“We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre…
Nobody ever learns how. The search for human behavior is infinite. You'll never understand it all. I think that's wonderful.”
“Stop whining and start doing!”
Check out Cindy's interview as she talks about why she founded The A.C.T.I.N.G. Coach.
The A.C.T.I.N.G. Coach (Action Created To Initiate New Growth) was founded by Cindy Hogan in 1994. Cindy wanted to be able to teach students and help them to grow in their craft in a nurturing yet disciplined environment. After many years of studying and teaching for other schools and workshops in Hollywood and Orange County it became apparent that creativity and growth were not the first order of business for these classes. Cindy decided to found The A.C.T.I.N.G. Coach in order to give students an affordable and safe place to study and hone their craft.
Cindy Hogan's ongoing experience in the real world of film and television acting gives her an insight into the industry that is invaluable to her students. She helps actors to leave judgment of themselves in the work far behind and to live entirely in the moment. Her approach may be completely different for each individual she teaches. Cindy deals with the actor's work through the eyes of a director and believes that acting in all mediums comes from the same place.
For the past twenty-five years, Cindy Hogan has studied and worked as an actor, director, and producer. The last fifteen of those years, she has drawn upon her own experiences to coach and teach both the business and craft of the industry.
Cindy’s Advice to Beginning Actors:
ACTING is a process. What it is not is painful (OK, at times it can be, just like that new exercise routine or saying “no” to the item you really want but don't need). However, it IS an inquiry, a distinction. If you have the commitment and discipline to delve into the world of “what if”—and note here I did not say ACTING IS MAKE BELIEVE, but a “WHAT IF?” inquiry—then put aside that hour or more a day to practice!
There are no shortcuts or easy fixes. If you want to be an ACTOR WITH CRAFT, study. If you want to be a star, find a reality show."
While her own personal studies have included work in "The Method" on one extreme and "Meisner" on the other (with many colors, shades, and variations in between), the direction of her own teaching is geared more to the individual and their own best way of learning and working and not to any fixed method. She draws on her diverse experience from working with networks such as NBC, ABC and Nickelodeon as well as her copious training to cater to the individual needs of each actor. Working with celebrities and developing talent alike, Cindy guides actors to discovering their own personal freedom.