Dig deeper and reflect yourself authentically in all of your acting choices.
Forcibly knock down your personal obstacles on camera and learn to reinforce who you naturally are. Uncover where you’re stuck, what inspires you, and what ultimately causes you to book the job. Includes special focus on your websites and images.
For my alumni of Part 1, I have designed 4 intimate sessions that reinforce your uniqueness and continue building upon the adjustments and explorations that you’ve started.
CLASS 1: WHY YOU ARE SPECIAL
Sounds cheesy, but I’m betting that you don’t know why you are so special and valuable to a script, to a director, or to a character. I will assign a scene to you and show you why.
CLASS 2: DELIVERING EXPOSITION & CHARACTER WORK
Auditioning with boring exposition material requires a lot of character work to sell why you are perfect for the “undefined” role. Oh, this is one of my favorite classes.
CLASS 3: GOING BEYOND
Focus on taking emotional risk in the audition. I’ll encourage you to stretch yourself beyond your own beliefs. I’ll also push you to take risks in a highly charged emotional scene or a ridiculously comedic one.
CLASS 4: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU
Dramatic scenes are not the only way to show your range, your charm, and your specialness. What attracts people to you? Discover what your scene partners and audiences are responding to.
I am making a big push for all of you to clean up your social media and web presence. You will be required during this class to launch a website. (“Required” is a loose term, but I will certainly prove why you need one and push you to do it!) We will evaluate the online presence you want to create to reflect who you are and the kind of work you seek.
To my Part 1 alumni—we know and trust each other now. You want to take some big leaps, right? Let’s dig deeper.
I’m fully invested in you, and I’m learning your defaults and your strengths. We will continue to stretch your talents with each assignment.
You will need to plan for homework time to research your assignment, prepare your materials, and practice your self-tape set-ups. All studio classes are designed to stretch and support your complete prep process as an actor for self-tapes and in-person auditions. The more you put into the class, the more you get out of it!
OUR WORK TOGETHER
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.
WONDERING IF YOU’LL MISS THE IN-STUDIO EXPERIENCE?
….Nope! You’re actually going to get so much more because I’ve tweaked my 15+ year old signature class to include a BONUS FOCUS on self-tape techniques!
Again, in this online course, you’ll be getting extra attention to self-tape techniques that will blow your mind with inspiration. Plus, we’ll take a detailed look at your own tech setup.
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.
Together, let’s focus on strengthening your acting choices on camera, building your confidence, and clarifying your website/headshots presence to reflect the amazing you. Our work stems from what YOU want to have happen in your career. Let’s experiment, evaluate, and get really clear about your qualities that lure people to you.
NOTE TO NEW STUDENTS
Part 2: Film/TV Acting & Auditioning is specifically designed for students who have completed the foundation work with me in Part 1: Film/TV Acting & Auditioning. This requirement is not based on skill level, but rather on familiarity with my personal process. There is a method to my madness! And I want to start with you at the beginning. If you have not taken Part 1, please click here to register for it.
Johnny and I were invited to speak at the SAG Foundation about actors producing their own work.
I was invited back to speak at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation about actors processing and handling rejection.
In Episode 7: “Heidi Marshall,” I chat in depth about casting RENT, Jonathan Larson, what inspired me to start my coaching career, filmmaking, and more.
In Episode #20: “RENT Audition Throwback (and new tips!),” I talk behind-the-scenes casting tips.
In Episode 90: “Sixteen Candles,” I discuss the iconic film Sixteen Candles.
I share my best practices for working with actors, including live scene work with two actors, followed by a Q&A.
This is a class that is not being taught anywhere else right now. This is what all other 4-year college programs and business classes in conservatories WISH they could be teaching, but they’re not, and are likely too antiquated, and not aware of HALF of this stuff. This is where the actor goes to see where they fit in today’s TV/Film world – and LOVE that about themselves – and to actually awaken their business sense. Understanding the business of it all is not something to be afraid of (which was my problem), but to be empowered by.
