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A veteran of competitive improv, Crystal teaches the basics both for fun and as an enhancement to the acting process.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Erin C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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About Erin
I am an actor, speech & dialect coach, and acting teacher. I had steady freelance teaching and coaching jobs for 3 years in NYC, as well as steady acting work in NYC and Chicago theatre for 5 years total.

I moved to LA from Cambridge, MA, where I earned my Master's in Acting from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard. I am certified in unarmed stage combat as well.

I have coached privately and for theatre productions ranging from world-premieres to revivals of Pinter plays to musicals. I love working with actors of all experience levels!
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Tyler May 14, 2018
· Dialect Coaching · In home
I had to learn an Irish dialect for a big audition I was called in for last minute. My friend suggested Erin to help with dialect coaching and audition coaching, and man, I'm so grateful. With Erin's training and expertise, I was able to learn the Irish dialect in an hour and nailed the audition! She has experience with multiple acting and audition techniques...she's able to speak multiple acting "languages". If you're looking for any audition coaching or dialect coaching, I definitely recommend Erin! She knows what she's doing!
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Laura May 14, 2018
· Acting · In home
I have worked with Erin on several occasions, because she is so wonderful at her job! She has helped me to prepare for numerous auditions, many of which have gone very well as a result. She is an incredible actor herself, and she uses her talent and expertise to help me be the best actor I can be. Finding my super objective in a monologue or scene, the different tactics, focus, awareness, groundedness... these are all things she has helped me to do to strengthen my own work. She is down to earth and open, which makes working with her really easy and comfortable. Performing my work in front of somebody else can be very difficult, because I often question what the viewer will think of me. Not only does Erin help me fight that fear, she helps me find the gratitude and joy in getting to perform. I highly recommend Erin as an acting coach! She’s fantastic!
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Martha May 14, 2018
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Erin has coached me numerous times for auditions. I find her to be highly skilled in helping me find the truth in the work. She has a calm, supportive energy. And she's just a great person to be around!
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Erin C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Wesley M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Wesley M. has worked in film, TV and theatre for the last twenty-five years with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, The Arena Stage. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. He has appeared on over thirty TV shows and movies. Most recently as Mr. Lawler on That's So Raven.

About Wesley
Wesley M. has worked in film, television and theatre for the last twenty-five years after completing his actor training at PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, California. He has acted all over the country including ten seasons at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York, Portland Center Stage in Oregon, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Arkansas Rep, The Arena Stage in Washington DC, and the Arts Center Of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island SC. He has taught Acting, Elements of Comedy, Improvisation at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Inner Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, Voice and Speech at East/West Players. His play The Good Life was produced by The Empty Space in Bakersfield Ca in 2009. He has appeared on over thirty television shows and nearly as many motion pictures.
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Brendan March 17, 2018
· Acting · Online
Mr. Mann is a master craftsman. He will help you take your work to the next level.
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Dustin K. October 3, 2017
· Acting · Online
It was my first lesson ever for acting and after I had a set plan of what to do to get to where I want to be in this industry.
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Daniele September 27, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Wesley is just wonderful. I felt comfortable with him as soon as we met and I learned so much in just the first 30 minutes. And I already feel so much more confident that my speaking engagement will rock now that I have Wesley as my coach!
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Wesley M.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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About Marcel M.

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Monterey Park, CA

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I work in the industry for more than 10 years. I have my own production company since 2005. I directed movies as well so I know both sides very well.

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Marcel Miller
Networxx Film Management

About Marcel
I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.
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Bill S. November 17, 2018
· Gardening · In home
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
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Ems H. July 2, 2017
· Mixed Martial Arts · In home
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.
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Andy June 2, 2017
· German · Online
I need to improve my spoken German for business and Marcel has been invaluable in helping me improve at a good pace while being incredibly flexible on lesson planning.

I've been working with him for about a month now and I've grown to feel more comfortable speaking with my colleagues who are native German speakers.

If you want a native, professional teacher who can be fun...Marcel is your guy.
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Marcel M.

