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Auditioning by Heart Hosted by Jana VanDyke

This very special class is being offered exclusively to JVA talent only, at a discounted tuition rate. We highly recommend you to take both classes being offered, as they are designed to compliment each other and will be most effective to your booking rate when taken together. (And, tuition will never be offered this low again!) As a bonus when registering for both classes, you will receive two FREE virtual classes. By signing up for the 3-day Auditioning by Heart, you will also receive FREE entry to the Sunday Industry Panel. ;)

ReActing by Heart (1-Day Workshop)

The Safety Net Under Your Audition:

Focus your preparation by:

  • Deepening your connection to the other character

  • Actively listening and being present

  • Fighting for your objective

  • Responding truthfully in the moment

Limited to 12 actors.  

This class is the PERFECT lead-in to Auditioning by Heart! Actors get more out of the 3-day intensive when they take the ReActing By Heart Workshop with it. In fact, it lays the foundation to the 3-day intensive by deepening the actor’s understanding of how to ace an audition.

Join this incredible 5 hour class! 

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A TESTIMONY - ReActing By Heart - Actor: Frank Carrijo

“I just finished taking ReActing By Heart class and I finally "get it", not just rationally, but I really FEEL what it means to be in the moment in a whole new, unforgettable, usable, effortless way.

After you understand the rules & technicalities, you will notice that your body and mind will automatically start to respond to the other person. You'll start to have emotions hit and change you. You'll GENERATE THOUGHTS, then look at the other person and say them. You'll really get that the script gives you WHAT to say, but taking in the other person, gives you HOW to say it -- no "pre-shaping".

Even though I am not really thinking up the lines, because the writers has already done that, I feel like I am. ReActing By Heart has helped ME, be more of a REAL human being when auditioning and anytime I'm acting.  

It also is the perfect prerequisite to Auditioning by Heart! It supports you, so you can feel safe doing what Crystal is asking of you. I hope you take ReActing By Heart and see for yourself.” 

Actor: Frank Carrijo


Should you need to cancel, your replacement student must be found at least 48 hours before class starts to give time to re-think parings and find new sides, especially if the class is outside of the Los Angeles area.  Please refer to cancellation policies -


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Auditioning by Heart (3-Day Intensive)

This on-camera intensive will teach professional actors how to organically prepare for film and television auditions within a short time-frame.  Actors receive new sides prior to each class and work daily.   "Auditioning by Heart" is a deep exploration of how to create a character's life from the truth through history homework.  It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become dynamic and courageous at your auditions. The training is very much student-centered, giving time for individual attention. Crystal will provide thorough, personalized critiques for actor's who register to be critiqued.

This workshop will empower you to:

  • Rid Nerves

  • Know Your Lines “by Heart”

  • Live Truthfully Through the Life of the Character

  • Highlight Your Acting Abilities

  • Improve Booking Rates

Two Ways to attend Auditioning by Heart!

1) CRITIQUED ACTOR: Sign up to have your work critiqued in front of the class, (your resume will be requested after you register).  Limited to 12 critiqued actors.

2) NON-CRITIQUED ACTOR:  Good News! You can choose to self-critique with Crystal’s guidance, or as a “non-critiqued” actor (a very bad name because you DO get critiqued) you can choose to have Crystal critique some or all of your work outside of class. Limited to 18 non-critiqued actors.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about being a non-critiqued actor and getting everything out of the class for less money! :-)

* Minimum Age 18 yrs for Auditioning By Heart (certain exceptions apply, please inquire)

What is a Non-Critiqued Actor?

The name “non-critiqued” is terrible for what this option really is. The actor DOES get critiqued. In fact, this actor actually gets everything the critiqued actors get out of the class, with one difference, they have an in-class opportunity to learn to apply the lesson to his/her own audition tape with the help of both Crystal’s lecture and a teacher assistant’s. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

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Brian White most known for his major recurring roles on Ambitions, Bronx SIU, Ray Donovan, Chicago Fire, Scandal, Mistresses, Hostages, Beauty and the Beast, and The Cabin in the Woods.

Returning Students are Family!

If you have taken Auditioning by Heart before, and are a returning student, "refresh" your skills at a very special discount, by signing up to be a guided self-critiquing actor (referred to as “Non-critiqued”, see above. Crystal would love to critique you, but there is only time to critique 12 actors during class-time, and as a returning student, she believes it is time for you to learn the important skill of self-critiquing your work.  As you know...after Crystal's lecture and thorough breakdown of your sides, you will be able to watch your tape and be clear where you were weak, where you were strong, and how to improve with your next audition! --Of course, if you still want Crystal to critique you, you may also sign up anytime for a critique outside of class (See the "Sign up after class button on this page").  We LOVE having you back!

Register JVA 2019 Workshops: Please consider taking all 4 days
Took class before? When?