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, and now as part of the education development at Los Angeles Center studios. Crystal also conducts semi-annual seminars at the University of Nebraska & soon at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media. She teaches at various studios in Atlanta including JP Marston Studios, Atlanta Media Campus and Studios, Voiceover City, The Production Centre of Pinewood Studios (Atlanta), and Creative Studios of Atlanta, and Georgia State University. RJ’s Casting and Accents Model and Talent in Orlando, and is invited to lead workshops and seminars in Vietnam at the Saigon International Film School, as well as hosting groups of international actors who travel to the US via “Industry Hollywood” to learn the Auditioning By Heart method.
As a believer in the profound power acting in films and television has on our ever expanding world, Crystal Carson is one of very few elite acting coaches who has devoted her primary career to perfecting the coaching of professional actors. She understands the need for vulnerability, truth and the “flaws that come with being human” to live in every character, in order to reach audiences in a deep and sometimes magical way. Her outstanding reputation is testimony to her remarkable expertise and her unique ability to inspire others to rise to their potential.
As an on-set coach, she was most recently employed by FOX-TV for a full season of the crime procedural "The Inside", focusing primarily on lead actress Rachel Nichols. Crystal also coaches privately in Los Angeles. Her clients have included Paula Abdul, Samaire Armstrong (Resurrection, The Mentalist, Dirty Sexy Money), Matthew Atkinson (Parenthood, Y&R), Jennifer Beals (Mob Doctor, The Chicago Code, L Word), David Boreanaz (Bones, Angel, Buffy), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Ashley LeConte Campbell (Rectify), Ricardo Chimera (Desperate Housewives), Tanya Clarke (Banshee, Canooks), Brittany Daniel (The Game), Ethan Embry (The Frontier, Fairly Legal), Tricia Helfer (Ascension, Killer Women, Battlestar Galactica), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Desi Lydic (The Client List, Awkward), Eaddy Mays (Teen Wolf, Fighting Back, The Blindside), Sunny Mabrey (Once Upon a Time, Memphis Beat), Rachel Nichols (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 (Dallas, Desperate Housewives), Jennifer Taylor (Two and a Half Men), and Brian White (Hostages, Beauty and the Beast, Men of a Certain Age, The Cabin in the Woods) to name just a few.
Prior to dedicating her life to professional coaching exclusively, 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 better 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 8 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 appeared in several films including "Who's That Girl" with Madonna, and the female lead in “Killer Tomatoes Strikes Back” with John Astin, among others.
Crystal Carson Studios - Owner, Teacher, Private Acting Coach 1995 - Currently
ReActing by Heart class and Auditioning by Heart 3-day intensive workshop - 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 Studios – 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.
In our classes and workshops students learn skills and techniques to improve their script analysis, character development, and use of sides in the audition room.
Our emphasis on hands-on exercises for calming actors, auditioning on tape with individual feedback, and finding your voice by connecting to your own purpose for being an actor, helps students improve their ability to prepare for auditions quickly and deeply, with the results of landing more roles.