The opposite of fear is not courage, it is gratitude.
Ryan SurrattThe Actor’s Coach
$90 per hour - w/Taping $135 per hour
$900 per script (4 days & around 10 pages of notes)
Coaching$250 per hour (blocks of 10 at $200 per hour)
On Set Coaching$350 per hour (discounted weekly rate)
Entire Filmfrom $3000 (rates differ for Independent vs Studio)
Creative Session$250 per hour (blocks of 10 at $200 per hour)
Followingadecadeofworkinfrontofthecamera,RyanSurrattrealizedhistruepassionasawriterand director.Heiscurrentlyinpre-productionforhisfeaturefilmFatherlandbeingproducedbySneakPreview Entertainment (500 days of Summer, MGM’s Valley Girl). AsanActorhetrainedundersuchfantasticteacherssuchasLarryMoss,NancyBanks,HowardFine,John Markland, Michael Woolson, Barbara Gannen, Judith Weston and many others.HeholdsdualdegreesfromtheUniversityofSouthernCaliforniaschoolsofFilmandBusiness.Hebegan hisstudiesintheartofstorytellingattheageof14attheacclaimedSouthOrangeCountySchoolofthe Arts.Surratthasworkedwithhundredofactorsfromtalentednovicestoestablishedprofessionalswith successful careers.
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AnActormustalwaysbehoninghiscraft.Likeasculptor,hertoolsmustbesharpand hervisionmustbefocused.Eachnewscriptandrolepresentsnewchallengesin bringingacharactertolife.Myapproachfocusesontuningandguidingtheactor throughmentalrelaxation,scriptanalysisandconcretetechnique.Myjobistoeliminate yourfearbystrengtheningyourabilitiesandemboldeningyourcraftsothatyoucan servethecharacterwithconfidenceandfreedom.Mygoalismakeyousoprepared,so ready, so free, that creating a character isn’t a burden, but a joy.
AUDITION SESSIONIsthereadifferencebetweenthenetworkTVauditionandtheafilmaudition?Oh,you betterbelieveit.TheTVauditionisusuallyaboutyourcharacterrelayinginformation andmovingtheplotforward.Thefeaturefilmisaboutyourcharacterbecomingwhat heneedstobebygoingonajourney.Theyarenotthesamething.Youcannotapplythe sametoolsandtechniques.That’sjustoneofthemyraidofchallengesoftheaudition. Thereisalsolimitedtime,limitedinfoandlimitedchoices.So,howdoyoustandoutand getthejob?InthiscoachingsessionIfocusonsharpeningyourinstinctsforthe character.Wewillinvestigateandcreateabriefhistoryfortherolefromthe informationwegleanfromthematerial.Iwillguideyoutomakestrong,captivating, playablechoicesthatservethestoryandthecharacter.Andfinally,Iwillrelaxandfree yousothatyoucanbeopentoadjustmentfromthecastingdirector.Remember,they don’t know what they want: Our goal is to make them realize YOU are what they need.
SCRIPT ANALYSISWhatdoesthischaracterwant?Whatisthewritertryingtocommunicateinthisstory? What’sthesubtextinthedialogue?HowdoIfeelabouttheothercharactersinthis sceneandwhy?Thisisthedetectiveworkofbeinganactor.Thenutsandboltsof actingandprobablythemostlaboriousandconfusingthinganactormustdo.Howdo youunderstandwhatthewriterwantsyoutoseeandhearifyou’reblindtowhathis wordsmean?Well…Iwilltranslateitforyou.Bybreakingdowntheplot,thecharacters desiresandthesubtextofwhatyourcharacteristryingtosayanddo.Iwilldefinethe historyofyourrelationshipsandwhythecharacterfeelsthewayhedoesaboutpeople, objectsandevents.Alldoneinthemarginsofthescriptwithannotatednotesforyou tofollow.Fromtheincitingeventtotheclimax:Yourcharacter’sjourneywillbemapped outsothatyouneverfeellostandalwaysknowwheretostepnextonthepaththe writer has laid out for you.
THE JOB“We are shooting the scene where you kill her first.” the Director says to you. Now what? Areyoufreakingout?No.You’reokay.Why?Becauseyouhadasessionwithme yesterday:Weworkedonthemomentbefore,yourdesire,thearcofthecharacter. You’re not nervous because we went over everything you need to know about this role. TheJobsessionisthedeepdive.Thefullinvestigationandconstructionofthehuman beingyouwillplay.Itinvolvesallthetoolsintheworkhousethathavebeenusedto createyourcharacter:Scriptanalysis,Relationshiphistory,Arcofthecharacter, Subtextdiscovery,Verbscoring,Intentionmapping,RemovingjudgementandMoment toMomentwork.Ifyouwanttododynamic,iconic,remarkableworkyouneedtodothis. Thissessionwillmakeyoufeelrelaxedandconfidentthatanyforkintheroadstill leads the destination you and the director want to go.
CREATIVE SESSIONAnActor’sinstrumentmustconstantlybetunedandexercisedinordertokeepemotions andthoughtsinstantlyaccessible.WhentheDirectorsays,“Wearelosinglight,weonly havetimeforonetake.”Youneedtobeableto“getthere”immediately.Youcan’texpect tobeabletoexperienceauthenticallywhatitisliketoloseachild,tokillsome,torally troopsinbattle,tobetraythoseyoulovemost,ortowatchyourbabybeborn,without continually accessing and strengthening your emotional triggers and imagination. Onthejobisnottheplacetopractice.Thismustbedoneinaguided,controlled,safe environment:Withoutfearofjudgementorneedtogetitright.Aplacetogetpainton thefloorwhileweexperimentandplay.Aworkshop.Duringthesesessionswewillcreate accessthroughrelaxation,music,breathing,imagination,scriptanalysisandamyriadof otherwaystoallowyoutobefreerandtoplayyourinstrumentwitheaseandprecision when it is most necessary.
“Ryan pushes me to completely investigate every role. He inspires me, guiding my hand, giving me the confidenceto dive deep into myself to bring the characters I play to life.”- Ben Youcef(X-Men: Apocalypse, Munich, Hawaii Five-O, Mayans M.C.)
“Ryan helped me to breakdown the script for the pilot episode of Suits. He has a real ability to extract the meaning from the story that lays hidden beneath the surface; this is exactly what an actors needs when they breathe life into a character for the first time.”- Patrick Adams(Suits, Orphan Black)
“Ryan helps you trust your instincts while examining and expanding on your choices until you feel they are the best ones for the project. I’ve gained confidence, improved my technique, and added so many layers to my acting with his coaching”- Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars, Where'd You Go, Bernadette)
“Passionate, truthful, unpretentious and wicked smart, Surratt has an innate understanding of how the script and the role must be in harmony. He always helps me find the key to unlock the character.”- Chad Donella(Taken, Blindspot, Scandal)
Ryan has been instrumental in helping me create characters that are truly alive. Whether it’s getting ready for an audition or preparing for a booked role I know I can trust him to guide me to make choices that fulfill me artistically while serving the story.- Josh Zuckerman(Big Bang Theory, 90210, Sex Drive, Desperate Housewives)
“Ryan is a fantastic coach who helps me develop characters that are truly alive and the serve the deeper story that the writer and director are telling”- Beau Mirchoff(Now Apocalypse, Awkward, Flatliners, The Fosters, Good Trouble)