AFra Sophia Tully
If you want an acting coach that gets results, I highly recommend you work with Tess. My daughter first started working with her at the beginning of last pilot season. Her first session with Tess led to a screen test for a series regular role on a network pilot. After that, my daughter worked with her on an audition for another pilot that she booked and now has a recurring role on. Recently, Tess helped her prepare for an audition for a Universal Pictures film that she also booked. The results speak for themselves, but even if my daughter hadn’t had these successes, I would still recommend Tess, as she is a truly wonderful and inspiring acting coach. She has helped my daughter develop into a confident actress who knows how to break down scenes, to fully understand her characters and to get to the heart of the pieces she works on. Tess has taught her how to make strong choices and yet remain open to receive and respond to whatever she is given in an audition or on a set. My daughter absolutely loves Tess, and I am very grateful for all she has done for her.
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Tess delivers more than just an acting class--she fosters a creative community that firmly roots itself in story while encouraging acting that explores and takes risks, all with a pragmatic focus on the current climate of the industry.
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Lynne Connor Smith
Often after coming to class after work, I am exhausted or feeling low about certain life circumstances, but I can put everything behind me and be present, open, inspired and creative - and for that I thank you as well for providing the platform for actors to stretch their imagination and strengthen their skill set.
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M. Q. Tran
I booked Lucifer, shooting tomorrow, table read today...AND they just asked me to read for two other roles at the read because the actors won't be able to make it.
Wanted to say thanks for all the training and prep work with your amazing table reads that you held for us. Different voices, commit, commit commit!! I'm super nervous, but I'm also excited.
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I'm currently in New Orleans at a jazz festival laying on the grass and you popped into my head. Random, I know. But I have to say thank you. I recently booked and shot a new indie film called Lady Bird and I have to say all of your training prepared me immensely. The way you communicated to me what I needed to work on was always delicate but honest and always direct. I just kept thinking of you during our long night shoots and just how grateful I am that I trained with you.
Anyways, end of my rant. You're amazing. The end.
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After a long and tedious search for the right acting class in LA, I am thrilled to have found Tess Kirsch Acting Studio.
Tess creates a safe and nurturing environment. Her hands on and real life approach take the pain out of auditioning and on-camera work. Her technique has transformed the way I approach my acting.
In addition to having my callback-to-audition ratio skyrocket, I've also booked more than ever before. Working with Tess has not only benefited my career, it has transformed who I am as an artist.
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If you are looking for a great teacher in Los Angeles, Tess Kirsch is the one. Her easy-going nature and great technique have been of much use in my short time here in Los Angeles. Her compassion for her students also resonates in each class and because of her small class sizes, students are really able to feel their improvements throughout their one on ones with Tess. Her on camera audition class is the best in town and will really help you excel in the audition room. I was able to work on MTV's newest show "Faking It," with her guidance and have gone to work on other TV shows such as "Grey's Anatomy," because of Tess' phenomenal training!
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I am so blessed to have been working with Tess for over ten years! We met on the set of Monster House, and at only 12 years old, she helped me understand how to trust myself. I think what sets Tess apart from any other coach is her ability to tell a compelling story. She knows how to dig deep and make the most out of every scene. Over the years, she has helped me work through so many characters, always exploring different versions of myself. The way her imagination expands in a script never ceases to amaze me. When we meet for a coaching session, often times she is more prepared than I am. She's always read the script, already pondered questions, which constantly raises the bar for me. She is so incredibly dedicated to her craft, inspiring me to do the same. This business is a stressful rollercoaster, but having Tess by my side has kept me sane. She is always there with an uplifting, encouraging word, and keeps me focused on why I love acting. I am forever grateful for Tess' love, support, and creativity. She's stuck with me for another 80 years! <3
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Holden took Tess Kirsch’s intensive class this past weekend. I can’t thank you enough for passing on the information about it. What an incredibly valuable weekend and time and money well spent from an acting development standpoint! Tess had sent out sides ahead of time and Holden got to work one on one with her in class. Tess sent along the tapes from both days along with commentary. I love that she connected with him, got to the root of what could help with connecting with the sides, and hopefully gave Holden some more knowledge on how to land some jobs. We were really surprised at how much time and energy Tess must have put in to evaluate Holden and put together such specific notes which we were able to review together. Tess clearly loves what she does and wants the kids to learn! I would highly recommend this class to anyone! Holden also mentioned that the CD’s comments were also on tape and helpful. This quick two day class fit perfectly with our schedule and we are hoping Tess will have another intensive class soon.
Tess is AMAZING! I love how Tess researches each project she coaches for! My clients who are coaching and classing with Tess are getting great feedback, and lots of callbacks and lots of bookings! I’ve also gotten some GREAT referrals from Tess and they are booking up a storm!
Stacie Contreras (Mother to Austin Leisle, Madison Leisle and Parker Contreras)
We adore Tess! I have to say how absolutely amazing she is with all ages of kids. I have 3 kids, ages 9-17 years and all have worked with Tess over the years. In fact, Tess is the reason my middle daughter booked Grey’s Anatomy a few years ago. My daughter had to cry at the audition and felt she did very well, but on the way home we got a call saying casting wanted to see her again, but she had to be able to cry quicker and more on command. I immediately called Tess and even though it was after 7pm she said she would meet us that night. She was amazing and figured out the trick for my daughter to make her cry…a trick that has worked time and time again over the years. Not only did she take time that night to work with my daughter, but she took time out of her busy schedule to be on set the day of filming the crying scene, in case my daughter needed her to get to that emotional state. Tess has always been more than accommodating with scheduling privates for my kids, and has often given up quality time with her own husband to make room for a last minute audition for one of my kids. She truly is an amazing asset to have in your corner of this crazy business they call “ Hollywood ”. She not only takes the time to coach the kids so that they know their lines and are ready with their sides, but she gets the kids emotionally ready for the actual audition as well. I think she is amazing and no matter what type of child you have and at what stage of their career your child may be, Tess is an asset for you to have. Young children, teenagers, and everything in between…she is a rare gem and you could only benefit from her help in your child’s future.
I have loved Tess since the very beginning. She has taught me everything I know about acting. She helped me so much in creating the back story for my character in a scene, how to build my “fourth wall” in a scene and I could just go on forever and ever. I knew since the first acting class that Tess was going to be my permanent acting coach. She was just so kind and helpful. If I didn’t get something the first, the second, or the tenth time, she would patient enough to keep trying to help me understand. Tess kept doing the same scene with me until I was a 100% comfortable with it, and I love that about her. Tess was so helpful to me that I started to take private lessons with her when I would have an audition. If I was auditioning for a certain role, she would have me do the character three different ways, in case the casting director wanted me to do the scene differently. Tess has helped me book a few jobs, many callbacks and even some character roles for theater. I want to keep continuing with her cause I strongly believe she is helping me achieve my number one goal in life – to become a famous actor. Tess is a caring, loving, helpful, friendly, and talented acting coach that knows how to help me show the best of myself in a scene. So with this said, I would just like to say one more thing – thank you Tess.