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The Importance of Stating What You Like – Acting Lessons in Portland

By RJ H. - Portland Acting Teacher

It is important for you to state what you like. As a teacher of acting lessons in Portland, I need to know what moves you. In our culture today, more and more people believe they can be a singer, a dancer, a movie star, a top model or an American Idol. And so do I. I believe in fame and fortune for each and every one of the students that I take on -- but only if that's what they want for themselves and they are willing to put in the work to pursue their dreams.

Some people want fame, but many others don't. I teach an acting class for models just about every week and always tell them: "In this world where everyone wants to be a superstar, rather than a farmer or a craftsman, you had better be able to answer any question a scouting agent, director or photographer asks you. And answer it with strength." It's important to state what you like; otherwise you're just another one of the other thousand faces auditioning for "America's Got Talent."

Before you can state what you like, you have to actually KNOW what you like. What books, what stories, what chords compel you? In my lessons, I often find myself spending more time coaching students on how to present themselves than on anything else. When I ask a student who wants to be in film, "What kind of movies do you like?" I expect a strong response. And if I do not get a strong response (which happens quite often), that is precisely where my training begins.

I believe it is important for a student to know why they are there, why they are taking lessons with me and what they want to achieve. It will inform every step forward we take together. And if I know the student's passions, then I can chart a course to pursue them. Without passion, there can be no progress. And in the world of TakeLessons, progress is great, but passion is transformational. So here's to your transformation as a performer, and I look forward to seeing you in our next lesson. Sign up for acting lessons in Portland today and let the journey begin!

About Rachel H.

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As a professional actor on stage and screen, I can help you prepare for auditions. We will go over sides or monologues.

About Rachel
I have performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. Along with these qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students has yielded outstanding results in their musical accomplishments.

I've been teaching voice, guitar, and piano lessons for the past four years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!

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As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a professional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coachi
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My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror

*** Travel Equipment ***
If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Music (art songs, opera)
Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...)
Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...)
Disney Music
Pop Music
Country Music
Beginner Piano
Beginner Guitar
Music Theory
Public Speaking
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Eden T. October 5, 2015
· Piano · In studio
She was absolutely fantastic with my 5 year old daughters first lesson. She had her smiling the whole time.....we are coming back next week for sure.
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Nikki R. May 12, 2013
· Singing ·
My first vocal teacher and the best!

Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!
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I have a Masters Degree in theater arts. I have been a director and acting coach for over 10 years in two countries and in four different states. I have studied all methods and can teach multiple styles of acting to all levels.

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.

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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.

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

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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
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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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Jim G. May 8, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
Very good, very personable, very knowledgeable, very helpful.
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Method Acting, Monologue and/or Group Scene Study; The Business of Show; Audition Technique; Spiritual Approach to Career & Auditions.

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Angela Theresa E.

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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
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We are going to start with the basics and work upward from there. We will talk about what's happening in the scene or monologue? What's your character's objectives and obstacles? What's the givens of the situation? Of the character? From a Method Acting perspective, we will talk about you the actor is working with - the who? the what? the where? Then we are going to score the text, find the beats and the music in the script! After all that, we are going to go over until you can make it sing!

About Glenn
Glenn is a fully trained actor and teacher of the 12 Step Method System of Acting. He began his professional training in New York City in 1987 at HB Studios, studying with Burgess Meredith, William Hickey and Academy Award winner Sandy Dennis. Glenn worked for two years with noted Actor’s Studio teacher Marcia Haufrecht at the Common Basis Theater with a concentration in sensory and animal work. He studied for one year with famed acting teacher Alice Spivak, who coaches a number of acting luminaries such as Billy Baldwin, Daniel Day Lewis and Meryl Streep. Finally, Glenn spent two years in Terry Schreiber’s Master Class at the T. Schreiber Studio.

Glenn's class work includes script examination/scoring, building a character from within and without, sensory work, animal work, scene study, working with substitutions, places, people, over
alls, music, paintings, the song and dance exercise, the affective memory and the private moment.

