Private coaching for auditions, self-tapes, and performance. 

Take the time to prepare your auditions—it will show if you don’t. Spontaneity is freed through preparation, and together we’ll work through detailed and nuanced preparation of your scene.

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Acting and Audition Coaching - 2020

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Coaching in Person

Together, we’ll work through detailed and nuanced preparation of your scene. I support your instincts on the material and apply my skilled director’s eye as well. I offer an outside perspective that you can trust, and you come away with reinforced confidence to kick ass in the audition or performance. I have familiarity and expertise in all genres and mediums: film, TV, web, theater, and musical theater.

In-person coaching is ideal, but not always necessary. See Skype option below for an alternative.

Coaching over Skype

You can also receive my coaching over Skype. This option offers the most flexible scheduling since we can work last-minute on either coast. Skype sessions are recommended for film audition prep for several reasons:

  • ASAP scheduling as soon as you get an audition
  • Coaching through the camera lens helps you adapt your work for a filmed audition
  • Work from the comfort of your own home
  • Receive virtual on-set preparation and support
  • Best option for keeping your costs down

Coaching with Associate Athena

Associate Coach – Athena Colón has been training with me for several years. She has worked as an independent teacher and coach in New York City for 10+ years. Coaching options include over Skype or in-person at the Union Square studio.

Here’s what actors say about Athena:

Reece Vernier Santos:

It is so important to walk into a room feeling so prepared that you can deliver in any situation. Athena gets to the bottom of a text quickly. She recognizes your strengths to bring out a variety of colors and tactics to tell the story. I felt free working with her and really allowed myself to take risks in the audition room.

Maria Diez:

Athena was brilliant at helping break down the moments in the scene and bring in more sides in the character along with the circumstances and reality of the world of the film. I felt confident and ready to work in the room, and trusted the work we’d done. The audition went great and I was able to do my best work.

Chris Russell:

I walked out of my audition feeling whole and happy and confident that I brought my best! Thank you for your coaching! It was SO valuable. In one short hour, you were able to break down the scene and help me fortify a strong emotional prep for a major audition.  

Farah Bala:

I got to know how terrific a coach Athena is when she helped me work on a pilot audition. She partners with you to find the truth and nuances of the scene and character, while also making sure the best of you is captured. Her work is rich and nuanced and fully supports the individual process.

ABOUT ATHENA

Athena Colón is a bilingual, native New York actress, teaching artist, and acting coach. 

Athena Colón has been training and coaching with me for several years. When I prepare actors for screen tests, I frequently add her to the process—including for coaching sessions with Halle Bailey (The Little Mermaid) and Jakhara Smith (Nos4A2). She has worked as an independent teacher and coach in New York City for 10+ years. Coaching options with Athena include over Skype and in person at the Union Square studio. 

While earning her BFA in Theater from Long Island University–C.W. Post, Athena co-created a Suzuki-based performance, Third Child, which toured Italy, the Czech Republic, and New York City. Her recent TV credits include: Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G., CBS’s Bull, Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl, New Amsterdam, Jessica Jones, and Law & Order: SVU. When she’s not acting on stage or film, Athena teaches acting and conducts theater workshops in NYC to over five hundred youth annually. She proudly collaborates with the Theater Development Fund, Family Life Theater, and DreamYard.

How self-tape coaching works

Please keep in mind that the studio is not a self-taping facility, but you may choose to add self-taping to a scheduled coaching session. If you are looking for additional support on your self-tape coachings, check out the following options:

COACHING + FILMING IN STUDIO

Schedule an in-person coaching and add a taping session with me (additional $20 for filming). I will coach the material, film you with my HD camera, and deliver your uploadable files to submit immediately. This option provides you ease and confidence so that you can simply act—with coaching support—and I’ll take care of the technicalities.

*Additional $20 fee for filming. 

SKYPE COACHING + REMOTE READER

Schedule a Skype coaching and tape yourself simultaneously with a separate camera or smartphone. I will show you how to set this up during our session, and you’ll get prep instructions beforehand. Then, I’ll work as your coach and off-camera reader during the taping. Note: make sure you have a camera or quality smartphone and that you know how to record on it. 

*No additional fee. 

COACHING + FILM YOURSELF LATER

Schedule a coaching, then read up on my blog tips for doing self-tape auditions at home. You can do it! 

Blog: The Art of Self-Tape & Blocking On Camera

Heidi's unique perspective

After holding over 40,000 auditions for RENT—plus countless other theater, film, TV, and commercial projects—I’ve built up tips for how to make fast adjustments in your auditions. 

I’m positive that the deeper you go in your work, the more irresistible you become. I believe that any audition frustrations can be traced back to how you prepared. Building audition and on-set confidence through preparation is crucial. 

I also have a sincere passion for supporting longevity in an actor’s career, and I offer private sessions to deepen that process. I love to support actors not only as you book gigs, but also as you grow in your acting and auditioning processes. 

