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Lesly Kahn’s Non-Technique Acting Classes in Los Angeles

Posted: September 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Acting Advice | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Lesly Kahn is something of a legend in Los Angeles. Many actors even think of her beloved “kahnstitute” as “cult-ish”. Her approach is loud, in-your-face and tell-it-like-it-is. One thing is for sure, and everyone agrees on this, Lesly is a full on genius, and her methods have been proven to work time and time again.

What does that mean “work”? Very simply, it mean’s that students of Lesly’s know how to deliver in auditions, and ultimately, book jobs. It’s certainly true that acting is about the craft and techniques like Meisner and Stanislavsky and all that jazz, but what does that have to do with booking jobs? Not as much as you might think.

The bottom line is that you need to know how to interpret a writer’s words, make strong choices, develop a back story, and develop the “moment before”. In the audition, you need to know how to take direction, without losing sight of the character you’ve embodied. It’s these things that she’s based her life’s work on.

You may wonder about your acting teacher (or school, or coach) and their commitment to the task of preparing you for the highs and lows of the business. You may doubt their capacity to give you the individual attention you need. You may doubt that they have your best interests in mind, and not their own pocketbook. With Lesly, there can be NO doubt. This woman literally sleeps at her acting studio during the weeknights, and is prone to mini-breakdowns if she feels she hasn’t delivered the goods to you. Well, perhaps “mini-breakdown” is an exaggeration, but my point is, she is so invested in her actors, it’s as if she were auditioning for the part herself.

Which brings me to a final point – Lesly Kahn is as much about support, community, and family as is it about booking the gig. Living in Los Angeles, trying to make a career in “The Biz”, and constantly market yourself, is exhausting, emotionally and physically. You want to puke your guts out, quit, cry, smoke, scream! do drugs, self destruct… just to cope with the stress and rejection that is part of being an actor. Lesly helps you put it all in perspective, and provides access to all types of support directly through her school. The actors there are a tight knit community, you’ll benefit from the comaradry and encouragement of your peers.

So, in closing, I have to take you back to the brass tacks of why Lesly Kahn Actor Training is at the top of our list. Well, one of the main reasons is that Lesly is so respected in the business by her peers. I’m talking about agents, managers, casting directors, producers – all the people that will ultimately decide your fate. Lesly herself is committed to staying current with what is hot, what types of shows are selling, which actors are breaking out, and trends in television and film. Her years of experience, ivy league education (Yale School of Drama), her own acting experience, and her distinguished alumni say the rest.

Lesly Kahn Actor Training offers intro level acting classes, master classes, workshops, audition coaching, and more right in the heart of Hollywood, just north of Sunset on LaBrea. If you want to find out more, go to Lelsy’s website at www.leslykahn.com. If you want to get to know her, and start getting regular acting advice, tips, and inside info on the goings-on in the biz, subscribe to her blog at Lesly Kahn Actor Training Blog.