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Los Angeles, CA
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A graduate of London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Crystal brings the UK's mastery of the skills needed to enact Shakespeare's works.

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.

Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About TOYA N.

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Dallas, TX
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I've taught vocal training to children, teens, and adults in the US and abroad since 2006 and my students are working! My Masters degree training has afforded me the opportunity to be well versed in effective vocal techniques. My main goal is to help you to develop your own set of tools, and better understand your unique voice. Make sure to wear clothing you can move in during our sessions, and, most importantly, explore and just have fun!

About TOYA
I have taught acting to small children, teens, and adults in community, private, and collegiate settings. I taught acting at the legendary Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. My love of the arts has enabled me to study and perform in various cities throughout the US; including Los Angeles, where I studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, to Europe, Mexico, South America; then back to New York City, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School.

I currently work professionally as an actor, singer, and TV and radio host. I've been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, theater, musical theater, hosting, commercials, improv, and voice-overs. I am also a vocally trained mezzo-soprano. Because I am still a working artist, I can not only teach you craft
, but can assist you in making the right choices to navigate your own way in the business. I offer private coaching to actors in theater and film, and singers in the US and abroad. I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you.

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I offer private coaching to children, teens, adults who have an interest in acting or singing performance, and for those who simply have an interest in performing or speaking in front of others. In addition to coaching those who wish to better their skills in acting, voice and speech, and singing, I also offer coaching for non-actors; i.e., attorneys, business professionals, teachers, politicians, pageant participants, and other creatives, who want to improve their public speaking and communication skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Travel Equipment ***
High definition, quality camera for video and stills
High quality lighting equipment and MAC monitor
Ideal for video auditions and on-camera classes

*** Specialties ***
Acting for film, TV, theater, and commercials
Audition Etiquette and Technique
Light Career Coaching
Agent Ready Coaching
Voice and Speech
Public Speaking
Neutral American Speech
Singing; including Musical Theater
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Daphne January 17, 2019
· Broadway Singing · Online
Just met her and can’t wait to start working with her! She’s so kind and knows what to do to make you reach your goal. Thrilled to have found her!
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Hal March 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Toya is great! Exactly what I was looking for in a voice coach. She identified my areas for improvement, recommended exercises, and outlined a plan. She has excellent teaching skills and a delightful personality. I am very pleased.
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Osungu February 26, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I absolutely love Toya!. She pushed me out of my comfort zone which has greatly helped me as an actor. I’m more confident and relaxed.
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TOYA N.

TOYA N.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$79 / 30-min

About Tanya A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Credits upon request. 15 years of experience.

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I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Premlata August 12, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
Tanya is a wonderful teacher! She customized her lessons to fit your needs and we’ve made great progress after only three lessons! Looking forward to continuing!
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Maria Corrigan September 25, 2017
· Dance · In home
Tanya was so incredible and made me really feel comfortable!
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Maria May 24, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've never had a dance lesson before and was pretty nervous about this but Tanya made me feel comfortable and I eventually relaxed and enjoyed myself!

Thanks again!!
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$35 / 30-min

About Erin C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Shakespeare wrote some of the best roles for actors, and his work is just packed with tools you can use to get the juiciest possible performances. I can help you find and use those tools, whether you’re highly experienced or you’ve never acted before.

I learned the basics of acting through doing Shakespeare, and I’ve introduced many young performers to acting the same way. (FYI it’s totally normal if you hated reading it in school!)

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.

Erin C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Emily B.

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Van Nuys, CA
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With more than two decades of experience working as a professional SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor in Los Angeles, New York, and many places in between, coaching others to build their best auditions and reach their potential as actors and performers has become a passion of mine.

