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:)
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.
“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.
Heidi Marshall: THE HYPE IS REAL. I am so fucking happy to be in your class.
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!]
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.
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.
You truly create a magically electric, yet safe working environment.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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!
“Your class was the beginning of an unlocking thing that really helped me find my way back into the work I love.”
“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.
“Your class is really a joy and inspiring in all the best ways I know of in our business/adventure.
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.
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
Thank you, Heidi, for being a blessing to the creative community in every way.
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…
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.
Thanks again for an amazing 4 weeks. It’ was super fun and some amazing take aways that I’ll be putting into practice!
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
Thanks for such an amazing class… I feel ready to walk into any audition and present myself confidently.
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.
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
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.
I am learning so much, I am giddy with possibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
[The agent] said, “Yep. I can tell Ana Maria’s been working with Heidi Marshall”.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
Your eye and focus and ability to dissect talent issues… amazing.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
I’m really loving all that’s happening in class. Thank you for your continuous encouragement and inspiration.
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.
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!
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.
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!
[What shifted most about acting on camera] confidence with being real, ugly, messy. swinging between opposing emotions, making bigger choices! less self consciousness!
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.
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!!
Your thoughts & beliefs are beautifully written, the truth, & conveyed from your heart. Thank you!
“I just finished filming a short this weekend and I was so so so relieved that it was after taking your class. Rather than trying to land a perfect take, I used each opportunity to make different choices, to give the director more choices not one, and it was sooooooo freeing!!!!!”
“Heidi doesn’t play. This experience was a lot of work and worth every ounce of effort.
“I got so much out of the time we spent together; I think I benefitted more from 4 short weeks of your class than months spent with other teachers. Not only did I learn a great deal, but I also gained some much needed self-confidence and I attribute this to your approach and the supportive atmosphere you promote in your class. You helped me look at things differently and feel better about my approach. Thank you.
“You’ve given me so much confidence moving forward. The whole arc of the classes is so inspiring and wonderful [Parts 1&2]. Truly, all of the doubts and anxieties I had about myself and what I was “putting out there” had been my worst enemy, and you’ve not only helped me embrace them, but learn to love them about myself and use them to my advantage.
“You are in it at the heart and soul level. That’s why you reach such depth with us in the studio.
“It was the most empowering experience I have had in many many years. Your generosity inspires me as an artist, teacher, and human. I have my first film audition tomorrow (today)! It’s a short surreal-horror-comedy. I want to have fun and be present in the moment, welcoming surprises.
Nilsa and are in the process of developing our own projects and we help each other prepare for auditions, so we decided to take Heidi’s classes together. Working with Heidi has helped us figure out how to better coach and direct each other and made our creative process even more fun.
“Thanks for all your help with getting me up and running. I’ll be using what I learned in your classes for years.
Heidi, thank you again for such a wonderful learning experience and all the support, you really rock!!!
Going Beyond was the most valuable exercise for me. Not necessarily because of how my work changed when you worked on it with me. (I really really liked the last take that I got.) But the lesson was helpful because of the process that you introduced to us to use after auditions.
Your class shifted my mind and heart and perspective in such a positive direction. You are perpetuating a community of creative people that are kind to and considerate of each other. It is amazing to understand there is no real “other side” of the table, we are all striving towards the same goals!
I definitely feel like I made more risks since Part 1. I noticed that I tend to stay away from doing comedy because I don’t think I’m funny, but it’s so much fun to do the more physically demanding roles!
It was extremely valuable to hear that we all need to find what we like about ourselves and what we can pat ourselves on the back for accomplishing, because chances are no one will do it for us.
Second time around and I didn’t think it was possible to learn anymore from you but I sure did. I felt like class was even more challenging for me this time. Thank you for pushing me. For helping me acknowledge my crutches and work through them. Showed me how to put things into action. I feel like I have a whole new set of tools to help me in that audition room. But most importantly you reminded me that my career goes beyond what I do in the room, but that I also have to know how to market myself and showcase my work in the best way possible.
