People Are Saying Great Things
There is a buzz in the air about the Professional Actor's
Studio. The Atlanta entertainment community has taken
notice of Nick Conti and his team of professional acting
instructors. This section presents an example of the
letters, notes, and congratulatory items we have received
over the years for our professional acting school classes.
What Industry Professionals Are Saying About the Professional
The letter from Kay Harrison
was the source of the What can you say ...?
segments found throughout this web site. No alterations
were made to the text in publishing these segments.
Kay Harrison, Entertainment
Industry Consultant, Beverly Hills, California.
What can you say ...? You start
with... Bouquets! Cheers! and Bravissimo! ...
to Nick Conti, who is, at the very least, all
of the above!
It has been my pleasure to know
Nick as a teacher, a mentor and a friend for the
past five years, and I look forward to the continuation
of that friendship. in the meantime ... Best of
luck to you, Nick, in your continuing endeavors.
No one is more deserving.
Houghton Talent, Mystie
Buice, Agency Director
Thanks so much for including Houghton Talent
as an industry guest for the Professional
Actor's Studio Showcase Friday night. It
was a pleasure to attend, and of course,
to finally meet you. What a great opportunity
to not only see what some of our people
can do but also to scout new talent. I know
showcasing requires a great deal of preparation...kudos
to you and your students, it really was
"A Class Act." You're clearly
a dedicated, committed team.
Cole, The Renaissance Project Ensemble Theatre
Talent is a gift...born in perseverance. You
bring your actors to the edge and you teach
them to fly. As the executive director, I
have in my twenty-two years of theatrical
experience never encountered an acting instructor
with more passion for the craft and true caring
for his students. Not only have I personally
benefited from your gift but also I have strongly
pushed fellow thespians to watch you at work
and judge the results for themselves. Whether
acting for the stage or for the camera, the
Professional Actor's Studio has and will continue
to be a cutting-edge training ground ... the
"Top Gun" of acting schools in this
state. I am proud to not only call you my
teacher but also my friend and fellow actor.
Celeste LaChance, Castle
Well, what can I say except that you'll
be very missed. Thank you so much for all
of your kindness and inspiration. I had
an exquisite and enlightening experience
studying acting with you. I am so sad to
see it end. You have always expressed yourself
in a clear and concise manner with a touch
that fuels creativity and uninhibited expression.
I had audited many classes before selecting
yours. The choice was not difficult. After
running into 50 car salesmen trying to pull
me into their class like I as a cheap suit,
I was elated to meet someone who still enjoyed
sharing a piece of themselves to help and
inspire artists of all ages and backgrounds.
Not sure what to do or where to go now,
but hey, have a good time anyhow. I am not
bitter. Best wishes in Atlanta!
N. Washington, Maxi Wade Agency
Thank you for inviting me and my Booking Specialist,
Jasimin, to your Actor's Showcase. It was
a brilliant expression of talent at its best.
The creative energy at the workshop was amazing.
Best wishes in all your future business endeavors.
Do not hesitate to call on Maxi WAde Agency
and myself whenever we can be of service to
Neitzel, Houghton Talent
Just wanted to let you know I thoroughly enjoyed
the recent showcase that you invited me to.
I was impressed with the level of acting and
scene selection. Adding a cold read as part
of the showcase is also valuable because it
gives us an impression of an actor's ability
to navigate through a scene with limited preparation.
Nick, I sensed the commitment and passion
that both you and the actors shared for the
craft and your courses. You're providing a
great resource for both the actors and industry
professionals. Keep up the good work and call
me when you're having your next showcase.
Theodore S. Hann Director
Warner Brothers Television
I have known Nick professionally for over
ten years as both an actor and a teacher.
His talent, his commitment, his drive and
his sense of professionalism are unsurpassed.
He also possesses one of the most positive
and upbeat attitudes I have ever observed.
After I had known him a while, Nick asked
me to be a guest speaker at at class he
was teaching. I gladly obliged, not really
expecting much, and was very pleasantly
surprised at the level of talent that I
found. Nick had done an amazing job, presenting
me with a very impressive group of actors.
I liked watching him work with the actors
- with a strong hand, yet also with a true
understanding of the process that each of
them was going through. Most of all, however,
I liked the final product. Nick is a natural
teacher. I cannot recommend Nick more highly
as a teacher or as an actor. I wish him
luck in all of his endeavors.
