Maurice Benard and Jeff Kober discussed how life can lead you to where you need to heal.
Fans may have seen him in more than 100 different parts, but they may not have recognised who the true actor was. Jeff Kober, an Emmy-winning actor, fully commits to every part he plays and gives it his best on stage. You may be mesmerised, horrified, shocked, or surprised by his performances, but you will always want more. This week, Kober discusses the methodology behind his craft and how to discover your pleasure on Maurice Benard’s video podcast State Of Mind.
Maurice Benard & Jeff Kober: Opening The Door
When you feel the most empty, life has a way of filling you up. This is especially true when you are on the path to where you belong. Fans have heard Benard speak about how the medicine Lithium and his role as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital helped him change his life. In Jeff Kober’s (Cyrus Renault) example, acting opened up his emotional floodgates in a positive way, putting him on a spiritual path after years of aimless wandering and attempting to find his place in the world.
“I felt so stifled for a very long time. In my adolescent years, I had a catastrophe that completely depressed me. “I was in a vehicle accident, and a boy died,” Kober said. I was not accused of anything. I wasn’t going fast at all, but a young child darted out in front of me. He was also one of my friends. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I could even discuss this. I genuinely believed I was a killer. I didn’t deserve life, much less happiness, but I didn’t know how to commit suicide.
“Everything was therefore kept within.” “Then came acting, and it was like a window out,” he added as he described his experience. And I began receiving therapy, as well as a little bit more and a little bit more [opens hands like a window].
Then Sgt. Evan “Dodger” Winslow’s iconic performance in the Vietnam-set series China Beach appeared. And he had a look that could be seen from a mile away. He had seen much too much. That’s how it was written. That’s how I was, too.
The thoughtful actor described how he was feeling at the moment. “I wasn’t society’s cup of tea. I was hardly able to speak. They also created the character. In addition, I was sick when I entered. I apologised for my voice even though I was hardly able to speak. They said, “No, we adore it.” Thus, it was making use of who I was in a setting that truly worked.
His life was revolutionised by finally opening up and figuring out his place in the world. “I have been fortunate that I was able to continue the work both emotionally and spiritually throughout. simply keep on opening up, opening up, and opening up. I may still benefit from all of it now, but none of it has any power over me. I have freed myself of the trauma and the obstacles.
An Epic Life Story
Kober talked about his upbringing in Billings, Montana, his first encounter with actors while being directed by Oscar-winning actor J. K. Simmons, who was a student at the time, his time playing trombone in the Fiddler on the Roof orchestra at the University of Montana, which brought him to Los Angeles, and how his involvement in a rock band led him to become a paralegal, which brought him to acting classes.
The accomplished performer, or Zen Master as Benard likes to refer to him, talked about his early days on Highway to Heaven with Victor French and Michael Landon. He will never forget the acting tips French provided him. The two on-screen partners discussed his early days on General Hospital as a villain, how six weeks grew into three, working with Genie Francis, Michael E. Knight, and Cynthia Watros, as well as winning an Emmy.
“To become consciously aware of our surroundings is to return our thinking back to our present moment reality and to the potential of some semblance of tranquilly in the face of situations beyond of our control,” Maurice Benard said from one of Kober’s spiritual lectures. The two talked about ecstasy, joy, and damnation. You won’t want to miss a minute of this episode since there is so much information discussed. View the complete episode here.
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