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A personal approach.

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Success in the entertainment industry requires more than talent.

This incredibly competitive profession requires talent AND an aggressive marketing plan.  Whether launching a new acting career,  jump starting an established career, or fine tuning your marketing plan, Hester can help you.  For over 20 years, Hester Schell Creative has the expertise and knowledge which the established professional and aspiring film actor is searching for.  Learn from one of the best!

“I wouldn’t have had the confidence in my SAG
feature (film) audition without
the extra push from you, Hester.
I booked it!You give constructive criticism and
honest support and for that,I am grateful.
I am now SAG eligible, and on
my way in the right direction. Thank you!”

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MEISNER

Master acting teacher, Hester Schell, MFA, joins the faculty of Portland Actors Conservatory again, autumn 2017, for a beginning/intermediate class in the Meisner technique.
Wednesday nights, 6:30 – 9:30.
6 weeks. November 8 – December 13, 2017.

Hester thoroughly believes the Meisner method will make you a better performer, more alive, in the moment.  This extraordinary work will change the way you see and respond.
REGISTRATION:  Portland Actors Conservatory, Now at Actors Repertory Theatre!  When PAC uploads the registration information, it will appear on this page.

WIKEPEDIA:
The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to “get out of their head”, such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment. To this end, some exercises for the Meisner technique are rooted in repetition so that the words are deemed insignificant compared to the underlying emotion. In the Meisner technique, there is a greater focus on the other actor as opposed to one’s internal thoughts or feelings associated to the prescribed character.


ACTING

NEW CLIENTS – Purchase a 10 hour coaching package and save 10%.

CONTACT us  to schedule a phone consult.
We’ll send an invoice once we’ve spoken about what you need. 

PRIVATE SESSIONS FOR ACTORS
Let’s get your acting career on the front burner!
Hester Schell offers private one on one coaching and acting lessons to those interested

in going into the deeper aspects of the entertainment industry. With a customized, personal plan Hester’s private coaching is unmatched by many others in the business.
Hourly rate. By appointment.

ACTORS’ RETREAT
Marketing, Audition resources, Scene Study Skills.  A weekend away for those who want to dig in.
Available for short weekend intensives in retreat settings, as well as short and semester long seminars.

CURRENT FILM ACTING CLASSES - Small group classes:
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SPRING 2014: Current classes meets Saturday 1pm – 4pm. Tuition from $360 – $380, for 8 sessions.
Pricing is set by the school. Intermediate on camera scene study for aspiring and professional actors.

NEW CLASS READY TO ROCK AND ENROLL:
CAREER CATAPULT: Marketing & Career Management for Actors

YOU and SHOW BUSINESS (5 weeks) The best advice and information available for how to become a working actor from an expert industry insider and casting director, director/writer and FABA acting teacher, Hester Schell. DEMO REELS, HEADSHOTS, RESUMES, CASTING TYPE, AGENTS, AUDITION RESOURCES, ONLINE RESOURCES, BUSINESS BASICS, ALL THIS AND MORE: YOUR MARKETING PLAN – Essential insights into markets and marketing tools; web sites; branding; and setting up your business books.

SMALL GROUPS
Salon Scene Study – Maximum of 4 students. Group rate discounts.

4 to 6 actors for multiple sessions. Sessions of 2 to 4 hours.

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Research, writing, rehearsal and preparation for performance
of your original material, long format solo theatre or film.

COMEDY

Stand Up Comedy for Women: CONTACT IMMEDIATELY TO JOIN THE CLASS
LucyHHHysterical Housewives.  “We’re not desperate! We’re f**king hilarious!”
January 2013 – Currently meeting Monday evenings, 7pm – 10pm,
in Half Moon Bay, California.   Next Performance:  April 13, 2013.

Develop and prepare your original material in a safe environment
and share with a live audience.  Exercise your funny bone.

 

 

DIRECTING

What is the difference between great performances and …  adequate?  Find out!
“Casting better actors makes a better movie.”  Take your film project to a higher level with short weekend intensives in retreat settings as well as short and semester long seminars.

On SetDIRECTORS’ RETREAT (Send an email and get on the list for the next one.)
This is the one – Two and a half days at a country retreat center, shooting with other directors and having one heck of a great time! Skill building, networking, great food, fabulous instruction.
Full participation in various exercises on and off camera.

 


FOR DIRECTORS – CASTING & AUDITIONS: CHOICES AND CHALLENGES – 2 three hour sessions: 
From casting announcements to call backs. Timeline, Mock Audition. Script reading sessions. Organize and run a professional session, evaluate talent and how to read a resume. Registration limited to 16 directors, 8 actors. Actors attend second session for mock auditions and skill building through audition activity. We will choose a mix of actors from those interested and available.

DIRECTOR’S SECRET:  ON- SET PRODUCTION ACTING COACH
Hester Schell Creative is available for on-set actor coaching during film production.  Learn how to get better performances out of your actors with  a personalized approach unmatched by many others in the business. 

From effective audition and rehearsal skills to on-set communication with your actors, Hester Schell has the experience and expertise to help you. Hester has a Master of Fine Arts in Directing, and the first feature film she ever acted in won an Academy Award. Her impressive background ensures you will get the best coaching possible.  Hester Schell is uniquely qualified to provide the highest standard of assistance to aspiring and established film directors. 

 

MUSIC/CHILDREN’S ART

Voice & Piano for ages 10 – 18:
Offered through  Up the Grove Music School, Half Moon Bay, California
“We come to you.” Service area: Coastside and Northern San Mateo County.

Private one on one, $30 per half hour.  In your home.

Children’s Art Projects and Birthday Parties:
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Water color, clay, collage, drawing, puppetry, video.  Rates vary.

 Schedule early to ensure and awesome experience for your kids and their friends.

 

 

Billing is super easy:
Checks are accepted by USPS.
We don’t do credit cards directly.  We use secure transactions through PAY PAL.
We’ll send an invoice once we’ve spoken about what you need.

“It is such a pleasure to work with somebody who clearly knows what she is talking about. Thanks!”
Maya Maher, SAG-AFTRA Actor

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