" Kimberly Graham is a phenominal teacher, and truly cares about her students. She is a caring and passionate advocate for actors, and incredible casting director, a kind person, and very honest in her teaching approach. Her insight into the business is tremendous and invaluable. My students are lucky to learn from her. She is one of the best teachers around. " ~ Matt Newton, owner of MN Acting Studios and Backstage contributor
" I have hired Kimberly to teach numerous classes for me during my tenure as Director of Education and Events at Backstage and have every intention to continue to do so with Actors Launchpad. Kimberly has a well-earned reputation as being a favorite on-camera coach among actors in New York City. Her insightful input is invaluable to actors that are trying to fine-tune both their on-camera performance and audition techniques. There is always a wait list to work with her, because the word is out the Kimberly helps you be better at what you do as an actor." ~Tom Lapke
"Kimberly has been a guest instructor at the Industry workshops I host. It is clear how much she respects and cares for actors. She has a great eye and her critiques are spot on. Each actor came away with a better knowledge of how to apply their craft after working with her." ~John Howard Swain, Director,Instructor and Author of The Science & Art of Commercial Acting and The Science & Art of Film Acting
"Kimberly Graham is an extraordinary coach! Here knowledge of the industry as well as the craft is so valuable to the students she works with. You walk away from one of her workshops being inspired as well as equipted to grow as an actor. I brough her in to work with my students and the experience for me as well as them will never be forgotten. On a personal note, Kimberly is such a beautiful human being and that commitment and passion for what she does spills over into all areas of her life." ~Cindy Hogan, The A.C.T.I.N.G. Coach
"Kimberly is the real deal. She gives our students tangible and actionable insights to push them to the next level in their castings." ~Ralph Kinnard, Director and Owner of Miami Acting Studio
"Most of my actors are international professionals with agents and managers from vastly different cultures; France, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Kimberly Graham immediately gained their trust and respect. Her experience along with her ability to listen and give precise advice won their hearts. She is blunt and to the point-giving actors exact adjustments to consider. Its no easy task coaching the United Nations of actors, but Kimberly Graham has the unique ability to reach the soul of an actor."
~Charles Weinstein FilmActingParis
"Kimberly is an amazing instructor. She taught both a youth class and an adult class at Scene-1 in DC. She was great with the kids and they learned a lot from her. She spoke to them in a way they could really understand, making both the kids and the parents very pleased.
The adult class was amazing. Every review we received about the workshop praised her and her knowledge of the industry and casting. She was able to help people understand how to break down scripts and how to deliver to camera. Being in the casting profession is one thing, but being able to help actors understand it, and instruct them on how to really hone their craft and bring their best performance at an audition is another. We even had 2 actors drive 4 hours to attend the class as her reputation as a great instructor preceeded her. She spent extra time with people at the end of the class who had questions and she was incredibly helpful. We can't wait to have Kimberly return to DC for another amazing workshop" ~ Barbara Scheeler, Owner of Scene 1
Here's what the students are saying...
"You are one of the most fun,hardworking and inspiring acting coaches I've ever worked with. Besides focusing on the work, you are generally interested in getting to know someone personally. I felt safe and supported by you. You reminded me that I am enough and have something to offer in the audition room." Rebecca W.
"Just wanted to send you a thank you note and say how wonderful it was to meet you. I don't think I've ever had so much fun at an intensive than I did working with you. Your energy is amazing and I felt so welcomed and comfortable in the room." Shannon K.
"We really appreciated you taking the time for the workshops here in LA. It was truly a masterclass and we felt so safe with our choices. I think we've started a petition for your return" Aubrey M.
"I cannot tell you how valuable your class has been. Thank you for changing the way I audition." Amelia Mathews
"Danke for this really fun and safe place you created to allow myself to work on my craft and have fun doing it." Clarissa Hoffmann
"Last night was amazing! I have to say-and I'm not one to blow smoke-your workshop has to be one the most informative and fun classes I've taken since my return to acting. Thank you!" Chris Sprague Theobald
" I wanted you to know that since taking your on camera class, I have booked work. I thought things really started happening soon after your class.For starters, I just feel 100% more comfortable than I ever have and that is a testament to the different activities you had us do. I cannot wait to work with you again. You are an on-camera afficionado!" Adam Feingold
"I truly enjoyed the class. Your respect, experience, intelligence and creativity made the whole class wonderful for me." Tom P.
