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About Austin E.

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Chicago, IL
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I've been playing chess for about 8 years. Aside from being a strong player, I also have experience tutoring players of all ages and skill levels. This includes my time instructing a competitive and successful high school chess team as well as serving as a personal tutor for different people in their homes. Of the hours I have formally tutored, I have amassed a 5 star rating on a comparable website.
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Drake February 12, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Really accommodating on scheduling the session. When it cam to the lesion, he quickly assessed where to begin and made it fun while informative.
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Clyde July 18, 2016
· Chess · In home
Exceptional gentleman and very professional. Arrived ahead of time 5 minutes which is ideal and took time to chat with Clyde which is fantastic. Clyde enjoyed the time with Austin and is already looking forward to next Sunday. Perfectly executed Austin!
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Austin E.

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$30 / 30-min

About Randy S.

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Mount Prospect, IL

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I have always been an actor first, simultaneously I have believed a teacher is born not bred. At the risk of tooting my own horn; I am well trained, both as an actor and a teacher with more than a few credentials to support those claims; please peruse my background.

Regarding Texas Hold 'em (poker), I have been playing and teaching the game, and working for online casinos for over thirty years. My approach is simple, requires extreme discipline, but I can show you how to win more than you lose. And this is true is all subjects I teach.

I have a Masters degree in Theatre History and Criticism (Theatrical Critical Theory). I have teaching experience and have been exposed to many different types of teaching styles and locales, (i.e. classroom, studio). My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, sequence acting/directing.

Peace and Kind Regards
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Brandon February 27, 2019
· Poker · Online
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Jessica February 1, 2019
· Method Acting · Online
Very uplifting first class. Thank you Randy.
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Michael C. October 25, 2018
· Acting · Online
Randy is a genius and is very encouraging! I highly recommend!!
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Randy S.

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About Tony W.

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Seattle, WA

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Do you love to draw? Do you want to be an expert character animator? Do you know and want to apply the core, essential principles of movement to whatever animation style that most interests you? If so, I'm probably the perfect teacher for you! (Note, I DO NOT teach animation software. Instead I use simple drawing techniques to teach everything that underpins ALL forms of animation - whether they be traditionally hand-drawn, stop-frame, claymation or state-of-the-art computer approaches.) Perfect for the raw beginner, or even an ambitious professional who simply wants to take their work to the very next level! So let me introduce myself...

I am a British Academy Award winning animator who has made over 200 TV Commercials, 2 TV Specials, several Short Films, and ‘The Pink Panther Strikes Again’ movie titles at the beginning of my career
. From the outset I was personally taught by some of the most amazing master animators ever - Ken Harris ('Bugs Bunny' and 'Roadrunner' for Warner Brothers), Art Babbit ('Pinocchio' and 'Fantasia' for Disney) and Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner). I later successfully ran my own award-winning London animation studio for 20 years, before moving to the States in 1998 to live and teach. In the USA I have taught at the highest college level for over 14 years, when I also became author of several respected books on animation, including - 'Animation from Pencils to Pixels', 'How To Make Animated Films', 'The Animator's Notebook' and 'The Animator's Sketchbook'. Animation schools and colleges around the world use my books. My own master animator reputation & expertise has been developed through traditional, hand-drawn (2D) animation for the film industry. However, I have since developed a whole range of teaching techniques that will help students of ALL forms of animation, whether its for the Film, Games, TV or the Web industries. The ‘core principles of movement’ are essential for all kinds of animation, whether it be 2D, 3D, Claymation, Stop-frame or any other kind. So I now focus less on technology and software, and more on the core principles of movement through ‘gesture drawing from observation’ and other means. In this way my students do not need to purchase extremely expensive equipment or software, they often need little more than a pencil, eraser and a sketchbook – with a lot of their own dedication they need to bring to the party. I am also insistent that students of animation also learn about fundamental design, layout, film structure and storyboarding - as all these are all essential to all great, animation. So I hope you will join me and become yet another of my successful students who are currently working in the animated film and/or video game fields today.
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Timothy March 14, 2018
· Animation · Online
Tony is a skilled animator and a fantastic teacher. His course breaks down all of the necessary fundamentals and he is a patient and willing mentor for what is obviously his passion. if you want to learn to animate, look no further.
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Cynthia Hoffstrom March 1, 2018
· Animation · In studio
Tony White has the patience to watch inspired animators grow. His ideas feed into our concepts we have and he is the adviser that guides us to how our ideas become a reality on paper or on a monitor. He has assisted me to where I am today.

If I could be instructed by Tony White again and again, I'd never say no.
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Kenny March 1, 2018
· Animation · In studio
He was the first person who told me that I could make it, achieving my dream in animation industry. He is a very passionate person, and will give his best support towards those who shares the same passion. One of the best teacher I've ever met.
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Seattle, WA 98166
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About Donna Z.

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Lynnwood, WA
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About Donna
I am devoted to your success, and having fun getting there.
Personalized individual lessons are the best way to learn

- If you are new to sewing, I will help you get comfortable with the machine.
- If you don't have a machine, I can help you find one that fits your needs.
- If you know the basics, I will help you advance your skills.

- Want to learn to quilt? I can get you started.
- Looking for new types of quilting? I can help you, or we could do one of my original designs.

