Cling To What is Luminous in Yourself

Professional acting is a privilege, not a right. For Actors to take their place in the Entertainment Industry, they require imagination, training, informed decisions, and the courage to mine their individuality. I have a duty to pass on the love, imagination and joy that were so generously given to me. Everything that I teach is simple, but not easy.

rosie.jpg"Suit up. Show Up. Throw Down. Go Home."

PRIVATE COACHING IN PERSON and ONLINE            

      CLASSES.  RATES.  LOCATION.  POLICY.

TV/FILM AUDITION PREP

($75/session, one hour minimum)

Involves bringing 2 sets of your audition material a few days before your call. We run it, discuss it in depth to develop strong character choices and emotional life, then continue to run it with these ideas in mind. You go home, rehearse and continue to focus on deepening these ideas & making them your own. Generally, each session runs an hour or more. Invaluable for focus and confidence.

TV/FILM AUDITION WARM-UP

($1/minute)

Involves arriving prior to your audition and running the material to "get up to speed", reduces stage fright and increases effortless delivery. Bring 2 sets of sides and be offbook.

AUDITION TECHNIQUE


 ($90/hour)

In-depth consultation and instruction for stage, television, film or commercials. Each medium has a different "room," a set of expectations and protocol. The Actor must learn to integrate his/her craft in with the technical elements that sometimes distract or diminish the performance. Choose from:

  • Cold Reading Skills: essential for film, television and commercial work.
  • Stage: Preparation for Equity, League and URTA auditions available.
  • Television and Film Auditions
  • Commercial Rooms

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS SKILLS

($120/session, 1.5hours)

Specialized sessions on everything you need to know to approach the business with the right tools and the essential skills. Individual "How To's" include headshots, resumes, getting an agent or manager, taking an agency meeting, expectations, protocol and proper conduct in a casting session, and more.

 

Or, purchase the full instructional manual for every professional actor:  "Actor Muscle: Craft. Grit. Wit. A Professional Guide to the Business of Acting." Full information below in the Products section, and purchase directly from Amazon.  All editions are updated yearly for the most current services and protocol.

STELLA ADLER TECHNIQUE

($90/session. Approx. 1.5 hours)

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced. Many of my students have invested in a long-term course of private study which opened doors to bookings, tours and acceptance to such prestigious establishment as Rutgers, and Circle In the Square. Bring depth and integrity to your work and commit to a weekly lesson devoted to your Craft.

 

"The difficult becomes habit. The habit becomes easy.  The easy ... beautiful."

FILM PREP and SET COACHING

($90/hour, Film Prep.  
$150/hour, Set Coaching)

"Work Clean" with FILM PREP. If you've booked a large role for Film or Television, you will want to prepare with depth and purpose by discussing the script, finding the character arc, and running scenes. Strong preparation gives you the confidence to relax in to the always stressful, often surprising dynamics of a film shoot. 

SET COACHING (after principal photography begins).  I always respect the directors needs, and focus on You. Shooting out-of-sequence brings it's own set of challenges, so it's important to have a neutral 3rd eye to keep you focused and ready.  Think of me as a "silent partner" that works well with others.

SCRIPT BREAKDOWN Character Development

($120/session.  Approx. 1.5 hours)

Stella Adler's astonishing approach to the script remains a tool for the actor in today's market. Apply it to all forms: stage - film - television. Utilize it for the rest of your career. Break down entire scripts and plays. Compatible with all acting methods. If you've been cast as a Lead in a large play or film, or part of an Advanced Scene Study Class, this is an essential and powerful way to dig out the script. Advanced level training is needed or strong skills at the Intermediate level. Can be applied to any script, of any era, from classical to contemporary.

POLICY

 

First interview is gratis.  First Work Session is not.

All sessions are prepaid by paypal, or cash. No checks. Cash receipts provided.

No Audits.

24 Hour Cancellation Policy, No Refunds – must reschedule.

Second cancellation without 24 hour notice is an additional $25 fee.

LOCATION

Conveniently located in Toluca Lake, near most major studios. Universal, NBC, ABC/Disney, Warner Bros, and CBS/Radford. Hop-skip from Paramount, Sunset-Gower and other Hollywood casting facilities. Perfect for running your audition prior to your call.

