a group endeavor. It explores relationships, and it requires at least two to do so. Therefore I
strongly believe that acting should not be learned solely in
a one-on-one environment.
Still, there are times when private coaching can greatly benefit
an actor. Many of my class students have worked with me privately;
others are interested but not sure if private work is right
for them or how to proceed. I hope the following is of help.
So what is private coaching?
"Private coaching" refers to any one-on-one
work an actor does with a coach hired for a set period of time.
This work can include:
Much of my private work is with actors either auditioning for
or cast in a substantial role in a film or telelvision.
We work on preparing all the scenes in which that character
appears so that the actor will walk onto the set or into the
audition "performance ready."
- work on either a specific audition or role in a project in production
- cold reading
- career counseling
- work focused on specific blocks the actor may have in
other classwork or performance.
NOTE: The agenda for private work is different for each client, so I stress that the client must be prepared to take an active role in setting the agenda for private sessions.
I'm just starting out should
I work with a coach?
That depends. Private work with beginning
actors focuses on fast-forwarding that actor's artistic and
career development and is geared to augment --not replace--
the work done in a group class.
What if I'm enrolled in a class already?
In fact, about half of the actors I coach are in a class during
their period of study with me. Our time in the private sessions
focuses on acting issues not covered in their class.
What's the time commitment?
I tell clients it's similar to seeing a therapist (the structure,
not the content). Most clients book one hourlong session per
week, and either party can reschedule with a day's advance notice.
An hour slot is 55 minutes long (give or take).
I request that most clients commit to a minimum of four sessions
up front, and we take it week by week from there. I have working clients who have
been coming to me for years, booking a session now and then
when they've got a project or big audition coming up, or they're
rusty and need a push.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY, CANCELLATION
PRICE: I charge a sliding scale between $125 and $195 per session. Current and former group class students
receive a $20 per hour discount.
TO BOOK A SESSION: simply send me en email or call me directly: (917) 733 3600
CANCELLATIONS: things happen. Audition times change. If you need to shift your appointment, call me. We can usually work it out with a little notice. If you must cancel: for SAME-DAY CANCELS, I charge half a session fee. For NO-SHOWS, I must charge the full fee for that session.
A V A I L A B I L I T Y:
Los Angeles: Mondays through Thursdays; generally noon - 6PM. Other times by advance arrangement.
New York: by appointment
you haven't worked with me before, send me an e-mail
or contact me at (9 1 7) 7 3 3 3 6 0 0
to set up an interview.
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