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Actors told: Don’t play it safe



JUST A THOUGHT: ‘No one should teach who is not in love with teaching.’ – Margaret E. Sangster

Ivana Chubbuck (

Ivana Chubbuck

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Do we really need a foreigner to teach Filipinos about acting? Why not, if Filipino soap operas are to go global?

To be a great actor, one has to continuously work hard.

“Don’t play it safe,” declared internationally renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck on Oct. 1.

The New York-based trainor to Hollywood stars, most of them established or are award-winners, doesn’t believe in the saying that actors are born, not made.

Acting, she said, is a never-ending learning process that one has to study over and over again.

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Ivanna was in Manila to conduct another master class for ABS-CBN artists, particularly those belonging to Star Magic.

It was Ivana’s third time to hold a masterclass for ABS-CBN actors. She was here for the first time in 2014; again in 2016.

Ivana says she has this passion to train actors and will always come back to the Philippines.

She said of her former students in the Philippines: “It was miraculously magical to see the changes (in the first batch of students). I felt that the talent here was so available and accessible, and this is a kind of thing that motivates me and inspires me. And that, not only I wanted me to come back, I needed to come back.”

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Ivana held her two-day workshop Oct. 7 and 8 at the Dolphy Theater.

Previously, Ivana has trained the likes of Gal Gadot, Halle Berry, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey, Charlize Theron, Beyoncé, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendez.

Her teachings are based on her best-selling book, “The Power Of The Actor: The Chubbuck Technique,” which will soon have a Filipino translation.

Star Magic Artist Training Head Rahyan Carlos says the Chubbuck Acting Technique is based on one basic philosophy: #DiscoverYourPower. It puts the student in a state of vulnerability that allows him to open up and expose himself, warts and all.

Aljur Abrenica and Bela Padilla (

Aljur Abrenica and Bela Padilla

Carlos says: “Ivana’s technique is all about winning. When you get objective in your script or in your character, you make it personal. Then, lalagyan mo ng substitution in life ’yan. While you’re doing that process, you’re also facing your deep-seated issues in life, so ngayon nababago ka and it won’t only make you a better actor but also a better person.”

The Ivana approach doesn’t apply to actors only. Carlos, who discovered the coach after attending few of her workshops in the US, says it works among writers, producers and directors as well as it teaches people how to win in life as well.

The director (mostly horror films) has been compiling his coaching experiences into a forthcoming book, “#Happy Karga.”

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Some 16 lucky actors in various categories (established, aspiring, up and coming) took part in Ivana’s 3rd Masterclass. They were selected carefully by ABS-CBN executives with the vision to cast them in forthcoming projects. It will be interesting to watch out for their upcoming performances post-Ivana.

The diverse bunch is composed of Loren Burgos, Bela Padilla, Aljur Abrenica, Christian Bables, JC Santos, Mica Javier, Diego Loyzaga, Jameson Blake, Leila Alcasid, Myrtle Sarrosa, Vin Abrenica, Enzo Pineda, Joseph Marco, Nash Aguas, Elmo Magalona, and Manuel Calilung.

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