Realizing these are especially challenging times for artists, all coaching will be discounted for the foreseeable future. Because we really ARE all in this together! Additionally, all hour long coaching sessions will include a review of self tape auditions with notes so that actors can make final adjustments before submitting to casting.
As former Head of MGM Television Casting, and over 25 years dedicated to helping further the careers of notable actors such as Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Dakota Fanning, Jason Momoa, Lisa Kudrow, Bella Thorne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and many others, I bring my extensive experience as a casting director and audition coach to offer actors of all ages individual coaching that will make the difference between a passable audition and a truly memorable one.
Not unlike many casting directors, I started my professional life in the industry as an actor, first on stage, professionally, and then in Television and Film. Those experiences have informed how I approach my work as a casting director, teacher and audition coach.
After attending Arizona State University on an acting scholarship, I furthered my training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, and previous to moving to Los Angeles, I traveled the country as a regional actor, working with notable theatre companies including The Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The California Shakespeare Festival and The Arizona Theatre Company.
At the time, I didn’t have an overwhelming desire to move to LA, as many of my fellow actors did. I wanted to build my career as an actor in the theatre first, which is why, to this day, I have such respect and affection for actors who trained for the theatre and worked in Regional Companies all over the country. Some of the finest actors I ever worked with were unsung and underpaid but incredibly talented stage actors. We did it not for the money, but because we loved what we did. It was really that simple. But it was when I moved to Los Angeles, became a member of Theater West, and studied with the celebrated Casting Director, author and acting coach Michael Shurtleff, that I gained new admiration and respect for film and television acting and it’s very different approach to the audition process. It was in Michael’s class that I grew to trust my work not only as an actor, but also as an “auditioner” for film and television. It was also at that time that I gained a true appreciation and respect for the Art of Casting, which, at the time, I knew very little about. I had directed theatre and loved the collaborative interaction between actor and director and so, over time, and without too much kicking and screaming, I found myself firmly planted in a brave new world in which I could integrate my love for directing, acting and actors by fully embracing a completely new, yet somehow familiar profession; that of a casting director.
It is with this dedicated passion that I look forward to helping you prepare, create and deliver a winning audition.