Crystal Carson has been teaching and coaching professionally in Los Angeles for the last 25 years. She began as a sought-after teacher at the Margie Haber Studios for 12 years, before using her extraordinary gifts to start the Auditioning By Heart studio in Sherman Oaks. Crystal teaches her Auditioning by Heart method nation-wide and abroad. She conducts semi-annual seminars at the University of Nebraska, teaches at various studios in Atlanta, including JP Marston Studios, Atlanta Media Campus and Studios, Voiceover City, The Production Centre of Pinewood Studios (Atlanta), Creative Studios of Atlanta, and Georgia State University, and RJ’s Casting and Accents Model and Talent in Orlando. She has lead workshops and seminars at the Saigon International Film School in Vietnam, The Lab in Dublin, The Actors Centre and Diorama Arts Centre in London, and has also hosted groups of international actors who travel to the US via “Industry Hollywood.” Soon, Crystal will also be teaching at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media.
As a believer in the profound power that acting in film and television has on our ever expanding world, Crystal Carson is one of few elite acting coaches who has devoted her career to perfecting the coaching of professional actors. In order to reach audiences in a deep and sometimes magical way, she understands the need for vulnerability, truth, and the “flaws that come with being human” to live in every character. Crystal’s outstanding reputation is testimony to her remarkable expertise and her unique ability to inspire an actors’s potential.
As an on-set coach, she was employed by FOX-TV for a full season of the crime procedural "The Inside", focusing primarily on lead actress Rachel Nichols. As a private acting coach, her clients have included Paula Abdul, Samaire Armstrong (Resurrection, The Mentalist, Dirty Sexy Money), Matthew Atkinson (The Bold and the Beautiful, Parenthood, Y&R), Jennifer Beals (Swamp Thing, Taken, The Night Shift, Proof, Mob Doctor, The Chicago Code, L Word), David Boreanaz (SEAL Team, Bones, Angel, Buffy), Dylan Bruce (The Murders, Midnight, Texas, American Gothic, Orphan Black), Ashley LeConte Campbell (Ambitions, Rectify), Ricardo Chimera (Desperate Housewives), Tanya Clarke (Banshee, Canooks), Brittany Daniel (Black-ish, The Game), Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie, The Frontier, Fairly Legal), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Powers, Ascension, Killer Women, Battlestar Galactica), Paul Johansson (Van Helsing, One Tree Hill), Desi Lydic (The Client List, Awkward), Eaddy Mays (Teen Wolf, Fighting Back, The Blindside), Sunny Mabrey (In the Rough, Once Upon a Time, Memphis Beat), Rachel Nichols (Titans, Chicago Fire, Continuum, Criminal Minds, G.I. Joe, Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 2), Aaron O'Connell (The Haves and the Have Nots), Keith Powell (30 Rock), Amy Rider (Secret Life of an American Teenager), Brenda Strong (13 Reasons Why, Supergirl, Fear the Walking Dead, Dallas, Desperate Housewives), Jennifer Taylor (Y&R, Shameless, Two and a Half Men), Brian White (Ambitions, Bronx SIU, Ron Donovan, Chicago Fire, Scandal, Mistresses, Hostages, Beauty and the Beast, Men of a Certain Age, The Cabin in the Woods), and Stephen Rider (Daredevil, Harley Davidson, Safe House, The Great Debaters, The Host, Lee Daniel's The Butler) to name just a few.
Prior to dedicating her life exclusively to professional coaching, Crystal worked as an actress in 25 theatre repertory and summer stock companies; in several television programs, and had a recurring role on CBS’s award winning show, “Jag”. But Crystal is best known for playing Julia Barrett for five years on "General Hospital", when she was voted "Best New Female" by Soap Opera Digest and put on their cover as one of "Television's Most Beautiful Women.” (March 17, 1992 Issue) In her young career, Crystal appeared for eight weeks on the mega-hit "Dallas", booked several Television Pilots, and had guest starring roles on "Ellen", "Cheers", "Charles In Charge", "Midnight Caller", "Thirtysomething", "Simon & Simon" and "Night Court" to name a few. Crystal also appeared in several films, including "Who's That Girl" with Madonna, and the female lead in “Killer Tomatoes Strikes Back” with John Astin.
Crystal Carson Studios - Owner, Teacher, Private Acting Coach 1995 - Currently
ReActing by Heart workshop and Auditioning by Heart 3-day intensive - Creator of these traveling workshops, and teaching at various locations, including: Los Angeles Center Studios; Reel Pros Studios - Los Angeles; Columbia College - Hollywood; Atlanta Media Campus and Studios - 4 times annually; Actors Center - London; Diorama Arts Center - London; The Lab - Dublin; Pinewood Studios - Atlanta; Three of Us Studios - NYC; Omaha Performing Arts - Holland Center; and Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film - UNL, Nebraska 1995 - Currently
Sunday Industry Panel - Founder, Master of Ceremonies 2006 - Currently
Industry Holywood - Host teacher of audition technique classes for actors from the U.K. (2007 - 2017)
Saigon International Film School - 5 day acting workshop in Vietnam (2014)
Margie Haber Studio – Guest-teacher of audition technique classes (1993 - 2007)
The Studio - International film actor's training - Lead acting workshops with German actors (1993 – 2006)
NYC Seminars / Margie Haber – Taught biannual 4-day seminars in New York at Three of Us (1993 - 2000)
Professional Actors Theatre of the Handicapped; sponsored by CBS-TV - taught classes (1992 - 94)
Arrowhead Retreats – Co-taught workshops with television director, Phil Romano & Al Valetta (1991 – 96)
Charity work: Crystal founded "Take a Chance with the Stars" - a celebrity casino night benefitting the American Cancer Society - which raised more than $100,000. She is also on the board of "Enrichment Works" - a non-profit keeping theatre in elementary schools by providing classes, workshops, and productions since 1999.