MPAC Hosts First Actors Intensive Workshop

September 28, 2011

Last Saturday, Sept. 24, MPAC held its first Actors Intensive workshop. The workshop held at IMAN Culture Center in Los Angeles was attended by dozens of actors and artists and is part of MPAC’s mission to cultivate and nurture emerging talent.

The four-hour intensive workshop was taught by vetran acting coaches Scott Sedita and Judy Kain. During the first session, Sedita, who has had more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry and helped launch the careers of many of today’s top stars, including Courteney Cox (“Friends”), Matt LeBlanc (“Friends”), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU”) and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law & Order: CI”), shared with the attendees the keys to becoming a successful actor and remaining at the top of the game.

Watch the video below from Red Carpet Hollywood on Sedita's business.

Sedita also shared valuable spiritual insight with group, recognizing that the entertainment industry can sometimes be a daunting and intimidating terrain to navigate for actors.

“Fear manifests to failure through distractions and addictions. Once you accept that you can create and orchestrate what you want you put your destiny in your own hands,” Sedita said, reinforcing the importance of practice and preparation in his talk. “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation the more you prepare the more luck will come your way.”

The second session was with actress and acting coach Kain, who has been acting professionally for 35 years in TV and films and has appeared in more than 300 commercials.

Kain took the actors through a simulated casting director session, where actors are generally required to showcase  their personality and work in performance ready scenes. This exercise was fun and effective for for actors to gain a competative edge for their next audition.

MPAC's Hollywood Bureau serves as a bridge between the Muslim community and the entertainment industry. The Bureau is responsible for advancing Muslim American perspectives in the entertainment industry by serving as an information clearinghouse in Islam for the Hollywood community. The Bureau also works with the Muslim American community to nurture creative talent and connect aspiring Muslim filmmakers, writers and actors with Hollywood professionals.

MPAC experts provide information, background, and consultation that addresses cultural and religious sensitivities in such areas as civil rights, politics, foreign affairs, art, culture, history, law, family issues and more.

-- Deana Nassar
MPAC’s Hollywood Liaison

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