Victor Cruz Acting Studio was born in October of 2011.
Since 2011, the Victor Cruz Acting Studio has trained and prepared hundreds of actors for TV, Film, and Theater auditions. What’s unique about the studio’s approach, is that we encourage students to write their own monologues and scenes, and that’s the material that we use in class. You learn a great deal about yourself when you ask important questions like “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?”, and allow that to inspire the material that you create in class. While you’re learning technique, you’re also learning a great deal about yourself. The one thing that you will find in our classes, is that it is truly a warm, supportive and encouraging environment for you to grow as an actor. We don’t try to enforce the same old technique on students. Instead, we really look at the needs of the individual, and though we prepare lessons for the students, we carve out specific ones just for YOU. As a new student, by the end of the first class, you will have a very good sense of what we teach and what you can look forward to in the future.
Some people may ask, when will it happen for me? How long does it take? How many classes before I am a working actor? Our answer to that, is that there is no specific time or guarantee when your career in the world will begin. What I can guarantee, is that we will show up, whether it is in a class, a private coaching session, an online session via skype, or a self-tape service at our very best. You see, we don’t just love the craft and the actors who work so hard to be the very best. But beyond that, we love people. We have a very strong compassion to those searching for their authentic voice.
Victor Cruz has been a student of Spiritual Teacher and Master Guru Enlightenment for more than over a decade. It was through her guidance, lessons, and teachings that inspired Victor to become a teacher himself. She has trained and continues to train Victor on being the very best teacher that he can be. Guru does not believe in “Good”, she believes in “Great!”. Victor, aspires in a humble manner for that very thing on a daily basis. Till this day, the two of them continue to work together on projects such as films, web content, plays and live performances. Their most recent collaboration was on the film The Stockroom, and now look to the future for amazing projects on the way. More to come from this amazing team, so stay tuned and continue to be blessed.
Learn more about Guru Enlightment’s Teachings at www.guruenlightment.com
To the world, I began my career as an actor in 2003, when I booked my first TV Show, The Sopranos on HBO. Before this, I had been acting since the 90s, performing in plays, independent projects and attending the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase College. I’ve had the opportunity to be in some amazing projects and have worked with some really great directors like Spike Lee and Tony Scott.
During the quiet times as an actor, I discovered that I was a pretty good writer and started producing my own projects. This was the beginning of my independence. It wasn’t till I met an amazing spiritual teacher by the name of Guru Enlightenment, who encouraged me to look at myself in the mirror and ask myself “Who am I?” that things started to change in my life for the better. Such a simple question, but not one that we commonly practice this in our lives today. She taught me to truly love myself, be grateful and humble for the opportunities that were coming my way and to not waste time or energy on foolish things.
My inner strength began and continues to grow today. It was when I began learning these lessons, that I started approaching the acting work from a place of real confidence (not ego and pride) and empowerment. A place filled with clarity and strength. So when I decided to begin teaching, I applied all of these amazing lessons that I had acquired over time and added them to my approach with students. We do a lot of mirror work in class and from that we create original material that we use to learn technique. It has, and continues to have a major effect on the lives of students who enter the doors of the Victor Cruz Acting Studio. A warm, encouraging and supportive environment for you to fall on your face and get up with strength.
These lessons that I have learned have also been the strong foundation for me when it comes to producing my own independent work. You see, when the phones don’t ring as often, there is no reason to ever wait for the opportunities. You have so many tools available to you, that for an affordable fee, and sometimes for free, you can produce your own project that can showcase you at your very best.
Never let anyone tell you, that your writing has to be “professional” or “published” for it to have value or for you use that material to film yourself and begin producing your own content. In 2014, I produced, starred and directed in my very own feature film under my production company Victor Cruz Entertainment LLC entitled The Stockroom.
You can check out some of the stuff I’ve done by clicking the link below: