WHAT IS ACTING FOR MINDFULNESS?
It is an online training pathway for people from culturally diverse backgrounds to access creative acting practices and performance.
The first inception course is 'The Art of Presence' and it is an online 8 week course for student participants coming from all over Australia and internationally who want to give acting a try, particularly tapping into mindfulness, breathe work and relaxation practices. At the end of the course you will receive a 3 part monologue acting reel, a series of character headshots, a behind-the-scenes progress video and assistance in landing your first agent representation and support for your first acting gig.
THE AFM STORY
AFM began in April 2020 at the beginning of COVID Australian lockdowns saw many people indoors.
For Maria & Takashi, their teaching styles and inclusive workshop facilitation saw them working across NGOs such as NSW Refugee Health, Diversity Arts Australia, Fairfield City Council, and others in delivering online workshops and a limited number of face-to-face. A theme emerged from this is that there is a notable gap amongst artists and individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds in soft skills such as creativity, innovative thinking, speaking, presentation and emotional intelligence.
Maria and Takashi created a pilot 8 week session that included over a dozen of participants completing the program with profound and measurable results from higher levels of confidence, self esteem and communication skills, to gaining promotions &/or getting new employment. Every one graduated with a series of headshots and monologues that either landed them acting agents and/ or get auditions for roles and half was successful in landing roles on mainstream TV.