I have a Theatre background. In all of my training and experience, I've been able to pull out of students the root of their objective by digging deeper into the subtext of the text. I push the concept of character breakdown so actors can understand their characters better and not judge them, which can hinder the work. I love seeing the actor transform during the process and once that precedence and tone had been set, I know the possibilities are endless when it comes to seeing the actor soar in their work.
I am very passionate about acting and teaching. Having had ran a Theatre company for 10 years and have directed plays, even taught middle, high and college aged students for a number of years, it all comes back to the reward of seeing that growth and how they nailed that performance and/or audition. And that's how I help students achieve their goals. I help them see beyond what's on the page.
I am an artist and I feel it is our job is to be not only observers of life but participants in order to truly understand, respect and embrace the human condition and all of its up and downs as well as its triumphs. To me, as an actor and as a coach, it has been my purpose to help their characters live and be as real to them as they are to themselves.
I love acting and like any good coach, or teacher, I want to see my students excel.
Seeing my students discover themselves through the work.
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My typical process for working with a new student by finding out what their goals are. Once I find out their needs, I can begin to put together a plan as to how to navigate my classes, or coaching sessions with that new student.
My education and/or training as how it relates to my work has been helpful in my career in approaching the roles I'm cast in and when it comes to breaking down a character. I attended the University of Houston where I received a Bachelors of Science in Acting degree. I also attended the American Conservatory Theatre's Summer Training Congress and was issued a Certificate of Completion. The hands on training and experience of building a Theatre company from the ground up also relates to my work as it keeps me grounded and humble as I appreciate from whence I come and how much I've grown as an actor and as a person.
I do have a standard pricing system, which is as follows:
$25.00 for the introduction hour.
$50-$75/hour. Usually students can afford 2 hours, or more.
$100-$150/hour. This is usually for any last minute/short notice preparations for industry related opportunities (i.e. talent showcases, callbacks, producers sessions).
But prices are negotiable.
I got started teaching back in Houston, Texas, as a substitute teacher in 2002. The principal liked what I was doing with the students and wanted to keep me on as a permanent substitute teacher which the agreement of becoming certified. I did begin that process but didn't complete it as I got cast in a national tour.
I have worked mostly with middle and high school students. I have worked with college students and young adults. I recently worked with students ranging from ages 3-12 at a summer arts program in the West Adams area of Los Angeles, California. Prior to that, I worked with a group of outgoing graduates at Pepperdine University. And, mostly the students I've worked with are from underserved areas. I have worked with students who come from a more affluent background. But no matter what level they're on, or what side of the tracks they're from, I've been able to work with a variety of students and each experience has been rewarding.
My recent event I am fond of are students at the summer arts program in West Adams. I had them for 6 weeks. It was so much fun for each group to absorb all that I was able to throw at their young minds. So by the time, we got to the day of final performance to show their families what they learned in class, they were more than prepared. And for me to sit back and see them shine as they took ownership of their performance, was more than heartfelt for me. I was so proud and happy for them because I know how far they came over a course of 6 weeks and how hard they worked.
The advice I would give to a student in hiring a teacher in my area is to check out their work. IMDB them. Check out their social media to get an idea of who they are as a part of the pre-screening process. And, if they want to work with that teacher and meet him/her face, ask questions until satisfied, confident and comfortable to start this relationship.
I think the questions students should think through before talking to teachers about their needs are what is it they're looking to accomplish? What is their objective(s)? How serious are they about doing the work? How committed and devoted are they to even seeing the need for an acting teacher and/or coach? What time do they really have to invest in themselves?
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