Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Patrice Nadler.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lauren. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I grew up in Queens, NY, and I was a kid who had a lot to say. I was always interested in the arts from dancing to playing the drums but finally landed on the desire to be an actor.
I pursued acting for many years, studying under Uta Hogan’s Protégé, Karen Ludwig, amongst others but I did not really understand the business. When that shifted for me, I picked up and moved to Los Angeles. I was an actor with this talent management company in NY, but as I said, I had a lot to say, so I went on board to coach their clients creating a bi-coastal program.
By the time I landed in Los Angeles permanently, I had a foundation to teach and base of students I had coached, who wanted to continue our work together, so I formed Lauren Patrice Nadler Studios. It has consistently grown from there. I now have over 20 years of coaching experience (and plenty of knowledge about the business of acting now, too).
One of my passions is helping actors understand themselves, and the business, as I wish someone had helped me when I was a young struggling actor. Today, I still hear from referrals that I am truly a hidden gem, but I have students working on top projects alongside some of the biggest name actors.
I have a comedy show, “LPNSimprov, Makin’ a Movie with the MaD JACKRaTS” that has run for over four years based on my Improv method, and I am sitting on a couple of scripts that I am developing to direct. One of which I have written as a passion project.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Haha! I am sure you get a chuckle from everyone with this question. Not sure anyone, especially in an artistic field, can say the road is smooth, but the bumps in the road are part of the process. I have certainly had my fair share.
I am a creative, so the addition of technology, something I was never good at in the first place, would be one of those bumps. I have had to focus very hard to learn this (or surround myself with the right people who can help). Several years ago, I was behind others on the technology curve, but I remember I built my first website on my own. It was certainly hindering me not to have a website when it was the norm at that point and not easy to build, but I was so proud, so ya, I am better on the other side of it because of some of these bumps.
Plus, having that website, has been instrumental in some of my special clients finding me. Another struggle is always getting the word out that you are offering this incredible service, which word of mouth still seems to be the most successful way people find me. Its funny to have a successful 20-year studio but still be a “hidden” gem, but again, I can’t complain about the bumps here and there since the road has been amazing!
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am full-service acting school. I have adult and teen classes, with scene study and my improv method and also provide private coaching, both live and Skype, as well as career consultations and taping auditions.
I am known for extracting high-level and authentic performances. Many up and coming stars emerge from my studio with network and streaming TV, Independent Films as well as Studio Pictures. The notes I get back most from industry and casting directors is my students are always authentic and always prepared for anything.
Also, I am very proud of my most recent leg of my studio, the LPNSImprov Show, which is a monthly comedy show I created based on my improv method. The cast is made up of the top tier students from my studio, that have studied with me for several years. I say recent, but we have been running for four and a half years now. For the last two, our home has been Theater 68 in North Hollywood. It’s been very successful and so much fun to do. It is a very unique show, very unforgettable.
What sets me apart from all the acting studios is that I have an equal flare for comedy and drama. Many of my students came to me with little to no experience and truly are now working at very high levels with some of the greatest actors who have ever lived. In addition, I pride myself on being able to refer my students for lots of productions, as well as casting them in what I direct. I consider my students before anybody else as I know and trust their talent and integrity.
I have very little time left after teaching, coaching and the comedy show, but I do have a few directing projects under my belt, but I only take on character-driven pieces that speak to my heart.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I guess I am profoundly aware of my ability to connect with people and create a safe environment. This town can be really tough, I have seen it chew people up and spit them out, and people have a tendency to reinvent themselves when they arrive in Los Angeles too, so it can be tricky to know who to trust. I am pretty intuitive, and a big part of my work and my studio is integrity and keeping it real.
Anyone who shows up at my studio, for the most part, finds almost immediately that they are part of a family. And if I can see this many wonderful people showing up on my doorstep, I know there are more in Los Angeles. You just have to keep a good head on your shoulders and find your community of people. I have found that and I provided that with my studio. This is a very welcoming place.
There is an enormous amount of support, and I am super proud of that. Part of the struggle that people may have in finding an environment like this is that we are not highly commercial. So, when you first arrive in LA, you might fall into some of those scams or gimmicky training. We don’t advertise on billboards ya know, so an article like this and being acknowledged by the community is very helpful.
Finding a place you can really trust and expand your craft, in the most vulnerable of circumstances. I respect the commitment and set a very high bar for my students, and even more so for myself. I believe I am operating from a place of integrity at all times, so I attract those kinds of people.
- For the LPNSImprov show, located in Noho, the tickets are very reasonable and are $17 online, $22 at the door. For more information on tickets, you can go to www.lpnsimprov.com.
- For Lauren Patrice Nadler’s acting school and class prices please check websites laurenpatricenadlerstudios.com
- Website: www.laurenpatricenadlerstudios.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @laurenpatricenadlerstudios; LPNSimprov
- Facebook: @Laurenpatricenadlerstudios, @LPNSImprov
- Twitter: @lpnstudios, @LPNSImprov
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