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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 ju
st 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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Nathan C.

Portland, OR

Acting training based on physicality and voice work, developing character, and learning what process works best to help you get the most out of a role.

About Nathan

Nate has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Performance from Lewis & Clark College. He teaches with a variety of arts organizations in Portland, specifically Oregon Children's Theatre, Art4Life, and Isinglass (for whom he serves as the Educational Programming Coordinator). He has extensive on-stage and directorial experience, having performed in eleven shows since 2006 and directed seven more. He is currently working as a directing mentee for Third Rail Repertory Theatre. He also has performed as an improviser for five years, and served as captain of Lewis & Clark College's improv team, SCRIPTED, which garnered regional acclaim during his time leading the team. Nate has extensive experience working with physical comedy and fight choreography, and performed for several summers as a clown. He ...

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Amy W. November 10, 2013
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Nathan was my director for a show in October 2013. His communication skills as a teacher, director, and collaborator made the process very enjoyable and also allowed me to grow as an actor. He is an experienced professional who excels in working with both seasoned actors and those who may never have performed before. I gained a lot from working with him and highly recommend Nathan to anyone seeking a super fun, informative, and productive acting student experience!
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Kristin H.

Portland, OR

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 and acting for a wide range of ages and types of acting from stage to film and all types in between including Shakespeare . I normally take students at my house which is in the 97217 area code or at PSU campus. I would love to talk with you further about your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study. Thanks Kristin *** Lesson Details *** 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 ...

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Ralyn M. November 24, 2014
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Kristin does an amazing job of meeting me where my abilities and needs are. She listens to what I want out of the lessons, but also challenges me to stretch beyond what I think I can do... and I'm often delightfully surprised. She also teaches me a great deal of music theory as we work through singing which is wonderful. Her guidance in helping me use my "instrument" properly has been so valuable. And she is very patient and intuitive in the process.
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Josh S.

Gresham, OR

Acting for theater takes a different approach than that of TV and film. We explore the differences together if I tutor you in the subject.

About Josh

I am jack-of-all trades filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. I have worked in theater and in film for over 15 years. I have a BA in theater and MFA in Motion Picture & Television.

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Noah G.

Portland, OR

I spent 4 years after college performing and teaching acting in the Chicago-land area. Primarily my group and I would perform for the entire school in the morning and then spend time in a few different classes teaching throughout the rest of the day. Along with single performance/teaching days we held long term residencies with schools and adult special ed. groups.

About Noah

I have a unique education and work history including Instructional Design, Education, Theater and Mathematics which allow me to be creative, logical, accurate and effective. I am a manager and team player. I enjoy working closely with others as well as overseeing projects in theater and the business world. I have worked with students from Pre-K through 12th as well as adults (including Special Education students) covering subjects such as Mathematics, Theater, Grammar, Reading Comprehension and more.

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Sefana W.

Portland, OR

I have been studying acting since I was a child. I studied at the American Academy of Dramatic arts in Hollywood and have performed in Musicals and Plays.

About Sefana

Hello! Thanks for dropping by my profile. I am a nurturing and fun loving kind of person who absolutely loves to teach others what I have learned. I am a mother of a wild little 7yr old boy. In my free time I love to hike, camp and swim in the river! Wellness credentials include... 200 hr Forrest Yoga Teacher Training (Santa Monica, CA) Licensed Massage Therapist for last 7 years Certified Wellness & Nutrition Coach (Studied at Institute for Integrative Nutrition - world's Largest Nutrition School) I have survived several traumatic experiences and found peace and happiness in my life Arts Credentials include... Studied Theatre Arts at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Studied Dance Privately for 8 years (Ballet, Modern, Belly dance, Poi, Dancing for fitness) I write ...

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