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.
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
Johnny and I were invited to speak at the SAG Foundation about actors producing their own work (November 11, 2017).
I was invited back to speak at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation about actors processing and handling rejection (February 27, 2020).
Listen as I chat in depth about casting RENT, Jonathan Larson, what inspired her to start her coaching career, filmmaking, and more on the podcast The Cool Kids Table: Ep 7 – Heidi Marshall.
Listen as I talk behind-the-scenes casting tips on the podcast No, I Know: EP#20 RENT Audition Throwback (and new tips!).
Listen as I discuss the iconic film Sixteen Candles on the podcast Still Got It: Episode 90: Sixteen Candles.
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. She’s coached countless actors into roles for Film, TV, and Theater. Most recently, she coached and prepped Halle Bailey for her audition and screen test for Disney’s upcoming The Little Mermaid. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your class was instrumental in helping me develop the techniques that allowed me to go into that audition room 4 different times and finally land the role of Richie (HBO Looking). I tell all my actor friends about your class, I can’t rave enough about it.
I am so much more comfortable in front of the camera now, and am really going to lean into my sense of play going into any audition room. I’m so much better at taking adjustments and being open to receiving them. It’s been a treat to watch each take back and see the growth and changes between them.
I feel empowered! The audition room used to feel like a scary place but now it feels like a safe place to play. I will do EVERYTHING I learned in audition rooms. Especially changing the energy of the room. Thank you!!!
I had this idea in my head that I had to be totally still and subtle to the point of being unnatural, and as silly as it sounds, I’ve realized that on camera acting really is just acting! I think I’ve loosened up and am trusting my instincts more.
And I’m putting myself out there more for on-camera auditions—I’ve booked two upcoming short films, which I think will be great practice.
Just wanted to tell you I booked a co-star role! I can’t thank you enough for all you taught us in your Part 1 class. I am new to the tv film world, and your class really pushed me outside my comfort zone and has helped me own auditions these past few weeks!
I have a new perspective/understanding of how much I’m ALLOWED to OWN my presence in the room in my auditions. In fact, I have to! And I do my best work when I do so.
I feel like I have a lot more fluid approach. I am no longer approaching auditions from a place of getting it right and am approaching it from a place of putting my own stamp on things.
I learned more in these 4 weeks than I have in the years of acting classes I’ve taken. It was a perfect balance of working on the craft and learning about the business. THANK YOU HEIDI!
I really realized in the final class how it feels to contain myself to the “plan” out of fear, versus how it feels to allow myself to take in, be vulnerable to my scene partner (especially when I’m telling myself that the character is not supposed to be as vulnerable as I am!), and let behavior come out of those small, specific moments.
I think ownership of the audition process shifted the most for me. It’s always been such a daunting process for me and I’m getting better at walking in with confidence and a little reckless abandon.
This class has given me the confidence to go into an on camera audition and feel like I can give my 100% without thinking I’m doing something wrong or flying by the skin of my teeth. I will walk in knowing how to slate properly and how to handle an on camera audition vs. before I had no clue how they were even run.
I realized that for many years I was presenting myself in a wrong way. I was more concerned about what they wanted me to do. Now I can create a character of my own to inspire others, and it is so exciting to think this way! I think this will replace my nervous energy with positive exciting energy at auditions!
I absolutely LOVED this class. I accomplished my goals of feeling more confident in front of the camera and getting better at audition skills all while having a great time. And it was such a warm and supportive environment. Every single piece of advice, note, and direction from you was extremely helpful and I left knowing how to continue forward with my goals each class. I also said in the first class that I was feeling embarrassed and ashamed walking into an audition and submitting and that has completely disappeared and for that, I am grateful. Thank you Heidi 🙂
This past fall – due in no small part to your class – I was cast as a series regular on a new Amazon show.
Exciting news: I booked my first Co-Star role on CBS’s Elementary!! I filmed it last week and it went so well.
I can’t wait to get back into class soon!
Thank you so much for everything! I’m really grateful for all the breakthroughs I’ve had in your class. You are incredible and have such a wonderful wealth of knowledge.
I’m grateful for all you do afterwards to keep us connected and engaged as well.
You’ve completely reinvigorated my love for acting on camera.
Your class was genuinely a very big factor in what finally allowed myself to fully understand and accept that the choices I make are mine and no one is “better”— we just bring ourselves differently to the character.
THANK YOU for always going out of your way to give such thoughtful and helpful tips and personal stories. And thank you for providing a community of support and knowledge on Facebook!!
Heidi—I had an in-depth audition the other day where the director gave me notes and worked with me on all the material he had me prepare. Because of what you talked about your Part I class about the process and watching the actor “working through it,” I gave myself permission to take the time I needed to process the feedback before doing the second iterations. I feel like in the past I would have rushed immediately into doing it again. So grateful for the experience with you in class!
