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Acting Studio

West Hollywood, CA

- Acting Classes - West Hollywood Studio and Online
- Audition Coaching + Self Taping
- Demo Reel Editing + Creation
- Original Content Creation

- Headshot Photography


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In all of Los Angeles, you will be hard pressed to find an artist more driven and passionate about his craft than James Huang. I've had the pleasure of working with James on a number of occasions and his professionalism and positive nature is always refreshing and inspiring. He is a talented and commanding actor, an athletic and adventurous stuntman, and a prolific and promising screenwriter. Not only would I recommend working with him, I would also encourage you to watch anything that he is in, as I guarantee that you will be in for a treat.

- Feodor Chin (Lead on Overwatch, Jane the Virgin, Big Little Lies)

About us


Director - James Huang

I’ve had a number of fine teachers over the last 27 years in acting, filmmaking, photography, and visual arts. While all of them were qualified teachers with something to offer, not all of them were kind, and not all of them had practical working experience. I aim to be a guide who is kind to actors and brings real world knowledge and diverse work experience to the classroom. I want to provide other actors with excellence whether it be in teaching or through the digital video and photo services we offer to thrive in this business. Whenever I’m not on camera, I can be found holding one and taking photographs or filming video; otherwise, I'm editing or writing. I’ve never worked outside of this business and I’ve dedicated my life to this craft. As a father with two small boys, I’m very interested in slowing down a little bit after more than two decades of deadlines and high-stress demands of directing and producing, so I can focus on the finer things in life like being a dad and coaching actors. I love working with actors and I'd be honored to work with you.


Experience

I first trained in Theater Arts and Cinema Studies at Rutgers University where I learned a broad scope of directing, writing, acting and stagecraft as well as studying film theory, screenwriting, and film history. I extended my theatrical training at the William Esper studio in NYC and performing daily for over a year with The George Street Playhouse and other regional theaters before moving to Hollywood. I continued my studies relentlessly with top studio teachers over the next decade, honing my training in film acting with a strong emphasis on script analysis. Since beginning my acting career in theater I have over 40 studio film & T.V. credits, over 40 television commercials, and countless indie film projects. My handful of stunts and stage combat work is an extension of my 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. I have worked as a director in film and T.V. with networks like MTV, VH-1, WETV, MSNBC, and Apple. I’ve shot and edited commercial content with media giants Ogilvy, Sony, and many other companies throughout the years. I most recently completed the 10-class UCLA Extension program for Photography.


Honors

I’ve been cast in several recurring roles on T.V. and won an award for best actor by the Stay Tuned TV awards. As a filmmaker, my feature film Starting from Scratch which I wrote, directed, edited and starred in, won several festival awards including best film at the DisOrient Film Festival, and both Best Acting Ensemble & Best Editing at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase. My short action film Fail/Safe won best short at the Urban Action Showcase Festival. A comedic short of ours Chinese Hi-Five is currently on Youtube with over 20 million views and counting. I won the prestigious Prism Award for my work directing for the MTV Documentary Series True Life. Awards are nice, but it’s the work we love. Right?

" James Huang is fantastic! He loves & respects actors and firmly believes that your reel should be of the highest quality, and serve you in the advancement of your career. I am so impressed with the quality of my new reel. And, it only took him a matter of DAYS...yes DAYS. Now, I have a reel that is high quality and can be easily added to as I book more work. I cannot recommend James enough. You are doing yourself and your career a big favor when you work with James Huang." - Dwana White (The Middle, Private Practice, E.R.)

Elizabeth Sandy - Director

I have a Bachelor of Arts - Professional Writing with a major in script writing and am also a graduate of the prestigious National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne. I have been acting professionally for 20+ years both in my homeland, Australia and second home Los Angeles and have worked extensively in theatre, film, television and improv shows across Australia, the US and Asia.


I am always looking for new ways to extend my art and over the last few years, have branched out into producing and directing. I love the way actor’s tick and welcome the chance to collaborate with them, whether it be acting alongside them in a scene, directing them for a project or even reading with them for a self tape. I think it’s important for an actor to have an ongoing curiosity for the world and a passion for the work, which is why I believe taking class is so important. I also believe actors should be generous with each other and share our skills, our knowledge, so that we can all continue to evolve as artists and people.

Acting Classes


Studio Class, Private Coaching, Online Zoom

(Currently Enrolling!)