Scott Mero, ICM Talent
and Literary Agency
Your actors are superb and I am compelled
to bring several of them to the attention
of ICM. Nick, you have a way of prompting
your actors to stretch for the highest level
of creativity. Your classes are a rich source
for today's actors. Anyone involved in acting,
from plays to television to film, should
take this class. It is a must for the successful
Fogdall, Producer, My Father the Lion
Florida State University
On behalf of our entire crew, I want to thank
you for your support of the film My Father
the Lion. And I tell you with complete
honesty that the film would never have been
made without your help and generosity. Year
after year, local citizens and businesses
donate services and material goods to student
productions here at the Florida State University
Film School. These donations make possible
not just the high quality of our films, but
the enrichment of our educational experience
in general. We hope that you, too, have found
it rewarding to assist young movie-makers
as they prepare to enter the industry, both
nationwide and here in Florida.
Kristen McGary, Cinevita
Thank you so much for inviting me to your
wonderful actor's showcase. We thoroughly
enjoyed the evening. As I mentioned, I had
seen a reputable showcase in Los Angeles
about a year ago that did not hold a candle
to the performances we saw at the Professional
Actor's Studio. The choice of scene study,
the vitality and talent of your troupe sent
us off raving. And we were happy to note
that everyone we met was as personable and
friendly as they were talented. That means
quite a lot to us as well. Please keep us
posted as to your continued success. I'll
be happy to give you names of commercial
directors and producers to invite to your
next showcase. Congratulations on an impressive
evening at the theatre!
I want to thank you for being the consummate
professional; bringing your talent, attention
and real interest in whatever we did. Not
many actors have the skills to be a superior
voice talent, especially in the looping
and voice-replacement business. Your depth
and background in theater gave you a great
advantage as a voice performer. Your "HITMAN"
gangster re-voice as a classic example.
What Actors Are Saying About the Professional Actor's
When I was searching for a place to call home, your name and the Pro Actor's Studio came up first and now I know why. Thanks so much for caring about us, your fellow actors, and being dedicated to providing a space and place that we can call "home". I am proud to list the Professional Actor's Studio on my resume.
The scenes and monolgues were so artistic and brilliant. The scene changes were flawless and choreographed. But even more than that, I could feel the love from the cast toward their craft, each other, and for you dear Nick. The improvisations: So hysterically funny and creative. The 5 seconds the actors had to communicate as they whispered together, their heads together. So trusting, so talented, so joyful and so professional.
I have to thank you for taking me to the edge. In our 4+ year walk together, you have given me confidence and opportunity. You never accepted anything less than my truth, my dedication, my perseverance, and my pain... You gave me wings Nick; you took me to the edge and with more faith in me than I had in myself...you pushed me. You are part of the reason that I FLY!
It's been less than a year since I took my first class in your studio, and I have already landed a principal role in a union project. Your love, knowledge and passion for acting are passed on to those you teach. The Professional Actor's Studio is like a second home, and I'm proud to be one of your students.
Thank you so much for your care, insight and wisdom.
You have shared your knowledge and experience
with everyone in our class. You do not let us
get by with less than our best effort, guiding
us towards our best potentials as actors. You
nail my hide to a wall when I am lazy, and let
me know when I am doing things right. You
take us to the edge -- and push.
Nick's classes put my three years training at
a reputable school in London to shame. In working
with him just three months, I feel I have transformed
as an actress. His dedication, professionalism,
and talent are incredible. His classes are a golden
opportunity for anyone seeking the best acting
classes in Atlanta - or in the States for that
Your comprehensive knowledge of the acting craft
has helped me tremendously. Your instructions
are always cogent and instantly useable, covering
the creative as well as the business aspects of
the film industry. Thank you for creating a launching
pad from which the serious actor can soar.
Nick's class is invaluable for the professional
actor. I always thought I was a good actor until
I joined his studio. He teaches you to evaluate
a script in short periods of time. By working
over 100 different scripts in his class and watching
100's more, I've realized what needs to be done
to make the scene work. Creating characters through
improv and scene work as well as making choices
of what I want in a scene are just the tip of
the iceberg when working with Nick and making
a scene come to life. Nick implements a style
all his own, praising you with what you do best
by using your own instincts, and challenging you
with what needs to be worked on to make you the
I cannot begin to tell you how important you have
been in my development as an actor. I started out
in your beginning level class and eventually made
it to the advanced. You were there every step of
the way guiding my growth. I have never met an acting
instructor who cares so much about actors. Thank
you, Nick. Thank you for coming to Atlanta rather
than Charlotte. Thank you for the twenty plus years
you have loved the art of acting and the commitment
it took for you to open the Professional Actor's
Studio. Thank you for caring.
