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Oct 17

Student Spotlight – Marcus Coloma

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Marcus Coloma
This California native is no stranger to roles on your favorite shows such as, TNT’s Major Crimes, Fox’s Lucifer, CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and many others. Marcus also made a mark for himself as a lead in the Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 & 3 movies as well as Material Girls with Hilary and Haylie Duff. After having taken a break with acting, Marcus returned to The Acting Center this year where he started having immediate success with our technique. He was eager to talk to us about his journey.

When did you realize that you wanted to be an actor?

I realized I wanted to entertain people around the age of four. I remember at 4 years old watching Cheech and Chong with my brother. He was laughing hysterically during a scene when they peed in a garbage can. I remember after the movie, I peed in a garbage can and my brother laughed! My mom didn’t. That was also when I learned about demographics.


How did you get started?

At 18, I hopped in my car and drove down to LA. My uncle knew a lady who graciously let me crash on her floor for a couple weeks. Then I convinced a buddy from high school to move down, and I crashed on the floor of our tiny one bedroom apartment in Venice. I would buy a three dollar burrito and have half at lunch and half at dinner. I loved all of it.

I got headshots, mailed them to managers and agents. A manager called me in and put me with an agency. I booked a soda commercial. A friend said I’d make 70-80k on it. I quit my side job. I made 5K on the commercial, and after taxes, agency commissions, and paying the union initiation fees, I ended up owing $1.25 to the soda company. Luckily, the side job took me back on. Then it was auditioning and going to acting class until I booked a recurring role on an MTV show.


When did you start studying at The Acting Center?

I came to The Acting Center in 2012.

“The ability to causatively go in and out of the character to me is essential. This is the only school that I’ve found that is aware of the ability to become another character, and gives methods of practicing this ability.”


What at The Acing Center has helped you most?

The Acting Center really defined what the craft means, it gave me a workable way to move towards achieving the work I want to achieve. I’d always heard people saying you have to do the “work”, but would ask them what that meant, and wasn’t able to get an answer. The Acting Center answered that question for me. It also balanced out all of the theory on acting with the act of doing it. I love that the majority of the class is spent working and drilling versus listening to someone lecture.

It introduced me to a workable way of becoming another character, a way of shifting from myself and becoming another identity. It really opens up the imagination, and possibilities. As I continued with the technique, the ability to shift gets faster and faster, and I’m getting better at going in and out of character. This is so much more effective. I used to sit and imagine horrible things in my life, which would get me to an emotional state, go to an audition, and it would sometimes be there and sometimes, because casting was nice, or I would run into a friend, I would pop out of it. The ability to causatively go in and out of the character to me is essential. This is the only school that I’ve found that is aware of the ability to become another character, and gives methods of practicing this ability.

The last time I was in class, I worked on two auditions, which is another praise of the class. I’ve never been in a class that is so generous with accommodating the performer. The characters I needed to prepare were totally different—one was very upbeat, and the other was suicidal. After performing the latter, a new student asked how did I bring that much pain to the role, that he knew right away this guy had gone through something heavy. The answer is, I didn’t bring any pain to the role. I became the character, and once I assumed that identity, there was a lot of pain. I was able to end that scene, and jump into the other identity. Then, after class, I went home had a great night, because I went back to being myself.


Tell us about your recent success booking “Major Crimes” and “Lucifer”.

Recently, I booked a role on Lucifer and, also, on Major Crimes. I had actually taken about a three-year break from acting. Coming back in was a little daunting. I got back in class, and booked a fun role on Lucifer, where I play an accountant-type head of a Mexican mafia-type family. It was a big booking for me because I wasn’t sure what the climate was going to be like after a long break. Shortly after that, I booked a recurring role on Major Crimes. I auditioned for two completely different roles, prepared both of them in class at The Acting Center, and did such a great job I was being considered for both roles before booking it. I attribute these bookings to The Acting Center technique. I’m also up for a movie in 2018 for an extremely interesting character that is very different from myself, I worked on this in class as well.


