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Kenshaka Ali
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Miriam G.
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Wow! One session already with him and I was truly enlightened! His tools are methodical and easy to apply. He's quite intuitive and will tune into your nature to allow you freedom to explore. He renders a promising support of your choices and offers an honest view of clarity for other ways. Unlike my previous brutal acting classes, this one on one may just work for me.

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FISV LLC.
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mishelle F.
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insight from a producer's persective is very inlighting and helpful.I am excited to have her help me advance my Acting skills in a more professnal way, and learn how the busniss works. I'm now more secure about my acting career.

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The Performing Arts Coach
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Candace K.
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Joanne has played a significant role in the development of my daughter's acting career. Her first experience was being cast in a theater production in Hollywood under Joanne's direction at the age of 5. Since that time, my daughter has performed in multiple theater shows, attended private acting classes, workshops, and online sessions (through Skype) for audition preparation with Joanne. My daughter is now 12 years old and has just been offered a main supporting role in a movie that will begin filming in early 2017. Joanne is an integral part of the fun, exciting, emotional, and exhausting road that has led us to this juncture. I highly recommend Joanne to work with your aspiring actor or actress!

  • 29 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Gibran E.
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During the time of operation of Let The Kids Grow Los Angeles, California 2013-2014. I had the privilege of working with and managing Mrs. Tracy Pfau, she was our head Acting instructor. She had the tasks and duties of working with underprivileged children of the community to help them stay off the streets and into the classrooms. She was able to work with children that possessed some knowledge of acting to complete beginners. She was professional and always uplifting to the children and respected them in a professional and caring manner as if they were her own. She not only taught them the basics fundamentals of acting but she showed them the professionalism and seriousness of the business surrounding a acting career. The ages of the children ranged from 4-17. As this was a after school program she would always be ready with a lesson plan and would not mind helping after hours if needed. I have learned that to be a great instructor you need to first have a great heart and a seriousness to the profession, and Mrs. Pfau is the total package as she is a great instructor and a great mentor and even after the program finished she was still willing to work with the children on a personal basis to really help these children accomplish their goals in the acting profession. I would be more than happy to recommend Mrs. Pfau in any future projects as I do not recommend people unless I really believe in them.

Sean Whalen - Acting Coach
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Myra L.
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I took Sean’s Comedy/Improv class at Studio 4 and he’s truly been the best teacher/mentor I’ve ever had. I can honestly say with the skills I learned in his class really helped me with everything else I’ve done since, to my screenwriting class and even my Production class. I had given up acting a couple years back because of a traumatic imcident that happened to me at a show I was having, I completely froze in front of a room full of people. I seriously thought I was done with acting. But when I saw Sean’s class I decided to give it one more try, and I’m so glad I did. Because I wouldn't be where I’m at today if I hadn’t. In his class I also started writing again and now I’ve written and filmed and acted in a Short film, and currently working on the next one. He will never give up on you, and he’ll always be your biggest fan :) Myra Legaspe

The Improv Trick
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary R.
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Improv Trick helped me to think on my feet when presenting at work. The classes were fun, energizing and insightful. I have applied the techniques in both work situations and even social situations...so bonus material for me!

  • 15 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Antonio B.
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I’m an Italian translator and conference interpreter. I moved to Los Angeles in April 2015 and I was hoping to find a valid voice coach to improve my spoken English and consequently my job opportunities. Research was a bit hard at first. Many factors came into play. Then I was lucky enough to meet the delightful Tracy Pfau. I can honestly say working with Tracy was one of the best things that happened to me in my stay in LA. Tracy is a consummate professional. She gives it all for her students. First she made sure I felt comfortable in my learning environment. Which made me understand immediately how much she cared about her profession. She was always punctual. She went the extra mile to provide me with material to study and work on, even bringing extra work home herself sometimes. She was extremely patient, she would always grant me some extra minutes to make sure I had understood all the notions. She taught me things I will remember for life and I had been waiting for so long to learn. Tracy Pfau is a passionate, competent and versatile professional. And she’s a pleasure to interact with as a person. If you are looking for an accent/dialect reduction trainer, I highly recommend that you call her. You won't regret that :)

Online Voice Over Coach
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan S.
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David is a great coach! I recently attended one of his Character Building Classes and was impressed with his wealth of knowledge and the commitment he has to his students and his craft. Would highly recommend anyone interested in improving their voice over skills to connect with David. You won't be disappointed!

