We are acting coaches based in the Austin, Texas area.
We have an aggressive program to give you immediate, practical experience in film acting. We spend less time lecturing and more time finding scenes for you to hone your skills on. We support you in every aspect of the business, from making you a better actor to helping you understand the market and do better at auditions to getting a good headshot.
Start anytime. Take one workshop or several. No need to start at the first of the month because each workshop stands on its own. Just let us know before you come so we can prepare scenes and partners for you.
Everything about Film Acting, including AUDITIONS, PROPS, BLOCKING, EMOTIONAL COMMITMENT, and SHOW BIZ ADVICE. TEENS AND UP ONLY PLEASE. Our two camera set up gives you time to work on two or more scenes every session...drama, comedy, sit com, horror, classics, love scenes, monologues, extreme characters, etc. Taught by a 40 year professional with 80 principal role credits in film and television plus hundreds of commercial credits. 30 YEARS AS AN ACTING COACH. We believe in helping you experience the Joy of Acting while you build the skills you need for a career. Directors, Writers, Agents, and Casting Directors are occasionally invited to check out the talent.
$40 each, 3 for $100 (taken within the month) each additional $30.
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: 512-507 3301 (cell).
...ANNOUNCING A NEW STUDIO LOCATION! I have secured an open ended agreement to rent studio space from the DANCE THEATER AT FIRST STREET STUDIO. This is a large, convenient, well-appointed studio for dance and acting classes. It has a special rubber dance floor so we don't have to walk around on cold hard concrete all night.
LOCATION: the address in Austin is 2400 Cesar Chavez (1st Street). Suite 202. It's 1 mile east of I-35 on Cesar Chavez between Robert Martinez Street and Pedernales. (Just around the corner from John Williams' Casting Station for those of you who have auditioned there. The fancy restaurant Juniper is right there as well.)
Turn into the large parking lot on the north side of C. Chavez and the Dance Theater will be on the East side at SUITE 202.
There is lots of free parking in a well-lit area. There should be no problem parking in the evening but the parking lot goes back a ways and there is angle parking on the residential street just behind also.
It's a secure building with lock codes, men and women's bathrooms, water fountains and other businesses and cafes in the building.
APRIL & MAY 2018 SCHEDULE
AUDITION PRACTICE FEATURED IN EVERY WORKSHOP! LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN JOIN US!
NOTE: All workshops on MONDAYS (6:30-9:30). APRIL 2,9,16,23,30. MAY 7,14,21,28.
OUR NEW LOCATION: First Street Studio on 2400 Cesar Chavez (1st Street). Suite 202. PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOU'RE COMING! (See ABOVE for directions.)
APRIL & MAY WORKSHOP THEMES
I'm offering Special Spring Prices for this stretch of $40 each individual class, any 3 for $100, 5 for $150 and all 7 for $175. Take any class you want in any combination and pay as you go.
I hope to cover most of the important building blocks of film acting in this stretch, starting with...
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) APRIL 2: COMEDY...something fun for survivors of the strange Easter/April Fool's Day congruence of the previous Sunday. Expect some real stupidity.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) APRIL 9: HOW TO AUDITION FOR FILMS...from preparation to memorization, to wardrobe, make-up, handling the script, "owning the room"f, relating to your reading partner, using your nervous vulnerability as your friend instead of your enemy, and developing a philosophy of auditioning that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your acting life. I have done over 2500 auditions in my career. I've screwed up a bunch of them and I've nailed a bunch too. Through it all I've learned some things and I can help you.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) APRIL 16: BLOCKING...get up on your feet and learn to move around without anxiety and hit the marks. Over the years, actors who have started to get work have thanked me for this particular workshop more than any other. Includes group scenes as well as solos.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) APRIL 23: DRAMATIC INTENSITY...how to "BRING IT" in dramatic conflict scenes.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) APRIL 30: SCARY STUFF...horror, sci fi and fantasy scenes that need you to create worlds and strange desires!
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MAY 7: IF THIS IS A LOVE SCENE IT MUST FINALLY BE SPRING...get courageous and express the ultimate emotion...it's part of the job and you may as well learn to do it right! (Don't worry, it won't get physical...except for your heart!)
