Get guided through the process of bringing your own content from page to production to post to platform.
From Chaplin to the Duplass Brothers, the best way to kick off and sustain your acting career is to produce your own work. Don’t wait for the f*cking phone to ring or that special email to parachute into your inbox. Take control of your career and help break your own stereotype by producing your own content.
The Acting Collective welcomes inspired actors seeking a community committed to the journey of being an artist. Get what you need to thrive: learn new approaches, exchange support, develop confidence, collaborate to create your own work, find inspiration, and implement concepts that build your dreams into reality.
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. Get extra attention to self-tape techniques that will blow your mind with inspiration, plus a detailed look at your own tech setup.
Deepen your work with Heidi and forcibly knock down your personal obstacles on camera by embracing the real you.
Take your progress from Part 1 to the next level by finally tackling the things that block you and make you feel stuck. Reinforce who you authentically are so you can highlight what ultimately causes you to book the job. Get special attention to your website and focused feedback on your online images.
Create the tone of a story by understanding the world you are in. Learn how to make nuanced, committed choices so that you can expand your range as an actor and become a valuable collaborator.
Get inspired to meet the demands of every project, no matter what genre it is. Cultivate your ability to adapt your acting quickly and confidently so that you’re ready to deliver super tight auditions and take in-the-moment direction on set.
3-Part Private Training Series to “take the temperature” of your career and help you create a customized business plan.
A one-on-one, 3-session course where we take a deep dive into how you’re running your business. We will assess your goals, current business plan, and marketing materials. You’ll learn to take inventory of your network, track your auditions, and research your markets. You’ll finish with a sense of control and a customized plan to make sure you always stay on track.
3-Part Private Training Series to topple those personal stumbling blocks so that you see a noticeable up-level in your skills in the audition room and on set.
Athena gives customized training tailored to your individual needs and strengths. This one-on-one, 3-session sequence covers it all: improve the way you move on camera, figure out how to work the beats, bring the internal monologue to life, and whip your self-tape technique into shape.
Let’s create! Private one-on-one coaching for actor-creators.
You are ready to kick your project into high gear. Yes! It doesn’t matter what phase you are at – starting, rewriting, developing, pre-production. I would love to support and work with you between my own projects that I’m excited to be producing and writing.
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For actors who want to take charge.
This is an era in which actors inspire the creation of TV series, films, web series. Your career is in your hands. All you need to do is unlock your creativity and purpose so that your passion and motivation can flow.
Short scenes, lots to do.
Demystify co-star roles and prepare the “under-5” audition with confidence. Whether you’re new to co-stars or seasoned but hitting a ceiling, learn and practice the key skills needed to survive and thrive in these fast-moving scenarios.
A 1-day workshop to learn how to draw casting directors and audiences into your intimate, on-screen musical performance.
Find comfort in front of the camera so that you can feel more “human” (and more like your true self) when singing. Break through the shell of mere “performance” and instead, give a real and honest interpretation that the camera automatically gravitates towards.
Prepare yourself to audition for a main character in film/TV.
Dive deep into the mechanics of playing a leading role and get experience crafting a central character’s arc from start to finish. Learn how to shape the role and make it your own so that your auditions show an understanding of how your character moves through the story.
Start sending in auditions that capture the best of you and radically inspire creative teams with clear, vivid choices.
In this 3-week class, find the missing link between your inner life and physicality so that you can visually pop on screen. Learn how to liberate yourself from so-called “rules” of how you should and shouldn’t move in the camera frame. Breathe new life into your self-tapes and see a visible difference in your freedom on camera!
Convincingly channel the teen energy you need to realistically portray teenage characters in film and TV.
Are you an adult auditioning for teen roles? This class is an opportunity to explore how to convincingly embody the teenage spirit. Also open to teen actors. (Re)access the vulnerability and emotional extremes that mark a teen’s coming-of-age journey.
Eliminate the sweats from last-minute auditions that call for accents and learn how to prepare an audition-proof accent. Watch her video tips!
Receive personal, one-on-one dialect coaching from Eliza Simpson. She’ll then simulate a casting room so you can test drive your new audition-proof accent skills in front of the camera with a preselected scene.
Get coached on bringing arc and dynamism to your film speech or theater monologue so that your work is compelling, memorable, and fine-tuned.
Take the spotlight with confidence and make the camera and audiences lean into your consciously shaped moments. Nail down a speech and a prep process for your actor toolbox so that it’s ready to brush off quickly when audition opportunities arise at a moment’s notice.
Learn how you fit into the vast world of voiceover so that you can pursue your most marketable areas. Explore the possibilities of commercials, animation, audio books, and PSAs.
Finally get that push you need to learn how to make smart (and quick) adjustments according to the specific needs of a V/O project. Enjoy playing with new character types that go beyond what your headshots suggest. Pinpoint your marketability and find out how to spotlight yourself.
Get expert guidance in finding and building the authentic sound of your character.
Meet your goal of crafting a specific and deeply layered character by honing in on your character’s idiolect: the way a particular person speaks, at a specific time, as distinct from others. Tré recently coached Eli Goree and Leslie Odom Jr. under the direction of Regina King. Actors of all backgrounds get to explore a decolonized approach to building authentic dialects and idiolects.
Center your self-identity and speak your truth: find the missing link between your authentic “inner melody” and your on-camera presence so that you look, sound, and feel your most empowered.
(Re)claim your storyteller identity and your sense of agency by learning a jazz-inspired approach to listening and embodying spoken text. Work on heightened text through a lens of musical and rhythmic improvisation, and redirect your gaze away from colonialist patterns towards one of self-identity.
Get coached on how to lip-sync accurately and passionately.
Be ready for that gig where you have to do the perfect lip-sync on camera. For singers and non-singers, learn the skills to make a pre-recorded song on film look totally believable. You can fake it brilliantly! Match a technical execution with the energy and feeling of the music to create a seamless, convincing, and compelling lip-sync acting performance in close-ups and wide shots.