My teaching approach is a 50/50 combination of acting coach and director. When we rehearse a scene, I coach the actor, both seasoned and new, through the beats and script analysis. Then when we film, I work with the actor as a director would on set and nuance the performance for camera. My class is audition prep, scene study, and the practical application and process of film acting. I will help the actor refine their craft while developing the technical and practical skillset required to audition successfully and develop their best working habits for working on a professional film & T.V. set.


Being an actor is no different to being an athlete, a musician, a comedian or any artist; you must practice your talent to be prepared the moment an opportunity arrives. At every level, refining your skill and nurturing your talent is an ongoing journey for ones entire acting career. The immediate feedback of the video playback is a vital teaching tool no matter how uncomfortable one may feel when watching oneself on screen. This is film acting.

CLASS INFO

Audition Coaching + Self Tapes


The process of auditions and self tapes are similar to my on camera class which entails rehearsal with strong script analysis and ultimately giving a nuanced performance for camera. We work until you're satisfied and the audition is ready to submit. I keep my rates low to encourage repeat clients because I know how expensive it can be when regularly auditioning.

Self tapes at home studio in Bevelry Hills

RATE SHEET

“With James’s knowledge as a Director, he’s able to guide your performance and bring out the best results as an actor. He doesn’t rush the moment but takes the time to go in depth of the scene & character.” - Caroline Choi (Recurring on Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy, The Fix, Marriage Retreat, Sons of Anarchy)


“James is the rock star of audition coaches! He always knows the purpose of the character and scene in the script and gives you enough space and inspiration to get noticed for a unique performance.”

– Louisa Kendrick (Seven Pounds, Dirty Sexy Money, Medium)

Demo Reels Edit + Creation


Since 2010, we have provided many working actors with demo reel editing with the fastest turnaround times and the least expensive rates. If you need footage to suit your reel, we create beautifully shot original scenes for you to shine and showcase your best work. Winner of the Independent Filmmakers Showcase Award for Best Editing.

Demo Reel Editing

Up to four clips - $150

Up to six clips - $200

Up to eight clips - $250

Updating or swapping single clips - $20


Demo Reel Creation

Monologues - $50

1 min scenes w/ partner - $200

2 x 1 min scenes w/ partner - $350

3 x 1 min scenes w/ partner - $450

Editing new demo scene(s) with old reel - $20

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"James is lightning fast as a demo reels editor and he produces polished and professional work. He also went far above and beyond the call of duty by helping me get an episode of a show that's no longer on the air. I had exhausted every other way of getting it... he got it done! " - Nadine Ellis (Lead actor on Let's Stay Together, Tropic Thunder, Hairspray! Reno 911!)

Headshot Photography


James is a Graduate of the 10 class UCLA Extension certificate in Photography. IG: @1JamesHuangPhoto

*Includes retouching on final selected shot(s)

1 look or Character headshot - $150 (1 retouch)

2 look editorial shoot - $290 (2 retouches)

3 look headshots - $400 (3 retouches)

Additional retouching - $15 per photo

*Hair and make-up additional upon request

"James Huang is a true professional. As an actor, director and writer himself, He has incredible instincts with timing. With the help of his editing skills, he managed to bump my acting performance up a notch; I was so impressed and very pleasantly surprised! If you need an acting reel, James is a no brainer; you will not be disappointed!"

- Sadie Alexandru, Actor (Recurring on Mad Men & The Fosters)


"It was great working with James. He shot a scene for my reel in an afternoon and had it back to me in a couple days. When I requested some editing changes, he had them for me with in 24 hours. He is super flexible, talented and gave me a great product. Will definitely work with him again! "

- Liz McGeever (Preacher, Homeland, Nashville)

Original Content Creation


We have created original content such as award winning short films, viral web videos and sketches, corporate branded content, personal showcase reels as well as spec trailers, fight scenes, proof of concept films and commercials. We have produced our own award winning feature film and consulted and helped produce a number of colleagues films.

If you dream it, we can film and edit it.

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Contact us when you have a script and a budget. From there, we bring your dream to the screen.

“I worked with James on several short film and sketch projects that turned out phenomenally. James is easy and fun to work with, and the quality of work is professional and turn-around is super fast.”

