I started out helping fellow actors prepare for auditions, just reading scenes with them. After a while, things started to jump out at me- key aspects of the story, often minute, that they hadn't noticed, habits or tics they were falling into that weren't helping them, ideas or images that kinetically conveyed the heart of what a difficult moment was about in a way that they got and let them just be a person. And then the scene would fall into place.
It was a huge thrill. Over time, actors would tell me how confident they felt after working with me, how clear the scene felt to them now- and how often they were getting callbacks after we'd worked on an audition together. That was also a huge thrill.
I realized that I love working on stories and being an actor from any side of the camera. There's the thrill of being the actor, sure. And there's also the thrill of cracking the puzzle of a scene or a moment for another actor, watching them have an "ah-ha!" moment, and then watching them execute the scene beautifully. And so I realized I loved coaching actors as well as being an actor.
Sessions are 55min long Please bring 2 copies of your sides. On-camera auditions will be worked with a camera. Theater auditions will be worked as they would be in the room with casting. Sessions take place in Park Slope, Brooklyn or at your location or Manhattan for an additional charge. Video conferencing is also an option. Rates: $60 per session in Park Slope, $150 to travel anywhere else (within reason). Availability: Most weekdays and evenings, and Sunday.
For self taped auditions, I provide a professional backdrop and footage, uploaded to a link as well as emailing you the file directly. I can coach you or just read for you, as you like. You're also welcome to bring your own camera, iPod, iPad etc for my tripod. Rates: $25 in addition to the coaching fee. Files will be available within 6 hours. Often right after our session, but no guarantees. For rush jobs, additional fees may apply.
Usually at the top of everyone's Worst Fears List, this is something I do for a living. I've hosted events for Hasbro, Suntory, Guinness, Hormel, Google, and many more, both live and on TV. I've also delivered in depth presentations on political and philosophical issues, most recently for ELI Talks, a TED-style educational venture, who has invited me to coach their upcoming cohort of speakers.
We will focus on the content and arc of your piece, whether it's a professional presentation, a sales pitch or a speech at your friend's wedding. Coaching can be done via email for content, and live or via video conferencing for delivery, timing, projection and presentation skills. Rates: $75 per session in Park Slope, $150 to travel anywhere else (within reason)