RAW Acting Studio

RAW Acting Studio

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1 employee
13 years in business

About this pro

Guy Camilleri is Los Angeles’ premier acting coach, helping artists and audiences experience the intimacy of an authentic moment. Based in Venice, California, with a home at the Electric Lodge Theater, Guys’ work has empowered Academy Nominated actors, Emmy winning directors, and Writers Guild of America and Independent Spirit award nominated screenwriters. When not coaching, Guy is an actor in his own right gracing both stage and screen to much critical praise. As a poet, Guy uses words to express his ‘irreverent point of view’; bearing witness to the world on any given day.
My acting studio at the Electric Lodge, www.rawactingstudio.com is where actors, writers and directors explore, create and produce projects in a collaborative, dynamic and affordable space.
As a working actor, writer and producer, I started the acting studio for artists who take craft seriously and appreciate the significance of practicing their skill set on a regular basis. My studio is the perfect space to deepen and develop your craft, make bold choices; take risks and kick start a passion project.  

If you are an actor, we operate from the belief that every artist needs a sacred and safe space to explore the human condition without judgment and hidden agendas. In addition, we have an immense catalog of scenes, monologues and exercises to choose from. Whether you are a working actor, or working toward becoming a working actor, audition technique is front and center at at my acting studio. Each week, we pass out scenes at the top of the evening to practice this important and sometimes awkward skill, keeping actors sharp for callbacks and auditions.

In addition, we have a deep appreciation for writers and honor the carefully crafted words on the page. Writers have the unique opportunity to bring in ten pages, choose from a group of highly versatile and talented actors and hear their pages come to life. This process is highly valuable as it allows the writer to discover if they are on the right track and like what they hear. In addition, supportive feedback is provided from the class at the writer’s request. 

For working and aspiring directors, my acting studio is the perfect space to hone your directing skills. You will deepen your understanding of an actor’s process through directing scenes and monologues. Over time, directors develop a richer appreciation for the language actors speak. This is an important take away for directors and actors; directors develop a deeper understanding of how to communicate their vision to actors and actors learn how express a director’s vision on the set, stage and in casting offices.

Bottom line, we love actors, writers and directors. That’s why we treat each artist as an adult. Approaching the art form as adults and from these three angles (acting, writing, directing) has resulted in profound and deeply rewarding work in the studio each week.

My acting studio was built from a place of strength not fear; we strongly promote and encourage approaching all aspects of the work as a collaborator in place of simply being ‘liked’. Being liked is the death of an artist and a waste of energy. Learning to honor and express your ‘point of view’ is incredibly satisfying and a heck of lot more fun! I’m confident my acting studio will be of service to you on your journey, ensuring that your unique voice WILL BE HEARD.

Being of assistance to individuals from all walks of life along their journey to live out loud and have their unique voice heard.

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Venice, CA 90291
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  • Ho-Jung

    "RAW acting studio is a wonderful space to study! I have coached with Guy Camilleri on my bookings in LA and NY! His insights into the human condition are profound, exciting and challenging. Guy engages you, in fact, he encourages you to listen to your gut, take risks and make bold choices. I need a safe space to explore that is not result oriented... and because it's not, I've seen tremendous growth in my work, which in turn, has resulted in many bookings since studying with Guy! His audition technique is empowering and liberating in that he himself comes from a place of strength. I have found this to be a critical element when choosing a teacher. In addition, he’s empathetic, a great listener and very, very funny. I highly recommend studying at RAW acting studio. At RAW acting studio, Guy invites you to play within the work and to work on reminding yourself that that’s what it is…play!" --- Ho-Jung (Lakeview Terrace, Get Smart, A Beautiful Life, Gilmore Girls, Protect and Serve, Stevie D)

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A working audit of the class is $25.00. If it's the right fit, I assign a monologue, scene or exercise depending on the specific needs of the client. In addition, the student is welcome to bring in sides for an audition or a prepared monologue or scene if they have one.

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

I studied with master teacher/director Gene Frankel in New York City for 7 years. In addition, I study with Bobby Moresco and Catlin Adams. In addition, I am a working actor with over 20 years of experience in film, television and theater and have been teaching and coaching since 2004.

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

A series of four (4) consecutive classes is $300.

Private coaching is $125.00 per hour or a package of six (6) classes for $675.00 (10% off).  

How did you get started teaching?

I have been coaching and teaching for over ten years and my clients encouraged me to open a studio. As the saying goes: "When the teacher is ready, the student appears.":) I opened the acting studio in 2010.

What types of students have you worked with?

I specialize in working with actors, writers and directors of all levels. From literally beginning to Academy-Award winning (or nominated) actors, writers and directors.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My acting workshops in Honolulu, Hawaii!

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

Be sure to audit a class, ask specific questions and trust your intuition! As you are auditing, make sure the class is about the students, not the teacher.

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Why are they here?

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