Constantly on the lookout to recruit fresh young women for NXIVM, Dr. Brandon Porter – recently notorious for his human fright experiments on woman – reached out to a childhood friend who, it so happened, had a 17 year old daughter. He hadn’t spoken with Katherine in probably 20 years. In December 2014, he sent her a Facebook message.
[My notes are in brackets and bold]
[Dr. Porter wrote to Katherine on Dec. 10, 2014]
Long time, no chat! I don’t know if you feel this way, too, but because I read your Facebook posts, I feel closer to you than I probably should. I tend to think about your posts and you become a part of my life in that way.
So, on that note, I was just thinking about a string of posts about your daughter, Jane, and her acting. I’d like to invite her to take a fairly exclusive acting class that I’m taking. It is taught by a friend of mine, Allison Mack (she was Cloe on “Smallville”),and designed by a guy [Keith Raniere] I do research with. I have talked with the professional actors who are taking the course and they say the course has tools for acting they have never experienced before and these tools help them build deep characters quickly and reveal aspects to acting they hadn’t considered in their whole career.
In my experience, the class includes life skills (like building wisdom) that I want my daughter to have and don’t exist any place else, to my knowledge. This is when I thought of you and Jane. The class is 5 weeks long and is from January 25 to March 1. There is also a slower version that meets 3x per week and this runs from January 25 to April 5. The classes are outside of Albany, NY in Clifton Park and Troy.
I hope this note finds you doing well! I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully talking more!
[His message came from out of the blue.]
Your message was awesome, SO great for you to think of Jane!
She looks like an amazingly wonderful human being!
She is a crazy talented girl, so much more talented than I ever was…
A challenge to parent, don’t let facebook posts fool you, but she is great!…
We have an 18 year old taking the acting curriculum right now. He has matured quite a bit.
So wait, where are you living? Albany?
Yep. Smallbany, as the locals call it. I live in the suburbs, Waterford/Clifton Park.
Where in California are you?
… We are in Redlands, it is about an hour east of LA…right along the San Bernardino mountains…we actually live in Loma Linda…
… this is so awesome. I would love for her to do it but not sure how it would ever be possible… there’s that pesky living across the country along with the whole obligatory high school thing…
… I haven’t talked to you in SO long…not sure we even talked much IN high school…lol… but besides FB I really don’t stay in touch with any of those folks… I am just recalling you as tall, blonde, swimmer, super smart… guess it doesn’t surprise me that you became a thoughtful and successful human being…
I don’t remember….
You should feel blessed that I remember you were a swimmer!
hahahaha! oh dear! I remember meeting you at Waveland tennis courts to talk… in like 6th grade…
just that moment… I was pretty smitten I believe… but it quickly passed! ha!
Sure! Email works well if you want to connect us that way…. Jane has finals week next week and then kids are off for the holidays, etc..
From: Brandon Porter <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: Acting classesDate: December 12, 2014 at 1:29:03 PM PSTTo: Allison Mack <email@example.com>, and Katherine [email redacted]
Hello Katherine and Allison,
I’m writing to introduce the two of you so you can make some time to talk about the acting program and determine if it would be a good fit for Katherine’s daughter, Jane, and if Jane would be a good fit for the program.
Allison is a close friend of mine. She started acting professionally at a very early age and does beautiful work. She worked with the guy I am doing research with [Keith Raniere] to design one of the most impressive tool sets around to help people learn short cuts to building deep characters and help people discover how they can use their body as a tool to tell a story. She brings her care and compassion to the course and this really makes the curriculum shine.
I think she will be able to help you and Jane figure out if this is a tool set that would be helpful for Jane.
Katherine is a friend of mine from middle school and high school (we actually lived down the street from each other when we were about 1 or 2 years old, then we dated for about 2 weeks or a month in middle school). Her daughter, Jane, is an accomplished actor and is spending a decent amount of her effort in this direction. It excites me to think about a young person like her having these tools. I hope you find her to be a good candidate for taking the program.
If you would like for me to introduce the two of you on Skype, I will make time for this.
