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About James W.

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Palm Coast, FL

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Film requires a different method from Theatre Acting. Having worked on many films in Hollywood and "Learning By Doing" and study at the Actors Studio and from Experts at Disney I will teach you all you need to be prepared to land that first gig in Film.

About James
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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Student Comments:
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 !

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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Paula D. March 12, 2018
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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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Elizabeth January 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
He works very well with my child and goes into detail in all aspects.
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About Carly B.

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Philadelphia, PA
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I am a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. I'm the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. I've taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History.

I've not only been an actor, but a director/producer, as someone who has been on both sides of the table I know what directors, casting directors and producers are looking for as well as knowing what it is like to audition as an actor.

About Carly
I am a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor who has lived and worked in Philadelphia for the past 15 years. I'm the Co-Artistic Director and founding member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. I've taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Horizon, Delaware Theatre Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. I received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History.
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Philadelphia, PA 19148
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About Deloris A.

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Kingwood, TX

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I will be teaching you how to portray a character in a dramatic or comic production; he or she performs in film, television, theatre, radio, commercials or music videos.

About Deloris
Deloris is a firm believer in the mantra, “You Are Good Enough”. She believes that every individual is blessed with unique talents and attributes that enable them to attain any level of success they desire. She has dedicated herself to helping others use their God-given talents to entertain and inspire.
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Stephen April 30, 2018
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Delores is great!
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Tenee R. March 8, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Deloris has a way of bringing talent out of a person. As a student of hers, you get so much more than learning to perform. You learn to appreciate your natural gifts and develop a valuable sense of confidence that is so important and so useful in so many areas of life.
She is truly a jewel and gifted at her craft!
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Annette P. December 13, 2017
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I am leaning so much and this is really going to help my speaking career.
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About Jake O.

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New York, NY

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You can expect to walk away with tools to break down a script, self tape, enter an audition room, and be the best you. You'll also leave with confidence, and a tape of our session. Film acting doesn't differ much from stage acting. The preparation and partner work is instrumental and fundamental, and our goal is utilize those and making the camera our friend.

I help actors self tape constantly and have helped them receive callbacks for Inside Amy Schumer, Hawaii 5-0, Goodman Theater,
and multiple independent films. I'm also a reader for WB casting, which gives me time to sit on the other side of the table to see and hear what CD's are looking for.

***Equipment supplied***
Camera. Worksheets. Basic Editing.

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

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

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

Notable Students

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

I hope to meet you soon!

*Online sessions are also available*
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Reine July 13, 2017
· Acting · Online
Really great insight and learnt a lot. Very focused and on point. Looking forward to my next online session with Jake.
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Sarah July 10, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
I became a fan of Jacob's theatre work in NYC. It's always fresh and inventive, which is why I coach with him on my audition scenes. I primarily go in for tv/film work, but his classical training foundation and fresh perspective translate to the screen. If you're looking for affordable coaching with a cutting edge, up and coming artist- call Jake!
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About Alyssa W.

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Hyattsville, MD

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Having earned Masters Degrees from The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, Alyssa was named as two of "DC's 12 Stage Dynamos."

Alyssa should be familiar to most Washington theatre-goers, having recently appeared in Ford's Theatre's production of the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, Come From Away. That same year, she received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Play, for her portrayal of the iconic Maggie the Cat, in Round House Theatre's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 2017/18, Alyssa will appear in The Kennedy Center's World Premiere production of Digging Up Dessa, as well as the US Premiere of Botticelli In the Fire, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Most widely known for his portrayal of Ensign Baker in AMC's revolutionary war drama, TURN: Washington's Spies (available on Netflix), Thomas has been seen on HBO's VEEP, as well as CBS's Madam Secretary and Elementary. In the DC area, Thomas has recently ...

About Alyssa
I have been a professional actor since 2003 and have been working and living in the DC area for the last 6 years. I have been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2009. I have coached privately for over a decade and specialize in audition preperation for both undergraduate and graduate submissions, as well as upcoming productions. I am also an accomplished voice over artist and can facilitate the creation of your very own demo reel. Named one of D.C. 12 acting dynamos to watch in 2017 by the Washington Post.
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Amazing B. March 11, 2018
· Acting · In studio
The children had a wonderful experience as a beginner in acting. They were comfortable with her coaching style and looking forward to next week.
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Dorea January 15, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alyssa is AWESOME! She coached me on an audition piece and her insight was invaluable. I booked the job and I'm sure it was in part because of the work we did together. She has a wonderful energy and a keen eye, and creates a safe, welcoming space to play and try new things. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a coach- whether you're new to acting or are already established.
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Thomas January 5, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Alyssa has coached me on dozens of professional auditions, helping me refine and specify my work, and raising my preparedness to the highest levels. There is no one I trust more to help me improve, and the positivity she brings to the work room is contagious.
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About Erica P.

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PRIVATE ON-CAMERA COACHING WITH CASTING DIRECTOR ERICA PALGON!
COACHING for COMMERCIALS! — spokesperson copy, natural reactions w/no copy, comedic material.