One of the things I really love about working with Heidi is her ability to lift you up while also pushing you further. This class specifically was really great for learning to think like a filmmaker and start looking at the film as a whole rather than individual scenes you audition with.
I love the way you teach. You don’t just teach how to act, you teach us to actually know ourselves and do well business wise.
In just 4 classes, I can’t even count the amount of fears and insecurities you helped me put to bed. More importantly, I can’t count the number of a-ha moments and incredible bits of new info I’m taking with me. I genuinely feel transformed and leveled up as an actor and as a person – what more could someone ask for?
Thanks, Heidi! Always inspiring to be in class with you and the people you attract to work together.
If you feel lost in a sea of actors-who-are-trying-to-make-it and you have completely forgotten what makes you special or if you are even special at all, you have to take this class.
If you feel locked up with technical notes/tough feedback/cringing while you watch your self tapes and you’ve completely forgotten how to play or dig up the interesting stuff, you’ve got to take this class.
If it’s been a long time since you’ve taken an acting class where you actually feel safe to try things outside of your comfort zone, you’ve got to take this class.
It was amazing taking the two parts a year apart — I was struck by how much I’ve grown as an actor simply by growing a lot as a person over the course of a year. I am worlds more confident. I am so much more myself on-camera! I am more willing to play, investigate, and take risks. I approach on-camera work with curiosity and joy as opposed to trepidation.
Heidi’s class is necessary if you want to stay up to date on this ever changing industry, while exercising your artist muscles, and learning to be kind to yourself.
Everything you really DID NOT KNOW about TV/FILM
I continue to peel the onion and find more layers to the work.
This class is a great way for an actor to stay current, practice their craft, collaborate with others and sharpen their acting and audition prowess.
Heidi’s studio = high quality and raising your game in a safe and supportive environment
Your classes are so supportive and nurturing, and you build an amazingly wonderful community within the Zoom classroom walls. I get excited to prepare fully and present my best takes so I can learn the most from you and my peers. You meet us where we are in the moment, then encouragingly push us forward. I’ve taken some other on-camera Zoom classes this quarantine, and your format is far and away the most fruitful one I’ve experienced so far (everything from the class size and length to the self-tape tech requirements to feedback to a nuanced focus on marketing and the current industry). I feel like in the eight classes of Parts 1 & 2 I have grown by leaps and bounds.
I feel much more comfortable on camera and with watching myself now. I understand that it’s not about “less” and I really play/discover the character more now. I know techniques on how to use the frame and I’m also much better at auditioning using the tools you gave
Thank you thank you thank you for all you give and share and bring to your work with us – your invaluable insight; your beautiful, thoughtful, detailed, curious artistry; your dedicated, easy, open presence & support; the generous spirit you lead class with; the high level of work & stakes you maintain and encourage in us!!!
Thank you again for all that you invest in us. You are an amazing teacher and human, and we’re all so lucky to soak in your light and knowledge!
I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Your classes were fantastic! I learned so much and grew so much and I will take all the wonderful lessons and golden nuggets with me as I try to forge ahead in this business. I feel better prepared than ever and I am so grateful to you for that. Your warmth, generosity, creativity, commitment, support, and encouragement not only made it a safe place to fall on my face and really learn, but were also truly inspiring to me as an artist.
Thank you for always giving 200%!
I realized my negative self-talk was preventing me from having fun doing what I love to do, acting! By modifying my feedback in positive and fun ways, my mind totally shifted. I have also learned my uniqueness and marketability as a puppeteer/puppet maker.
THANK YOU… I just loved your workshop. You have such a beautiful way of encouraging actors and bringing out the best in them.
I feel stronger every time I leave. You help me find this incredible power within and I’m just loving it!!
I named a goal in your class — to be on TRANSPARENT. It’s come true — I play a wonderful guest in the series finale!
Thank you for always being such a fierce source of growth and play!
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to play in front of camera, so thank you for being patient with me and creating a safe space for us to explore our work and keep growing.
