Shawn Nelson Acting
                            Spring  2018

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  film acting     auditioning, directing    and       dramatic theory!

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On the set of National Treasure II, working with Diane Kruger.     Photo by Diane Kruger

Film Acting

 Your golf swing, tennis stroke - even your poker hand - are not an improvisation -  they are the result of training, logic and applied philosophy - which lead to       a free expression of your talent
                                              Thank you Sela, for the incredibly generous mention   
                                       in your acceptance speech! Also nominated that year: Edie Falco                                            Amy Brenneman, Julianne Margulies and Lorraine Bracco!
   SHAWN NELSON consults with stars, celebrities and working actors on both coasts. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, and Actors Equity Association. 
    He was an instructor in drama at the University of Southern California, has been a guest instructor at Pasadena City College and Liberty University Center for Cinematic Arts, and is a guest instructor for directing students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and at the School of Dramatic Arts at Arizona State University. He held annual workshops at the Sedona Film School for a decade. 
    Shawn has performed and directed for the stage and for prime time television. Among his better known clients is twice Emmy winning actress Sela Ward.  As an actor, director, screenwriter and teacher, Shawn has participated in and taught all aspects of performance. 
 "I do a lot of coaching on Skype and Face Time now. It     allows for a private and creative  work  environment , where I get to see the work just as it will appear in your audition submission . Working on line is a great  way to prepare for an audition, and my colleagues find it an amazing resource."
Film acting is a very specific thing. There is nothing about it that is accidental. Really knowing what you are doing brings a freedom that allows your talent to shine through, and your work to be most intriguing.
Go to the new AUDIO BLOG page and listen to the recent posts! They are absolutely FREE and short in duration, but rich in valuable information. The AUDIO BLOG is a real resource for the Actor, Director and Writer, addressing issues on the business, auditioning, acting, directing, understanding writing and - the least taught of all subjects - dramatic theory! 

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"Confidence is what comes when you know what you are doing - and when you are certain that you know what you are doing. It doesn't come from unsupported ego-building. Confidence is born and raised in specific knowledge, not in well-intentioned guesswork."    
hawn Nelson

      "Generality is the enemy of all art."  Constantin Stanislavski

Shawn has been fortunate to work with some of Hollywood's elite talent, including  two time Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward (first season Graves),  film and television star Nikki Reed (this season on Sleepy Hollow),  Eva Longoria, 'Bones' co-star Tamara Taylor (10th season)Diane Kruger of 'National Treasure II',  Lena Headey of 'Game of Thrones', 'Jericho's' Lennie James , 'The Giver's' Cameron Monaghan (3rd season HBO's 'Shameless'), and film and television stars Lee Purcell, Jeannetta Arnette,  and General Hospital's Rebecca Budig 

Shawn's been around, to be sure. Among the many actors Shawn has had the honor of coaching are Fox TV 'House' actress Olivia Wilde, actor / director Tony Goldwyn, 'Alias' Michael VartanLost's' Matthew Foxfilm actor Laz Alonzo, Amanda Bynes of the WB's 'What I Like About You', Dawson Creek's Kerr Smith and Meredith Monroe, Adir Kalyan, Efrin Ramirez, and legendary Ann Margaret, Nastassia Kinski,  Eric Estrada, Jayne Meadows-Allen, actress and supermodel Kathy Ireland, country music star and actor Billy Ray Cyrus, superstar vocalists Gene Simmons, Huey Lewis, Carol Lawrence, Marilyn McCoo, Frankie Valli, and Daytime's Alison Sweeney of Days Of Our Lives. 
                Emmy Winning Actress Sela Ward
   Emmy Nominee Eva Longoria
  "My savior in this crazy business. 
 Thank you for all your genius help."