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By Bryan B. – San Diego Acting Teacher

Are you dying to become and actor or actress? My name is Bryan B. and I teach acting lessons in San Diego. Acting is an amazing skill that can be developed and utilized in everyday life. When I was younger, my brothers and I used to reenact Saturday Night Live sketches and our favorite scenes from Ace Ventura and The Water Boy. This was a great way to entertain the family and have a great time.

I love teaching acting because it allows me to help my students transform into someone new. One of my favorite hobbies is reading because it allows me to become engulfed in another world. Acting has the same effect. My students are able to develop their skills and physically embody characters from plays that are centuries old, as well as emulate and physically look like a current celebrity by delving into the characters they are playing. It is amazing to see how someone transforms and looks like an entirely different person simply by doing their research and focusing on their posture, stance, hair and body language. Without saying a word you can become someone new.

Whether you want to become the next Broadway star or an Academy Award winner, acting lessons in San Diego are definitely a great way to start. The one-on-one attention you get from a TakeLessons instructor allows you to focus solely on your skills and talents.

Step out of the box, and make a character-building change. Take acting lessons in San Diego, and who knows - you could be the next face to grace the stage of the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza!

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I've been teaching acting for more than 20 years and my students (and I) have gone on to work in theater, film, TV, commercials, modeling, voice overs, and more! Within the first few lessons, you'll you'll learn acting basics and start creating and acting as different characters. I have a large library of acting materials as well as acting literature. Acting techniques may include: The Meisner technique, method acting, classical language interpretation, improv, and acting for the stage, and more! I love working with students of all experience levels to learn how to "professionally pretend."

About Tiffini
I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Profession
al Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

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Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***

Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory
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Adriana M. June 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Tiffini is an amazing teacher she is super nice but yet doesn't sugarcoat what you need this is my first time taking singing lessons i am 27 years old and im very excited to learn and having her as a teacher makes things easier ..
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Cailean August 26, 2015
· Acting · Online
Tiffani was interested in the knowing what I wanted to learn about. I am looking forward to more lessons!
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Taylor August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson with Tiffini!
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Tiffini L.

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
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Coaching: monologues, auditions, character work for a role in a show

About Liza
I have been professionally singing and taking voice lessons since the age of 9! I went through various styles in my love and performance of music, starting with the Beatles, Aretha Franklin and all of Motown, Jazz (Ella Fitzgerald), R&B, and Classical/Opera (starting when I was in high school and attending Interlochen Arts Camp)...

Having received a Bachelor's of Music in Voice (Music Theatre Performance) from NYU, I stayed in NYC after graduation performing in musical theatre and theatre, mostly in the city.

In 2009, I decided to apply to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, with the intent to broaden my range of skill and opportunity as a performer, but also with the intention to teach, with the higher degree strengthening this possibility. I began to teach voice lessons to fellow students while at LAMDA. When I returne
d to NYC, I began to build my own voice studio in of post-graduate students and adults looking to further develop their vocal practice or begin a vocal practice. I found that in my vocal lessons, I was using physical exercises as for the actor, to incorporate in my private teaching method. I believe in doing, not only watching and observing. This, in conjunction with movement and full-body execution, opens the student vocally and emotionally. I chose to go to LAMDA because the classical training and approach to theatre training in England is extremely physical. They work from the outside in, and I find that the language of the body is universal to students of any intellectual capacity, and I strive to bring this into my approach in any type of teaching format!

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I teach voice lessons to adults and young students who are beginning their vocal training practice, as well as those who are accomplished singers and performers and want to take their singing and performance to the next level! I use my skills as an accomplished vocalist and teacher to empower my students to find their own voice and learn to express a story through song. I enable my students to hone their craft and find their own style of expression through the exploration of music in a multitude of genres and cultures.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Stuyvesant style piano in my home studio. I also have a vast collection of repertoire.

