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The Power of Connection

The world around us is built upon a story, a false story of separation. We believe we are separate, in a world that is filled with people that are all separate from us, in a separate universe. It’s every man for himself and we are ultimately alone. What if that story wasn’t true? What if a new story was emerging? A story that says we’re all connected. When we’re connected we’re in the zone. It’s what we seek as actors, athletes, as creators, as people. Connection leaves us feeling energized, and joyful, separation leaves us feeling alone, isolated, anxious, and depressed. What would happen if we moved into  the emerging story of connectedness? What choices would we make? What would it do for employer employee relationships? Business client relationships? How much abundance would flow into our lives? I believe the effects to be profound. I believe we would begin to realize the every tiny act of kindness, gratitude, recognition, and love would have the power to overcome the illusion of separateness and the pain of disconnection.

STIGMA: Start Imagining Greater Mental Awareness

What if mental illness was not the result of something wrong with us but rather the result of something right within us that was desperately struggling to emerge? Could that struggle be impeded by shaming individuals into isolation? The truth is we all have aspects of anxiety and depression within us. What if by shaming those who need us the most we end up shaming ourselves? In this talk I offer a much needed new perspective on mental illness, one that sheds a more positive light on a struggle that is filled with so much darkness.

Stress: The Painful Illusion and the Power of Story

As an actor I tell stories, stories about all of us, because I tell stories about the human condition. The human condition is complex, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing it would be this: A certain degree of dissatisfaction with something or someone in the present moment and the desire to create something better in the future. That’s it. So the question we actors ask ourselves is: “what does my character want and why?” In the end answer is always to feel good. The next question is “why does he feel bad? What’s his story?” We all carry stories within us in the form of experiences or memories. Some memories are happy, some sad, some traumatic. As actors we learn how to access the emotional energy of these memories in order to play a scene. What if we had the capacity to change the memory, and release it’s emotional impact on our lives today?

 

Frank Schorpion

Actor | Wellbeing Advocate | Teacher

Frank was a teacher for six years before he decided to resign from his job and move to Montreal in order to fulfill a life-long dream and become a professional actor. He was thirty-three years old at the time. Despite all odds he has been able to forge a successful career with over eighty film and TV credits to his name in both French and English. For several years, however, Frank suffered from intense anxiety which eventually transformed itself into a depression. Determined to find peace for himself, without the use of medication, Frank embarked on a ten year journey of self-discovery, which led him to study with some of the most influential teachers on the planet in the field of personal transformation. Frank draws upon his acting training to create a presentation that is as entertaining as it is informative. With humor and poignant vulnerability, Frank brings his audience on a journey, leaving them with a sense of peace. This peace stems from the reminder that we are in fact not alone in this thing called life, but that we are all in the same boat together, all searching for the same thing together: to be happy.  Frank shares with us not only what he has learned about himself, but what he has learned about all of us, that what we truly seek is Connection.

Background

After earning a degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary, Frank headed to Laval University in Quebec City with the sole purpose of learning French. Upon completion of a two year course in Quebec, Frank returned to his home town of Winnipeg, where he taught school for six years. At the age of thirty-three Frank decided to take his life in a different direction, in order to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Frank has appeared in over eighty film and television productions in both French and English and was nominated for a Gemini award for his role in the series The Last Chapter. Frank continues to work in film, both internationally as well as locally.

Topics

The Power of Connection

The world around us is built upon a story, a false story of separation. We believe we are separate, in a world that is filled with people that are all separate from us, in a separate universe. It’s every man for himself and we are ultimately alone. What if that story wasn’t true? What if a new story was emerging? A story that says we’re all connected. When we’re connected we’re in the zone. It’s what we seek as actors, athletes, as creators, as people. Connection leaves us feeling energized, and joyful, separation leaves us feeling alone, isolated, anxious, and depressed. What would happen if we moved into  the emerging story of connectedness? What choices would we make? What would it do for employer employee relationships? Business client relationships? How much abundance would flow into our lives? I believe the effects to be profound. I believe we would begin to realize the every tiny act of kindness, gratitude, recognition, and love would have the power to overcome the illusion of separateness and the pain of disconnection.

STIGMA: Start Imagining Greater Mental Awareness

What if mental illness was not the result of something wrong with us but rather the result of something right within us that was desperately struggling to emerge? Could that struggle be impeded by shaming individuals into isolation? The truth is we all have aspects of anxiety and depression within us. What if by shaming those who need us the most we end up shaming ourselves? In this talk I offer a much needed new perspective on mental illness, one that sheds a more positive light on a struggle that is filled with so much darkness.

Stress: The Painful Illusion and the Power of Story

As an actor I tell stories, stories about all of us, because I tell stories about the human condition. The human condition is complex, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing it would be this: A certain degree of dissatisfaction with something or someone in the present moment and the desire to create something better in the future. That’s it. So the question we actors ask ourselves is: “what does my character want and why?” In the end answer is always to feel good. The next question is “why does he feel bad? What’s his story?” We all carry stories within us in the form of experiences or memories. Some memories are happy, some sad, some traumatic. As actors we learn how to access the emotional energy of these memories in order to play a scene. What if we had the capacity to change the memory, and release it’s emotional impact on our lives today?

 

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Testimonial

Frank’s talk was an inspiring and motivating experience. He is an animated and engaging speaker who allows his true emotions to come through. The session was deeply personal and raw. Hearing the ways Frank copes with matters in his daily life and the tools he uses to do so was reassuring. His approach to coping with stress and anxiety without turning to medicine opened a door to a new way of dealing with every day challenges. Knowing that there are other people out there who face the same challenges as many of us do is always comforting.

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