 


REFERRALS FOR KIDS & TEENS:

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PAYMENT OPTIONS 

 

You are invoiced directly by email through PayPal. All sessions are pre-paid.

You do not have to have a PayPal account in order to use this service. 

Additional Option:  You may also utilize the dropdown window and payment button below.


 

GETTING STARTED

 

1. Review the classes available and contact me at the email below.

 2. Attach your picture and resume in your email.  If you don't have professional materials, send a brief explanation of your acting background, training, and experience so far, and a perhaps a regular picture. Feel free to ask questions as well.

3. I will then contact you by email to arrange a free consult by video chat online.  Each consult is about a half hour long.

4. My consults are always by video chat, but coaching sessions are in person.  My overseas and out-of-state clients continue with online sessions.

 

EMAIL:

actormuscle@gmail.com 

Or click here.

SKYPE & Google Chat

Invaluable for the busy professional and out-of-town actor. Convenient and time efficient for last minute television and film auditions. Most auditions are put to tape and with Skype I'm able to correct your camera technique at the same time we develop character and dig out the script. Everybody loves the personal touch of the one-on-one, but you don’t have to settle for local, or battle traffic, when you need the professional eye.

 

Free Download for SKYPE here.

 

I’m a Road Warrior

From Broadway to soundstage I’m still pounding pavement.

I studied with the late, great Stella Adler, and am blessed to work in both categories as a Leading Lady and a Character Actress. I do a lot of TV and film these days and have had the good fortune to work under series regular and guest star contracts on shows such as "Modern Family," "Rizzoli & Isles,” "Criminal Minds,” "Mad Men,” and “Mathnet,” and national commercial campaigns such as "Microsoft Windows Phone" and "Old Navy."

Visit IMDb to see my full credits and reel(s). I’m proud to be a theatre rat with credits that include Broadway, as Alaura Kingsley in "City of Angels", Sarah Bernhardt in "Ladies of the Camellias", Miss Hannigan in "Annie", and Trudy in "Club Termina" - all at award winning regional theatres.

Although I teach Adler Technique, I'm trained in other methods and can easily work with yours. I’ve taught at South Coast Rep, the Stella Adler Academy, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I demand as much skill and clarity in my own gifts as I do in yours and continue to work weekly with Bobby Moresco and The Actor's Gym, a professional actors and writers lab.

 
 

Take the path for a career worth having

TESTIMONIALS

Producers, Directors, Writers, Reps

Bobby Moresco, Academy Award Winning Writer/Director

"Bev is as good as it gets. She’s smart, hard working and a true craftsman."

Amanda Moresco, Writer/Producer

"In all my years as Co-Artistic Director of the Actors Gym of Los Angeles, I've come across very few artists as passionate and devoted to the pure craft of acting as Bev. She is such an amazing person to have in your artistic circle."

Denny Sevier, Theatrical Agent

"Bev is a bundle of energy and knowledge about acting!"

Steve Riley, Director steverileypictures.com

"I had the pleasure of working with Beverly several years ago. When it comes to the biz, she knows the drill."

Al Onorato, Manager & Co-Founder CSA

"Bev is the perfect actress who practices all she preaches. She's a wonderful, energetic, positive actress, whose work is exemplary."

Michael Colucci, Writer/Producer

"Bev Leech is my most trusted referral source. Her actors are always prepared, crafted and ready to work."

Jason Fracaro, Actor/Producer ~ Rock & Roll: The Movie, Neighbors, Guys Reading Poems

"I've always loved and respected her as a teacher. I love the brass and the fiery spirit that is such an integral part of her nature, with a smart and resolute spirit that is contagious. She is caring, unwavering, and enduring ... a formidable mentor with amiable traits."

Kevin Kent, Writer/Director/Producer ~ Life's an Itch

"Beverly stepped into our production to help us expand the breadth of our Lead. She was thorough, thoughtful and a complete success. Our movie is a comedy with heart and soul and Beverly got it right from the start. We are so thankful for her skills, her breadth of knowledge and her ability to dig deep to get the most out of the actors. We can only say thank you so many times, but thank you yet again."

