Shawn Nelson Acting

Shawn Nelson Acting

1 employee
42 years in business

About this pro

Shawn Nelson has taught and coached film and television stars and working actors for over 30 years. Among his many clients are Emmy and Golden Globe nominees and winners. He is a member of Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA, and Actors Equity Association. Mr. Nelson has performed professionally in film, television, on stage, and has directed both for the stage and for prime-time television. He has had produced a full-length screenplay, and has written and co-written numerous others.

Mr. Nelson taught his weekly Film Acting Master Class in Los Angeles for over three decades, before recently relocating to Phoenix, Arizona. He conducted, for a decade, professional seminars for Acting and Film Directing students at the Sedona Film School (Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking) at Yavapai College. He guest lectured directing students at Liberty University Center for Cinematic Arts; conducted workshops for directing students at the University of Northern Arizona film school, and teaches bi-annual master workshops in acting at Creative Bloc for Open Range Management clients in Baton Rouge, La.

Mr. Nelson was a regular guest instructor at Pasadena City College, and his new book on acting, Comprehensive Contemporary Acting, has been used as course material at the University of Southern California - where he was an adjunct instructor - and at Pasadena City College. He received his BFA in Drama from the North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem.

I love actors, and love teaching them. Most importantly, I love good acting.

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Phoenix, AZ 85022
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype. I work with the actor on the actual taping, self-taping, or live audition.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Many, many years of teaching, coaching, directing, writing and working with actors - many of them famous - for years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Yes, it's very simple. $50 per half hour, payable at the website through PayPal. So easy!

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in New Orleans, because people wanted me to. I then taught in Houston, and of course, in Hollywood. Now I exclusively teach from home.

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginners and well-established pros. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who has been on both sides of the camera.

It makes a big difference.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How do I learn what you know?

How do I work in a way that gets me noticed among the hundreds of potential actors?

How do I keep up my morale in this difficult industry.

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Scene Study Classes Shakespearean Acting Classes Theater Acting Classes Voice Acting Classes