In May of 1998 I started taking Nick's classes
thinking, "Maybe I'll be here for 2 months." Now
I'll never leave! All of the students in my class
agree: we're afraid we'll get an acting job that
will conflict with class night - we love this
class so much we don't want to miss it!! In the
first 4 months with Nick, I learned more and my
talent grew more than in the previous 3 years.
What Nick's coaching and guidance have done for
me as an artist and a professional can't possibly
be put into words. Thanks Nick!
Some people do a thing for the love of it... and
some people do a thing for the love of money.
I have never met anyone who has as much passion
and love for what he does as Nick Conti. He is
a highly gifted teacher and has a genuine love
for his students....Which is probably why his
classes are so affordable, because he is worth
far more than he charges (but don't tell Nick
that)! Over the years I have become familiar with
some of the other acting programs in Atlanta which
were expensive and unproductive. After studying
with Nick Conti, I found out just how much I had
been missing out on. I've had a lot of fun and
learned so much in such a short time.
Having studied "Method" acting years before
in New York and finding it not to be a viable
acting vehicle for me, I found the straight forward
and honest teaching approach of Nick Conti to
be one of the best teaching "Methods" for me.
Nick Conti not only breaks an actor of "bad habits"
but also teaches you the gift of always stretching
beyond your capabilities and taking chances that
the average auditioning/working actor won't take.
Those chances are what make you stand out amongst
the rest! I had the privilege of working with
Nick for eight years, and although during that
time I did sometimes look around once again at
other teachers, I was amazed at the overcrowded,
lack of focus, over-expensive classes and still
felt that Nick's approach to developing an actor
to be "more special than the rest" was such a
gift and a gift I needed to constantly receive!!
To study with Nick is to truly study with one
of the best teachers around.
From the day I first audited your class, until
my final day as your student, I never stopped
learning. Not only about acting and the Business
of the Show, but about myself and my goals. You
have taught me not to put limits on my abilities,
and helped me to feel self confident. The lessons
I've learned from you have, and will continue
to help me in all aspects of life. Your personal
interest in each individual student is a tremendous
gift you have, and definitely makes you the best
teacher. After auditing many classes, Thank God
I found you....
Although I had a fairly good grasp of the
theater mentality (with my dad being a theater
director), I had no real experience or advice
on the "business" side of the craft; unions, agents,
photos, or the audition process itself. Nick,
you not only covered the intrinsic elements of
acting; the who, what and where, but you also
gave so graciously from your own experience as
a working actor. You shared with your students
what we need to be aware of from the moment we
hit the casting directors door... I appreciate
the attitude you insisted we bring to class...
You kept a positive flow to the class and never
played favorites... All of these lessons, Nick,
would not amount to much if it wasn't for your
underlying sincerity in caring for your students.
You have always found the time to lend an ear
and give your valued feedback. There were times
when that was painful, but it was always honest
and it forced me to work that much harder. A necessary
tool as I go on my journey.
His classes are always a joy and a constant
reminder of why I started acting. This past year
I did Little Shop with Dom Deluise and Hello Dolly
with Nell Carter.
Nick Conti has given me the ingredients to
be believable with any character I portray. He
has great insight on how to get the job. I've
booked Murphy Brown, Who's the Boss, Point Break,
and Almost An Angel.
Nick gave me something I wasn't able to get
elsewhere... consistency. In he last six months
I got a recurring lead in a sitcom and an episodic
at Universal. I'm working more than I ever have.
Tony Di Benedetto
I'm on location in N.Y. doing a film called
Family Business with Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery.
I was thinking of you and just wanted to say thanks
for all the help you gave me. your dedication,
sincerity and sensitivity as an acting teacher
has helped me tremendously over the years. I just
want you to know that after 22 years as an actor
I think your dedication and abilities to actors
is unmatched by anyone. Don't forget I studied
with Strasberg years ago and got more from you
than I ever got from him. Oh, in case I forgot
at the time... thanks for your tremendous input
in helping me create my character "T.J." in Someone
to Watch Over Me.
