Leave Your Inner Critic In the Car Park

Hi Peeps,

This week, my latest round of courses began in Creative Performance, here in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. I have come to realise what I’m facilitating here is not actually an Acting course, but rather a creative freedom technique, designed to uplift and inspire participants to connect to the highest level of their truth. The purpose of this work is to be fully immersive within the process, to detach from outcome and to realign to the true self, the higher self- the spiritual part of you that wants the best for you- that is both purely supported and supportive.

This week, I spoke about the ego- the inner critic, as Jennifer Grace calls it “The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee”, the negative voice in our heads, that is there perhaps to protect us, but is actually blocking us from our true creative potential. Our creativity is boundless- we are infinitely creative and we really haven’t got time to block ourselves with this “stuff”. Easier said than done.

After class this week I had a bit of an epiphany because I realised the exact moment that my ego/inner critic took over and the negative impact it had both on my personal life and in my Acting career. When I was young and simply was fully present and in the moment, fully committed to the words/the process, I was completely connected to the intention of the work. My greatest performances were at ages 15, 17, 19 and 21. After that I was hijacked by my inner critic- an energy that could not breathe, that was so terrified of losing, of being left behind, of not being seen, of being noticed- comparison, self doubt and high level anxiety.

My time training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was both traumatic and miraculous. I was fully supported with my dream of attending one of the best Drama schools in the UK by receiving a full scholarship- a miracle- but guess what? When I got there, for several reasons- I felt like I didn’t deserve this reward. The self doubt was, in fact paralysing and traumatising- and was only lifted by working with highly skilled master teachers- such as Edward Argent, Adrian Howells and Nadine George- who all embodied the essence of what a great teacher/guide should be- is to teach, support and help you up the ladder on your journey of elevation. You should never be stifled, suffocated, abused, humiliated or destroyed by your elders- and instances like this is where we begin to believe what these negative voices are telling us.

So. In a nut shell- our inner critic needs to be left outside of the room as much as possible- we need to be supported in our creative process so that we can do what we are meant to do. Let us be elevated and expanded rather than stifled, suffocated and shut down. Be your greatest ally xx

Coaching sessions are available via Skype, workshops are run nationally and internationally by arrangement.

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CREATIVE PERFORMANCE; A METHOD FOR ACTIVATING THE SOUL

Hi Peeps,

My 7 Week Courses in Creative Performance kick off tomorrow in Newcastle “Acting Fundamentals” for Beginners/Intermediate and “Pasvolsky Studio”for Upper Intermediate/Advanced…but if you don’t live in Newcastle but are interested in the work I also have Skype classes/tuition and will be holding in person workshops in Sydney in early 2016. So please, if this work speaks to you- do get in touch.

The purpose of my work is to introduce students, clients and participants to dynamic and soul shifting techniques, which are designed to radically shift individuals into a place of self empowerment, confidence and receptivity. It is not traditional Actor Training- it’s Creative Guidance.

In the Beginners Class, students work with Voice, Movement and Improvisation and focus on creating their own characters, characterisations and scenes. There is an emphasis on supportive performance and participants are often amazed at how quickly they can move into a place of self assurance, actualisation and creativity.

The Pasvolsky Studio focuses on a different “Master Teacher” or Practitioner each week, which is the emphasis of the learning. We then use that master teacher/practitioner or style as the basis of creating our own original content for performance. This all happens within the time frame of three hours.

This week in the studio our inspirational artist is Mike Leigh. We will look at the work, ethics, style and unique vision of Mike Leigh and then participate in exercises I have designed based on the improvisational techniques of ML. Students will create a character, based on somebody they know and then start improvisations/interviews with other ensemble members which will then develop into scenes and then into a performance.

We’ve got a very exciting 7 Weeks ahead of us, if this sounds like something you may like to access- please do get in touch. Best wishes, Claire x

PASVOLSKY STUDIO- A DIFFERENT KIND OF ACTOR TRAINING

First of all, I don’t just train actors. I help individuals step into their power so that they can experience the wonder of their artistry. That may sound extreme, but really, everyone who feels guided, curious or compelled to join one of my Acting or Creativity courses is hearing their soul request to experience something special.

If you decide to train with me, you will experience a different kind of actor training. I believe if a participant does not receive support, nourishment and the feeling of safety then they will not be able to experience the highest form of their creativity. In order to experience creative joy that is unbounded pure energy, a student needs to be uplifted and empowerment. My work is all about empowering artists as they step into their birthright of self expression and heightened creativity.

During my own actor training, there was very little emotional support from my teachers- not always, but generally- given the depth of the emotional well you were expected to dive into and the great extent of the vulnerability you were required to participate in performance training. Students need a safety net. Artists need to know that they are safe and protected when they step into the space.

In my classes and coaching the safety net is ALWAYS there. There are now rules of respect, guidelines and boundaries to firmly have in place a code of conduct and ethics:

a) If you ever feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable by an exercise or sections of a workshop you are welcome to observe or step out of the room

b) We treat each other with respect and honour peoples words and perspectives by fully listening to them and not interrupting them when they’re speaking

c) If you are ever given material (a scene or scenario) that you don’t feel comfortable with tell me and we’ll find you something else

In my Acting and Creativity Courses you will feel supported, safe, guided, inspired and fully engaged. If the choice feels right for you- enrolments are being taken for the 7 Week Courses in Term 4. For details see the website (clairepasvolsky.com or email me clairepasvolsky@gmail.com)- early bird specials end this week. Alternatively if you are not in Newcastle but require coaching and support I run sessions over Skype for my national and international students)

If the choice feels right for you, get in touch today. cx

CREATIVE POWER SESSIONS; THE ANSWER YOU’VE BEEN SEEKING

What is a Creative Power Session?