ACTORS:

Lou Richards ~ Lovelace, NCIS, Intelligence, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Hulk

"Beverly Leech has helped me tremendously with my auditions. I feel pretty confident when I walk in to a room after having worked with her. And, my booking percentage improved considerably! Thanks Bev!"

J'aime Spezzano ~ Uneasy Lies the Mind, The Muse, The Guardsmen

"Beverly Leech is one of the most influential teachers I have ever had. Not only did my knowledge grow but also my confidence. She has always inspired her students with an intellect and drive that is infectious. Teachers this good are a blessing!"

Lis Hayward, ~ The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson (Best Actress, SoCal Film Festival), Sinners

"Bev is an extraordinary coach - one of a kind. She has a natural intuition in knowing exactly how to help you and knows precisely how to communicate it to you. Her love and enthusiasm for the craft is contagious. When you put the work in, you will achieve your absolute best as an actor with Bev. I feel so lucky to have found such a talented and generous coach. If you haven't worked with Bev, you are missing out!"

Daren Luke Kelly ~ M.L.E., Jack, Underground, Finding Fatima, Moony’s Kids Don’t Cry

"I first studied script analysis with Beverly, at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles. She was then, as she is now, a tour de force in the craft of acting. As a working British actor, my Skype sessions with Beverly have been an inspiration. Whether a play audition or preparing for a movie role, her unwavering belief in your individual talent is the gift she gives freely! But make no bones about it, her genuine love for "the work" and her intelligent forthright approach, demands a work ethic and rallying cry to stand on your talent. She's invaluable to any actor to make it in the business of acting."

Val Jobara ~ Kickass, Rush, The Bronx is Burning

"Bev is not only a fine actress, but a top-notch teacher. She knows the business of acting more than most do and is unafraid. A terrific coach that actors really need in the business."

Sam Meader ~ In Time, Valley of the Scorned, 3 Days of Hamlet

"Beverly Leech showed me the individuality in my craft, enabling me to hold myself professionally in a competitive world. Above all, she taught me how to be fearless."

Ashlee-Rose Barnett ~ Social Etiquette, Saving Mr. Banks, 1000 Ways to Die

"Thanks to Beverly's advice and knowledge about the industry, I can own my auditions, nail a callback, and ultimately book a job."

Bryce Townsend ~ Grey's Anatomy, I Never Said I Love You

"I spent a too-brief couple of hours in a Bev Leech seminar and left feeling very motivated & uplifted. She was confident, cool, tenacious, spunky and presented a tough, go-getting, grab-the-bull-by-the-horns approach. She's so cut with class and learned professionalism that I wanted MORE. A lovely, impressive lady."

Alessandro Nori ~ FOD: The Neighbors, Bona Fide, Triangle, All That Remains, Itanglish, The Walking Tedd, Puma, Cassio, BCBG Max Azria, Moov

"Beverly has been an amazing business mentor. Her passion and thorough knowledge of the industry guided me in building a strong and powerful marketing strategy. After working with her only once, I garnered five meetings with commercial and theatrical agents. Her work ethic is impeccable. She is generous, kind, and precise, but most of all, she really cares for the success of her clients!"

Ivana Shein ~ The Division, Person of Interest, Days of Our Lives

"Bev Leech has a superb balance of humor, gentleness, discipline as well as a laser-like focus on detail. Ms Leech's help, guidance and craft have been instrumental in my success. We need more people like Bev in this world, as she helps you not just discover your dream but actualize it."

Wendy Wiencek ~ Ugly Shoes, Average Joe, Phoenix Song

"THANK YOU, Beverly!!!! You are AWESOME!!! After coaching with her only twice, I have booked 6 shoots! Her Audition Prep really WORKS! Beverly went above and beyond, and worked with me until I was READY. I went to my callback feeling so good, so confident and booked it! I totally look forward to working with her a lot more!"

Marie Sokol ~ Army Wives, Reckless, Tammy, Temptation, Rapid Fire

"The information in her business of acting book is FABULOUS. It helped me tremendously when I was first starting out and I still constantly refer to it. I had an acting "Aha" moment just last night when reading the book for the umpteenth time, and a very small piece of advice hit me like a ton of bricks. Acting is DEFINITELY NOT a spectator sport and I bust my butt to get the job. I appreciate her advice and candor, and I plan to give the books out for Christmas this year. THANK YOU SO MUCH!"

