NOVEMBER

Find ease acting on camera in a safe and small class.

Exploring truth on camera is both technique and philosophy. Learn to allow your specificity to anchor you, and trust yourself in the moment-to-moment work that follows.

Class size: Limited to 8 students
Prerequisites: Open to all
Location: Union Square, New York City
$550*
*$300 deposit is required to guarantee your slot. Non-refundable, but transferable to a friend.

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Tuesdays
November 26, December 3, 10, 17
1-5pm
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November 26, December 3, 10, 17
6:30-10:30pm
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Conversations with Heidi

Dear talented actors,

I look for windows of opportunity between my directing gigs to teach this class. I always get inspiration and rejuvenation when working with talent on camera. You all inspire me.

My classes are small and private, and they operate purely from word-of-mouth by over 2,000 alumni students and the countless actors I auditioned while I worked in casting. I’ve been offering this class format since 2003, and I’m thrilled that word-of-mouth is powerful and that there is such a need for this type of class.

With so many classes and networking events out there, I frequently see confusion arise in actors about your marketability, your skills, and your belief in your own talent.

Think of me as a private coach within your audition process. 

My passion lies in supporting you as an actor as you navigate through the information and the “truths” presented to you about yourself and the business. This is a safe class to explore your marketability and camera skills.

There are actors of ALL levels of experience and ages in my classes and private coachings: working TV actors, veteran theater actors (Tony Award-winning, regional, fringe), film actors in supporting and leading roles, commercial actors, and actors returning to the business after a hiatus called “life happens.” When you start working in front of the camera, the playing field quickly gets leveled.

My classes—Part 1 and Part 2—are not separated by levels of talent. Everyone, including the award winners, starts with me in Part 1, and we build a process together. I lay in the lessons and techniques very thoughtfully and purposefully over the classes. Some actors will say it is like developing a philosophy together. This class will give you more than just techniques. It’s the whole package.

I look forward to working with you,

Heidi Miami Marshall

About Heidi

Heidi Marshall

ACTING COACH: Heidi’s career has spanned over 20 years and includes time as the lead Casting Director at Telsey + Co. for the Broadway musical RENT, as well as for 70+ projects in theater, film, television, commercial, and voiceover. Most recently, she coached and prepped Halle Bailey for her audition and screen test for The Little Mermaid (Rob Marshall). Heidi’s active filmmaker career informs her director’s eye and influences her aesthetic for working with actors. 

For full acting coach bio, click here

 

Who is this class good for?

This class is for actors who are committed to moving to the next level in their acting on camera, in auditions, and in performance. I teach a process and philosophy—some call it a technique, and some call it a philosophy. This class welcomes actors who are either new to or experienced with working on camera. I will build you from the ground up—or rebuild and evolve your existing skills. I run a very tight ship, and feedback is guided and unique to each person’s journey.

This class is for you if you want to feel safe and free to take risks. Find out what is in your way from booking or moving to the next level.

If you’re a working actor, you can trust that you will be challenged.

If you’re a new or returning actor, you can trust that you will be inspired.

This is not a networking class with a casting director. This is an acting and auditioning class with a teacher who has over two decades of professional high-level experience and who cares most about the actor’s process. In the end, I believe it is the process that books the job and supports the actor’s need to stay inspired.

What you get

  • Audition preparation techniques
  • Individualized coaching during class
  • Tools and strategies applicable to self-tapes and in-person auditions
  • Intimate and non-competitive space: 8 students max
  • Downloadable video files of your on-camera classwork for personal review
  • Resume templates and website reviews, plus ideas for revision
  • Audition resource guide
  • Membership access to future classes and private alumni-only Facebook group
  • Alumni discount for all future private audition coachings
  • Industry insider stories & detailed understanding of the casting machine
  • Safe space to grow and to discover your strengths & marketability
  • A passionate ally

Class content

ASSIGNMENTS

Each week, you receive an assignment. You will individually choose and prepare a NEW film scene that fills appropriate casting possibilities for you, as discussed each week in class. No monologues. You will be guided to select appropriately challenging roles and well-structured audition scenes.

Your introductory assignment includes a specially created Actor Reflection Questionnaire! Once you answer these questions, you’ll begin to understand your marketability.

WATCH YOURSELF ON CAMERA

We film your scenes and provide you with downloads after each class. It’s an excellent way to study your progress, catch your “tricks,” and see what the producers/directors are seeing on the monitors.

THE AUDITION ROOM

Who’s in it, and how does it work? We recreate the audition room in every class for on-camera auditions. In addition to auditioning for your colleagues, you will also experience sitting “behind the table” and learn to assess what makes a good audition by observing others.

PREPARING YOUR MATERIAL

Use approaches that connect you to the words and make the text play as a natural conversation (to the camera, to the reader, and to the people behind the table who are hiring you). My approach was developed extensively while directing with Baz Luhrmann, and it applies to theater, television, and film. My directing sensibility is to create ease that reads on  camera. The camera loves the moments between the moments.

YOUR REALITY VS. THE DIRECTOR/CASTING DIRECTOR’S REALITY

Explore your perception of the types of roles you are seeking to be hired for vs. the types of roles you are auditioning for.

  • Get honest with your type.
  • Learn how you handle the audition room.
  • Where are they getting their ideas of you from? Learn why you need to be in control of your social media.

AUDITIONING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF AN ACTOR’S PROCESS

Focus specifically on strengthening your individual on-camera acting skills by examining and working on your on-camera audition skills. I use the audition room as a microscope to look at your entire process as an actor.

LEARN THE TRICKS OF THE CAMERA & HOW TO BE CAST IN THE RIGHT ROLES

My years of experience as both a casting director and film/theater director will support you in shaping your audition skills and your perspective on the business.

BEYOND CLASS

I will be in dialogue with you about taking action in your career by nudging you along and providing resources. I encourage you to use select takes from class to generate interest in your talent. Yes, you can post them anywhere if it’s a published film/TV show that’s already aired. Post your scenes on your websites or to share them with reps—it’s a great conversation starter about your process as an actor!

My joy is matchmaking, and I seek those opportunities for my alumni. For this reason, I have created an Alumni Database where you can upload class videos.

I’m also an active voice in our private Facebook group for Alumni only.

Studio guarantee

Full disclosure—please note that we do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired for any project that we might direct or cast. We do guarantee my supportive honesty and my open sharing of knowledge. We teach and coach because we enjoy supporting actors as they develop their process of working within the audition room. We seek to build their knowledge about the business of auditioning.