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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 Kristin H.

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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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Kristin

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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.

*** Specialties ***
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
Speech concerns and options
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Gerie September 7, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I’m so glad that I found Kristin. She provided a ton of info for my first lesson, and I’m looking forward to continue learning from her.
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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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Kristin H.

Portland, OR 97214
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About Tokia C.

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Laurel, MD
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PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE PURCHASING A LESSON.

Equipped with a BFA and MFA, it is safe to say I know a little something about acting. I am also in an upcoming musical in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. I can teach you how to:
-Prepare for auditions
-Score/Beat your script
-Understand blocking
- Improv
-Method Acting
-Be confident on stage
-Command the room
And much, much, more!

NOTICE: I am EXTREMELY allergic to pets of any and every kind. If an at home/travel request is your choice please be a pet free home. Vacuuming and removing pets to another room does not make it safe for me. Thank you for understanding my health risks. Remember to please contact me BEFORE purchasing a course.

About Tokia
With over a decade of snatching microphones and captivating audiences, Tokia's (2Deep’s) resume reads like Who’s Who travel guide. From Cornell University to Ottawa University, American University to Penn State, United States to Australia, this German born-Alabama raised entertainer has spoken to crowds all over the globe. She’s opened for the late Gil Scott-Heron and performed for President Barack Obama’s first inaugural celebrations at the Washington National Cathedral. She welcomes a freshman class to American University annually and has spoken out against domestic violence on legislative floors in Maryland. She keeps busy hosting two monthly, sold out shows (ten years). Armed with a BFA & MFA she's more than equipped to speak her mind before a crowd & teach how you can do it too!
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Dawn October 7, 2018
· Acting · Online
Very friendly, knowledgeable, and she was able to immediately relate to the goals and vision I have for my lessons. Can't wait to dig my heels in.
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Diane October 13, 2017
· Spoken Word · Online
Great first lesson! Looking forward to many more!
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Annette B. September 27, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
She is great cant wait for me next lesson
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Tokia C.

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About Rebecca L.

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Baldwin, NY
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Acting is such a broad term! What are your goals? Do you want to be in films? Do you want to do Shakespeare? Do you want to be in a sit com? Depending upon what your interests are and where you want to go, we will build a plan together. My philosophy on acting techniques is that they are tools to help you, not tests you pass if you're a good actor and fail if you're a bad one. Different techniques work for different people and it is our job to find out what inspires you.

I've worked as a professional actor for many years, performed on Broadway, have my MFA in Performing Arts, and my BA in Arts and Education. I was an assistant director to Tony-winner Sharon Ott and have written and produced my own work. I have experience in both stage and camera acting, which have specific technical differences, but are both a lot of fun once you get used to the medium. Audition technique, preparing monologues, and creating promotional materials are also things I can help with. Anyone who wants to ...

About Rebecca
My approach is both supportive and pragmatic, based on where each individual's skill set is right now and what your specific goals are. I've had the benefit of both formal instruction as well as a decade in the "school of hard knocks." Climbing up the ladder to earn my Equity Card on a Production Contact taught me a lot and I believe gave me a nuanced perspective as a performer.

Over 95% of my career is from attending open calls, including finding representation and my Broadway debut.

I continue to audition for film, television, and theatre, as well as perform in concerts and other venues. I write and produce my own work and am currently signed with Roth and Associates East.
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Kevin C. April 23, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I had a great lesson for my first class Rebecca is a great vocal coach can’t wait for the next class can’t wait
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Amanda M. November 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
AMAZING! Rebecca is so nice and made me feel so relaxed. I was TERRIFIED of singing in front of other people but she didn't care that my voice cracked and that I sung quietly she was so amazing!
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Mikell B. September 17, 2018
· Acting · In home
My son loves her, after we left I asked him how he thought it was and he said mommy this is the best I know I’m going to have fun... she’s funny.
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Rebecca L.

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$34 / 30-min

About Cesar H.

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Tarzana, CA
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I am an experienced actor and have professional experience reading, auditioning and on set. I'm easy going and lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

About Cesar
Cesar has been teaching private lessons since 2015 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his home, and online. Cesar has helped students find their self-worth, purpose in life, get rid of fear that may be holding them back and how to have a "go-getter" attitude.

