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May master clinics to teach entertainment crafts

The local talent impressed Pam Lockwood when she moved to Utah after teaching acting and voice in Los Angeles, Calif.

She also noticed a lack of discipline.

"One of the things I was made aware of when I came to Utah was the fact that there is an incredible amount of gifted actors here," Lockwood told The Park Record. ‘However the knowledge of the craft, or what it takes to do a film or be in a film is lacking. A lot of actors don’t have the drive that it takes, especially when one of the big problems here is not showing up on time."

So, as artistic director for the Park City ARTS High School, Lockwood recruited some of her colleagues in the entertainment business to hold master clinics at the Prospector Lodge and Conference Center this month.

"It’s interesting because when I taught kids in Los Angeles, who were well on their way to becoming professional actors, I saw they had the knowledge, but didn’t have the talent like I see here in Utah. That’s why I wanted to hold these clinics."

The first, "Photo & Stage Modeling," taught by veteran talent and modeling agent Patti Miner, will be held today, May 7, at 9 a.m.

Next will be "Make-up for Stage & Screen," by make-up artist Kim Jensen on May 14.

Lockwood will hold an "Acting for Film" clinic on May 21 and bassist Eric Blood will hold a bass clinic on May 28.

Even though they are sponsored by the Park City ARTS High School, they are open to the public, Lockwood said.

"These clinics are designed to help people (get into) a craft," she said. "Since there isn’t really anyone here who can teach these clinics they way they need to be taught, I called some of the people I know who are among the finest in their fields.

"It doesn’t matter if some people who attend these clinics don’t plan to go into theatre, film or the arts," Lockwood said. "I like to say if Rembrandt is teaching a master clinic down the street, it doesn’t matter if you want to become a painter. You just go. That’s how I feel about the people who are teaching these clinics."

Lockwood has known Miner for years.

"Patti was actually my agent, but left that job to work with models," she said. "She has models out there from Italy and all over the place. She really knows her stuff."

Lockwood said the modeling clinic isn’t designed especially for prospective models.

"It doesn’t matter if you want to be a model or not, she will help learn how to move," she said. "Movement is part of the whole craft of theatre and film, because the body is the actor’s instrument. If you don’t know how to handle your body, you’re not going to make it in film and on stage."

Make-up is another important aspect in theatre and film, Lockwood said.

"You need to know how to highlight certain features or make yourself look like a character," she said. "Kim has worked 20 years in the entertainment industry and is an artist. She’s a busy woman, but agreed to come do the clinics because I know her personally."

There are many people who are good actors, but can’t teach the craft, Lockwood said.

"That’s one of the problems I have seen in my years in entertainment," she said. "There are specific things such as mindset and physical stance that you need to know, which I teach in my clinic."

Lockwood said she wanted a music clinic to round out the series and has known Blood for some time.

"He’s considered the one of the finest bassists in Utah, if not in the United States," she said. "While he’s a great actor, his first love is the bass, and you can see it when he plays. He does things with the bass that many people would think is impossible."

Lockwood said the clinics are open to all ages.

"These aren’t just designed for the youth," she said. "Adults and senior citizens are also welcome to join."

The Arts Master Clinics will be held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Prospector Lodge and Conference Center, 2175 Sidewinder Dr. Single clinics are $59 in advance or $69 at the door. Two clinics are $99, three are $125 and a package of four is $149. Each clinic must have a minimum of 10 attendees. For more information email esc_arts@hotmail.com.


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