"I have taken all kinds of Acting classes throughout my life, including a Semester at Stella Adler's and intensive workshop in London. In two days of working with Eric, I understood, for the first time,what an acting technique should look like. And how to use it. I feel as though I've been shown the Secret of Success, and I can't wait to apply it. If you're serious about acting, it's definitely worth the money. I've found my Acting coach!!
Impact was tremendous, as in Life changing. As in getting the essence of acting. I loved your teaching about space, and how to use it. I also just as much felt you gave me the technique I was missing to get to stuck emotions, and releasing them. Essential to relaxing and playing, (the heart of acting)
Katherine Johann. Professional Actor, WA, USA
"Eric: I am getting more and more excited about this as well as ready to get on board with the grander scheme of submitting myself to agents and for acting roles. But more importantly, I want to thank you. I know that I am on a path that is starting to grow stronger and stronger, and based on my present structure balancing my business life with my artistic life, I realize that it might take me a little longer to further my artistic process - however my commitment has not faltered - in fact I become more and more encouraged and receiving the email you just sent is so much appreciated and meaningful and I want to thank you for that. And I truly want you to know how much I appreciate you and your coaching and how much you put in to the process - thank you so much for saying the things you did - it is so wonderful to know that I have a partner with whom to work with as I forge my future. -Dennis Kleinman, March 2004
"Eric, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy class! I just wanted to tell you how much your coaching/training has moved me to really want to "show up" and you are the reason for that, so I thank you for your candidness and your sincerity with everything that you have and will continue to teach me! Funny, because I am still unable to see how you were able to find humor in some of life's toughest moments, but I guess that will be another discussion when I have a couple of years of your coaching under my belt! All the best." - Bart Zeller. Actor, Los Angles, CA
"Great coaching! I landed a three year contract on One Life to Live..." Suzanne Carrington, One Life to Live."
"Just at the audit with Eric Stone I had amazing breakthroughs. I discovered things about my talents and abilities that I didn't even know existed. I got more out of your audit than I did out of 5 months training with my previous coach. Thank you, I can't wait to start!" Mike G.
"This approach & style is truly unique." Lawrence G.
"I became a working actor!"
"I love the positive atmosphere & the openness..."
"I'm free to develop my own approach to acting..."
"My kids love it!"
"This technique really works!"
"I love the honesty of the coaching..."
"I book jobs as a direct result of this coaching..."
"They have taught me the language of acting & given me a technique..."
"I finally know what I'm doing at auditions..."
"They give you tangible tools not theories..."
"Eric is awesome, a totally positive and invigorating force!"
"This training is practical, effective and brings many disciplines together...Eric is a great coach and I, a working actor."
"I am learning to take this craft seriously and I am developing a scientific attitude on how to do it...out of it I booked my first commercial and a play!"
"Eric always gives you something more to work on...I love the positive attitude and the nurturing!"
"This training is productive, positive and nurturing...I love it!"
"This approach is organic & respectful of the craft...I'm now pursuing something tangible...Eric impresses me as coach and person! Many thanks!"
"I truly feel better about myself...I'm more consistent in relating on stage and character work...this is an open, honest and complete approach to the craft of acting!"
"I'm learning to be bold & take chances...I can now grasp the tangible aspect of this craft..."
"I'm so jazzed about this class...I appreciate the support & enthusiasm."
"It's great to get to know yourself & learn how to express your innermost feelings!"
"They know what they're talking about & are true to what they're saying!"
"I'm incredibly more focused and I now love to participate on camera & in life..."
"I'm learning to identify what sets me apart as an actress...as a result I'm working!"
"The coaching deals with people as individuals-it's safe to make mistakes-the tools are solid and when I use them they make a big difference!"
"This training is concise in expressing ways to improve...After my second class I already feel tremendous growth...I'm happy about my choice to study at the Eric Stone Studio!"
"They're more concerned with results than following a "method"...I place high value on this training because of the care, nurturing and attention to the individual!"
"I love the positive atmosphere...I can develop my own approach to acting!"
"This training is varied, deep, profound and helpful!"
"Positive! Eric is a remarkably positive and instinctive coach!"
"I've gain tremendous freedom to be myself and try new things...my auditioning has vastly improved!"
"This training is wonderful..... Thank you!"
"It's different than any other training I've taken, there's a real objective to each class!"
"I Just wanted to say how motivated and energized I still am from the exercises and motivating interactions. I think I'm already perceiving positive changes in my outward persona and feel as though I've only begun to see what I am capable of. You're a wondrous coach Eric and I feel really lucky to have signed up with the studio. Thank you so much for your encouragement!I see myself more clearly and truthfully. I have a positive attitude towards my career. Studying with Eric is helping me accomplish what I want. I got more in touch with myself. I am opening up my creative instincts and learning how to channel my feelings. I am learning great techniques and skills to get in touch with my emotions. I now know what makes me special. I am able to relax and work in a relaxed way. I am acting from what my partner is giving me not from something I've planned.
42% say...I am learning tools to act and how to produce results. I am learning & understanding what acting really is. I am gaining a solid knowledge of cold reading technique. I approach acting with a tangible method. I possess a better awareness and appreciation of acting as a doable craft. I learned new and important techniques and skills. I have a better eye to observe people's feelings, behavior and why they react the way they do. I am experimenting and learning how to develop characters. I am having a good time learning the craft. I have a much clearer sense of how I'm seen by others. I am learning to be real. I am learning how to apply what I learn. I am learning what I need to work on the most. I have a deeper understanding of the various acting techniques. I now appreciate acting as a craft.
WHAT SPECIFIC RESULTS DID YOU ACCOMPLISH SINCE YOU STARTED TRAINING AT THE STUDIO?
67% say they get roles in film, television, commercials & other projects where they did not prior to studying here.
33% of the actors surveyed got an agent and/or a manager where they had none before. The same report having regular call-backs for roles where they did not before.
WHAT IN YOUR OPINION MAKES THIS COACHING REALLY UNIQUE?
64% say...personal input and individualized coaching, constructive criticism, patience, subtlety, the coach is real, no nonsense approach, from the heart, honesty and genuine care and diligence for students, positive attitude, working with great people and a great coach, teacher's dedication and encouragement, the teacher's love of acting, professional attitude, not being forced into a mold, tangible method, I feel like I am developing at my own pace and working on my own technique.
36% say...practical, eclectic, relaxed, fun and positive atmosphere to learn in, valuable insights, sensitivity to my needs, I am being trained by a professional, varied and interesting classes, time for a lot of important areas of an actor's technique such as improvisation, cold reading, relaxation, scene work and special individual presentations, experienced coach and grasp of key techniques and concepts by coach, coach real and clear, there's a real objective to each class, the coaching makes a lot of sense, the approach is clear, every class I take something tangible home with me.
Surveys are conducted once a year since 1989. All students enrolled at the Studio participate voluntarily in these surveys.