What is your favorite thing about The Acting Center?

My favorite thing about the acting class is the practicality of the technique. So many of my auditions have such a fast turn around, sometimes it’s 9-12 pages of material that needs to be prepared overnight. I love that I can use class to prepare these. The drills The Acting Center uses are absolutely the most efficient way to prep. I love how emotion is viewed as under the actors control and that one can just create the character’s emotions. It teaches one how to really create.

I’m blown away at the work I see in class. Tonight in class, there was a girl who has never acted and we did a scene and she blew me away. She was so there, completely in the moment, but in a creative, compelling way. There are so many people who want to be great actors, people who will split a three dollar burrito for dinner and lunch to pursue this thing, and it’s really disheartening to not get the results you are going for.

The Acting Center is really a special place to me, because it answered questions about acting that I’ve pursued for 15 years, and put the quality of performances I want to be delivering within reach.


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Aug 17

Student Spotlight – Jacob Kamhis

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Jun 17

Student Spotlight – Aidan Cullen – Riley’s Peak

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Our Acting for Young Adults student, Aidan Cullen, hit the beautiful (and cold) forests of Kentucky to shoot the upcoming family film, Riley’s Peak, which is due out in 2017. He talks to us about his on-location adventure and meeting and working with the legendary actor Jon Voight.


Q) What was the most challenging part of shooting this feature film?

A) The most challenging part of shooting this film was definitely the weather. I was flown out to the beautiful (yet very cold and dangerous) Kentucky forest. There was this one scene in particular when I had to wear a wet suit under my clothes because I had to go into 30-degree water in 50-degree weather… And we ended up having to reshoot that scene 4 times!


Q) What was your most fun part of shooting the film?


A) What I didn’t realize coming into this movie is how close I would get to not only the other cast members, but also how close I was going to become with the crew members.

The second reason this experience was so amazing was because of my costar Jon Voight. Jon and I became best friends throughout the experience and to this day I still talk to him almost weekly. I remember the day after I screen tested for the role in front of Jon, the director, and all the producers, I got a call from Jon. He wanted to go out to lunch and talk to me. So the next day we go out to lunch and Jon taught me how to drive a car. The reason he did that was because in the movie I had to drive a car and he wanted to go into the movie with a bonding experience to bond over prior to filming, but it’s a pretty cool story that an Academy Award winner taught me how to drive a car. Right after Jon left our house I got a call that I got the part and the rest is history!


“The Acting Center took me from someone who dreamed of being a working actor to someone who now is a working actor.”


Q) What was it like to work with the legendary actor Jon Voight?


A) Well Jon is a complete natural. He’s the type of person that can say a line any way he wants and it sounds amazing. Jon absolutely brought the best performance out of me in this film, and if it weren’t for Jon I wouldn’t have executed the final scene of the movie as well as I had. We filmed the final crying scene of the movie on Day 4 (of shooting) which to me was crazy. The whole day I was psyching myself out because I wasn’t sure if I could cry or not. So anyway it gets dark and I get called on set to do my scene. I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to cry, but right before the scene Jon whispered in my ear “I love ya, kid”. And the movie is really a coming of age story, and the connection Jon and I had off of set and on set (character-wise) completely all made sense to me. The director yelled action and Jon said his opener line and immediately, without even trying to force it, I start sobbing. It was so real to me. Everything was so real. I understood the story at that point. And I couldn’t have asked for a better counterpart/partner to have in that moment that THE Jon Voight.


Q) How did your studies at The Acting Center help you prepare for this role?


A) Without The Acting Center literally none of this would be possible. I started becoming a working actor under The Acting Center’s consulting program. My consultant sent me to a photographer for headshots that put me in touch with Karen Renna & Associates. They became my manager and then shortly after I ended up signing with Abrams Artist Agency who ended up submitting me for this role! The Acting Center took me from someone who dreamed of being a working actor to someone who now is a working actor.