Thanks so much for all of your giving and generosity. Your incredible spirit is why we all come back to you (and send our friends! :))
Keep all of it…every bit of it! I will say that the first class of Part 2 blew my mind.
In the beginning, I was unclear about how much of myself I should bring to the character. And now, I feel secure to create character using my core qualities. We quickly realized there’s no wrong way to read a scene. Everyone will bring their own spin. No need to try and become something we are not. We can simply create from our most authentic selves. I also have a better sense of my marketability and the direction of my site!
I learned so much about myself and acting from your class, and for the first time, I found the joy and fun in auditioning. I had two auditions for plays two weeks ago and used what I learned in your class for both auditions. I got great feedback and booked both of them!
Part one is a great foundation, but part two gives me permission to actually believe all the “Ah-ha” moments I’m having. So much so, that these “Ah-ha” moments are happening outside the classroom–AND I BELIEVE THEM!
I learned so much about myself and acting from your class, and for the first time, I found the joy and fun in auditioning. I had two auditions for plays two weeks ago and used what I learned in your class for both auditions. I got great feedback and booked both of them!
Taking the alumni class is a booster, I feel so much more connected to my craft and have a better focus on what my goals are…it’s the recharge I needed!
I will say that the first class of Part 2 blew my mind. By seeing other actors deliver the same material in a completely different way, it exposed that the only person you compete with is yourself and that no one really does what you do.
Thanks again for the great class. 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!
You have been such an inspiration this past year, and you have had a huge impact on my growth as a young actor.
Heidi, I love the way you make us feel like heroines!
Wow… I learned a great deal about myself on many levels… so thank you!
I see your classes as a continuation, a process of going more in depth with your actor self and your marketability. In Part 1, you find your niche but may only go partially there commitment-wise on the journey. In Part 2, I saw in my self and other actors a deeper commitment to our own place and marketing it to the entertainment community AND a lesson that this journey of “coming to this marketing commitment “is a deeply creative one, not just “Marketing” in a cold sense.
The thing about your classes is that you are asking students to learn about themselves – who they ARE. Serious self-reflection can be a jarring thing for some people. But the ones who really buy in and want to actively take part in that journey, they sign up for the next class because they want to continue learning about themselves. So you have this group of people who really “get” that to understand any character, they have to understand themselves first.
In Part One class, I was able to find how to tap into the audition process and in Part Two I was able to find how to tap into the overall process of my career.
Part 2 I felt was all about delving into the relationship between the actor and the camera. A more technical class. Part one was delving in to self, identifying type, working toward and against type casting- and part 2 I think incorporates all of that work and then brings on camera technique to it, Maybe that was just my experience, but I felt that after 1 I could identify roles I would be cast in and roles I’d like to play and part 2 was taking that knowledge and putting it to use by applying technical skills in front of the camera and refining my audition prep. Also, after 2, I knew what kind of photos I wanted and how I wanted to market myself through my website. That was HUGE help to the start of that journey.
Part I class should be required for any seriously-minded actor whether the individual is just starting out or has been pounding the pavement for 15 years. With that said, you really start to apply and see the results in Part II class. It’s remarkable how much growth that takes place in everyone when they take Part II class. You can see that change take place even more as you witness actors honing their craft in the Alumni Gym.
I loved Part 2 class with you. I learned quite a few things…It’s best to really commit to my point of view of the scene and do it the way I really want to, not the way I THINK someone would want me to do. I learned that it is really important to bring MY best qualities and strengths to the character. And you and the class really helped me learn what those best qualities are. Updating my website helped give me focus and tune into the reality that I am my own CEO.
A huge takeaway is to have fun and remember that the Casting folks are probably desperate to have someone come in and liven, lighten and laugh it up. And I as well.