Cesar received his training at Udemy Academy in 2017 where he received a certification in life coaching. As an expert in his field, Cesar looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
Cesar is extremely passionate about encouraging you to be aware and opened minded. He is very knowledgeable and enjoys sharing that with others.
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James December 27, 2018
· Life Coaching · In studio
Cesar welcomed me into his home and immediately had me more aware than I’ve ever been. He’s awesome! Making this a priority.
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Mario G. December 26, 2018
· Life Coaching · In home
One of the best things I could have done for myself. Thank you for being so kind. Appreciate it.
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Levi December 26, 2018
· Life Coaching · In home
C is the real deal. Knows what he’s talking about as he’s applying his own practice to his own life. Definitely applying what he’s recommended. New year is around the corner and I’m more ready than ever. Thank you!
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Cesar H.

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$30 / 30-min

About Shauna K.

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New York, NY

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You will learn how to connect and open up to your emotional life, trust your instincts and gain confidence in performance. You'll learn how to stop your nerves and work with your nerves so they serve you and not strangle your talent. Having coached actors for many years, technique and performance are my specialities. You'll learn detailed exercises that will bring your individuality and passion to any script. You will learn how to let go of non-productive habits that impede your creative process and how to increase use your vocal and physical expressiveness. You will learn exercises and insights that will increase your ACTOR TOOLBOX so you are equipped to face rehearsals and performances.

I teach many styles of acting and have been teaching acting for over 25 years. I am the Artistic Director of Voice Theatre and have directed over 40 productions on 4 continents. Check out some of the videos at the bottom of my pictures!

In America I have taught acting at; New York ...

About Shauna
Shauna is a professional director, acting and voice teacher, playwright and the artistic director of Voice Theatre, a company she founded in Paris, in 1988. Since then she has have directed over forty plays in eight countries from Aberbeen, Scotland to San Antonio, Texas to London, England to Paris, France.

(New offer: call the Take Lessons Sales Team to book one lesson so you can get an idea of how we might work together).

I have taught acting and acting in many universities and professional theatre training programs on both sides of the Atlantic. I am currently a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts. I have led hundreds of workshops and individual classes where singers and actors have shed non-productive habits and built healthy expressive acting instruments and voices. I have taught actors from the Royal Shakespea
re Company to jazz artists to Broadway singers and actors.

I am a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and College at Purchase where I earned a BFA in acting. My post grad work was at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, UK. I am published by Drama Books, "Voice and Speech Warm-up", University of Nebraska, "Pushing Through", Arts Navigator-London, "Taking Legacy to Germany" and featured in Cune Press, "Stage Warriors". This Spring I have been commissioned by Texas Tech University to write a new play.

My students experience improvements and change most weeks. You'll become the master of specific exercises that will unlock tension blocks in each part of your body and voice. You'll develop strength, expressiveness and confidence and as a result you'll have a technique that will solve challenges in rehearsal and performance.
You will learn how to solve rehearsal problems and challenges on your own.

I teach students of all ages to "own" their own instruments as constantly developing artists whether it is acting or speaking or singing. I work out of my studio in the East Village in NYC, or in my home in Upsate, NY and online. I teach many different styles.

Here are a few of the schools I have taught voice and acting: The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, T. Schreiber Studio and the New Actor's Workshop. In England at: The Mountview Theatre Conservatory, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Queen Margaret College and Middlesex University – all members of the Professional Theatre Training Programme of Great Britain. I have been a guest artist at Bowdoin College, Williams College and Harden-Simmons College.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you become a better artist!
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Tess May 18, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Shauna is an amazing teacher! With her tools and teaching techniques she guides you to the place where your voice is physically mentally and emotionally connected,able to work and produce results that every artist is seeking to accomplish-reaching the audience. She. Is kind, compassionate and makes you work hard all at the same time to get you to the place you need to be as an artist. Thank you Shauna! ♥️
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Gabriella May 17, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In home
Shauna is an absolutely incredible voice/acting teacher. She took the time to meet me where I was and encouraged me to be confident in the skills I already possessed. As a dancer, it is often scary to use your voice because it isn’t something we often exercise. Shauna helped me gain incredible knowledge in a new instrument. I was preparing for an important audition and with the tools she gave me I was able to have incredible success on a nearly impossible time constraint! I highly recommend Shauna for all levels :)
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Damien May 14, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
I came to Dhauna as an experienced actor looking to work on my vocals. We very quickly csme to the conclusion i was reverse breathing, a habit I may have picked due to stress. It was great having her input and she was very knowledgeable about the industry in New York (I only just moved here). Which felt like a nice wee extra:) we also worked on a monologue and again her thoughts incredibly helpful.