"You are awesome! Why? You are naturally funny and effortlessly put us at ease. Your class setting allowed us all to learn and relearn our craft. All the best from LA and thanks again for sharing your time and wisdom." Stephanie-LA
"I have never done any on camera work before and you made me feel so comfortable and gave amazing advice and feedback. I really appreciated it." Rachel W.
"Thank you so much for your time and wisdom at our workshop. It was such an honor to work with you. Not only was your workshop extremely constructive, it was the highlight of my weekend." Lillian P.
"Thank you so much for your time and words of wisdom. I absolutely LOVED your class.It was amazing to get up there and play in the space, focus on relationship, and listen. You were so fun to work with."
"Thank you so much for teaching such an inspirational class. I found your comments so generous and insightful, especially my favorite take away of the night: You don't get to pick and choose in this career. You have to be ALL in."
Sarah Dacey Charles
"It was an absolute pleasure meeting you this past October. I am writing to thank you for giving a quality workshop with valuable insights that I can use in future on-camera auditions. I especially enjoyed being challenged by going off the script and putting my improv training to use. The exercise really made me aware of the importance of listening and letting go of my idea as to how the scene should play out."
"Thank you so much for a GREAT class!
It was informative and very helpful, but most of all: FUN!
You created a very laid back atmosphere that helped us actors relax and discover new areas in our work.
I especially liked the 'improv' part of the class -
and now I actually look forward to an audition that asks me to do that, instead of worrying on 'what is expected' of me in those improv situations."
" I really enjoyed Kimberly Graham's Film Intensive class.The class size was small so you really get lots of opportunity to work.Kimberly gives great feedback that is nuturing but honest. I really learned alot about auditioning for film/tv in her class and have had 2 callbacks and 1 booking since! She puts you at ease,which isn't always easy in a CD's class because you feel you have to perform at your best. But she gets that out of the way in the beginning by telling us to relax and we're there to learn. I would highly recommend this class to any actor who wants to improve their film/tv auditioning skills."
"As a professional for over @#%* years I have this real aversion when it comes to paying an organization to "meet and greet" casting directors and agents.However my personal network led me to Paul Michaels of The Network, and for whatever reason I plunked down tuition for Kimberly Graham's voice over "class", a fairly new arena for me.Well, for those of you wondering if it's worth it? It is sooooo worth it.Not only does this woman have an excellent directorial ability, she can also "cast" her copy with a keen eye that immediately helps her students focus his/her strengths.And if the business end of the v/o side wasn't enough, she has us hysterical with her off the cuff humor.Thank you Kim! You're an amazing teacher!"
" Thank you so much for being an amazing teacher! Your class was informative,interesting and FUN! it was a pleasure to experience your expertise and talent.Thank you for your insights and honesty. I learned so much!
" I just wanted to thank you for a really great class. Your feedback was honest and practical. Your direction was specific and actionable. And, most of all, it was so much fun."
" I just wanted to say I loved your commercial voice over class. Definitely looking forward to taking another v/o class with you."
Greg Oliver Bodine
"I wanted to say thank you again for holding the on camera class. I have learned a lot and plan on taking the next class when you have it.I recommend everyone and anyone that has interest in performing on camera to take your class at least once. You learn so much and have fun while learning! Great job as always."
"Loved the class and will be highly recommending it to my actor friends"
"It was great being a part of your class. I was able to watch each scene and, definitely, saw the stakes being raised when we put the scene on its feet. I look forward to working with you again. Oh, and I've been spreading the word about you and your style - great stuff, all."
"You are a spectacular teacher.I learned much.Thanks."
