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Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA

Private lessons will tackle character development, scene analysis and breakdown, beats, creating strong choices, as well as camera technique for film/tv and/or stage blocking if the scene is for a theater audition or performance. Classes will always be tailored to the student's needs and goals.

About Michelle

VOCAL COACH
Rehabilitating and strengthening voices are two of my top specialties, and each lesson will have specific exercises tailored to helping you transform your voice into the highest and best version of your instrument. I work with singers signed to labels as well as the indie artist just starting to find his/her voice, style, and signature sound. My coaching approach incorporates some of the newest technologies that have shown extraordinary results in breaking down the inner blocks of each artist. It is a tremendously joyful and fulfilling experience to watch as my students really let
their instrument shine brightly, boldly, and with an aboslutely stunning groundedness as they discover how powerful they truly are.

MUSICIAN/SONGWRITER/PERFORMER

Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her singing can also be heard on the hit tv show "Jane The Virgin", "Castle" and "Shameless" amongst others.

Education
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.

My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)

*** Specialties ***
Specialties include:
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique
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Tashaun Stanfill February 9, 2016
Film Acting · Online
Verified Student
Simply Amazing
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Anthony P. February 5, 2016
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
My son likes her. First day of class and he said he loved his class.
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Eileen December 1, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Michelle is a multi-talented individual. She brings that creativity to her teaching. As an older adult learning a new language, I appreciate her patience and encouragement. Any student of Michelle will come away from her lesson with profound positive energy.
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Michelle G.

Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Vanessa L.

Burbank, CA

Beginner- Introducing the novice actor to character development, memorization technique, and finding the joy in play.

Intermediate- Refining character development using physicality and vocal quality, introduce script analysis, finding freedom in creative choices.

Advanced- Pushing self-imposed limits to find courage in trying new creative choices, in-depth character analysis, finding subtlety and nuance in every beat.

About Vanessa

Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.

My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you an email afterwards with your homework for the week, then I use those notes to think of personalized ways to imp
rove your technique before your next lesson.

If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition with me, each lesson starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)
-Sound-proof practice room
-Parking

*** Travel Equipment ***
Digital piano for in-home voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.

Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
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Albert Chen February 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Vanessa is great, I have always been singing by straining my voice on higher notes and after a few weeks we made a major breakthrough in figuring out how to correct the problem, something my previous teacher was never able to do! Highly recommend Vanessa as a voice teacher.
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Corey Lena T. February 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Vanessa is a wonderful teacher! I just can't wait to see her again. She makes piano seem so easy!
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Jaylen G. January 29, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
My grand daughter was very excited and had so much fun..thank you so much Vanessa!!!
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Vanessa L.

Vanessa L.

Burbank, CA 91505
(26)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Samara K.

North Hollywood, CA

Masters in Acting from Harvard American Repertory Theatre and BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. I guide you in finding your own authentic expression in monologues, cold readings, and scene-work. We'll focus on bringing the elements to light that make you and your character unique for a memorable and engaging performance. With text analysis, you'll learn how to make smart, strong choices, and sharpen the tools you need to bring yourself fully to your work. Through cultivating a professional, reliable acting technique, you can amass your full potential as an artist, allowing you to truly shine on stage, screen, and in your auditions.

About Samara

Hi!

I'm Samara!

I studied formally at liberal arts institutions all over the globe, earning a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Theatre) from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts (Acting) from The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.

I've had the fortune of performing in residence at The Trinity Theatre in Dublin, and the renowned Moscow Art Theatre.

I'm a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and The Actor's Equity Association, having worked professionally in New York, LA, Miami, and Moscow in award winning Theatre, Television, Film, and Voice Over.

My favorite e
xperiences so far have been collaborating with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman and his LAByrinth Theatre Company during my senior year at NYU, working with Dennis Leary on the show "Rescue Me", headlining the Manhattan Theatre Festival with my one-woman dance-theatre piece, "Being Patient", which earned acclaimed reviews by NYC Theatre Critics, and acting in an award-winning, comedy web-series praised by Entertainment Weekly.

