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About Brett D.

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New York, NY

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I'm Brett and I am so excited to start sharing all the wonderful experiences that music has brought to my life, with YOU. I am a recent graduate from New York University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the Tisch School of the Arts. I work professionally both as a performer and a teacher. I most recently created the role of Jamie in the North American debut of Bobby Cronin's musical "DAYBREAK", and have also been seen around many regional theaters in the country, most notably "The Who's Tommy" at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. As well, I am always gigging as a singer, guitarist and pianist all around New York City. I am a composer working as both a singer/songwriter, and a film scorer. I have been teaching privately for 6 years from all age ranges and all experience levels. I have worked in a variety
of different mediums, and this is exactly what I bring to the table as a teacher. My exploration of music through so many vehicles has brought about a way of thinking; that music at its core is all the same, whether you sing it, play it, pluck it,or hit it! Therefore, lessons with me are about finding your core musician, then ascribing the technical necessities needed to perfect your desired instrument. I can't wait to get started and help you unlock yourself inner musician!

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As my tag line suggests, lessons with me are about finding the musician inside of yourself. We often forget that music at its' core is about expression. I want to give you the tools, techniques and structure to engage fully, freely and passionately with the rewarding art form of music. For singers, this means tapping into our breath, our bodies and our support to create those sounds that excite, captivate and move not only our audiences,but ourselves. For guitarists, we are going to exercise scales, fingerings and chords so that we develop a tool box for our inner rock star to play with! For pianists, whether you consider yourself a classical, jazz or rock pianist, we are going to build a foundation that allows you to play in whichever style you wish, and a technique that will always be there to support you.

I specialize in online lessons so that I can share this lesson program with student's all over the world! If this is your first time with online lessons, rest assure I will walk you through the set-up and technicalities to ensure the utmost productivity from our sessions!

Whichever instrument you take on, we will be building general music concepts throughout every lesson; playing with theory, chord/scale structure, etc. In this way, we develop that all powerful musician in ourselves who can work in multiple artistic mediums, and find fulfillment in the many facets of this amazing art form.

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Lessons are give online, therefore all you need is a computer with a web camera and microphone, and a set up that allows you to play your instrument while on camera!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide the necessary URLs and PDFs needed for lessons!

*** Specialties ***
Broadway singing, classical voice, folk guitar, rock guitar, jazz guitar, classical piano, rock piano, jazz piano
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Kathleen February 15, 2017
· Music Performance · In home
Brett is an incredible teacher. Patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. He clearly loves music and working with people. He's a talented musician in his own right which provides all the inspiration for practice and progress one could need. And he's dedicated to seeing progress in his student. He's easy going and formats his lessons to the individuals goals. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Ladonna May 14, 2014
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Very good teacher! excellent feedback.
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GREAT!!!! So willing to help, and so helpful. I didn't know where to begin with my essay and Brett helped me to format it
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About Juliet J.

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I have been a teacher in private practice for 20 years. I have a wide range of experience with singers of all styles and age groups with a variety of goals and skills. I sang with a professional jazz octet for a number of years while maintaining my practice, have taught various master classes, musically directed various musicals, have sung background vocals and played piano on various recordings. I studied vocal and piano performance at Murray State University and studied privately through my adult singing and teaching career.

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I am a big believer of direct application of core technique to repertoire/style. Generally, lessons are fun, comfortable and laughter is encouraged. I like singers to be working on a wide variety of music from the beginning. It's a great way to understand and explore your voice an
d how great technique is fundamental to successful development. I find this approach beneficial if you're a beginning student or if you sing professionally. Not to mention, singing songs is fun!!!! I encourage all students to give input on repertoire. Songs are chosen with goals in mind, including working specific parts of the range, preparing for an audition or performance, stamina, strength, and overall vocal development. In 3-6 months you will have a very good understanding of how your voice works and how to apply good technique to a variety of styles of music. My goals for piano students of all ages include a broad understanding of music theory and the ability to sit down and play music! I believe good sight reading skills are paramount for piano enjoyment and functional playing skills. We will sight read at each lesson.

