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Kristina – 4 time Telly award winning producer and actress, produces and hosts a nationally syndicated TV show.
Hi. I'm Kristina, instructor at Cleveland Academy of Film Acting. Due to the COVID-
We are the oldest film acting school in Cleveland and have been running film acting classes for more than thirty years. There are two instructors: myself and the school's founder, Ray Szuch. Ray is a 3-
A little bit of background on myself, I started acting in theater in the late 90s before transitioning to film when I came across Cleveland Academy and wanted to get into film acting. I am a 4-
Our training does not focus on any type of "methods" of acting. We work with our actors to be the most naturalistic and believable in any role, which is essentially by being yourself. (Unless you are portraying an actual person, i.e.: Will Smith portraying Muhammad Ali.) We also very much focus on the business side of acting, not just the acting itself. Whether you are looking to get into acting as a hobby or as a career, it is important to understand acting as a business, so that you are prepared for working on sets, dealing with filmmakers, understanding contracts, etc. The bulk of the training is in the acting itself, but we work to instill an overall sense of education on acting as a whole.
Although things with film and television are essentially on pause because of the current situation, now is actually a great time to get into training, as you would then be more prepared when things do pick back up.
For the virtual classes, I am working with individuals one-
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It’s hard to think “Cleveland actors” without immediately thinking of North Coast Central Casting. That’s because virtually every actor in the region has some sort of connection to them. And it isn’t hard to see why everyone wants to work with them—they’re churning out well-
Brian Jeffery Bowers
48 Hour Film Project
I recommend that if you want to get into the Film Industry this is the place to go! When I go to Acting School I know what's in my Instructor's wallet! 3 Emmys! Better believe I won't be slacking when I get back in New Orleans. Ray Szuch has the experience and knowledge!
Been working to become a better Actor every single day. Well yesterday I Auditioned for a Lead Role and...... AND GOT IT! I want to first Thank the Good Lord Above. Next I'd like to Thank the Director and Casting Directors for giving me the opportunity. Most Importantly I'd like to Thank The Academy of Film Acting Teachers Ray Szuch and Kristina Michelle for teaching me along with the rest of the Class. With the Resumes and Experience that they have... How can I go wrong!
I was an acting student of yours in 2005 -
I've been with Ray and Kristina since April, and they have taught me a lot about the business and have honed my acting skills tremendously. Thank you for your dedication to me and this craft!
Ray and Kristina help any beginning Actor/ Actress understand how to read and prepare the script, provide confidence building and stunt work training.
I have benefited greatly by taking acting classes here. Ray and Kristina are great! They have given me training and confidence in my acting abilities, which helped me get a featured extra role in Draft Day, to get an agent, and to be cast in a play at the Cleveland Public Theater. I will continue to train there, because I want to keep learning and progressing as an actor.
Kristina Michelle is a powerhouse of talent packed into a slender and vivacious frame. Whether she's producing horror conventions, film fests, TV Shows or simply pursuing her passion for acting, this young lady puts her all into every scene. A true director's actress, she's able to mold her character to the director's vision and deliver a performance that brings a scene to life. Being able to take direction is crucial and as a director I see so much potential in her and would highly recommend including Kristina in your casting considerations.
Cinevid Productions, Ltd.
As a director, I've been visiting Ray Szuch's acting classes for 15 years. Ray is the model of consistency, always teaching his acting students very practical lessons that help actors prepare for auditions and movie roles. I can always count on his students being competently prepared for any roles I may have upcoming in my movie projects. It goes without saying that I would not have reached the same level of success without Ray teaching his students the way he always does.
William A. Alexander
Travelin' Light Productions
My name is Vernard E Adams and I’ve been a student at the North Coast Casting since 2010. Kristina Michelle is an excellent acting teacher whom skills have helped me get work in a variety of film projects. Her teachings on voice-
Vernard E Adams
"When I walked into my first acting class at North Coast Central Casting, I was as stiff as a board and I could only play certain characters believably. After several months of training with Ray and Kristina and doing cold reads, monologues, improvisational exercises, and undergoing audience and instructor evaluations, I was a new actor with a drastically broadened range. Ray and Kristina gave me a huge boost in confidence by helping me harness my talents and work on my weaknesses. I would highly recommend their services to anyone wishing to launch his or her acting career or, rather, to any people whom might want to continuously work on the craft of performing."
