No matter our skill level as actors, we sometimes need input from a sharp director or coach to empower us in a highly competitive marketplace. By its nature, our fertile reservoir of subconscious images, emotions and experiences needs to be accessed by an outside force before it can realize its full potential, much like oil needs someone to build a well before it can emerge from underneath the ground. Hunter Lee Hughes stresses the importance of an inside-out approach when preparing to work in front of a camera. His private consultations illuminate how your own reservoir of life experiences, thoughts, emotions and beliefs apply to a scene. To learn more about Hunter, read his biography here.
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Personalization is essential for creating truth in a scene and Hunter will not let you get away with anything. He is incredibly resourceful and generous in his approach and creates an atmosphere of trust and support that gives your creativity the freedom it needs to surprise you.”
Hunter’s command of story is an immense asset to the actor. In his directing, I have seen him uncover performances that astound in their illumination of character. His coaching sessions are invigorating in their practicality and challenging in their devotion to truth and specificity. Hunter’s ability to seamlessly couple a performer’s unique skillset with the demands of the story is a rare gift. His varied experience, humanistic approach and vast understanding of archetypes is responsible for a large part of my growth as an actor. I look forward to coaching with him on many projects to come!
Hunter is not so much a director as he is a surgeon. He is brilliant in his instinct and impulse at picking apart the actor’s body of emotion in a completely non-judgmental and trustworthy manner that allows you to be eagerly vulnerable. I have been continuously surprised by the things I have found within, having worked with him twice. He brings out a dangerous performance from all his actors. You don’t know what’s coming next.
The analysis Hunter gave me was essential in helping me approach my story and script in a new way, and his insight and warmth made working together feel less like a straightforward consultation and more like a team effort. I’d highly recommend him to any writer of any experience level.
Emotional honesty has always mattered to me — and Hunter’s weekly coaching helps me deliver it. I feel very lucky I discovered this class. Hunter provides an incredibly supportive environment and at the same time coaches us to reach an extraordinarily high standard. It’s a unique combination and I appreciate the challenge — because I see myself improve in every class.
If you’d like to make arrangements to pay by cash or check, please email Hunter@StoryAtlas.com.