“I felt more like a part of a creative family than I have since conservatory. You do a great (like, one of the best in the industry) job of facilitating a sense of community in your classes, and that was even more present in 2 than 1. It was definitely helpful to my learning to feel so very comfortable in Part 2 with the group, and the size of the group. It was really really helpful to continue straight on from Part 1. There’s something about saturating yourself in the mindset that causes long term shifts.
You made that performance possible, quite frankly. I was really intimidated and riddled with doubt. As embarrassed as I was to be lost when I entered your space, you did a terrific job of being compassionate, specific and clear.
[American Idol Winner] Fantasia unleashes with a feeling of connection to the dramatic moment.
“I think that was my best audition for a Broadway show. There’s no question that I was in control of my own audition. I knew from CD’s response that she had received what I shared. I’m excited to work a little differently and more healthfully in future audition situations.
“Heidi is the lady to go to!! I use her convenient skype sessions to make sure I’m super ready for auditions and I went to her AFTER I booked Red Oaks to make sure I would show up on set guns-a-blazin.
I wanted to say thank you again for taking the time to meet with me on Sunday! I just had my audition and I really genuinely felt like it went very well. I employed all of your tips (including getting a blow out before!) and it made me so confident going in to the audition.
You are an amazing teacher and I’ve learned and gained so much about myself as an actor as well as a business. I know this is truly the beginning for me. I have so much more to do and so much further to go but for once I feel excited and equipped for the journey [when I graduate]. There’s a sense of feeling more grounded and in anticipation of exploring ME in this journey rather than living for the outcome. Thank you for that!!!
Coaching ’twas very helpful and all went well. Even when I half-forgot my second line, I was able to just breathe and roll with it since we prepped so nicely!
I genuinely feel I learned so many tips and techniques from just working with you in that one session. I felt like I had a mini acting crash course. It’s so important to stay fresh, and I can’t thank you enough! You’ve definitely changed the way I will look at sides from now on, as well as cold reading.
Thank you for making auditioning fun and not terrifying!
Thanks SO much for your help with this audition. I’m really happy with my takes.
I wanted to thank you for everything you taught me. So much clicked in with this audition that I just booked. I can’t really put into words what clicked, but it sure did.
Audition went incredibly well. It was a very necessary and joyous win for me. I left the room swimming in tears of joy and relief; I felt like I had finally returned to that creative lovely place I was in during school and had missed since graduating.
You gave me the shot of adrenaline I needed, now to stay on Cloud 9.
And, may I say, thank you so much!!! I can’t tell you how grateful I am for you helping me get through that block that I have had for years. I really communicated with my singing today – and it was such a huge breakthrough for me. I look forward to carrying that connection with me into all of my auditions. So, thank you a million times.
“I wanted to let you know that I felt really great about my audition today. I was more relaxed than I’ve been in a long time, and really focused on the characters. Funnily enough, my reader was mouthing my lines along with me, but I focused on using that annoyance as part of my character’s annoyance. I even made the casting director laugh. It was great to be able to separate the audition from the result with the realization that even if I don’t get the part, I had fun in the room.
A heart-felt thanks for your wonder-full bedside manner in yesterday’s coaching. I left renewed in my commitment to be part of the solution, etc. Took some bold actions today as a direct result of our talk/coaching.
Once again in a short hour you inspired and change my life for the better! You rock! Being motivated to finally be the artist I’ve dreamed of is amazing!
Guess who booked the movie!?” ME!! All thanks to YOU!!! Best coach ever! I’m a lucky gal!
I don’t think I have ever auditioned so well. Thank you for all of your help! There really is nothing better than feeling prepared. Then your nervousness has the chance to turn into excitement (which makes this fun- and that’s why we do it, right?!) instead of morphing into worry
Heidi embraces each entity of the audition process with careful directness, providing an atmosphere which encourages the Actor, Writer, Camera and, yes, even Casting Director, to ‘do their own thing’ to the max!