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Learn the basics for acting in a fun way! Each lesson will be modified to fit the student's personal level, from beginner to advanced. Lessons will include information on how to audition, how to find auditions, audition preparation, acting lingo, how to choose monologues, how to create an acting resume and head shot, and so much more. We will work on your monologues or anything you would like to bring in, in addition to everything listed. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice.

About Jessie
Thank you for your interest in lessons! I hope to help you achieve your goals and improve your skills, whether you're looking for music lessons, help in math, or need someone to proofread your essay before you turn it in. Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to their individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career, and the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of knowledge that will always enrich their lives.

I have been tutoring and teaching private lessons for over five years, and currently have over 40 active students. I received my bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance at the Unive
rsity of Redlands in 2011, and my Associate of Arts degree in 2008 from College of the Desert. I teach online, locally, and at my studio, and cover a variety of subjects such as voice, music, theater, piano, math, english, music theory, just to name a few.

For academic tutoring (i.e. math, theory, vocabulary) I work on helping the student understand their homework and help prepare them for tests. I can also provide worksheets if necessary and am prepared to demonstrate problem areas in different ways if needed, because everyone learns differently. For voice, piano, music, and acting lessons I teach the student based on what their current level is. If you have no experience, that's okay! My lessons are uniquely designed to fit your needs no matter what level you may be.

As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women, Seussical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it!

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life they will achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having fun doing it!

*Note: My home office has a lot of stairs and two cats. If you are disabled or have a feline allergy, please consider in-home lessons or lessons online.
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Michael January 18, 2018
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Ashley E. January 11, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Miss Jessie is a nice teacher, she is kind and patient with me. I like her warm up songs and love her prizes at the end of my lessons.
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Olivia November 28, 2017
· Child Acting · Online
She’s is very friendly, def very good with kids. She made my daughter feel so comfortable.
Thank you and she can’t wait for the next class.
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Jessie M.

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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I am a firm believer in the importance of reading for content and comprehension, so that is the approach I take when tutoring this subject. I teach my students how to look for key words, key sentences, order and flow of paragraphs and how to scan for speed. All of this is done without sacrificing the most important element: comprehension of content. I provide passages for the students to read, followed by a series of questions which tests their understanding and retention of the material. Gradually, I increase the difficulty or complexity of the passages to raise the level of proficiency for the student.

About Patricia
As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than
to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

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I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

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Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

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Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

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I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
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Megan D. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
· Vocal Training · In studio
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
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Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA 90732
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About Marianna G.

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Irvine, CA

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I am a dedicated actress, singer, vocal technician and acting coach. My claim to fame is that I get results very quickly!!! I have been performing and teaching since I left the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard to pursue a career in Opera. Because of my training, I also branched out into musical theater and jazz. I have sung before such distinguished individuals as Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton Heston and President Ronald Reagan and his wife. I have sung with Opera Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony and was honored to sing in concert with Broadway legend John Raitt, father of Bonnie Raitt. I have written, produced, directed and performed as a soloist in concert versions of Kern and Company, Broadway Show Stoppers, Jewish Composers on Broadway and a Christmas show entitled Sing the Season. I have performed in many Operas and Broadways musicals too numerous to mention because we are only allowed 2500 ...

About Marianna
I am a dedicated actress, singer, vocal technician and acting coach. My claim to fame is that I get results very quickly!!! I have been performing and teaching since I left the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard to pursue a career in Opera. Because of my training, I also branched out into musical theater and jazz. I have sung before such distinguished individuals as Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Charlton Heston and President Ronald Reagan and his wife. I have sung with Opera Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Symphony Orchestra, Capistrano Valley Symphony and was honored to sing in concert with Broadway legend John Raitt, father of Bonnie Raitt. I have written, produced, directed and performed as a soloist in concert versions of Kern and Company, Broadway Show Stoppers, Jewish Composers on Broadway and a Christmas
show entitled Sing the Season. I have performed in many Operas and Broadways musicals too numerous to mention because we are only allowed 2500 characters!!! I am director of my own vocal studio in Orange County and Beverly Hills. I have been teaching since 1979 helping aspiring performers refine their vocal techniques for greater success in auditions and performances. I helped Amanda Seyfried secure her role in the movie Les Miserables. Recognizing that is critical for singers to be comfortable in front of an audience, I offer many types of classes and performance opportunities. Hope to hear from you soon!!
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Daniel May July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
I first heard about Marianna while I was attending The Orange County High School of the Arts through a fellow student, Heidi Dean, who had this incredible voice and I knew I wanted to train with her. Marianna came to our school to see ‘Into the Woods’ and I met her after the show. Immediately her whole energy and aura was different than anyone I had ever met and we decided to train together. I would meet with Marianna every week and she would teach me these crazy voice exercises and really taught me how to shape and strengthen my voice. But Marianna taught me something and gives something to her students and the people in her life that goes beyond technique and vocal range. She gave me a confidence and connection to the artist in me, the professional in me, and the spirit that exists in all true artists. That is her true gift. I credit Marianna to my being cast in my first Broadway show, the revival of ‘Flower Drum Song’ starring Lea Salonga and still look to her for inspiration and direction. Let’s give and support Marianna back into the space where she can best share her gifts with the singers and artists who are waiting for her lesson.
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Krysta Rodriguez July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Hi everyone this is Krysta Rodriguez and I am writing this from my home in New York City on behalf of my mentor, Marianna Giordano. I just love you Marianna so much. You have been a mentor, a teacher and a friend and just the most amazing support system I could ever have asked for. Thank you so much Marianna, I just cannot express my appreciation enough. You are beautiful and wonderful and have been so helpful to so many and we all love you and we know you love us and we would do anything for you as you have done for us.
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Brenda Hamilton July 22, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In home
Marianna was my voice teacher as I transitioned from teenager to young woman. Not only was she an amazing voice teacher, but she instilled me with the confidence and inspiration necessary for the professional career that I have today. I will be forever grateful for her guidance and support. Love you Marianna!
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Marianna G.