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 just shot a small role on a new show for HBO yesterday which was a huge win for me but I have so so much gratitude for you and your studio, and Johnny of course.
I appreciate EVERYTHING I’ve learned, thank you for sharing your knowledge and allowing us to explore and discover/rediscover who we are as ACTORS!
I just found out that I booked my first TV costar role! I just wanted to thank you so much for class and helping me to feel confident and find myself in the whole process. I left class feeling so energized and excited and to book right out the door was a really cool moment, so I wanted to share the news and my appreciation! Thank you for all you do for actors!!
Meeting you and taking your classes is the gift that keeps on giving.
Heidi, you rock socks!
“I didn’t know I could create my journey. “
I learned so much from you in the scope of my acting career. Every night, after one of your classes, I walked to the subway feeling so good about myself, so excited to get home and do the next thing, to add the next ingredient to my career. Your kindness, encouragement, and positivity was something that I carried into my own coaching as well. I wanted the same for my students. I was able to be blunt and honest but at the same time feel encouraged and pumped to celebrate their own uniqueness. You taught me that. So, thank you. Thank you for being an incredible teacher and human being and advocate for us actors.
Because of you and your class, I have a newfound love for acting and I’m a million times more inspired to keep creating in any and all ways. I didn’t know it was possible to be this inspired!!! Thank you for shepherding and inspiring me on my journey as an artist and human being.
I just finished filming a short this weekend and I was so so so relieved that it was after taking your class. Rather than trying to land a perfect take, I used each opportunity to make different choices, to give the director more choices not one, and it was sooooooo freeing!!!!!
I am so grateful for the community and sane container that you create for your actors.
Your thoughts & beliefs are beautifully written, the truth, & conveyed from your heart. Thank you!
Heidi doesn’t play. This experience was a lot of work and worth every ounce of effort.
I got so much out of the time we spent together; I think I benefitted more from 4 short weeks of your class than months spent with other teachers. Not only did I learn a great deal, but I also gained some much needed self-confidence and I attribute this to your approach and the supportive atmosphere you promote in your class. You helped me look at things differently and feel better about my approach. Thank you.
You’ve given me so much confidence moving forward. The whole arc of the classes is so inspiring and wonderful [Parts 1 & 2]. Truly, all of the doubts and anxieties I had about myself and what I was “putting out there” had been my worst enemy, and you’ve not only helped me embrace them, but learn to love them about myself and use them to my advantage.
You are in it at the heart and soul level. That’s why you reach such depth with us in the studio.
It was the most empowering experience I have had in many many years. Your generosity inspires me as an artist, teacher, and human. I have my first film audition tomorrow (today)! It’s a short surreal-horror-comedy. I want to have fun and be present in the moment, welcoming surprises.
Nilsa and are in the process of developing our own projects and we help each other prepare for auditions, so we decided to take Heidi’s classes together. Working with Heidi has helped us figure out how to better coach and direct each other and made our creative process even more fun.
Thanks for all your help with getting me up and running. I’ll be using what I learned in your classes for years.
Heidi, thank you again for such a wonderful learning experience and all the support, you really rock!!!
Going Beyond was the most valuable exercise for me. Not necessarily because of how my work changed when you worked on it with me. (I really really liked the last take that I got.) But the lesson was helpful because of the process that you introduced to us to use after auditions.
Your class shifted my mind and heart and perspective in such a positive direction. You are perpetuating a community of creative people that are kind to and considerate of each other. It is amazing to understand there is no real “other side” of the table, we are all striving towards the same goals!
I definitely feel like I made more risks since Part 1. I noticed that I tend to stay away from doing comedy because I don’t think I’m funny, but it’s so much fun to do the more physically demanding roles!
It was extremely valuable to hear that we all need to find what we like about ourselves and what we can pat ourselves on the back for accomplishing, because chances are no one will do it for us.
