Tracy Kolis Larson
Tracy Kolis Larson

Tracy Kolis Larson

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Introduction: To all of my potential, clients, I am located in the Encino area of California. I just want to make sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of my location. FYI, I work with 100% of my clients remotely (FaceTime, Skype and Zoom) and if you read my reviews you will see that it is very successful. All of that being said............ No one can teach you to be talented. You have to have a gift to begin with. So, no one can teach you how to act. All anyone can teach you is how to use your gifts and hone them so you can present the best version of yourself and/or the characters you portray. I started acting in Brooklyn when I was in grade school. I had a big voice and I was hard to ignore. In junior high I started public speaking for our school. One of my teachers suggested (strongly) that I apply and audition for the High School of Performing Arts in New York (yes, the real one and I was in the original movie Fame!) I ended up going to and graduating from PA as we called it. I went on to receive my BFA with honors from SUNY Purchase Conservatory in White Plains, New York. I Had my first professional acting job as a contract player on “As the World Turns”. Then “All My Children” and “Days of Our Lives”. Guest starred on “Seinfeld” (twice, two separate characters), “The Nanny”, “Mad About You”, “NYPD Blue” to mention just a few. Also starred in 6 TV Pilots and had lead roles off Broadway in “The Racket” and at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. in “The Mandrake”. And with all I have done in my career none of it would have been possible if I didn’t audition well. Learning how to interpret scripts and sides is crucial. Through studying the role and making definitive choices with your character you will show everyone in the room that you are the ONE. You need to learn how to “take the room” when you enter it. You can turn your nerves into actions that calm you and focus you on the character. All actors need to understand that the producers, directors and casting people you will be auditioning for WANT you to get the role. They are hoping that you will be the one so their search is over. They are actually rooting for you! Trust me, I know that it doesn’t feel that way but it’s true. They want you to blow them away and make them feel confident that you are the best choice for the role. I can teach you how to present the best version of yourself and your character. There are times (as we all know!) you won’t get the role because the director will have a different vision of what the character is. But I promise you if you use the tools that I teach you, you will be remembered and called back for different roles just based on your confidence and the strength of your audition. All of the above also relates to public speaking. If you are in the public eye everything here applies to you as well. How do you want to represent yourself and your company? With the following questions we will discover the best way to get to the heart of the character and we will make you stand out at any audition! 1. What is the scene about? What message are you trying to convey? 2. What does your character want in the scene? 3. What are the things that you and your character have in common that you can use in the scene? 4. How are you going to portray what your character wants using your own strengths? 5. How are you going to command the room and let them know that you mean business? We will work on all of these important points. Together we can build your confidence and your resume!
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Serves Van Nuys, CA

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11 years in business

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Teodor G.

Public Speaking Lessons

Tracy is a professional and knows exactly how to quickly help you get to the next level. From the first 5 minutes of working with her, she right away understood exactly what I needed help with. We jumped right into techniques, practice, and doing the work it takes to improve. Doing the work. That's the key. If you're serious and truly want to improve, she knows exactly what it takes to get you there. You have to put in the work, but knowing exactly what that work is, getting the support and guidence makes all the difference. The recognition by my peers/collegues after just 2-3 weeks speaks for itself. Thank you Tracy!
Jun 15, 2021
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Paula r.

Public Speaking Lessons

It has been great to work with Tracy for the last couple of sessions. Her coaching and feedback on my communication skills are constructive, and I am getting many valuable insights from her lessons. I highly recommend Tracy to anyone interested in improving their communication skills and learning more about themselves candidly and constructively.
May 14, 2021
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Diana Y.

Acting Lessons

I’ve been working with Tracy for a little over a month now for public speaking and acting. She is extremely knowledgeable. She is direct and tells you the areas that need attention. I’ve seen tangible growth in my monologues and public speaking. I’m continuously looking forward to our weekly calls.
May 10, 2021
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Amine M.

Public Speaking Lessons

Tracy is unique. Her approach to coaching Public speaking was a perfect match to what I needed. Spontaneous feedback, recorded presentations, breathing and pausing, to name a few, are the missing link that most of the people don’t think about while preparing a speech. I would recommend Tracy to anyone who wants to see quick results.
Feb 12, 2021
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Amer K.

Public Speaking Lessons

Tracy is a great coach! She is qualified to work with executives. She helped sharpen my speaking and presentation skills. She is practical. My favorite things about Tracy is that she focuses on keeping you authentic to who you are, while elevating your game!! She is responsive and flexible! Thank you, Tracy!!
Jan 20, 2021
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge $90 an hour. I do not charge extra if we happen to go over, unless there is another client waiting. If you prefer, I will also do 1/2 hour sessions for $50.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    First, you have to feel that you can trust me and be safe with me. We won't get to anything that's real or honest within you if you are not comfortable. So we will start with reading a monologue, scene or speech (of your choice) so we can see where you are in your process. I will give you direction and advise you and then we can take it from there.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I Graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in New York. ThenI I graduated with Honors from SUNY Purchase Conservatory in White Plains New York. I have been a member of Sag-Aftra since 1984. My training is in my resume! And yours will be too!

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