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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 i
t 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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RJ H. Portland, OR

About RJ

Private instructor specializing in singing, acting, and oratory. Conservatory trained theatre maker, with over ten years experience teaching students of all ages and backgrounds in both private and group environments. I am a Great Lakes-Midwestern native now living and working in Portland. I have been singing, performing, and making original theatre since the age of three. My earliest musical outlets consisted of the school choir, popular radio, and weekly Sunday services with family. *** Lesson Details *** My lessons provide a safe space for students to experiment with uninhibited presentation and performance through repeated trial, error, and experimentation. I have worked with singer-songwriters, musical theatre performers, storytellers and public speakers, as well as individuals ...

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Cory W. December 11, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
RJ is wonderful!

I am a new singer & felt insecure during my first lesson. RJ not only helped me feel relaxed, he also made it fun! The hour flew by and I learned a lot about myself as a singer in a very short period. He made it easy to remember why I wanted to sing in the first place & I found it easy to trust him. I would highly recommend him!
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DebbieE July 8, 2011
Vocal Student

RJ is much more than "just" a Vocal Instructor; We just seem to have had an instant connection, and he truly understands the psychology of what I'm going through, musically (Very insecure about my voice, and stage presents). I feel totally comfortable around him, and I feel that I've had enough musical training (guitar and piano), to feel that I can accurately tell you that he is truly a "gift", mentor, and friend, and I am VERY confident in all of the different aspects of vocal performance! I am learning from him! I can honestly say, that if I had been given any other vocal instructor, instead of RJ, I feel that the Vocal Lessons would just be "surface teaching", and not go nearly as in depth as RJ goes with me! I feel that RJ really cares about my vocal endeavors, and my love of singing, , as well as coming to terms with, and accepting my problems and limitations, with RJ's guidance! He is giving me much more confidence that I've had in years, about my vocal ability, and has made me face the facts that I am way too negative in my opinion of my own voice, and he's also helping me find my own "style", which is very important to me, as well as not "living in the past, as far as my vocal abilities go. You really have a gift, and a true asset, having RJ as a Vocal Coach! He is honestly, a great (an very gifted) instructor!!! Deborah Engle :)
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
Theater Acting
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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!
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
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
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.
Sonya P. Beaverton, OR

Studied dance, musical theater, opera and main stage theater for over 20 years.

About Sonya

Sonya has performed solo, chamber and choral works at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Music Theatre and Rogue Opera. After graduating at SOU with BA's in both Music Performance and Music Education, she was given the opportunity for many starring roles in opera, musical and stage theatre throughout Oregon. Currently, her favorite audience consists of her three young children who often accompany her on the piano or drums! Sonya also has had the pleasure of becoming a Master Organizer and Health and Wellness guru with many thanks to her husband and children and is looking forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge with others!!

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Katie L. November 19, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sonya is awesome!
Johnny V. Portland, OR

I studied acting formally at the Circle In the Square Theatre School in NYC, then worked professionally as an actor for 4 years. Some of my notable roles include Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Arcite in The Two Noble Kinsman (Circle In the Square), and Ryan Redding in Dead Man's Blood (a web-series). I also worked as a stage-combat specialist at the Metropolitan Opera for 2 years.

About Johnny

Hey there! My name is Johnny. I'm an Oakland, CA native and have been teaching acting in classes and privately for the past 4 years. I'm a member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA. I attended The Circle In the Square Theatre School in NYC, then worked professionally for 4 years. I worked in places such as the Metropolitan Opera where I was a "stage combatant," which means I performed sword fights and stunts on the stage. I was also a performer and teaching artist at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a full year. There, I played roles such as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I also taught acting and Shakespeare classes to local high-school students. Looking forward to working with you!

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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