“I have coined this term “Creative Power Session” because it describes what I do in a session. I help people with their creative goals and aspirations in an immediate, helpful and empowering way. It’s a little bit like therapy with a dash of life coaching- but creativity is our focus, I listen to the facts- where are you now, where do you want to be and we put structure a creative plan for you and put it into immediate action. Whether you’re an actor, writer, film maker, poet, or simply want to nurture the creative side of yourself- you’ll leave a session feeling energised, inspired, motivated with complete clarity.”

What kinds of people do Creative Power Sessions?

“One of the reasons I feel blessed and priviliged to do the work that I do is that I get to meet such diverse and fascinating people. Clients past and present include actors, teachers, writers, poets, University students, doctors, nurses, engineers, academics, full time mothers, musicians and artists of all kinds…the one thing in common my clients possess is that they have a deep urning to live their creativity- they are looking for something higher, a way to access their artistic gifts, interests and joy. My intention for each session is to connect you to your truth, to inspire and support you and to hold you accountable for the action steps you need to take in the next part of your journey.”

What can clients expect during a Creative Power Session?

“Expect to be inspired, motivated, supported, to feel more confident, to gain clarity and to actually feel excited about your creativity journey rather than fearful.”

How many sessions does a client need?

“Every client is different. Some people want support/guidance and direction over a period of time, so they may come to me for 6 to 8 sessions. Some come for a one off session because there is something specific they want to focus on- such as an audition or a performance. Some clients have regular monthly sessions, some weekly sessions if they need more support over a long term vision such as a career shift, working on a project- everyone is unique.

Creative Power Sessions are usually conducted by Skype call, but can be face to face by special arrangement if you are in Newcastle or Sydney. Cost is $70 per hour or $95 for 90 minutes. To book email clairepasvolsky@gmail.com or go to clairepasvolsky.com for more information and testemonials

WHEN WE GET WHAT WE WANT

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha

The first thing to do when you get what you really, really want is to notice it. So often, we are so caught up in focusing on the next thing, that we fail to realise we have achieved a major goal, accomplishment, or heart’s desire.

One way to do this is to break your life down into seven year cycles. 0-7, 7-14, 14-21, 21-28, 28-35, 35-42, 42-49, 49-56, and so on. Look at how every seven years have been different and what you have accomplished in those  periods. You’ll be amazed at how much has happened.

Sometimes we are so busy living our lives that we don’t notice how much we already have.

Shine like the whole Universe is yours.” Rumi

Often, when we achieve something major, we run the risk of feeling like we don’t deserve it. You do deserve the gift, whatever it is- destiny says that it’s meant to be yours. Listen to that small, depleting voice that warns, “I don’t deserve this”, “Somebody might take this away from me”, “I’m a fraud,”- that voice may be trying to protect you, but that voice is not your advocate. You deserve success. You deserve happiness. You deserve to live the life of your dreams.“In my defencelessness, my safety lies.” A Course in Miracles

Just be grateful and say thank you. Be open to receiving that which is wonderful.

Creative Coaching/Power Sessions are available via Skype- email me for more information. Current live workshops include “Acting Fundamentals” Thursday evenings at Tantrum and “Imago Actors Studio”- see website for details. To make enquiries about workshops for schools on Performance and Creativity (options for students and teachers) please email clairepasvolsky@gmail.com

CREATIVE POWER SESSIONS

Hi Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the official launch of my business “CREATIVE POWER SESSIONS”. WHAT’S A CREATIVE POWER SESSION, you might ask? It’s a little bit like working with a life coach, but the sole purpose is for you to work on your Creative skills/goals and aspirations. I’m super excited to be conducting Creative Power Sessions via Skype calls so that I can reach a wider audience of clients. I’ve been working with creative people all my life, and coaching individual artists face to face for over a decade.

Here’s what you can expect from a 1 hour Creative Power Session-
1. To Feel Empowered- You can do it, absolutely
2. To Feel Inspired- I’ve got a million ideas to give you
3. To Gain Clarity- You need to know EXACTLY what you want
4. To Have A Strategy- Talent is nothing without strategy
5. To Feel Super Motivated- You’ll know exactly what to do next

So whether you want to be the next Lady Gaga/Frida Kahlo/Jared Leto or Eminem, or if you just want to add more creativity to your everyday life- a Creative Power Session with me is the key to abandoning fear and self doubt and getting your grit on to make your dreams a reality.

So email me today to book a session and let’s get your creativity into action mode! clairepasvolsky@gmail.com (1 hr Skype Call $75/ Concession $55)

Cultivating Joy

Hi Friends,

Hope all is well so far in the New Year. I love Robert Holden’s words, “Dear Joy, I’m all yours! What would you like me to do with my life today?” Joy is such a beautiful thing, and if we sit and think for a few minutes now about the things that bring us the greatest joy; often they are very simple things and don’t cost much to; and in actual fact, you may be able to include them in your life each day.

So right now, grab a pen and paper. At the top of the page write; “The things that bring me joy” and write the numbers 1-20 down the side of the page (if 20 is too high a number, just write down 10 items) Your list might look something like this…

The things that bring me Joy

1. swimming in the ocean

2. walking on the sand

3. walking in nature

4. playing with my children

5. talking with my best friend

6. playing improvisational Jazz piano

7. watching romantic comedies

8. cooking a healthy meal from scratch

9. jumping on the trampoline (like I did when I was seven!)

10. Listening to Bohemian Rhapsody full blast in the car

Write you list, and commit to doing at least one thing on it this week, no matter how small and have fun doing things that bring you joy!

Claire 🙂