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In this stunning Masterclass, Hazel Holder, performer, and voice coach shares with us how to turn criticism into strength and reveals examples of resiliency in her own life and career. Holder emphasizes the importance of breathing through stress and difficulty. She reminds us that as a performer it is important to leave your ego at the door and to focus on listening, watching, and considering what is needed for the play – ‘what does the text need from me.’

Holder discusses the importance of a thorough warm-up for the body and voice, noting that the voice depends a great deal on the body and to what extent you have prepared it for performance. Holder enjoys using the Stanislavsky system she was trained in and incorporates other approaches and techniques in building her characters. Holder offers her reflections on the lessons she has learned over the years about how the industry works to protect the status quo rather than to actively change it. She advises you, as upcoming theatre creatives to stay true to your values, to your belief system.

Film 1: Introductions
Film 2: What inspired you to become an actor?
Film 3: What are the experiences that shaped your early career?
Film 4: What kind of mindset does one need for a career in acting?
Film 5: What is the most difficult thing in acting?
Film 6: What are the do's and don'ts of auditions?
Film 7: How do you enrich your acting practice?
Film 8: Do you have any fears and insecurities and if so, how do you overcome them?
Film 9: How do you prepare for a role?
Film 10: What advice would you give an actor about preparation and rehearsals?
Film 11: How do you embody your character?
Film 12: How do you communicate naturalness on stage?
Film 13: What are your thoughts on the use of space, movement, and non-verbal communication?
Film 14: What are your views on performing in the round as opposed to other forms of stage configuration?
Film 15: Tell us about creating strong working relationships with directors
Film 16: Do actors have a responsibility to the audiences?
Film 17: What can you learn from the audience?
Film 18: As an actor, how do you view costumes and props?
Film 19: What can you tell us about your acting techniques?
Film 20: What is your advice to actors regarding voice training, physicality and control?
Film 21: Tell us a bit more about voice preparation, what does it entail?
Film 21: What is your process for breaking down script and learning lines?
Film 23: If you could give yourself advice as a 20-year-old, what would you say?
Film 24: What lessons have you learnt about the theatre industry?
Film 25: Parting Words