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Miss Carolyn's coaching is very, very helpful for my auditions, in terms of script analysis, creating characters, and career developing. I thought I already knew all the subtext of my monologues. But Carolyn pointed out more details which I ignored but very important for my understanding of the structure and arc of my monologues. For example, for my classic monologue, Carolyn taught me a very important lesson that, instead of cutting the parts I felt like unnecessary to say, I should figure out the reason why the character repeat or exaggerate the same t thing at certain places, what her intention is, and what quality it reflects the character has. Knowing that the "place" my character is in is very important to me, Carolyn asked series of questions to help me to explore the place, which offers me a better sense of reality for the scene. By exploring the physical gesture of my characters, Carolyn helped me to gain better ownership of my two different characters. As a person whose first language is not English, Carolyn helped me with my diction and taught me the method to practice my pronunciation. The relationship of diction and acting was ignored by me. I used to think as long as your intention and truthful feeling are there, your acting will be good. But Carolyn let me realized that the more I make myself clear, the better intention and feeling I can express through my language, the more fluid my acting will be, and the better audiences will know from what my characters say. we also run through the whole audition several times, I got to know what the recruiter expect from students, and what I should put on during the audition. During the five session classes, I gained more confidence about my strengths and I was affected by Carolyn's bright personality, her passion for acting and her professionalism . I just finished my all auditions. And I got callback from NYU. Now waiting for the results. Fingers crossed.Feb 7, 2016Verified
My daughter needed an acting coach to help her prepare for an audition to a performing arts high school. My daughter loved working with Carolyn and her coaching made all the difference. My daughter was accepted to the performing arts school and Carolyn's coaching, guidance, and advice not only taught my daughter acting skills but helped her feel confident about her acting abilities.Feb 5, 2015Verified
I contacted Carolyn because I was looking for extra support in a Shakespeare monologue course at a professional acting studio in New York. I had been away from that type of material for some time but Carolyn helped me jump right in and gave me an extra edge when it came to performing my homework with the analysis and character study exercises she taught me which she had learned from Juilliard! I feel extremely lucky to have the chance to study with an actor of her caliber and particularly found the biz coaching portion of our sessions invaluable. She answered every single question I had (and there were many!) so thoughtfully and without judgement that I know feel armed to make important career decisions as a beginner actor.Jun 19, 2017Verified
Carolyn is a truly wonderful acting coach -- deeply empathetic, kind, intelligent, a true artist! As someone who tends to get "in their head" with auditions, her presence totally calms my anxiety down and lets me do my best work. Everything comes from the spirit of play and exploration. No judgment whatsoever (thank goodness!). I felt comfortable with her from the moment I met her, and I would recommend her to ANYONE looking for help with auditions, especially theatre auditions! She is my Juilliard-trained secret weapon now! :-)Nov 24, 2016
I have had the privilege to work with Carolynmichelle Smith , who came highly recommended by the Juilliard school- and she did not disappoint. A class act indeed-extremely polished,definitely prepared, punctual and professional. Above all she made the sessions not only informative , but a great deal of fun. Thank you for all of your knowledge and expertise. Nick ShawNov 24, 2016
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am a graduate of Juilliard's Drama Division and have a Theatre Performance Degree from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?It sort of "found me". I was at Juilliard when a friend of mine knew a young girl who needed help preparing to audition for LaGuardia Performing Arts High School. We worked together, and she was accepted! Then I realized..."I really enjoy this!"
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Be sure you know what you'd like the coaching for. Its always great to have finite goals. My job is to help you reach those goals. The clearer you are about them, the more productive our work sessions will be together.