COACHING FILM & TELEVISION

Working on film requires honesty in every moment. I work to unearth the nuances in the text by noting your instincts and giving insight into the possible range of text interpretation. My casting director experience and director’s eye are keenly aware of truth, text analysis, and what works on camera.

In generals, I will provide guidance on what works in front of the camera, and I’m confident that you’ll be able to translate our findings to your audition or performance. In audition prep, we will mine the scenes for nuance of behavior and thoughts.

My actors audition for networks, cable, feature films, sitcoms, dramas, and new media. I’m well versed in all dramatic mediums.

COACHING MONOLOGUES

The trick to auditioning with a great monologue is turning it into a dialogue between you and another person. I’ll show you how, and you’ll never feel abandoned and alone onstage (or auditions) again!

Find the nuances of your personality within a monologue. Your monologue is your own voice. My specialty is not selecting monologues—I suggest specifically seeking a monologue coach for that need.

COACHING SONGS

We start with the text—we don’t need a piano or music. The first thing singers immediately notice when they work with me is how a song instantly changes without the music. I like to think of the music as an underscore, a delicate interplay between words and thoughts. Your character’s words and thoughts drive the music.

I’ve worked with singers for Broadway, opera, night clubs, American Idol, The Voice—I’ve even coached the Rolling Stones’ soloist! I don’t sing, but I speak the singer’s language.

If you prefer coaching with accompaniment, I please bring accompaniment recordings to play off your phone. 

Musical Theater prep can be done over Skype as well. 

COACHING THEATER

I’m originally a lady of the theater. Theater is the heart and soul of the acting business, and it’s a brilliant place to practice being truthful.

From the audition room to Broadway, for over 25 years, I’ve walked through every step of creating roles to maintaining them in long-running Broadway shows.

Together, we can generate or refresh your work.

Why coaching matters

PREPARE AUDITIONS

Take the time to prepare your auditions. It shows when you don’t. The competition is too great to be unprepared or lack confidence when you walk into the audition room.

Spontaneity is freed through preparation. Use each audition as a marker of your growth as an actor. Build confidence in your instincts and choices by preparing.

PREPARE THE ROLES THAT YOU’VE BEEN HIRED TO CREATE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

All the great stars have their private coaches to help them develop their dream careers and their sense of self within their work. Walk onto set or into a rehearsal room having thought through your role.

GENERALS – LONGEVITY IN THE BUSINESS

I’ve specifically taken an interest in revitalizing the work of seasoned actors. If you’re burnt out, frustrated, or battling your current marketable type and age range, then you will find renewed inspiration after just one session. I have a sincere passion for supporting longevity in an actor’s career. Private sessions offer an opportunity for all artists to grow and be challenged. Each actor is unique and deserves the space to find and develop his or her voice.

WHY COACHING MATTERS FOR SELF-TAPES 

It’s crucial that actors develop comfort and familiarity with technology in the modern age of auditioning.

Today, actors are asked to self-tape before—or even in lieu of—auditioning in person. Self-tapes provide an opportunity to move forward to the next round of hiring or to get hired immediately. I’ve seen both! Therefore, it’s necessary to capture your best performance on camera and have solid production value when you self-tape. Beat out the self-tape competition by looking like a pro and acting with confidence and ease.

Due to limited coaching time, I’ll prioritize filming sessions for callbacks, significant roles, series recurring, and screen test prep. However, don’t hesitate to reach out for all needs for self-tapes, and I will do my best to support.

FAQ

Can I use Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom?

Yes, all options are easy for coaching. In fact, when we work on the computer screens, it demands even more honesty and very easy to spot when it’s not.

What are my payment options?

You’ll receive full details for payment after we confirm a date and time. Options include Venmo and PayPal for Online sessions. Options for in-person sessions are check, cash, Venmo, and PayPal.

What is the cancellation policy?

Please make efforts to cancel at least 48 hours before your session since other actors are scheduled around your appointment and available slots are limited.

Reviews

Dawn Vicknair

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I had my taping today. I played and stayed loose enough to make different choices on each take. It was the most fun I ever had doing a self-tape! You really got me fired up in our coaching; when I got home last night, I couldn’t stop digging and playing. It felt so good.

Ashley McCormack

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I am typically always confident in my vocals, but I left that room feeling extremely confident in my work as an actor. THANK YOU!

Guy Lockard

Today on set was magic. Thanks for helping a brotha out.

Marcus Jordan

Wow the change take to take is STARTLING!!! Thank you. I’m so excited to get working in this way!

Alexandra Turshen, Amazon’s series RED OAKS

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“Heidi is the lady to go to!! I use her convenient skype sessions to make sure I’m super ready for auditions and I went to her AFTER I booked Red Oaks to make sure I would show up on set guns-a-blazin.

