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A REVOLUTIONARY NEW KIND OF ACTING TRAINING

A REVOLUTIONARY NEW KIND OF ACTING TRAINING

For some time, my wife Tamra Meskimen and I have been on a path of supporting and establishing safe places where actors and students can pursue their craft without abuse from invalidative gurus who dominate the performing arts. In New York for many years, after having enjoyed improv classes that had the goal of eliminating

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JIMPRESSIONS

JIMPRESSIONS

Photo by Phil Proctor Around about 1985, when I was just starting my acting career in New York, I got it into my head to create a one-man show. Seemed like the thing to do.  I saw a friend of mine do it, and it didn’t seem too hard to do… For that first show,

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FINDING JASPER ROSE

FINDING JASPER ROSE

Last week, when I wrote about the inspiration for my own Professor Knestor Jackdaws, my old teacher from UCSC Jasper Rose, I casually requested that if anyone knew how to locate him to please pass any information along to me. Within hours, several friends had contacted me and I not only had a fairly recent

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WHY I CREATED PROFESSOR KNESTOR

WHY I CREATED PROFESSOR KNESTOR

You may or may not be aware that about a year and a half ago I reinvented myself. I didn’t really set out to reinvent myself, it just happened. Here’s how it began: Long ago, when I was a confused and meandering art student at UC Santa Cruz, there was one teacher whose opinions and

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THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE, 2.0

THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE, 2.0

I’ve been working in a weird realm of show business lately, very new to me: the world of video games… Actually, even “video game” seems like an archaic, last century way of talking about it, because the “video” part of it is so unimportant.  It’s all about the GAME. Basically, when I get hired to

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Remembering Tom Bosley and Happy Days

Mr. C

With the recent passing of actor Tom Bosley, my mind has been flooded with memories from the times in my life that were dominated by the sitcom Happy Days. The show quite literally changed my life and that of my family–my mom, actress Marion Ross, played her most defining TV role for the eleven years

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“Thunder, Thunder, THUNDER…”

Creature design Capt. Shiner by Meskimen

If you happen to know the next couple of utterances that follow that repetitive call, then you may not know it, but I had a big effect on your childhood. It’s generally not well known that in the 1980’s, when I lived in New York, I had a job at Rankin/Bass productions. (Yes, the same

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On Comedy and Contemporary Rhythms

On Comedy and Contemporary Rhythms

I was thinking a little about humor and creating laughter and so forth, and had some new thoughts about it that might possibly be of interest. So much of good comedy has to do with expectancy, and then an artful switching out of what is expected with that which is not.  “Misdirection” is another word

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Goodbye to Area 51

Jim Meskimen in a mysterious vein

Today marks my 51st birthday, or the end of my yearlong excursion into “Area 51”. I find I have a lot to admire and be thankful for. First of all, being alive and still a part of this incredible experience called living. I enjoy life very much, even when it is more or less insufferable.

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SCIENTOLOGY: What I like about it.

SCIENTOLOGY: What I like about it.

What do I like about my religion? It isn’t necessarily what others might think I should or shouldn’t like about it, or what any other Scientologist likes about it. It may or may not be the kind of thing that others might also like about their faith. It’s certainly not what the media will tell

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