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Q) How did your Acting Center studies help you once you were on set?


A) Once I was on set, the one thing that stands out to me was the improv I learned at The Acting Center. A lot of times on set either you or your scene partner(s) won’t remember their lines 100% correctly, and you will have to improv. The Acting Center definitely shaped me into somebody who wasn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with Jamie Kennedy who is amazing at improv on set!


Q) Anything else you’d like to share for our readers that might help young actors?


A) If you wake up thinking you won’t book a role, you won’t book a role. You need to always know how amazing you are and never go into any situation thinking you won’t succeed. You need to always believe in yourself and eventually success will come!

We are excited to see more success come to this up and coming actor! You can also catch Aidan on ABC’s Speechless and TNT’s Animal Kingdom.


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Mar 15

Student Spotlight – Jim Meskimen – Impress Me

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The Acting Center is proud to congratulate our very own Jim Meskimen, who will next be seen in the Rainn Wilson-produced series Impress Me, on Pop TV,
formerly TV Guide Network.


Created and produced by Meskimen, along with writer-director Ben Shelton, and Ross Marquand (new The Walking Dead series regular Aaron), the half-hour scripted comedy centers on two celebrity impressionists who are trying to quit doing impressions and become dramatic actors. The result: total chaos.

Among cameos from Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Josh Groban and “Weird Al” Yankovic, are fellow Acting Center students Erika Christensen, Beth Riesgraf, Tamra Meskimen, Taylor Meskimen and Tom Ayers.

“This show is about more than two talented celebrity impressionists. It’s about how hard (and hilarious) it can be to follow your heart, even when the cards are stacked against you,” Wilson said. “Soul Pancake birthed this baby online, and Pop’s savvy creative team is bold enough to bring it to TV.”

Viewers can find Pop on their cable box by going to and using their zip code locator in order to watch every episode, starting March 18th.

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Nov 14

Student Spotlight – Nicolas Suter

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Acting Center student Nicolas Suter is a working actor. He is also 14 years old. Every time we turn around we are seeing his face in national commercials for brands such as Twix, Comcast and Walmart. We caught up with Nicolas and asked him about the Acting for Young Adults class and how it’s helped him get his career off to a running start.


Q) You have been studying at The Acting Center for over three years. What do you enjoy the most about the class?

A) I enjoy how creative it lets me be, and how much I can be myself… whatever that is on that particular day. It’s also nice to have a place where what you create doesn’t matter; you can go in that class and just feel free to let loose.

Q) What have you learned from The Acting Center that you use in auditions and on set?

A) I have learned how to break down characters, using the script as well as the character breakdown the director gives me. I’ve also learned how to use the script to convey the feelings and emotions of the character and not just say the words.

I also realized how to focus in my auditions. Sometimes when you go into the room, people are talking and whispering to each other, coffee mugs are flying all over the place and the casting director is talking at 1000 MPH. It can be easy to get distracted, but The Acting Center taught me that it’s best to simply be yourself, calm down, not rush yourself, and then go into character. Even if you’re doing it very slowly, if that’s how you feel the character is doing it, then that’s how you do it. Go at your OWN pace.

Q) What is the most valuable thing you have discovered at The Acting Center?

A) I’ve learned I can be whoever I want to be, however I want to be, wherever I want to be. I’m able to walk into an audition room, with confidence that I’m going to be the character in my own way. I’m not anxious about “doing it wrong,” or that “someone else did it better,” or having any “demons in your head,” is truly quite empowering.

Q) What would you say to other young actors looking for a great class?

A) The Acting Center is an awesome place where you can study acting, and do it how YOU want to do it. It’s one of the most fun, exhilarating, and simple techniques and classes. At every audition I’ve ever booked, I used The Acting Center’s technique down to the letter!

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Oct 14

Student Spotlight – Sundra Oakley

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“Imagine living in a cave all your life, then someone walks you out of the cave and you realize there’s sunlight, wide open space, and options galore around you…that’s how I feel about coming to The Acting Center!.”

