We had the good fortune of connecting with Tess Kirsch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tess, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had been working at an acting studio for 7 years when I made the decision to start my own studio. It was very scary, but a fellow Acting coach helped me a great deal. She said that I needed to “create space” for my dreams/ambitions. I was terrified that I would take the leap and fall flat on my face, but I didn’t. It took time to build my own clientele, but I am now incredibly happy that I took the risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My classes and privates have changed dramatically over the last 19 years. I began teaching actors with the thought that I had to shape them or change them into what I believed casting wanted. I now see each story in so many different colors that I coach each actor to own his/her point of view and “color outside of the lines”. The question I hear time and time again from my actors is “Do I have what it takes?” 95% of one’s success in this FILM/TV industry is simply having the confidence to go out there every day and tell that story. There is a film or TV show for every actor. It’s a matter of time, determination and of course of keeping those muscles warm. My studio is the actor’s gym.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Here’s my friend’s week in Los Angeles: Monday – Walk to the Grove/around the Melrose area in Hollywood. I am a New Yorker at heart. I love to show people the city on foot. Dinner at Terroni on Beverly Blvd. Tuesday – Take a hike in Temescal Park followed by a late lunch at AOC. Later, we will drink Aperol Spritzes on my porch and catch up. Wednesday – Take the train downtown and go to the BROAD museum. Go shopping at Santee Alley followed by dinner at BRERA Ristorante. Thursday – Venice/beach day. After the beach and rollerblading, we have dinner at Gjelina on Abbot Kinney. After dinner, we explore the shops. Friday – We are off to Los Olivos for the weekend to wine taste/horseback ride.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a number of shoutouts (I hope that is ok): Saxon Trainor (Acting Coach) Dawn Skorczewski and Joelle Bielski (My Sisters and biggest cheerleaders) John Kirsch (My Husband) My Actors
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