Mizz (she/they) is a filmmaker, actor, musician and activist currently based in New York. In 2022 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude from NYU Tisch with a minor in Psychology. One of her life’s passions is to create art focused on inclusion and diversity as well as constructing safe spaces for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. Throughout her life she has travelled around the world including Malaysia, London and New York, hoping to bridge cultural gaps to cultivate more empathy and understanding within others.
What is the biggest tip you followed when creating your technique for acting?
Stay present and remember your breath affects everything. These two go hand in hand. Staying present is important in order to react to the given moment, it’s very easy for a young actor to try to control the scene and push it to where they believe it should go but staying present allows for possibilities that one did intellectualise prior.
How has your acting evolved from the start to now?
I listen better now. I was 16 when I first started acting and at the time I was more concerned with my lines and how to best express them than listening to my scene partner. The best acting comes from when you listen and react, this advice improved my technique immensely.
Any tricks up your sleeve when having to remember lines?
I like to record my lines and listen to them when I’m walking or on the train. There are a few line liner apps that I use to help me.
Was there a collection of ideas that you had for a certain character or did you have a really specific idea in mind?
There’s always a collection of ideas for a character. Just as humans are multifaceted creatures, so are characters. I like to explore all the sides to a character during my rehearsals- how they behave in different scenarios, and how they change when they speak to different characters.
How much time do you demand of yourself to focus on your career?
I think the balance is always changing depending on what is needed of me. I can go through months of running from one project to another and weeks where it’s more quiet. I do believe it’s important to take breaks and explore/ enjoy life, sometimes it feels like i have to achieve everything now but taking breaks to realign with myself, make time for friends and family and pick up old hobbies is important for my own growth as a person. The more empathetic I can be through these practices, the more full and authentic my art will be.
Do you have any tips or tricks for our audience on how to manage your time when it comes to making sure you’re always creating time for your art?
For me if i put it on my calendar I will do it. It’s hard to find moments of creativity as sparks of motivation aren’t predictable and scheduling it in doesn’t guarantee you’ll enter a flow and write the next big thing. But I do believe in the practice of just creating. I schedule in time to write or work on a new monologue and sometimes I write really truly terrible things (!) but it’s okay because I just need to keep at it. One of the many things I write is bound to be good or be a catalyst for another great idea.
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tik tok: @mizz.not.miss–
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