*** Specialties ***
Singing for Music Theatre
Singing Jazz
Singing Pop/Rock/R&B
Acting: Audition Coaching / Performance
Speech & Dialects
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Patricia B. January 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
Liza immediately made me feel welcome and encouraged! I am so excited to continue working with her
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Skylar October 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
Liza was very warm and open and helped me get back into the swing of things after being out of practice for a while
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Nancy A. November 30, 2015
· Singing · Online
Lizzie loves taking lessons with Liza. Nancy (me, grandma) is the name connected with the account, but Lizzie is the gal taking the lessons. We- Liz, her mom and I are thrilled to have found Liza since this is the perfect match. Not only that, Liza is so much in touch with her student that she teaches her exactly what she needs to learn. We couldn't have found a more perfect teacher for Lizzie! We all hope that Liza will be Lizzie's vocal teacher for many more years.
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Liza M.

Liza M.

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At my lessons, we begin by warming up the voice and body focusing on relaxation and preparing for our dramatic work. Then, I work with my students on monologues, scenes, or technical work, such as breathing techniques. I am happy to assist with audition prep, character work to for a performance, and overall development as an actor!

About Katie
Recently, I graduated from New York University with my masters in Educational Theatre and Teaching Certification in English and theatre. Before that, I received my bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Concordia University Irvine. I have performed throughout Southern California and in New York City in musicals, plays, and improv shows. I discovered my love for teaching when assistant directing youth theatre my freshman year or college. Since then, I have worked with students in classrooms, productions, and private settings to help them develop as artists. I am excited to work with all levels of actors to help with audition prep, character development, and overall growth in the craft.
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Katie B.

Katie B.

San Marcos, CA 92069
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$35 / 30-min

About J Marcus N.

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whether you're just starting out, getting back to an old high school passion or wanting to take class regularly to continue to grow as a working professional, we will create a program together to discover more of, reinvigorate and inspire you.

About J Marcus
[My studio is not set up for video recording/playback and therefore not appropriate for film/television students.]

Stage actors and acting students: are you preparing for an important audition? I can help you understand your material better and connect to the work in a personal, unique way that will help you stand out as a candidate.

Business professionals: is that speech you have to give, or presentation you have to make feeling a little too daunting? We'll work on that together drawing on experience both in the corporate world and on stage to ensure that your message comes across loud and clear.

I have directed over 40 projects for the stage in San Diego and coached students who have been accepted at NYU's Tisch School, financial advisors preparing to wow their clients and motivational speakers requiring a little confidence
building, some relaxation techniques and even some personal motivation of their own before addressing huge audiences of eager acolytes.

I continue to work as an actor on stage and in television, as a playwright and as personal coach.

Some testimonials:
"[Mark] has been one of the most positive influences on my playwriting career and in my life in general. He has been wonderfully generous both to me and to a horde of other young (and established) theater artists in sharing his knowledge and talent." Jim Knable, playwright

"Of all the directors who have staged plays for me since 1986, none has contributed so consistently as [Mark] to the quality and growth of the Playwrights Project . . . . He is a caring and reliable colleague, a principled man who believes deeply in the importance of theatre in a civilized world." Deborah Salzer, Founding Director

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If you've got an AUDITION coming up for a stage play - I can help you with PREPARATION by giving detailed feedback on what you've already accomplished, suggest plays to choose a monologue from, and polish your audition to get you the role in as few as two one-hour sessions.

For students looking for PERSONAL ONGOING COACHING:
Beginning stage actors will explore how to work in your voice and your body. You will learn to use relaxation and breathing techniques, along with exercises in both memory and sensory exploration.

Experienced stage actors will work in greater detail and depth to find new ways to move you on to the next level.

You will select and prepare audition material and explore those parts of you that can best bring the character to life.

With consent from your director, stage actors preparing roles can get that extra time and feedback you want.

