Shaan is an LA hidden treasure for actors. My first on-tape audition with him was incredible and got me sent to producers for a large guest star! His approach to story and care for the actors instrument makes you feel safe and positive and focused. When I got off track with any negative thinking, he pulled me right back up and reminded me of story and character. He goes above and beyond what any coaching services will do for you and I've used many of the more "popular" (and extremely expensive) services before. Not many out there like him!PAGET KAGY
Shaan is more than just a great teacher. He takes a personal interest in the success of each and every one of his students. He truly wants everyone in his community to achieve their highest potential as professional actors.DUSTIN GREEN
I like Shaan because he's been around town, knows the business, is a working actor himself, has a good process for helping your work, and is a genuine person with a true heart for actors. He also strongly encourages and helps create an actor community with his monthly "family dinner nights" where everyone comes together from all his classes to break bread and connect. I highly recommend going and meeting him and checking out his cozy little class where you can learn, grow, and make steady progress toward your goal of being a regularly working actor.CHRIS CONNELL
In the seven months I've been studying with Shaan, my skill in the craft and momentum in the business have increased exponentially. Shaan demystifies both. JED HENRY
Here's the deal: Shaan saved me. Acting craft-wise that is. Soooo dramatic, but true!
Long story short, I never really had decent training, all of my acting experience was mostly learned piecemeal along the way. Plenty of great instincts and work ethic, with a pinch of luck, but I honestly didn't really know what I was doing most of the time. A few years ago I came to LA with some career momentum but clueless about the craft and technique. I didn't know how to work, professionally. After some regrettable stints at various teachers/gurus/classes I was more confused than ever, and really in my head. Enter Shaan Sharma's acting studio, based on a friend's recommendation. For the first time in my career, I really felt like I had a good, trustworthy experience with a teacher, perhaps because I am an experiential, on-my-feet learner, and Shaan's acting classes are exactly that. I worked privately with Shaan for over a year, and we worked on camera every single time. I learned so much about myself, and how I personally work and create as an actor. There is a Chinese proverb that says, "Teachers open the door, but you must walk through it yourself." Shaan exemplifies this, since I was made to prepare challenging material, get up, work, stretch my range, and then watch myself and repeat... in every single class. On top of it all, Shaan is a working actor himself, so his eye is both accurate and practical. He genuinely cares for his students, is knowledgeable about the craft of acting on camera, and I always, always felt supported as a fellow artist.
I have since moved to other coaches to explore more ways of working, and gone on to work constantly in TV and Film, but I'll never forget how Shaan Sharma took me under his wing, encouraged me to believe that I was enough, healed and nourished my creativity, and brought my craft back to a place of joy. I always tell people, if it wasn't for Shaan, I might not be doing this acting stuff today. Thank you.CHEN TANG
I was five years into acting classes when I began to search for a more thorough and systematic approach to working on camera. I spoke with a lot of teachers and attended many SAG-AFTRA Seminars covering on camera craft. By far the best instruction I received was in those public seminars given by Shaan Sharma. I knew the direction I wanted to go from what I heard and enrolled in the Storyteller Conservatory classes. I haven’t looked back since. My rule is: find working actors who teach with the ‘smoke of battle’ coming off them and learn what they know.JEFF JEFFERS
I love how Shaan gives everybody in the class time and attention. His special way to be present, positive, generous, passionate, welcoming, intuitive, precise, honest…in one world: loving, awakes and stimulates in us similar qualities that echoes in our acting. Yes, he has love for the art of acting, teaching and for the artists. He creates a circle of trust between us that encourages us to bring forward that which makes us unique. I am very happy to be part of his class, beyond learning acting I enjoy a lot discovering unknown sides of myself and abilities that I could not imagine.YAZEMEENAH ROSSI
Shaan Sharma Studios is more than just an extraordinary acting class, it is a loving community that fosters skill, confidence and practical marketing techniques in a uniquely innovative fashion. Shaan and his team efficiently evaluate all aspects of each individual actor's career and offer comprehensive tools to become an absolute professional. Studying with Shaan was hands down one of the best decisions I have made in my career and I strongly urge you to consider the same.RYAN WALKER
Starting to train with Shaan has been THE best decision I made since moving to LA. He genuinely cares about his students' growth and their commitment to the craft. He makes sure that you are always challenged so that you are always growing. I made strides in my craft that I didn't even know I was capable of making.SHIVANI BHAGWAN
I contacted Shaan after reading his book. He is not only an acting coach he is a mentor, and I strive to accomplish what he has achieved in this business. He is a complete package, casting, acting and business. Thank you Shaan for this amazing journey.SCOTT D GOLD