Monterey Park, CA 91755
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About David T.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Emmy Award Winner David T. has over 33 years of acting experience in Film, TV and Stage. He is best known World-wide for his role on “The Young and the Restless” where he received 3 Emmy nominations and won his first Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Billy Abbott. He has the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director & make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David
Film credits include Swing Kids with Christian Bail & Robert Shawn Lenard; Pleasantville with Reese Witherspoon & Toby McGuire, Stay Tuned with John Ritter along with Plain Cloths, Stepfather III, Walking Thunder, Roomates, and The Hazing to name a few. Television series roles include “Sessions,” produced by Billy Crystal, as well as “One Life to Live” as Paul Cramer, “Roommates” as Brady, “Worlds Apart,” “Buddies,” “Salute your Shorts,” “Good Behavior” as Cozy Boy, “Brand New Life” as Bart McCray, and “The Young and The Restless” as Billy Abbott. Recent top rated TV shows include NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. See Resume in Photo and Video as pdf to see more.
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Jack November 13, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
I tried several other voice acting teachers on this site before I came across David. And I can say with absolute confidence that he is the best teacher on here. David is kind, helpful, and an incredibly down to earth guy. Most teachers throw you in expecting you to understand their methods like I'm some kind of savant. David however, gives you material but also tells you why he gave you the material. He breaks down the process. Also, certain teachers will coddle you and give you fake praise so you continue to buy their program. And i'm not saying David doesn't give praise. But he gives meaningful praise. He is honest about when I lack in a certain aspect and tells me how to improve, while also giving my positive feedback on the things I am doing well. If you are on the fence about this teacher stop. He is worth every penny. If I got to do it over again I would have chosen him first in a heart beat for twice the money. He has rekindled my passion for voice acting and is actually giving my real hope that I can achieve my goals of becoming a real voice acting soon. I can not stress enough how wonderful he is as a teacher and that anyone and everyone who has a drive to learn acting should take his classes. I am continuing classes with him, but even when I'm finished (eventually) I will never forget what he taught me. Thanks David :)
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Karissa N. November 11, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
David is a phenomenal teacher! He gets to know you as an individual, your goals, and your motivation, then guides you accordingly. If you put the work in, take his teachings and advice to heart, and go get experience, he can help launch you to your goals! David instills confidence and clarity, and teaches from a place of expertise yielded from 30+ years in the industry. His accolades as an Emmy-award-winning actor goes to show that he not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. Davis is such a personable guy, and you'll be missing out on great instruction if you don't hire him right now!
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Greta November 11, 2018
· Acting · Online
David is really the best acting teacher ever! Very patient, always makes sure you’re comfortable with the material and also he always knows what to do to help you improve :)
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North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Jordan W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Learn to analyze your audience, use your body, find your voice, project, build character, work with lines, understand beats and rhythm, build confidence, project, and more....

About Jordan
Learn to move, improve, gain confidence, get in shape, and have fun doing so! Whether you are a beginner or just looking to refine your existing skills, I'm here to help you reach your goals!--It's what I do, and I love it (=

I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest potential!

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ve taught preschoolers through adults of all levels, including beginners. My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.

Lessons offered:
-dance fitness
-strength and conditioning
-stretching and flexibility training
-personal training
-nutrition and wellness
-jazz
-hip hop/urban
-jazz funk
-burlesque
-contemporary
-lyrical
-musical theater
-character development
-acting
-modeling
-tap
-ballet
-barre
-improv
-choreography
-wedding dance

I am outgoing, friendly, and fun, but most importantly-I love what I do! I focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with!

Lesson locations:
1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom
2) Home: My home located at 90019
3) Studio: Fully equipped dance studio located at 90026 *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info.
4) Your location

Group and semi-private lessons available *Please inquire for more info!

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I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.

I have done music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more. I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others.

I have also worked on Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
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Lucy A. November 14, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Jordan was the best!!
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Alan August 28, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In home
Miss Jordan is the one person in my entire journey of learning dance (later in life) that has been able to break things down and teach me in a way that made sense to my mind and my body. She is brilliant, fun and incredibly talent. I couldn't reccomend her more highly!
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Mareli M. August 9, 2018
· Ballet · In home
Simply amazing! Good energy and knows what she’s doing :)
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Jordan W.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Douglas Scott S.

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Experienced actor actively working in film, television, theatre (multiple nominations) and commercials.

Acting: Beginner to the advanced actor, together we will discover the on-brand choices that will help you book the job. Heavy focus on text as we dismantle the blocks that keep us from being fully present in our work.