New York Times Review, Private Acting Coach to Fantasia for Broadway’s THE COLOR PURPLE
[American Idol Winner] Fantasia unleashes with a feeling of connection to the dramatic moment.
Morissa Trunzo

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Thank you so much for today, it helped me so much, not just in regards to the audition. Feeling very powerful today regardless of what happens! So thank you thank you thank you.
Kat Griffin

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I will be interested to see how they end up casting the role- there is was a vast spectrum of very masculine, fully physically transitioned F-M trans people there. Thank you for all your help yesterday I felt very confident about what I presented! 
Lindsey Bliven
You’re awesome.
Dan Truman
You were extremely helpful as well as fun to work with, both as always, and I think I incorporated most of what we did, they gave me additional takes when I screwed up, and I took the adjustment "throw it all away"  without I hope, throwing *everything* away. 
Josh Rivera

The coaching that you gave me made me feel like a rockstar when I got in the room so thank you so much for that.

Orange Is The New Black, Guest Star

You made that performance possible, quite frankly.  I  was really intimidated and riddled with doubt. As embarrassed as I was to be lost when I entered your space, you did a terrific job of being compassionate, specific and clear. 

Brittney Morello

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"I think that was my best audition for a Broadway show. There's no question that I was in control of my own audition. I knew from CD's response that she had received what I shared. I'm excited to work a little differently and more healthfully in future audition situations.
Susan Shea

Your blogs are always so perfectly in tune what one wants and needs to hear. (You are the actor/all beings empowerment whisperer!)

Comfort Clinton

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I wanted to say thank you again for taking the time to meet with me on Sunday! I just had my audition and I really genuinely felt like it went very well. I employed all of your tips (including getting a blow out before!) and it made me so confident going in to the audition.

Stephanie McBee, A.C.T. MFA

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You are an amazing teacher and I've learned and gained so much about myself as an actor as well as a business. I know this is truly the beginning for me. I have so much more to do and so much further to go but for once I feel excited and equipped for the journey [when I graduate]. There's a sense of feeling more grounded and in anticipation of exploring ME in this journey rather than living for the outcome. Thank you for that!!!

Nina Covalesky

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Coaching 'twas very helpful and all went well.  Even when I half-forgot my second line, I was able to just breathe and roll with it since we prepped so nicely!

Katie Dixon

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I genuinely feel I learned so many tips and techniques from just working with you in that one session. I felt like I had a mini acting crash course. It's so important to stay fresh, and I can't thank you enough! You've definitely changed the way I will look at sides from now on, as well as cold reading.

Ingrid Vollset

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Thank you for making auditioning fun and not terrifying!
Carmen Gil

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Thanks SO much for your help with this audition. I'm really happy with my takes.

Bruce Fuller

I wanted to thank you for everything you taught me. So much clicked in with this audition that I just booked. I can't really put into words what clicked, but it sure did.

David Siciliano

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Audition went incredibly well. It was a very necessary and joyous win for me. I left the room swimming in tears of joy and relief; I felt like I had finally returned to that creative lovely place I was in during school and had missed since graduating.
David Martin
You gave me the shot of adrenaline I needed, now to stay on Cloud 9.
Gabrielle Sterbenz

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And, may I say, thank you so much!!! I can't tell you how grateful I am for you helping me get through that block that I have had for years.  I really communicated with my singing today - and it was such a huge breakthrough for me.  I look forward to carrying that connection with me into all of my auditions.  So, thank you a million times.
Melle Powers
“I wanted to let you know that I felt really great about my audition today.  I was more relaxed than I've been in a long time, and really focused on the characters.  Funnily enough, my reader was mouthing my lines along with me, but I focused on using that annoyance as part of my character's annoyance.  I even made the casting director laugh. It was great to be able to separate the audition from the result with the realization that even if I don't get the part, I had fun in the room.
Wendy Allegeart

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A heart-felt thanks for your wonder-full bedside manner in yesterday's coaching.  I left renewed in my commitment to be part of the solution, etc.  Took some bold actions today as a direct result of our talk/coaching.
Vince Vincent

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Once again in a short hour you inspired and change my life for the better! You rock!  Being motivated to finally be the artist I've dreamed of is amazing!
Samantha Massell

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Guess who booked the movie!?"  ME!!  All thanks to YOU!!! Best coach ever!  I'm a lucky gal!
Arlene Chico-Lugo

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I don't think I have ever auditioned so well. Thank you for all of your help! There really is nothing better than feeling prepared. Then your nervousness has the chance to turn into excitement (which makes this fun- and that's why we do it, right?!) instead of morphing into worry
Ellyn Long Marshall, Orpheus Group Casting

Heidi embraces each entity of the audition process with careful directness, providing an atmosphere which encourages the Actor, Writer, Camera and, yes, even Casting Director, to 'do their own thing' to the max!

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.

All coaching sessions are confidential.