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Studio with piano, mic, recoding equipment, and seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a full size keyboard for travel.

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*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I'm comfortable with all styles of singing and have coached extensively in most styles, from classical to hip hop to rock. I work with singers with various goals. Some are professional singers, some study for a future career, and some study for personal enrichment. I am very good at teaching solid healthy technique/voice use, with direct application to repertoire, maintaining the singer's authenticity, style, and vocal health.
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Mablene B. March 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Outstanding. she is patient and kind. cant wait until my next lesson
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Sharon Z. April 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was very nice and positive and informative! I'm looking forward to the time we'll spend together.
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Jennifer G. February 24, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Juliet was an excellent instructor! She was very knowledgeable, patient, while assisting my daughter with an audition. I would recommend Juliet to any prospective singing student.
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Saint Louis, MO 63110
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About Amy C.

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Weehawken, NJ

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About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais 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 I am currently studying for a masters 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 the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and con
fidence 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 arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students 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 students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
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 must 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, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Kumiko March 16, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Amy is amazing singer and great teacher. I can't find anyone else who suggests right direction about singing. Singing from the Source.Now, I live in Japan and still singing. No matter how far from U.S., I always sing with the mind that Amy's saying ”Singing from the Sourse. I love Amy!
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Emma R. August 13, 2015
· Acting · In home
Great teacher! Amy is very experienced with kids and knows how to interact very well with my five year old. She has control of the lesson and most importantly my daughter loves going to her class.
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Richard G. October 7, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I just want to say that you are one of the most distinguished teachers with TAKELESSONS! - I read your bio and I was very impressed. I would recommend you to any musically inclined student! Keep up the good work!
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About Emiko C.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Emiko
I'm a highly versatile, enthusiastic and encouraging teacher with over 15 years of professional experience. My educational background is from the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

I was a professionally trained concert pianist as a child and grew up playing music my whole life, so I know first hand how much time, effort, and dedication goes into perfecting your craft. This also means I know how to make working hard a fun and rewarding experience (so it doesn't seem like hard work at all!) -- which is the most important thing that students feel so they can clearly see and experience their achievements.

I have taught students of all ages, genres of music, and levels privately, in schools, conservatories, and in group settings.

Having had writing contracts with major recor
d companies, I am also well versed in songwriting/performance coaching and lessons for professional musicians.

Music should be a fun and interactive experience that yields rewards every time you have a lesson -- I strive to make this a consistent reality for my students!

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Students can expect lessons with me to be fun, interactive, very organized, and a lot of open dialogue. I encourage exploration and questions about their instrument or piece/project we are working on. I am a big believer in "break it down til you can do it" which means to conquer difficulties through small steps, stringing them together, until the entire passage has been performed. This creates an immediate sense of accomplishment for the student, as well as showing them that they can really overcome any new challenges in the process.
I make sure to give my students a lot of information on how to learn and focus on their needs individually. As a rule, I don't have a specific method I use, though I do have a long list -- I prefer to focus on each student's learning and communication method and develop lessons so they can reap the maximum benefit.

After 3-6 months, ALL of my students should and will be able to perform multiple pieces (some from memory) and have a strong command of technique, and some theory -- this is all dependent on age and level, of course, but generally, this is what is striven for.

*** Studio Equipment ***
ProTools, Garageband, Digital Performer, fully weighted keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, drum programs, and professional vocal microphones

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a properly working and tuned piano or keyboard for piano and voice lessons, and for any other lessons, either a computer or their performance instrument of choice.

*** Specialties ***
I am extremely experienced in teaching piano and voice of all styles and levels to all ages. I have taught students as young as 3 and 4, and as old as 70.

