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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!


Gary S.

Portland, OR

About Gary

I enjoy teaching private music lessons, and my students excel. My studio is near Mall 205 with a Yamaha keyboard, lots of music, and a waiting room.

Nowadays in 2015, I am the tenor section leader for the Portland Symphonic Choir, the music director for The Rose City Timberlines Men’s Barbershop Chorus, and the music director and pianist St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.
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Gary S.

Gary S.

Portland, OR 97266
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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, 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.


*** 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 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
Public Speaking
Stage Dialects
Speech concerns and options


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
starting at
$40 / 60-min

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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Josh S.

Josh S.

Gresham, OR 97030
starting at
$20 / 30-min

Charity M.

Beaverton, 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


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!
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.
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.

Beaverton, OR 97007
starting at
$35 / 30-min

M. A.

Hillsboro, OR

We will assess your starting point and then build a lesson plan to establish certain acting techniques and tools that you can turn to when I'm not around. Acting is all about being present in the moment, so we want you to be comfortable enough with your process that you don't overthink and simply be there. We'll work on auditioning, rehearsing, and character building. Through my work in film and theatre, I have insight into acting for both mediums. So our focus will be up to you.

About M.

M.Allam is available for lessons at his local library, your home/location, or online via Skype, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime. He is a working professional in writing and directing film, TV, and theatre. He has a BFA and MFA in Film Directing and has worked and trained with award winning artists in both regional theatre and public television. Over the past 6 years, he has also dedicated time to tutor and teach in both writing, film production, and acting.

In his acting teaching/coaching, M employs exercises and techniques derived from Stanislavski, Adler and Meisner. Additionally, he utilize
s methods he's learned from the very talented and experienced directors he's had the benefit of learning from.

He has years of experience in academic writing, and screenwriting. He spent the past two years tutoring students at his university's Writing Center. Additionally he taught last summer at a Summer Arts camp for grades 3-9, teaching the kids all aspects of film production.
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M. A.

M. A.

Hillsboro, OR 97123
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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