I coach everyone from high-profile professionals to young artists at the beginning of their career. Each session with me is always personally tailored to your progression, your type, taste in material, and preferred learning method in developing your craft.

Each client I take onto my roster holds a special place in my life as a coach. I serve not only as a teacher of the craft, but as a mentor you can turn to at any time regarding any facet of your journey as a working actor. I'm frequently emailing, texting, on the phone, supporting my clients through auditions, workshops, headshot decisions, agent meetings, and major milestones in their blossoming careers.

Many of my clients begin coaching unsure of their skill and place in the industry, but in only a few sessions, mold into artists with authority, staking their claim in prestigious training programs, arts colleges, and roles in professional theatre, TV, commercials, and film.

My overarching ambition is to open the channels that allow you to flow freely in life and art, encourage you to take meaningful, rewarding risks, and unleash the confident performer inside of you waiting to emerge.
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Gena September 11, 2015
Acting · Online
I love, love, love Samara's ability to scrutinize the text and guide me into creating finer, more compelling work. And the performance warm ups (relaxation/concentration) prepare me to deliver!
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Donnacha K. August 20, 2015
Public Speaking · Online
Verified Student
Great lesson. Looking forward to continue sessions.
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Beth P. August 5, 2015
Film and TV Acting
skills and has helped me unlock my potential. She's an amazing person inside and out. If you're considering taking lessons I recommend taking them from Samara!
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Samara K.

Samara K.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
(13)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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David T.

North Hollywood, CA

For over 30 years now acting has always been my absolute passion in life! I have the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. so they will stand out in front of the casting director or make their tape unique from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams of becoming a working actor.

About David

I have been an actor for over 30 years now with credits from televisions top rated shows such as NCIS and NCIS New Orleans and CSI Los Vegas. Film credits such as Pleasantville, Swing Kids and Stay Tuned. With series regular roles on One life to Live and Young and the Restless where I was nominated and received an Emmy for my work for Best Young Actor. I have the experience and training to coach actors who are either beginning their journey with acting or are well experienced actors who are looking to bring more color and light to their work. To make them stand out in front of the casting dire
ctor or make their tape unique and different from the rest. Acting is my passion, and I would love to share that passion with others so they may reach their dreams and experience life as a working actor.
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Derek February 1, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Couldn't have asked for a better first session! Honestly, wasn't expecting someone as insightful and informative as David was to a beginner like myself.
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Jeff January 15, 2016
Acting · In studio
David has helped me grow not only as an actor. But as a performer. I have seen marked improvement in all of my work from my stage monologues, to my acting scenes. I feel much more connected to the material and being alive within the moment
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Alexis G. December 1, 2015
Film Acting · Online
Verified Student
David is knowledgeable and fun! He answered all of our questions and took extra time to go to know us!
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David T.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(16)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA

Career guidance, acting technique, audition prep... After 8 years in Hollywood, I know a thing or two about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of acting! Last year, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 6 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader.

8 years ago, I wish I had had someone to help me fill in the missing pieces.

What more can I do? What should I do differently?

I'd love to be that person for you!

About Donnabella

Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further!

I'm Donnabella M., and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level!

***Formal Education***
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History

***Acting Background***
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 6 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader.

***The Lesson***
Besides helping you with your acting skills and audition prep, I can help you answer questions like:

-How can I book my first TV credits?
-How can I clean up my resumes & profiles to sell "me" the best?

***Specialties***
-Acting technique
-Audition prep
-Business guidance
-Set up actor submission websites/profiles/resumes
-Social media
-Agent & manager meeting prep
-Confidence
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Linda January 28, 2016
Acting · Online
Donnabella helped me take my career to the next level. I was really afraid to truly commit and make acting my priority. I've finally stopped making excuses, and I've taken back control over my self-sabotaging habits!
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Derrick January 28, 2016
Acting · Online
Donnabella helps me tremendously with stage fright and confidence. She's amaze-balls.
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Amani January 28, 2016
Film Acting · In studio
DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business.
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Donnabella M.

Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(8)
starting at
$20 / 15-min

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