Updated: Aug 3, 2018
These are my own personal recommendations based on my ten years of experience as an actor working in Hollywood. Actors ask me all the time who to study with, so these are just a few places and people that I have found to be seriously beneficial to my growth as an artist. At the end of the day, I always say there is no one school or one coach that will fulfill every aspect of your desire for artistic growth. It’s up to you as the artist to figure out what works for you. Hopefully, you’ll find the experience of discovering that as enjoyable as I have
Stan Kirsch Studios (SKS) - Stan Kirsch
Stan Kirsch Studios has been my go-to actor’s gym for many years. SKS emphasizes audition technique and focuses on material from television and film that is currently casting. What I love most about it is not only how professional, kind and supportive the community is, but also the no-BS, sports coach-like mentality of Stan Kirsch himself. This is not a place I would recommend for first-time actors, but for actors looking to sharpen their audition skills or knowledge of different episodic genres.
The Imagined Life Studio - Diana Castle
Diana Castle’s approach is all about harnessing your inner empath. She emphasizes creating the world of the character through imagination work. Her approach discourages strict memorization and rather, focuses on absorption of the material. The Imagined Life studio offers more of an organic process that is perfect for actors ready to dive more fully into complex, layered characters and scripts.
Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB)
UCB is an improv school that follows a unique curriculum outlined in their handbook. The coaches are generally young, approachable and working actors themselves. Classes are fun and challenging and beneficial for all kinds of actors. I have found basic improv skills to be especially helpful for commercial auditions—90% of which require some form of improvisational skill. It is my belief that every actor (whether you see yourself as better suited for drama or comedy) should have at least a basic understanding or level of expertise in improv.
All of these coaches are working actors themselves. They are experienced industry professionals who understand the ins and outs of the business as well as how to help you excel in and NAIL your audition.
Updated: Jul 29, 2018