Melissa K’s Performing Arts Workshop

Melissa K’s Performing Arts Workshop

5.0 (6)
9 hires on Lessons.com
6 years in business

About this pro

I offer personal training and classes to those who seek to explore their artistic talents! (Adults, kids, & teenagers)

We explore your strengths/weaknesses and plan out our goals. I want to cater to YOUR needs and help you hone in on your instincts as an artist while perfecting proper techniques and maintaining healthy habits. The end goal is to be confident in the power of your talent and to utilize it to it’s fullest potential.

Acting! Every character is unique and has a story to tell. We explore different methods of character development in order to properly tell the story. You will explore improvisation, cold reading, audition etiquette, scene study, film/television/theater acting, and the different acting methods that suit your fancy [Method (Meisner, Strasberg), Classical (Stanislavsky, Chekhov), Walsh vocal acting, Voice Over].

When it comes to music, we find your voice (so to speak). Proper warmups, stage performance, breathing techniques, range development, vocal control, healthy habits, and finding the soul of the piece are some of the essentials that we will cover.

Everyone's voice is unique. I help you develop technique and healthy singing (and talking) habits in order to pursue your dreams in the arts!

A little bit about myself: 

-Acting-

15+ years of experience for film, tv, and stage. Acted in over 50 short films, independent films, feature films, television commercials, and plays. Starred in and composed a rock opera film, "Vampurr." Lead role in “Left 4 Dead 3 The Movie” produced by Machinima. Studied under Bob Bailey, Joseph Hacker, Paul Backer, Dan Fishbach, Nancy Nayor, Jason Maddy, Patricia Scarborough, Robin Speer, and Paul Jacque. Worked in casting for a few high profile casting directors. Produced and hosted original television shows, "Platforum Entertainment" and "Citizen LA."

Some awards:

  • “Best Actress" award from the Inland Theater League for lead role of Sarah in West Coast Premiere of "Class," written by esteemed playwright Charles Evered.
  • “Best Actress” award from the Inland Theater League for lead role of Stepdaughter in “Six Characters in Search of an Author”

-Music-

21 years of singing experience. Performed over 600 live shows as Melissa K. Training in rock, pop, musical theater, classical/opera, jazz, blues, R&B, and choral. Shares same vocal coach as Tori Kelly. After graduating from the University of Southern California (Dramatic Arts), started doing music again full-time and put together own band (Black Velvet)! Currently playing all over Southern California. 

Some awards:

  • Two songs as #3 on the Top 40 Mainstream Independent Music Charts (in 35 countries world-wide). Each stayed on the chart for over a year. 
  • “Best Female Artist" - Independent Music Network (International)
  • “Best Female Artist" - Televised Inland Empire Music Awards
  • “Best Live Band" - Inland Empire Music Awards

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Credentials

Anaheim, CA 92804
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6 Reviews

5.0

  • Anne Blair

    Melissa is a phenomenal acting coach! My ten-year old daughter has grown and learned so much through Melissa’s performing arts workshop. Melissa is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in acting techniques and the acting industry. Melissa is positive, energetic, fun and caring. She makes the classes fun for kids while simultaneously teaching. Highly recommend this workshop!

  • Milly G

    She is a really amazing acting coach.Who will help you with literally anything.Like(acting,directing,improv etc.)

  • Lisa Spendlove

    Melissa is amazing! She has been able to get my shy little girl out of her shell and loving her acting classes. She is so enthusiastic about her work and you can tell how much she loves what she does. She is so patient with the students. I would recommend Melissa to anyone who wants their kids to learn more about and enjoy acting.

  • Sebastian Orellana

    Everythings been great so far, I've learned so much!


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

Inspire, Motivate, and Create Magic! We explore your strengths/weaknesses and plan out your goals. I cater to YOUR needs and help you to hone in on your instincts as an artist while perfecting proper techniques and maintaining healthy habits. The end goal is to be confident in the power of your talent and to utilize it to it's fullest potential!


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

• Teaching since 2013

• Inland Theater League: Two-time winner of the Best Actress Award 

• Award Winning West Coast Premiere of Charles Evered's play, Class: Won Best Actress Award

• Cannes Film Festival Court Métrage Competition Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival Award (Lead Actress)

• 6 degrees and a minor from the University of Southern California and Mount San Jacinto College. Phi Theta Kappa Honors’ Society & Dean's List. Degrees such as Dramatic Arts, Theatre Arts, & Business Finance 

• Starred in the popular Left 4 Dead Movie 

• Currently teach and run the Performing Arts Program for a Montessori Preschool and Elementary School in Fullerton, CA (Acting, singing, dancing, music theory, and public speaking)

• Currently teach and run the Performing Arts Program at an Acting Studio in Irvine, CA (Acting, audition/casting, movement, and singing)

• Best Director Award at Trojan Vision Television

• Best Host Award at Trojan Vision Television

• Riverside Magazine Cover and Featured Article for sold out, double issue 

•Performed at over 100 venues and over 60 films and tv appearances 

• 21 years of singing experience. Training in rock, pop, musical theater, classical/opera, jazz, blues, R&B, and choral

• Shares same vocal coach as Tori Kelly

• After graduating from the University of Southern California (Dramatic Arts), started doing music full-time and auditioned musicians for own band (Black Velvet)!

• Two songs as #3 on the Top 40 Mainstream Independent Music Charts (in 35 countries world-wide). Each stayed on the chart for over a year. 

• "Best Female Artist" - Independent Music Network (International)

• "Best Female Artist" - Televised Inland Empire Music Awards

• "Best Live Band" - Inland Empire Music Awards


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

$30: 1 hour Class (sometimes over an hour)

$45: 30 minute Private Lesson

$60: 45 minute Private Lesson

$75: 1 hour Private Lesson

$100: 1.5 hour Private Lesson

$130: 2 hour Private Lesson


What types of students have you worked with?

• 4 - 78 years old

• Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Acting:

• Method & Classical (Stanislavsky,

 Strasberg, Chekhov, Meisner)

• Vocal Acting & Voice Over

 Film, TV, Commercial, & Theatre

Music:

• Pop, rock, musical theater, classical,

 country, blues, R&B, choir,

 choreography for singers, song

 writing


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

Pick a teacher who gels with you and has your best interest at heart. You get much more out of their expert training when you like their energy and find it easy to connect with them. :)  I hope that is me!


Lessons offered

Acting Classes Child Acting Lessons Film Acting Classes Film And Tv Acting Classes Improv Acting Classes Music Performance Lessons Scene Study Classes Singing Lessons Songwriting Classes Stage Performance Training Theater Acting Classes Filmmaking Classes Method Acting Classes Speaking Voice Training Voice Acting Classes Meisner Technique Classes