Since our classes are small and private, we don’t allow auditing. Before we can offer you a class, you need to meet with Lesly. You can either:
a) do a Private Audition or Dialogue Coaching Session — if you’re auditioning and/or working a lot, this is the most convenient option; just call the office at 323 969 9900 to schedule a session, or…
b) attend a Triage* session. These are special classes Lesly holds for those actors who are new to her. You talk about your goals and experience, and work together on material. Les then proposes a course of action for you. If you have studied and she feels LK&Co. is a good fit for you, she will offer you a spot in a Comedy Intensive where you will learn how to approach material using her non-method. If you are new to acting, she will probably suggest our Acting Buffet. We have four different kinds of Triage:
*Triage is defined as “the determination of priorities for action in an emergency.” So during Triage, Lesly tries to figure out what the priorities are in terms of helping you achieve success in your acting career (the emergency) — as quickly as possible.
Gift Certificates are available again this year (i.e., if you want to give someone a Triage or coaching or class, etc., as a gift for the holidays). Just email Jenni at JenniferS@LeslyKahn.com and she’ll take care of you. Or go to the store!
Since I took your triage class 8 days ago, which to me was a miracle, btw… I have booked the lead in a SAG Short film, and booked 2 other roles in 2 films (GREAT material for my reel!). WOW—3 bookings!!!!!!
It had been a mystery why I wasn’t being called back or booking, and in your triage, you told me that “I was all over the place–and emotions were spilling out,” and you were right on the money! I started to notice it EVERYWHERE IN EVERYTHING, EVERY ACTION! And then I saw something, that on the outside, I was being a control freak, dominating my husband and others with wanting things my way in the order I saw was right, when in reality I had no control over my inner experience of life. I had to control the outside so I could hide that I couldn’t control my inside. Does that make sense?? I got something and now have more grip on my inner life and now in acting I am present and my judgements of the other characters are clear and in the moment. I can actually choose to be all over the place as a character choice now — not as an automatic thing.
Bottom line is, Thank God for you and your wisdom. Without it, I may have floundered around more… now I can see a clear pathway to nirvana. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. — JG
Please be advised that as of right now the definition of “bad-ass” in the dictionary will read:
Lesly . . . I feel like I’m re-learning how to act and it’s a little scary. You were so right in our Triage; I get the script and instinctively I know what each moment is and I shape each moment technically and using “actions” that I use to get my intensely- needed-or-else-I’ll-die-previously- decided “objective”. But using thoughts and couch time have helped me to be sooooo much more organic and helped me to get out of my own way. I was called about yesterday’s [TOP TEN SHOW] producer session hours before I went in (normally would have been freaking out), sooo I tried things differently… sat on the couch and read super slow, covered up the page, and wrote and spoke my thoughts!!! Scary thing is Lesly, I can’t tell you what I did in that audition, but I have a pin in me (fourth time this year for that show) so I guess it was good. I guess what I’m asking is how much of using the thoughts can I meld back into my other training? Because in a way I feel a little naked and maybe a smidge less confident in the room without sculpting each moment and writing down, “What my character’s mother’s mother had for breakfast two weeks ago Tuesday”, but I am ALSO waaaaaaaay more freee, more natural, & more imaginative. Any thoughts?
Well, I look at it differently. You can do ANYTHING YOU WANT BEFORE:
B) You asked, “How much of using the thoughts can I meld back into my other training?”
- YOU GO ONSTAGE,
- START THE AUDITION, or
- THEY SAY ACTION.
You can do ANYTHING YOU WANT IN REHEARSAL. Anything that turns you on or helps you. But once:
- YOU GO ONSTAGE,
- START THE AUDITION, or
- THEY SAY ACTION,
ya’ gotta leggo of ALL of it and see. What the fuck. Happens.
So go ahead!
- Have an objective,
- get some actions,
- substitute for everything and
- sense memorize the whole thing! AND
- sit on the couch AND
- read super slow,
- cover up the page,
- write your thoughts,
- say ‘em out loud,
- check for reversals and
- look at the punctuation –
- do everything in the Booked It! Book and
- everything in Mr. Meisner’s book and
- Ms. Hagen’s book and
- Mr. Stanislavski’s book, and
- Ms. Adler’s book and
- Mr. Strasberg’s book and
- Mr. Chekhov’s book and
then THROW IT ALL THE WAY and
- What the fuck.
You try to CONTROL IT? You’re dead.
You try to do ANYTHING you planned? You’re dead.
“Life,” they say, “Is what happens while we’re busy making other plans.”
Your performance is gonna happen no matter what you try to make it.
So you might as well leggo and have a great time doing it.
Reread the Booked It! Book pages on letting go!