Billy, it’s Adrian Dunbar here, Ted’s stepdad. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back. I’m so pleased to hear that Ted is doing well since he moved up. The course has been very important to him and will give him a true sense of achievement when he finishes. I myself went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and although the process of teaching may be different, certain things regarding our development as people remain the same.
I was very surprised and excited by the quality, commitment and detail of the work I saw in Sydney. It was truly hard to believe that for some of these students it was their first time performing. To come to a small upstairs room in the Redfern district of Sydney and see such quality of performance reminded me once again that there can never be a “so called” center of excellence…….thank you Meisner. Take care Billy. Keep her lit…………as we say in Ireland.
“The Actors Pulse for me became a way of life. A regular day would consist of looking inside myself to find out what was moving me, spending time thinking outside the box with doors and activities, heading down to rep from start to finish, lying at home going through the heaviest to the greatest of thoughts, meeting up with partners to sort out circumstances, taking out relationships, impediments and characters. It was a truly great 5 and a half years. The dedication and thoroughness the school provides in terms of really creating active and moving conflict is inspirational.
Billy is a great acting “coach.” He is motivational and inspiring, honest when you’re not on your game and knows how much or how little to give you in terms of finding the best way yourself. I am so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to study here. Although he has many great phrases the one that has always stuck with me is “Don’t ask a million questions; work a million hours.”
Hey Brother (Billy),
You’re a beautiful man. You have taught me so much about not only acting but about life, and for that I appreciate you beyond words.
“If you had $64,000 a day, wouldn’t you spend them all”? “We have 64,000 seconds a day, why wouldn’t you spend them all”? “Find a way to win”. You taught me to open my eyes around me, to make sure I make the most out of every second of a day and to always keep pushing.
You truly are a great mentor as well as a true friend, although sometimes you whip, hammer, belt and absolutely cut the legs off us that we want to go home. It is never for the negative, it’s for the positive. It’s such a honour and pleasure to have you as part of my life. You’re a Mayweather in your profession! Thank you so very much for everything you have done for me. This phrase best sums up about what I am truly trying to say. “I appreciate you”.
I studied at The Actors Pulse with Billy for four years, and in that time am proud to have called him a teacher, a mentor and a friend. During my time at The Pulse I considered it almost like a second home, a place where I could explore the craft of acting, develop and hone my skills and grow as a person. To anyone who has studied at The Pulse it is obvious how much the school is a reflection of Billy (little surprise to the few who know how much of himself he has put into it) and its great success is a testament to his passion, his dedication and his years of hard work. I have so many great memories at The Pulse, most of which were in the studio with Bill, where his honest, open approach to the work and ability to make each and every Actor feel valued has stayed with me to this day. Most importantly I learned from Bill that talent will only take you so far, that success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration and if you truly want something, you have to chase it down and make it yours. Billy truly cares about the Actors he works with and it is so apparent in the pride he takes in their success. He has always given me honest, selfless advice in both my professional and personal life and I am truly grateful for his support and guidance over the years. He is a great teacher and a great friend and I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years holds for The Actors Pulse!
Bill, you have inspired, driven and humoured so many faces during these 20 years, always with passion, commitment and friendship. Thank you for the past 20 years, for building the heart of acting Sydney needed. It has been wonderful to watch the Pulse grow, to see you grow from an actor with a vision, to most importantly a wonderful Dad of 3 and an unbeatable team with Paris. What a life! Congratulations Bill. Here’s to many more years of collaboration and friendship.