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MAY 14: MY FAVORITE/YOUR FAVORITE...request a scene from your favorite film or TV show and I'll try to dig it up and let you do it. Plus do one of my favorites that I've picked out for you. Every genre represented.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MAY 21 & MAY 28: To be determined...may involve guest writer/directors.
cell 512 507 3301
MY COACHING PHILOSOPHY
Drills and practicing skills can only take you so far. Sooner or later an actor has to put it all together and LIVE a character's life in a scene. Since acting is essentially just living I emphasize approaching it as just an extension of your everyday life, conversation, human instincts etc.
There's really no big mystery...you do what you've been doing every day for your whole life. The behavioral mechanisms are the same...you just pretend to be another person while doing it and somebody has written your words down in advance for you.
I'm here to remind you and give you as many scenes as you have time to do, every workshop. The more acting scenes you do, the more effortless it becomes and the deeper you can go into your character's world.
There are 4 main skills that a film actor must master:
CONVERSATION, CONFLICT, LOVE AND COMEDY.
Each role...no matter what the character type... requires 1 or more of these skills in some combination.
You have to learn how to be CASUAL and true to life...the lines have to be thrown away like in a casual conversation.
You have to learn how to FIGHT.
You have to be able to FEEL AND EXPRESS LOVE.
And the hardest of all...you have to learn how to BE FUNNY. How to either land or react to the punchline and live the comic situation.
We offer on-camera training for all the basics of film acting. We emphasize preparation for auditioning and working in the industry. To this end we give you as much actual acting work as possible...each actor gets multiple scenes per class in every genre: drama, comedy, love scenes, characters, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, sit com and period pieces.
Each month we work on monologues, blocking, props, specific audition skills, script analysis and preparation.
Scenes are taped on sd cards for home viewing on your computer. (You must provide your own sd card)
Taught by a working actor with 80+ principal roles in film and TV and over 30 years experience as a coach.
Recent work includes principal roles in the films BOYHOOD, MY ALL AMERICAN, THE DEVIL'S CANDY and THE TELLER AND THE TRUTH. TV series THE SON, LEFTOVERS, AMERICAN CRIME and QUEEN OF THE SOUTH.
CASH OR CHECK PAID AT TIME OF CLASS, BUT YOU MUST LET ME KNOW YOU ARE COMING.
I'm one of the few coaches who let actors take just one class at a time without committing to a whole series. I prepare scenes and assign partners in advance, so please do your best to follow through and not cancel at the last minute. Thanks!
TO SIGN UP, CONTACT:
512 507 3301 cell
more info at www.actorworkshop.com
PRIVATE SESSIONS...AUDITION TAPES
We are available for private lessons on request. We charge $40 for an hour session. We can also help you put your audition on tape if you need to mail something out for $40.
We also offer Commercial Audition Classes and Private Lessons.
We offer coaching and camera to prepare your audition tape.
A NOTE TO BEGINNERS:
Yes, I get letters like this all the time and so do most other coaches...
"...I'm sure you get this a dozen times throughout the day but I'm new to acting and I have absolutely zero experience, which means no resume, no video or audio real to submit to agencies or projects.
I see that you've been doing this for a great number of years and wanted to see what class you'd recommend for someone who's just starting out..."
You don't want to get the cart before the horse. You can't expect to get an agent to represent you with zero experience and they don't really want a demo unless it's from actual jobs. Yes, you need stuff on your resume but you can't get that without learning to act and to audition. So do that first. Put in 6 months or a year building your skill as an actor and then see what you can do. Meanwhile, you can audition for student films, indies and freebies to build your resume.
There are tons of acting coaches working in Austin now and the important thing is to actually work at acting. Try out a few classes and find one that suits you. My coaching philosophy is fairly easy: anybody can act because acting...especially on film...is just living. The mechanisms are the same even if you are playing another character instead of yourself.
I focus on giving actors as much actual acting work as possible...two or three scenes every class, taped for home viewing as a learning tool. Scenes from every genre....you need to exercise all the Muscles...including the ones outside of your "type". I also believe in mixing the class ...beginners work alongside pros because that way they get to learn from watching good acting. It doesn't hold back the pros because I'll give them "A" scenes while you would get more basic things to start with.
Also, I let you take just one class at a time so you don't have to commit to a long series up front. So if it's too swift for you, you can go elsewhere. Good luck! And let me know if you'd like to try a class. I don't do audits so you'd have to pay $40 to see what I've got.