I am very well versed in teaching composition, music theory, and have been hired numerous times to be a musical director/performance coach for artists and students preparing for school performances, pageants, etc.
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Kristo June 16, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Emiko was able to build my understanding of music theory rapidly. She is easy to work with and extremely patient. Her knowledge and experience goes very deep and she's a joy to watch perform. I highly recommend Emiko for any budding musician from beginner to experienced. A+++
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Lara D. January 14, 2014
· Singing ·
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Made TakeLesson an enjoyable learning experience. Each lesson is balanced, I am taught a new technique and reminded importance of warm-ups and practise. Excelled my expectation of learning from home, at own pace and choice because each lesson is always fun and exciting. If I was uncertain of a lesson, my teacher would make sure that before end of the session the lesson of the day is clear. Each lesson builds my confidence and I always look forward to the next session.
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About Kelsey J.

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Saint Charles, MO
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Kelsey’s love for acting and the performing arts is awe-inspiring. Kelsey graduated from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and received her Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting at Lindenwood University.

Kelsey has always been a performer who acts from natural instincts and with passion. She is completely devoted to her craft and could not imagine doing anything else with her life. Her objective is to inspire creativity among all ages and to expand their imagination. She instructs understanding in the craft of acting and learning how to develop an expressive voice and body. In her lessons she will focus on character development, experiment with a variety of scenes and monologues, study the essential elements of acting, and explore the world of performing arts.

Kelsey
is available for private acting lessons of all kind, including audition prep. The audition prep is perfect for those students who have an interest in continuing their education in theatre, in the community, or for a school show. Kelsey will assist those students by preparing them for their next audition by studying audition etiquette while expanding their material selection.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons can be 30-120 min long minutes which include proper stance, vocal warm-up, breathing exercises, evaluating your voice, developing character analysis, objectives, subtext, improv, and so much more! It is advised that each student keep a "Sense Journal" to enhance their senses and help them stay true to their character. Fun and encouraging atmosphere, great with all ages and teach both men and women. Youngest student in 5 years old.

*** Studio Equipment ***
•Performance space
•A large script and screenplay library

*** Travel Equipment ***
A variety of Dramatic and Comedic Scripts and several binders full of audition material and monologues from different genres and subjects.

*** Specialties ***
Kelsey specializes in the Meisner Technique, Uta Hagan "Respect for Acting" Technique, and Jerzy Grotowski technique. She will train performers to use their natural instinct and true emotions on stage. Kelsey will teach them how to analyze their character, discover beat changes, and develop their senses.
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Lynn W. July 17, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
Kelsey is passionately enthusiastic and supportive.
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Janey July 17, 2017
· Acting · In home
I have been with Kelsey for over 4 years and she's the best teacher to have for acting. She has boosted my confidence and has helped me become a better performer!
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Kathy July 15, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Kelsey is awesome! My 11 year old, has been going to her for about 2 years now. He always has a great time. He is constantly improving. Kelsey is very flexible, and communicates with us efficiently. I highly recommend her!
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Saint Charles, MO 63301
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About Paula A.

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I am a Christian singer/songwriter that seeks to help any other aspiring artist or singer in their vocal development just as someone helped me. No matter what race, color or gender, I am available to do what it takes to make sure you find comfort in honing your vocal talents and abilities. My main areas of focus are breathing, range identification, ear training and tone
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Paula A.

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About Ryan M.

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Saint Louis, MO

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Ryan M. is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor. He recently completed a six month term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mr. M. studied organ at Cleveland State University with Horst Buchholz and piano at Duquesne University with Natasha Snitkovsky. In 2011 Mr. Murphy came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, dancing, and weightlifting in his
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Randy March 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was just what I was hoping it was. Very grateful to have Ryan as my teacher.

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Pete October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent piano instructor. He is patient, yet will drive you forward at a sensible pace. Whatever your current level of proficiency, you will see quick improvement, guaranteed. I recommend him unconditionally.
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Kathi October 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He is very qualified. It doesn't matter your age. If you have a desire to learn Ryan is the person. He is approachable. If you have questions he is very happy to answer without hesitation.
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Saint Charles, MO 63303
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About Bethany A.