It was great workung with her and I hope to work with her again in the future!
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Shauna K.

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About Kristina H.

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I'm a Los Angeles based TV and Film actress visiting the area until June 1. I will be doing some special acting classes (some geared toward the industry side of acting) and improv acting, a specialty of mine. I'd also love to offer my private coaching services, which is why I'm listing myself here!

I offer the actor (beginning or seasoned) something you won't find on the East Coast. I'm an over 20-year SAG member and working actress in Los Angeles with a body of work that includes a lot of improv and comedy for both stage and TV/Film (regular role on Comedy Central's Reno 911, dozens of TV shows: recently Marlon on NBC and a pilot for A & E starring Alyssa Milano).

I've performed on all the big comedy MainStages in LA for two decades, but have also done my fair share of drama, too. (TV credits include: Bones, NYPD Blue, Strong Medicine to name a few) and prior to moving to Los Angeles where I studied at the Lost Studio with Cinda Jackson, Meg Tilly and Eric Stoltz, I studied with ...

About Kristina
Instead of filling in all my credits below, it's much easier to go to IMDB and look up my name: Kristina Hayes.
You can not only see my credits, there is a link to my acting/dance website where you can view various acting reels and television performances as well as clips of comedy shorts I've made over the years. And you'll probably see that I also teach ballroom dance if that's of any interest to you!

*Please note that I've had a background check on another site and don't wish to pay for it again at this time, but I can see about forwarding you that information. If it's not possible to forward, I'll be sure to get a background check done here as well :)
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Kristina H.

Online
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$117 / 60-min

About Carla V.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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Couching on how to prepare for:
Theatrical and commercial auditions
Theatrical and commercial self-tapes
Theatrical and commercial callbacks

Foundation techniques
What
Where
When
Who
Why
Given circumstances-stakes-monologue breakdown-scene analysis and more!

Share your weaknesses with me and together we will find a way to improve your skills and comfort level! 💪🏻🔥

About Carla
Hey there! My name is Carla, I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and have been living in the States for the past 8 years. I moved to Miami, FL when I was 18 and gained my English certification from the University of Miami! After a few years of Floridian humidity I decided to move to Los Angeles, CA to pursue my career in the Performing Arts (Yes! I sing, act, dance and play some piano!) I have Spanish speaking friends from all over the world so I am familiar with the different dialects, slang and fun words that differ form country to country!

Can't wait to get to meet you and talk about pretty much everything you feel interested about! And get ready to learn some fun Argentinian Spanish!
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Carla V.

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$20 / 30-min

About Candice S.

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Cockeysville, MD

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Want to take your memorization skills to the next level!? Excited to express yourself in new and creative ways!? Love seeing the looks on people's faces after a great performance!? Or are you looking for a fun hobby that will sky rocket your confidence!? If you answered yes to any of those questions then this is the class for you!

About Candice
Are you ready to take your unique personality to the next level!?
Ready to kick start your skills and sky rocket your confidence!?
Learn to express yourself like never before!
Together we will improve your acting as a team!

My name is Ms. Candy!
I've been into the world of theater for 10yrs and I've been teaching the arts for over 5yrs!
I'm excited to get to know you!
I'm excited for all the adventures we will share!
Talk to you soon!
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Heidi April 27, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Candice is full of energy, creative and a great teacher! You or your child will learn so much and have a great time doing it!
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Kandace April 25, 2019
· Voice Acting · In studio
Ms. Candice is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in many of the Arts and has a great way of communicating and teaching children! She is kind and fun and makes students feel at ease!
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Leona April 25, 2019
· Acting · Online
Candice is a wonderful instructor. She is very passionate about her craft. She is great at encouraging and motivating her students. I would highly recommend anyone who has an interest for acting to enroll in Candice's class.
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Candice S.

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