Consultation: We will carefully comb through your marketing materials (Headshots, resumes, online profiles, websites, etc...) ensuring that they represent Brand YOU.

About Douglas Scott
Private acting coach available in Los Angeles or online.

Credits include: Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, Network Television, Film, and over 40 commercial campaigns.
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Douglas Scott S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Barbara W.

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Van Nuys, CA
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The entertainment industry can be a jungle of confusion and I wish someone would have told me everything I know now after taking numerous workshops, read numerous books and spent thousands of dollars for classes.
I want to teach you everything I learned over the years and help you reach your goals!

Acting begins with your honesty and the right techniques to transport emotions.
But acting isn't only about the craft of acting, it's also important to understand your branding and marketing. It's essential to become a great auditioner and learn how to land well-paying jobs. I would love to help you with developing all the tools and materials you need.

What are you waiting for?
Let's get you ready for the big screen and the big stage!!

About Barbara
Woohoo, you're here!

My name is Barbara Wilder and I am an Austrian born actress, writer, filmmaker, short storyteller.
I have a master degree in Acting and a bachelor degree in the performing arts. I started playing professional theatre when I was thirteen years old, worked in numerous international film productions in London, India, Germany, Austria and the USA and started to hit the LA market about five years ago.
I have three Best Actress Awards for my film performances and two Best Actress theatre awards.
Becoming a working actor was the best decision I've ever made even if it wasn't always as quiet as easy.
Now I want to help​ you achieve your goals. No matter if you just want to try acting or plan on becoming a professional actor, I am here to guide you!
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Barbara W.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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$42 / 30-min

About Alexandra H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Alex is a comedic actress who has worked with Larry David, Emma Stone, Steve Martin and Jenna Fischer. She has her masters from Yale, bachelors from NYU and has studied on-camera acting with Leslie Kahn, Risa Bramon-Garcia and Bob Krakower. She has worked on Broadway, recently performed in Maniac on Netflix and has more indie films under her belt than she can count. She is passionate about helping your "YOU-NESS" shine through in your work. Let's get specific so you can have freedom to play. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to work!

About Alexandra
Hey You! Thanks for reading. I am a professional actress and writer with degrees from Yale and NYU. I have studied improv at UCB and on-camera with all the good funny teachers (Leslye Kahn, Bob Krakower). And I have worked with Larry David, Emma Stone, Kathleen Turner, Steve Martin, Jenna Fischer and more. This is what I believe: No one is you. So let's let your beautiful you-ness shine! Sometimes with acting, getting a good audition feels like chewing gum and walking and also juggling self criticism knives. What I want to help you do is focus on the work. I am a supportive teacher and my students book jobs/get into school. But more importantly than that, I want you to walk out of your audition room feeling you did your best work. I have worked regionally, on broadway, on your streaming service and in independent films. I also write and d
irect for film so I know what the other side of the table is looking for. And my favorite thing I teach? Creative writing for kids, so, if you feel stuck, we can pull out that child beginner's mind and get down to make believe. We got this!
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Shannon S. October 16, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alex is an amazing coach! She has helped with with dozens of auditions from television comedy to Shakespeare. A compassionate and generous being, Alex is able to share her technique and knowledge in a way that makes any actor feel at ease and confident, both while working and in the audition room. She knows how to ask the right questions that encourage me to bring intelligence and uniqueness to each role, making my auditions more detailed and specific. And she's well-priced! How can you go wrong? WORK WITH ALEX! I promise, you'll be happy.
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Alexandra H.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Arthur M.

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I teach Stella Adler's technique exactly as she taught it, a direct translation from Stanislavski. His method is not based on personal experience, that so many get wrong, rather in imagination. With this technique, I believe anyone can act, all it takes is determination and a willingness to be wrong, regularly.
I have coached, Benicio del Toro, Jason Momoa, Salma Hayek, and Finola Hughes, and Mark Ruffalo...just to mention a few of the many that are successful and working.

About Arthur
In my experience, most acting schools in Los Angeles waste your money. They tell you they’ll teach you “Hollywood” secrets, tell you-you're gonna be a star, and take your money. If you want someone with actual talent, whose honest to a fault, and who can truly give you a fighting chance in this industry, look up Actor Circle Theatre and give me a call.

It’s time to be an artist.
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Arthur M.

Arthur M.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$125 / 30-min

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