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ACTING, DIRECTING, WEEKEND RETREATS including
THE DIRECTORS RETREAT
and MARKETING FOR PERFORMERS

DIRECTORS’ RETREAT (Send an email and get on the list for the next oneabigailwithslate.)
This is the one. 2 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.
“Hester’s guidance and explanations were crystal clear, which allowed me to get right to the core of the work and the learning process.”  Nicole Olivier, Director

“Hester’s gift for teaching precise methods to inspire & capture great performances is remarkable. Her ability to have fun at the same time is a delight!”  Clay Atchison, Director

“By far the most useful acting workshop I’ve ever attended.”  Alex Plant, Actor,’06

SF SCHOOL OF DIGITAL FILMMAKING
I wouldn’t have had the confidence in my SAG feature 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! Taya Asimos,

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ACTORS’ RETREAT
Marketing, Audition resources, Scene Study Skills.  A weekend away for those who want to dig in.
“It is such a pleasure to work with somebody who clearly knows what she is talking about,who gives positive feedback and who so obviously knows the business.
What a treat to have a safe, positive environment in which to take risks and make mistakes – an atmosphere so conducive.” Thanks! Maya Maher

FOR DIRECTORS – CASTING & AUDITIONS: CHOICES AND CHALLENGES
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 night for mock auditions and skill building through audition activity. We will chose a mix of actors from those interested and available.
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..your class helped a lot as far as knowing what to expect, how to organize an audition, & get a little more out of the actors as far as their acting ability goes.
Brett Colman, director

DEMO. REEL REALTY (now part of MARKETING FOR ACTORS)
What a great workshop !  This workshop is a must for the career-minded, ready-to-take-that- next-step working actor.  I now have a roadmap for how to make a dynamite demo reel which can really grab the attention of casting directors and agents.  Thanx so much for all your great “insider” tips,  suggestions on how to maximize self-marketing material, prepare for a demo reel
editing session andespecially avoid costly mistakes.  Juana Samayoa, actress

TESTIMONIALS
“Hester’s faith and respect for students – actors and directors – is inspiring. Her insight during the process was right on!”  Christine Lin, Actress

“Hester’s insight into the actor/director relationship is astounding. She really helped me to hone my craft and understand thea greater extent the actor director collaborative relationship.”
Andrew Juncker, director

“First and foremost, I would like to thank you for such a fun class. Truthfully, I’ve received more information about the industry from you (Hester Schell) in the 8 week session than over the last 5 years that I’ve been acting. I like the fact that you bring great acknowledge to the class and was able to share them with us without additional charges. THAT’S A BIG PLUS!  I will definitely recommend anyone to take your class.”  Kanlaya Palivan – SF School of Digital Filmmaking

“One weekend working with actors goes a long way in learning the craft of directing – more than what can be deemed form a book.”Clifton Tipon

“Wonderful opportunity to work with great talent and budding directors.” RoyAnne Florence, actress
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“Hester’s guidance and explanations were crystal clear, which allowed me to get right to the core of the work and the learning process.” Nicole Olivier, Director, ’06

“I’ve rarely been to a seminar that was as packed with fun and fabulous experience. An incredible bargain.”  Bruce Blau, SAG actor

“Fun, encouraging, uplifting environment to learn and grow.” Sharise Parviz, actress

“Hester goes intuitively to the level of the student, Her years of experience show through from the first moment of the seminar. She is welcoming affirming, encouraging, enlightening and she she knows when to kick butt.” Candy Cambell, actress

“Hester’s faith and respect for students – actors and directors – is inspiring. Her insight during the process was right on!”  Christine Lin, Actress

“Hester gives her all to keep the Bay area movie industry alive and share her knowledge and contacts with member of the Bay Area Casting News. Join! You won’t be sorry.”  Milo Illich, Actor

“…your approach is different than others in that I leave class feeling secure about my abilities (or deficits) and how to fix them. I have confidence that you will tell me straight forward how I am doing in a scene, even if (and especially when) I totally sucked. Not everyone is straight forward in giving actors feedback, and I have confidence that you will push me in the right direction when I need it and also tell me straight up when I need to change. You also have an ability to speak truths about acting and the business that are immediately applicable. The little gems that you give in class have huge payoffs. I’m beginning to be challenged in my class now though, and I am enjoying being stretched (although it makes me so uncomfortable). I am trying on harder roles and digging in different places than I have before. Hester’s faith and respect for students – actors and directors – is inspiring. Her insight during the process was right on!”
Christine Lin, Actress

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