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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!

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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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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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Seth November 19, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Extremly helpful of a teacher.
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Seth October 8, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
She was fantastic I could immediately feel the results while learning from her
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Clinton June 22, 2017
· Public Speaking · In studio
Kristin is an excellent public speaking teacher. She combines voice instruction, with guidance on body language and delivery. I worked with her on several speeches and saw great results. Highly recommend her services.
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I teach all aspects of acting for the camera and the stage including:

The Artistic Side: script analysis, character choices, specificity, strong objectives & verbs, being in the moment, spontaneity, connection, intuition, imagination, taking risks, and audition technique for both on-camera and for theatre.

The Psychological Side: dealing with anxiety & stage fright, listening skills, focus & concentration, trusting yourself, being vulnerable, tapping into and expressing all emotions.

The Business Side: career advice, goal setting, getting an agent, developing your niche, marketing materials, union vs. non-union, promoting yourself & networking.

About Holly
Holly has been a casting director for 15 years and a professional actor and acting teacher for almost 20 years.

She has auditioned thousands of actors over the past 15 years for commercials and feature films. The film she cast last year, Chasing Ghosts, is currently making it’s rounds on the film festival circuit. She also runs sessions for PR Casting in Chicago who casts for television series, commercials, and feature films.

She began teaching in grad school where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She has taught at universities, colleges, independent acting schools, and private lessons over the span of 19 years. Teaching is her first love and she strives to create a supportive, encouraging environment for actors to let down their guard while also teaching them to take bigg
er risks and make more specific choices. She is also available for business & goal setting sessions for actors in addition to on-camera coaching.
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Sybil J. February 1, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Holly is awesome. She shows great patience with me and with each session, she creates an environment filled with fun and positive reinforcement.
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Dana F. December 30, 2015
· Acting · Online
My Daughter loved her first lesson, she can't wait to get her new scripts to practice. She loves Holly!
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Hannah W. October 13, 2015
· Theater Acting · In studio
I am so happy I decided to take lessons with Holly. She is not only incredibly accommodating when it comes to meeting up, but I've also learned so much from her! She both challenges and encourages me in the rehearsal space and helps me to think outside the box. Every time I have a coaching session with her, I feel so much more confident in the audition room. Holly has also aided me in choosing monologues that best represent me and the different types of roles that I audition for. She has provided me with wisdom and insight about the business in general, and I'm so thankful for her influence.
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I can help you grow as an actor in many ways. Many want coaching for their next audition. With over 20 yrs experience as a working actor in LA, few have as much insight into this process as I do. I teach an understandable and healthy approach to auditioning. But it's just an approach. I'll help you with your next audition no matter your technique, training or acting philosophy. Other areas of work can include: imagination exercises, scene analysis, scene study and stretch/improv work.

About Ted
Ted has been a successful, working actor, director and acting teacher for over 25 years. He currently teaches acting at the highly regarded Seydways Acting Studios in Los Angeles. Ted's acting experience in theatre, television, film and commercials is extensive. Dozens of lead roles in plays including: The Cherry Orchard, Merchant of Venice and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Over 25 roles on television: CSI, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds and Scorpion. Over 90 national commercials: Dockers, Dr. Scholl's, Chevy, Honda. He's directed dozens of plays, several to critical acclaim including: Recollect the Snow. He directed and was the subject of the multi-award winning documentary film: Nothing Without You about Burning Man. He's studied with top acting teachers his entire career including Richard Seyd, Rico Colantoni, and Michae
l Arndt. He's an encouraging, thoughtful, careful, creative and dynamic teacher who gets immediate results for his students.
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Students can expect to develop a greater self-awareness, a keen sense of truth, a heightened ability to "behave truthfully under imaginary circumstances", an ability to authentically connect with other actors and the circumstances of the script, and understanding from an artist/teacher who has considerable acting and directing experience and therefore knows what it means to be an actor.

About Othell
Othell J. Miller is a passionate & innovative professional artist/educator dedicated to meeting humanity's need for enlightening, empowering, and entertaining art. He has been seriously engaged in the art and craft of acting since a teen. Subsequently, he pursued two theater related degrees, the most recent being a MFA in Acting from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts.

He has taught Acting & Public Speaking for the last eighteen years, both on a collegiate and secondary school level. Moreover, he's acted in or directed numerous high quality theater productions.

