Physicist and humanist, Albert Einstein, asserted: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
Muddled by internal chatter and external noise, our intuition can often feel illusive. And sometimes, our sixth sense offers seemingly illogical or irrational direction. So, how do you know when you know? Why is it that we sometimes listen to our gut (or our heart, or that little voice), and others, we kick ourselves for turning a blind eye?
For actors, how does developing one’s intuition affect auditioning, cold-readings, project choices, level of performance, and seeking representation? How can we use our intuition to filter emotion, fear, ego, and competing desires out of the decision-making process? Furthermore, how do we develop this super power, and can balance be struck between the “servant” and “gift?”
Bestselling author of Practical Intuition, Laura Day has spent three decades helping individuals, organizations, and companies use their innate intuitive abilities to create profound changes in their lives. She has trained thousands of people to use their brains and perceptions in effective ways including scientists, celebrities, business executives, and other professionals. Laura has been featured in many publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Independent, Bottom Line, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and People magazines. She speaks regularly both in the U.S. and abroad, and has appeared on numerous shows including CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Transforming the face of psychiatry, Judith Orloff, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the New York Times and international bestseller Emotional Freedom, upon which a public television special is based. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. Dr. Orloff has spoken at the American Psychiatric Association, Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, and alternative and traditional health forums. She graduated from USC School of Medicine, completed a four year psychiatric residency program at UCLA, and currently mentors UCLA medical students and psychiatry-residents-in-training. Dr. Orloff served as a consultant and dream expert for the companion documentary to the feature film, Inception which explored the nature of dreams.
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor. As Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) in Los Angeles - where the 'right brain rules' - he is endlessly inspired by his students' fearless creativity. AMAW is the #1 acting studio in Los Angeles, and was voted Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read by Backstage in 2011 & 2012. AMAW is also located in New York and Australia. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and the CW KTLA. At Left Brain Turn Right is Anthony’s first book.
Craig Wallace has been a development executive, producer, head of talent development, and a talent agent. As a development executive at United Artists and Universal Studios, Craig read and analyzed thousands of motion picture and television scripts. From this experience came his ability to teach actors how to break down scripts and sides quickly and creatively. During his tenure as a casting executive and producer, he auditioned hundreds of actors. Craig saw firsthand why certain actors consistently booked the jobs and why others did not. Using all of this experience, Craig worked with other casting directors, agents and producers to develop The Wallace Audition Technique. Craig is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Best Of You--Winning Auditions Your Way.
Veteran stage, film, and television actor, Jeff Austin, will moderate this panel. Jeff just returned from playing the Demon Barber himself in "Sweeney Todd" at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN, to standing ovations and sold out houses. Some of his Southern California stage credits include Warbucks in Annie with the original Annie, Andrea McArdle playing Hannigan, (Musical Theatre West) and Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun (South Bay CLO). Along with appearances in numerous commercials, some of Jeff's recent TV Guest Star credits include The Closer, How I Met Your Mother, and Without A Trace. His more prominent feature film credits include Armageddon and LA Confidential. Jeff also served on SAG's Board of Directors from 2001-2010 and on AFTRA's National Board since 2007. He currently serves on the newly merged SAG-AFTRA National Board.