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About Amy C.

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Weehawken, NJ
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Acting for film requires finding simple powerful ways to transmit the emotions and inner world of the character. I work with the student to keep their work simple, yet powerful.

About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my students an array of tools to gain the ability
and confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Winnie C. June 23, 2019
· Speaking Voice · In home
Amy is absolutely incredible. She showed keen interest in my concerns and challenges. She listened and knew exactly what I needed to do to get to where I want to be. She makes it easy for me to understand and she is truly a great coach. I can’t wait to see her again.
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Jessica E. February 15, 2019
· Method Acting · In studio
Very helpful! Highly recommended!
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Cheryl Brubaker July 22, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
Amy was excellent at drawing the requested responses out of my 5 year old and directing her to make adjustments. It was our first lesson and a very positive experience. Can't wait to see how the progress together as teacher and student.
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About Maria S.

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Atlanta, GA

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About Maria
MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of my studio is to create well-rounded, educated musicians who will always have a lifelong passion for the art no matter their long-term goals. I strive for my students to be:

(1) Lifelong learners who develop successful learning habits.
(2) Creative and critical thinkers who will become effective communicators.
(3) Responsible and respectful members of society who respect other cultures.
(4) Able to set short-term and long-term goals and be able to see them through to their success.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

It is of the utmost importance that my students are well-educated in their chosen instrument; they must know and understand music and music-making. Students who can play are a dime a dozen, but students who understand the music they are playing are often hard to find. I teach students to kno
w music thoroughly, not just to “play.” I desire my students to comprehend elements of the score, to use their bodies effectively to make good sound, and to interpret music creatively and according to historical performance practices across all genres of music. Thus, I give students a purposeful education in technique, quality literature, performance and artistry, music theory, and music history.

Although students differ in ability and development, I maintain high expectations for our students. I expect attention and respect in lessons, faithful and diligent practice, careful adherence to instructions, and an “I’ll-do-my-best” attitude. If students regularly meet these expectations, then they will excel to the level that they are able. It is my joy to help students master their music, to do the best they can, and to strive for and achieve excellence.

Lastly, I want students to enjoy and appreciate their instrument, music, and music-making; and I know as as a teacher, I am very influential in making this happen. Students develop enjoyment of music by understanding music, experiencing success in music, being exposed to good and varied genres of music, and receiving instruction from a teacher who is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is my goal to provide all of these opportunities for students, and as a result their lives will be enriched as they enjoy their instrument.
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Grace W. June 7, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
My daughter takes guitar from Maria and I didn’t realize how much she’s progressed until we went to a friend’s recital. 8 months with Maria and my child is leaps and bounds ahead of kids who’ve been taking for 2-3 years. It’s really motivating for her to see. Maria has standards which are non-negotiable but she’s patient and truly guides the kids to success. I’m so happy with our choice as her as a teacher.
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Carlos V. June 6, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Maria has been wonderful with our son. Very motivating and goal based. The recitals blow me away year after year. The progress these kids make with her plus the longevity of her students says a lot.
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Silvia R. June 6, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Seriously... best teacher I’ve ever had. Thank you!!!!!!
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About Kristin H.

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Portland, OR
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Learn how to audition, market yourself, character analysis, as well as monologue prep, choice, and editing for film and television.

About Kristin
I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing, acting, speech, and piano for a wide range of ages. I teach many styles of acting from stage to film and in between including Shakespeare I have studied a variety of methods on acting and will cater to the interests of my students. I have a degree in Speech and Communications as well as Performing arts and would love to help you with your public speaking or every day speech needs. I coach from two locations. A studio in SE Portland and from a studio in my home. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.

Thanks
Kristin

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I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have
the opportunity to cross over if they would like.
I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theater
Shakespeare Acting
Acting for Singers
Auditioning how to's
Script Analysis
Classical acting
Various acting methods
Classical Flute
Music Theory
Sight Singing
Public Speaking
Stage Dialects
IPA
Speech concerns and options
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Gerie September 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I’m so glad that I found Kristin. She provided a ton of info for my first lesson, and I’m looking forward to continue learning from her.
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Josephine June 10, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Super fun experience with these lessons! Every lesson is comfortable and i’m Seeing positive changes in my voice
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Charlie June 3, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent first lesson. Engaging and fun. Looking forward to the next one!
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Kristin H.

