Actors, Voiceover and Performance Artists, Influencers, Podcasters, Clubhouse Users, Speakers, Coaches, Presenters...
And anyone else who uses a camera or microphone to interact with their audience
Befriending the Camrera (0r Microphone!)
After over a decade working and coaching in Los Angeles, and over 35 years playing leads in film, television, voice acting and theatre, Cara Pifko's Workshop is now open!
This one-day intensive starts April 22, 2023, so save your spot now!
This is an opportunity for all who use a camera or microphone in their chosen craft or career, ages 15+, to deepen the body connection while creating a lasting ease on camera.
Learn now to utilize your medium to dissolve the 4th wall and bridge the gap between you and your audience
For actors and Voiceover Artists, befriending the camera (or microphone!) perhaps surprisingly includes building a relationship with what is behind the your medium. Coming to an experience of who you’re talking to and how the lens carries a bridge between your expression and the audience it’s meant for.
For presenters, coaches, inluencers, podcasters, presenters and others who use the camera or microphone to talk to your audience directly; you know your story and you know your audience.
But if you are overcompensating, fighting against or have a resistance to understanding your relationship through the camera, your message or the story you're inhabiting, will not be heard. Your subconscious block then creates static between your heart and your message being received.
This workshop gives you access to connecting your emotional center, expressing it through your vessel, through the medium of expression (camera or microphone) to shift the emotional condition of the listener.
I experienced Cara Pifko’s Befriending the Camera workshop this past summer. I have to begin by expressing how safe and sacred a container Cara creates, which allowed me to have a deep exploration.
I have stood in front of camera’s on set and in several on-camera classes never really considering the camera other than its technical role. In fact in some spaces I was taught to “ignore” the camera and play as if no one is watching. But the camera is watching.
The camera is an integral part of the creative process.
Neglecting to create a relationship with it was hurting us both.
I came away realizing how many emotions stir within me in relationship to the camera. How judged some parts of me felt by it and how this could be affecting my work if not acknowledged.
These parts of me were offered healing as I had the felt realization of how MAGICAL the camera is. How it wants to see me and be a fierce support in telling the story. The camera came to life for me and I have continued to be all at once nourished by and in awe of this shift in perspective.
I could not recommend working with Cara in any capacity enough. She is a leader in the art of storytelling and is helping to pave the way for us to create with depth and reverence.
- Brianna Richer
Fear as a Motivator
The Intuitive and Embodied Performer
Befriending the Camera
There are no monologues or scenes to prepare
You will get on camera multiple times in a series of unique experiences to deepen your willingness to be witnessed by your new friend: the camera.
If you are a voice over or other voice professional, this can apply to your microphone work as well.
You will receive a copy of your work.
$250USD 1 Day Intensive
The Actor’s Warm Up is a prerequisite for any other work with me. It is my most requested offering and usually comes from laments about not feeling connected to your body. It is fundamental and universal in its value for auditions, on-camera, Voice Over or video sharing you are doing or growing into.
You will get a copy of the warm up for your ongoing practice.
Next, personal dive in to Befriending the Camera (or microphone!). Uncover your relationship and free the work. 3 rounds of Individual on camera/microphone time. This is where the transformation happens.
This 1-day intensive is online on April 22nd from 10am-3pm PT.
Use the button below to secure your spot! (Some scholarships available. Please reach out to inquire.)
More details will be emailed to you after your confirmation.
Michael Johnston, Teen Wolf
"Coaching with Cara as a young, new actor was one of the smartest things I could have spent my money on. She taught me the importance of listening to my partner and showed me ways to make text more relatable so that I could respond as if the words were my own.
It seems so basic but many actors just don't know how to do it. I often find myself using techniques, or as I like to call them, "good habits" that learned from her - especially in the audition room. Cara is also a great listener, friend, and life coach. I've gone on to book regular work on Teen Wolf, leads in feature films, and a lead in an animated series. Thanks Cara!"
Peter Gould, Creator of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul
"You are such an amazing actress. When you see performers who are so in the scene, it feels so real.
It was a huge lesson for me, the stuff under the surface is so crystal clear to you."
Cara is an actor and a coach.
Coaching and performance are similar processes to her and her programs coach Transformation, Unblocking,
Revealing your easy access to super powers; of you and your piece. Whatever you're working on. Cara's methods include a drawing out of the embodied soul, exploration and inquiry.
Her clients are from all walks and stages of life, including actors, writers, healers, speakers; people who want to show up in their life and work authentically.
She has coached three Fringe shows into being, life transformations, a bestselling author's book, numerous actors and a long time collaboration with designer Mariana Zaharoff. Recurring on Better Call Saul Seasons 2-5, Winner as Leading Female for LA's Stage Raw Award and a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy).
Her voice credits include Franny's feet (2003-2005), Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004-2006) - Eunice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2010-2012) - Naa'leth (ep56), Nightsister (ep85), Orphne (ep71), Sionver Boll, Suu Lawquane (ep32), TJ-912 (ep56), Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends: The Prince, the Princess and the Bee (2006) - Eunice, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids (2003) - Eunice, Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021) - Suu Lawquane (ep1)
Cara is a magician, and working with her in any capacity is a true gift. Her gentle, loving support provides a solid framework for creative expression that originates from the infinitely great ocean of soul. The language of friendship in relation to cameras really encapsulates the practical truth of what I experienced in this workshop.
Guided by Cara, I tapped into a very unique, personal, poetic, and integrated relationship with the camera, which allowed me to explore the intimacy of being witnessed and held by something that had its own origin story and was also yearning to be seen and held by me in return.
In a sense, I learned that we both needed each other in the process of embracing our highest potential. Once I was given the opportunity to follow my curiosity, build my trust, and openly communicate with it, the camera transformed into a breathing entity that felt just as alive as any animal with eyes.
From this place of relationship, I could honor and express my needs, my fears, my dreams, or my boundaries: anything at all that felt vital in the moment, because I wanted us to truly understand each other in the deepest sense of the word.
~ Tuhi Sen