My father was born in Amsterdam in a highly religious family. He was in Amsterdam, and he went into hiding right near where Anne Frank was. He was a theoretical physicist and the last Jew to get a Ph.D. in Amsterdam.
I could've shot the whole East Village, because it was and is my neighborhood. But Seventh Street is precious to me.
I live mostly in New York, but I teach in both New York and L.A.
I love to collaborate! That's totally my preference. And I feel like everything I do ends up being that way.
I teach a course called 'Committed Impulse,' and part of the work I do is to get people outside of their heads.
I want to do things that scare me, and also have a good time.
I'm not a singer. I've sung in character, but it's just not my thing.
My process is I try to learn my lines so they're so solid I don't have to think about them or how I'm going to say them.
When we shift back to feeling the sensations in our body and connect to what's in front of us, the creative channel opens up.
Even though reality TV is very manipulated, it's all manipulated so that something real happens. And so, our job in this era is to make that real thing happen, because nobody wants to see any more manipulated, pre-planned performances. That era is over.
Everyone feels a sense of ownership in creating a Lynn Shelton movie. Lynn chooses amazing people - including the crew. Every person there is committed to making the film the best it can be.
Growing up, I started to realize I was surrounded by people who were passionately alive. Seventh Street felt raw, but I found it incredibly theatrical.
I always worked pretty steadily. But maybe out of some kind of fear, I put the brakes on letting myself be as successful as I'd like to be. More and more, I've taken the brakes off and let whatever happens happen.
I created an online program that has audio lessons and PDF worksheets and two hours of video. So it's like a course you can do at home. And people are loving it and getting jobs from it.
I grew up in the East Village, in Alphabet City, when it was a very dangerous neighborhood. To survive there, I had to learn to be a little bit invisible.
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