I have never met anyone who possesses to the extent
that you do that rare gift of communicating enthusiasm
for a difficult craft. Through all the improvisations,
the cold readings, the prepared scenes, I also
learned what is so hard for the beginning actor:
how to avoid "acting," and instead, to convey
the truth of a character. During my years as your
student, there was never a moment of boredom.
You could be a hard taskmaster, as you have never
tolerated mediocrity. But the result was always
worth the hours of rehearsing, refining, and searching.
I did take several classes before studying
with you, but they seemed like something fun to
do on Wednesday night - nothing serious. Then
I enrolled in your class. Immediately I felt,
"God, this guy is a good teacher. He's really
seeing what I'm doing - good and bad." The time
I spent in our class was without question the
most beneficial time I've spent in any acting
class... You really made me feel like and actor
- at last.
Because of your love and techniques for acting
you gave me the confidence to go out there and
audition, and as you know, within 6 months time
I landed a series reoccurring role on "Saved by
the Bell"... I just wanted you to know how special
you were and what kind of impact you made on my
life. Thank you for all your support and encouragement
throughout the years.
Your scene study, cold reading and improv
classes have proven to be invaluable to my career.
Your guidance and your patience gave me the confidence
that I needed to land a great part in a feature
film... Thank you for pushing me, making me laugh
- making me cry, and sometimes making me very
When I talk or even think about my fledgling
acting career, everything seems to have a "Nick"
attached to it... I came to you, a 55 year old
office worker... chained to a desk for almost
30 years... with not even a single acting class
or even an acting "dream" to my resume. I guess
one could say that you literally molded "me" into
the "me" actor. I'm confident in me... my training,
my discipline, my choices and my freedom to be
all of "me." ... 2 1/2 weeks in Utah on a film...
booked 7 commercials... I owe it to you....
I Got The Part!!! Thank you for all of your
time, patience and help while I was preparing
for my audition. During the last year and a half
that I have been studying with you I have reached
a level of confidence with my acting as well as
in my daily life that I could not have done without
your guidance. I have studied with so many teachers,
but I stayed with you because you not only taught
me to be a fine actress, you taught me how to
approach our profession in a very smart, savvy
and confident way that has also enhanced my work
in production for Castle Rock Entertainment. When
I started at Castle Rock I was the receptionist.
Now I have done work with Billy Crystal, Richard
Dreyfuss, Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant, Annette
Benning and Rob Reiner. My advancement began at
the same time that my classes with you started.
Your class showed me how to take my power as an
actress and utilize it in my work place. Nick
so many things have changed since we first met,
the newest being that I am now a PAID actress.
Thank you for being my friend as well as my teacher.
I just want to say that being a student in
your acting class has been a great experience
and education for me. In the past four years I
have learned so much about the Craft of Acting,
the Business of Acting and most important Discipline...
You have taught me that being good just isn't
good enough. You've always stressed that being
Special is what's gonna get you the part. Special.
Special is something I always keep in my mind.
Not just for Acting, but for every aspect of my
I never told you, but I audited over a dozen
different classes before yours. I wanted to find
a place where I felt comfortable and knew I'd
fit in. And when I walked into your class, I knew
instantly that I wanted to study with you... You
have this special ability to make me feel good
about the choices I have made as a performer.
Whether I succeeded or failed you have always
encouraged me to keep on going. Being in your
class was like a playground, a place to work-out,
fall on our face, get back up and try again and
again, until we finally "got it" - until we finally
captured that magical feeling when the room fell
silent for a moment... I noticed the way you worked
with each of us - and how over time - a special
unique relationship developed. With me, it was
almost as if you knew what I was thinking, knew
what I was searching for, and when I was confused
you had a calming quality that made it all seem
simple. I feel much freer on stage, have applied
so much of what I've learned from you in my work
and truly enjoy performing. Nick, I am so grateful
to have studied with you.
I must say that all along, the professionalism
you've demonstrated with teaching myself and many
others about the nuances of auditioning and acting
was top notch! Nick, your classes were instrumental
in preparing me for successful cold reading auditions
which led to roles in some outstanding plays.
Particularly, Twelve Angry Men, in which my leas
work was a tremendous challenge and growth experience.