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 most important lesson I got from my time at The Actors Pulse was to always question. Question myself, question my work; why am I doing what I am doing and is it true to myself? That lesson, and the opportunities Billy gave me set me on a path to fulfil my dream and live my passion.”
“Billy not only changed my whole approach to acting, but also my perspective on life. the atmosphere at the Pulse created a safe space where I could face my fears front on. I remember for one activity I obsessively collected old TVs from roadsides for two months, I brought them into the Pulse – and during the exercise smashed all the screens into pieces. I’ve heard Billy still uses this as an example of what NOT to do in the working space – but damn it was fun!”
“Robert Kiyosaki had his “rich dad, poor dad”. I have my acting Dad. Bill’s been like that for me. He has not only shaped my acting but me as a human in life. His teachings have been invaluable and things I will teach to my kids one day.”
“Billy has been one of the most influential people in my life. From the first moment I met him he sold me with his “work hard” speech. He has also not failed to live down his reputation as a workaholic – I quote in his words having a schedule that consists of “114 hours a week”. This mentality has brushed off onto us Pulse students luckily as there has been times where I’ve felt like giving up, yet somehow I always manage to push through.”