-Sundra Oakley, Actress, TNT’s Legends


From Sex and the City, Lost, Parenthood and Touch, to House of Lies and Suburgatory, actress Sundra Oakley’s TV credits read like a list of your favorite shows. With her most recent guest-starring role on TNT’s Legends, Sundra is continuing on her path of success.

We talked with Sundra about confidence and how important it is for an actress. She told us that The Acting Center has really changed her confidence level and allowed her to be more certain in auditions, so much so that she looks forward to them now.

“The Acting Center has done everything for me in terms of confidence! I’ve learned to trust myself, believe in myself, and my choices. Prior to beginning my studies at The Acting Center, I gave away so much of my power in my auditions by wasting precious time and energy wondering if I was doing what they want, if they liked me, if I was good enough… all that stuff that has no business being in your head. Before The Acting Center, I’d get my sides and my stomach would do a mini flip as those fears immediately seeped into my brain. Now? I get my audition material and my attitude is, ‘Bring it! Let’s do this, kid!’ I look forward to playing. I’ve said it many times–because of what I learned at The Acting Center, I finally tapped into the heart of why I first loved acting. I knew the love was there but after years of that love being polluted by bad advice, excessively unnecessary criticism, and the like, I just didn’t know how to access it. Now I do.”

She told us more about the audition process and how The Acting Center technique has become invaluable in her auditions, as well as on set after she books the job.

“Being taught to just be the character has got to be the one thing that has revolutionized my audition and on-set life. Hands down! Those three words alone have given me a sense of joy, play, and control of my work that makes auditioning fun! And when I’m on set, I haven’t had to worry whether or not I can deliver what the scene calls for. Once I’m truly being that character and not relying on tricks or tools that essentially have me disengaged from my scene partner, and the ‘here and now,’ I’m honestly tuned in each and every time. That freeing feeling is priceless.”

Sundra is an experienced industry veteran, so we were curious what made her training at The Acting Center such a different experience and why she felt that it rejuvenated her and her love of her craft.

“I always felt like a complete novice, and not in a healthy way. What stood out to me at The Acting Center, is the balance of empowerment and support that is given to the actor, along with guidance. At other acting schools, I’d see the students’ inner flame (including my own) extinguish to a mere oxygen-deprived flicker under the heavy and constant gust of criticism (by teachers and fellow students). This led to extreme insecurities and to doing work that would become ‘safe,’ just to be accepted and given approval. At most other schools, they seem to pride themselves on proclaiming that they are not there to hold your hand and give you a pat on the back, that this business is hard and we better toughen up now. I used to think, “But if we’re not given an arena to just learn, that attitude is cutting us off at the knees before we even have learned to walk!” Now imagine having been born and living in a cave all your life, then someone walks you out of the cave and you realize there’s sunlight, wide open space, and options galore around you—that’s how I feel about coming to The Acting Center! They give you your acting life so you can then go on to build your acting career confidently, without that constant nagging feeling that your every choice is going to be ridiculed to the ground. You are emboldened to throw all the paint on the wall and create and, if your own internal gauge tells you to, even ‘recreate’ your own masterpiece.”

With everything Sundra has had to say about how the technique has improved her acting and confidence, we asked about her overall career in Hollywood and if that has changed.

“Absolutely my career has changed! If nothing else because I finally feel that I regained my personal power that I (unknowingly) gave away at the beginning of my career. Honestly, I don’t think I ever realized I actually had that power. And by power I mean a sense of confidence in my work. The confidence factor is a huge game changer for me. Before I think I held on to this belief that I was just the lowly actor hoping and praying they’d like me, whereas now, I walk into the room with an attitude that I am a collaborator who has a unique gift to provide. And I can have that attitude with humility, gratitude, and grace.”

“I am truly grateful for being able to be a student of The Acting Center. Once I saw a quote that said something along the lines of, “Imagine what you could do if you knew you couldn’t fail.” With that feeling, the world is your oyster, and The Acting Center not only embodies that, it graciously gives that energy to its students.”