*** Specialties ***
acting for the stage, auditioning, public speaking, script analysis, directing, playwriting
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Luke Voigt October 10, 2015
· Method Acting · In studio
Marcus was great! I had a very insightful first acting class and cannot wait for the next! Great studio, comfortable atmosphere, and overall a really productive class. Thanks!
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Kristi C. March 3, 2015
· Acting · In home
I took a group lesson with Marcus and had a blast! He got everyone engaged, made us feel comfortable, and best of all... we had fun :) Marcus' passion really shines through.
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Mathew Q. February 27, 2015
· Acting · In home
Marcus clearly loves to help you learn and does so in a very fun way! I had a blast working with Marcus!
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J Marcus N.

San Diego, CA 92103
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About Alan Z.

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About Alan
Jazz, Latin-Jazz, Classical, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Popular/Contemporary. I use traditional methods for Classical, history of music and personal history of the major composers. I've also devised applications of the Suzuki method concepts into Jazz. For the study of the Great American Songbook, I enrich the student with history & context of the music, investigating its origins, like what part of a play or movie it was. Also in depth study of meaning in the lyrics.
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Alan Z.

Alan Z.

San Diego, CA 92130
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$52 / 30-min
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I have been a performing artist since the age of 7. Over the years, I have worked under dozens of production companies for film and stage. As world-renowned author, Malcolm Gladwell, states in his book: "Outliers," it takes 10,000 hours of experience to be considered an expert of any field. After hitting that mark around Christmas 2012, I began to write a curriculum and had my first student a few weeks later.

To give you an idea of my general class structure, it is typically a balance of the following:

Craft Foundation,
Personal Study,
Performance Development,
Business Analysis,
Art Exercise,
and Method Discovery

I pull from a wide array of past learning experiences, (from the academy, to the set/stage/studio, to my personal library), to produce the best exercise technique for each individual student's uniquely-structured learning path in the art and craft of Acting.

We will study personal development, (how to prepare your slate for each new story), ...

About Tyler
As President and Chairman of Method Center Actors Inc., Board Member of the Actors Alliance, New York Film Academy alum and Rehearsal Room Acting School alum, and as a member of the prestigious Actors Studio, Tyler has been teaching the craft of Acting under Method Center Actors Studio and as an independent coach since 2012.
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Tyler June 20, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
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Zachary H. March 21, 2016
· Child Acting · In studio
My 11 year old son is already a working actor, but we needed someone to iron out the "rough spots" and give him some extra coaching. Since we don't live near LA, we first started working with Tyler because he was local. He is fantastic! My son just loves him, and they connect really well. When he had an audition for a lead part in a movie, Tyler took the time outside of our normal schedule for some one on one time at the last minute. He is always friendly, professional, and always flexible with our schedule. My son did not get that part, but he auditioned for a tv pilot a few weeks later. He didn't get the part he auditioned for, but he made such an impression on the director, they actually created a special rolel for just for him. We owe some of this to Tyler, he really knows how to bring out the best in your kid. Also, his fees are reasonable. You won't be disappointed!
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Javon S. February 22, 2016
· Acting · Online
The first lesson was a great experience!!! 👍👍
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Tyler S.

San Diego, CA 92101
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Express yourself! Learn to use your voice and body as a natural, comfortable instrument to express your creativity. Students will learn how to act for stage, including musical and straight plays. Master audition techniques, cold reads, scene study, and learn to memorize material with confidence. Work on songs and monologues by choosing appropriate material and deliver it with emotion and connection.

About Erin
LET'S SING!
Express yourself and have fun with jazz, classical, pop, broadway, sacred, or folk singing! Kids, teens and adults can learn how to expand their vocal range, increase projection and power, learn to read notation, access the power of breathing, create stage presence, audition techniques, and how to stay calm under performance pressure.

WHY VOICE LESSONS?
--For kids:
Proven to improve math and reading scores in academic testing.
Develops creative and strategic thinking skills in a fun environment!
Lays foundation for other instrumental study in the future.
--For teens:
Prepare for auditions and land roles!
Support for school ensembles or performance material.
Assistance with college music audition preparation.
Improve self confidence in front of peers and groups.
--For adults:
Develop speaking and presentation s
kills that may be used in professional situations, sales, dating, teleconferencing, and more.
Have fun, relax and express your creativity!
Try a new hobby.

