All posts by Elizabeth Mestnik

Beginning Acting Classes

Any journey begins with one small step. A successful actor’s journey starts with a passion, is further enhanced by training, and then finalized by a winning drive. If you’re envisioning a string of roles in acting, it’s time to begin with the basics:

Enroll in basic technique series, which teaches students to think creatively, how to analyze a script and get into character

Learn the Meisner technique, from principles taught by the founding father, Sanford Meisner

These classes were specifically built for new and aspiring actors with less than one year’s
training in acting. Emasla is recommended by NBC’s Diversity Talent Development Program.

Contact Elizabeth for more information on our Beginning Acting Classes

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Intermediate Acting Classes

Why put the brakes on a dream when you’ve already begun? Emasla will carefully sculpt what
you already know about acting –and help you take your skills to the next level of success.

Features:

Increase confidence to secure auditions and land desired roles
Learn scene study and the Meisner technique through planned workshops
Optional private actor’s coaching available

Emasla is recommended by NBC’s Diversity Talent Development Program.

Contact Elizabeth for more information on our Intermediate Acting Classes

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Advanced Acting Classes

Get ready for the opportunities that await. Actor’s who’ve already stood through the prepping
stages can ensure readiness when opportunity knocks. Emasla teaches a rigorous syllabi for
advanced-level actors who are hungry to reach their goals:

Get the message of the script quickly, and break it down with believability
Captivate audiences every minute and every second without wavering
Learn how to incorporate your own finesse in the scene

If you’ve had more than one year of actor’s training and/or experience, now’s the time to go all
the way. Emasla is recommended by NBC’s Diversity Talent Development Program.

Contact Elizabeth for more information on our advanced acting classes

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Group Acting Classes in LA

Group acting classes offered at our LA acting studio offers students the knowhow to participate
in scenes – as a team. This is an in-demand skill in Hollywood. Our coaches help you practice
to perfection by studying scenes, and several added acting techniques.

Features:

Learn to get into character – with other characters on set
Learn about the popular Meisner technique – firsthand
Flexible acting workshops offered

Contact Elizabeth for more information on our acting school

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Acting Classes for Lawyers

The cases you’ve defended are gripping in real life settings. Would you like to convey these
emotions on the big screen? Do you believe there’s a calling in professional acting? If so, the
foundation for a successful acting career starts with impeccable coaching.

Are your goals for acting classes solely for the courtroom? We can help with that too. You’ve got
the book knowledge – now it’s time to help with clear, verbal expression.

Features:

Learn about gestures and facial expressions, and how these are translated by public
viewers

Build confidence with posture and smooth talking confidence through voice training

Convey your defense or prosecution clearly and convincingly to a room of skeptics

Contact Elizabeth for more information for acting classes in los angeles

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Acting Classes for Shy People

Are you an actor at heart, but freeze in front of an audience? How about in everyday life? Are
you a regular Jane or Joe finding it hard to break out of your shell? Some of the most important
lessons for success is self-confidence and learning to express oneself articulately. Help others
believe in you:

The LA Acting Classes at Emasla helps actors and non-actors to:

Boost their confidence
Learn about the defining structures of body language and speech
Become convincing men and women in business, acting or everyday life

Emasla is recommended by NBC’s Diversity Talent Development Program.

Contact Elizabeth for more information for local acting classes

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Acting Classes for Non Actors

Many non-actors take acting classes to learn several skills of success.

Acting Skill Sets:

– Learn about self-expression and confidence
– Improve public speech with group workshops
– Learn the art of improvisation and resourcefulness

Ever wonder how top actors have an unshakeable confidence no matter the event or circumstance? This confidence is either in-built or learned. We can help with your success – in other career genres, whether you’re a lawyer, teacher, business professional, salesman or investor.

Contact Elizabeth for more information on our Acting Classes for Non Actors

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One Day Acting Workshops

Need help prepping for a last-minute audition? Or, have you procrastinated training and are
finally motivated to win? There’s still time.

Features of One Day LA Acting Classes at Emasla

Brush up on key acting skills
Polish audition skills
Leave with confidence and the necessary acting tools to land the role

Emasla is recommended by NBC’s Diversity Talent Development Program.

Current acting class schedules in Los Angeles can be viewed here.

