Know yourself, and then they will know how to cast you.
Dear talented actors,
I look for windows of opportunity between my directing gigs to teach this class. I always get inspiration and rejuvenation when working with talent on camera. You all inspire me.My classes are small and private and operate purely due to word of mouth from over 500 alumni students. I have been offering this class format since 2003 and am thrilled that word of mouth is powerful and that there is such a need for this type of class.
With so many classes and network events out there, I am frequently seeing how easily confused that actors get about their marketability, skills, and belief in their talent. Think of me as a private coach within your audition process. My passion lies in supporting you all as you navigate through the information and the “truths” being presented to you about yourself and the business. This is a safe class to explore your marketability and camera skills.
There are ALL levels of experience and ages in these classes and private coachings: from working TV actors, veteran theater actors (TONY award-winning, regional, fringe), to supporting & leading role film actors, to commercial actors, to actors returning to the business after a hiatus called “life happens”. When you start working in front of the camera, the playing field quickly gets leveled.
My classes, Part 1 and Part 2, are not separated by levels of talent. Everyone, including the award-winners, start with me in Part 1 and we build a process together. I lay in the lessons and techniques very thoughtfully and purposefully over the classes and start everyone at the same point in the conversation. Some actors will say it is like developing a philosophy together. This class will give you more than just techniques. It’s the whole package.
I look forward to working with you,
Heidi Miami Marshall
Who is this class good for?
This class is for actors who are committed to moving to the next level in their acting on camera, in auditions, and in performance. I teach a process and philosophy, some call it a technique and some call it a philosophy. This class welcomes actors who are both new and experienced to working on camera. I will build you from the ground up, or rebuild or evolve your already existing skills. I run a very tight ship and feedback is very guided and unique to each person’s journey.
If you want to feel safe and able to risk, this is the class for you.
If you want to find out what is in your way from booking or moving to the next level, this is the class for you.
If you are a working actor, you can trust you will be challenged.
If you are a new or returning actor, you can trust that you will be inspired.
This is not a “networking” class with a casting director. This is an acting and auditioning class with a teacher who has two decades (yes!) of professional high-level experience and cares most about the actor’s process. In the end, I believe this is what BOOKS THE JOB and supports being an INSPIRED ACTOR.
What you get
- 4 weeks, 4 hours each class
- Individualized Coaching in class
- Film your scene every week
- Intimate and Non-Competitive Space: 8 students max
- Downloadable video files of your camera class work for personal review
- Resume and Website Reviews & Revision Ideas
- Resume Templates
- Audition Resource Guide
- Membership access to private Alumni-Only Facebook Group
- Membership access to Future Classes
- Alumni Discounts for Resources (Headshots, Websites)
- Alumni Discount for all Future Private Audition Coachings
- Audition Preparation Techniques
- Inside Industry Stories & Detailed Understanding of the Casting Machine
- Safe space to grow and discover your Strengths & Marketability
- A passionate ally
What you can expect
Each week you receive an assignment. You will individually choose and prepare a NEW film scene that fills appropriate casting possibilities for you, as discussed each week in class. No monologues. You will be guided to select appropriately challenging roles and well-structured audition scenes. Attention is paid to your preparation process!
Your very first assignment will include a specialy created Actor Reflection Questionnaire! Answering these questions, you will begin the process of understanding your Marketability.
WATCH yourself on camera
We film your scenes and provide you with downloads after each class. It’s an excellent way to study your progress, see your “tricks”, and see what the producers/directors are seeing on the television monitors.
I will be in dialogue with you about taking action in your career, nudging you along and providing resources. I encourage you to use select “takes” from the Class to generate interest in your talent. My joy is matchmaking and I seek for those opportunities for my alumni. I am also an active voice in our Private Facebook Group for Alumni only.
Get insider tips on the audition room and a preparation process that leads to natural acting.
The audition room
Who is in it and how does it work? We recreate the audition room in every class for ON-CAMERA auditions. In addition to auditioning for your colleagues, you will also experience sitting “behind the table” and learn to assess what makes a good audition by observing others.