I wanted to thank you again for our session yesterday. It was so fun and inspiring, and my manager was super happy with the clip options.
Thank you for making this journey so warm, inviting, and so so simple!! I feel so much more confident in front of the camera because of you! Can’t wait to be on set!
Thank you again for such a wonderful class! It’s been so long since I was in a classroom setting and acting class that I was legitimately pretty scared going into this, but you’re so kind and wise—you truly gave me a lot to think about and use going forward.
Thank you thank you for your patience and generosity!
I’m seeing the effects of taking your class almost immediately. I don’t know if it’s the newfound confidence, the on-camera training, or the new clips on my website, but something’s working!
I’ll probably keep repeating this over and over again but you have no idea how excited I am to be in class with you. I thought I’d be terrified to learn this new medium, but all of that fear has turned into excitement! I’m excited to get messy and fail and learn in this safe place.
Your thorough, process-driven approach is something that allows students to discover and really have the “ah ha” moments organically. Thank you for making Part 1 a very safe, human, and demystifying experience.
I booked my first ever pilot here in LA! Shout out to the #HeidiMarshalltechnique saving my ass!!!
I walked out of the room feeling confident and proud of what I did! That NEVER happens when I audition for tv lol SO THANK YOU!! The tools you provided have been extremely helpful and I can’t wait to work with you again in the future.
I can’t tell you how completely influential and helpful and transformative it all was.
I had been feeling stuck coming into your class, but your class reinvigorated me and gave me new ways to approach the business.
I am still reeling from our incredible class. I learned so much and am feeling EMPOWERED! I feel like I am finally ready to leap off the edge I was hesitating on!
I’m starting pilot season and am using all the tools I learned in class.
I can’t thank you enough for all you have taught me, how much better you’ve made me and how much you’ve changed me. Not only as an actor, but as a human. You are magic.
Thank you so much for such a beautiful, inspiring class. I loved learning from you and my classmates. I already felt like I knew how to audition, but now I really feel like i know how to succeed and bring more of myself into the room.
How do I possibly begin to thank you for the invaluable learning experience you’ve given me! And! While creating a home environment with your warm and encouraging spirit. You’ve nurtured a new and energized wave of thinking in me. I’ve more clarity about how I’m viewed professionally within the industry and how I view myself as an artist personally. It’s refreshing to have a more holistic approach to the industry, marketing, auditions, preparation, and self creating. I also had one of the better auditions of my 6 year stint here in NY. Not only did I show my commitment and eagerness to perform to the Creative Team, I showed it to myself. It was a total game changer for me.
YOU have made such a BIG difference in many, Many, MANY ways for me.
Heidi Marshall: THE HYPE IS REAL. I am so fucking happy to be in your class.
Your class was exactly what I needed in my life right now. I feel empowered and inspired.
“Dear actor friends, who dread auditioning even though you’re painfully, amazingly great actors… get thee to Heidi Marshall’s audition class ASAP. You’ll experience a paradigm shift and start loving auditions. I certainly have! I can’t say enough good things about her class. Seriously.
Thank you so much for that coaching session. Truly feel inspired and prepared for this shoot.
I’m now more confident than ever about my my career and where I’m at in my journey.
Very seldom in life are things ever as promised. My audition, my first ever without singing, was as if I had done a dozen prior to. Your class presented the geography of the room as it actually was. You gave me the mind-set that allowed me to hold to the points I needed and ignore the ones I did not need. I was, I guess we can assume, successful. [He booked HBO on his first audition!]
I learned WAY more than I was expecting about acting as a whole, not just for the camera, and about myself as a performer and artist. I am very grateful for the extreme care and clear effort you put into your work with your students.
Your class was one of the best things I did for myself as an actor this year and what you’ve created and continue to foster is such a wonderful source of information and encouragement and community. What you’re doing has brought me so much value and I wanted to thank you.
Thanks for EVERYTHING HEIDI! Really incredible insight. Such a great class. So helpful. Hope to see you soon for coaching on a project!
Thank you for everything- working with you has definitely been both eye opening and game changing.
I draw on things I learned from you every time I get in front of a camera whether it’s a job or an audition, and I am amazed at how much my experience of film and TV has changed since that time.
I can honestly say that after taking your classes, the way that I prep for auditions has completely changed. I am so much more confident and prepared now so that I can just have fun and let go in the room.
“I learned so much and you are so gracious and supportive. I am working hard to put that knowledge into play. I don’t feel like an unleashed ballon floating around all over the place. Because of your class I feel more grounded because I have a fuller tool chest.
"I just wanted to make sure I properly communicated to you how this class was so much more than I ever expected. It wasn't just about film and tv technique but about who we are as people, finding our unique voice and believing that this is what is going to get us work. Everything else is out of our control really. That's my Biggest take away. So THANK YOU again for being YOU and for wanting to teach.
