Candace Silvers is all about helping others. She gives students the tools to reach a point of discovery and inspiration that can be applied to all aspects of life. The daughter of Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Phil Silvers, she has spent 15 years giving her students a different method of tapping into opportunity, unlike the acting classes that teach a set technique.
Silvers works with students who are prominent actors, writers and directors in Hollywood who attend her weekly classes and intensives in the Los Angeles area. Her students include original Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta (now working on her first post-Pussycat Dolls CD) and actress Lindsey McKeon, known for her roles on “Guiding Light” and “One Tree Hill.”
McKeon, who has been a student of Silvers for almost three years, says that Silvers’ classes are what she had been in search of for years.
“She teaches you the correct analysis that lines you up with the true human behavior that is directly related to the character,” says McKeon. “It is not pretending. It is actually real; real reaction and real cause and effect.”
Silvers teaches the transformation of obstacles into opportunities and offers her students from Los Angeles the option to travel the world with her and apply the insight presented in class. Silvers and her students, whom she refers to as her “children,” have traveled to India seven times in the last four years and will be off to Bali and Egypt within the year.
Lesley Demetriades, one of Silvers’ students and an accomplished film producer, comments on the excursions.
“Candace teaches us that life is not just about American culture, it is about culture all over the world,” says Demetriades. “She shows us how culture can teach us to leap beyond the limitations of the mind.”
'Leap beyond the mind’ is a concept that Silvers teaches in her intensives that take place over the course of three days, six hours a day. Silvers says the intensives are “about the causation of the totality,” or what brings a human being into existence.
“It is giving you an intensive amount of work that, over a year’s period of time, opens itself up,” says Silvers. “Then there is a level called the master acting class, which gives you a way to practice everything you have learned.”
Silvers has offered a “free Friday class” each week from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Maha Yoga in Brentwood since 9/11 so people can have a place to come and learn at no cost and see where there are ‘walls’ in their own backyard.
“It is a place where students can ask about where their life is stuck or where they have problems with family, work or love life,” says Silvers. “It is very exciting for me to be able to help people I don’t know; just people walking in off the streets.”
Silvers’ next intensive, Intro to Human Behavior, takes place June 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friend Candace Silvers on Facebook or visit candacesilvers.com.