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 Blip.tv. 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 »
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:
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.
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A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.
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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.
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A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.
Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
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."
Learn directly from Jack Plotnick, Actor (Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley, The Mentalist, Reno 911, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Meet the Fockers) & Director (Space Station 76, Sony Pictures Worldwide) Actors: Stop chasing the career you want, and learn how to get it to come to you! Wanting to work professionally and wanting to be constantly working often makes actors nervous about needing to book the role and getting upset when they don’t. But, once you change the way you think about your art, it all becomes easier and more fun. And the good news is that when you approach your acting in this way, you book more work! Jack Plotnick has been a working actor for 20 years, amassing over 100 acting credits on IMDB. Why do people keep hiring this guy? Why has his career endured and thrived for so long? According to Jack, it’s not because of his "training". It’s because of his mindset. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jack will show you how to easily create the same mindset by sharing his most important and powerful tools with which he books work. Jack’s method frees you from the burden of studying with the fear-based and result-oriented coaches that dominate the industry. Whether you’re new to the business or a working actor on a series, this webinar will give you secrets and tips that you can apply right away to your acting and produce a better performance. Many actors share with Jack that once they stopped using the techniques they paid for in classes, and embraced his non-controlling and non-result oriented approach, they started booking work! Jack Plotnick has built a career as an award-winning actor, director and performance coach. You may recognize Jack from his series regular and recurring roles on Silicon Valley, The Mentalist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911, Action, Ellen, and Drawn Together, and his appearance in the films Meet the Fockers, Down With Love and Gods and Monsters.
What's going on, Creative Army? It's been a moment since we last had the time to interact in a live setting. Let's remedy that with another AMA (Ask Me Anything), pre-Cannes style. We got together for another inspiring, motivating and energy-packed question and answer session. For 2 hours I left you with tips, tricks and actionable information to help you move forward with your 2019 (and beyond) goals. Remember, no matter what your discipline, skill level, geographical location, etc, this AMA is for ALL! As always, registering for my AMA is completely free. Spreading some positive vibes. Cheers! RB
Learn directly from Wesam Keesh, Professional Actor best known for his role as “Jay Simmons” on ABC's hit show For the People as well as roles on Awkward, NCIS, The Mentalist, NCIS:LA, Touch and host and creator of the popular Actors Anonymous Podcast! Whether they are experienced or new to the business, many actors find the audition process to be a great burden. From the moment you get that breakdown, you find yourself in an influx of emotions. You become stiff, un-balanced, frustrated, and by the time you’re driving home from the audition, you feel disheartened and demoralized. What is the secret to bringing your best performance to the table every time you audition? What can you do pre, during, and post audition to make the process seamless, enjoyable and help you book the role? How can you avoid the ‘post-mortem’ feeling after leaving an audition? It’s time to find the balance needed to execute a superb performance, bringing out the best of YOU in the room. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Wesam will teach you how to bring out the best version of yourself in your audition, helping you nail your performance and confidently tackle any audition that comes your way. In this webinar, Wesam will break down the audition process into 3 phases: Pre-Audition, Audition and Post-Audition. You will go through the mindset of the actor as they get the breakdown, read the script and scenes, driving to the audition and waiting in the room to go in so you can learn how to focus during your audition and let yourself shine through. Wesam will address the feelings you have after every audition and will teach you how to “let go” – one of the hardest thing to embrace for most actors.
Ready to make the transition into TV work? Or looking to start your career in TV? Even the best actors can stumble when faced with starting out in a new medium. Especially if your experience or training is mostly in theater, there are key differences between the audition styles. Most actors start with co-star roles, which are often short scenes that can be especially challenging to prepare well. Breaking into TV also requires a strong working knowledge of the business, how to build relationships with casting directors and agents, and how to best market yourself. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, actors Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen will walk you through each step of the TV casting process, from submissions to auditions to producer sessions to bookings. They’ll discuss practical strategies on how to get in the audition room, how to prepare for the room, and how to book the room. They’ll focus on how to tackle a co-star audition – with specific tools and tips on preparing the material, even if you only have one line. They’ll share the tactics they use themselves on how to deal with nerves, how to ace the chit chat in the room, and how to be a smart actor that casting directors will want to call in again and again! They’ll also offer a preview of what to expect on your day on the set. Self-taped auditions are becoming more and more the norm, so they’ll also review how to make a high-quality audition video. After attending over a hundred casting director workshops and classes, going on hundreds of auditions, and booking many TV roles, Uma and Christian offer a unique insider perspective on getting started in TV work.
Producer Chris Moore has done it all. From producing 2 Oscar-winning films Good Will Hunting and Manchester by the Sea, to producing some of the biggest franchises of our time like American Pie - he's seen it all. What's even more impressive is that Chris is committed to creative careers and the journey it takes to sustain one. Chris was the co-founder of Project Greenlight with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Sean Bailey and The Chair - and continues to help inspire those who chose a life in entertainment. With the evolution of the industry causing dramatic shifts in the way you create and consume content (film, television, digital) more and more opportunities are being presented for a creative career. In this Stage 32 webinar Chris is going to discuss what the shift entails and how you make an educated decision on which path you should take with your career in “the industry” to satisfy the lifestyle you want. Producer Chris Moore will be hosting an interactive webinar where he’ll be discussing the future of the industry and will workshop with a select group of students from the class. He’ll talk about your intended primary path and discuss possible alternative paths if you can’t find the right fit with your primary goals. For example, if you are setting out to be a director and you’re having trouble gaining traction, Chris will go over alternative ways you can break in and gain your footing. Or, if you’re a screenwriter and have been at it a long time and haven’t gotten your break, what are alternatives for your lifestyle in this industry? Or, if you're a cinematographer looking to move from digital shorts to streaming TV, what can you do? All creative professions are welcome to attend!
Learn directly from Aaron Marcus, A 30+ year full-time Actor who has booked over 1,200 jobs so far! Aaron has a recurring role on House Of Cards and has been cast on shows such as: Gotham, Do No Harm, Law & Order, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire and The Wire. He has worked on films and commercial projects (TV and Print) for companies such as: Project Almanac, Philomena, “11”, Eugene, A Modest Suggestion, Korea Gate, LifeSavers, Acura, Showtime, Coca Cola and AT&T! It’s no secret that auditioning is a source of stress for many actors. The audition itself takes so much skill and practice to master that many actors fail to put enough attention on how they prepare before their audition. As the saying goes - failing to prepare is preparing to fail. There are some very specific things that all actors must do to give themselves their best chance to impress the casting director and others involved in the project. Whether you’re a veteran actor or new to the craft, knowing how to properly prepare yourself before an audition allows you to confidently tackle any role they ask you to play. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Aaron Marcus will teach you his best-kept secrets for successfully preparing for an audition – having booked over 1,200 jobs he’s got this down to a science! In this webinar, you will learn step-by-step what you will want to do as soon as you get the email, text or phone call about the audition. You will learn what types of questions to ask, how to research to prepare for your read, memorization techniques, and more. You will leave this webinar fully prepared to prepare for any audition you face in a manner that will impress every casting director you meet!