Preparation for your material
Use approaches that connect you to the words and make the text play as a natural conversation (to the camera, to the reader, and to the people behind the table who are hiring you). My approach was developed extensively while directing with Baz Luhrmann and applies to theater, television, & film. My directing sensibility is to create ease that reads on the camera. The camera loves the moments between the moments.
Your reality vs. the Casting Director/Director’s reality
Explore your perception of the types of roles you are seeking to be hired versus the types of roles you are auditioning for.
- Get honest with your type
- Learn how you handle the audition room.
- Where are they getting their ideas of you from? Learn why you need to get in control of your social media.
Auditioning is an essential part of an actor’s process
Specifically focus on strengthening your individual on-camera acting skills by examining and working on your on-camera audition skills. I use the audition room as a microscope look at your entire process as an actor.
Learn the tricks of the camera + be cast in the right roles
My years of experience as both a casting director and film/theater director will support you in shaping your audition skills and your perspective on the business.
This class is a space designed for your personal growth
- Video downloads to study your work on camera.
- Get tips on the audition room and a preparation process.
- Learn the lens that casting directors and directors are viewing you through.
- Learn how you have bought into these perspectives and may not be capitalizing on your actual marketability and personality.
- Ask questions in a safe environment that supports the actor as the center of the audition and to make it work for you to be your best.
- Discover how to cast yourself: getting auditions, controlling the audition, and marketing your “type(s)”.
- Build confidence as a person and as an auditioning actor.
- Access to “alumni only” classes.
**Please note that I do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired by any project that I might direct or cast. I am teaching and coaching because I enjoy supporting actors in developing their process of working within the audition room and opening their knowledge about the business of auditioning.
I do guarantee my supportive honesty and sharing my knowledge to support the actor in his/her overall process of auditioning + acting.
Your class was instrumental in helping me develop the techniques that allowed me to go into that audition room 4 different times and finally land the role of Richie (HBO Series, Looking). I tell all my actor friends about your class, I can’t rave enough about it.
- Raul Castillo HBO, LOOKING
I am officially a Heidi Marshall devotee. “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”-William Arthur Ward. That about covers it. You are an exceptional teacher in the way you, with care and positivity, nurture, compel and enliven your students. I thank you and I thank the Universe for you:)
- Melody Fadness
It was such a wonderful experience and I’m so glad to know you and to have worked with and learned from you! I have already been applying what I learned in the audition room and in my practice.
- Mike Mihm http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1659074/
How do I possibly begin to thank you for the invaluable learning experience you’ve given me! And! While creating a home environment with your warm and encouraging spirit. You’ve nurtured a new and energized wave of thinking in me. I’ve more clarity about how I’m viewed professionally within the industry and how I view myself as an artist personally. It’s refreshing to have a more holistic approach to the industry, marketing, auditions, preparation, and self creating. I also had one of the better auditions of my 6 year stint here in NY. Not only did I show my commitment and eagerness to perform to the Creative Team, I showed it to myself. It was a total game changer for me.
- Paige Sommeror www.paigesommerer.com
Heidi Marshall: THE HYPE IS REAL. I am so fucking happy to be in your class.
- Christopher Gabriel Nunez www.christophergabrielnunez.com
“Dear actor friends, who dread auditioning even though you’re painfully, amazingly great actors… get thee to Heidi Marshall’s audition class ASAP. You’ll experience a paradigm shift and start loving auditions. I certainly have! I can’t say enough good things about her class. Seriously.
- Hye Yun Park www.hyeyunpark.com/
Your class is so FUN, productive, unique and inspiring. Thank you for all you give to us.
- Melanie Beck http://www.melaniebeck.com/
Very seldom in life are things ever as promised. My audition, my first ever without singing, was as if I had done a dozen prior to. Your class presented the geography of the room as it actually was. You gave me the mind-set that allowed me to hold to the points I needed and ignore the ones I did not need. I was, I guess we can assume, successful. [He booked HBO on his first audition!]
