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Direk Rahyan Carlos shares milestones of going virtual with Star Magic workshops

“Mas lumawak pa nga eh, mas nag-MTV yung mga bata. Tapos pinapalabas namin over Zoom, over KUMU, may engagement pa yung mga family members,” he said.

Direk Rahyan Carlos said on Thursday, October 7, that after almost a year in the pandemic, doing Star Magic workshops online has reached several milestones.

In the virtual launch for the Star Magic Workshops, Direk Rahyan admitted that having an online workshop allows them to become more ‘culminating’ in making activities or recitals for their students.

“Like halimbawa hindi kagaya nung excited tayong makita sa Dolphy Theater yung Dance and Voice concert, na-transpose din namin yun.

“Mas lumawak pa nga eh, mas nag-MTV yung mga bata. Tapos pinapalabas namin over Zoom, over KUMU, may engagement pa yung mga family members,” he said.

Also, Direk Rahyan was proud to have said that compared to physical workshops in the past, virtual training has been “more intimate.”

“Of course it’s a different feel, it’s a different succes yung sa physical workshop. Pero, iba rin yung sa online. And yun ang sinasabi ko na as artists, we will really find ways not to stop the training of artists and artist-wannabes.”

Another is that they allowed their students to stay sane amid the pandemic.

Apparently, Direk Rahyan admitted that those who attend his virtual workshops all said the same thing: workshops became their personal therapy.

“Isa ang very recurring na sinasabi: naging therapy sa kanila ang workshop during the pandemic or even now kasi to keep their sanity.”

He then explained why his attendees, who he considered as ‘crazy’ in a good way, said such. According to the director, the artists were freed from their cages after attending his workshops.

“Kasi nga naman, ‘di ba ang artist ang dami-daming emosyon. Hindi mo ‘yan makukulong ang isang singer, ang isang dancer, ang isang performer, hindi mo s’ya makukulong talaga.

“Literal nga ang artista, in a positive way, baliw ang artista eh. Kasi maraming emosyon eh. Pero yung online workshop naging tulay para makatulong sa sanity. Hindi lang sa sanity but to improve one’s self.”

More than that, he believed that these pieces of training keep artists energized.

“Kaya parang ano, it keeps them more energetic and I think that’s one na ano rin na naidulot ng online workshop na to help them survive in this pandemic, in any other way, parang gano’n.”

Direk Rahyan also found out that virtual workshops teach students to be more creative. He shared that in a Kita Kita scene, students utilize the available props in their respective homes.

“Kunwari hawak n’ya yung baunan. Kulay green yung baunan. Tapos binigay n’ya sa camera. Tapos kukunin nang kabila, kulay violet na.

“Kasi yung bowl n’ya yun lang ang available sa bahay n’ya. So whatever props they have, they can utilize, I encourage them. So mas nagiging creative sila.”

So to those who aspire to be trained by professional and practicing teachers in acting, dance, voice, and language are all welcome to join the workshops. Enrollment is ongoing, and all classes will start in November 2021. This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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