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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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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 thinks acting is the most fun and truthful form of artistic expression out there, and has taught and coached in programs in both Portland and Chicago since 2008. He loves helping young people discover their passion and talent.

Nate also has extensive experience working with Special Needs students, and is more than happy to take them on.

*** Lesson Details ***
It depends on what you want to focus on. Warm-ups are always a must, but the focus can shift to character work, monologue or scene work (either with me, or with a partner if you wish to take lessons with another student), stylistic work, technique, or Improv.

*** Specialties ***
Acting, Improv, Directing, Clowning, Physical Character work
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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!
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Nathan C.

Nathan C.

Portland, OR 97227
(1)
starting at
$20 / 60-min
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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 opportu
nity 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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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
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Reviews

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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.
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Kristin H.

Kristin H.

Portland, OR 97214
(1)
starting at
$40 / 60-min
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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 Poetry and have performed many times at spoken word/open mics
I have performed in musicals and plays throughout my childhood and adult years

I would love to help you in your desired area of interest!
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Sefana W.

Sefana W.

Portland, OR 97225
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Charity M.

Portland, OR

Monologue prep, research, act development

About Charity

The body is an incredible instrument that we use to speak, to rock out, walk, boogie, express, signify and croon. The body can captivate audiences or communicate to a friend. A person can personally and professionally take flight, gaining confidence through becoming familiar with themselves, their bodies and their artistry.

Charity Marchandt ran away with both opera and the circus.Their vocal skill continues to take them on the jazz, theater and classical stages like Portland Opera and Opera Theater Oregon.

Combining both disciplines of music and cirque is one of their favorite thing
s.They are a previous resident artist and troupe liaison of Sky Circus, a continuing guest member with Wanderlust Circus, Voice instructor at Youth Music Project and instructor at Echo Theater
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Lois July 1, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
I have found her teaching style and versatility from a student’s perspective very strong. She is able to adapt to each of her students learning styles. Not only this but she also develops the students self confidence and a belief in their abilities. Thus she has always created students that excel. I have experienced none of her students quitting, but all of us excelled. They all out perform and continue on to great success in their fields of study. I feel very blessed to have her as a teacher and as a mentor. It has lead to my success. Thank You!
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Kelley July 1, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I had the pleasure of working with Charity when my daughter was taking voice lessons with her. She is a phenomenal teacher, wonderful with kids and offers just the right amount of encouragement and support, as well as the ability to help even the most reluctant student perform. The skills that Charity taught my daughter have translated well into middle school, giving her the confidence to be on stage in front of her peers, which is no small accomplishment. It's been beautiful to watch my child blossom after working with Charity, and I would highly recommend her to anyone considering voice lessons.
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Michael June 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
My daughter loves Charity! Charity has been providing her with singing and dance lessons for over a year. My daughter is so much more confident, and her posture and flexibility are much better. She can now even do the splits. Best of all, my daughter will never feel embarrassed about singing in public. I recommend Charity whole-heartedly.
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Charity M.

Charity M.

Portland, OR 97225
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$35 / 30-min
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Kayla D.

Portland, OR

Student will be assisted with audition preparation as well as one-on-one monologue coaching and well as scene work.

About Kayla

My name's Kayla and I'm a voice teacher/actor/singer/dancer new to Portland. I've got 16 years experience in the performing arts under my belt. I can teach all vocals styles : Classical,Jazz,Musical Theatre,Rock and Metal. I specialize in Rock and Metal vocals with an emphasis on vocal safety and technique. I'm also available for acting coaching and audition preparation. I also offer my opinions and an inside look into the performing arts whenever I can. With a couple years of touring under my belt and several professional shows as well as my experience in film, I hope that I can help to answe
r any questions you may have about choosing this as a career. Looking forward to working with you! - Kayla
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Kayla D.

Kayla D.

Portland, OR 97210
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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