Acting Classes in LA

Acting Classes Curriculum

Acting Classes in LA

If you’re thinking about enrolling in acting classes, then you should know that Emasla’s
curriculum is based on current skillsets. Emasla trains actors at the beginner, intermediate and
advanced levels in these key areas:

Features of our Los Angeles Acting Classes at Emasla

Scene Study
Voice Training
Meisner Technique
Character Classes
Improvisation or Audition Skills
Script Breakdown

Ask us how.

Emasla is recommended by NBC’s Diversity Talent Development Program.

Get driving directions to our studio here, or simply pick up the phone and call 323-528-6280.

Current acting class schedules in Los Angeles can be viewed here.

The Decision

ELIZABETH MESTNIK ACTING STUDIO ALUMNA CHARLES MICHAEL DAVIS

The decision, no not “The Decision” as in the televised announcement by LeBron James on ESPN on July 8, 2010, but the decision that we as actors made. The decision TO BE an ACTOR… (to be or not to be, sorry I just had to). A decision that actually does have some parallels to King James of the now World Champ, Miami Heat. Both decisions required for many an actor and Lebron to embark on what Joseph Campbell called The Hero’s Journey. Where the chosen one must depart his or her old world to journey into the new world in search of their inner and outer prize. For Lebron that journey meant leaving his home city of Cleveland, Ohio for that of the uber hip city (especially by comparison) of Miami, Florida. The outer prize was the NBA championship, and the inner prize was one from self validation to growth as man. For many an actor our journey means leaving the comfort of our home state for that of the upside down world of Los Angeles or New York. In search of the outer prize of money, fame, oscars, and the inner prize of self actualization and self validation.

This was a decision I made over 8 years ago. When like Lebron I decided to take my talents out of Ohio. However, packing up my car and moving to Los Angeles was not enough to win the spoils of a successful actor. Much like it wasn’t enough for Lebron to be the number one draft pick and take his team to the finals. There was still a little more that needed to be done. A few more decisions that one must make. Tony Robbins says

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there is no action, you haven’t truly decided.”

I find these quotes to be very empowering, because as an individual the simple act of making a decision and taking massive action can bring you the inner and outer awards you’ve been longing for. Yet, like myself and Lebron, we must truly asses where we’re at and make the next decision that will shape our destiny. Lebron made his “Decision”, took action, and it earned him a coveted NBA Championship. I made my decision to shine as bright as possible and it awarded me a beautiful role on an amazing pilot and a life as a working actor.

My decision was made after losing out on a pilot a year ago. After being sent home from my first ever studio test I had to sit with the disappointment of missing out on a what seemed to be a dream job acting on a series with Kevin Bacon. To think I would have been only one degree away from Kevin Bacon! The loss was too much. I cried alone at night and held resentment as I watched my peers book pilots and feature films. My girlfriend at the time found it tense to be around me, and helped somewhat to pull me out of the fog. But the real tipping point came months later. The girl I was now dating was coping with her mother dying of stage four pancreatic cancer. I asked her what it was like and what her mother had shared with her. She started her story off with memories of the good deeds her mother performed. And told me if anyone knew about death it would be her mother given the fact that she ran a funeral parlor as a profession. She told me how she flew back to her mother with pen and paper in hand ready to scribble down the life lessons like a court stenographer. But she said there were no gems… Only anger and resentment. Anger and resentment at never leading the life she wanted to live, and to be the person she knew she could be. Later after hearing this story I would hear through a church sermon that “unfulfilled dreams left unexpressed manifest as diseases of the body”. I remember thinking about the emotions I would have if my life were knowingly cut short. Thinking about the unexpressed dreams within me that were yearning to break free. And the responsibility to my body as a temple to express those dreams. And it was at that point that I made a decision to change my destiny.

“The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going”.

Once I made my decision I began to really focus and apply myself. I found that things just started to click. Many of the lessons I glossed over from my years at Elizabeth Mestnik’s Acting Studio started to solidify and make perfect sense. It was like that decision was the missing puzzle piece that connected all four corners of my puzzle. I noticed how my preparation deepened. How the casting directors favorably responded to me. And how my mentality shifted from thoughts of “why can’t I”, to “yes I can”. It was literally a decision that changed my destiny. I didn’t need to change agencies, get new headshots, or find a new acting coach. I just needed to use my god given power of free will!

So, to those who can be honest with themselves, I say to tell it like it is and have a talk with yourself. Ask yourself how you want to feel about your decisions at the end of your life. Just be honest. Then make the big decision and reap the rewards. Go forth and shine!