- Gary Simpson CINEMAX Series, The Knick www.garysimpsonbaritone.com
I just wanted to thank you so much for a wonderful class. I learned so much and met a wonderful community, all thanks to you.
- Delphi Borch https://vimeo.com/user33821916
I draw on things I learned from you every time I get in front of a camera whether it’s a job or an audition, and I am amazed at how much my experience of film and TV has changed since that time.
- J.Stephen Brantley www.jstephenbrantley.com
I can honestly say that after taking your classes, the way that I prep for auditions has completely changed. I am so much more confident and prepared now so that I can just have fun and let go in the room.
- Renee Bergeron www.reneebergeron.com
You truly create a magically electric, yet safe working environment.
- Amanda Huxtable https://www.amandahuxtable.com/
“I learned so much and you are so gracious and supportive. I am working hard to put that knowledge into play. I don’t feel like an unleashed ballon floating around all over the place. Because of your class I feel more grounded because I have a fuller tool chest.
- Coley Campany www.coleycampany.com
“I just wanted to make sure I properly communicated to you how this class was so much more than I ever expected. It wasn’t just about film and tv technique but about who we are as people, finding our unique voice and believing that this is what is going to get us work. Everything else is out of our control really. That’s my Biggest take away. So THANK YOU again for being YOU and for wanting to teach.
- Denise Summerford
You are such an inspiration to me and a reminder to stick to my guns. Your generosity and love of teaching and the craft creates a safe and encouraging space in which to learn. And I saw my classmates just bloom over the 4 weeks.
- June R Ballinger www.JuneBallinger.com
“I just wanted to thank you so much for the amazing learning environment you created in the four classes I had such a pleasure of being a part of! I took so many good notes, have so many great take away’s, and now feel much more comfortable and trusting of myself in the room with a camera pointed at me! I can’t thank you enough!
- Jarrad Green www.jarradbirongreen.com
“Your class was the beginning of an unlocking thing that really helped me find my way back into the work I love.”
- Alexandra Neil www.alexandraneil.com
“Thank you for pushing me to my limits and places I didn’t know I could go. I left last night with more confidence in film that I ever have.
- Sarah Crane www.sarahcrane.net
“Your class is really a joy and inspiring in all the best ways I know of in our business/adventure.
- Trevor Kluckman http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6566136/
As I shoot a drama serial in Karachi, Pakistan, I remind myself of the acting tips I learned in class. They are handy across languages! Thank you.
- Fahad Ahmad www.FahadAhmad.com
So much of my confidence has been boosted after working with you. Understanding my brand, my actor triggers, etc has really made a difference. I know that I have a lot more to learn (always), but instead of waiting I’m being proactive…which is huge for me. My website, my resume, even my new headshots are all thanks to you! You’re a fantastic teacher but more importantly you’re just a great person
- Penny Middleton www.PennyMiddleton.com
Thank you, Heidi, for being a blessing to the creative community in every way.
- Sidiki Fofana http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3517476/
I feel reenergized and inspired to stay acting and to be in this biz… I’ve regained a confidence in my ability to act, and certainly have rekindled a major passion to work hard at my craft and get better and better at it, and this is after a long period of feeling quite “rusty” and not being sure if I could even do it anymore… Feels Like I’m de-rusting for sure. And I also love your emphasis on staying creative in all ways, daily!! It’s certainly one of the roadblocks I’ve experienced in my life, that of giving up the daily discipline of creating, the ritual of it, because life and finances are just too tough! Ah, fear and excuses…. Happy to say I am now of the mind it’s never too late to start a career and a creative life anew…
- Nathalie Altman www.NathalieAltman.com
I am reeling from last night’s class. Couldn’t sleep till 3 A.M. – it was like I had an acting red bull that’s organic and good for you. Thank you for creating a safe place to play and share. Your teachings are spot on, your intuition too. I was so nervous after the first class hearing about your journey with Rent and La Boheme. Then I remembered you are a human being too!! And an amazing one!! So thank you for putting me at ease not without a little nudging to unearth the goods! I will always welcome those adjustments! I feel a great sense of accomplishment and peace after your class.