Since taking your class I have booked two theater jobs and signed with an agent. I feel completely different in my auditioning, stage and screen. I am so grateful for your incredible class and for your generosity of spirit! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
You are such an inspiration to me and a reminder to stick to my guns. Your generosity and love of teaching and the craft creates a safe and encouraging space in which to learn. And I saw my classmates just bloom over the 4 weeks.
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the amazing learning environment you created in the four classes I had such a pleasure of being a part of! I took so many good notes, have so many great take away’s, and now feel much more comfortable and trusting of myself in the room with a camera pointed at me! I can’t thank you enough!
Your class was the beginning of an unlocking thing that really helped me find my way back into the work I love.
Thank you for pushing me to my limits and places I didn’t know I could go. I left last night with more confidence in film that I ever have.
“Your class is really a joy and inspiring in all the best ways I know of in our business/adventure.
As I shoot a drama serial in Karachi, Pakistan, I remind myself of the acting tips I learned in class. They are handy across languages! Thank you.
So much of my confidence has been boosted after working with you. Understanding my brand, my actor triggers, etc has really made a difference. I know that I have a lot more to learn (always), but instead of waiting I’m being proactive…which is huge for me. My website, my resume, even my new headshots are all thanks to you! You’re a fantastic teacher but more importantly you’re just a great person
Thank you, Heidi, for being a blessing to the creative community in every way.
I feel reenergized and inspired to stay acting and to be in this biz… I’ve regained a confidence in my ability to act, and certainly have rekindled a major passion to work hard at my craft and get better and better at it, and this is after a long period of feeling quite “rusty” and not being sure if I could even do it anymore… Feels Like I’m de-rusting for sure. And I also love your emphasis on staying creative in all ways, daily!! It’s certainly one of the roadblocks I’ve experienced in my life, that of giving up the daily discipline of creating, the ritual of it, because life and finances are just too tough! Ah, fear and excuses…. Happy to say I am now of the mind it’s never too late to start a career and a creative life anew…
I am reeling from last night's class. Couldn't sleep till 3 A.M. - it was like I had an acting red bull that's organic and good for you. Thank you for creating a safe place to play and share. Your teachings are spot on, your intuition too. I was so nervous after the first class hearing about your journey with Rent and La Boheme. Then I remembered you are a human being too!! And an amazing one!! So thank you for putting me at ease not without a little nudging to unearth the goods! I will always welcome those adjustments! I feel a great sense of accomplishment and peace after your class.
Thanks again for an amazing 4 weeks. It’ was super fun and some amazing take aways that I’ll be putting into practice!
Everything from your class is synthesizing and I feel I’m unlocking my potential in auditioning. Grabbing that low-hanging fruit! I cannot thank you enough.
I just realized today that over the past week I’ve been a happier person. I thought, maybe it’s me trying to change my overall attitude, but I’ve had an epiphany that it’s being in your class and it’s working! It’s the same feeling I get when I write, I think it’s because I’m creating and being proactive, so thank you again for your wisdom and encouragement!!
Thank you for the advice you gave me at the end of Part 1 camera class. You tell us to create the projects we want to be in and make them happen. Your advice may be simple, but it opens physical and artistic doors that make this career so rewarding.
I feel very strongly about nurturing my community of fellow artists, and it is so nice be in a room where that is encouraged. This class has taught me a lot about the business and myself, and lit a fire under my ass in the process!
I'm missing the tough and wonderful work of your acting class. Just had to take 5 seconds to say thank you for the way you show up for us, push us, tell us the truth, and find magical ways to make us do better. Wow.
Thanks for such an amazing class… I feel ready to walk into any audition and present myself confidently.
Your class was everything my friend promised: so much more than acting class. Your love of actors and the support system are found nowhere else.
I’d love for you to know that I still apply your audition technique years later and find it invaluable. In fact I just booked a recurring role on Boardwalk Empire season 3
Watching not just everyone in the class, but also watching you work and approach things has been SOOO informative, and it’s been a while since I’ve worked some of these muscles with a lot of the work I’ve been doing the last couple of years, so it’s exciting and terrifying in the best way.
I am learning so much, I am giddy with possibility.
It’s been a huge revelation for me. When four different people told me to sign up because you would be perfect for what I was looking for, I knew I needed this in order to feel more confident moving forward- and the class more than delivered. To feel like I can focus on the acting because the mystery of the room and the process has been cleared up for me is EVERYTHING. Honestly, the information you gave us in the first class alone would have been worth the price of the 4 weeks. I am totally grateful and can’t wait to come back for more.
I loved your class and it really did help to boost my confidence ( as well as my skills) as I head back out to the wilds of LA.
