FAQS

Can I audit a class?

Each class is a safe space for actors to explore their craft and talent. I purposefully keep the class size small and intimate and therefore do not offer audits. I need actors to feel free to make mistakes and have breakthroughs in my classes. It is crucial for individual and collective growth that each person in the room participate. Also, it is only a four week class. If you still have questions, feel free to email them to audition@heidimarshall.com and I will reply as soon as possible.

Can I get a referral about you, Heidi?

Absolutely. I have an Alumni base of over 2000 actors. (I’ve been teaching this class over 15 years.) They’re very active in my  private Alumni Facebook community and happy to share their experiences. Also, please note the Testimonials on this site.

If you are seeking Director referrals, I can provide professional references who will be eager to tell you about my work ethics and creative expressions. Contact me for a referral about my teaching or directing.

Can I miss a class and do a make-up private session?

No. All classes by Heidi and Guest Teachers are designed very specifically to give the most impact within the class hours. The class dynamic is a crucial element to the designs. It’s also just impossible to make-up a four class in one private session! If a scheduling conflict arises for you during class times, it is left to your discretion to decide and your choice will be respected. There are no make-ups available. For additional support, please schedule a private coaching.   NOTE: please only register for class when you plan to attend all classes in the series. Missing one class can be a missing link for your experience. That said, if something unexpected arises, you can make the choice you need to make.

Can I swap to another group mid-class?

No. Each class is limited in student capacity – even one additional person in the room can offset the class goals and work flow. We also like to create a safe and positive space and don’t want to change up the dynamics once a class group has started.

What can I expect in your class?

Please read each class description for details specific to that class. Overall you can expect the following structure in my studio classes:
  • Assignments: Before each class, you receive an assignment. You will often be asked to individually find and prepare a NEW 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.
  • Class Clips: We film and provide you with MP4 downloads of your class takes. It is an excellent way to study your progress, see your “tricks”, and see what the producers/directors are seeing on the television monitors. WATCH yourself on camera!
  • The Biz Insights: I will be in dialogue with you about taking action in your career, nudging you along and providing resources.  You will also be invited into the Alumni Casting Database.
  • In-Depth Acting Work: It's my great joy to work with an actor, wherever they are at in their process and to support doing the amazing work that you know you can do. Again, read the class description for specifics to find out if it aligns with your goals.

Are my class videos public?

Absolutely not. This class is a safe environment that honors the actor’s need to explore all directions in your work.

Your videos will be private to only you, unless you choose to share them.  You will own your videos and I will delete them from my personal hard drive after a few months after class ends. (I need storage for new students!) Complete directions will be sent to all registered students.

How do you run classes [online]?

I've been coaching online for many, many years. I'm extremely adept in helping actors find ease and intimacy to do amazing work in these settings.  Currently, I'm coaching actors who are doing online auditions, callbacks, screen tests, and chemistry reads ALL online in Zoom! It's kind of incredible and can be very empowering for an actor as you get to take total control of your set-up and audition choices. Online, I continue to keep my class sizes small to be able to do intimate work with each actor. My classes are always focused on supporting individuals in their own process. Using Zoom, I have many tricks and tips that I've developed and use to record and create an intimate class participation setting.  Students are astonished by how it truly feels like a private and individualized on-camera acting class. (I use these same tools when I privately coach and film online for auditions.) And to allay your fears, before you start class, you will be given Tech Support for your set-up from my and my team! As well, please read my Blog: The Art of the Self-Tape to get you rolling!

What is the class format? Why is class 4 hours long?

Trust me, I could do an 8 hour class easily! There is just so much more to explore, always. In fact, students always ask me to extend the class beyond 4 weeks. This is why I offer Part 2 class.

When casting, I used to sit in an audition room for 8+ hours straight, no bathroom breaks. I have a ton of stamina and focus when it comes to actors!

Do I need to have a computer to watch my videos?

I use Dropbox. You create your folder, so that you own the videos, and then I upload to your Dropbox account. You can view your private videos from any smart phone or computer. Additionally, you will be able to download your videos to your computer for safe keeping.

Will I work on camera in each class?

100% YES!  Each actor works on camera each week. The amount of “takes” per class for each actor varies depending on the class lesson and your preparedness. I will always make sure each actor puts her/his scene on tape a minimum of three times. I am also known to stay longer if the class group gets inspired and we are on a roll!

Will I book a job after I take this class?

I’m pulling for that to happen! Your success is my success. Also, I know from teaching for over 15 years that my class results run much deeper than simply booking a one time job. You will experience a realignment in your work and your perception of the industry and thus able to move forward in refreshing, invigorating, and energized ways. You will have so much more information about yourself and the industry and able to really move forward powerfully. You will be excited for your next audition and job!
  • Please note that I do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired by any project that I might direct or cast.  I am teaching and coaching because I enjoy supporting actors in developing their process of working within the audition room and opening their knowledge about the business of auditioning.
  • I am available to be a reference to reps, CDs, and filmmakers as you seek work.
  • I do guarantee my supportive honesty and sharing my knowledge to support the actor in your overall process of auditioning + acting.

Can we have a coffee to discuss the class or my work?

I wish that I could! I am constantly conceiving and managing many projects and also supporting current students – I’m booked to the max. It is the life of an inspired freelancer, truly. If you desire to get to know me more, I’m available for private coachings and consultations via online or in-person in NYC. Click here for more details

Still have questions?

Feel free to contact me to schedule a private coaching. Select a sample scene (2 pages ideally) to work on with me and not only will you know how I work, you will also create some momentum in your work with ideas to immediately apply. Or, I can send you a sample scene to prepare for our one-on-one session.