- Jenna Robino https://www.backstage.com/jennarobino/
Thanks again for an amazing 4 weeks. It’ was super fun and some amazing take aways that I’ll be putting into practice!
- Stacie Capone www.StacieCapone.com
Everything from your class is synthesizing and I feel I’m unlocking my potential in auditioning. Grabbing that low-hanging fruit! I cannot thank you enough.
- Jean Grant www.jean-grant.com
I just realized today that over the past week I’ve been a happier person. I thought, maybe it’s me trying to change my overall attitude, but I’ve had an epiphany that it’s being in your class and it’s working! It’s the same feeling I get when I write, I think it’s because I’m creating and being proactive, so thank you again for your wisdom and encouragement!!
- Jean Ann Garrish www.jeananngarrish.com
Thank you for the advice you gave me at the end of Part 1 camera class. You tell us to create the projects we want to be in and make them happen. Your advice may be simple, but it opens physical and artistic doors that make this career so rewarding.
- Kellie Cullinan www.kelliecullinan.com
I feel very strongly about nurturing my community of fellow artists, and it is so nice be in a room where that is encouraged. This class has taught me a lot about the business and myself, and lit a fire under my ass in the process!
- Gwenevere Sisco www.GwenevereSisco.com
I’m missing the tough and wonderful work of your acting class. Just had to take 5 seconds to say thank you for the way you show up for us, push us, tell us the truth, and find magical ways to make us do better. Wow.
- Catherine Rogers
Thanks for such an amazing class… I feel ready to walk into any audition and present myself confidently.
- Matt Mancini www.itsmattmancini.com
Your class was everything my friend promised: so much more than acting class. Your love of actors and the support system are found nowhere else.
- Nancy Fox
I’d love for you to know that I still apply your audition technique years later and find it invaluable. In fact I just booked a recurring role on Boardwalk Empire season 3
- Katy Wright-Meade HBO, Boardwalk Empire www.katywrightmead.com
Watching not just everyone in the class, but also watching you work and approach things has been SOOO informative, and it’s been a while since I’ve worked some of these muscles with a lot of the work I’ve been doing the last couple of years, so it’s exciting and terrifying in the best way.
- Colin Lee www.ColinLeeActor.com
I am learning so much, I am giddy with possibility.
- Brian Hotaling www.brianhotaling.com
It’s been a huge revelation for me. When four different people told me to sign up because you would be perfect for what I was looking for, I knew I needed this in order to feel more confident moving forward- and the class more than delivered. To feel like I can focus on the acting because the mystery of the room and the process has been cleared up for me is EVERYTHING. Honestly, the information you gave us in the first class alone would have been worth the price of the 4 weeks. I am totally grateful and can’t wait to come back for more.
- Rachel Pearl www.RachelPearlActor.com
Just had to take a moment to publicly thank Heidi Marshall and the wonderful Polly McKie for introducing me to her class. When I signed up you asked what I wanted to get from the class and I said to feel motivated and inspired again. You helped exceed my expectations. Thank you.
- Robert Spence
I loved your class and it really did help to boost my confidence ( as well as my skills) as I head back out to the wilds of LA.
- Mia Baron
I had a good casting session with several indie film casting directors at Network event. I have to say, that they loved the picture you suggested as an Indie shot, overall the scene was a big hit, and it was wonderful to be able to direct them to my website to see my reel for other work. Thanks for pushing for those things to come together.
- Eric Chase www.ericdchase.com
I was inspired by all of the direction and exercises you provided during class. It brought to light a number of different areas that I had not ever been exposed to. In essence I now have more tools in my box because of your class.
- Mia Zifkin
Thank you for the wonderful tips you gave us. Since your class I’ve been booking student films, taking more classes, and growing as an actor. I’m trying to take my acting to the next level.
