RAE BAGOT -the Way of the Actor
Acting is as deep and full of an art form and expression as any other art. It involves deep self awareness, and emotional stretching. Great acting is never about "pretending" It is about tapping into our own personal truths and blending them with the story or character we are embodying, or "becoming." Great acting requires extreme presence and nothing less than absolute truth. An great actor cannot "fake it 'til they make it", a great actor must be and "be it".
I trained with Stella Adler, and Lee Strasburg, the greats of American acting, and Hollywood based acting teachers, Eric Morris, and Donna Gerrard.
I produced and taught the "Way of the Actor" acting and performance classes, for performance artists (actors, comedians, musicians) professionals, and specific classes for non-professionals (lawyers and business people), school-age children (I taught in the Denver Unified School District), in Los Angeles, and here, in Denver-Boulder, and the Midwest.
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Being an actor in theater and video and film began for me in elementary school, in school projects, as well as community theater, and regional independent television and film endeavors. I have been an actor in front of cameras and/or live audiences my whole life.
I am a director, actor, writer, and acting coach, and have decades of training and experience on stage, screen, and voice-overs, in Hollywood, primarily.
I am a published writer, and have worked as a script reader and supervisor at 20th Century Fox Studios. I have worked at Universal Studios, Warner Brothers Studios, and MGM (back "in the day"). I have written, produced, and directed much theater (equity-waiver), in Los Angeles and the Midwest as well as cable television programs, and a number of music videos. I have written, produced, directed, and edited programs for Boulder's Channel 54-CATV. While I enjoy the artistic control over recorded performance material, as a Director, I really get off on live directing/producing with 3 camera, multiple camera shoots!
My acting experience includes films by Oliver Stone, Larry Cohen and LARCO Productions, HBO Pictures, and Innersound Studios, other independent production companies, and episodic television, (mostly at Universal) and a great deal of theater, from original productions to Shakespeare, to American classics, to American musicals, to experimental and avante garde theater.
Beginning in my late teens, I began many years of studying dance, African dance, jazz dance, and other body movement, including pantomime. I believe strongly in full-bodied expression and a physical-emotional dramatic connection, most especially in character development and creation of "reality".
My performance knowledge and skills are also inspired and created by decades of esoteric, ongoing spiritual practices, and years of formalized academic and practical studies, of in-depth psychology and sociology.
I have professional training, musically, in voice and violin, and have years of experience as a performing musician, from classical music to popular music, running the gamut from punk to Rock 'n Roll, as a lead vocalist, pianist/keyboardist, rhythm guitarist, composer and arranger, onstage (many rock 'n roll clubs) and in recording studios. I have produced other musicians and bands in various recording and performance projects.
Throughout my life I have been acknowledged for my voice, both in acting and music, and in voice-overs. I am a deeply intuitive and a very quick study in emotion and character, and express so much through the use of my voice.
I was a staff and freelance writer for several west coast publications. Effective and dramatic communication are excellent skills of mine. I have written numerous scripts (some of which I produced and directed)and screenplays, and I am very quick with storyline and character development. With a great deal of deep awareness, I know what motivates characters, what drives them, or us, and what grabs us, affects us.
Directing is an innate talent of mine. I am an excellent and effective director, working very well with talent (it takes one to know one), as well as my tech crews. I was a Teamster and a member of the I.A.T.S. E. unions, and worked professionally at the big studios, as a set-builder and prop-maker and script-reader.
Performance, performance art, film, video, music, singing, feeling, acting, writing, directing, dancing, communication and storytelling these are what my life is, and has always been about.
These things, these forms of expression, of creativity, are me. I am them. Other aspects of life which are as important to me, are the love and loves of my life-those beings-people, animals, who have blessed me in my everyday experience all of nature and it's power and the beauty in the world around me (that constantly keeps me amazed) reminding myself and being constantly reminded, that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience (and not the other way around) and doing what I can to serve the world, other beings, and that which has created us all. These things, these lives, life itself, and artistic expression, and service (seva in Hindi) are vitally important, to me, deeply and personally. Period.
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- Male On-Screen Talent
- Male Voice Over Talent
- Stunt Acting