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David works at the top level of the industry. He has coached actors like Alec Baldwin, Ted Danson and Robin Wright-Penn. One of his former clients, Kyle Secour was a series regular on COMMANDER IN CHIEF. Another, John Allen Nelson, was on a new series , VANISHED. Another client, Scott Lawrence, has done 3 series regulars, including JAG. Dale Midkiff, another another client has also done 3 series regulars. As he does from time to time, last year David has worked on a film set with some of his students who have gotten roles in feature films. A number of his students have gotten their first series regulars after studying with him. He's been teaching for 30 years. He's taught at Yale School of Drama, Cal Arts and USC and Syracuse University as well as in Europe and Canada.

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David Kagen's School of Film Acting Valley Village, CA
Public speaking Valley Village, CA
Management Training, Conflict Resolution Valley Village, CA
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Work Experience:
David has been acting over 35 years. He's currently on LIFE and GENERAL HOSPITAL in a recurring role. Some of Davids other acting credits include HOUSE, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, IN JUSTICE, DRAGNET, WITHOUT A TRACE, ENTERPRISE, a feature film called THE ANNIHILATION OF FISH with James Earl Jones and SHACKLES. He's also done TV shows like FAMILY LAW, ANGEL, MELROSE PLACE and he's worked on and off-Broadway.
Education:
B.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University.
Juilliard Preparatory School - piano major.
Organizations / Affilations:
SAG, AFTRA, Equity.
David Kagen is located in Valley Village, CA and has the following skills: David Kagen's School of Film Acting, Public speaking, Management Training, Conflict Resolution
Acting / Drama, Consulting, Communications
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David Kagen's School of Film Acting

Category: Acting / Drama
Description
As for the classes themselves, there is a maximum of 12 people in each class and you work twice on-camera every single class. You get videotaped each time you work, and you take your tape home with you to watch after class. All the on-camera classes are 2-camera video classes and you're videotaped on a split screen so that when you watch your tape you can see yourself and your partner. That's very important because one of the things critical to all acting and especially film acting is that you see what's going on with your partner emotionally and you respond emotionally to what you see.

David uses a book called ON ACTING by Sanford Meisner as a textbook. He doesn't teach the Meisner Technique and doesn't do Meisner exercises. Instead, he does everything with scripts. The skills he's trying to teach are the same skills Meisner talks about in his book. That is, that the heart your talent comes from your instincts. And that in addition to playing off your partner emotionally, what you're supposed to do is bare your soul. You're supposed to reveal the most personal, private feelings you have in the course of doing a scene. And that's the hard part. Most of us seem to have ways we control our feelings and control how other people see us. And all that control is terrible for your acting. It's the opposite of being spontaneous and instinctive when you act. It prevents you from being deeply emotional.

All classes are ON-CAMERA and classes use a cold-reading format to teach you to be emotionally open, spontaneous and to bare your soul. This is the hardest and most important part of acting.
www.davidkagen.com
(818) 752-9678
Relevant Education / Credentials
BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University, the oldest acting conservatory in the United States.
Years Experience: 30

Public speaking

Category: Communications
Description
A consultant in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, David Kagen has worked with actors at the top of the profession including Alec Baldwin and Ted Danson, as well as top studio and television producers, political campaign consultants, lawyers, quality control engineers, customer service personnel, professors, public school teachers, clergy, CEO's, managers and employees. Our work can include conflict resolution, team building, and addressing fellow workers, as well as all forms of public speaking.


We keep things simple! Where other communication coaches tell their clients 20 things to fix, we tell our clients one thing that fixes those 20 things. Each of us can be a uniquely compelling communicator. It is very powerful, indeed, when we are able to use our unique qualities in expressing our ideas and the issues about which we are passionate.

"I help my clients unlock the power they have to express who they are and what they stand for, enabling them to build good business relationships while getting the results they want to get and making the contribution they want to make." www.kagencoaching.com
(818) 752-9678
Relevant Education / Credentials
BFA CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Years Experience: 30

Management Training, Conflict Resolution

Category: Consulting
Description
A consultant in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, David Kagen has worked with actors at the top of the profession including Alec Baldwin and Ted Danson, as well as top studio and television producers, political campaign consultants, lawyers, quality control engineers, customer service personnel, professors, public school teachers, clergy, CEO's, managers and employees. Our work can include conflict resolution, team building, and addressing fellow workers, as well as all forms of public speaking.


We keep things simple! Where other communication coaches tell their clients 20 things to fix, we tell our clients one thing that fixes those 20 things. Each of us can be a uniquely compelling communicator. It is very powerful, indeed, when we are able to use our unique qualities in expressing our ideas and the issues about which we are passionate.

"I help my clients unlock the power they have to express who they are and what they stand for, enabling them to build good business relationships while getting the results they want to get and making the contribution they want to make." www.kagencoaching.com
(818) 752-9678
Relevant Education / Credentials
BFA CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Years Experience: 30