Private Coaching services include, but are not limited to:

* Private Audition Coaching
* College-Specific Audition Coaching and Monologue Selection
* Audition Material Selection Assistance (especially for young women - I have a lot to look through!)
* Work Up a Challenging Role
* Vocal Work and Public Speaking
* Song-As-Monologue Coaching
* "I want to be an actor - where do I start?" Consultation

About Emily
Whether the focus of a session is on building a stellar repertoire of audition pieces, working in a difficult role, getting deeper into the language of Shakespeare, or song-as-monologue work for musical theater actors, my approach to private coaching is centered around meeting the needs of the client. My goal is to help you reach yours through the development of technique, confidence, and helpful tools you can use to further cultivate your talent outside of our sessions.
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Kennedy B. July 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I had my first lesson with Emily yesterday and I loved it! She was easy to talk to and super nice. She also had great tips to give me and helped me a lot and it has only been one day. I really like the way she teaches and I would highly recommend her.
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westin C. June 28, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · In home
FANTASTIC TEACHER
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Rex H. February 1, 2016
· Acting · In home
Emily is professional, fun and engaging. Our daughter looks forward to her time with her each week. We love her!
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Emily B.

Emily B.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I help my students break down the text through analyzing the iambic pentameter, rhetorical devices, and imaging work of the text. After the analysis, I help my students learn how to perform Shakespeare in a truthful, interesting, and accessible way.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Macy December 28, 2018
· Acting · Online
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Rito December 21, 2018
· Speech · Online
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Flor Kapitzky December 6, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
She is really good! :)
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Alexandra W.

Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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$60 / 30-min

About Lee C.

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West Hollywood, CA
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My students will learn simple, useful writing tools and tips that will quickly raise their game! Focus on navigating the verse and making dynamic acting choices.

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For over 20 years, Lee has been a renowned acting coach, writer and director. He has taught at numerous institutions including NYU, The Atlantic Theater Co. Acting School, New World School of the Arts in Miami and the Relativity School of Film Media & the Performing Arts. Lee also taught filmmaking, directing, screenwriting, and film history at the L.A. Film School.

Lee is the co-author of A Practical Handbook For The Actor, the best-selling textbook (300,000 copies) that has been translated into Dutch, Japanese, and Chinese. He has written plays, films and TV. Lee was also Playwright-in-Residence at Cal State Northridge in the Veterans Theatre Project for which he has received two grants. He is a graduate of the Warner Bros. Comedy Writers Workshop. As an actor, he has worked in film, TV and theatre. BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch Schoo
l of the Arts, MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (Screenwriting) from the U of California, Riverside.
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Lee C.

Lee C.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
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$50 / 30-min

About Ellen D.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a bright, enthusiastic, skilled, positive teacher who has been teaching professionally in the Los Angeles area for the past 5 years. I support my students to help them be the best they can be. I provide an inviting and exciting learning environment where we are free to take risks, laugh, learn technique, and make mistakes.

My lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals for each student. Whether it's preparing you or your child's for an upcoming theatre/tv/film/commercial audition, coaching you in a speech for that big event, going over a monologue you've been working on, coaching you in the new role you booked or even introducing a beginner to the magic of theatre and music, I'm your teacher.

All ages/levels are welcome! I'm excited to me meet you and get started!

About Ellen
I am a sunny, skilled, and enthusiastic teacher who has been teaching acting and audition prep professionally in the Los Angeles area for the past 5 years. I give my students endless support and help them be the best they can be. I provide an inviting and exciting learning environment where we are free to take risks, laugh, learn technique, and make mistakes. I currently teach acting, voice and musical theatre at a children's theatre company in the LA area.
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Ellen D.

Ellen D.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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$50 / 30-min

About Felicity P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional actor with 23+ years experience working extensively in the US and Australia in theater, film and television.
I love working with all ages. I have two very ambitious children of my own (8 and 10 y/o) and really enjoy working with inquisitive young minds. I also adore working with teenagers who are serious about their success or who are just looking for some fun self-expression. And I absolutely love working with adults of all experience levels, beginner - professional. If you are really serious about delving deep into auditions and having some personal breakthroughs I will be a great coach for you! I have been living in Los Angeles for 7 years and am very familiar with the auditioning process here. I can be very helpful for you preparing for your auditions or coaching you with roles you have booked.
As well as film and TV work, throughout my career I have worked in numerous professional theater productions. I am exceptional with text analysis, including ...

