On Camera Acting With David A. Gregory

On Camera Acting With David A. Gregory

5.0 (9)
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

Growing up, all I wanted to do was be an actor - speficially on TV and Film. I went to college for musical theater and when I graduated, I had no idea how to act on camera. I got lucky with some wonderful jobs with patient people who taught me so much - and I want to return the favor.

I want to help those like me who had the DESIRE but not the EXPERIENCE.

I've been a member of SAG-AFTRA for 12 years: starring in a national commerical campaign for Airborne, on a soap opera for three years, multiple primetime shows, independent and studio movies. I am also a festival award-winning screenwriter, an optioned playwright, and the creator of a hit scripted podcast.

This year, I returned to my alma mater, Baldwin-Wallace University, to teach On Camera Acting over Zoom.

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Credentials

Cincinnati, OH 45238
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9 Reviews

5.0

  • Claire Marie Miller

    I had a blast in David's class. He not only makes the class informative, but he also makes it enjoyable! David does a great job at making everyone feel safe and seen. He has a lot of information that I think is helpful for people looking into On Camera Acting. I have taken a few On Camera Acting classes before, and David Gregory had new information that I had not yet heard. He really has a good eye for camera technic, and I also feel like he put his all into the class. He really cared about his students and our progress. I cannot wait to learn more from him in the future.

  • Patrick Kennedy

    David provided so much insight on the industry based off of his own experiences, and helped me develop the essential skills to creating an industry level self-tape. In addition, David was great about helping each student individually, providing specific notes and feedback tailored to each student. With a focus on the process as well as the product, David enabled me to have a better understanding of the on camera medium.

  • Allison Winkel

    David is not only such a kind teacher, but has substantial knowledge of the film industry and is great with actors of all levels and comfortability in front of the camera. RUN to take this course with him!

  • Eden Mau

    He gave information that was practical and useful for real life situations in the business. He encouraged us to explore a side that wasn’t polished and was experimental, which is exactly how you want to feel in a class environment.


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FAQs


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

First thing I do is talk to the student about the kinds of film and TV they grew up on: those programs and performances that are ingrained in our brain from an early age. Those are going to be where our sensibilities lie. And if I need to give a note or a suggestion that surpasses understanding, that's where I usually start.

I'll give the student a short scene and ask them to make a tape. After the student makes their tape, I'll tell the student the 4 things I'm looking for in a tape. Why? So that the student can watch the the tape and and tell me what they will work on. This instills a pattern with the student of being able to self-adjudicate. I find a lot of success this way.

The student can SEE why something isn't working and KNOW exactly how to fix it.


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

I worked as a series regular on a ABC's "One Life to Live" from 2009-2012.

I've had recurring roles on four major network series: CBS' "The Good Fight", NBC's "Constantine", Netflix's "Insatiable", and NBC's "Deception", plus guest starring roles on a number of hit shows, including "Gossip Girl", "Shades of Blue", "The Night Shift", "Instinct", "Elementary", "Bull", and "Law & Order".

I've had small parts in big movies ("How Do You Know") and big parts in small movies ("Dirty Sexy Saint") and everything in between!

I'm also an award-winning writer and optioned playwright, which means I know how to look at scritps quickly and effecient to give the best audition.


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

This is flexible, but generally $50 for 30 minutes and $75 for 60 minutes.


How did you get started teaching?

I was offered a job to teach via Zoom at Baldwin-Wallace University during the pandemic, teaching Juniors and Seniors.


What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly with students who are very good actors already, but haven't had much experience working in front of a camera. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was trying to help one particular student be more natural with line delivery on camera. One day, I found his instagram account and saw that he is an incredible jazz musician. So I started giving him notes/suggestions that I would give a jazz musician (I have a music background, too) and his performance improved 4000%. It's my goal to speak a student's language the best I can. To help them learn the way THEY learn.


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

Be wary of a teacher who tells you that you cannot succeed without their help. There are many teachers out there. Many paths for many students. But the students needs should be met first. When I know what the student is looking for, what their goals are, I can help them more efficiently.


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