“I love coaching with KC, and I do so every chance I get. I’ve always been amazed at his ability to look at a script and within minutes break it down and find interesting choices that in hours of studying on my own had eluded me. Besides being a talented teacher, he is also one of the finest actors I’ve met in my 11 years in Los Angeles. This allows KC to be able to communicate and direct his students in an accessible way that many other teachers seem to miss. ”
“I’m incredibly lucky I found KC when I did. I felt bogged down by techniques that had me juggling what felt like too many balls at the same time. I had no core to my technique and was grasping at straws when it came to building a character and breaking down scenes. He was integral in re-positioning my perspective of the craft and stripping it back down to the essentials. He helped refocus me on the crucial nature of specificity and helped me dismantle my bad habit of generalization. On top of catering greatly to each students personal needs as an actor, KC has an intoxicating passion for the craft. Be warned, it’s contagious. You will find yourself continually reminded of why you fell in love with acting in the first place and walk away from class feeling reinvigorated, inspired and ready to act the s#!@t out of whatever lies on the horizon ahead.”
If you can get past how hideously ugly both Nawal and KC are upon seeing their faces, you’ll quickly arrive at the obvious conclusion that they are both without talent, intelligence or charm. And if you’re still reading this with a healthy dose of skepticism and amusement, you’ll probably fit right in at this studio. I’ve taken part in a couple of panels as well as having a pilot of mine cast and table read at this studio. I found Nawal’s ideas, enthusiasm, and organization to be the stuff of Type-A, color-coded dreams, KC’s in-depth character analysis and direction to make me question if I was doing enough with my life, and the actors to be so talented, dedicated and thoughtful that you really hope they all have to quit class soon because they’re filming every day.
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KC and Nawal put their heart and soul into every class and every student – and that’s what makes the Clyde Bernardy Studio so special. They teach script analysis, character building, and audition technique…all the building blocks a professional actor needs. They encourage their students to dream big, yet also prepare them for the business’s harsh realities. This is a great place to nurture the artist within!
“I have personally known KC for about 2 years now. Anyone can memorize lines and repeat them, but the greatest gift KC gave me as a coach was that he taught me the Art of Acting. Anyone who takes acting seriously knows that it’s not an easy task, but KC has made it a fun task. He connects with people that truly love acting. He loves art, and he portrays that in the way that he teaches. I’ve had many coaches throughout my 7 year career as an actor. Trust me a good coach is not easy to find. And if your reading this then you hit the lottery.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever booked a Job without KC Clyde’s influence: from looking up to him as an actor, using his breakdown methodology and process to, of course, coaching with him personally. His breakdown process is like seeing what is written underneath the script, getting a more detailed glimpse into what the character wants from you as an actor. I leave every class inspired, and excited to discover more within the text and within my capacity as an actor.
KC’s passion for the craft and collaborative process of acting is contagious, reminding you through the work how much you love what you do. “
“In the smorgardsbord-land of acting classes to be found in this town, I think the Clyde Bernardy Acting Studio is quite a unicorn. KC’s understanding and processing of the material alone adds a depth to the work and to the conversations about how to approach an audition or role that is on another level, but also, I feel like this is a place that focuses on the work in relation to the industry and helps prepare you for that, which has helped me tremendously in regards to auditions and just navigating the business. I also feel like I can come in here and work out if I just need to sharpen something, or I’m looking to maybe try something new or different to add to my actor tool belt.
But aside from craft, it’s the spirit of collaboration and the mental approach to what we do that I appreciate the most about CBAS. When I leave class with that spirit of collaboration, I show up on set with that spirit of collaboration and the mentality of being in service of the project: the character, the story, and my fellow actors, and I think my best work comes from nurturing that mentality. I tell everyone to go try CBAS to see for themselves, because it’s made all the difference for me.”
“For years I was nervous and possibly scared to go in and audition. Then KC, who I always looked up to, said to me: “remember that an audition is not a test or a competition, it’s a casting director giving you 5 minutes to do what you love.” My perspective changed completely; I started approaching the work in a different light. KC and Nawal have built an acting studio (family) where they go the extra mile to give you the most information you can possibly have, and physically put you in front of people who are working and are successful in the business. The Clyde Bernardy Acting Studio is more than an acting studio, it’s a place where you learn the ins and outs of the business itself, pushed by people who love the craft of acting. So when you go into your next audition or you are preparing a role, you are informed and ready for everything. I owe a lot to this studio.”