- Katie Wilbert (Comedy Central, Fox Sports)


"A professional reel is essential if you want to be taken seriously. James is a seasoned actor so he really gets it. He’s fast, thorough, and a great guy. I got a handful of agent meetings with the reel he cut for me and could not be more grateful for his expertise."

- Jonathan Baron, (True Blood, The Duff, The Mentalist)


"James is amazing at creating high quality, professional reels. He's fast, easy to work with, and incredibly talented."

- Lindsey Sporrer (Vegas, Nashville, Some Kind of Beautiful, Blue Mountain State)

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Samples


Our partner websites

Films www.YellowSunFilms.com

Demo Reels Showcase on Vimeo.com

Photography IG: @1JamesHuangPhoto

"When I asked James to shoot a scene for my reel I thought I was mostly getting a camera and sound and lighting equipment, along with someone who hopefully knew how to use them. What I got was a highly professional, friendly, and efficient shoot with a great director who invested himself in the material and pulled an honest performance out of me! Not to mention I got my wonderfully edited footage the next night! James took the time on set to analyze the material with me and direct me. He takes pride in these reels, and it shows!"

- Adi Ben Ami (CSI: Cyber, The Scaries)

RATES SHEET

“James and I have been collaborating for a long time. He is an excellent teacher and so easy to work with. If you bring in good ideas he will help you make them better. With decades of industry experience I always feel comfortable knowing that I’m getting great advice that will actually better my performance." - Brent Popolizio (9-1-1, Lady Dynamite, Jane The Virgin, Lead voice on Clarence)

Studio Acting Class


*We are now offering discounted online Zoom classes for actors all over the world. Private and group classes available!*


Whenever I wasn’t training or working as an actor, I was making films, directing for television, or working as an editor. I utilize all the knowledge I’ve amassed from screenwriting, directing, editing, and producing to inform the actors choices. I teach acting with a fully realized approach to the entire body of work beginning with script analysis all the way to coaching the actor for the camera with a discerning director and editors eye.

- James Huang


Some Information:

  • A 3 hour class will typically consist of about 6 actors work.
  • Actors bring in their own scenes each week but I can assign if you need. Bring current or recent auditions, or roles you want to be cast as.
  • On Camera Studio Classes: Camera is framed like an audition on a single actor in a medium close up. You can download all your footage after each class with your USB stick or SD Card.
  • Actors will serve as off camera readers for each other.
  • 4 Weekly classes per month.


Some housekeeping rules:

  • The time and work place is sacred. There is no judgment or criticism about the work in progress. All classrooms must be a safe space for growth. Respect your fellow students. No gossip or unproductive criticism will be tolerated.
  • Actors will stay for the duration of the class unless previously discussed. Watching your fellow classmates is a huge part of learning as their notes are your notes.
  • No checking phones during class. There will be a half-way break for this.
  • On time means at least 5 minutes early. Please respect your fellow actors and be on time

Calendar


Check class schedules regularly

for holidays and exceptions

Due to Covid-19 our studio classes are currently suspended until we are able to resume safely.


We have moved all classes and tutorials to on-line ZOOM classes and are currently teaching group/ private classes as well as audition coaching. Please contact us to set up a consultation or to enroll for steep discounted rates.

(See rates and contact submission form below)


WeHo Studio: 7551 Melrose Ave. Studio C

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(Renting at the beautiful Anthony Gilardi Studio)

Contact


Send us a message for inquiries about any of our services:

- ACTING CLASSES (Studio and Online)

- Audition Coaching + Self Taping

- Demo Reel Editing + Creation

- Original Content Creation

- Headshot Photography

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Self Tapes + Photos at home studio in Beverly Hills, CA

Rates


Studio Acting Classes

Classroom (Ongoing)

6 - 10 Actors / 3 hour class

Due 1st class per month

4 classes monthly

$180

Audition Coaching

+ Self Taping

Co- Stars + Under 5’s

$30

Short Films + Web series

$35

Guest Stars

$40

Film Roles

$50


Home Studio Rates

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(50% off online Zoom)

Private Acting Coaching

1 hour

$75 ($40 online)

Coaching with partner

1 hour

$60 each x2 ($30 each online)


Original Content Creation

Cinema camera, basic sound + lighting gear, direction, editing provided by us. Hiring additional crew, hair/ make-up, wardrobe locations are extra line item costs.


Filmed internet sketches start at

$500

Short Films for festivals start at

$800