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I have a few ideas that are the grounding forces behind the way I coach actors. One is technical and the other is philosophical.
On the technical side, it is about knowing what is being asked of you in an audition situation. Often times, that means making sure that we're telling the story of the scene and serving the purpose of the character. This is particularly true in smaller television and film roles which can often be the hardest. We might accomplish this by working to ensure we breakdown the events of the scene so that we're not aiming to learn words, but instead fully understanding the minutia of the human interactions taking place in the sides.
Often, even when we do have a complete understanding of the scene, it's necessary to make sure we are showing it with clarity. An outside set of eyes is always incredibly helpful, but especially so in this time of self tapes and zoom auditions. I work to use the camera to our benefit rather than being challenged by it. Framing, structure, purpose.
All of this is to make room for spontaneity.
On the philosophical side, is the acknowledgement that acting on set or stage can require a different set of skills than nailing an audition. Even very capable actors need an outside perspective to do the great work they're capable of in the artificial setting of the audition room or tape. The other part of this is making sure to help the actor deliver an audition that feels authentic to them and takes advantage of their natural charisma. The ultimate goal is to deliver multiple takes that stay fresh and continue to explore the possibilities of the scene.
I like working with actors of all skill and experience levels. I look to create a comfortable and constructive working environment that feels nonjudgmental and leaves room for excitement about the work we're doing. After all, it is our personal experiences and past histories that allow for the wonderful idiosyncrasies that lead to authentic, dynamic and appealing performances.
Nathaniel coached me virtually for a self tape and it was the most fun I've had taping from home. He took the idea I had for the shape of the scene and made it stronger by clarifying my storytelling through acting coaching as well as the technical aspects of framing. I got a callback hours after I submitted the tape. Highly recommend working with Nathaniel!
-Arielle Beth Klein (On-Camera Zoom audition prep)
Nathaniel is everything you want in an acting coach. I felt so anxious, self-conscious, and in my head about my acting abilities and he immediately put me at ease. He made me feel like I could just play and have fun with no fear of judgment whatsoever. Not to mention, he got a great performance out of me and I carried that confidence in with me to my final performance. No BS- he is the real deal -- full of warmth, talent, and insight. Thank you so much Nathaniel! You're the best ever and I will only be coming to you for coaching from now on!
-Chelsea Frank (On Set Coaching)