DYNAMIC ACTING TRAINING

Customized for your project

with Mat Cruz

For actresses and actors that have an important project

Since 2015 that I co-founded La Masia, I support all the actors that come to shoot their showreels with what AMAZES me as an actor: the deep text analysis, the chilling exploration of our most human imaginary, the exhaustive search of millions of possibilities for a single phrase and the naturalness and freshness required for every word, gesture ... and pause.
It captivates me. I demand the same passion in my training, and I encourage actresses and actors to give their best, because I like it to be exciting. Many actors that work with me highlight the
suggestion and hypnosis exercises applied to acting.

If you have a Film, Series, Shooting or Casting and, after browsing my website and CV, you want to explore, create and work with me, I would love to hear from you. We can work together via Skype or at our offices in Madrid or Barcelona.

 

Mat, actor & co-founder of La Masia Reels

Agent · United Kingdom

Camilla Storey Management
 

Agent · Spain

Ana Mills International Actors

www.matcruz.net

1 SESSION

60€

1 Hour

5 SESSIONS

275€

- 25€ Discount

5 Hours

10 SESSIONS

500€

- 100€ Discount

10 Hours

AVAILABILITY

July: Full

August: Full

September: Available

SIMMERED RICE

My learning process as an actor, since 2012, is based on the following teachers:
 

3 Years Diploma in Dramatic Art;
La Casona, with Fernando Griffell, 2nd Stanislavski Method.


2 Years Training in front of the Camera
SilberStudio, with Pablo Silber and Virginia García.


More than 10 intensive courses in Spain and the USA; Luci Lenox, (Vicky, Cristina and Barcelona); Pep Armengol (Pà Negre); Tonucha Vidal (Globomedia, Mediapro); Scott David (Criminal Minds); Jane Jenkins (Harry Potter); Lisa Beach (Scream 3), Among others!
 

However, I believe methods are meant to be broken, mixed, combined and adapted depending on each actor. For this reason, I also rely on other teachers, whose work I have studied through their marvellous books:
 

Research and methodology

David Mamet, most of his books; Uta Hagen, "A Challenge for the Actor"; Ivana Chubbuck, "The Power of the Actor"; Judith Weston, "Directing Actors"; And others like Peter Brook, Harold Guskin, Yoshi Oida, Michael Chejov o Lee Strasberg.

5 SPECIAL INGREDIENTS

On the other hand, there are 5 special ingredients that I believe add something distinct to this rice:

  1. Dancing: Integration of the body
Between the ages of 7 and 12 years old I was a professional Ballroom Dancer, and I still dance to this day. Hence the integration of the body is like a necessity for me.
 

  2. Ballroom Competition: The Challenge of Releasing Emotions and Overcoming Fear

In order to compete I needed to use my emotions and always give one more extra "something" to surprise the jury, who was very demanding. After a year of always being last, and working intensely with my partner to change those results, we managed to win 33 trophies keeping the 1st place in the ranking of the Spanish Federation (FEBD) for 2 seasons. This experience allowed me to run a dance school for 5 years since the age of 17, teaching Salsa and Bachata, from which I keep a very special memory.
 

 3. Hypnosis: When I learned about Suggestion

It seems unbelievable, but my final Baccalaureate work was about Hypnosis, eventually hypnotizing several people. (I still keep the DVDs, so you can ask me about them, or I could try it with you!). What I learned after 2 years of hours of videos, books and trial-and-error was that an imaginary stimuli can be suggested to the mind and the mind can believe it if it feels safe. I think autosuggestion can be a valuable tool for acting, although very difficult to achieve. It took me 2 years to hypnotize someone, literally 1 week before turning in the final Dossier to the teachers. Until then I had only recorded myself with a hypodermic needle going through my hand. But I called some friends because I was unsatisfied that I hadn't succeeded and I hypnotized them. It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had! And to think that I was almost convinced that hypnosis was a trick of magicians ...

 4. Magic: Experiencing Psychology and Entertainment

I was a professional magician for 6 years. Yeah, I know, I'm like a circus. If you enter my website you can see a video. Something that movies and magic have in common, is that in both cases you have to entertain the audience. Let's say that those 6 years of learning from teachers in the world of magic forced me to see if my tricks were entertaining or not. Especially the summer that I performed magic tricks on the streets of London, I realised that people are not going to pay attention to you unless you earn it. At the time I found it extremely difficult because some people insulted me, laughed at me and almost everybody would ignore me. But I kept trying and I ended up working regularly until one day I performed at a private show where the husband wanted to surprise his wife with a new car. And who made the car appear? Well not me, but I did surprise her with the keys. She was so happy!

  5. La Masia: Actors Laboratory

Since 2015 we have been shooting every month. Learning from our mistakes, rehearsing with actors, researching new techniques, shooting my own scenes. Quite an adventure. Not easy, but when great friends are working together everything becomes a little more possible. Also, it serves us to stay active, keep learning and stay motivated!

 

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