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I am a graduate of Piedmont College, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Church Music and a Masters of Arts in Music Education. I majored in voice and minored in piano, studying voice with Barbara Steinhaus. I have taught both in the classroom and privately in the metro Atlanta area for 10 years.

While pursuing my degrees, I accompanied various ensembles and students at Piedmont and was a member of the elite 9-member a cappella group, Cantabile. I am currently a professional singer and pianist in the Atlanta area, singing and playing various genres including classical, worship, pop, and jazz.

I teach various genres of music—everything from classical to popular music. I believe that teaching multiple genres enables students to become well-rounded musicians and learn to express themselves in a variety of ways. I believe tha
t aural skills and the ability to read music help singers and instrumentalists alike to be the best musicians they can be.

*If you don't see your available time slot, just let me know and I'll see what I can do to accommodate your schedule!
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Tyler G. June 6, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She is a great teacher! I would highly recommend her!
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Cara May 12, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Excellent teacher! I learned a lot!
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Kate May 12, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ms. Bethany is a great teacher! She has wonderful patience with younger kids and encourages them to do their best.
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About Stephanie S.

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New York, NY
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Stephanie Salgado is a SAG AFTRA actor with Innovative Artists and SirenSong Entertainment. Stephanie is an alumna of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in theatre. She loves coaching and has studied many audition techniques. Although she has mastered what she believes to be the most efficient audition coaching techniques, she does continue to explore and research new ways to approach the auditioning process. She believes in continuous development in finding the smartest way to book the role.

Places she has studied include NYU Tisch, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Stonestreet TV Studios, UCB, and Kimball Studio, HB Studio, One on One, Actors Connection, New York Film Academy, and more.

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Stephanie S.

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About Jake O.

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Astoria, NY

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About Jake
What drives me to wake up every day, is to supply actors with a safe space to grow and learn trusted actor tools and resources. I want to foster, the lessons I've been taught and learned, and help the actor change their path and careers. I love meeting new artists, collaborating, and getting results.

I'm a producer/actor/director who combines that with my passion of being a life-coach. I attended the high ranking, UNCSA, Royal Shakespeare Company, UCB, and have private coached for 5+ years.
I know the juggling that happens with the life of an actor and have the experience and ability to help you navigate it. During my private coaching, I've had successes such as: Master of None, Hawaii 5-0, Off-Broadway Plays, Julliard, DePaul, and more. My private coaching has helped clients book roles, extend their network, find longevity and purpo
se in the acting pursuit and life.

I have extensive experience and teaching exp. in: Shakespeare, Monologues, EPA's, Self-taping, Improvisation, Auditioning, Winning the room, Meisner, College auditions, Stanislavsky, and more.

Notable Students

Gus Halper: Truth and Lies: Menedez Brothers, The Goat, Ricki and the Flash
Sarah Viccellio: Master of None, The Carrie Diaries, Law & Order: SVU
Michael Labbadia: The Attic Theater Co.
Alex Gagne: Keen Company, Bridge Production Group, MugBug Prod.
Reagan Elizabeth: Stephanie Klapper Casting
Joshua Morgan
Michael Calciano
Owen Laheen
Ellie Barone
Gabe Arant

I hope to meet you soon!

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Reine July 13, 2017
· Acting · Online
Really great insight and learnt a lot. Very focused and on point. Looking forward to my next online session with Jake.
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Sarah July 10, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
I became a fan of Jacob's theatre work in NYC. It's always fresh and inventive, which is why I coach with him on my audition scenes. I primarily go in for tv/film work, but his classical training foundation and fresh perspective translate to the screen. If you're looking for affordable coaching with a cutting edge, up and coming artist- call Jake!
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Ellie July 5, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Jake Owen is an excellent teacher and support system for not only fellow professional actors but also for aspiring performers! His radiant energy is contagious and his conservatory training is exceptional and diverse. I highly recommend!
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