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May 14

Student Spotlight – Gino Montesinos

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“I’m humbled by the instant respect and admiration I get from producers, directors, and casting directors because I am a trained Acting Center actor.”

-Gino Montesinos, NYPD Blue, Medium, Dexter, 24, NCIS


Gino Montesinos has been a successful actor for over 20 years. We asked him about the skills he has learned at The Acting Center and how those things have increased his abilities, changed his approach to acting, and ultimately his career.

“In terms of confidence, The Acting Center has been extraordinary for me. Even though I worked fairly regularly before The Acting Center, I had a ‘hit or miss’ approach. I had no real technique. You either have a fast, effective technique or you wing it and hope for the best. I don’t have to wing it anymore, my confidence in the audition and filming process has skyrocketed. ”

For an actor, imagination and creativity are keys to a real and believable performance. Gino told us how studying the technique at The Acting Center, and consistently using the drills, has changed him and opened him up to richer work.

“The drills I use from The Acting Center open up my imagination so that my acting comes from a real, true place, helping me to be the character rather than doing what I think intellectually the character would do.

Without exception, when I use these drills, the choices I make come from the true, organic place of me being the character and that is electrifying, exciting to watch, to experience, and have made me fall in love with acting again. So, quitting this glorious profession never enters in my head again as it has from time to time over the years.”

So how does this all translate to being on set and delivering what the director wants with confidence? With as much experience as Gino has, we wanted to know why things are different for him now that he uses the Acting Center tools in his work.

“Many directors don’t tell you exactly what they want, and that’s fine, because it’s not their job to act, it’s ours. With the Acting Center tools, I can instantaneously change direction. Whatever general feeling, idea, concept, hunch, that a director knows to be right when he sees it, but may not have the tools to help you get there, I can take their direction and give them what they want on a dime.”

We asked Gino for a specific occurrence of this and he told us about a recent audition he had for a multiple-episode, recurring guest star role on a major TV show. He only had an hour and a half to rehearse and prepare a page and a half long monologue. Using his Acting Center techniques, within an hour, he had a firm handle on the character.

“I knocked the casting director’s socks off, who said she was already seeing me in the part. She gave me one note and I instantly complied. She gave me a callback right in the room. I not only gave her what she was looking for, but more.  As I walked out, she hugged me and thanked me for an ‘awesome’ audition. She said ‘I started my day with Gino Montesinos and I get to end my day with Gino Montesinos’. That kind of compliment and support was very rare before I came to The Acting Center. Now, it’s much more common and I’m humbled by this instant respect and admiration I get from producers, directors, and casting directors because I am a trained Acting Center actor. Period.”

With so much experience in acting classes and show business, we wanted to know why Gino thinks The Acting Center is so different and why it works for him, as opposed to his previous studies.

“Other studies quite frankly were too complicated for me to fully grasp and I gave them up because they were almost useless on the set. I had to come up with my own solutions on the set and at auditions, which was very nerve-wracking. It’s not like that with The Acting Center. What I do in class translates 100% at auditions and ON THE SET.”


I am a very experienced actor. For all intents and purposes, I don’t really have to be at The Acting Center, but I’m not interested in just being a working actor. I am interested in illuminating the human condition through my work as an actor. I am also interested in leaving an artistic legacy that I can be proud of.


For the first time in my career since I made that decision as a young boy, that I wanted to do that as an actor, I believe I am beginning to make it happen thanks to the continual training and honing of the craft of acting that I get to practice at The Acting Center.”

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May 14

Student Spotlight – Kirstin Ford

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“When you remove criticism, judgment and extraneous opinions from your art, absolutely anything is possible.”

Kirstin Ford, Actress


Anything is possible. And Kirstin Ford is proving that every day. Kirstin recently had the privilege of working on the award-winning television show, Mad Men. Having no prior TV credits, Kirstin considered this a huge opportunity for someone in her position. And not only that, with a host of other roles including a national commercial for Samsung, and auditions for recurring characters on Steven Spielberg pilots, Kirstin is only just getting started.