- Erin Singleton
I remember one of our classes where you talked of women and make-up and how going without make-up can be a powerful tool that we should get comfortable using. So, I used it! Of course once I got to the audition and saw all the “hot mamas” I began the doubting game! Ah, the mind, such a beautiful dangerous weapon we use to torture ourselves!! In any case Heidi, your classes have taught me to think more expansively about the audition/casting/role-making process; in the past I never would have gone for an “older” role or gone without make-up & such – ultimately, these are the self-imposed boundaries that limit us. And even though I didn’t think I got the part, I wasn’t sad about it because I came in fully prepared. Actually getting the part was almost beyond comprehension! Wouldn’t you know, I got the call from the director giving me the role!
- Shannon Conley
[The agent] said, “Yep. I can tell Ana Maria’s been working with Heidi Marshall”.
- Ana Maria Jomoloca
It was really nice to get to know you again after all these years, and I do feel that what I learned in the class has fundamentally changed how I audition on camera. No small thing!
- Dashiell Eaves www.dashielleaves.com
Today was the first audition where I really felt like I took back the power in the room, and thus no matter what happens, I feel really great about what I did! And more confident in my abilities for next time. Do I think it was the best work I’ve done in an audition? No, definitely not, but it was definitely the best overall audition experience I’ve had in a looong, looong time, or maybe ever. And now I feel like I can focus more on the prep for the actual work – I know, craaaazy idea- instead of freaking out about going into the room. All thanks to techniques you’ve shared with us. I just had to share that with you. Thank you!!
- Faith Aronowitz www.faitharonowitz.com
I seriously cannot thank you enough for the gift of working with you. These classes and the homework have been a mind-blowing experience. Thank you for helping me break through walls! I feel like The Hulk!
- Laura Daniel
I have been doing this since I was 5 years old, taken a million acting classes and yours was the only one that I actually felt truly helped me as a blocked artist.
- Lauren Toub www.LaurenToub.com
Your eye and focus and ability to dissect talent issues… amazing.
- Lisa Tharps www.LisaTharps.com
Honesty. You showed me how to be honest in this business, THE ARTS and myself . When I came into your class I was lost. I had auditioned like a mad man. I had done seminars and met with casting directors and agents. I produced web shows with people that I didn’t see eye to eye with on the art. So you make me think about being Honest about my Type, Look and my Abilities. I have been auditioning for a long time and I hate being type casted. Yeah, I know they want to type you because you look a certain way. But my heart and guts tell me that it doesn’t have to be that way. I don’t have to play a cabbie or tough guy or a terrorist or the funny Indian guy. (I’m not Indian BTW, lol.) So I came back to being Honest. When I play a character, I have to be totally honest in those moments. But then I’m not honest with my self when the camera stops or when the lights black out on stage… So I’m not a writer or director or have any formal training, but who needs a method when you have passion? Thanks, Heidi. You saved me big time…I almost quit 2 months prior and thanks for giving back to the Arts ..to receive things you must first give back…
- Zeshan Bhatti
It can be very hard, as one gets older, to dig into what blocks you- impeding your work, your flow, your joy, etc- and I am deeply grateful to you for giving me a safe space in which I can reveal those things so I can exorcise it and be in my bliss again!
- Darius DeHaas www.dariusdehaas.com
Heidi has worked as a casting director, directs, and genuinely likes actors, so what she offers is insider information that empowers the actor in the experience of auditioning.
- Russell G. Jones Obie Award-Winning, Stage & Film Actor www.russellgjones.com
I have been reflecting on the class all week and whenever i think about it i feel calm. Just calm about my work and calm about the future and that is rare for me. Your class really is a safe space to work in and i’ve not felt that before. Thank you again so much for a truly unique and amazingly fun class! I really do feel very changed as an actor.
