- Every movie has two main characters: the lead male and lead female.
- But most of them also have dozens of actors playing character parts — interesting, eccentric or unusual characters who move in and out of the storyline, and are sometimes more memorable than the lead roles.
- In this class you’ll learn how to create a range of different CHARACTER TYPES, then choose several of them to polish and perfect. We’ll look at posture, vocalization, and finding the character’s internal energy to help define and differentiate them from each other.
- You’ll have fun and expand the range of characters you can play.
- The exercises we’ll do in this class are fun, and can also be helpful for actors wanting to be seen by casting directors in a broader light.
I’d like to thank you. After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a… Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs. One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production… and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production. The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs. Tell everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it. It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. Read more “”
Hello Nils, I played Weasel and The Executioner in your movie Liberation… I also took… the Let’s Make a Movie class with you few years ago. I hope you are doing great and finding time to make movies. I just wanted to thank you for having me in your movies and teaching me! I am now a full time actor in LA. Thank you and have a great 2017 full of creative films! Read more “”
I’ve now taken three classes with Nils Omar (Acting 101, 102, and 103), and –… quite frankly – can’t recommend them enough for those with even a passing interest in acting/stage work. Rather than just repeat what others have said about how his classes are great fun etc, here are just a few things that really stood out to me. 1.) Nils is always (and I mean always) calm and soft-spoken when it comes to his students. He has a very reassuring way of communicating with you. There’s never any judgment in his voice, which is so helpful to newcomers. 2.) He’s extremely reliable when it comes to replying to emails outside of class – questions etc. 3.) It’s not just about the class time, either. I showed up to class about an hour early on one day to get some quiet time with a script, and Nils was happy to chat with me about potential career goals etc. before class started. That kind of above/beyond is a rare thing, and doesn’t go unnoticed. Overall, Nils’s classes are an easy recommendation, and a whole lot of fun to boot. Read more “”
I wanted to try out some acting and get out of my comfort zone. I… have done acting classes 101,102 and 103. I feel that i have improved and benefited from these classes and Nils coaching. Lots to learn and fun! Read more “”
I have taken three acting classes now taught by Nils and I have thoroughly enjoyed… every one of them. I don’t have much experience with other acting classes but I went into these with an open mind and left feeling a little more ’emotional’. I ended up being able to express myself more in my acting and in my daily life. Nils’ classes have opened me up, mentally and emotionally, and I would recommend them to anyone who might be interested in acting or just wanting a change of pace in their daily life. Read more “”
I have taken three acting classes with Nils (Acting 101, 102, and 103) and have… had a great experience with them. Nils is a very effective communicator and provides his students with a supportive environment, but challenges them when necessary. There were many concepts about acting I had only read about (ex. objective, intention, etc.), but truly came to understand when Nils put these concepts to use in our acting exercises, helping us flesh out and create three-dimensional characters. Thanks for giving me a big leg-up as an actor, Nils. I definitely want to keep going with as many courses at Classes and Workshops as I can. Read more “”
I took Acting 101, 102, and 103 with Nils. It was an AMAZING experience. It… was such a supportive environment, and as a result I made lasting friendships with others in the class. It was incredible to see how much we all had learned starting from the first week of 101 to the last of 103. We all grew and improved together, and for that I am forever grateful to classandworkshops for providing such a spectacular set of classes and opportunities for growth! Read more “”
I was first attracted to these courses because of the content, location, price, and the… many positive comments I had read about Nils Omar’s teaching. Being a music instructor both privately and at the college level for over 30 years I can confidently say that Nils teaching is first rate! He is patient, well-organized, and thorough in his coverage of the course material. I had read a lot of books on acting prior to enrolling in this course (Larry Moss, Sandy Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Stella Adler, etc.) and was amazed by how Nils managed to cover most of the important concepts and techniques found in these books. More importantly, he gave the students lots of practice and ‘hands-on’ experience. The students in the classes were made up of beginners like myself but also had a few students that had some more advanced training. There were a wide variety of ages ranging from around 21 – 59 years of age. All of the students were serious about the class and were very encouraging to each other during the exercises and scene excerpts. This made the whole experience very enjoyable with little or no stress! In short, this class was the most fun I’ve had in years! So far, I have taken Acting 101, 102, 103, and plan on taken more classes with Nils. I highly recommend these classes to anyone interested in getting into acting, meeting others who have a true passion for acting, and want to have a lot of fun in the process! Read more “”
I can’t say enough AWESOME things about Nils Acting classes!!! I’m a new born entertainer,… have no idea what the hell I’m doing, but Nils comes across as very inviting and informative. If you have never acted or acted for awhile, you ALWAYS learn something new in Nils class. Like most, I get anxiety and my nerves would be shot before I performed in front of others, but as time went on, and Nils is naturally encouraging, I learned the more I let go of my insecurities inside, the more fun I had (which is my priority in the first place). Nils has a way of helping you forget about your own personal delays and to focus on your objectives at hand. If you’re thinking of joining classesandworkshops for career motives or just for fun, DO IT!!! You won’t regret it and remember, the more you participate, the MORE FUN you’re going to get out of it and Nils is an EXCELLENT EXAMPLE of pushing you to do so. THANKS AGAIN NILS and EXCITED TO SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!! Read more “”
…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages… of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help. Read more “”
After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many… years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting. Read more “”
Hey Nils, thanks for the class – had a really good time this quarter. I… really came at the class from the direction of directing. I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.” There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give. The class definitely helped… I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy. It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful. Read more “”