OPEN CITY ACTING STUDIO TESTIMONIALS
WHAT OPEN CITY STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Wade Allain Marcus
"Victor makes acting feel exciting, playful and serious all in the same breath. He’s pushed me out of my comfort zone; spotted the tricks and crutches I used in the past and expanded my toolbox for crafting a performance. His love and energy for the work is infectious. For anyone committed to enriching their connection to the art of acting, Victor Villar-Hauser is the teacher for you."
"It's very rare to find a coach like Alani, and I've been lucky enough to train one on one with him since moving to Los Angeles last year. His uncanny ability to disarm a script mixed with his sharp and embolden vision for character choices allow actors to drop into scenes and truly make them their own. I credit [Alani] with re-igniting my creative spirit and giving me the artistic choices to play with characters and remember WHY I love acting. He's given me the freedom to be a true artist as well as the passion to put 100% of myself into my craft. I love working with him for auditions but on deeper level in scene study and body work. [Alani] has the skill, the heart and the expertise to help move actors to the next level of their craft and is as good as it gets."
"I couldn’t imagine my journey into becoming a professional actor in Los Angeles without Victor. From classes to audition coachings to masterminding for roles already booked; Victors talent has been integral to the unlocking of my own talents. His passion for what he does is bar none and it continues to inspire the revelation of just how high mine can be. He is always able to somehow see things from an angle that I haven’t considered, and add clarity to those that I have. It isn’t often that you are able to see yourself in a teacher and when you do, you are being educated while also being affirmed. Having come from a New York with a theatre mindset on acting, I was nervous about LA and what initially seemed to be a lack of emphasis on the process of creating from that state of mind. With Victors approach to class I’ve found a container to approach scenes with the same intensity that would be used for full length plays, and this type of examination has been the game changer in tv and film. Not to mention how helpful it has been to actually booking work. His consistency has me showing up to set with extra confidence and ready for anything a director can throw at me."
"The work I have done and continue to do with Victor has profoundly impacted me in three realms. The realm of me as an artist. The realm of me as a professional. The realm of me personally. Within the realm of me as an artist, the work has been profound. When I came to Victor I had a wonderful solid foundation, but I was flabby and could only call myself an actor. Victor immediately assessed the blocks that were holding me back and constantly and relentlessly challenges me to move further along the spectrum of fan to master. With immense compassion and care, I am confident that I am moving closer to becoming a master of this craft and can call myself an artist. Within the realm of me as a professional, the work has been crucial. Working on a set whether as a co-star of a TV show or the lead of a film brings about so many distractions that impact you and your ability to do the work, and that is before you even start acting. Victor has taught me that preparation is my armor. Being as prepared as I am for every episode while doing our work allows me to navigate all of the traps on a set so I can focus on the work and do what I love to do freely and autonomously. Within the realm of me as a person, the work has been unexpected and rich. There is no way to do this work without learning about yourself and growing. Challenging myself to be as vulnerable and bring that to my work causes me to explore what resistance exists and why. Victor is simply one of the most important, impactful, and valuable teachers I have and will have. One I am excited to work with for the rest of my life and one I could not recommend more. If you are willing to challenge yourself and work, Victor will guide you well!"