I've got a long history of teaching and performing in Metro Atlanta. Many of my students have gone on to achieve greater opportunities locally, nationally and abroad. I'm active in the film and theater scene and in 2015 I started writing and performing stand up comedy as well. My strong suits are in helping actors prepping for an audition or role and in career development.
I am the recipient of multiple grants and awards over the last decade, including Creative Loafing's Best Actor award, and most recently I received a DeKalb Leadership award for a new content incubator that my partner and I developed called Seedworks. I am with the People Store Agency and run my own acting/writing company.
My company: www.pushpushfilmandtheater.com
Acting Reel - short version: https://youtu.be/OhRdnpH9yw8
-Helping people PLAY while tapping into new self-awareness. Even if playing is all a person wants to do, it's great for expanding emotional intelligence. Some say its better than therapy! And it's great for all ages. I love working in this way with young, mid and golden ages.
-Helping keep it real while achieving success.
-Coaching about the tricks of the trade, on stage, on camera and in the business.
-Teaching actors (and writers) about affordable and creative career development opportunities.
-Enlightening artists on the pros and cons of staying in Atlanta vs. leaving for perceived greater opportunities.
What I most appreciated about working with Shelby was her effort to ensure that I understood what she was teaching me. She consistently asked clarifying questions that fleshed out anything that may have been confusing to me.
She's real. Not selling. She's Frank and hold a higher standard with the ability to make it happen.
Shelby offers deep insight into the work without getting in the way of the artist. She knows well how to balance instruction with artistic independence.
1) 15-minute call or meet & greet to discuss short, medium and long-term goals, work history, any obstacles and desired outcomes. Possibly touch on relevant opportunities and possibilities for the student.
2) Prioritize 1-3 objectives to achieve over a certain amount of time, and work with the individual to develop an actionable timeline for these goals. Or we can decide just to play around with a few exercises and take it from there.
3) Establish workout preferences and work with the individual to achieve some objectives within the timeline, unless ongoing work is established as a priority. Through my vast connections in the industry, I also work consistently to connect students to other opportunities to advance their career. I am also happy to just take it slow and do scene study with the student until a desired outcome emerges for them in the ongoing work. It is no problem if people want to test the waters to see if this is a hobby or career pursuit that is right for them.
20+ years performing on stage and on screen in Atlanta and beyond.
18 years running my own non-profit performance and education company.
BA in Theater Arts & Communications (full scholarship) from UWG.
I have a $38 minimum per hour and am open to payment arrangements to fit any budget. The final hourly rate will depend on the scope of work and how often we meet if more than once. One time fee is $45 per hourly session.
I've been teaching since I graduated from college. I've always loved sharing my knowledge.
I've worked with all ages, from 4-84. Everyone has different needs and wants. I try to tailor my work to each individual.
My most recent (and related) "event" was finishing the Netflix Series "Ozark" and seeing all of the wonderful Georgia actors on the show, many of whom I've worked with.
Be as clear as you can be about your goals - even if it is just to play for a while. Then back up from there and vet several teachers to see which one fits your needs. I highly recommend a phone call or an in-person chat to develop a connection. Be very aware of scams and people that have lofty claims. Our industry is full of this kind of thing right now. It can waste your time and your money. Try to establish an honest connection with your teacher based on your goals and level of experience.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 1 year?
What led you to this interest and why?
What top three things are you most passionate about?
Are you interested in connecting with others in the field, as collaborators or just as a supportive network?
Do you, have your or are you interested in creating your own content?
Do you have other related interests or experience when it comes to acting?
How would you like to measure your success? (small goals)