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Star Magic to Hold 2021 Year-End Online International Workshops

Here's what to expect from this series of workshops, straight from Direk Rahyan Carlos, the head of the Star Magic Artist Training and Workshops

The pandemic has brought about a lot of challenges and changes all over the world. One of the industries greatly affected by this global health crisis is the field of entertainment, where concerts, shoots, and similar face-to-face events have had to be postponed or cancelled. Thanks to the wonders of technology, these on-ground events have shifted to the online platform, allowing artists to nurture their creativity and connect with like-minded individuals from different parts of the world despite the limitations. 


The success of the recent online Star Magic Workshops proves that many aspiring artists want to make the most of their time at home through activities that help them reach their full potential. This is why the country’s premier talent agency has decided to re-open the Artist Registry of Star Magic with the goal of welcoming more talents from these public workshops. Not only will these workshops help the students develop their talents, they will also have more access to auditions and have a chance to be a talent for ABS-CBN’s teleseryes!



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“Last April 2020, after a month-long of intensive studying, auditing classes abroad and transposing modules online with my teachers, we resumed the training for acting, dance, voice and conversational Tagalog via Zoom. And it worked!” said Direk Rahyan Carlos, head of the Star Magic Artist Training and Workshops. “We had 250 students all over the world during the pandemic from 22 participating countries such as England, London, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Florence in Italy, Virginia, New York, L.A., Guam, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, France, New Jersey, Dubai, Qatar and Canada. We had live and recorded online recitals and culminating activities of all our workshops and people were so entertained and cheered for their loved ones who participated in the online training.” 


For years, Star Magic Workshops has been the breeding ground of some of the country’s most talented, versatile artists. Some of its notable alumni under the tutelage of Direk Rahyan include Coco Martin, Arjo Atayde, Paulo Avelino, Joshua Garcia, Charlie Dizon (the Best Actress at Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 for the movie Fan Girl), and Christian Bables (who was present in its press conference, to share some of his thoughts and experiences on the workshop), among others.  



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Also present in the event were Kiara Takahashi, Kobie Brown, Andi Abaya, Lou Yanong, Direk Rahyan Carlos, Annabelle Regalado of E-Talent Musikademy (Star Magic’s partner for the workshops to be launched in Australia), as well as Rechelle Everden and Chalen Lazerna both of AMP or Artist Movement Productions (their partner for the workshops for the Filipinos in Canada). 


Kapag nag-knock ang opportunity sa’yo, dapat prepared ka, dahil siguro it took me six years bago ako mabigyan ng opportunity. ’Yun sa six years na ’yun, aral lang ako nang aral kay Direk Rahyan,” Christian shared. 


“I feel that ’yung passion ni Christian to learn is what puts him on that pedestal of being a good actor,” Direk Rayhan added. 


The talented actor, who’s known for his trans woman character in the movie Die Beautiful, also imparted that up to now he always takes time to prepare for every role he tackles. He makes sure to review the Chubbuck Technique, and he believes that the process of learning really doesn’t stop. 



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The Star Magic Artist Training and Workshop is headed by Direk Rahyan, who is certified in teaching the Chubbuck Technique by American acting coach Ivana Chubbuck which uses 12 tools (scene objective, obstacles, inner monologue, etc.); these help the actors better understand their characters and guide them in personalizing their roles through their own personal experiences, pain, and needs.


“To be able to get into that character, with the help of the 12 tools of Chubbuck Technique is to be personal talaga and be true to your core and be open. With acting, nalalabas ko ’yung hindi ko nalalabas na emosyon kaya gustong-gusto ko siya,” explained Kiara. 


Amidst the pandemic, Direk Rahyan explains that online workshops also have their own set of benefits. “It involves body and movement when you act. For example, nagiging mas creative ang mga students and mga actors on how they can present the scene. Kasi weekly, I’m giving them scenes to perform. In the workshop, everything is personal. We don’t record, unless we need that for an audition,” he said. 



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Compared to other trainings, Star Magic Workshops are not only comprehensive, they are also exclusive to only a limited number of participants. Since all training will be done via Zoom App, the teachers will be able to focus on each student’s progress. 


The adult acting classes are still handled by Carla Martinez and Rubi Rubi along with Lynnette Conception and Air Paz Pablico, while the kids’ acting classes are still handled by Edna Mae Landicho and HB Benitez. The dance classes are divided into three different genres namely jazz funk, hiphop and urban led by Nesh Janiola III of Axis, Brion Lim and Myke Monses of Manoeuvres Ignite and Geejay Romano, respectively. Meanwhile, the voice classes are still going to be led by Philippine Madrigal Singer alumni, Luningning San Jose, Julie Anne Reyes and Roland Roldan.


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. 



Go to Star Magic’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Starmagicworkshops or Instagram account: @abscbnstarmagicworkshops. Click the Google document link attached in the post and fill up the information as needed. Wait for their email for the scheduled date of orientation. After the orientation, you will be given instructions on how to pay your workshop fee. You can also email starmagicworkshops@abs-cbn.com or text or call +639493975417.


With text by Angelica Tordesillas

Lead photos courtesy of Star Magic