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What's an 
Actor Care Specialist?

Studies have proven that dramatic story narratives can often trigger actors and/or leave them with emotional  'lingerings' that can have serious impact on their mental health if not managed well. There are also challenging roles that force actors out of their comfort zone demanding them to engage with more of their emotional pallet. Research has shown that this too can bring an imbalance to an actors mental state. As an Actor Care Specialist, I support the actors' creative process during character development while keeping their well-being a priority. My ACES model focuses on; 
 

1) increasing capacity for resilience before accessing vulnerabilities.

2) creating boundaries between actor and the character they are portraying.

3) managing emotional challenges/blocks.

4) elucidating a characters' emotionally complex life.



What's my Responsibility? 

As I see it, and why, on top of my directing career, I trained for years in psychotherapy and experiential techniques, my job is to support the actor’s well-being before, during and after they dive deep into the characters they are portraying. Because I understand the actors' process, I am able to facilitate their personal self-reflections in the context of character development thus always maintaining clear boundaries between character & actor. I provide a safe and containing space and work toward preventative measures that safeguard actors from potentially being triggered by the narratives' content and/or themes as they fully embody their characters. Yes, It's personal. It's also very creative & empowering work and necessary for maintaining the actor's well-being while engaged in production. 

 

How Does Your Production Benefit?

1) By supporting your cast's mental health needs during production of potentially triggering themes you're not only taking your responsibility to your actors seriously you're also lowering your risk of unhealthy behaviours that can jeopardize a productions shooting schedule such as;
 

i) excessive drinking/drug use and/or violence.
 

ii) rising tensions among cast members, director/producers, & crew that could lead to events that can slow production.  
 

iii) emotional meltdowns, depressive moods, and anxiety in cast members that could compromise your shooting schedule.

2) With Actor Care sessions starting prior to production days, Intimacy Coordinators are well informed of actor boundaries & challenges ahead of shooting saving the production time on set.

3) With Actor Care support actors have increased resilience, awareness & control of their emotional range. This translates to braver performances with richer material for the director to shape.

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