Irvine, CA 92620
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Redondo Beach, CA

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I have been teaching for over 20 years in a wide variety of disciplines. I began my teaching career as a scuba instructor and have taught acting and improvisation professionally in New York City for ten years. As an actor I have been the resident teaching artist at dozens of NYC schools and helped write curriculum for the DELLTA program (developing English language learning through the arts).

Professionally I have made a living from acting (both theatre and film), stand up comedy, improvisation, freelance writing, even being a United States Marine. For the past 7 years I have been teaching children and adults with autism as an ABA therapist.

I offer a very broad range of experience not only with the disciplines I have taught but with the exceptional variety of people I have had the privilege of working with.
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Joachim August 23, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
Will has a great way of guiding the team to not only work together but dial in what's working and phase out what's not. He's patient, encouraging, and most importantly honest. It's clear he loves the form and working with others to find what works for their team.
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Laura August 22, 2017
· Improv Acting ·
Will and I performed and taught together for years in NYC. He is the best! He really focuses on spontaneity and supporting his partner. When you work with him, you won’t have to worry about being funny or clever. He will help you learn to improvise in your own unique way.
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Freestyle Repertory Theatre August 22, 2017
· Improv Acting ·
Will was an outstanding member of our NYC company. His imagination, vibrancy, generosity and goofy sense of humor make him fantastic to work with. Will also taught with us in public schools, where his thoughtful feedback and unfailing support made him one of our best teachers. He has our highest recommendation.
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Redondo Beach, CA 90278
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About Tyler A.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Learn how to bring YOU to the role. Everything you need to "create a character" lies within yourself, and I'd love to help you uncover that.

About Tyler
I have my BFA in Acting from Elon University and have been studying at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop since Jan. 2016.

While at Elon I worked as a teacher's assistant for two years where I specialized in and began instructing the Meisner technique.

Duties as a teacher's assistant: coaching in-class work (repetitions, activities, monologues, and scenes), providing private coaching for students with whatever they needed assistance in, grading and reviewing students.

While at Elon University I also trained in Stanislavsky, Acting for the Camera, Shakespeare, Improv, and Voice (Skinner technique, Fitzmaurice) and Movement (Laban and Alexander techniques, BMC [Body-Mind Centering], and Yoga).

I've studied abroad in Arezzo, Italy, where I studied Commedia dell'Arte and Physical Theatre, and I've also studied under actress Marilyn
McIntyre at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
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Tyler A.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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Glendale, CA

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I work in the industry for more than 10 years.

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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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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Thia S. January 22, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In home
Marcel is a great teacher, solved all my complicated issues and answered every question with advanced knowledge. He's patient and has a light humorous way of making you feel smart when you need it most!
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Marcel M.

Glendale, CA 91201
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Los Angeles, CA

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I've been teaching acting for 5 years and my students have gone on to gain acceptance into Harvard University, Yale University and NYU. I specialize in audition technique, cold reading technique, Shakespeare performance, scene study, voice, speech, physical acting, and character creation. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels! I can't wait to meet you!

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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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Joy January 20, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Alexandra is an inspiring and professional instructor!
She diagnose my pronunciation problems and provided very useful tips to improve my pronunciaiton accuracy. These tips are really good take-home toolkit because I can practice my pronunciations anytime.
I am more confident in speaking English. Thank you!
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Anastasia December 26, 2017
· Makeup · Online
This was bomb and she rules. 100 percent recommend her for make-up tips. :D
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Anastasia October 22, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
She is perfect! I made a mistake previously with my review!That was an issue with my laptop. She is very nice! She is very professional and knowledgeable.
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Alexandra W.

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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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.

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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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Dr.Byers January 24, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
I have two sons that are being coached by David Tom. He is excellent and knows how to bring the best out for our young actors.
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JJ W. January 15, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
He really worked around our schedule and helped my son a lot in preparation of his audition. We are very thankful and would recommend him to others!
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Evan (9) January 12, 2018
· Child Acting · Online
Definitely chose David, he is a very nice guy and he is very good at acting. This was my first acting lesson and I felt really comfortable, he made me laugh.
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North Hollywood, CA 91601
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Stephen enjoys helping actors go from average to engaging, with the experience to prepare an actor for a casting director's office or a TV or movie set.

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I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
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Matthew February 6, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Steven really helped my get my work to "industry-level". My callback ratio is thru the roof, and I got signed with an agency after only a few months of working with him.
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David October 7, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
While he isn't available very much, I always try to coach with Stephen for challenging projects. He always has good ideas for how to make my scenes more interesting or funny.
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Allison September 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Stephen is the best! He was able to turn sides I had for a short four line audition for an episodic into a taped audition that booked me the job. I try to book him for every important audition I have.
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Stephen G.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Let me put my 25 years of theatre directing to work for you! Learn how to craft a detailed and masterful performance with a tangible and repeatable process that will give you the confidence you need!

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I have taught at the Orange County School of the Arts, Saddleback College, The Young Americans College and served as the Executive Director of Arts for A chain of arts high schools. As an administrator I hired and trained all teachers and developed curriculum across all of the arts. From all of this experience I am really looking for students who are serious about getting awesome right away! I love students who are excited to receive the feedback that will change their abilities. I like to have fun and be intense! When you belt that bridge or final note that had been holding you back and I see the tears in your eyes, I AM LIVING THE DREAM!
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David A.

Orange, CA 92869
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