Mr. Miller's primary objective as an artist/educator is to foster in others both self-awareness and a greater understanding of the human condition. He believes meaningful, technically sound arts' instruction aids in self-reflection & offers profound revelations about
life.

He is most concerned with aiding orators and actors in delivering authenticity on stage or on screen. Therefore, his work pushes the orator or actor to develop a greater self awareness, a strong sense of truth, an ability to actively listen, and a bravery to connect with other actors and the circumstances of the script. Mr. Miller is also invested in the development and use of both precise diction and a natural, confident, and compelling voice.
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Rachel June 15, 2016
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Othell brings a mature artistry and a professional approach to his teaching style. He maintains high expectations for students and motivates them them to achieve their goals. Not only have I witnessed Othell's success in helping students to grow in theatre/acting, he inspires students' personal growth and confidence. As a director, his productions are thoughtful, relevant, and ambitious. I can only imagine how useful, effective, and enjoyable his one-on-one sessions would be!
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Keyshawna J. June 13, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Mr. Miller has a passion for acting and teaching and it is clear he loves doing both. He has been my acting instructor for 6 years and under his direction he has crafted my raw talent into a full fledged artistry. With him as my instructor he has helped me craft audition material that, after my execution, turned into an acceptance from two college level conservatories. I highly recommend Mr. Miller, his passion combined with his qualifiation will take your talent to the next level. You just have to want it!
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Ann June 10, 2016
· Acting · In studio
Mr. Miller is an extraordinary teacher, mentor and communicator. His ability to engage, motivate and challenge young people is highly regarded. He encourages students to find their own voice through acting and public speaking. I have known him to support, guide and inspire students throughout high school and college; and in all areas of life. Mr. Miller is a phenomenal individual.
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My approach to acting is using a more holistic method being connected in mind, body, and spirit. Also using techniques to enhance memorizing scripts, improvisation, and character analysis are part of the coaching experience. I've been trained in classical scene study, method acting, improv, and comedy. All levels are welcome!

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Hello ♥

Here to help you grow on your life's journey! My experience includes 15 years in professional and community theatre projects.

Educational Background: B.A in Psychology, minor in theatre, training at Second City in scene study and improv. Every day is a learning experience and another chance to follow my passions. Let's continue to grow together. Looking forward to getting to know you!
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Nikolai has been teaching acting in Los Angeles since 1998. He has trained, and worked with a number of successful actors including, Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) , Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Charlie Hofheimer ( 24 The Legacy ), Jaime Murray (Dexter) Diane Farr (Numbers) and many more. In his teachings Nikolai emphasizes the best principles and ideas of european acting techniques. He believes that acting should always be a joyful and creative process, not a tedious labor.

About Nikolai
Nikolai has been teaching acting in Los Angeles since 1998. He has trained, and worked with a number of successful actors including, Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) , Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Charlie Hofheimer ( 24 The Legacy ), Jaime Murray (Dexter) Diane Farr (Numbers) and many more. In his teachings Nikolai emphasizes the best principles and ideas of european acting techniques. He believes that acting should always be a joyful and creative process, not a tedious labor.
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Osa April 3, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I have never studied with anyone that holds a candle to Nikolai. He has taught me a technique I can rely on no matter the circumstances, and he has always pushed me to go further than I thought possible. I consider him my mentor in acting and whether you are pursuing TV, film or theater, he is your guy.
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Joe April 3, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Nikolai is the best teacher I've ever had. By far. Whether going on an audition, or prepping for a film/tv, Nikolai has given me the tools to be fully prepared and at my best. I'm able to listen, see, connect, react, and just be completely comfortable in my body while acting more than ever as a result of his teaching methods. No gimmicks, tricks, or shortcuts - you'll learn have to have full, genuine experiences in your acting. It's a wonderful thing.
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Angela March 26, 2017
· Acting · In studio
This is really a thorough journey into the art and craft of acting at its best. It is engrained in one of the original contributors of acting Michael Chehkov with a contemporary interpretation. It is very difficult to find this kind of a real REAL nature of acting kind of class. True learning experience. It is so specific in its technique and due to the nature of the small class you are given full attention. I took so much away from this class, that will stay with me forever!
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We will find repertoire and work on diving into material, making it personal so the words flow naturally, and really breaking it down and finding the reason the author chose each word. Can also work on audition material.