LESSON CONTENT:
A typical lesson consists of:
--Physical and vocal warm ups
--Exercises targeted to building vocal technique
--Ear training
--Theory
--Developing a portfolio of performance-ready songs that vary in genre, style and difficulty.

BIOGRAPHY
I hold a B.A. in Vocal Performance from University of Minnesota in Vocal Performance and have been teaching since 2007. I'm an active performer, educator and entrepreneur with a side span of participation in the vocal arts and theatre community. Solo and ensemble performances include "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Rent," "The Mikado," "Night & Day," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," choral performances with the San Diego Symphony and Sacra Profana, private events and jazz/cabaret shows. I've taught in private, community, and K-12 settings, including Gymboree, Young Audiences of San Diego, Junior Theatre of Balboa Park, San Diego Unified School District, and Cajon Valley School District. In 2007 I founded Prodigy School of Arts, a school for the visual and performing arts in La Jolla, CA, which was sold to new ownership in 2013. In my spare time I enjoy travel, languages, beach volleyball, and dance.
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Kathy July 17, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Erin did a great job of assessing my wants and needs from my lessons. She took notes and then jumped in to her initial teaching. She is energetic and made the lesson fun.
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Tristan June 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
Erin is a terrific teacher! She has tailored her teaching to our 13th year old daughter's interests, specifically musicals. In addition, she is giving her a foundation in musical theory. We have seen our daughter's singing and level of confidence improve steadily. We happily recommend her.
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Matt C. May 28, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
Erin has been an amazing instructor so far! I bought a package of 5 classes and will most definitely be buying more asap!

To say I had some work to do in improving my speaking voice and tonality would be a huge understatement, but I have seen awesome progress in only 3 classes with Erin! I look forward to these lessons every week because Erin keeps the classes fun and relaxed! She also makes you feel comfortable to try new things with your voice and really pushes your limits (in the best way possible).

She has already helped me tremendously with my breath, tonality and just generally being aware of how I use my voice. If you are in sales (like me) and want to sound better on the phone or in front of clients --- TAKE HER CLASSES! She will absolutely help you achieve your goals
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Erin R.

Erin R.

San Diego, CA 92103
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About John W.

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The objective in this class is to awaken the imagination, emotion, and intellect of the student by introducing the transforming power and universality of theatre and the skills required to be vulnerable on stage. We will discuss Character development, the “who, what, why, where, when and how” of each scene, and ultimately learn how to develop the ability to use our body, mind, and experiences to create characters and tell a story

About John
John discovered his love for the stage when he was 12 years old, from that moment on he has continued his theatrical pursuits. John attended The Savannah College of Art and Design and received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre Performance, from California Baptist University. He has been privileged to work with such notable organizations as the Patel Conservatory Theatre, in Tampa Fl, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Universal Studios Orlando, and Legoland, Carlsbad. You may have recently seen John in the role of "Fector" in the Chance Theatre's production of "Dogfight", T.J. In Musical Theatre West's production of Sister Act, or Mike Costa in A Chorus Line. Other credits include writer/producer of Extraordinary: A New Contemporary Musical, and Life As We Blow It!

In addition to acting John has worked as a Talent Manager in H
ollywood. As well as written and produced several of his own original plays.
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Angela June 20, 2016
· Child Acting · In studio
John taught my little girl acting. He was patient and so kind. Exactly the kind of teacher she needed because she is a sensitive little girl. He always spoke to her calmly, with a smile and that gave her the confidence she needed.
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Micheal June 9, 2016
· Acting · In studio
For the time i have known John, he has always impressed me to be a conscientious, passionate person who knows the ins and outs of the entertainment industry.
I believe his commitment and knowledge will help anyone wanting to study the art and craft of acting in pursuit of a film or tv career.
Continued success John.
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Brandi Muldrow June 8, 2016
· Stage Performance · In studio
Talented!! Not only a talented writer, but a gifted coach. John is able to bring life to an aspiring character. Coaches you on how to insert with our character naturally without forcing it. Great attitude with a genuine spirit!
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San Diego, CA 92101
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Learn voice acting from the guy who wrote the book "The Art of Voice Acting."