You have untapped talents.
You just need the techniques and tools to discover them; whether you want to create fabric art, wonderful garments, or an heirloom quilt.

Together we can unleash your creativity.
Where shall we start?
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Diane February 7, 2019
· Quilting · In studio
I have had several quilting lessons with Donna and have truly enjoyed our lessons. She is patient, kind, friendly and supportive. She is creative and clearly passionate about the art of quilting. I highly recommend her if you are looking to learn how to sew and/or quilt.
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Tony January 12, 2019
· Sewing · In studio
Donna was very personable and nice. I learned a lot from her and she made sewing less awkward for me. I went home immediately and tried my new techniques. I was able to complete another project from what I learned earlier that day. Donna’s great!
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Bev December 10, 2018
· Sewing · In home
It has been a pleasure to work with Donna. She is very accommodating and patient with my learning style. I'm glad she is willing to come to my home to teach me.
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Donna Z.

Lynnwood, WA 98036
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About Alexis H.

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Chicago, IL
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I am currently a jewelry & craft maker in Chicago. Most of my pieces are hand made & some are also made out of yarn as well. Those are the reasons I chose to teach crochet & jewelry making, its already apart of my everyday life & my passion.
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Alexis H.

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About Ethan T.

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Jacksonville Beach, FL
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Hello all future potential students! My name is Ethan and I grew up on physical sports and yes, gaming. I ended up playing D1 football in college but left the program to fulfill my dream of being a professional gamer/streamer. I’ve won 3 local gaming tournements in Florida for Overwatch and have 2 years of semi-professional/amateur esports coaching. I play about any game that is popular or trending but my main gem is Overwatch, placing Gold-Masters depending on my chosen account. I’m a fun and bubbly guy determined to make something of my life while also affecting those around me in a positive manner! If you let me be your gaming Sensei, I promise you will gain unprecedented knowledge, hints, and tips in order to make you the best possible gamer!
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Ethan T.

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$15 / 30-min

About Barbara M.

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Redmond, WA

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I was born in British Columbia, Canada, but grew up here in the beautiful Puget Sound area of Washington. Sewing and fabrics were very much a part of my life for as long as I can remember! My beloved grandmother was an excellent seamstress, and I can remember the lovely garments she made. Her hands were always busy and she helped support her family of 10 children in Canada with her sewing during the Great Depression. One of my most cherished pieces of furniture is her old Singer treadle sewing machine. My grandmother's sewing talents were passed to my mother, who also made beautiful clothes for me as I grew up. I can remember endless shopping trips to the fabric stores where I was fascinated by all the colors and textures!

Eventually I began sewing my own clothing, and after I was married I worked for a time at the upscale Designe
r's Fabric store in Bellevue, WA. When my daughter was born, I found myself sewing dresses and doll clothing for her, just as my mother and grandmother had done for me. Sewing for children was so enjoyable that my mother and I opened a business called RuBarb Creations, where we made custom clothing for children. In 1995 I became the costume director for a private school. During the next nine years I costumed over 24 plays, including 7 major Shakespeare productions and 6 high school musicals.

For over 20 years I was a piano instructor, having taught many children to enjoy playing the piano. My love of teaching and working with kids, and my passion for sewing and the fabric arts led me to finally fulfill my dream of opening a sewing school, where I have taught for over 6 years. I have an Associate of Arts Degree from Northwest University and a BA degree in English/Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University.

My goal is to pass on the joy of sewing, so that others can be encouraged to explore the wonderful creative world of sewing! I hope to enrich lives, giving my students confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and a life-long skill that is slowly leaving our culture. In turn, I hope to inspire others to share their talents with those in the world around us.
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Barbara M.

Redmond, WA 98053
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$45 / 60-min

About Jessica K.

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Lake City, FL
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If you're nervous, pick me! Crocheting became a passion while I lived in Alaska, and now it's an obsession. There are so many reasons I love it and I would love to help others learn too! I love teaching and volunteer at my kids schools!! So grab a hook and some yarn and let's get going!
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Jessica K.

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$20 / 15-min

About Linda G.

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Petaluma, CA
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I started sewing because I was too tall for clothing offered for my age. As soon as I started sewing, my Mother wanted me to make her fancy dress for the local dances. And that was the beginning. By high school, I was the student teacher in the sewing class.

Since them I have made bridal gowns, fancy dress gowns, dresses and other garments as well as home decor (pillows, slip covers, duvet covers and more.)

I can help you with learning your machine, fixing a pattern, basic and advanced sewing and alterations.

To me sewing is a journey - i know that sounds dumb - but everything we make teaches us a new technique. From learning to sew a straight line to making bound button holes. Hand finishing is also something I can teach you so the inside is as beautiful as the outside and you will have a garment that will last you until it is Thr
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Linda G.

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$50 / 60-min

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6 Popular Spring Hobbies That Won't Break the Bank
Happy first day of spring! Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, it's the perfect time to start a new hobby. And don't worry -- there are tons of hobbies to choose from that don't require expensive equipment or pricey commitments. In fact, many of these cheap hobbies can actually save you money in the long-run. Check out our recommendations below, and see what sparks your interest! 1. Languages Did you know that learning a second language can increase your brain power, ex
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