Thanks for letting it slide.
Oh stop!!! Hindsight is 20/20!
I would be more than happy to make time to talk to you about The Acting Program. I will be available starting Sunday. Would you like to make a time?
Sorry for my delayed response, it has been a crazy week!
We would love to know more about your program. Can you tell us a little bit more about what you do?
Brandon mentioned classes this January but also this summer as a possible option?
Jane is currently weighing her options for this upcoming summer break so any information would be very helpful.
I am attaching her resume for your review. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Hello Katherine, did you get a hold of Allison?
Hi Brandon! Ironically I just emailed her back! It was a crazy week here of final exams and holiday prep! Hope you are doing well!
So funny. Cool. I think you will like her. She is one of my favorite people in the world. Have a great Christmas!
Yes we offer our intensive course 4 times per year. One every season. So there will most definitely be one in the summer.
I would love to chat with you and Jane in person to discuss this further. When would be a good time for you?
We are offering our lowest price right now and it is scheduled to increase on December 24 so if we could speak in the next couple of days we can make sure you receive the lowest price if you want to sign up!!
Let me know your schedule and I will do my best to work around you.
When works for you?
Hey Brandon I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I just wanted to let you know that Allison and I never ended up connecting…. Thanks again for thinking of Jane, it means a lot!
I had a wonderful day! I’m sorry for not following up with Allison to see if she got in contact with you guys. I’ll see her tomorrow and chat. They just finished teaching another round of the class and people had great experiences. If she is too busy trying to get the classes going and helping run a woman’s organization [Jness maybe DOS in its beginning stages] I can also find one of the other professional actors who can talk with you guys. Would that work for you? I get the sense that the most helpful perspective would be from a professional actor.
Honestly I’m not sure it would work out with timing et al, but feel free to follow up if you would like. I’m kind of hoping Jane will stay around here this summer honestly, but who knows. I’m so glad you had a good day!
Hello! Here is the acting class’s website. They have a new video describing it a little more.
http://www.ultimasource.com/ If Jane likes it I’m pretty sure I can get Allison to give her some time.
Hey Brandon! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll check it out!
Great video for sure!
Yes, I love it! Marc Vicente does good work.
I know the course runs 5 weeks but how often does it meet?…
It meets about 5 days a week with homework in between.
Full time during the day?
I don’t think so, but I will check. Combined with the course is a new type of yoga [exo/eso] and this is about 2 hours at least 3x per week and more if she wants to.
Oh geez just stop! Lol
What do you mean? I’m not joking.
I know you’re not! Did you know Jane adores yoga?
The people who love yoga love this new training.
So are you underwriting this adventure Dr. Porter? I can only imagine the tuition associated with this!
it is $8000 or $10,000. More valuable than any acting class she will ever have. It helps her discover herself and gives tools to help her build compassion for whatever parts of herself she is scared to expose. And, then there is the yoga.
Wow. That’s…a lot.
It is serious stuff.
Sounds like it! I mean it sounds awesome, I love the approach, the philosophy, the video, etc…
If I had 8K laying around, I’m guessing 10K wouldn’t be much of a stretch! Lol
$2000 is $2000 is $2000. They have a payment plan available if this is something that you would prefer.
The level of faith and confidence you have in me is stunning! Touching! Heart wrenching!
WHY did we not date in high school?! Lol
Ha! Ditto!! You didn’t even talk to me! Damn, you could have saved me from my disastrous high school life. Maybe if we DID date, I would have $10K sitting around!!! Or even $8K… that wasn’t otherwise earmarked for things like college…and food!
I think everyone has a disastrous high school life. I barely had my head above water.
Do you mean that literally or figuratively? I’m guessing both. Yep, both.
This conversation would be so different in person…
Hahaha! So your head WAS above water! Lol Or you are sitting near your yearbook and you just looked that up.
It was always awkward for me to be wearing almost no clothes standing next to you guys [Cheerleaders].
Too funny. I don’t recall that being awkward at all! Lol
You had clothes on.
