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Meet Irfan Hossein of Actorism

Today we’d like to introduce you to Irfan Hossein.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Irfan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Performance Designer and  Acting coach from the mystical land of India… with an acting experience of 25+ years. I have spent a better part of my life practising various acting systems from the world over. Still feeling the void left to fill, I turned towards ancient Indian literature and meditative practices to guide my gift to newer horizons.

I have incorporated modern performing arts, with ancient Indian techniques from the Natyashastra(5000 years old book on acting ), the Vedas and different meditative methods to bring out a holistic method to help actors evolve and improve their performances.

I have now created my own acting system (Actorism), hence I am now keen on sharing my gift with the World. Actorism has helped actors evolve and improve their performances substantially.

Most methods of acting are scientific and psychological in nature, I wanted to add the missing spiritual side to this. Actorism encourages you to drop your mind and let the heart take over. We need to take ourselves to an unknown, to be able to challenge ourselves. when we follow our heart, that is the only device that connects us with the Divine essence; we feel the river of serenity & sensibility flowing inside, taking us to the sea of our purpose. it’s not difficult to achieve this status. we do make it possible through meditative techniques .the shifting of mind oriented ideology to heart-led actions. The mind gives us dedication while the heart provides devotion to a certain cause. Dedication takes us to a certain distance but devotion may get you the impossible.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, the roads were not smooth and thats the whole fun of it. Life is a play, in India we call it Leela. It’s not a direct translation of the wordplay or a game but the magic of challenges embedded within it.

My journey was all about learning and during all these years, I practiced and came up with my own method of acting. Initially, I wanted to act and had my share of jobs as an actor, but I wanted more out of this great art form. I had to go through many hardships. It took my youth but I know that art is a gift of God and believe it or not I could see it coming to me and I expected the hardships – the challenges and difficulties because the obstacles themselves define the destination.

Finding God was never an easy thing for mystics and similarly perfection in any art form is no less than that. I got engrossed, lost myself in my journey from being ‘I’ to ‘me’. I got consumed by the challenges and became a role myself. But I realized that this spiritual quest towards acting would end with my life, I am not going to be here forever. I decided to share it with as many people as possible.

My method actorism, the concept evolved during this journey was a dream and when I woke up, I found myself in Hollywood sharing my gift with the best of acting students. I liked this whole dream come true feeling after so many years of meditation.

As the great Sufi mystic Rumi says, “Sweetness and delights of the destination are in proportion to the pain endured on the journey. Only when you suffer the pangs and tribulations through the journey, you will truly enjoy your homecoming”.

Actorism – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Performance designing is a specialized training program where an actor is coached for a specific character. We coach an actor to be able to create a character. We create finer nuances with which an actor carries his character through different situations. we create mannerisms, style, speech pattern, sound for the character, body behavioural pattern based on characters psychology and demands of the story. 

We create a physical manifestation of characters psychology, which should look unique as well as completely natural. we have to create an interpersonal relationship with other characters. We give tools and technique to an actor to use in different emotional situations to get the desired results. A character is not just dialogues or physical appearance- He is a being…A complete entity with his own known and unknown experiences that leads to a physical behavioural pattern. We help the actor to become a character in its complete form as a being history.

Characters are not just written words, it’s a living being and if we fail to translate the written character into that living being, our efforts go wasted. We design subconscious of a character, their drive, their history, their inspiration, aspirations, motivations and most importantly their conscience. 

Characters should be complete, detailed and available for future use in every scene irrespective of the situations.

Every character has some obvious behaviour along with that they have some latent hidden covert habits and behaviour patterns. Every tiny detail needs to be carefully crafted because that makes the character functional in multiple ways. Interpersonal relationships are one of the most important aspects and it should not be overlooked. Past builds the present and present unfolds in the future. Every intention needs to have appropriate action. Every action carries an activity with emotion. We create character diamonds which helps to shape the character How He/She sees the world, speaks, comprehends and reciprocates. We have rescued many actors male and female from their point of frustration. After which, they not only received applause but awards as well. As it happened with actors in many projects that we have designed.

This is what we call, Performance design

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I enjoy every moment spent with my actors. When I train them and they perform the way it’s supposed to be done, I feel like I am acting through them, when they make mistakes I feel I am committing them. Similarly, when they get accolades and awards that gives me an extreme sense of gratification. That is my proud moment.

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