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.
MARCH 2019 SCHEDULE
AUDITION PRACTICE FEATURED IN EVERY WORKSHOP! LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN JOIN US!
NOTE: All workshops on MONDAYS (6:30pm - 9:30pm). COST $40 each...3 for $100...each additional $30 (taken within the calendar month) Pay as you go at time of class with cash or check.
MARCH 2019 WORKSHOPS COMING UP:
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.)
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MARCH 4: VULNERABILITY...this is a hard one. It requires going into your guts and being brave enough to let yourself feel moved, upset, hurting, joyful or sad. I have been taught some things that work and I'll pass them on to you. With some of the best scenes in movie history.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MARCH 11: GROUP SCENE BONANZA...with MOVEMENT...fight scenes, blocking, stand up, sit down, walk around in a circle and then do it again until you can hit all the marks. All this while you are performing a science fiction scene or something from Lord of the Rings. It's not easy, but this training will make you look like a pro when you get on set.
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MARCH 18: VIVA MEXICO!...for Benito Juarez' birthday. We will honor the revolutionary hero of our neighbor to the south with movie scenes that have a Mexican flavor. Westerns, Love stories, Dramas...there's a lot of good material to choose from. If you speak Spanish you might do them in two languages!
MONDAY (6:30-9:30) MARCH 25: AUDITION MONOLOGUES...yes, you need to have them. Agents, casting directors and filmmakers sometimes want to see you work but don't have their own scripts set yet. You need to be ready and have something you can shine in. Bring your own or do one I pick for you. Short...1-2 minute pieces. Funny and dramatic.
CONTACT: (please let me know if you want to attend one of my workshops. But let me repeat...I prepare scenes and assign partners in advance so you must let me know you are coming and don't cancel without plenty of notice. I'm one of the only coaches I know who let's the actor sign up for just one class at a time or a series with a discount...whatever works for YOUR schedule. I also let you pay cash or check at the time of the workshop. Please work with me by giving me notice of cancellation in a timely manner. Thank you!)
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 90+ 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, THE TELLER AND THE TRUTH and A GOOD SON (SXSW this year). 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.