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I can't even put into words how amazing a teacher Sean is. The best way to explain it is to tell about my recent experience in a student film and the results I see from his coaching. It's easy to say you are learning from someone but a completely different thing to be able to put those skills into practice and see the results. So many of the things I accomplished that day on set would not have been possible without the skills Sean taught me. Before “action” on one scene, I caught myself questioning my character's actions and motives and heard Sean's voice in my head reminding me to not judge the character. This bit of remembered wisdom reminded me to focus on empathizing with and being the character rather than judging her. It helped me to become the character rather than just myself portraying the character. There were multiple shots in this film where I had to cry, something I was extremely nervous about and had never been able to do on camera before. But I did as Sean taught me, and the tears came naturally. Without Sean's coaching, my emotions and the tears would not have felt or looked authentic. Sean's acting lessons have helped me immensely, and I am so thankful for everything I have learned from him. I would recommend Sean as a teacher for anyone who is serious about being an actor.Mar 27, 2018Sean Whalen - Acting Coach's reply
Erin, you made my job easy due to your hard work and dedication
I have really enjoyed the classes. Sean brings a wealth of knowledge, perspective and experience to the table, every class. He is a very genuine and kind person which creates a comfortable learning environment and experience, no matter what skill level you may currently be. Sean’s has a true passion for acting that is contagious and cultivating. I’d highly recommend him to anyone.Aug 21, 2018VerifiedSean Whalen - Acting Coach's reply
Thanks Catherine. Very Kind. Glad you are enjoying yourself.
I am at the beginning of my acting journey and am supplementing my classes with coaching sessions with Sean. I just had my first session with him and I am so grateful there are knowledgeable actor/actor educators like him who can helps us beginners build the skills to develop our craft, learn to trust our instincts and ourselves, and navigate this unique unpredictable career. Based on my first session with Sean, I can tell my work with him will he extremely valuable to my development and growth as an actor. At the same time, there is no substitution for doing the work! So do your homework assignments, study plays and films, and listen to his podcast too! His podcast provides a wealth of useful information! I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Sean; I can’t wait to see where it takes me!May 1, 2019Verified
Working with Sean has been nothing but fantastic! He's very well educated, experienced, and enthusiastic about the craft. At first I was nervous about how an online acting course might go, especially since it was my first class as an adult, but Sean did a great job at breaking the ice and making it feel as if we've been working in a classroom setting for months! He gives great constructive criticism and isn't afraid to point out when you're doing something incorrectly. It's clear that he isn't teaching to get paid, but teaching to truly train you to be the best actor you can be. He goes the extra mile to make sure you're not just learning about acting, but also the business. He gives great advice and genuinely cares about his students! Other eager actors would be lucky to have Sean as a coach!Sep 10, 2018Verified
Sean puts 100% into his students. He pushes you to the limit and helps you to be free with your craft. I had no confidence at first and was insecure about my acting. Because of Sean I now have full confidence in myself because he really believes in his students. Best teacher I’ve ever had!Mar 20, 2018Sean Whalen - Acting Coach's reply
So humbled by this, Moses
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I like to keep my prices reasonable as I know it's tough for actors to spend extra money. If you purchase more classes than you get a bigger discount.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?It all depends on the level they are starting with. If you are well trained I will challenge you in areas where you are not as comfortable to expand your repertoire. If you are a true novice, I will teach you the basic fundamentals using acting techniques that are based in Method and Meisner acting.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I studied at UCLA Drama department, The world famous GROUNDLINGS COMEDY SCHOOL, Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie, Janet Alhanti. But most importantly I have been a working SAG member since January 1989.