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How to move with confidence and poise, Think on your feet~ unleash a barrage of one liners and "be on a roll". Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame or be a trouper who makes a living at Improv.

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New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

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Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Adam May 23, 2018
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Good at explaining and making sure I understand every concept i need to super well. Seems like he wants the best for me, which is a very important quality in any type of coach.
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Paula D. March 12, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
James gave me some very important information about how to act well. He suggested I audition for a play, which I am planning to do, and he gave me some good professional and vocational tips, James is also very compassionate and funny. Definitely several points above average!
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Shawn & Shane January 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
The boys are enjoying there guitar lessons & bonus info!
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About Marcel M.

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I work in the industry for more than 10 years. I have my own production company since 2005. I directed movies as well so I know both sides very well.

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Marcel Miller
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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.
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Marcel

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Ems H. July 2, 2017
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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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About Amber W.

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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· Piano · In studio
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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About Kendra M.

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As a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Theatre Arts (Acting), my coaching aims to make you shine. Whether it is on the stage or on the screen, my individualized lessons will help you reach your true theatrical potential. Together we can study: Acting for TV and Film, Theatre, Improvisation, Auditioning, Monologues, Commercials, The Stanislavski Method, The Meisner Technique, Clowning, Shakespeare, Voice, Character Development, Scene Development, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Singing, and more. My teaching is shaped around you. Now, let's book your next role!

About Kendra
Hello! My name is Kendra. I am a professional actress, a published author, a singer-songwriter, and a performance artist. I graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2015. I recently moved to Denver, CO from Los Angeles, CA with the intent of focusing on my songwriting career. I began theatrical training at the ripe age of 4, and immediately took to the stage. Auditioning became second nature for me, and I started booking roles and drawing the attention of local agents around age 8. The summers of my childhood were spent flying from my home of Houston, TX to Los Angeles, CA to study with the industry's top teachers. My love for acting continued to grow. I studied the intricacies of film and learned how to control my emotional recall. I learned how to light up the stage with my body language and how I c
arried my voice. At Pepperdine University, I focused on classical theatre, clowning, improvisation, and directing. My senior year, I was the assistant director for the Play: Doubt, A Parable. In November of 2017, I published my first book, "The Politics of". I am currently in the process of writing my second novel, working on my debut album, and becoming a part of the Denver poetry scene.
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About Jed A.

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Let me help you act truthfully and passionately! I have studied many acting methods, but my specialty is the Meisner technique. Meisner helps actors connect with the reality of the scene, and to live truthfully in the moment. I received my M.F.A. from a Meisner school, and I have coached many students in scene work and monologues using this technique. I combine this with the other techniques I have studied into coaching that is unique and tailor-made for you. I believe acting should be a joyful and enlightening experience.

About Jed
I'm an actor, teacher, singer, and voice over artist. I have appeared in plays, TV shows, and national commercials. I love teaching, directing, and coaching actors of all ages. I believe that everyone can and should have at least a taste of acting on stage. It improves our confidence and empathy.
My alma maters are Muhlenberg College (B.A.) and Florida State University (M.F.A.) When I'm not acting, I can be found singing in professional choirs, including the Scarborough Presbyterian Church and the New York Holiday Choristers. I also teach regularly at the Hackley School. My favorite acting class lately is the one I teach inside a medium security prison.
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Robert March 20, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
My 14 year old daughter has been extremely happy with Jed's teaching. He makes her feel very at ease and seems to really know how to get her to feel/deliver her lines.
Highly recommend him.
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ID February 9, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Jed, is an AMAZING acting instructor. I was working on a project and I only had two weeks to prepare for it. I hadn’t acted since I was 19 so naturally I was nervous. From my first meeting with Jed I knew I had made the right choice. He began to teach me the foundations of the Meisner method. He critiqued me every step of the way and his feedback was invaluable. When I stepped on set on 2/7/18 I had become the character. I felt confident and ready to deliver my lines. I can honestly say that I owe it all to Jed. My performance that day was because of all he did to help me prepare. So you’re probably wondering how I did... Everyone was truly impressed with my acting abilities and I nailed the role! Thank you Jed for helping me transform into an actor in just 5 lessons!!! If you are looking for an Amazing acting instructor who can help you meet your goals hire Jed! You will thank me later!
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About Camila G.

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Are you struggling to break through? Are you missing the passion and flow of your artistry? Do you want to gain the confidence and "it" factor that'll blow audiences away? My coaching may be your key.
As an working actress in the TV and film industry for over ten years, one thing is clear to me: our talent and work can only go as far as our we are willing to go within ourselves. I have learned how consciously approaching each and every role can further our growth as humans, collaborators, and artists!
I will use by ability to see your subconscious blocks and unique gifts to create magic in your acting. Whether you need help breaking down an audition, creating the character, or feeling good in your skin... I WANT TO HELP!
My goal is to get you working in a happy and healthy way and inspire you to explore the depths of yourself and the world around you.

