Our ‘HOW I’ series is back! But this time, we asked one of our SDS tutors for their hows and whys. Mr Serhat Caradee, ladies and gentlemen!
Serhat will be coming to SDS in September for a very special 6-week course called ‘Master the Monologue’ and so we thought it best for you to get to know your tutor before you worked with him. Enjoy!
How do you prepare for class?
Clear my mind for an hour before, focus on what is happening for that particular class and where each actor is with their work (monologue or scene).
How do you get students to break bad habits?
Get them to watch themselves on screen (time permitted) and be open to feedback/observation.
How do you unwind after a day of teaching?
I don’t. I go home, write, create, watch docos/movies and read.
How do you get to class?
How do you greet your students on the first day of class?
Ask them questions, find out where they’ve come from and how they ended up here. Plus a few others, but they’re my trade secrets.
How do you mingle at industry events?
Listen. Try not to chew people’s ears out talking about yourself. You learn more by listening. Also, find out and know who’s-who in the industry. Oh, I try really hard to remember people’s names.
How do you maintain a high level of work ethic in your classes?
I’m generally known for being hard and pushing actors (in character of course) to uncomfortable places. I think it’s easy for teachers to stroke egos and make actors feel great, triumphant and as though they ‘nailed it’ after every class. This is ok, but acting classes should not be focused on or about ‘performance’ or result-oriented. What I mean is, acting classes are about the craft, technique and equipping actors with the tools to create characters, break down scripts, push them emotionally, challenge their imagination and get them to work, but not put them up for display so 200 people can observe and judge. My classes have always been about privacy, where actors can take risks, fail, learn and grow in an intimate, comfortable and non-judgemental environment.
Why do you do this?
I think one of the biggest reasons is because I like to give something back to the industry. I really enjoy teaching, whether its filmmaking, directing, writing or acting. Having come from those disciplines and studied at various schools, where I was fortunate to have some great teachers who opened the doors and my eyes to the whole art of acting and filmmaking really got me to where I am now. Also having studied so much, I understand where students come from and (what) hopefully they need. I’m not part of a franchise, particular school or institution and I don’t want to be an acting ‘guru’, so this allows me to be direct, challenging and give some really honest feedback. Actors need to know the hard truths, before they venture out into the industry. I have a passion for acting and teaching, but also really enjoy writing and directing. It’s all part of the bigger theme; just love being in the art and sharing the knowledge. “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away” –Picasso.
To work with Serhat in his upcoming MASTER THE MONOLOGUE course, simply click here and follow the prompts.
The details for the 6-week intensive are as follows:
When: 6 x Thursdays starting 14 September 2017
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Location: Upper Level, 57 Queen Street Woollahra
Ideal for: Aspiring actors wanting to audition for NIDA, WAAPA, VCA or other full-time courses and need help preparing their monologues. Or those actors wanting to prepare a monologue for other reasons like showreel, or open theatre auditions. Ages 18+. Strictly 12 spots available.
Want to know more about Serhat Caradee? Read on.
Serhat comes from an extensive background in theatre, drama and performing arts studies with training at The Australian Playhouse Studio (TAPS), UWS Nepean, Actors Centre (Journey) and various master classes and workshops. His vast array of experience covers all aspects of working on stage, TV and film. Serhat has worked with theatre companies Shakespeare by the Sea, New Theatre, Genesian Theatre and The Pilgrim theatre. On TV in the second series of the award winning ‘East-West 101’, the 2015 SBS TV series ‘The Principal’ and most recently in 2016 U.S Sci-Fi series ‘Hunters’, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (‘Terminator’ 1 & 2) and created by Natalie Chaidez (‘Heroes’).
He is an Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) award-winning Directing graduate with short films screening at over forty local and international film festivals, winning numerous prizes and awards, including Best Film at the 2001 Sydney International Film Festival Dendy Awards, and Audience Award at the 2001 New York University (NYU) International Student Film Festival.
Serhat wrote, directed and co-produced the feature film ‘Cedar Boys’, which won the Audience Award at 56th Sydney International Film Festival. It went on to screen at five international film festivals and garnered nominations and accolades in Australia, including AFI (AACTA), AWG, ADG and IF.
He is currently lined up to direct three feature films over the next eighteen months, including the film adaption of best-selling author Michael Prescott’s book ‘Mark of Kane’, the true crime story ‘Killer Country’ inspired by Sandra Lee’s book ‘Beyond Bad’, starring Jessica Marais and Kate Box, and the action horror film ‘Z Block’ written by LA based writer Nicole Jones Dion. He is also working on numerous other projects all in various stages of development through his company Bonafide Pictures with support from Screen NSW, Screen Australia and other production companies. Serhat also teaches casually at Sydney Theatre School, NIDA, Sydney Drama School and UNSW.