LA Acting Studios
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jay B.
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David Rountree from LA Acting Studios is the best teacher in Los Angeles-- hands down! I am amazed of his knowledge and the experience he shares from his time so far in the Industry. I love learning from him! He is definitely not to be missed if you're serious about Acting or would just like to raise your confidence level. He has a way of connecting to you that is very heartfelt and sincere.

  • 5 years in business
Sarah J.
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I have known Mr. Pestle for several years. He is extremely passionate about teaching, theater, acting, and writing—this shows in every aspect of his work, especially his theater productions and English classes. His encouragement, enthusiasm, and humor make him an excellent mentor. I have enjoyed learning from Mr. Pestle through discussion of literature and art! He is honest, and very easy to talk to. Mr. Pestle is awesome. I would absolutely recommend him.

Koaching Kids & Teens
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 20 years in business
Jade E.
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I have been coming to Tracy for training for over 10 years. Beginning as a child in her acting classes, to being a teen in audition koaching and her summer intensives, to being an adult and using her career consultation and private acting services. Tracy Martin is such an asset to any actor's team!!

The Kid (F)Actor
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laura K.
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Rakefet coached my son for both commercial and theatrical roles. His acting skills improved a lot and he's been booking jobs regularly. She was willing to coach him last minute for a part on a pilot despite some personal troubles. Sometimes, I email her suggestions about what my son would like to work on and she incorporates those into the sessions. She's very thoughtful and genuinely cares about my son's progress. She did occasionally cancel a session because of an audition but we did the same to her so we're even. Overall, I can't imagine a better coach for my son. She's been great.

Jessica Payne
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Nancy F.
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Jessica Payne is an extraordinary talented teacher and coach.Specially she helped me with my acting and singing.I was a little bit nervous going into the lesson, but she did a great job of making me feel relaxed and setting up a safe and friendly atmosphere.She knew what she walking about.We spent time working on technical aspects of singing and acting(breath support, resonance, intention given, given circumstances,etc.). Then we talked a little bit about the artistic aspects of performance.Near the end we chatted about wardrobe choices and common mistakes that people make in auditions and on set.It was an extraordinary helpful lesson and now I use what I learned all the time. I highly recommend Jess to other performers, and I will use her again. Thanks for listening!!

In Motion
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tosha M.
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My daughter has been permanently upgraded as an actress, singer, and dancer under the student enrollment of Niketa Calame-Harris (In Motion). Her personalized programs pull out undiscovered talents that translate into profitable skills. Her decades of professional experience builds upon an insight that prepares my daughter for real life success.

SW Acting
4.5
from 2 reviews
    Gabriel C.
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    I did audition prep classes with shakara for 4 months here in London, she was brilliant, really creative eye. Only negative is she had to reschedule a few lessons for auditions of her own, etc... which is fair enough, but it was always quite short notice. Other than that she was brilliant, such a lovely mentor x

    About

    I am an award-winning writer, director, producer and actor. You can access my credentials on my website or on my IMDB page. I have been teaching acting professionally for over 15 years, and I have taught through the University of Utah, The Learning Annex and privately in Los Angeles. I have created one of the few online acting workshops which can be accessed worldwide. Acting Success is the fast track to stardom.

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    I am an acting coach, going on tape, editing, video production, workshops and classes, and informational services. I've been coaching for years in the south bay. I teach acting classes for ages 8 to 18.

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    I help people with confidence, public speaking, and overall presentation by teaching various methods of acting technique.

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    While on-stage, theater acting is a fun way for kids to build confidence & learn, my classes are geared towards a career in the entertainment industry. If your child or teen wants to be a working actor, and you don't know where to start- my classes are the answer!

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    I have been trained in acting coaching and directing by some of the leading action, comedic and dramatic filmmakers. I have a ton of personal experience and I just want to help share the wealth of information and help my students unlock and discover their inherent full potential. I have been told by stars that I am uniquely qualified and gifted in this area and they use me and save themselves the high prices of the famous acting coaches. I am here to help. I am here to serve.

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    Learn how to think like a professional actor! Acting On The Web has been teaching the basis of professional acting, technique, and philosophy online since 1999 with great success.

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