About Felicity
I am a bright, fun loving, extremely personable teacher, dedicated to helping you reach your greatest and most free and joyful potential as an actor. I have 23+ years professional acting experience working in theater, film and television. I am exceptional in performance training and text analysis and can help you delve deep into monologues/auditions and/or roles you have booked. I have two children of my own and am super fun and energized working with kids and teens. I have numerous games and methods to help kids, teens and adults break through self-consciousness and release themselves into the characters they are playing in school, for fun or professionally.
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David N. November 13, 2018
· Acting · In studio
She is truly a great acting teacher who knows how to communicate to you what is you need to fully understand.
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Mitzi October 20, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Felicity is amazing, and make no mistake, she is a brilliant actor AND screenwriter herself. I think that it's this combination that makes her such an effective teacher. She totally gets subtext, and she helps her students dig deep to understand where their character is coming from. When I was preparing to audition for a part in a play earlier this year, she helped me create an entire subtext and backstory, so that by the time I auditioned, I had already totally embodied my character. I nailed it, and I got the part. I definitely recommend Felicity to anyone, any age, looking for acting lessons, or who is already in a play, film, or TV production and needs nuanced fine-tuning. She's the best.
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Lara October 13, 2018
· Child Acting · In home
Felicity knew exactly how to work with our 7-year old daughter Margot and prepare her for a big role in Yada's production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Not only was Felicity extremely patient and engaging, she knew which cues to give in order to help Margot improve, and as an actress herself, she knew HOW to help and what to say. When we saw Margot perform on stage, I knew just what Felicity had contributed and I saw Margot put it to practice. I would recommend working with Felicity in a heartbeat.
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Felicity P.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Zach B.

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West Hollywood, CA

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As a television and theatre actor for 14 years who became an award-winning director and screenwriter, I have a particularly well-rounded perspective on acting. My belief is that anyone can act, if given the right tools. Most importantly, it's about exploring yourself -- who you really are as a human being and having confidence in that unique individual -- that moves audiences and brings a character to life. We will also use my expertise on the other side of the camera to explore how to work with directors, as well as the writer's perspective on your character's function in the larger story. I look forward to setting your talents loose on the world!

About Zach
Hi! I'm a television and theatre actor-turned award-winning director and screenwriter. I've done theatre in New York and all over the world (including touring in "Les Misérables" and being an original cast member of "Heathers: The Musical"), and I've acted in television shows like "Switched at Birth" (ABC Family), "The Good Wife" and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS).

I moved behind the camera in 2014, and have since directed 3 multi award-winning independent short films, as well as writing original screenplays in various stages of purchase and development for feature film production and primetime television.

I absolutely love to teach and have for many years along the way of my career. I've helped students explore their passion and hone their acting skills in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, my native Oregon, and even in South Africa.
I genuinely believe that anyone can act if given the right tools to have confidence in what they uniquely bring to the stage or the set. I look forward to sharing my all-encompassing perspective on acting with you and setting your talent loose on the world!
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Ryan January 10, 2019
· Acting · Online
Zach is a great instructor! He’s very encouraging & gave me great advice/direction as I begin film school. Would definitely recommend!
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Rachel December 9, 2018
· Acting · In home
Zach is perhaps one of the smartest and most well rounded artists I've met. He has experience in all aspects of the business, from being an actor to a producer and to an award winning director, which makes him an unbelievable resource and teacher. I always look forward to our time together because I feel supported, heard, seen and never judged. He is always one step ahead which allows for very productive sessions. I leave our sessions feeling confident and fully prepared for whatever may come my way in auditions. I've worked with many people in this business and you do not come across people like him often. I feel incredibly grateful that I have Zach as a coach and resource. I cannot recommend him enough or give him higher praise.
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Pat December 8, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
I'm a recent LA transplant aspiring to due more film and tv work. I've been working with Zach for the past 3 months and he has done amazing things for me, in terms of how to transition from working in theatre to being in front of the camera. Zach isn't like other teachers in LA, he's a true mentor and passionate about getting to know you as an artist in order to help yo ubring truth to your acting.
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Zach B.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
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