Week 31: Artist 31 | Created to Create 2016 | Jose Miguel Arbulu, Actor/Networker
Jose Miguel was born in Lima, Peru, on April 8th, 1979.
He learned to play guitar at 13, and actually wanted to become a professional guitar player, but later declined this idea, and decided to study Philosophy, in which he has a Major.
On 2000, he played the role of Jesus on "Jesus Christ Superstar" Peruvian cast. After having some small early appearances on TV, which included series, commercials and soap operas, he finally had his breakthrough role in Francisco J. Lombardi's movie "Un Cuerpo Desnudo" ("A Naked Body") (2009), in which he played Coraza, a bank employee deeply fond of cards and drinking, who hides a twisted dark side.
For his performance of Coraza, Jose Miguel was nominated for "Best Leading Actor in a Movie" by Peruvian press, and was considered one of the biggest revelations on Peruvian's silver screen.
Where were you born?
Where do you live/work?
What fuels your desire to act/create?
The need to express myself. I consider myself a very reserved person, so I think that acting has allowed me to explore things I would have hardly explored in my own personal life.
When did you find Chekhov work, and how did this influence your development?
I found it by accident. I had just finished acting in “The Three Sisters” in Lima, so I was into Anton Chekhov. One day, on Facebook, I saw an ad about a Chekhov Workshop, so I paid for it and went there. When I arrived, the teacher started talking about some Michael Chekhov, which I didn’t
know. I thought the workshop was about Anton. It was hilarious. And as the class developed, I realized I had been blessed to arrive to that place. The feeling of ease changed everything for me as an actor. Atmosphere, the centers, the four brothers, qualities of movement, imaginary body and
psychological gesture filled me with such a joy and playful experience of acting, that I truly felt I had at last found the way I wanted to approach my craft forever.
Talk about aspects of Chekhov Technique that resonate the most with you today.
The feeling of ease and atmosphere has had a huge impact on me. They gave me a place to start on the rehearsal process without struggling rationally. For years, I built my characters in a rational way, so the technique opened to my intuition, body work, and energy body. It’s tough to name just
some specific things about Chekhov’s Technique because you can approach it in so many different ways. But, I guess the main things I use today to start creating are atmosphere, qualities of movement, centers and psychological gesture.
Who are your strongest influences in Chekhov work and how does their work transform/influence yours?
I relate a lot to what Lenard Petit does in terms of expansion and contraction of the senses. That has also given me a pivotal point to begin when rehearsing and doing some cold-reading.
Describe some of the ways you practice Chekhov Technique?
The first thing that comes to mind is that when I start rehearsing, I define a certain atmosphere that can work for me and give me a quality of energy I can begin working with. To that, I add some basic psychological gesture as a starting point to define my objective. That way, I know where I am and what I want to achieve, which I think are the two most important things you need to know when you begin rehearsing.
The best thing about being an artist is…
Falling in love with who you truly are. Accepting yourself. Touching the lives of other people to tell them about themselves and human nature through your work.
The biggest obstacle in working with self is?
Our own expectations and comparing ourselves to others. We tend to lack the patience to understand that we learn through a process, so we get desperate when things don't come out on the first try. It is a matter of compound effect. Small victories every day that must be won. The result
comes as a process we enjoy.
What advice you would give self at the very beginning of your training and professional career?
Learn to work with others. Listen more rather than talk a lot. Trust your instincts. Get out of your head. Open your heart.
Are there any strategies/rituals you created to help self in times when working feels difficult or when you feel stuck? Would you describe what works for you?
Visualization and affirmations. Our brain works beyond words, and it needs images that can stimulate it and program our subconscious to understand what we really want. I work with vision boards and writings about my personal and professional goals.
Talk about a piece of work you experienced recently that moved you and how it found its place in your work?
I recently saw “Incognito” on Broadway. Amazing work with just 4 actors and 4 chairs on stage. Pure raw energy. I’d like to do something similar in Lima.
What other art form do you connect to? How does this craft/discipline help you in your work?
Music. I wanted to be a guitar player in my school years, so I’m a pretty musical personal. Music gives me the sense of rhythm of the play and the character.
Describe a productive day at work?
I do some exercise, and do some readings on personal development and acting. Then I get into my daily tasks prioritizing what is important in terms of the results I want to achieve.
What are your creative hopes and dreams for future?
I want to have my own production company to produce theater and films, and act in movies in USA, Latin America and Europe. I would love acting for Netflix. They are producing amazing series and movies.
How do you reward self for a job well done?
Travelling, eating my favorite foods, and hanging around with the people I love.
In 2016, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project. What CREATED TO CREATE INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2016. When Beginning, January, 1st, 2016 Who ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order. Goal Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.