After getting my headshots I asked Theo and Juliet to suggest a next career step. They sent me directly to Shaan. I’ve never looked back. From the initial introduction to on-camera commercial acting class to the ongoing intensive training in all genres, Shaan’s approach and commitment have been my touchstones for career development, and the studio’s community my home base of support. The single most consistently amazing feature of being part of Shaan’s ecosystem is the fierce dedication to learning from each other. Together, we avoid the common mistakes and keep pace with a fast-changing, very challenging business. It’s the whole package here, straight to the point, with heart, and without gimmicks.STEPHEN JAYMES
I have been working with Shaan Sharma since the beginning of 2016 and it has been an eye-opening experience. I am a professional and time is of the utmost importance. I am in the process of transitioning from Corporate America to acting and have no time to waste, none. It's pretty much assumed that you'll churn through countless hours of wasted time, energy, and money while pursuing a career in acting. There are scams galore from head-shots to classes. Shaan removes all of the fluff from day one. He wants to know if you're a fit for the small sized learning environment. Equally, he will let you audit a class to see if his style resonates well with you. The environment is family oriented and only limited to a few students at a time. Shaan's On-Camera TV/Film course cuts to the chase and trims all fat. He provides raw and unfiltered feedback in an amazingly positive way that will keep you motivated at all times.
After enrolling in his On-Camera TV/Film course, my head-shot photographer recommended I enroll in Shaan's Commercial Workshop. During my shoot she said, "It will be the only commercial training you'll ever need." And she was right. I took this four-week course in February 2016. It was well organized and reiterates Shaan's main principal of "You are enough." What I love about the class is how it builds from week to week where he ultimately helps you find your "essence" as a commercial actor. My education with Shaan Sharma is continuous and will be for years to come.FAMIOUS STEPHENSON
I just booked a recurring guest star on a cable show that I coached with Shaan on. He's got a great process with audition coaching and a lot of tools in his tool belt. I've coached with him in-person and via Skype. When we do Skype coaching, he records the takes so I have it afterwards to watch back, which has been very valuable. He cares so much and I'm grateful to be able to work with him.JONA XIAO
I love coaching with Shaan. He makes the process fun and gets the best work out of you. He is brilliant at making you tell a story the most truthful way possible and get you to book that job. Also, it helps that he is a working actor so he understands actors and their journey. It has been life changing in every way coaching with him!SHEILA SHAH
Every time I coach with Shaan the work is evident and the results are incomparable. His understanding of the writers work and translation to the actor is impressive. The main reason I keep returning, besides his professionalism, is the bond and friendship he brings to coaching- something that could be daunting but Shaan always makes it enjoyable.SYDNEY SCHAFER
Shaan is more than an acting coach -- he is a career development mentor. As a successful working actor and casting professional himself, he has a unique perspective on the work we do that I have not found anywhere else in town (and I have sat in on a lot of other classes!). The non-directorial and positive approach he brings is unparalleled. Only work with Shaan if you're willing to work your butt off and grow in your craft in a positive environment. It will be worth your time.KERRY FAGER
I couldn't speak more highly of Shaan and his classes. I came into his program as a total beginner with acting and he never once made me feel intimidated or disheartened in my journey. He only amplified my passion for storytelling and catered to my specific learning needs to help me find my voice and fall more in love with the craft. From what I observe and from my own experience, Shaan is able to find a perfect balance between challenging his students to keep pushing themselves to go further and also, something that a lot of instructor's disregard, celebrating the small successes you have with you along the way. I feel like I've grown so much under his instruction. That along with the enthusiasm and openness of the class community he helps cultivate create a unique and nourishing environment. Plus he is hilarious and who doesn't love a teacher with jokes?LAUREN FRODERMAN
I first met Shaan doing his commercial workshop. He has so much to offer in terms of his experience as both a session director and working actor. I was impressed by his commitment to the work and infectious positive attitude. After taking his workshop, I booked my first national commercial (after years of auditioning), and I was inspired to join his ongoing acting class. I love Shaan’s philosophy on the work and the level of energy and enthusiasm he brings to each and every student is unparalleled. He emphasizes the fact that not only must you be a technically proficient actor to be a working one, you need to have mastery over all of the genres/mediums out there. I have already sharpened my skills after working with him for a few months. He helps you hone in on the tools you need to be a successful working actor, and also encourages a sense of community and support in a business that can sometimes feel isolating and difficult to break through. Happy to have him as a mentor and coach.SOREL CARRADINE