I apply my degree in Theater and Television Production from the University of California, along with my California Teaching credential, and graduate degree in Childhood Development from the same university, (all with honors,) my 20 year career teaching Kindergarten through college in Southern California, and my 10 year acting career in Hollywood to help students open energy vortexes. I am fluent in four languages (learned in the crib, taught Spanish and German two years at Berliz) and speak several more, making it easy for me to help students remove or obtain accents and dialects. I am patient, creative, and encouraged by student desire or progress, and am anxious to go the extra mile.
I enjoy helping people become the best version of themselves they can be. I became a teacher because I enjoy growing, along with others, and I became an actor because, at 35, I decided I wanted to fulfill a dream. The first audition I went on, I was cast in the series, “Under Cover,” which was cancelled next season. Why I was hired is the good question every student should know an answer to. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience in the Hollywood film industry with people who are interested in pursuing creative expression, whatever their reason may be.
Alan is the Mastermind behind Mirror Image Edutainment. I was extremely fortunate to have Alan as my English-As-Second Language (ESL) teacher for a couple of years. As you may imagine, teaching ESL is no easy task because you are dealing with a class full of people who exhibit the following common characteristics: 1. They come from different backgrounds, cultures and of course speak a different native language. It is difficult to establish a common ground and try to bring everyone on the same page while explaining a foreign concept or word with more foreign words. 2. Most folks in the class are past their college years, and don't have the same level of learning "nimbelness". 3. Mostly everyone has a full time job and takes ESL classes at night. That makes for often tired and sometimes grumpy students. Now take the challenge of teaching a new subject, overlay it with the above 3 factors, and imagine what teaching ESL must be like. But this is where Alan excelled. His classes were so engaging, fun and interactive that somehow you forgot you are in school and struggling to learn a new subject. He told stories, to get his point across, and when the words were not sufficiently clear, he used visual cues. He made use of facial expressions, gestures, and sometimes acted out situations to explain. By creating associations between the visual and the auditory, he was able to explain new ideas even to less advanced students. I recall having a great time in school. We had fun writing exercises, we sang songs in English, and everyone was encouraged to engage in conversation during class, even during breaks. Alan taught us how to make friends, network with each other, and use every opportunity to practice English. To me he was so much more than a teacher. He truly cared about each one of us and tried to motivate, stimulate and develop us far beyond the classroom walls. Alan, I will forever appreciate what you have done for me and my classmate. A big thank you!
Our first challenge is to pinpoint and evaluate the student’s level. The process I use is eclectic, depending upon the student’s needs. I will present the tools, and on the spot, you will put them to work before the camera. Together we will then evaluate your performance, and perform it again, and again from a different perspective.
I put to use my experiences with Omega Vector, 10 years of acting and comedy classes in Hollywood, and Studio City, California, 56 stage, film, and television credits, as well as my Master teacher experience in Los Angeles Unified School District to benefit the needs of the student. Upon first meeting, I will give you a challenge which we will then evaluate together, discussing strengths, weaknesses, and what improvements can be made to move forward.
Omega Vector seminars, (Consciousness awareness) student and facilitator, San Juan Capistrano, California, 1991-1992.
Ernest Holmes College, (Science of Mind training) Los Angeles, California, Practitioner, graduated 1993
Sam Christensen, Studio City, California, student, Presentation Skills.
Santa Ana Unified, LA Inified, and Hollywood, CA, 8 years teaching K-12.
Glendale College, Glendale, CA, instructor, 10 years, English Language Development
In Hollywood: (1990-2003,) student, Improv: Groundlings, Scene study: Stella Adler, Voice: Dr. Marjorie Taylor
In Venice: Comedic writing, timing, and delivery: Judy Carter, Vicki Wagner
In Hollywood: Stand up comedy performed at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, LA Cabaret, The Village Theatre
In Studio City: Commercial: Tepper-Gallegos, Scene study: Steve Nave, Character breakdown: Price Hall, Voiceover: Louise Chalmers
West Hollywood: 2012 - 2016 Bea Mitz, Life Writing
Denver: ToastMasters member since September 2017, winner of the 2019 district ToastMasters International Speaking competition
Author of the “A Boy Alone” series, five books, available on Amazon, September, 2019
I offer an introductory 90 minute evaluation for $50. During this first meeting, I give the student an assignment to be carried out impromptu, on camera, after which we will evaluate together. Before the student leaves, I will assign homework, to be performed, and evaluated during the next session. Each lesson thereafter is $60 per hour. I am anxious to work overtime with the serious, on time student. I offer 15% discount for recurring lessons.