About Camila
My name is Camila, and I am an actor. Some may think I am nuts for choosing the arts but really... I'd be nuts if I didn't. I knew I would be an actress when I was 5 years old and I have never looked back.

I grew up in Arizona, performing in every theater production I could find. In my teen years, modeling with Ford Agency connected me to my first TV gig. That little production got me connected with my first acting agent in Los Angeles and I moved out to pursue my dreams at age 17.

As soon as I turned 18, I booked the LEAD in a Nickelodeon pilot. The show was not picked up, and thank goodness, because I was not ready for stardom!
Through the years, I have worked on single and multi cam comedy, drama, procedurals, indie film, and many more. Now if that sentence means nothing to you... don't worry! I can teach you all about it in
our first session together ;)

I have trained in Meisner Technique, Method acting, Cold Reading, Scene Study, Audition Technique, Improv, Sitcom technique, Sense memory, and the list goes on. I have had television roles on the CW, CBS, ABC, Freeform, TNT, HBO, and FOX! And with all of that said, the most valuable work I have ever done, is the work I did on myself.

The industry in Los Angeles has tested every one of my insecurities, abilities, and beliefs. And with every test, I have come out the other side with newfound strength, determination, and inspiration! Coaching actors is a skill I enjoy, and seeing my students succeed with JOY, CONFIDENCE, and PASSION brings immeasurable value to my own career. I believe in creating in community and have hosted an acting group for years now. One of which is filled with actors you can see on your TV and movie screens today! Teamwork makes the dream work and I am on your team, from the very moment we meet.

At the end of the day, humans just want to create beautiful art that impacts the world and I want to help you do just that. I want to guide you into living an even more abundant life, full of purpose and joy.
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Dino M. March 28, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In home
She was friendly and very helpful... Answered my questions honestly and with knowledge. I look forward to more of her teachings... Thank you very much.
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David March 20, 2018
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Camila has a magic ability to see what an actor needs and guide them in the right direction. She brings a mix of industry experience and also an intuition that helps her work with anyone, no matter what level they are at. Joyful, knowledgable, and very present. If you get a chance to work with her, do it.
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Cat March 20, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Camila is amazing!!! So grateful to be working with her, I already see improvement in my work and my outlook in general! She’s so positive and supportive
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My philosophy is that an actor must learn how to respond believably to imaginary circumstances as themselves before they can respond believably as someone else. I strip the actor of "acting" and make them just respond honestly. We do this with improvisation exercises first. Later we will add scripts and make them develop characters outside of themselves. Slowly, we will expand the range of the actor with movement and vocal techniques. As we get more advanced the more we delve into psychology.

Students often report that acting helps them identify and express their own feelings in everyday life. After all, acting out stories is nothing but rehearsing for life.

About Braden
I am a professional director and performer in the Houston theater scene. I graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelors in Acting and Directing. I trained my voice at Houston Music Institute, University of Houston, and at Rice University where I primarily focused on classical, Broadway, and jazz techniques.

Many acting students come to me with big broad characters and extravagant gestures. While there are some shows that might be stylized this way, this isn't grounded in truth. Many directors will see it as false. I teach students to listen and respond honestly without forcing emotion. I believe that audiences can feel when emotion is genuine and when it's not. By learning to respond honestly, allowing themselves to feel, and thinking critically about the motives of characters, students become better listeners, better communica
tors, and more empathetic in their daily lives. They also become more believable and dynamic performers onstage or on screen.

Every voice is unique, and I want students to discover the beauty of their truly personal instrument. Because of the personal nature of the voice, I strive to create a safe space to explore. My main priority is freeing the voice from unnecessary tension and supporting it with the breath so students' true sound can be discovered. I know many different exercises for each specific element of vocal technique. I transfer between exercises to actual music pieces until proper technique becomes muscle memory and replaces old habits.

I'm a firm believer in the joy of art. If we are not having fun, we should probably be doing something else. Right?
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Mayra April 29, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Braden is amazing at teaching acting. He did a great job with our daughter.
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Each student will have different goals and my methods vary defending on the individual. Are you working towards an audition? Do you want to feel better speaking in front of a crowd? Depending on your specific needs, we will build tools to help navigate the great wide world of performance and find methods of working that best suit you.