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About Randy S.

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Mount Prospect, IL

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I have taken numerous studio classes on the particular style of acting required for film and television versus stage work.

About Randy
I have always been an actor first, it is the craft and discipline in which I hold my advanced degrees; it is my first and eternal love. There really isn't much more one could add to such a claim. Simultaneously I have believed a teacher is born, not bred; and I was born to be in theatre, and now, with a few years behind me; I'm ready to pass on what I have learned. At the risk of tooting my own horn; I am well trained, professionally, both as an actor and a teacher with more than a few credentials to support those claims. I invite you to please peruse my background on the site and feel free to ask any questions you desire.

Regarding Texas Hold 'em (poker), I have been playing and teaching the game, and working for online casinos for over thirty years. My approach is simple, requires extreme discipline, but I can show you how to win mo
re than you lose. And this is true of all subjects I teach whether literal or figurative.

My undergraduate Bachelors is in Acting & Directing I was taught by the same professors who launched the students that formed the now famous Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago (Illinois State University); I also have a Masters degree in Theatre History and Criticism (Theatrical Critical Theory). I have teaching experience both as a GA and in the private sector. I have been exposed to many different types of teaching styles and locales, (i.e. classroom, studio et.al). I hope that gives you a thumbnail concurrently I hope I didn't bore you to death.

Peace and Kindest Regards,
Randy
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Brandon February 27, 2019
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Jessica February 1, 2019
· Method Acting · Online
Very uplifting first class. Thank you Randy.
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Michael C. October 25, 2018
· Acting · Online
Randy is a genius and is very encouraging! I highly recommend!!
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About Haley W.

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Culver City, CA
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I have been a professional actor in the film + television industry for 16 years and counting. My training is mainly based in Meisner, with a degree in Character + Script Analysis from one of the best 2-year conservatories in the nation. I have also completed a Shakespeare Intensive course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. I have a background in Uta Hagan's methods, Stanislavsky, Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, so whatever your fancy, I would be able to help in a way specific to your process. I am still a working actor and have years worth of on-set experience as well and could help with any audition prep needed. I love working with actors helping them reach a greater level of understand of themselves + their processes!

About Haley
Hello! As someone who's worked professionally as an actor for over 17 years, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to find a coach you're comfortable with or who understands your particular process. No two actors are alike and what may work for one, may not work for another.

Meisner's technique was the one that has resonated deepest with me. The 2-year conservatory I graduated from taught his methods with a strong emphasis in the original precepts of Stanislavsky. However, before that I spent years studying Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagan, Boleslavsky and Michael Chekhov's methods. You could indeed say I've tried it all. I worked like a dog over a bone while studying and I know I'll never truly be done, which is also unbelievably exciting to me.

While my training is more theater-based, my experience is mainly in film + television. I
started working as a teenager and haven't stopped. My experience has also ranged from big budget movies (The Final Destination) to grittier, independent fare (Sugar Mountain). I have been the lead of every film I've done, save for one, which happened to be directed by my brilliant acting teacher, and I have worked with some of the most respected actors in the industry (Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, Jason Momoa, Rainn Wilson to name a few). I have had recurring guest stars on TV shows (Teen Wolf) and one episode arcs on others (The Librarians, Beauty and the Beast, Major Crimes). I also produce, write + direct my own films.

I love acting so much and I love people who are dedicated to becoming the best actors they can be. I have such a reverence for this art form, but recognize the importance of being irreverent while searching for a higher truth in a moment. I truly look forward to working + playing together to help you become a more truthful, confident actor!
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Dino M. September 21, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Haley is exactly what I need. Experience, easy to talk and answer questions. I have been an instructor for many years in the Music biz, but being a student now with Haley as my instructor seems a great pleasure. I feel I will learn much from her easy going approach. I look forward to many more lessons... Dino Maddalone
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Nicholas July 20, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I worked with Haley multiple times as I was preparing a role and the insight she offered me really helped take my preparation to the next level. She worked with me until I felt completely confident and the work we did definitely paid off. I got great reviews and my director and other actors even commented on how advanced my work had become.
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About Valeka H.

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Oxford, GA
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Have you always had that itch that makes you stay up late a night dreaming about what your life could be if you followed your dreams? Is your child overly dramatic and they need a creative outlet? No fear, Valeka is here. I'm a professional broadway, tv and film actress. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching acting and I want to teach you how to be comfortable in your skin and follow your dreams!