Second time around and I didn’t think it was possible to learn anymore from you but I sure did. I felt like class was even more challenging for me this time. Thank you for pushing me. For helping me acknowledge my crutches and work through them. Showed me how to put things into action. I feel like I have a whole new set of tools to help me in that audition room. But most importantly you reminded me that my career goes beyond what I do in the room, but that I also have to know how to market myself and showcase my work in the best way possible.
Thanks so much for all of your giving and generosity. Your incredible spirit is why we all come back to you (and send our friends! :))
In the beginning, I was unclear about how much of myself I should bring to the character. And now, I feel secure to create character using my core qualities. We quickly realized there’s no wrong way to read a scene. Everyone will bring their own spin. No need to try and become something we are not. We can simply create from our most authentic selves. I also have a better sense of my marketability and the direction of my site!
I learned so much about myself and acting from your class, and for the first time, I found the joy and fun in auditioning. I had two auditions for plays two weeks ago and used what I learned in your class for both auditions. I got great feedback and booked both of them!
Part one is a great foundation, but part two gives me permission to actually believe all the “Ah-ha” moments I’m having. So much so, that these “Ah-ha” moments are happening outside the classroom–AND I BELIEVE THEM!
Taking the alumni class is a booster, I feel so much more connected to my craft and have a better focus on what my goals are…it’s the recharge I needed!
I will say that the first class of Part 2 blew my mind. By seeing other actors deliver the same material in a completely different way, it exposed that the only person you compete with is yourself and that no one really does what you do.
Thanks again for the great class. 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!
Heidi, I love the way you make us feel like heroines!
Wow… I learned a great deal about myself on many levels… so thank you!
I see your classes as a continuation, a process of going more in depth with your actor self and your marketability. In Part 1, you find your niche but may only go partially there commitment-wise on the journey. In Part 2, I saw in my self and other actors a deeper commitment to our own place and marketing it to the entertainment community AND a lesson that this journey of “coming to this marketing commitment “is a deeply creative one, not just “Marketing” in a cold sense.
The thing about your classes is that you are asking students to learn about themselves – who they ARE. Serious self-reflection can be a jarring thing for some people. But the ones who really buy in and want to actively take part in that journey, they sign up for the next class because they want to continue learning about themselves. So you have this group of people who really “get” that to understand any character, they have to understand themselves first.
In Part One class, I was able to find how to tap into the audition process and in Part Two I was able to find how to tap into the overall process of my career.
Part 2 I felt was all about delving into the relationship between the actor and the camera. A more technical class. Part one was delving in to self, identifying type, working toward and against type casting- and part 2 I think incorporates all of that work and then brings on camera technique to it, Maybe that was just my experience, but I felt that after 1 I could identify roles I would be cast in and roles I’d like to play and part 2 was taking that knowledge and putting it to use by applying technical skills in front of the camera and refining my audition prep. Also, after 2, I knew what kind of photos I wanted and how I wanted to market myself through my website. That was HUGE help to the start of that journey.
Part I class should be required for any seriously-minded actor whether the individual is just starting out or has been pounding the pavement for 15 years. With that said, you really start to apply and see the results in Part II class. It’s remarkable how much growth that takes place in everyone when they take Part II class. You can see that change take place even more as you witness actors honing their craft in the Alumni Gym.
I loved Part 2 class with you. I learned quite a few things…It’s best to really commit to my point of view of the scene and do it the way I really want to, not the way I THINK someone would want me to do. I learned that it is really important to bring MY best qualities and strengths to the character. And you and the class really helped me learn what those best qualities are. Updating my website helped give me focus and tune into the reality that I am my own CEO.
I felt more like a part of a creative family than I have since conservatory. You do a great (like, one of the best in the industry) job of facilitating a sense of community in your classes, and that was even more present in 2 than 1. It was definitely helpful to my learning to feel so very comfortable in Part 2 with the group, and the size of the group. It was really really helpful to continue straight on from Part 1. There’s something about saturating yourself in the mindset that causes long term shifts.
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.