"Just wanted to reach out to say thanks for such a productive class this past month. Going back and re-listening to all the samples, it was really fantastic to hear the progress. Your feedback was so helpful, and I will be sure to spread the word to everyone I know looking for a good teacher."
"Kim's professional and unbelievably compassionate style of teaching gets the absolute best out of every student.As an actor, this is exactly what you need.You learn and advance every single time, and she makes it so much fun while you're doing it.One of the best teachers in town."
"First of all,the course was terrific! I have never been in a VO course before where the teacher was so insightful, and got such a good grasp as to who each of the students were, and so quickly. Good for you!"
" The best three adjectives to describe Kim's class are warm,rich and inviting. Kim has an outstanding eye for all levels of acting abilities. I was greatly impressed with how quickly Kim adjusted her critiques in a way that made the actors feel like they were able to understand the tricks and trades of acting even more.Another impressive quality in Kim's class I noticed right away was the confident, friendly atmosphere she conducts in her class. That is why I am so proud to say her class is a MUST for all actors!
"The first thing I felt when I met Kimberly at a seminar was her warmth and compassion. Once we got down to busy,immediately she was right on with her direction. I knew then that I would continue to take classes with her. She gets "it" out of you, and as most of you know, sometimes that can take awhile, but she also has the patience and where with all to take you another way or have you try something totally different. She's gonna get it out of you. :) And she knows the business from both sides. Kimberly is someone that I will continue to see for training. She is also a very regular, nice person and very funny."
"Kim is a great teacher. Personally, I went to her class ( I still go actually) with mostly stage training and experience. With her knowledge and experience, she is able to work with actors of all levels and backgrounds. She guides each actor to bring out their best, sharpest and most compelling performance AND she is very funny, to boot! Her class is a great investment for any actor looking to transition to film and tv work, or for that matter, anyone looking to sharpen their skills!"
"Kimberly Graham has all of the qualities you would want in a teacher. She is incredibly patient and encouraging. She can point out right away what it is about each student that can make them a truthful actor, and compelling on camera. And she has high standards and expects the best out of everyone. I highly recommend her on camera class to any film actor looking to improve their skills."
"I only have positive things to say about my experience in Kimberly Graham's on camera acting class.She is incredibly down to earth and immediately put our group at ease with her great sense of humor.She makes actors feel comfortable, which takes away a lot of the slef imposed pressure. It is the perfect environment to shake off any nervous energy and just "go for it". Kimberly wants actors to do well and gives constructive, honest feedback in a way that is encouraging.I was impressed to see how invested she was in each individual, and it helped to hear the different notes that she gave each person. I will definitely be taking her class again!"
"I have taken several classes with Kimberly Graham and have found her to be very intuitive with regard to what needs fixing in your performance and also incredibly supportive. She gets right to the point and expects you to rise to the challenge and I have noticed that this approach seems to work at their own pace and you always see a vast improvement. I highly recommend Kim's class. She is terrific.
"I have had the privilege to take voice over classes with Kim and I was not disappointed. Kim is really great at pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses and working to enhance or eliminate them respectively. You will be met with a very supportive environment and leave with a better understanding of how to use your talents. I could not recommend her any higher! Thank you Kim!
"I started taking voice over classes with Kimberly Graham 2 years ago. Her instruction was on point and easy to follow.Her expertise is in my opinion, unparalleled.After taking class with Kim, I booked several aducational DVD's and commercials. I would recommend Kim to anyone who is starting out in voiceovers, or those students that have reached a plateau in their voice over career and are looking to get to the next level."
"Kimberly Graham is so patient, yet effective in getting what she needs from an actor for their best possible audition. After taking her class I felt more confident in my on-camera auditions and have had other casting directors comment on my ease and commitment. She also will challenge you to better yourself and take those risks we sometimes are afraid to take. Kimberly has also called me in for actual auditions she was casting...so you know she never forgets you, which is very exciting!"
"I loved your class! You provided valuable insight to everyone who performed and maintained a levity which not only made every day fun, but enabled some really impressive learning. I can't wait to work with you again!"