About Valeka
Affectionately known as “Vivacious V” Valeka J Holt is a critically acclaimed artist! She’s a professor at Georgia College where she teaches acting, content creation and solo show writing. A recent ATL transplant from DC, Valeka has quickly become an ATL favorite. She’s a member of the acting and playwright company at Working Title Playwrights, screened her award-winning film at Screening Room ATL, and has participated in workshops and readings at True Colors, Alliance and Horizon Theatre Companies! 


DC credits include: Nina in “Sunset Baby." Broadway world states: "Valeka J. Holt is astonishing. I predict a great future is ahead of her. One gets to see her transformation from the hardened criminal to that of a young woman who has just lost her mother, when she strips herself from her make-up, wig, and clothes into a bathrobe, sits on
her couch, covers herself in a wrap which was covering the couch and weeps. It's a powerful moment."

Penny in “Father Comes Home from the Wars” at Roundhouse Theatre. The Washington Post’s states “Early receives stalwart support from an ensemble that includes, most notably, Valeka J. Holt as Penny, who, like Odysseus’s Penelope, perseveres valiantly while her man is away. 
DCist states, “Holt is so emotionally invested in her character that by play’s end you feel that you might be watching a very real moment of personal unraveling. A dead ringer for Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba in artistic skill, Holt is a pleasure to watch.  


Other praised performances include her work as Ruth in The Tony Award Winning Arena Stage’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun."
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Isabella L. May 12, 2018
· Acting · Online
Valeka is an excellent teacher! Her encouraging words and energetic attitude encouraged me to dig deep, step outside my comfort zone and go big. Her great acting advice helped me tremendously prepare for a role I had in a play. She helped me with confidence and understanding each scene. I received many great reviews after the show and I am thankful to Valeka for this.
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Janelle October 19, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
I don't normally write reviews for services, but a class with Valeka is worth a review! I opted for an online coaching medium because of my schedule, and Valeka was very professional, warm, responsive and very prompt. She takes the time to understand how she can help you be your best! That level of attention to detail was so important to me, since I was new to this medium.

If you're looking for an acting coach, do yourself a favor and reach out!
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Kim October 18, 2017
· Acting · Online
Finding an Acting Coach in Los Angeles is a daunting and overwhelming process. For me, I set out to find someone who's approach resonated with me as well as pushed and challenged me, helping me deepen my craft and boost my self-confidence. I needed to find a coach with whom I could form a relationship, who could provide an environment where I felt comfortable to receive feedback, to allow myself to be vulnerable and to take risks. I wanted a coach who could facilitate growth and help take my career to the next level. And, of course, I wanted to find someone who is qualified and knows what they are doing. Valeka was recommended through a fellow actor, and it was the best referral ever! Her knowledge is incredible and she is always willing to help. Since working with Valeka, I have been constantly going on auditions and FINALLY getting called back. I can't recommend Valeka enough, and if my word is not enough, reach out to her. You won't be sorry!
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About Ashli A.

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Riverdale, GA
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Our lessons will be an immersive experience that will engage your entire mind and body. Whether you are just beginning your career as an actor or are currently working professionally, we will work on fine tuning your skills so that you will be a well rounded artist with a wide range of tools and techniques to pull from!

About Ashli
Hi! My name is Ashli and I have been a professional actress for over 20 years. I have several professional (TV/Film) credits and I have been in over 20 stage plays. In addition to my professional career, I have been studying acting for over 15 years and hold a bachelors degree in theatre acting from The California Institute of the Arts.

I began coaching and directing actors about 10 years ago. I can teach any age (5+) and any experience level, though, having been a child actor myself, I connect especially well with kid and teen actors. My teaching methods are rooted in several different techniques (method, Uta Hagen, Stanislavsky) but overall, my approach is one that immerses the actor in their work fully. Our sessions will engage your mind, body, and spirit with the hopes that you will become a well rounded and captivating artist and
performer.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

"Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone's disbelief"- August Wilson
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Ashli A.

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About Kieran B.

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Oakland, CA
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I bring many of the values from my directing work into my teaching. I am more interested in watching actors stretch and grow, learning to exercise new skills rather than develop a "type" based on natural strengths.