Hi... I'm James Alburger. I've been working with voiceover talent for more than 45 years and teaching voice acting for more than 20. I'm a recording engineer/producer, talent director, copy writer, performance coach and an 11-time Emmy® recipient. Since it was first published in 1997, my book (currently in its 5th edition) has become known as "the bible of voiceover," and is used by a few dozen universities as a textbook for their voiceover courses.

My focus is on giving my students a strong foundation on performance, script interpretation and character development.

If you're interested in any aspect of voiceover or performing on-camera, I'd love to talk to you.

About James
As a Voice Actor, James R. Alburger has gained a reputation for delivering exceptional voiceover performances on time and exceeding client expectations, for a wide variety of projects ranging from radio commercials to self-guided tour narration, to web learning, to dialogue, to specialized character voice work, to delivery of complex technical and medical scripts.

As a teacher and owner of the VoiceActing Academy in San Diego, he works with people who want to break into voiceover and provides continued support through, the Conductor’s Club.

As an 11-time Emmy winning audio producer, director, and copy writer through his production company, VoiceActing Studios, he works with business owners and advertising agencies who use radio advertising, and with other clients who want exceptional sound design, music editing, and audio production - i
ncluding audio post-production and sweetening for video and film.

As a performance director for voiceover, stage, and video, James takes an actor’s initial choices to a new level through his understanding of the nuance of interpretation, delivery, blocking, timing, and character.

As an author, James has written what has become the standard reference book for the voiceover industry, "The Art of Voice Acting."

As co-executive producer of the VoiceOver International Creative Experience (VOICE), the world’s only major convention for voice actors, James has gained a high level of credibility in the voiceover community for exceptional community service and event producing.

For more than 45 years James has worked with voiceover artists as a voice actor, director, performer and studio engineer in Los Angeles and San Diego. For 25 years, he was a director and audio producer for NBC in San Diego, receiving eleven Emmy® Awards. Following his television career, James moved into professional voiceover and creative services with the establishment of VoiceActing.com and VoiceActing Studios where he received numerous Omni Intermedia Awards, the Communicator Award, and multiple Silver Microphone Awards for his work. He is currently an independent audio producer, voice actor, performance coach, professional speaker, author, and teacher.
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James A.

James A.

San Diego, CA 92129
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$125 / 60-min

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I was a former Child Actor who also has years of experience in Talent Management. I currently represent child actors pursuing a Hollywood Career. I have 30 years of Theater experience in both performing and directing. I have taught children's acting classes for 7 years and was a Program Manager to a Performing Arts School. I specialize in deep character study and audition techniques. Whether looking to enhance your skills, learn the basics or train for a professional career, I can get you to a place you need to be to land roles.

About Corey
Children and Teen Acting Teacher. Former Child Actor. 30 years of Theater experience onstage an Directing. Current Talent Manager. I teach everything from theater basics and acting essentials to advanced child/adult acting coaching. Wether looking for Audition Preparation or ongoing skill improvement I can get you to the next level quickly. Advice and information on making a Hollywood Acting career or finding an agent is also a specialty.
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Corey R.

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Average Cost of Acting Lessons in San Diego, CA

The average cost of 60-minute acting lessons in San Diego is $71. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $125 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$41 average
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45-min $40
 
$53 average
$75
60-min $50
 
$71 average
$125

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute acting lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute acting lessons are 26% less expensive at $53, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $41.

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Do you love acting and want to improve your skills? Acting lessons are a great place to start -- but you can also learn a lot simply from curling up on the couch for movie night! Take a look at these eight movies you can study to learn about important acting techniques from your favorite on-screen actors and actresses. Instinct Instinct is a natural tendency to, in character, behave in a certain way. All actors have a bit of instinct – some more than others. For example, Peter Sellers' succe

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