Q & A
When is a child ready for professional training?
Most of the children I've worked with love expressing, storytelling, and imaginary games.  They are self-motivated, unpropelled by a parent,  and are determined to advance.  Even shy children have exhibited these qualities.  I've seen them become excellent actors when they have the determination to break out of themselves. They're able to sit for five minutes to create pictures in their heads or to prepare in other ways.  They are ready to devote time to study, whether it's to work on movement control, speech, memorization, etc.

How does Empowered Auditions differ from community theatre programs?
Community programs give students the experience of expressing themselves before an audience.  They introduce theatre games and  acting exercises in a loosely structured environment where rising to industry standards is not a consideration.   While Empowered Auditions facilitates theatre games and exercises as essential training tools, we gently yet decisively lead students to achieve their highest potential.  Many students have said that their community programs did not provide constructive criticism.  Others have said they were never taught how to work from their inner core.  In truth, students develop confidence when they 're given methods to produce genuine emotion rather than when they're simply told to "Be happy," or "Be sad."  Empowered Auditions serves the student who wishes to work beyond a community theatre level to compete in a highly distinguishing industry where commercial technique, among other genres, is essential.  

Do you introduce students to agents, managers, and casting directors?   I share a list of ten qualities the industry expects from the professional actor.  When a student's work meets these goals, I refer them to a manager for an initial audition/interview.  I then direct students and parents to resources that will help them market themselves.  I encourage mature students to make the phone calls, write their cover letters, address the envelopes, etc., so they build responsibility for their careers.  The industry is more impressed with the young actor who takes the initiative.  

Can you tell me if my child is talented?  My experience is that talent is either blatantly obvious or obscured by inhibition at the start of training.  Some children need time in sessions to arrive at a point where they feel safe enough to express themselves honestly and exhibit their talent. The parent is always informed of each session's progress.

What is your feedback process? 
When a student performs a monologue, scene, improv, or commercial for the first run, I do not interrupt to give direction.  I believe the actor needs the freedom to explore the first run without the distraction of stops. I then inform the student of what is working well for them as well as performance problems they are having.  I offer ways they can solve these.  In successive runs, I stop action to work on needs as they arise.  Shortly after each session, I email that session's notes to the student and parent. 

How long are sessions?  
Generally, sessions are one hour.  When actors are preparing for an appointed audition, they sometimes need to work two hours with the sides before they're confident they will nail genuine emotion and execute their best and most powerful choices

What are the tutoring fees?
 F
ees are dependent on the location of the student and are discussed during the intitial consultation.

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