About Nora
A great teacher once told me, “the most interesting part of every story is relationships”. I believe stories help us find our common ground, our humanity. The lessons one learns through performance are invaluable tools students can bring with them no matter what they take on in the future. My philosophy on performance is focus on your truth and go from there. Students will work with me to set short term and long term goals for growth. I am currently working to produce my second feature film and preform regularly throughout the midwest with my band.
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Alexander May 2, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
Nora has a profound conception of the human character and brings this subtle and perceptive insight to her directing, teaching, consulting and coaching. She has the rare ability to be able to both grasp and move quickly between big picture issues such as film theme and mood and minutiae such as gesture, body language, prop use, scene rhythm, and so forth. Additionally, having produced feature work from start to finish, Nora is able to counsel her clients and support her colleagues at every stage of film making, and can advise new actors and veterans alike as to how their specific work fits in the broader context. I would highly recommend studying with her.
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I've been acting for over 25 years professionally and teaching acting for about 12 years. I love working with aspiring actors of all ages to help them reach their own unique goals. I've trained with top acting coaches Bob Luke and the Weist Baron school in NY and with Eleese Lester in Houston in addition to having graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Dance from the University of Texas Austin.
Having appeared in film, television and commercials with Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Tim Blake Nelson, Natalie Portman, Mike Rowe and more, I've been blessed to learn from amazing actors and coaches myself. I love to combine what has been most effective for myself as an actor to help my students make progress each week both in front of the camera and in the business area of the industry. I teach with a strong focus on technique primarily using the Stanislavsky method but also bring in elements of Meisner, Uta Hagen, and my own coaches. Whatever works and serves the actor! Many of my students

About Alyssia
Alyssia ‘Dujmovich’ Dodson has been an acting coach for 12 years. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, she has been acting professionally for 26 years. She has worked in film, television, commercials, voiceovers, and theatre including work for Reelz, National Geographic, Millennium Films, NBC, Sci-Fi, Tribecca Films, the Alley Theatre, the Houston Grand Opera, and more. Recently, she’s appeared in Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, and Keri Russell and in Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist on the National Geographic channel, Scandal Made Me Famous on the Reelz Channel, and in a commercial with Mike Rowe for Mister Sparky.She has also had supporting roles in Daughters of Houston directed by Tony Garcia, Lars the Emo Kid directed by Joe Grisaffi and Spirit Camp, written and directed by Kerry Beyer,
all independent filmmakers in Houston. She began by spending her summers in New York auditioning for everything she could from Nickelodeon shows to Broadway to films like Interview with the Vampire and Little Giants.
In addition to her own acting career, Alyssia enjoys coaching other actors, helping them prepare for auditions, and putting them on tape for auditions in other cities. Many of Alyssia’s students have booked roles from the audition tapes that she coached and taped them for. She has even taped Shantel Van Santen of One Tree Hill, The Messengers, and Final Destination, and Chelsea Ricketts of Scream Queens, The Killing, and True Blood. She’s worked extensively with Allie DeBerry, formerly a regular on Disney Channel’s Ant Farm and David Simpson, who’s appeared in Scream Queens, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Bad Moms, Preacher, and Wolverine. She’s also had students book roles from their taped auditions with her, such as the Emmy nominated HBO film, Bessie, Left Behind, We Are The Millers, Daddy’s Home, One Mississippi, Hoovey, Eastbound and Down, and many more! She looks forward to continuing growing as an actor and acting coach and working with as many up and coming actors as she possibly can! If you love it, then go after it! The opportunity to thrive is at your finger tips!
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Allie DeBerry May 18, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In home
I have been taking acting lessons from Alyssia for years and could not be more thankful for the ways she has helped me perfect my craft. She is always coming up with ways that I can stand out in my auditions and in my tapes. I really appreciate how she always makes herself available to me, and it is now so convenient that she can come to my home to coach & tape. I have booked several jobs because of her tapes and am beyond grateful for her services!
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Morgan May 15, 2018
· Film Acting · In home
She is this absolute best!! She knows what she is doing and is devoted to making sure you are successful!
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I have a Bachelor of Fine art Degree from Loyola Marymount College in Theater from Los Angeles, Ca. I also attended Tisch School of The arts in Manhattan at New York University. I have studied with many private coaches on "How to Audition" in Los Angeles including The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Ketselas. I do character analysis as well as breaking down a script or scene for a specific auditions, as well as scene study. Also studied with many now successful actors on television today, "The Walking Dead", Seth Gilliam and casting director Sherri Thomas. I'm also trained in old school Viola Spolin, Improve with Paul Sills at The Neighborhood in Manhattan.

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I'm from Los Angeles, Ca and Manhattan, NY and have traveled back and fort my whole life as an actress but mainly in L.A and I have studied with some great professional actors as well as coaches in the greater L.A area. Not to name names, but I also have a professional college degree in theatre and know the history of acting and theatre. I love teaching and coaching and would love to be able to share my skills. As well as I have done film and television myself with some guest staring roles. My last film I was in "Pearl Harbor" where I played a 1941 nurse on set. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.
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