We asked Kirstin if she was intimidated being on such a huge set with such experienced actors and crew. What she shared is that the confidence she has gained through her studies at The Acting Center put her right where she needed to be.

“I saw these techniques work in an environment that could easily intimidate even a seasoned professional. It’s a funny thing to be in the presence of masterminds and feel like you belong there. I know, truly, that had I continued in classes where the teacher is always ‘right’ and every mistake a student makes is pointed out to the class as a ‘learning opportunity’ there would be no Mad Men.”

At The Acting Center, students are continuously encouraged to follow their instincts and create what they choose, without the opinions of others factoring in. Kirsten shared that she finds this approach empowering. She has taken this with her into her career and gained confidence along with her skill.

“When I first started classes at The Acting Center, I was desperate for someone to tell me I was good. Or bad. Just something that would help me gauge whether I was going to have any success with this art form that I loved so much. Initially, I was resistant to the complete lack of judgment and criticism, but as the months went by, I discovered a powerful truth driven home by all of the teachers – that art is subjective and my opinion matters. These two concepts permeate every facet of my life.

“When you remove criticism, judgment and extraneous opinions from your art, absolutely anything is possible. There is a certain kind of exhilaration that comes from knowing, loving and sharing your artistic voice.

“And magically, at some point along the way, you realize your hands no longer tremble in auditions, you can’t wait to show them what you came up with, and you can do your job with the kind of joy that artistic expression is meant to capture.”

The Acting Center offers students the opportunity to act in every single class, and to go at a pace that suits them, no matter what level of experience they have. This is something Kirstin takes full advantage of.

“I work so much more in my Acting Center classes than anywhere else I’ve studied. In my scene study class, I work on 20 to 30 characters in the first hour alone, twice a week. Quantify that over months or, in my case, years, and I’ve worked on over 1000 characters. Compare that to the singular character I’d work on for a few weeks in the other schools and, well, my skill and ability is expanding and growing so rapidly that I no longer think about whether I’m a good actor. My focus is all about the game of finding something that challenges, excites and inspires me.

“And the most incredible thing is that I’ve never hit a plateau in my studies here. The learning never ends. At The Acting Center, everything is self-paced and you work on something until you fully understand how every single drill is applied as an actor. Essentially, there is no way not to learn and grow and become a better actor here!”

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Apr 14

Student Spotlight – Julie Kirkman

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“This technique teaches you to just ‘be’ the character, which has been invaluable in my stage work, especially with Shakespeare.”

– Julie Kirkman, Actress


Having just finished her role in Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, Julie Kirkman is jumping into her next stage performance, starring in Company at the Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse.

We often hear students talk about The Acting Center technique helping them with their work in film and television. We caught up with Julie and asked her just how she uses what she’s learned on the stage.

“First, I don’t have to ‘plan’ my character. I still do the research on paper but I start working on the physicality of the character right away and it helps with discovering how to perform. The technique has taken the planning out of my head, and this is especially good for comedy, where how I move is part of who the character is.

Most recently I used this technique to work on two of my solo songs for the musical I’m in. It helped me discover the pure intent of the words. It’s easy for a musician to sing lyrics but an actor has to sing them while acting and they only really come alive when you’ve broken them down. A solo is just a monologue once you take away the musical notes.”

On Stage, Julie says The Acting Center helps her create believable characters and performances by taking away the stress of manufacturing actions or reactions to dialogue, or characters around her. By just “being,” the right reaction comes to Julie naturally.

“This technique teaches you to just ‘be’ the character, which has been invaluable in my stage work, especially with Shakespeare. Being able to become my character and then go back to myself quickly and easily has been so useful in live theater.”

When asked about the difference between classes at The Acting Center and others, Julie told us about what has been so helpful to her as an artist, is that students go through the curriculum at their own pace, and are encouraged to not rely on the opinions of others, something Julie finds refreshing.

