EP9: Strip Down the Layers, with Method Actors Gabe Fazio and Brandy Hotchner

Shift Shift Bloom

Apr 18 2022 • 1 hr 2 mins


About this episode: When Dr. John Lyons casually mentioned to host Kristen Cerelli that he'd be interested in hearing what method actors had to say about the process of transformation, Kristen knew just who to call. Enter actor Gabe Fazio and teacher of actors Brandy Hotchner, who share their well worn input on the subject. About our guests: A native of Long Island, Gabe Fazio epitomizes the passion and sacrifice of the working actor. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio in NYC, Gabe works steadily in theatre, film and television. He originated the role of Mark in Lyle Kessler's play First Born and has appeared on Law & Order, Blue Bloods and Homeland, as well as in the films A Place Beyond the Pines and A Star is Born. Gabe's invisible work with Mark Ruffalo in the HBO series I Know This Much Is True was much lauded by director Derek Cianfrance and writer Wally Lamb. After 10 years as a struggling working actor in NYC, Brandy moved to Arizona in 2002. She was just passing through on her way to Los Angeles. New York, after 9/11, had lost its romance and she longed to get back out West. She never made it to LA. During Brandy’s first week in Arizona, she met her husband and now has a family, raising two teenage boys. That was an act of true providence. Brandy often says, “I would not be coaching if life had not interfered with my plans.” Today, she is the owner and Artistic Director of the region's top acting school, Arizona Actors Academy. Where to find Gabe Fazio & Brandy Hotchner online: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2057434/ (Gabe's IMBD Page) https://www.azactorsacademy.com/ (Brandy's Acting School) Other Resources Mentioned: https://theactorsstudio.org/ (The Actors Studio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB1fPZX5Zgk (How Stanislavski Reinvented Acting) https://strasberg.edu/about/what-is-method-acting/ (Lee Strasberg & The Method) https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/influential-acting-teachers-history-7309/ (Influential Acting Teachers) https://decider.com/2020/05/10/i-know-this-much-is-true-mark-ruffalo-twins-gabe-fazio/ (Gabe's Invisible Acting in on HBO) https://www.inc.com/yoram-solomon/3-reasons-children-are-more-creative-than-adults.html (Imagination, Creativity & Aging) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_%E2%80%94_Or_Madness%3F (Method or Madness lectures & book) https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/94677.Stanislavski_in_Rehearsal (Stanislavski in Rehearsal book) https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/jul/08/british-theatre-working-class-actors-waiting-in-the-wings (Guardian Article on Elitism in Theatre) https://www.weseeyouwat.com/ (We See You White American Theatre) Additional Resources: https://tcomconversations.org (TCOM) https://praedfoundation.org (The Praed Foundation) https://iph.uky.edu (IPH Center) Become a Supporter: If you like what you hear, please consider making a donation on our https://www.patreon.com/shiftshiftbloom (Patreon) site! Credits: All content Copyright ActuallyQuiteNice, Inc & TCOM Studios, 2022 Cover art by https://twitter.com/jacksonfall (@jacksonfall) Music by https://www.youtube.com/user/hokeyproductions (Ray Wyssman), https://soundcloud.com/the-simoleons (The Simoleons), and https://open.spotify.com/artist/3tfRX0xkGOXY7AnwjHYmnI (Kristen Cerelli)