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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity! 

You & Me

Your success as an actor depends on many elements including training, acting ability, marketing, online presence, presentation, perspective and belief in yourself. You are a unique being who learns in a certain way and thrives in a certain environment. This is how I coach. These are the things that I can offer you. I recognize that every actor is different and I take the time to learn how I can best serve you. I get immeasurable pleasure from guiding an you to an "AHA" moment, or decreasing your stress level by coming up with a plan for success tailored to your needs. I'm a working actor so I have my finger on the pulse of the industry and I make it my business to understand it well so I can help you to navigate it. REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. I offer SKYPE session as well.


  • SELF TAPING - includes me as a reader, coaching/direction if required, HD camera, good lighting and sound, clean backdrop, editing, uploading, emailing or submitting. $70/hr (prorated)

  • COACHING - acting and on-camera technique (including commercials), audition preparation, script analysis, voiceover, the psychology of human behavior and how it applies to character prep. $95/hr

  • CAREER CONSULTING - skill level and experience assessment. A tailored plan so that you can exist successfully as an actor in New York or wherever you are pursuing your career. Demo, resume, headshot, website assessment etc..$125/hr



Training, marketing and keeping your online profiles up to date are extremely important but it's imperative that you have a healthy opinion of yourself and your ability as well as a sustainable perspective about the audition room and it's purpose. It's a relationship building opportunity with the casting director. You're not there to prove you can act, they already assume you can or you wouldn't be there. You're there to show yourself in the role. So enjoy the opportunity to play. Make some interesting choices and lend your emotions and experiences to your character for most authentic and honest performance. Remember, there are many positive outcomes to an audition, booking the job is just one of them, so go in there and ENJOY IT!


In this ever evolving technological age, SELF TAPES have become a necessary part of our job. We are now our own producers.


  • A clean backdrop - grey & blue are the best. No distractions in the background.  

  • Good lighting. They should be able to see the color of your eyes.

  • Good audio. And be sure your reader's volume and performance is not overpowering yours.

  • Have a good reader. preferably another actor but at the very least, someone who sounds natural.

  • HD cameras on a tripod are wonderful. If you MUST use an iphone or iPad, make sure you shoot it horizontally.

  • The frame is usually top of head and shoulders/mid chest. A few CDs prefer down to the waist. Be sure to read all instructions thoroughly and don't deviate. 

  • PROS of self taping - you can do it until you get it right. CONS of self taping - you can do it until you get it right. Try and find a balance. Treat a self tape as though you are going into the room, it's good practice.

There are many more things to take into consideration. If you'd like to schedule an on-camera/selftape session with me, please contact me through my contact page. I also coach via skype and facetime.