Glenn English is also a director/writer/producer working with Mystik Films, based in New York City. He has an MA in dramatic theory and criticism from Hunter College, has been a theater professor for CUNY and is a recipient of the John Golden Award. He has directed a good number of stage plays off and off-off broadway for a variety of organizations over the years. Glenn was the artistic director of Muse of Fire Theater Company for five years, the creator of the Sirens Festival which produced original plays by women writers. He also produced a series of plays for young audiences with the Starlight Foundation which grants wishes for terminally and chronically ill children.
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With 25 years of experience as a leading actor in television and film, award winning actor Ernie offers private training and audition coaching for actors of all levels of experience. Applying various techniques, Ernie offers performance, audition and personal coaching, enhancing the actor's understanding of various aspects of the craft and on set experience. Each session is catered to the individual actor, with an emphasis on preparing audition pieces, scene study, cold reading, improvisation, vocal and physical techniques, and boosting the performer's confidence both on set and off.

About Ernie
Ernie, a prolific international actor, studied Theater with an international faculty at the University of Toronto. His first featured television role was a series regular on The High Life, produced by David Letterman for HBO, before landing major roles on ABC's Two of a Kind and It's Like, You Know. He has been featured on many notable series such as Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Psych, Bones, The Mentalist, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Monk, and a long list of comedies including Two and a Half Men, Friends, My Name Is Earl, Weeds, as well as wildly popular kids programs and films such as ANT Farm, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and It Takes Two.

For his role as Larry opposite Jason Priestley on the long-running critically acclaimed series Call Me Fitz, Ernie received a Gemini Award (
Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received multiple nominations for Outstanding Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. Featured clips can found on Ernie's IMDb page in the "Related Videos" section. Please note it contains adult content.

Ernie has adapted his skills and experience to become one of the most sought after personal acting coaches in the Los Angeles area. He has been the head acting instructor for teens and adults at The Film Set Studio in Claremont, California, and has instructed actors from around the world in acting camps at The University of La Verne and Claremont McKenna College. He addresses each actor's needs individually, gently encouraging them to embrace their artistry.
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Eric September 15, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
So I'm fairly new to the acting scene. I decided to try out some classes at The Film Set in Claremont. Upon meeting Ernie, I was a bit intimidated and out of my comfort zone. There were people there that were REALLY good and I thought I could never compare. Ernie has a way of adjusting to your personality to get you to dive into things at a rate in which you are comfortable with. He has the ability to point out your strengths and improve them, exponentially. Not only is he great at his craft, or stellar in his ways of teaching; he truly is just an all around great guy. His vibe, energy and demeanor make him very pleasant to be around. It's almost like i would pay him just to be my friend. if you are shopping for an instructor, try this guy out. You won't be disappointed and if you are, then acting's probably not for you.
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Lizeth L. September 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Teaching the craft of acting is something Ernie has mastered. Learning from him has been a great. As a first time actress Ernie welcomed me with warmth. He understands how nervous first time actors can be but, with grace he knows how to calm those nerves down and help you reach your best acting potential. Ernie has helped me learn my acting strengths and weaknesses. His coaching and feedback is very precise. Pointing out small cues to improve your acting and guiding you on ways to better the character. His coaching pushes you to discover many sides of the scene and helps you better understand the scrip, which only makes you a better actor. Thanks to Ernie my passion for acting has only become more realistic as I pursue my career. For anyone looking for serious coaching and looking to make acting their career I would highly recommend Ernie.
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Omunique September 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
No matter your previous acting experience Ernie will work with you and help you understand the business of acting. Ernie is easy to talk to, he gives good criticism on ways I can improve (i.e Vocally, or my physical presence or facial expressions).He pays attention and can see what you're capable of even if you're hiding it. After every class I am more confident in my acting because I have such an amazing teacher.
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Nice to meet you! From scene study and monologue coaching to public speaking strategies for professionals. Acting lessons catered to your needs -- together let's create a comfortable, safe space to grow and have fun. Experience with all levels and ages!

Theatre professional & storytelling specialist based in Pittsburgh. I have worked as a Teaching Artist in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina at companies such as the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, the University of Pittsburgh and the Greater Hartford YMCA YArts program.

From private coaching college students' monologues to teaching large groups of elementary students how to tell a story... the list goes on and I feel very fortunate to learn something new from each classroom, city and student.

