Kevin Page, a Dallas innovator, actor, artist, and now author, has written a new book aimed at not only helping actors succeed in auditions, but also helping public speakers, business executives, and others to present themselves with more charisma and energy.
Page, who has a master’s degree in psychology, draws on his practical and academic background in his book, “150% Better Auditions,” which uses neuroscience and modern psychology to lead actors — and others — to “live in the moment” and find ways to get there.
“Mindfulness meditation is a technique that has been around for thousancds of years, but has only recently been studied by Western scientists,” Page said in a release. “And those scientists have confirmed that the same ability to ‘be in the moment’ that is so important to actors can actually be trained using meditation.”
Page has a lengthy resume, with more than 70 films and television episodes to his credit.
“Mindfulness meditation is a technique that has been around for thousancds of years, but has only recently been studied by Western scientists.”
You may remember him, in fact.
He was the corporate junior executive shot to pieces by a robot in the classic 1987 movie “RoboCop” [filmed in Dallas], invited Jerry Seinfeld to pitch his “show about nothing” to network execs on “Seinfeld,” and played the character Steve “Bum” Jones, who ultimately shot and killed J.R. Ewing in 2012 on the reboot of the “Dallas” television show that was filmed here.
“I’ve worked with a lot of good actors, and they all share one quality in common: When the camera rolls, they are right there, totally focused on whatever is going on at that moment,” he said.
Page also is a successful artist utilizing a 19th-century technique called pointillism, in which small dots of color are placed on canvas creating an image — in his case with the help of a robotic technology he developed that places the paint on the canvas, while the artist makes all the decisions about paint mixing and the composition.
PAGE RESEARCHED MEDITATION TECHNIQUES
Page studied meditation and consciousness while he was in graduate school for both acting and psychology, and while completing his master’s degree in psychology, he noticed the similariities between meditation training and actor training, according to a release.
“Everyone from CEOs to salespeople to college professors can use these techniques …”
“But what surprised me was how rarely acting teachers actually used mindfulness training to help their acting students,” he said.
Page started researching meditation techniques that cultivate mindfulness or “the ability to live in the moment,” an ability that important to actors and to anyone who goes before the public.
“In my mind, someone giving a keynote speech or important business presentation is doing the same thing as a movie or stage star,” Page said. “Everyone from CEOs to salespeople to college professors can use these techniques and see, directly in their own experience, if they work for them or not.”