I had a good casting session with several indie film casting directors at Network event. I have to say, that they loved the picture you suggested as an Indie shot, overall the scene was a big hit, and it was wonderful to be able to direct them to my website to see my reel for other work. Thanks for pushing for those things to come together.
It was really nice to get to know you again after all these years, and I do feel that what I learned in the class has fundamentally changed how I audition on camera. No small thing!
Today was the first audition where I really felt like I took back the power in the room, and thus no matter what happens, I feel really great about what I did! And more confident in my abilities for next time. Do I think it was the best work I’ve done in an audition? No, definitely not, but it was definitely the best overall audition experience I’ve had in a looong, looong time, or maybe ever. And now I feel like I can focus more on the prep for the actual work – I know, craaaazy idea- instead of freaking out about going into the room. All thanks to techniques you’ve shared with us. I just had to share that with you. Thank you!!
I have been doing this since I was 5 years old, taken a million acting classes and yours was the only one that I actually felt truly helped me as a blocked artist.
Your eye and focus and ability to dissect talent issues… amazing.
It can be very hard, as one gets older, to dig into what blocks you- impeding your work, your flow, your joy, etc- and I am deeply grateful to you for giving me a safe space in which I can reveal those things so I can exorcise it and be in my bliss again!
Heidi has worked as a casting director, directs, and genuinely likes actors, so what she offers is insider information that empowers the actor in the experience of auditioning.
I have been reflecting on the class all week and whenever i think about it i feel calm. Just calm about my work and calm about the future and that is rare for me. Your class really is a safe space to work in and i’ve not felt that before. Thank you again so much for a truly unique and amazingly fun class! I really do feel very changed as an actor.
Thank you so much for all of your help and incredible insight. I have learned so much from you these past couple of months. I feel so much more confident in auditions situations– on or off camera. And I feel like I have a deeper understanding of myself as an actor– my unique essence, and a deeper appreciation of it. As well as how to keep it light! 🙂
Your class is just what I needed. You have such a wonderful, positive and inspiring way of helping others. Thank you very very very much for choosing to help us actors do what we love and do it well! I love you!
I just wanted to thank you, Heidi, so much for all your encouragement and genuine support. I just attended an Actors Connection event with a group of panelists, mostly casting directors, and it highlighted how rare and amazing your passion for working with actors really is. I'm beginning to understand what it means to do the job of bringing "all of yourself" as an actor to an audition (what it really means to PREPARE), and it's just making me reflect on what that means for a casting director too. It's such invaluable insight for an actor to have and think about, and I want to thank you so much for the part you've played in helping your actors understand the dynamic that exists in the audition room.
I know what I’m doing in the theater, I know when it’s working and when it’s not. I can’t tell with camera. I guess it’s just going to take time and constant working. In all, I’m still trying to get out of the mode of doing it right, but doing it me. Because no one can be me and when I let myself just be me, I think it’s a pretty special thing. Thanks for listening. Working it out.
Can’t be more excited and thankful for your class, your spirit, your mentoring!!!! I would say you’re one of the few truly supporting, honest, authentic amazing artists out there right now. You are doing magic for us, keep it up!!!!
Tuesday was really special, I walked away with such a sense of self and power as a performer unlike ever before. Can’t wait to dive deeper.
I’m really loving all that’s happening in class. Thank you for your continuous encouragement and inspiration.
just want to thank you! I had an audition this morning that I’ve been dreading for a number if reasons but I went in an applied your audition tips and I felt great! For the first time, ever, I really allowed myself time to think the thoughts and let the scene breathe. I’m so thrilled that I decided to take your class. It’s already paying off. Can’t wait to learn more.
For me there was just so much reminding going on. The stuff that we may take for granted and just assume it’s going to work for us always but really, it will never if you don’t constantly work at it and keep it fresh… I.e. Listening, connecting, letting the work go and just being present. I’m learning to be still and simple. It’s hard for me! But I was shocked at what happened when I just sat and allowed things to happen. It all just showed up and felt truthful and alive. I can’t wait to continue exploring the intimacy that is acting on camera!
I can’t say Thank you enough for being one of the best if not THE BEST teacher in town, I’m so grateful to have met you and to have the opportunity to explore my craft deeper in such a positive environment!
[What shifted most about acting on camera] confidence with being real, ugly, messy. swinging between opposing emotions, making bigger choices! less self consciousness!
I knew my lines and beats, and I told myself “have fun!” And ya know what? I even surprised myself! I focused on my reader and listened and they all laughed through the entire take. Then the director gave me an adjustment and I did it again (AND I even asked questions!) and they laughed AGAIN all the way through it!!! Thank you for all that you impart in me/us and for your Unbelievable Positivity!! God bless you. I had so much fun I was floating on air afterward.
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.