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Feeding passions: Acting coach helps others build careers in film industry

Editor’s note: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun tidbits about New Mexicans and their projects.

As an acting coach, Ron Weisberg gets an up-close look at the passion of the people taking his classes at Sol Acting Studios.

Being able to observe others helps Weisberg cultivate other ways of getting people interested in the film industry.

That’s why Sol Acting Studios created an animation department.

“We have people that can teach animation and illustration to kids,” he says. “It’s really exciting, because I see these kids coming into class, and one-third of them woul

Ron Weisberg, left, and Chris Ranney set up for a class at Sol Acting Studios in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Ron Weisberg)

d rather draw. I don’t want to fight this current, and let’s teach them how to draw.”

Weisberg says providing this opportunity to children will help them build a career.

Co-owner Chris Ranney has chipped in by padding the voice-over booth.

“We have a professional way of recording people’s voices,” he says.

Ranney and Brent Tiano also formed an audiobook company – 7 Story Rabbit.

Sol Acting Studios will produce the projects.

“I got to direct my first audiobook the other day,” Weisberg says. “We have to understand not only are we the consumers, we have to be the creators of content and push ourselves forward in this industry.”

Voice-over actor Elizabeth Reeder is signed on to teach voice-over classes at Sol.

Ron Weisberg is an Albuquerque-based actor, writer and director. (Courtesy of Ron Weisberg)

“She has been teaching for 40 years,” Weisberg says. “She’s done so much work throughout her career.”

Weisberg wanted to strike while the iron is hot in New Mexico and the film industry.

“The industry isn’t going anywhere,” he says. “There’s a paradigm shift happening right now. The old Hollywood idea of only being able to do one thing is a thing of the past. You have to be able to do a lot of things well. The more one can learn makes them a bigger asset to the industry.”

Weisberg has taken his own advice and is making himself more than a writer, actor and director.

“I’m taking cinematography classes,” he says. “I studied acting and lighting, and this is the move forward. I’m a student for life.”

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Weisberg:

1 “I’m a funk-fusion drummer. I have an electric set of drums set up that I got during the pandemic. If only I could find a stand-up bass player to play the bass lines.”

2 “I’ve played in soccer teams in three countries: USA, New Zealand and Mexico, I studied abroad in Mazatlán, and I joined a soccer team. I’ve played soccer for 35 years. It’s a huge part of my life. It’s what I’ve gravitated towards.”

3 “I speak Hebrew.”

4 “I am half-Israeli.”

5 “I’m working with the NM Film Foundation. It’s different now, and I think we are going to be more impactful (to the local industry).”

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