Hello, welcome to Daniel DeWeldon's Acting Studios. I have been teaching theatrical studies and acting career consultation for 15 years both privately and scene study workshops in Los Angeles and New York. I am a professional working actor and writer (SAG-AFTRA, AEA unions) in film, tv, and stage with 20 years experience. Please see my bio below and website: www.DanielDeWeldon.com and Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_DeWeldon
After completing a six-year masters program in Theatrical Arts under Uta Hagen, Howard Fine, and Michael Arabian, I presented myself to the Actors Studio and garnered the title of Lifetime Member under Al Pacino, Lou Antonio, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Ellen Burstyn, and Harvey Keitel.
I have won over 40 top Critics' Choice and featured on NPR for outstanding acting performance. Notable published reviews have likened my performances to Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Daniel Craig.
In addition, I have completed an apprenticeship with renowned Sam Christensen, where the focus was on the power of branding for the actor. The curriculum is based on the works of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth".
I am a past 20-year member of The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles mentoring program for children.
Presently I am represented by The Esprit Talent Agency and Barry Krost at BKM Management as a professional actor and writer. http://www.barrykrostmanagement.com/daniel-de-weldon.html
I find being able to help students reach their goals and aspirations within the craft of acting is a wonderful feeling. A student that gains perspective and builds a foundation of skills and tools to have at their disposal is paramount. Recounting my own successes and achievements through my professional experience excites me to be able to pass on that knowledge.
You are as a good an actor as you are a person in life. It takes courage and vulnerability to open your heart (I recommend starting in a safe, creative environment). Discover your mythos: are you a superhero, are you a villain, are you a victim? Once you determine your mythos, market your entire artistic being around it starting with your headshots and demo reel. Then use your mythos to seek those roles, as they will keep you working. For example, ask how your friends and family perceive you. How do strangers view you when you walk into a room? Be specific – are you a snobby or humble superhero, are you a smart or thug villain, are you a strong or a weak victim?
"De Weldon shows us how horrific it is to be human, the terror of being alive and immeasurable wound and scar of life, and its concomitant tolerance, constitution, will and perseverance, creation, monstrous, delicate and divine... Genesis" -Ryan Cutrona, Actor (Mad Men, Changeling, In The Line of Fire)
"Daniel de Weldon... creates and accomplishes the miraculous, de Weldon is a member of the legendary Actors Studio and shows." — Top Critic Steven Stanley
"Initially and damn effectively, Daniel de Weldon is a blunt force instrument, to borrow the phrase with which M labeled Daniel Craig's newly minted 007 Bond. de Weldon's transformation was magnificent in his tentative attempts of intimacy and tenderness." — Top Critic James Scarborough of The Huffington Post
"Daniel de Weldon finds an arresting stillness, gorgeously performed. Deeply inhabited on a moment to moment basis, turbulently affecting and robust performance." — Top Critic Charlotte Stoudt, Los Angeles Times
An interview by phone, skype or in person.
I am a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. I have completed a 6-year masters program in theatrical studies from HB Studios with Uta Hagan, Howard Fine and Michael Arabian. In addition, I have 20 years working experience as a professional actor in film, tv, and theater. I completed course study with Sam Christensen on the works of Carl Jung and Joesph's Campbell's, "The Power of Myth" that was used to develop George Lucas's "Star Wars".
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Upon competion of interview, either student choose private coaching or scene study workshop. I also offer skype classes.
I have worked with beginning actors up to working professional actors. I have coached one on one for major feature films, tv, and theatrical auditions.
An event that I am most fond of is the auditioning process in mainstream Hollywood. Seeing that auditioning is a craft in of itself, a feat to be mastered on its own. Preparation makes for an opportunity to be met with great repetition and eventually spontaneous creativity.
My first words of advice to a student is to make their priority to be sure the teacher and the student have a compatable chemistry, and that the teacher has their best interest at heart to give the student a safe place to explore themselves and the craft of acting.
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