Actor, Heal Thyself: Take Command of Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Hosted by Nick Hoffa

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Nick Hoffa

Webinar hosted by: Nick Hoffa


Nick Hoffa is an American actor, performance coach and director. Highlights from a full TV resume include Scandal, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, and a recurring role on Justified. The list of national commercials include spots for Google, Kia, Progressive, and Hallmark. Several years ago Nick started Wheelhouse Acting, an acting workshop for seasoned professionals in Los Angeles. Nick also hosts Eyeline, a podcast that gets up in the brains of Hollywood actors. Nick directed and produced the hit LA stage show, I Made Out With Him Anyway. IMOWHA’s web series, which Nick directed, was featured on He also directed the short films Maja and Ike and Bagels, the latter of which ran on the festival circuit. Previously, Nick was Artistic Director of the Imagination Theater Company for five years and directed the sketch show Martini’s for Dinner at the Elephant Theater. He is originally from the East Coast, growing up in Western Mass and attending Wesleyan University where he met his wife, the TV blogger Meredith Hoffa. Nick moved from Boston to LA via San Francisco, where he trained at Full Circle and at American Conservatory Theatre. They have two kids. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Nick Hoffa, Actor (recently Scandal, Justified, Castle), Performance Coach, and Host of Eyeline, a podcast that gets up in the brains of Hollywood actors.

You can’t perform to your potential if you are in the dark about your skills. Every other art form values breaking down that artistic skill into its component parts. For some reason, acting resists this, relying instead on vague language like, were you in the moment? Or were you in your head?

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, your host Nick Hoffa will guide you through a questionnaire on the most common acting issues. After taking the questionnaire, you’ll have a concrete list of your strengths and weaknesses. Armed with this info, you will be able to audition better, perform how you want on set, take the right kinds of classes and spend time fixing past stubborn mistakes. Take control of your career and stop waiting for others to tell you how it went!

You Will Leave This Webinar Knowing:

  • Your acting strengths and weaknesses.
  • How to let go of bad auditions or performances.
  • What kinds of classes to focus on next.
  • How to apply the questionnaire to every performance you do.

When he’s not acting on TV, your host Nick Hoffa spends his time talking with working actors about their struggles and triumphs. He runs Wheelhouse Acting, a Los Angeles workshop for seasoned Hollywood actors and also hosts Eyeline, a podcast featuring conversations with Emmy and Oscar nominated folks as well as workhorses all over your TV. From these conversations, Nick has learned there is no one right way to do this, that success comes when you are honest with yourself about what works and what doesn't, and he is here exclusively with Stage 32 to share that knowledge with you.

What You'll Learn

  • Acting Is A Mental Game.
    • Learn how all the classes and techniques in the world won’t matter if you aren’t ready to mentally perform at your best when it matters.
    • Self-knowledge is the first steps to taking command of the mental game.
    • How to forgive yourself for what isn’t working and feel excited about the stuff you kick ass at.
  • Actor, Heal Thyself.
    • Why you will only succeed as an actor if you commit to figuring out how you work best.
    • Learning about yourself allows you to be more relaxed, to be a craftsman and less of a magician.
  • The Questionnaire.
    • You will rate yourself on the most common acting issues, including:
      • Memorization.
      • Nerves.
      • Emotional availability.
      • Connecting with partner.
      • Dealing with physical distractions.
      • Dealing with distracting and judging thoughts.
      • Spontaneity.
      • Relaxation.
      • And more...
  • What Now?
    • You will now have a concrete mini-analysis of your acting.
    • You will go through the kinds of classes, the kind of projects you should be thinking about doing to fix problems and maximize virtues.
    • How to analyze how it went and what you need to work on after every audition or class or job. Then how to let it go!
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Nick!

About Your Instructor

Nick Hoffa is an American actor, performance coach and director. Highlights from a full TV resume include Scandal, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, and a recurring role on Justified. The list of national commercials include spots for Google, Kia, Progressive, and Hallmark.

Several years ago Nick started Wheelhouse Acting, an acting workshop for seasoned professionals in Los Angeles. Nick also hosts Eyeline, a podcast that gets up in the brains of Hollywood actors.

Nick directed and produced the hit LA stage show, I Made Out With Him Anyway. IMOWHA’s web series, which Nick directed, was featured on He also directed the short films Maja and Ike and Bagels, the latter of which ran on the festival circuit. Previously, Nick was Artistic Director of the Imagination Theater Company for five years and directed the sketch show Martini’s for Dinner at the Elephant Theater.

He is originally from the East Coast, growing up in Western Mass and attending Wesleyan University where he met his wife, the TV blogger Meredith Hoffa. Nick moved from Boston to LA via San Francisco, where he trained at Full Circle and at American Conservatory Theatre. They have two kids.


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A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 


“[He] made me fall in love with acting again…in the end you walk away knowing your skills and trusting that you can take a ride with your instincts, even in an audition. Amazing confidence builder.”

"Working with Nick Hoffa is a joy. His ability to help you focus your own process as an artist/technician is wonderful. No rhetoric or therapy - no cliche. His practical experience as an actor, his instinct as a director, and his prowess as a teacher give every class immediate value that translates in the real world."

“I have this whole other area of my work that I didn't even know existed before."

"I just loosened up and tried things"

"I am almost immediately found that auditioning was easier, it was more fun, and I was more successful at it."

"But then there are things that challenge you and then there are strengths you didn't know you had."


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