Many of my colleagues charge for actors to come in and find out about their studio. I’m not one of them. I believe actors are inundated with so many acting coaches and so many different techniques, which can be very confusing. My orientation is an opportunity for me to give back to a community of actors by sharing my philosophy – essentially to stop acting and live a life. Whether you sign up for a workshop or not, you will leave with some tools and a better understanding of human behavior. This will help you in acting but of course life itself. My studio is divided into different levels – Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Master. I have personally trained all my teachers and they can’t teach at my studio unless they can fully embrace my philosophy. After an hour of teaching how to “Live a Life” in this orientation, I look at everyone’s headshot and resume and talk to each person individually to find their placement. If I am not sure – I will read you (no charge). Our workshops are very small (12) on camera, 5 to 7 hrs each day, so it is important to help actors learn at the right level. What I find wonderful is how actors come to the orientation wanting information but they get much more. 30 to 40 actors actually get to know each other and experience what I think is the most important part of life and acting -relationships! At last week’s orientation, a guy shared with us the trauma he had recently experienced in the way some other studios in Los Angeles treated him. They were pushy, made it about money, tried to stick him in a class that they needed to fill etc. He didn’t have a lot of money and wasn’t ready to sign up with me that day but he called the next week to say that he was so excited about studying at the studio and was asking for Christmas money gifts! If I can leave you with one advice it would be – don’t study with anyone who does not respect you and treat you as an equal. We may have more knowledge in this area – but we are not any better than you are. I believe teaching is the best profession in the world and it is a privilege to share this gift with you. I look forward to seeing you at our next orientation.