“I’m not being forced to go at the pace of the teachers or the other students. This allows me to speed up or slow down based on how well I am doing. The Acting Center lets me work at my own speed and encourages me to go back and redo or repeat things from the start of the curriculum, if I feel the need.”

Julie told us how certain drills she does in class have helped her in her ability to improvise also. She uses this ability in her work on the stage where the live performance can sometimes make things unpredictable.

“My improv skills, comedic and otherwise, have improved incredibly just by participating in certain drills in class. I have carried this ability over to my stage work, especially when lines are mixed up, or props are dropped, or light cues are missed. I’m still there, just being my character, instead of panicking as myself. I could go on and on about what I’ve learned at The Acting Center!”

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Nov 13

Student Spotlight – Amanda Reed

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“The Acting Center helps an artist discover their own unique voice and then helps them to strengthen it, rather than be molded into another person’s idea of who they should be. And for an actor that is everything.


-|Amanda Reed, actress

With two feature films hitting the festival circuit and a host of recent TV bookings (Brooklyn Nine NineInstant MomHow I Met Your Mother and Rake with Greg Kinnear), Amanda Reed’s confidence in what she’s learned at The Acting Center has never been higher.


“The Acting Center’s technique is based on skill; learning the skill, practicing the skill and helping the actor actually use it. It’s effective for me because it helped me get out of my head, out of my own way and really start creating the characters and ideas that I’ve always wanted to, but didn’t know I could.I also learned what acting actually IS.

Acting isn’t about learning my lines, or about “beats,” or picking a “hot choice.” It’s about getting to that magical place where I am BEING another person and living as that other person.

With what I’ve learned at The Acting Center, I can do that every time.”


Having been involved in musical theater as a child and always acting in one form or another throughout her life, there came a time when Amanda was very disillusioned and confused. The Acting Center helped her get back on the path she had always wanted to travel.


“I was on the verge of giving up acting when I got to The Acting Center. I didn’t know how to deliver my unique voice as an actor and I was heavily controlling and critical of my performances. I was going nowhere. 

The Acting Center gave me the tools to do my job, a place to continue to get better and experiment with new ideas and it gave me my confidence back.” 


Amanda also echoes what many other successful actors who study at The Acting Center have shared, which is that there is no criticism from a teacher who is trying to mold you, but rather pure encouragement to create what you choose.


“In other classes it’s usually all about you working on material outside of class, putting it up in front of the class and then getting critiqued from the teacher. I always had a hard time with this kind of teaching. I was left to my own devices to practice, no guidance given, and then I was asked to change things when I did it on stage because the teacher saw it differently. 

It made me doubt myself and latch on to the teacher’s ideas, and become “loyal” or “obligated” to him and his class. However, this never gave me confidence in my own skill. I was just left with feeling that after all that work I still didn’t know what to do. 

At The Acting Center, that doesn’t exist. It’s about the actor and their work, their confidence, their skill. Not someone’s opinion.”


Whether in an audition, or when working with a director on set, Amanda can deliver. She doesn’t get nervous that she won’t be able to do what someone asks.


“I have the tools to know how to give the character needed for the story. I now can do what my job is: bring this character and their world to life, and live as them. I’m also willing to demonstrate my ability as an actor without worrying what someone thought about it.” 


At The Acting Center, every student works in every class. There is no shortage of stage time or feeling that they aren’t getting everything they can out of every class.


“With the exercises at The Acting Center, we are acting during the whole class, working the skills, creating 30-40 characters every time. We learn vital tools to help us think on our feet and deliver. The Acting Center is my playground where I can not only play, but also push myself to the next level.

The confidence I have isn’t because someone else told me I was right, it’s because I have experienced really being a variety of characters, working on my ideas, creating what I want to create, and doing the exercises in every class. I know that with The Acting Center, I have found the place that will help me continue to grow and succeed.”


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