Phoenix Personal Coaching

Phoenix Personal Coaching

4.9 (11)
4 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
13 years in business

About this pro

I love to help people change their lives for the better. I wouldn't be where I am today without the help and support of a number of amazing coaches!

There are 3 types of coaching I offer:

ACTING: whether it's for new performers and people looking to break into the biz or seasoned actors who want to up-level their career, prep for auditions or intensify scene study

ACCENT / DIALECT REDUCTION: This is a bit of a passion project, becasue I've seen just how much it can change people's lives! Primarily I work with business professionals, mostly IT and medical professionals,  who are relatively new to America and looking to improve their accent and/or speaking skills for increased career opportunities and growth.

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Part of being a working actress does’t just mean movies and tv show. I have spent years on contract with companies such as Chrysler, GlaxoSmithKline, Comdex and The American Beauty Association doing press releases, new product launches, corporate presentations and even trade shows. To date, I have been on stage more than 2000 TIMES – I have learned a thing or two about delivering a speech! 

Let me help you polish your presentation with speech content and structure, body language, memory cues, connecting with your audience, and verbal delivery. Confidence comes from being well prepared. Let’s make this work!

I have been coaching since 2008 and have a unique combination of experience and training. I tend to be casual in my coaching relationships, but highly "tactical and practical" where the work is concerned. And I have a unique ability to find the method that is going to work specifically for YOU.

BACKGROUND

I've spent more than 20 years working in the entertainment industry in 8 countries. This includes modeling, commercials & print work in Athens & Istanbul, acting in Toronto & London, UK, and even screen writing, before diving into the big market of Los Angeles that I now call home.

With 10 years of vocal training (primarily spoken level voice & breath work for actors) voiceovers has also been a big part of my career, recording voices on more than 400 projects to date.

My love for the craft brought me to study in NYC with legendary acting coach Uta Hagen: a process that transformed my approach and led to such roles as Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Karen in David Mamet's iconic Hollywood satire, Speed The Plow. I have also appeared on screen in The Bandit Hound II with Lou Ferrigno, Paul Sorvino & Catherine Bell & on TV in Mutant X, Doc, Singles Court, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal and has hosted for HGTV. Currently I'm voicing 5 characters (English language dubbing) on the mega hit TV series Babylon Berlin and shooting a sitcom pilot! How fun is that?!

I love seeing the change it makes in people's lives! This is work that I am passionate about and it brings me so much joy and satisfaction that it's wonderful to be able to share that!

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Beverly Hills, CA 90213
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11 Reviews

4.9

  • Janet McLeish

    Words can’t describe the excellent voice over coaching that I have received from Hunter. During every consultation, I’ve learned through her realistic approach how to unblock the mental barriers of discovering my true authentic voice. When I met Hunter, I had lots of doubts and fears of becoming a professional Voice Over talent. Now I am booking and receiving amazing responses from clients. Thank you Hunter!

  • Karla Jasin

    Hunter is the best! She’s so meticulous. She catches every little nuance in your voice and has a really good ear for languages. She’s always patient and supportive but also honest with you about where the problems are and what needs work. I always feel comfortable and she gives me great solutions and exercises. Have been doing lessons for a few months now and really love it! Trust me you won’t regret it!

  • Taylor Marshall

    I’m so glad Hunter is still working through this! Writing this as we are all in quarantine / lockdown re: covid-19. This really has been the perfect time to do online lessons. Hunter is so positive and cheerful and, in addition to being an excellent teacher, she really brightens my mood! It’s so nice to have the break during the day or week just to see someone else’s face AND we’re actually getting a LOT done. She is so meticulous and organized in her lesson planning and always gives me the perfect practice work / homework for between lessons. I’m originally from Russia and have been here 10 years but still have a heavy accent so time to get rid of it - and we’re making progress already! It’s only been a couple of months, and people can already hear a difference. So glad I decided to do this and so glad I found Hunter. You really should give her a try!

  • Kaine Fini

    I recommend Hunter to all who want to get rid of their foreign accents and sound more american. When I started this process, I thought I was a lost cause. Now, with Hunter's coaching, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had been in the US for two decades without much improvement in my accent, and in just 6 sessions with her I started seeing a positive difference. If you tried and failed to improve your accent in the past, try a few sessions with Hunter. She has the knowledge, the experience, and the compassion to succeed where other coaches have failed. Changing how you speak can be very daunting and frustrating but, if you trust her system, you can do it. Give yourself 10 lesson/hour with Hunter and you'll most definitely see a big change. Cheers.


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FAQs


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

For everything I teach, I have a step-by-step system in place, including support materials, that I've been using successfully with other students for years.

I always check in with students to see if there is anything specific they'd like to focus on as well, and encourage students to bring material if there is.


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

I have been working in the film and television industry for 20+ years. My career has including living and working in 8 different countries where I developed a love and appreciation for languages and cultures as well as a sharp ear for dialects.

My training began with a BA in Dramatic Arts and continues to this day with extensive, on-going training in Acting, Audition Techniques, Comedy, Voice (spoken level voice and dialects) and Voice-Overs.

I currently live in LA, working on-camera and behind the microphone. 


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

30 min - $45

45 min - $65

60 min - $80


How did you get started teaching?

There are 2 Primary types of training that I do: Acting and Voiceovers + Accent or Dialect Reduction.

Acting and Voiceovers is not just based on my own career and area of expertise, but also a true love the the craft. I love what I do and enjoy sharing that experience with others. Also, a little more than 10 years ago I realized it was increasingly difficult for me to find teachers to study with because of my own level of training and expertise in the field. At the same time I was becoming aware of just how many new actors needed solid, grounded training.

Accent Reduction is a bit of a passion for me. I have always been fascinated with languages and cultures. As part of my own vocal training, I did an extensive dive into accents and dialects – what affected voice, vocal sound, vocal posture and tone. This is all heavily influenced by tongue placement, jaw movement and signature sounds. It also become much more easy to manipulate when you are aware of this and what to do. 

The reason this continues to be a passion is because I see how much accents can change people's lives!


What types of students have you worked with?

Typically, my students, like my training, fall into 2 main groups:  Actors and Voiceover Artists, either established or new to the biz, and for Accent Reduction, successful, well-educated adults, most often working in the Medical field or Tech, who are in a position at work where they are frequently required to make presentations, and feel that clear, un-accented English (Non-Regionally Specific North American Dialect)  would be beneficial. It is! :)


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

At the time of writing this, we are still in the throws of a very crazy 2020. In California life has no where near returned to normal, but I am working with so many incredible people online. I don't know that it would have this extensive pre-covid and I've gotten to meet people not just all over the U.S., but also in Canada, Europe, and Australia. It's very cool to be so connected!


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

It's so important to find someone who is really right for YOU. Their teaching style needs to match your learning style. 

I have a fairly casual approach to the teaching relationship, but where the work is concerned I am very meticulous and detail oriented. For me it's also important to make things fun! You are always going to learn more if it's enjoyable!


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

It's always great to be clear on what you want to get out of this - is it a hobby, personal development, do you want to work in the field, do public speaking...? And equally great to let your teacher know right away to help you both focus and get on the right track! 


Lessons offered

Accent Reduction Classes Acting Classes Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Improv Acting Classes Speaking Voice Training Spoken Word Lessons Voice Acting Classes Public Speaking Classes