I've developed a toolbox, using techniques from Viewpoints, Suzuki, mask work, Meisner, and clown, which I adapt into personalized lessons based on the needs of each student. Lessons will also involve thorough text work and character analysis.

I'd love to hear from you!

About Kieran
I am a Bay Area director, producer, and actor focused on devised and ensemble performance, development of new work, and subversion of classics. Recent favorite directing credits include Sarafael (The Forum), Where the Boys Are (FaultLine Theater), Hidden: A Gender (Variance Festival) Pains of Youth​ (independently produced) and The Tempest​ (Barnstorm). I have assistant-directed around the Bay Area, including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Magic Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz and sat on the literary council for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. I am a two-time CA$H Grant recipient, a company member at the Ubuntu Theater Project, a former artistic director of the U.C. Santa Cruz poor theatre performance lab, Barnstorm, and a founding member of The Forum.

As both a teacher and a director, it is my job to identify potential areas of g
rowth. I've developed a toolbox of techniques, largely from Viewpoints, Suzuki, ensemble work, Meisner, devising, and mask work, that I adapt, creating exercises personalized for each student. Lessons will also include thorough text work and character analysis.
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Oakland, CA 94601
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About Mason R.

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Bates City, MO

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For those who are interested in acting, with lessons customized to meet the needs of each student to help you excel, develop and own their own craft that will help you build confidence in yourself and your ability to perform and do the work.

A proper introduction into the world of acting from the experience of someone who has gone through all the steps and learned his own style of acting.

About Mason
I am an actor who after training for 2 years is ready to pass on the art of acting, what you can expect to learn is the basics necessities of acting and method, learning to use your creativity to stylize your acting and craft, building that confidence in yourself and in your desire thrive more as an actor entering this exciting new world of performing.

I am excited for young students to not only excel at what their passionate about but to also encourage them to work hard, believe in themselves and have fun with their acting.
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Mason R.

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About Hunter P.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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I've been fortunate enough to study with some of the top acting coaches and teachers around the world! This has given me a unique arsenal of “actor’s tools” that I’m happy to share with you. I love helping actors get extreme clarity on a scene and their character in record time. I also give you fun, fast, tips and tricks on character discovery, memorization, on-camera techniques and audition mastery that you can use for a lifetime. Whether it’s for an audition, agent or manager reading or casting director meet and greet, I love helping actors bring scenes to life in ways they hadn’t thought of before!

About Hunter
Hunter loves to help new performers and people looking to break into the biz, as well as seasoned actors who want to up-level their career or deepen their craft. She has been coaching actors since 2008 and has a unique combination of experience and training to help you launch your career and create work that stands out to casting directors & agents and to make self-tapes that shine above the rest.

She has spent more than 20 years working in the entertainment industry in 8 countries. This includes modeling, commercials & print work in Athens & Istanbul, acting in Toronto & London, UK, and even screen writing, before diving into the big market of Los Angeles that she now calls home.

With 10 years of vocal training (primarily spoken level voice & breath work for actors) voiceovers has also been a big part of her career, recording voices o
n more than 400 projects to date.

Hunter's love for the craft brought her to study in NYC with legendary acting coach Uta Hagen: a process that transformed her approach and led her to such roles as Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire and Karen in David Mamet's iconic Hollywood satire, Speed The Plow. She has also appeared on screen in The Bandit Hound II with Lou Ferrigno, Paul Sorvino & Catherine Bell & on TV in Mutant X, Doc, Singles Court, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal and has hosted for HGTV. Currently she is voicing 5 characters (English language dubbing) on the mega hit TV series Babylon Berlin.
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Holly B June 18, 2019
· Modeling · In studio
Hunter you’re fantastic! Great personality, informative and business savvy. You  put a person at ease and comfortable. Thank you!
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Daryl June 14, 2019
· Voice Acting · In studio
Hunter is a terrific coach and voice director, with both a great ear and a good knowledge of the business. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
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Janet June 10, 2019
· Voice Acting · Online
Words can’t describe the excellent voice over coaching that I have received from Hunter. During every consultation, I’ve learned through her realistic approach how to unblock the mental barriers of discovering my true authentic voice. When I met Hunter, I had lots of doubts and fears of becoming a professional Voice Over talent. Now I am booking and receiving amazing responses from clients. Thank you Hunter!
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