"Kimberly Graham really understands the fundamental details of what a casting director is looking for. Her knowledge and insight is incredibly helpful to an actor on any level, and on top of that,she is a joy to work with.Taking her class will really refine your path when it comes to the do's and dont's of auditioning on camera, and overall, really make you a better actor. She challenges you, but always with a smile. Thanks a ton, Kim!"
"Kimberly Graham is a fantastic acting coach and a pleasure to work with. I have learned so much from her. She is honest,direct and has great insight. Kimberly gives you practical tools that increase your chances of booking a film or tv role. I highly recommend her class.
"Not only was the class with Kimberly fun, it was extremely helpful in learning the do's and dont's of auditioning on camera for film and tv. Her comments were inciteful and she knew exactly what was good and bad about how I handled myself in front of the camera. Being a theater trained actor I had a tendency to be too big and she told me how to tone down and be more real in front of the camera.Kimberly is a giving person and only wants to help her students learn and improve. Take a class with Kimberly and you won't regret it."
"Thank you so much for not giving us only practical advice-but also in a sense-empowering advice about acting and auditioning. If you truly know yourself, accept yourself and support yourself-as your best friend would do-you will give the best performances. " Give a shit... but don't give a shit" :) Life is too short. Big Kudos!
"Kimberly's advice on how to make my performance more honest and clear was invaluable. Because she uses very high quality equipment, it's also easy to see what she means. Through her precise coaching and direction, Kimberly was able to bring out my best performance. The group time has a very "ensemble" type feeling as Kimberly knows how to set a positive and appropriately critical--yet uplifting--tone. You can tell Kimberly truly cares about your progress as an actor. Furthermore, as far as a value for a class--you can be guaranteed your money is well spent."
"I love going to Kimberly's class.It's such a collaborative and safe learning environment. She is wonderful at helping breakdown a scene/script in a way that makes perfect sense.Kim gives honest feedback and direction tailored to what stage you are in your career and pushes you to go further. She is highly recommended!"
"Kimberly was fabulous! She takes the time to show you how many choices you have to make and how many layers you must have before you are ready for a big audition.She talks like an actor."
"Kimberly changed the way I approach auditioning.I'm decisive and confident in my choices. I feel relaxed and I'm ready to go in and OWN it! Her feedback and insight is top notch.She truly helps you understand exactly what casting directors are looking for during an audition.
Thank you Kimberly!"
I found Kimberly's Master Class extremely helpful.She really taught me a lot about how far I could go during an on camera emotional scene.I had been holding back before for fear of being "too big" and now I'm confident about what I need to do to be affective and real.
"I learned so much about myself and from watching my classmates make great adjustments.For me to actually see and analyze myself on camera was invaluable.It's so helpful to see my habits, the way I take direction, how I come across on camera.Kimberly's direction is straightforward and very effective.I feel I have a much clearer understanding of the audition process and what casting directors are looking for."
"Kimberly is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is very much an actor's casting director. Her wit and sense of humor deliver the necessary messages the actor needs to hear in a very supportive and direct way. I personally left encouraged and motivated after every workshop. Favorite Casting Director in NY!"
"The biggest lesson I learned from Kim's class is how to go the "extra mile" when analyzing my script and then incorporating that understanding into my performance. As a result, the number of my job bookings and callbacks has increased enormously."
"There are a lot of on camera classes in this city, but I'm telling you, any actor out there scraping the bottom of the barrel ought to invest in Kimberly's class only. Her feedback is specific to you,it's constructive and simple, inspiring and effective.Her experience as an artist puts her right in your shoes, and the result is a lesson in acting,career, even life that you can't possibly forget. Go!"
Jennifer Angela Bishop
"Taking the class with Kimberly was wonderful...she really showed me what I was doing incorrectly and adjusted it right away for me.Walking out of that class, I felt much better about my skills and more confident for the next audition."
"Immediately after taking Kimberly's class I raved to my acting coach about it.She is well versed in acting terminology and can see what we are thinking and doing and explain her adjustments very clearly.Kimberly is also very friendly and down to earth. And there is one on one time focused on you and what you need.