March 8, 2013
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I'm Jonathan. I have no formal training but this looks like a fun group and a good way to start learning from others.
Let me start by saying this is a great group that Carl Velas put together. I went to the meetup in March and it was my first time in an acting/reading situation. There were 4 of us, plus Carl, and we were given sides from a script that consisted of a simple interaction between two characters. We read the sides with a partner, than we switched characters and did it again with a different partner. So we got to read as both characters in the script and do it with two different partners - it was really a great exercise, like going to the gym and working multiple muscle groups. It forced us to change and adapt to the different characters in the same fictional situation. Carl gives good constructive feedback and offers suggestions to help us hone our skills. After a few rehearsals, he films the final take and posts it on youtube so we can see the final product. We also each cold-read a monologue from a movie script with the remaining time. Go to a meetup, you won't be disappointed.