THE ALCHEMY OF ACTING
STREAMING SERIES ~ BOOK ~ LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF PORTRAITS BY DR. ANDY GOTTS, MBE
After many heartfelt dialogues with fellow actors and storytellers, Lisa had the idea of writing a book about the “alchemy” of acting for performers as well as those who deal with performers or anyone interested in human interaction, storytelling, and metaphysics. Lisa has had some fascinating metaphysical experiences while acting (and there are plenty of photos of Lisa with unexplained phenomena).
She studied all the acting techniques of all the great masters from Konstantin Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Bertolt Brecht, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and others. She primarily uses the Michael Chekhov Technique. The current global interest in spirituality, supernatural and metaphysical storytelling is at an all-time high never before seen across all formats. So the timing is perfect for this project!
Then Lisa’s vision evolved into the idea of also doing a single documentary film that would interview actors on this fascinating topic sharing their stories on camera. Lisa tossed this idea around to some of her actor friends and after the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response…and them also saying they knew of someone else who’d want to do it…it snowballed into a series because there are simply too many people with too many amazing stories to fit it all into a single documentary.
If you have a favorite actor that you’d like to see in this project, email Lisa with your suggestion and we will take it into consideration. Announcements will be coming soon and more info as soon as we have it.
FAMED CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER, DR. ANDY GOTTS, MBE
Then, Lisa had the idea of taking portrait photos of these actors (many high-profile) while shooting the on-camera interviews and making a special oversized coffee table book of beautiful portraits (with quotes and bios of the featured actors). Some of the proceeds would then be donated to a charity. Lisa asked her very dear photographer friend if he’d do the portraits and work on this book with her. He immediately said, “YES!” Well, this friend is the legendary photographer Dr. Andy Gotts MBE who is famous for his celebrity portraits and campaigns. Below is just a little bit about this enormous talent who is now a part of this project. You can read more about Andy and view his work on his website: AndyGotts.com
- The National Portrait Gallery holds a selection of his photographs in their permanent collection and in 2009 Gotts was honored with the presentation of the Fox Talbot Award.
- In 2011 Gotts was conferred the degree Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University and he is a former President of the British Institute of Professional Photographers.
- 2012 saw Gotts appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
- Gotts is noted for his magnum opus ‘Degrees’ which was inspired by the game, the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon; BAFTA – ‘Behind The Mask’ and the Monty Python reunion.
- BEHIND THE MASK: The biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled to take over the entire west wing of Somerset House.
- SAVE THE ARCTIC with VIVIAN WESTWOOD (GREENPEACE)
- Current projects for 2019 includes ‘iCons’ for the Elton John AIDS Foundation as well as a personal project ‘UNSEEN’.
THE TRANSITIONING OF Dr. HANK WESSELMAN
A FOND FAREWELL TO THE CHIEF
UPDATE: AUGUST 11, 2023, It is with a heavy heart that I share the bittersweet news that Jill Kuykendall left this world on August 10, 2023.
Here is the initial statement from the family:
August 10, 2023
Journal Entry by Cj Barfoot
Today, in the wee hours of the morning, our beloved Jill passed away into non ordinary reality, peacefully, from the comfort of her home. Friends, family, and caregivers were present and close by, yet unaware, as she chose to transition quietly and unobserved. Warm Aloha to all of you who have supported, loved, and witnessed her journey throughout all these years.
Blessings, Erica, Cindy & Carol
It is with a heavy heart that I share the bittersweet news that Dr. Hank Wesselman left this world on Monday, February 15, 2021. Hank passed peacefully to the other side to be with his ancestors, with his wife Jill by his side. Here is the post that Jill made to announce the sad news:
“Today is the day. Hank passed this morning into the realm of his ancestors and other beloveds after releasing his final breath, his Ha. He was comfortable, no pain, no struggle. I was blessed to be bedside, to hold his hand, speak to him and kiss his forehead. The staff was kind and compassionate, had come to really love him and cared for me as well.
Your Love and Aloha were palpable in the room. I know he felt it and it brought him peace.
Mahalo – Thank You – from me for all you offered in these last few days and over the years in which we have enriched each others’ lives.
What a guy! What a soul! He was my beautiful Hank!”
“Some Buddhist traditions teach that February 15 is the day when the Buddha achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body. Hank would appreciate that.” ~ Jill
Decades ago a friend told me about Hank so I looked him up, bought his books and eventually became a student of his. My life changed the day Hank came into my awareness. Both he and his lovely wife Jill not only became my teachers and friends…they became my family. What a legacy he has left for all.
I have far too many stories about our wondrous experiences together to write about here. Plus, I cannot bring myself to write about them because I am still in complete shock. All these wonderful memories flood my mind and they overflow as tears down my cheeks.
I know that when we exhale our last breath our soul takes flight back to the other realms from whence we came. I find Chief Hank’s passing so very bittersweet. I know without a doubt we shall continue our friendship and our work (perhaps doing even more work not that he’s not limited by a body, time and space!)…but damn it, I’m gonna miss being able to see his sweet smiling face, hear his amused laughter at his own jokes, the mischievous twinkle in his eye when he was telling one of his amazing true tales and just to be able to give him a big bear hug and say, “I love you!” to him again. I wouldn’t be here today with Hank and Jill.
The LOVE that he had for his “Lady Jill” was so palpable that you could see and feel it radiating from him and between them. It didn’t need words although he always proclaimed his great love and respect for her (and she does the same). That kind of love doesn’t even need words. I can see auras. The energetic field and exchange of energy between these 2 was a dynamic sight to behold! They were so cute together and their amazing love story has always given me hope that I too will find a true love like that one day. Their love story is not over. It is simply in the next new phase. Jill and their 2 daughters, Anna and Erica, and family all have our love and support (which I know Hank appreciates).
People all over the world have been blessed by Chief Hank’s life, love, humor and work. We all will pick up the torch and carry on his good work in his honor and in loving memory. So, for now with a heavy yet hopeful heart, I’ll just say mahalo nui loa and a hui hou, my dear friend, beloved teacher and kupuna, Chief Hank. We shall meet again in the DreamTime! Aloha, Much Love & Light, Lisa
Hank’s cremation occurred Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6am, Hawaii Time (8am PST).
The Hawaiian community performs many ceremonies at dawn, a very sacred time of day.
As you feel so called, please participate in your own way.
We can cheer him on his way!
~~ Aloha ~~