sometimes that path is scary. And sometimes it’s scary because it takes a hell of a lot of hard work. And sometimes all of that hard work takes sacrifice. And sometimes that sacrifice is lonely. And sometimes that loneliness is exhausting. And sometimes that exhaustion is discouraging. But if you truly believe within your heart of hearts that the intent in which you’re walking that path is attainable, all of that sweat-equity will pay it forward by bearing the fruits of your labor at the precise moment it is meant to happen. So I ask you again: Why in the world would you ever aim for ‘normal’ when you’re already extraordinary? The last time I checked, the entire world is constantly looking up in the sky for extraterrestrials. So why the heck wouldn’t you want to be a little different and shine like the stars you are?! Never ever dim your light just because it may be too bright for other people’s eyes. Simply tell them to wear a pair of sunglasses and keep on walking the path toward your individual artistic and creative magnificence.”
~Mario A. Campanaro
Master Teacher
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London

THE CREATIVE TRIBE (The Meaning Of Ensemble)

“You will always ‘know’ your creative tribe…
When you can live your most authentic genuine Self in each other’s presence.
You will never feel alone.
And never walk away feeling lonely.
There will always be a willing generosity of Spirit.
There will always be an undeniable human to human connection. 
There will always be a wanting to share something deep and real.
There are many factors that magnetize us to that creative tribe:

There is THE LOVE OF ART. 
And we have to understand…
It is sometimes through the darkest of moments…
And most inexplicable of circumstances…
That guide us…
Or lead us…
To that creative tribe.
Those same circumstances…
That we may think are causing us to crumble…
And break our heart and Spirit…
Are the same circumstances…
That actually break our heart open…
And allow our Spirit…
To be In-Spirited (inspired)…
Opening our Mind, Body & Soul…
And awakening us to something greater than we could have ever imagined.
Those same circumstances very often pave the path to our greatest purpose…
Our greatest potential…
All human beings at some point…
Will own some story of hardship.
That is part of the human experience.
But within hardship also lives an individual story…
A universal story…
Of how hardship paved an unexpected path to perseverance, growth, inner-strength, compassion, insight, understanding, creative inspiration and connection with others who can gather with each other and say:
Yes, I know. Me as well. I see you. I understand. Let’s not let it be in vain. Let’s do something remarkable with it all!‘.
And so we find our tribe.
Or our tribe finds us.
A tribe that meets through the most unlikely…
And yet, likely, of circumstances.
A tribe that is generous in knowledge, creativity, heart, compassion, passion, love, support, kinship, responsibility, accountability, creativity, talent & Spirit.
And because of those circumstances…
We RECOGNIZE each other.
We SEE each other.
We UNDERSTAND each other.
We CARE about each other.
We SUPPORT each other.
And, yes…
We LOVE each other…
From one artist to another…
From one actor to another…
From one human to another.
That is the magic of an ENSEMBLE!
Together we LEARN.
Together we EXPLORE.
Together we DISCOVER.
Together we GROW.
Together we EXPAND.
Together we STRUGGLE.
Together we BREAK-THROUGH.
Together we SUCCEED.
Together we SHARE.
Together we GIVE.
Together we MAKE ART.
Together we TELL & LIVE STORIES.
And TOGETHER we hold onto the fact…
That once we make it out of the fire…
There will be…
And is…
That result in our life’s greatest contributions!” 
~Mario A. Campanaro 
Master Teacher 
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London 


“Children always get so excited about that special gift they’re given during holidays or birthdays. It’s that special gift that they ask for over and over to anyone who would listen. And usually they see that special gift on TV which makes it even more exciting. Or they see that others have that gift, and so they want it too! They see how special it is! It looks exhilarating, easy and fun to play with. And they think if only they could get that special gift, it would make all the difference in the world for their life and they would never ever stop playing with it. Then one day, someone actually makes their dream come true and they finally get it! They get that special gift that they’ve always wanted! And it comes all wrapped up in a nice box with perfect wrapping paper and a big ole bow. And they tear open that special gift! And they are mind-blown! Someone actually listened and they got it! And they love it love it love it! But then they realize they don’t know how to use that special gift. So with some help, through some trial and error, some struggles, some mistakes, a lot of creativity, and of course, the instructions, they finally figure out how to use that special gift. And now they can play with it. And they enjoy playing with it! It’s the most awesome thing ever! They love it! It’s everything they said they always wanted! And they tell everyone “Look at what I just got!” And then others say, “Ah cool! Me too! Look what I just got!“. And so they all get together and their imaginations go wild with the endless possibility of circumstances that manifest from all those special gifts. It brings a tribe together and many worlds are created! However, as is so often the case, once that gift no longer becomes so special to them and they stop using it or playing with it, it ends up just sitting home on a shelf somewhere taking up space. And then all of the sudden, that special gift disappears because it is put in a box and donated or handed down to someone else who will use it, enjoy it and appreciate it for how special it is. And some time goes by but they don’t even realize it’s gone. And then one day, they see it somewhere and then they remember it and they ask, “Wait, what ever happened to that gift?! I loved that gift! That gift was mine! Where did it go?! I want it back!”. But it’s no longer home. It’s no longer there. It’s no longer accessible. Now that special gift is going to take a lot of pursuing and work to get back. The same goes for your gifts as actors. They need to be loved, appreciated, enjoyed, learned about, cultivated and used. Your gifts are not meant to just sit at home doing nothing. If they are, they mysteriously just slip away and you start asking “Wait, what ever happened to that gift?! I loved that gift! That gift was mine! Where did it go?! I want it back!”. Stay focused! Be proactive! Appreciate the gifts you have and work hard toward doing something remarkable with them. No one is going to come knocking on your door to remind you to stay on track. And if you need a little reminder or a little push, let this be it! You have to be the CEO of your dreams or they slowly disappear. You have something so inexplicably special in you! Do not take that for granted! Dream big! But get the dream out of the dream state and go for making it a reality!”
~Mario A. Campanaro
Master Teacher 
MC² Actors Studio
Los Angeles | New York City | London

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