About Monica
If you want to learn to LOVE performing, get in touch with me! I grew up doing youth theatre in the South Bay, I'm a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Vocal Major), as well as the Hartt School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where I got my BFA in Musical Theatre, and performing is truly in my blood!
I believe that more than anything, music should be about having fun and making your soul happy. And I believe lessons should be fun as well! Of course we'll get into theory, healthy & sustainable singing technique, and performance & audition prep, but it's more about throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what your particular style is.
The same goes for my acting lessons, of course. I will work diligently to find material that fits you personally, and then we will work it until it becomes as natural as your own t
houghts.
I can also help with college auditions for musical theatre programs, seeing as I auditioned for 25 college myself before settling on Hartt.
If any of the above interests you, send me a quick question and we'll work out a time that works for both of us! Have a great day!!
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Ellen November 9, 2017
· Musical Theater · In home
Monica offers very insightful coaching for both acting and singing. She gets to the heart of the story and helps me find ways to bring that to life. She is very kind in her coaching and I leave her lesson with more confidence in my ability to portray that character. Great for getting ready for an audition.
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Greetings! You are passionate about your career, and so am I. As a fellow artist, I understand the joys, frustrations, confusion and pure bliss of performing and doing what you love in front of an audience. My job is to let YOU shine on that stage and in front of a camera.

With over 20 years experience as an instructor, performer and working behind-the-scenes in TV, film, radio and advertising agencies, I have an incredible amount of skill, insight and wisdom to share with you.

My style is warm, personable and nurturing with just the right amount of tough-love coaching to push you to your very best self and bring out your amazing talent!

I specialize working with first-time actors, make nervous beginners and children feel at ease and welcome business professionals who just want to gain more confidence and feel comfortable communicating with the public for their careers.

Please contact me to let me know how I can help inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals and dreams. ...

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Hello and welcome to my teaching page! I'm thrilled to get to know you, your vision, dreams and goals.

Why am I unique? Because I can offer you many years of experience as an instructor, as a performer, behind-the-scenes professional and I have not only the creative/artistic soul, but I have worked in management, promotions, advertising, TV and radio, so I have a wide range of skills to offer you in addition to acting.

Whether you want to prepare for a big audition, you are getting ready to dazzle in an upcoming school production, you're a business exec that wants to gain more confidence and have outstanding presentations in front of an audience, or you simply are passionate about the performing arts and want to do what you love, you've come to the right place! It's all about YOU. This is your time to shine on that stage...whatev
er that beautiful stage means to you...and I am here to teach, guide, inspire and be your biggest fan when you get one step closer to your dreams.

Cheers and here's to your success!
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Robin & Gracie September 13, 2017
· Child Acting · In studio
"Miss Patty" teaches my daughter Shakira at a CPS school. I hired her for 5 private lessons cuz my daughter was auditioning for a part. Pat's chill lady, cool around kids and knows her thing. Shakira loves it and they have a bond. I would say it was a very good experience and if the wants to keep doing acting I will send her back her for my privates cuz it's easier than a room filled with others. I like the personal attention
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Neil September 13, 2017
· Theater Acting · In studio
Great lady, really funny and terrific personality. Her instruction was no nonsense. After chatting a few minutes with her, we got right to work on the basics. I learned so much about how unprepared I was and she really help me gain my courage. I moved from Portland a few years ago and I'm still learning the city and about some of it's artists. I did want to book last minute with Pat but she wants a week out appt. and on one occasion she could not meet up with me for a lesson. Hope to see her again however; really talented woman.
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Kevin September 13, 2017
· Child Acting · In home
A couple years ago my son was cast as the Grinch in a school production. I found her thru Facebook. She gave him 2 lessons and then spent time with him on the phone. Mark is a great kid but he has autism so it can be a challenge. Patricia had experience working with special needs students and I must say she was impressive. Marky took to her right away, she didn't talk down to him, but was a cool friend as well as a teacher. She brought him out of that shell and gave him a lot of attention, was patient and understanding with him. I was proud when he did his thing at school. Highly recommend her especially good with kids. My only issue was scheduling. For the first lesson I was hoping she could come to us and we lived too far then I did have to wait a week or so to book another time but we did get in a couple lessons in time for his show.
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