With more than 60,000 coaching sessions and 40+ years in the business, audition coach and premiere acting teacher Tim Phillips knows what works.
Originally Meisner-trained, Phillips realized the need for a process that would bring the truthfulness of character and object work to the high-paced turnarounds the Film & TV industry demand, especially for auditions.
Sherlock Holmesing The Text was invented to meet that demand. Phillips raises the craft required for great auditioning to an art, and he continues to teach highly committed, free and independent actors how to be prepared, willing, and down to play no matter what the work.
In Phillips' world, you come prepared or you're not in it for the long haul.
Audition For Your Career, Not The Job was written after 30 years of teaching and designed as a practical manual for the working actor. What Phillips is after are moment-by-moment, clear, specific, human truths that make you unavoidable on stage and screen, through character.
Tim Phillips ignited the careers of Emmy award-winning Richard Schiff, Golden Globe nominee Wendy Malick, Nancy Travis, the excellent Robert Wisdom, James DuMont, Bruce Nozick (...) and many others. He's also helped catapult countless actors into more satisfying, long-term, confident careers.
Today he brings decades of NYC and LA-based experience to artists of every caliber across the country and now, thanks to Zoom, the globe. He also coaches privately over the phone and through Facetime.
Phillips' ethic and his teaching is human, individual, specific, and immediately applicable.
"I teach actors how to find what to act with
tools anyone can use to get the job at any stage of your career."
Auditioning is its own art, and premiere acting teacher and master on-camera audition coach Tim Phillips has been launching free and independent actors into successful careers for over 37 years by training actors how to be unavoidable. He calls this humanizing process 'Sherlock Holmesing The Text."
Actors who work this way are clear, specific, and unavoidable, and always supported by the text.
Be in command of your craft with simple, practical, and empowering tools that connect you deeply to the material in a very short time while allowing for incredible flexibility on-set. Take note of the power, confidence, and responsibility each actor gains in justifying your work to your character first. Come to any table with skill and craft to support your every audition going forward.
Tim's pioneering how-to book Audition For Your Career, Not The Job was written as an application manual. Read it to gain practical and immediately useful tools that will satisfy the full range needed for a stage and screen career.
SEE FOR YOURSELF
"Those who read this book will find that there is much to learn from Tim Phillips. Read it. Digest it. You'll be very well informed.
"If you want tools that help you take command of your craft under pressure, under duress, under any set of circumstances, whether nurturing or maddening... Tim provides a boot camp for actors that retrains us, redirects us to become hunters for truth in our work.
“Tim Phillips provides working actors with a great environment to stretch and experiment. His style of teaching fosters great respect for the work and for each other. And it was always fun.”
“After working many years in Mexico I needed to understand how American auditions worked.
Auditioning was NOT my thing…with Tim I learned to get where I needed to be emotionally really fast and with very little info. Now I actually enjoy auditioning a lot!! He’s sharp and accurate!! And he loves actors.
KATE DEL CASTILLO
“I’ve come to think of Tim Phillips as ‘The Wizard.’ I’ve worked for several years with Tim as my coach and teacher.
His deep instinct to follow clues of language, emotion, and tone invariably leads actors into a place they’re not aware they know about. Yet, by session’s end, they are certain they not only know it, but are at home in this place: the soul of the character.
Tim Phillips is a master for anyone working on stage or in television and film.
"Tim Phillips opened my eyes to being more specific than I thought I could be.
PUT THE FUN BACK INTO YOUR WORK
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2011 Actor Chats Podcast with Joey Marino & Jeff Bower
In this segment Tim talks about his relationship with Robert Duvall, how he became a teacher, and humanizing the work.
In this segment Tim talks about acting in closeups, auditioning, and relationships to objects.
In this segment Tim talks about working with James DuMont, being angry oncamera, and advice for young performers.