As soon as my series is published, five books (“A Boy Alone”) I offer an additional 10% discount for each edition the student buys. In addition to being an informative and entertaining tour through Consciousness, the series provides the reader the equivalent of a college education in the time it takes to read.
As a young man, I worked as a telephone operator at Pacific Bell Telephone. The detail oriented paper work was not my cue. While on vacation in Germany, I decided to visit my former elementary school, (one of six.) Seeing the colorful little chairs, I became interested in the state of education.
Because of my language skills, Santa Ana Unified School District hired me as a paraprofessional. My administrator took note of my creativity, and encouraged me to complete my university education.
A year before receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree, he hired me as a teacher, on an “emergency” credential. Over the next two years, i completed my undergraduate work, along with my graduate work, and five Bilingual Certificates of Competency, all with honors.
Once I earned a regular paycheck, I was hoodwinked. Years later, bored with (not students, but administrators,) what I could only describe as a dead-end job, I decided to become an actor. In 1991, I turned down the offer of a certain church to bring me stardom, and heard by phone and mail from their auditors weekly, for 25 years, in spite of having changed my name and address.
When my father was killed at 103 in 1998, the trauma launched me into a writing career, destined to apply my acting training to develop the 156 characters in the “A Boy Alone” series.
I have taught elementary school, six years, (one year in south-central Los Angeles,) another year in Los Angeles at Sonja Hahn’s Acting Studio for (all Korean) children, one year junior high school, four years high school French and English, and 10 years English Language Development classes at Glendale college, in Glendale, California.
I have taught classes of African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, children, teens, adults, and yes, even people of European descent, here, and in Europe. During my undergraduate years, I taught German and Spanish to businessman and others, at the Berlioz International School of Languages in Cherry Creek, Colorado.
I will work only with adults, and children over the age of 16 with accompaniment of a parent, as this is not an industry for children.
I have acted in films with (and studied) Peter O’Toole, Linda Purl, John Cleese, John Rhys Davis, Karen Black, Sasha Alexander, and more. Please see IMDb, Alan Allen for more credits, or refer to my webpage, AlanJohnMayer.com, launch date September 2019.
With only weeks to prepare, competing with hundreds of highly prepared individuals, I won the 2019 District Toastmasters Best Speaker runner up award for Wyoming, Western Nebraska, and Eastern Colorado. Competing with longtime members, some who had been preparing for years, not expecting to, winning was a rush.
Ask questions. I you feel a connection, and a sincere interest on the part of the teacher, you are on the right track. If your gut tells you something is not quite right, follow your instinct. In any relationship, personal, or professional, you should feel comfortable.
Prepare a list of questions, ask them of any prospective teacher. If you are satisfied with the answers, commit to a first lesson, and give it your all. If you are not satisfied with the teacher, you will not be satisfied with the lessons. Sleep on it, then make your decision.
Before contacting a prospective teacher, ask yourself the following questions:
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What am I afraid of?
How much do I want this?
Do I want this more than anything?
What am I willing to give up to realize my dream?
If I pursue an acting career, am I willing to watch my friends excel quickly in their chosen career fields, while it could take me decades to succeed, without any guarantee.
Do I have the support system to pull me through?
Do I understand the competition?
How do I get my headshot to rest on top of the heap?
After reading reviews, while speaking or interviewing a prospective teacher, ask yourself these questions:
Do I get a sense this teacher sincerely wants to help?
Will this teacher will go the extra mile, or shut me off when the timer rings?
Does this teacher seem patient?
Does it sound like I am going to have fun in lessons, or will this be a tedious process?