Katie Harker ~ Switched at Birth

"Beverly's passion is like a gale force wind blowing into a room, pursuing the truth with an unshakable faith in the process. While she takes this business seriously she doesn't take herself too seriously, which brings an element of fun and laughter to her classrooms. At times, she has believed in me more than I have believed in myself. That is the biggest gift you can give a student, an artist, and a human."

Rossi Morreale, Actor/Producer ~ Life's an Itch

"Bev Leech was a godsend to me and my producing partner. She helped take our script and really bring it to life, contributing ideas that made our movie better and a lot funnier. As an actor, she taught me how to convey love and affection as a romantic lead, and gave me the confidence to deliver the role. Bev opened up a side of me that I never knew existed. She's the best...she the "Bevinator"!!"

Hayley McLaughlin ~ River City (BCC), Capsized, Emilia, The Portrait

"Ms. Leech has blessed me tenfold with tools and advice. She has that rare balance of humor and kindness along with professional and personal motivation. She's one-of-a-kind and invaluable."

Meredith Brown ~ Not Now, John

"Bev's no nonsense approach to acting, teaching, and life, makes her an amazing, as well as talented and overwhelmingly supportive person. Since finishing her class, I've booked a film as well as a play, and continue to audition. I owe Bev for the confidence I have and use every day!"

Thomas Waschenfelder, Actor/Writer

"The moment you meet Beverly Leech, you're caught up in her whirlwind passion for the craft, giving her students what few acting teachers can - experience. Her love for acting illuminates the room and opened up possibilities for me as an actor that I didn't think I had. She is an incredible actress, and a gifted teacher. Any student can flourish, as I have, under her instruction."

Keith Staley ~ Squirrel Trap, Inglorious Kill Dogs, In Medias Res

"Beverly Leech, is an encouraging, enthusiastic, and above all, empowering acting teacher. She knows how to recognize individual talent as well as how to communicate to the individual personality. She tells it like it is but she`ll never talk up or down to you. She`s the rare acting instructor that is genuinely passionate about the work without needing to be revered on a throne for it. She`s forthright, honest and disarmingly self-deprecating. Beverly sees that talent that is inside YOU and coaches to keenly inspire the actor to realize their own innate gifts; all the while making them laugh, creating a fun and free environment. I recommend her to any actor interested in doing their best work."

Mark Solz ~ Alex, The Downside of Bliss, Killer Kids, The Second Coming of Christ

"Beverly’s book and private coaching has been a tremendous help! I’m a newcomer to the LA market, and she has helped me to both develop a plan for the business side of acting, as well as begin the training I need to hone my craft. Our session on script breakdown and character development was tremendous. I’m so glad I have both the book and her guidance as I begin this journey of “chasing the dream.”

Matt Gottlieb ~ No Leaf Clovers, The Representative

"Within the first month of finishing her Acting Professionally course, I booked a co-star role in a feature film and signed a contract with a talent agency - they were the most effective sessions I ever had. There are no shortcuts when it comes to Bev. She'll make you work hard but it's definitely worth it."

 

     

Products and Media

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"Actor Muscle: Craft. Grit. Wit. 
A Professional Guide to the Business of Acting"

2014 Edition at AMAZON

 

From Broadway to Soundstage, Bev Leech offers 30 years of professional insight to the business of acting in Los Angeles and beyond. Begin, maintain, and sustain an exhilarating career as a performing artist on stage, television and film. Chapters include the game plan, getting an agent, building your resume, agency contracts, audition techniques for television and film, and more. New or established, this book is for you, providing legitimate and professional taste and insight designed to help you find work in the Industry ... through all of its ever-changing tastes, and surviving its “feast or  famine," “crickets or cannonballs” energy.


