When your work is captured, it is captured forever!

I’m in Paris working with Juliette Binoche on a film. It is Sunday. In art there is no day of rest. On Broadway, the day off for others is the working day for the artist. For Juliette Binoche, when she loves someone or something, she loves it every second, minute, hour of the day, every day. For her, there is no day off with her acting. (Juliette Binoche won an Oscar for English Patient, and is most famous for her role in Chocolat with Johnny Depp. This year, she will have several films coming out: 1,000 Times Good Night, Clouds of Sils Maria, Words and Pictures.) In other words, she loves her work and the work loves her!

After 7 hours of non-stop work, I returned to my Parisian hotel to eat and to restore. I turn on the TV to find out from BBC what country is at war and how many innocent souls have died, when I am compelled for a moment to stop at the channel before BBC. Why? I don’t know. I only feel that there is a connection. The sound of the man was simple, deep, and in French. The image appeared and the man was all in black, with black hair, a beard, and a moustache. Just as I caught the image, the camera cut to Vanessa Williams for a second. Then, back to the very connected, intense actor. I scream… Wass!!!! Yes, it was our Wass Stevens that stopped me. I was so pleased because Wass is family. He began with us and now generously gives back to us by teaching Industry Prep every Tuesday at 5pm. When the camera returned to Wass, it held a moment and then the scene was over. Much to my surprise, I had stumbled upon the end of an episode of Ugly Betty. I never saw Ugly Betty until this Sunday evening in Paris. Like Wass always says, “When your work is captured, it is captured forever!”

Long live Wass Stevens! Look for him in the upcoming series Public Morals!

Always in the art! – Susan Batson.

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July Workshops with Carl Ford at The Susan Batson Studio

Carl Ford is bringing his genius expertise(s) to the Susan Batson Studio! He is making the month of July an actor’s happening at the Studio. Carl Ford is taking Susan Batson’s process and is exploring and exploding it into 2014! As a film director and writer, Carl Ford is aware of the importance of an actor having a method, aka training. As the Founder of Black Nexxus and the Susan Batson Studio, he knows Susan Batson’s work better than anyone else. It is even said that he articulates her process better than she does. For sure, he is in touch with the industry on its rudimentary level as it exists today, and the needs of the actor to maintain and gain working status.

Many years ago, Lee Strasberg stressed the need for training because, as the coach to the stars, he recognized that show business no longer had the time or money to nurture actors’ performances. Lee Strasberg strongly advised that the actor train in the craft of acting in order to circumvent the ills of the ever-present commercial environment of show business.

July is the exact middle of the year, and it is perfect preparation time for the fall through pilot season. It is the perfect time with Carl Ford to get a refresher of the work done at the Susan Batson Studio and/or to begin my process that many working actors like Nicole Kidman, Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) use. I am convinced that those actors with whom I work arrive on the movie set, theatre rehearsals, television shows, and auditions ready and able to help their directors bring their visions into the light. If I am totally honest, where you get your training doesn’t matter, as long as you get it!

But, I will risk saying: there is nothing better than what Carl Ford will offer you in the month of July at the Susan Batson Studio! He’ll give you more than technique- Carl Ford gives passion, inspiration, and the liberation of your artist!

Check out the Susan Batson Studio (http://susanbatsonstudio.com) for details, or call the Susan Batson Studio at 212-226-4630. Happy 4th of July!

Always in the Art, Susan Batson

Putting the Artist First

Can we have an industry in which the artists come first? This is a question pressing against the left side of my rib cage. The conditions of our industry often seem anti-artist. Yet, I must encourage artists to create in spite of this because to create is to exceed oneself and one’s environment. So I cannot just have this pressure against the left side of my rib cage- I am obliged to move passed it and demand an answer. Can we have an industry in which the artists come first?

There is the fear that no one is listening and, therefore, there is no one to answer the question. Do not take my aphorism as one of a victim, but as one of a fighter determining his/her strategy. The role our industry is playing is one of commercialism- the mighty dollar first. So some of us have compromised our passion for art to fit into this sluggish reality of the big bucks busters. Make 520 million dollars in the first week of a movie, and they say that’s art! Yet, I must encourage you to fight for art and to put your artist first in an industry that has placed mad profit as their primary concern. So, do not make your only solution dissolution or compromise. Be aware and passionately assert your art amidst the shoot-‘em-ups, technological violence and innocuously loud humor. Those that have the guts break through enough to be seen and find the luck to establish their own perfect time and space.

All of this is being stated in generalities, but I am certain that will takes courage, and the courage to believe in one’s desired principle is worth the trouble of willing its realization. I know that I am talking to many artists who exemplify great passion for the art and have the desire to bring it into the world population. All of you are poetic, conscious, innovative, powerful, and with all the qualities to begin an artistic revolution. Yes, even with the state of the industry and the world today, I do believe in the creative artist. You are out there, eager, hungry, and deeply passionate. You are still dreaming, believing, hoping, and struggling to bring truth to your art. No matter where I go around the world, I see your eyes light up full of love, gratitude, and inspiration for the art form you love. It is for you that this pressure against the left side of my rib cage is released with the hope that I am able to instill in all of us the motivation and guidance to bring us an artist-first industry with a healthy environment to create.

Always in the Art, Susan Batson

Dear Prospective International Students, We Now Offer a VISA Program!

Dear Prospective Students,

I am very pleased that you are considering the Susan Batson Studio VISA Program. We are excited about your interest and grateful for this opportunity to share our process with actors around the world.

I coach powerful actors such as Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, and recently Zac Effron has started to use our process as well. This is the work that we offer you.

I recognize that the yearly cost of the program can be a hardship. However, if you are dedicated, this investment can guarantee you tools, comprehension, and confidence in your craft. At the Susan Batson Studio, we give you the real world experiences by exposing you to agents, casting directors, and directors.

If you are ready to come to New York and embrace this very challenging work, we at the Susan Batson Studio will commit to accompanying you on your journey to find the great actor within you!

Please don’t hesitate to email (SBSinformation@gmail.com) or call (212-226-4630) if you need further guidance in making this choice.

Always in the art,

Susan Batson