- Katie Honaker www.KatieHonaker.com
Thank you so much for all of your help and incredible insight. I have learned so much from you these past couple of months. I feel so much more confident in auditions situations– on or off camera. And I feel like I have a deeper understanding of myself as an actor– my unique essence, and a deeper appreciation of it. As well as how to keep it light! 🙂
- Myra Thibault www.myrathibault.com
Your class is just what I needed. You have such a wonderful, positive and inspiring way of helping others. Thank you very very very much for choosing to help us actors do what we love and do it well! I love you!
- Breece Wilson www.breecewilson.com
I just wanted to thank you, Heidi, so much for all your encouragement and genuine support. I just attended an Actors Connection event with a group of panelists, mostly casting directors, and it highlighted how rare and amazing your passion for working with actors really is. I’m beginning to understand what it means to do the job of bringing “all of yourself” as an actor to an audition (what it really means to PREPARE), and it’s just making me reflect on what that means for a casting director too. It’s such invaluable insight for an actor to have and think about, and I want to thank you so much for the part you’ve played in helping your actors understand the dynamic that exists in the audition room.
- Natalie Buchinsky
I know what I’m doing in the theater, I know when it’s working and when it’s not. I can’t tell with camera. I guess it’s just going to take time and constant working. In all, I’m still trying to get out of the mode of doing it right, but doing it me. Because no one can be me and when I let myself just be me, I think it’s a pretty special thing. Thanks for listening. Working it out.
- Bjorn Dupaty Amazon Series, Alpha House www.bjorndupaty.com
Can’t be more excited and thankful for your class, your spirit, your mentoring!!!! I would say you’re one of the few truly supporting, honest, authentic amazing artists out there right now. You are doing magic for us, keep it up!!!!
- Emma Ramos www.emmaramos.com
Tuesday was really special, I walked away with such a sense of self and power as a performer unlike ever before. Can’t wait to dive deeper.
- Wes Mason www.wesmasonstage.com
I’m really loving all that’s happening in class. Thank you for your continuous encouragement and inspiration.
- Jessica Kahler www.jessicakahler.com
just want to thank you! I had an audition this morning that I’ve been dreading for a number if reasons but I went in an applied your audition tips and I felt great! For the first time, ever, I really allowed myself time to think the thoughts and let the scene breathe. I’m so thrilled that I decided to take your class. It’s already paying off. Can’t wait to learn more.
- MacKenzie Meehan The Wolf On Wall Street www.mackenziemeehan.com
For me there was just so much reminding going on. The stuff that we may take for granted and just assume it’s going to work for us always but really, it will never if you don’t constantly work at it and keep it fresh… I.e. Listening, connecting, letting the work go and just being present. I’m learning to be still and simple. It’s hard for me! But I was shocked at what happened when I just sat and allowed things to happen. It all just showed up and felt truthful and alive. I can’t wait to continue exploring the intimacy that is acting on camera!
- Jeff Riberdy www.jeffriberdyactor.com
You just really got me thinking. So thank you for the lessons both oncamera and off. You’ve taught me a lot already and I look forward to more. I think you’re one special lady.
- Jessica Walker
I can’t say Thank you enough for being one of the best if not THE BEST teacher in town, I’m so grateful to have met you and to have the opportunity to explore my craft deeper in such a positive environment!
- Ydaiber Orozco www.Ydaiber.com
[What shifted most about acting on camera] confidence with being real, ugly, messy. swinging between opposing emotions, making bigger choices! less self consciousness!
- Natalie Roy www.natalieroy.com
I knew my lines and beats, and I told myself “have fun!” And ya know what? I even surprised myself! I focused on my reader and listened and they all laughed through the entire take. Then the director gave me an adjustment and I did it again (AND I even asked questions!) and they laughed AGAIN all the way through it!!! Thank you for all that you impart in me/us and for your Unbelievable Positivity!! God bless you. I had so much fun I was floating on air afterward.
- Peter Davenport www.peter-davenport.com
In so many ways!!! I feel like I am so much more knowledgeable about the whole process and feel like I am more in control of my audition, “tai-chi-ing the room” And picking three adjectives in the breakdown and using it in specific moments is a godsend! Thank you!!
- Tal Yardeni