My degree is in theatre performance and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh as well as significant training from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. I have performed in various productions, staged

About Claire
Hi there! My name is Claire and I am a theatre enthusiast living in Pittsburgh. I have a degree in theatre performance and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh as well as intensive training from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.

I have performed in various productions, staged readings and festivals around the country -- from professional theatre for young audiences to classical texts to contemporary TV pilots.

Currently, you can find me managing the marketing and public relations for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, or creating original works for audiences that benefit from sensory and autism-friendly strategies with Jumping Jack Theater.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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JuS February 27, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Claire Is Not Only Experienced But Shows Passion When She Teaches. She Has Taught As Young As 7yrs Old And Has A Way With Kids That Is Nothing Short Of Magical. I Had The Pleasure Of Working Along Side Her And My Biggest Admiration For Her Is Her Passion And Her Strong Desire To Be Unique.
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I've spent the past two years working in professional theatre! I'm currently in the business, pursing a performance career, so I'm up to date on what's happening in the regional performing world.

I enjoy teaching and want you to enjoy learning. We'll work on finding objectives and raising the stakes as well as being an honest, truthful, and engaging performer.

About Sarah
Hello!

Do you want to better your skills as well as learn to give an engaging performance that'll draw your audience in? Well, great! Cause that's how I teach lessons! I'm a professional, working, musical theatre actress. I perform regularly and have several years of teaching experience. I love working with students to make their pieces their own and to tell a story through their performance whether it be a monologue, musical theatre, classical, opera, pop, jazz or anything else you may want to sing or do!
Additionally, I offer piano, violin and flute lessons, focusing on technique and fun repertoire that you like to play!
I also offer music theory lessons. I think music theory is an absolute blast and would love to help you discover how fun it can be too!

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2 years professional theatre industry work and audition e
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BA in Theatre Arts.
BA in Vocal Performance.
7 years teaching experience.
(Approved Michigan Substitute Teacher).
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Leah March 5, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
Sarah was the first private voice instructor I had. She taught me about different aspects of my voice that I had never known about or used before.
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Krystia March 3, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
Sarah really brings out my confidence without judgment, she is enthusiastic and easily engaging. It is not embarrassing when my voice cracks or I forget the lyrics. Her environment is a comfortable place to unveil true potential!
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Kaitlin March 2, 2018
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Wonderful! Sarah is a delight to be around, and I felt so good after the hour.
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For the first time in Los Angeles, you can be privately trained to take the prestigious LAMDA acting exams (entry level through Grade 8). Each exam requires the performance of at least one monologue from contemporary times, ultimately working towards the performance of 3 monologues (including one Shakespearean). An examiner is scheduled to fly out from London to LA at least twice a year. Bonnie will prepare you for all aspects of the exam with the examiner. Special guest LAMDA teachers will help along the way.

Age: 7 years +

You can visit: lamda.ac.uk/our-exams/all-examinations/performance-examinations/

Bonnie attended the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School while in London and worked her way through the LAMDA exam system. She ultimately earned her LAMDA Diploma in Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) in 2011.

LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. We have been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. ...

About Bonnie
I was born and raised in London, where I attended the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School and worked my way through the LAMDA exam system. I ultimately earned my LAMDA Diploma in Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) in 2011. I have now lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years and have had exposure to many acting techniques on both sides of the pond. This ranges from experiences in the theatre world (in off West End productions in London) as well as in the commercial/film world in Los Angeles.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out! Thank you!
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My goal with a student is to help them trust their imagination, experience, instinct and emotion in preparing material for professional acting oppportunities.

About Chris
Cheers to you, my future student!

I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and earned an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

I have been working as a professional actor since 2011 and TakeLessons is a great way for me to help other aspiring artists with their craft as they try to navigate the ups and downs of being a professional actor.

Whether you need help preparing sides for an upcoming audition or in-depth character and script analysis to sharpen your work before you head to the set or rehearsal hall, I got you covered.

My primary goal as a teacher is to help you find your unique, emotionally connection to the material by guiding you toward your instincts - trusting them - and encouraging a deeper level of specificity and honest simplicity in your work.
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