COACHING for an upcoming audition for FILM, TV/WEB!
Need COACHING for upcoming SELF TAPING?

Let’s work together to bring your auditions to a COMPETITIVE level!
Producers, directors, ad agencies, studios..want that “REAL”, quality from actors. They want a NATURAL performance without seeing the effort behind it.

Through my coaching I help actors build their CONFIDENCE and tap into their own natural, creative mindset, bringing them closer to an AUTHENTIC performance.
Casting, teaching/coaching over 20 years, I have a clear understanding of what actors battle in auditions. I’ve seen actors constantly overthink in their auditions. They try too hard to please or do what they think is expected from them. It’s a habit that sabotages actors over and over, and with no sense of awareness. It’s one of the main things that prevents ...

About Erica
I am a NYC based Casting Director and audition technique coach and teacher and have been casting for over 20 years for National commercials and voice over, well known TV shows/channels, webseries, and films. Actors working with me will have the opportunity to raise their auditions to a competitive level. I encourage and introduce unique, creative ideas to actors based on many factors...what I have observed in casting sessions that works and catches my attention, what directors, producers, and other “decision makers” respond positively to, my conversations with casting director peers as well as the specific trends. Actors will learn ways to feel more confident, relaxed and comfortable in auditions by learning the “behind-the-scenes” casting process that can make auditions very intimidating. They will gradually feel more in control and
present in the audition room and consequently be able to perform at the height of their intelligence.

I also have a strong background in comedy. I cast several hilarious promos for COMEDY CENTRAL for Amy Schumer Show, The Daily Show, The Nightly Show w/Larry Wilmore, South Park, & Tosh.0. Completed casting on a comedy series for TruTV’s Late Night Snack, titled “Blank meets Blank,” worked on the casting of films “Hedwig And The Angry Inch,” “Shortbus”, “Series 7,” “Great World Of Sound;” “Just Like the Son” w/ Mark Webber & Brendan Sexton III, “Doomsdays” w/Leo Fitzpatrick, “Hannah Has a Ho Phase” w/Kate McKinnon, “C Street” w/Dylan Walsh, Don Stark, Michael Gross, Jessica Blank & Grainger Hines, short films “Visit 57” directed by Kate Phelan; & a hilarious short film “Murphy Crib, featuring an ensemble of creative female comedy talent. I have cast comedic hosts for HISTORY CHANNEL & new dating show “Date Night Live” for LIFETIME as well as cast for FULL FRONTAL w/SAMANTHA BEE.

I worked with & learned from top commercial & film directors, including John Cameron Mitchell, Tom DiCillo, Jesse Peretz, Matt Aselton, Phil Morrison, Jeff Preiss, David Gordon Green, Pam Thomas, Kinka Usher, Frank Samuel, Dewey Nicks Mark Pellington, Mark Tiedeman, Fredrik Bond, Stacy Wall, & Morgan J Freeman. I also graduated from Level 1 & 2 improv at The PIT, performed a storytelling at The Magnet as well as participated in the show Mortified.
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Erica P.

Erica P.

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About Josh M.

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I’ve been an actor/ director for 40 years and have tutored and directed beginners as well as actors attempting to market themselves.
Learning the craft is only half the battle. Marketing yourself and getting up and running are extremely important. The biggest obstacle is the audition prep, the cold reading.
While in LA I studied with two of the best in the business, Stella Adler for scene study and Robert Thompson for cold reading audition scripts.
Some of my credits can be found on IMDB, a site showing actors credits.
I’m from Cleveland Ohio where I began my career in the theater and commercials.
Moved to LA in 1980 where I reoccurred on General Hospital and Days Of Our Lives.
Moved to NY in 1991 and doing theatre TV and film.
I’ll work with you for 1 or as many sessions as you feel comfortable with. And I’ll be sure to advise you depending on how far you want to go. For instance, if your just interested in doing background/ extra work , you’ll just need a lesson or 2.

About Josh
Hi guys, I’m Josh Mowery from Cleveland Ohio and began my acting career st the Cleveland Rep at the insistence of my local talent agent David Lee Models and talent.
I discovered very quickly that this was a business I was meant for. After performing in a few theatrical productions, I was offered a directing opportunity in an Inge play called Picnic. Quite a task for a first time director since the cast involved 13 actors.
I learned very quickly that the story is the main focus, which means no actor is bigger than another. The ensemble is what’s important.
Among my many points for an actor are listening and focus.
I like to cut through all the BS and concentrate on what’s really important. Less is always more. Your first lesson as an actor.
I’ve directed an tutored many actors along the way including my son an
d daughter who are now proud members of The Screen Actors Guild.
I’m the oldest of 7 kids and we all still love each other. Which should say a lot.
I hope to hear from you. You won’t be disappointed. I wish you all great success and just remember, follow your dream no matter what. Life is to short.
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About Alyssia D.

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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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