Oh dear. Boys in high school are so… sigh. You’re just trying to woo me out of $10K! You know you can message me anytime to reflect on the good old days, you don’t need to dangle this carrot to do so!
I would love that for her too, believe me, I would love to give her that experience! More than anything!… And if anyone needs it, she does! But we honestly just don’t have the money. It’s pretty simple!
[Brandon Porter then called Katherine on Facebook. She did not answer.]
I can’t believe you just called me!!! Lol
I cannot believe you didn’t pick up!
That has SO many layers to it! SO. MANY!
I hope they are good layers.
Do you have a dirty mind? It wasn’t intended that way. I don’t know what to say now. Did I make your life difficult?
I don’t know what layers are, then.
My life IS difficult, or seems to be today, but you didn’t make it that way! How was your day?….
My life is difficult too. It seems like this is the way life is. I’m going to sign my wife up for a $10,000 ethics course that I just took. It was outstanding and I cannot see her living life and raising our kids without it. So funny. We had dinner out together for the first time in months. It was pretty fun!
Ethics huh? Interesting…
I don’t know where I will get the money, either.
Where did you have dinner? That sounds delightful, I do hope wine was involved.
Yes. In the end, ethics are about joy.
Seems ethics simple for some, complicated for others.
We ate in Saratoga. I had mushrooms and potatoes and she had salmon.
Are you a vegetarian?
It hit the spot. She liked her wine. I am a vegetarian
And you don’t drink?
I killed a lot of mice doing my PhD and it is a penance of mine. I drink occasionally. I might have taken the lives of 4000 little animals. That is a lot of life. I killed countless bacteria, too. I didn’t take on a penance for that.
That makes sense… Wow, 4000. That’s a shitload of mice! Wait, where are you working? Did you tell me and I forgot?
I know. Not quite the mouse Hitler, but I was definitely warming up to earning that title. I’m in Albany, NY. I stay up late.
And occasional drinks are good. I’ve had a couple today! Now I know where you live just not what you do, like career wise! Lol
What’s going on with you and your layers? I am a hospitalist for 12 days a month and I research joy and ethics.
Ignore my layers. Not important. Oh wow, a hospitalist! Do you like that?!
I like parts of it…. I get to do a lot of cool things because of my job.
Like take ethics classes and acting classes…. What do you do with the rest of your time?
Are you in Los Angeles?
Yoga, cycling, hiking, shuttling kids all over creation! We are about an hour east of LA…
Sounds good! It looks like you like it.
Yes, more joy here for sure.
I like it! But taking Jane away from her theatre community sucked.
I like the distinction that joy is not conditional and happiness is conditional. [Raniere-speak]
Oooooo, I want to hear more about that.
Let’s chat tomorrow. Do you have time to chat? I think it would be fun.
How about Thursday?
When are you thinking? Time difference is a beast…
Not really. Is morning, afternoon or night best for you? I’m pretty open these next two days.
Message me tomorrow… Want to send me some advanced reading on joy and ethics?
Okeedokee smokey. I don’t have much reading. I’ll give you another Web site.
I’ll check it out. Just for the record, I won’t have 10K tomorrow either…
Have a good night!
You too, sleep well.
Will do, you too!
I thought that website would explore and ponder the meaning of joy and happiness in life… but sadly no. Lol. I don’t think I have money for that program either! …. What are you doing today?
I’m doing some research stuff. I’m available to talk right now if you want…. I’m available for the next hour or so. Then, I’ll be available later tonight.
What is it that you want to chat about?
I was going to talk with you about the acting class. I can also talk with you about the joy classes if you are interested. I’m also curious about your stint as a cheerleader, but we can save that for a later conversation if you want.
Lol, I think the acting/joy classes are moot unfortunately. I cheered for basketball too by the way!
That was much preferable as I recall, but literally a lifetime ago.
Yes. Let’s talk about now. Sounds good to me!
….At some point…
Cool beans! It’s fun to hear from you. I look fo to hearing your voice.
I’m still not sure why, but ok!