(Film Actor/Writer, etc.)
For me, Cleveland Academy of Film Acting was the most logical place to start. They made learning the business fun and the process of auditioning a lot easier. Thanks!
Best Supporting Actor
2013 Cleveland 48 Hr Film Project
I felt that the class made a big impact in my life. It helped bring me out of my shell a lot more. Made me see that I could control my emotions in a way that I didn't think I could. By becoming someone else in character, it challenged me to learn new emotions other than depressed and sad.
Kristina, you were so welcoming and kind in the way you taught. You gave me so much to work on and I did. I had my first speaking part in a commercial a few months back, and I remembered the advice you told me about in class and in general. Helped me relax and actually have fun with it. I haven't seen it yet but people said that they liked it. Thank you, you're one of the most amazing people I've met.
Twelve years ago, I stepped into North Coast Casting to attend my first film acting class. Ray Szuch’s class was a welcoming place to learn the basics of film acting. Along with the craft, the classes emphasize the correct way to present oneself to the world of film. Head shots, resume writing, etiquette and terminology are a few of the areas covered. I think most importantly, Ray and his staff instill in all their students an unshakable belief that they can accomplish whatever they want in acting. I continue to grow and learn and move forward in my career because of the wonderful start I received at North Coast.
Lead, Dying 2 Meet U
Assistant Director, Deadly Desperation's
Screenwriter, Bavarian Retreat
I had never acted in film before and it’s something I had always wanted to try. I signed up for Ray’s film classes and he gets you reading through sides and scenes on the first day. He also guides you with networking and meeting other actors, directors, and producers right away. Ray strongly recommended I go to film auditions early on even though I was apprehensive about it. I was cast for 3 different film projects within a month of taking his class, 2 supporting roles and 1 lead role!
The Academy is a great place to start a career as an actor or actress. I got a paying gig my first week of class. They teach you the basic and necessary tools you need to become successful in this business. Hands on training is the key at The Academy -
I have been taking acting classes with Ray and Kristina for a little over 2 years now and enjoy them immensely. The two hour class flies by with activities that include the following: Cold reads, improvisation, monologue reading, pulling and working with all your emotions as well as deliverance, reviewing the process and steps to a successful audition. Weekly casting list for films and other related projects are provided keeping students on top of all projects. These classes have provided the tools I need to continue building my craft. Kristina Michelle and Ray Szuch provide insight on the current events and social networking events as well. I recommend if you are looking for a class that will help aid you with skills, stop into class!
Academy of Film Acting is an incredible place to take classes. Good people, great opportunities and the perfect place to build and sharpen your skills. I don't know where I would be with out them.
I came to North Coast because a friend who was was also looking into acting found them online and I figured I'd check it out with him since it was so inexpensive. I was wowed by the expertise and knowledge of the industry to be found here. Most of all, what's most impressive is how integrated they are into the indie film community! This puts students on the fast track of information of casting calls coming from all over so one can build up their resume and make connections. This combined with all of the practice you receive every week from reading sides from various genres is priceless.
I started attending classes at the Academy of Film Acting about 5 months ago without knowing much about the entertainment business. I just had a passion for film and curiosity of seeing if I was any good at acting. You will not find a better deal in Cleveland than the Cleveland Academy. You receive individualized attention in a supportive small group setting for a fraction of the price of other classes. I never would have been able to be introduced to the exciting and expanding world of Cleveland film if it weren't for the Cleveland Academy. I've met some amazing actors who could not be more supportive. I would recommend the Academy of Film to any actor or actress out there. Ray and Kristina are fantastic teachers!
Because of the things I learned in Ray Szuch's acting class after the first year, I was actually comfortable enough to actually teach the children's acting class one summer in about 2001. I learned about cold reads, voice work, proper set behavior, many things all necessary to be a successful actress. I hope in some small way I was able to help the children I taught there as well.
Ray Szuch has a wonderful program for working with actors and teaching them various techniques as it relates to film and television acting. If you are new to acting a lot can be learned from taking one of his acting classes and experiencing his unique approach to teaching. Even if you are an experienced actor, Ray’s program will explore various methods that will allow you to further develop and hone your skills.
Michael Eric – Filmmaker
I've employed many talents that trained with Kristina and Ray, their school has made very talented cast and they do well in many scenarios and roles. Definitely a place to consider to learn to become a better actor or first timers.