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27th of December

My Sweet Holiday Gift from a Cherished Student (forgive my ego, but I never post testimonials on my website)



            I would like to start off by saying that I know a letter of gratitude is in some ways very cliché lol, but I still feel that for you,  it is necessary because the things I am going to tell you are things you should be hearing every day, and since I can not tell you every day I want it to be in writing so that you can read it whenever you need to be reminded of the person that you are.


            I know that in my life alone there have not been many people that have believed and pushed me in the ways that you have and do every week. You, Jeffrey, are one of the things I keep in my mind and heart when I feel weak. During those moments of struggle and doubt there is a voice in my head that tells me I cannot give up, because if someone as talented and brilliant as Jeffrey believes in me, then I cannot fail. It’s true that I strive for your approval. I hope you know that this is because you are amongst the few in my life that I will always look up to and cherish, and if I can have someone like you approve of me, then in my own heart, I have succeeded.

            It is a funny thing that we as students step into your home and your studio only to leave, with you, stepping into our hearts. I cannot even fathom the amount of love you give freely every week to not only a few, but ALL of your students. There are thousands of acting coaches and teachers in the city of LA, but there is only ONE Jeffrey Marcus, and anyone who has met you understands how beautiful and unique you are.

            I find it quite astonishing that you have friends, you’ve known for ages,  request to take your classes. This speaks volumes.  People who have known and learned from you for years and years still find the desire to pay money and spend hours of their weeks to just work with you and hear your feedback and knowledge. Famous musicians, successful lawyers, and talented icons sit in YOUR studio with their hearts and ears open just so that they might get a little closer to being as wise, loving, and talented as you are. I cannot imagine how it must feel to be in your position, and to bare your gifts, but I hope that you really do understand what a gift you are sir.


I hope your holidays are bright, and this upcoming year of 2012 is even brighter!


Your student,

Matthew Smith

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10th of October

Love vs. Obsession

Obsession? Love.

We know in our hearts how differently love and obsession feels. The teenage crush versus the mature relationship. I would say that obsession hurts, while love satisfies; obsession drains, while love feeds. Obsession is toxic, love is healing… etc. Most importantly to my point, however, is that obsession is selfish – needing only one party to participate. Unfortunately, the focus of the obsession sometimes becomes the enemy.

If my basic premise is true (as I’m sure those of you who aren’t currently appearing in a Reality Show would attest), then how do you approach your acting career? Ouch. I know.

Are you putting your acting career up on a pedestal as something just out of reach? Does it frequently cause you pain? Do you spend more time obsessing over being an actor than you do on loving the work that you do as an actor? Do you go into auditions coming from the-aching-hole-of-need-in-your-being, asking the casting director to validate your very existence, while making all your bills and feelings of low self-esteem vanish? Are you the only one participating…?

Or do you go into the room loving the opportunity to work, loving the character, loving your objective, even loving the casting director for being of service by giving you some of their precious time?

Sure, some people might make an argument that acting takes obsessive energy and zeal. I would disagree and say that acting takes loving energy and zeal. Would you rather be an obsessive parent to your goals, or a loving parent? Watch “Toddlers and Tiaras” to see what an obsessive parent looks like. Watch the children to see the ensuing results.

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