INDUSTRY ENDORSED ~ FIVE STAR REVIEWS

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Beverly Leech has done a masterful job ... If you are a young actor, Actor Muscle is not a book you should think about picking up, it is a book that you must purchase! You will not find a better resource for the business side of acting.
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Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs Magazine

 

Bev is as good as it gets. She’s smart, hardworking and a true craftsman – which is a bigger compliment than most people would think. I adore her as an actress and enthusiastically endorse her views in her Professional Guide to the Business of Acting.
~ Bobby Moresco, Academy Award Winning Writer/Director "Crash," "Million Dollar Baby"

 

I wish there was a book like this when I was starting out! Bev Leech simplifies the hard truths of the business from the heart of her creative soul.
~ Mike Rispoli, "Kick Ass," "While You Were Sleeping," "The Sopranos," "Magic City," "The Rum Diary"

 

Anyone interested in pursuing a career in acting could benefit from the detailed information she provides. Sharing her wealth of experience and knowledge, Leech is both encouraging and pragmatic.”
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Publishers Weekly

 

There are hundreds of thousands of books out there on acting. Perhaps only a few are noteworthy. ACTOR MUSCLE is in the select group of go-to books for the working actor. Ms. Leech has combined her keen business acumen and her artistic gifts to support an artist in putting their best foot forward in an increasingly competitive profession. She does it with humor and inspiration. On top of that, Leech is a working actor. She has been in the rooms that have demanded her best, now she's sharing it. You just can't get better advice!
~ Casey Kramer, "Liberace: Behind the Candelabra," "Southland," "Dexter," and Los Angeles Critics Award Winning Stage Actress

 

Bev Leech's book is the perfect guide for the young actor learning the ropes. She draws on her 30+ years of experience to offer sound advice and tips, along with cautions about scams in the business. She has always been popular with my students and has some of the most SPECIFIC material I have ever seen -- and delivered with humor!
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Karen Hensel, Award Winning Actor, Writer, Director; Program Director at South Coast Repertory; Doris Collins in "The Young and the Restless"

 

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"Nuts & Bolts of Audition Technique
for Television & Film"

The definitive CD for the working actor! Expert guidance and vital points to remember prior to any audition for film and TV projects. Excellent for the newcomer and the pro. With the Nuts and Bolts CD just "Suit Up, Show Up, Throw Down and Go Home!"

Beverly Leech shares professional tips to "work clean" in a Television and Film audition. Every audition room has protocol and expectations.  Your level of professionalism is judged by your ability to appear confident and ready, yet many actors stumble over the basics. "Nuts And Bolts" is about the technical side of cold reads and prepared auditions: such as the camera, the chair, the pages, and how to apply your craft and talent in your approach to the script. Special consideration is also given to circumstances such as the kiss, the callback, highly emotional scenes and more. Many Actors listen to "Nuts & Bolts" en route to auditions to empower focus and diminish stage fright. Read their reviews at iTunes, Amazon, and more.

 

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Moment Before ~ LAhousejunkie
I'm an amateur actress trying to break into the biz...you know the tune. Beverly's MP3 was very helpful –I got the coaching without the hefty price tag. She really breaks it down easy for you, and points out things a lot of people don't think about...for instance, her whole spiel on the "moment before" was really useful when getting into character. Overall, well-done and I'd recommend it.


Great lessons and insights ~ MadelineR.

I did a session with Beverly on the Stella Adler Technique and she was so informative and insightful, that I bought her CD. Everything she says is a worthwhile lesson when you are trying to get a break in TV or movies. It is still important to keep honing your craft, but Beverly's CD gives you a GREAT overview and introduction to the do's and don’ts of auditioning.


Home Run Acting Auditions with Actor Muscle CD ~ JR Van Noy

Friend tipped me off to Actor Muscle's Audition Technique CD and I'm forever grateful. OMG these are the reminders I need to hear before I walk in the room. Here's what I do: I listen in my car on the way to the audition. It's my game plan and breakdown of things to remember. These tracks are gold!


Great overview for new actors ~ MCR

I have been trying to break into the business for a few years now and it has not always been the easiest. I took a class with Beverly and loved her teaching style and the information she was giving, so I decided to buy her CD. I was not disappointed. Much of the information in Actor Muscle are great lessons and insight from someone IN the business. She has experienced everything she talks about, so you know it's coming from a reliable source. Whether you are just starting out as an actor, or been in the business for a few years, Beverly's CD is definitely for you.


Such Good Info ~ Gary

Glad I bought this CD. I've been in the business a long time, but this CD reminded me that I don't know everything. Certainly worth the price. Thank you Beverly!

FREE DOWNLOADS & RESUME TEMPLATES

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Contact

 

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