OCTOBER - 1999
Position: Acting Coach To The Stars. As
owner of Creative WorkShops in Aventura, Stewart Solomon teaches wannabe thespians to find
their inner child
or whatever else the script calls for. Solomon most recently helped
Miami's Gloria Estefan (inset) hold her own opposite screen giant Meryl Streep in Music
of the Heart (previously 50 Violins), which opens in theaters this month.
Miami Metro: What is it like to work with
Stewart Solomon: Gloria's approach to the
whole thing was to have fun and as a student she has wonderful sense of humor. She was
able to grasp everything at a lightning pace. We laughed so much, but we never wasted a
MM: Was she a good student?
SS: Whatever I would tell her to do, she
would do. If I told her to read a book, the next day the book was read. She said she
really wanted to learn the craft.
MM: Who are some other high profile names
you've worked with?
SS: Jon Secada was the first and [singer]
Carlos Ponce for some Aaron Spelling auditions. [Solomon's now teaching acting to
Drive anchor Belkys Nerey.]
What's the biggest
mistake new actors make?
don't separate the business from the craft. They come in with stars in their eyes. Acting
involves a lot of background and technique. I think a lot of beginning actors don't
understand the value of full training.
MM: What's your advice to actors trying
to break into the business?
SS: Their goal should be to become a
working actor - not a star because the statistics are a bit grim that that will
happen. But there's always room for talent.
MM: What's the secret to great acting?
SS: It's all about incredible listening
and observation skills. It also involves the ability to support another player, to make
someone else look good.