Michael Bean | Actor

Michael Bean

UBCP #11415
Canada/USA Dual Citizen

Candace Fulton
Kirk Talent
(604) 682-5351

IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm2338670

Download: Michael Bean Resume [PDF]

Acting for Film & Television Classes with Michael Bean

A focused small-group on-camera skills class. Michael assigns a new script each week, but students are welcome to (and often do) bring in recent or upcoming auditions to work in class, or use their time to talk through challenges with agents, auditioning, and more. The goal is to assist the actor in taking charge of their artistic practice and their career, and to offer practice material, exercises and support to help increase on-camera skills, build confidence, expand emotional availability, and grow artistic depth and range. Classes run Mondays 6:30-10:30pm and are $495 for eight weeks.


Michael Bean is the owner of Beatty Street Casting Studios, and one of the best respected coaches and acting teachers in Vancouver. A classically trained actor with an extensive film and television resume, Michael is the author of the Confidence on Camera Handbook, now in it’s fourth edition, which is used by many local talent agents as a primer for clients new to the industry. In addition to his adult classes he runs a professional-track film and tv acting studio for kids and teens. Michael brings the same attention to detail as an instructor that he expects from his students, and his teaching style is characterized by an infectious enthusiasm.


Foundations for Class

These are the foundations of the work we do in class. In brief:

  1. Talent is Practice That Other People Don’t See: We want other people (particularly decision makers) to have that magical “you are so talented” experience of us. When someone shares that they’ve experienced you in a magical way the appropriate response is a simple “thank you [i.e. for sharing your experience]”, without qualifying, apologizing, or taking away the magic in any way. But for ourselves we have to know that there is nothing magical about skilled acting, it’s not something you’re “born with” it’s something that you earn through dedicated practice. Part of the path to being a professional actor (and having other people experience you as magical) is to pull it apart and understand it as a complex set of skills, each of which it is possible to learn and practice.
  2. Expand Your Circle, One Step at a Time: There is a “circle” of characters that you can be successful with, and that’s what you bring to auditions and to set. Even a brand new actor can potentially play a character if it’s close to their familiar “social persona” and range of expression. The most effective way to expand both your range of characters and range of expression is to take on acting challenges that are just one step outside of the “circle”, and the goal in class is to explore together and find some success with each new challenge. When you can take that expectation of success with you into auditions and onto set, it comes across on camera as “confidence”.
  3. Practice Non-Judgement: “You can’t get better and look good at the same time.” -Julia Cameron The only way to grow past the limitations of your current “circle” is to risk failure, to fail and to learn from the experience, and to gradually move towards greater success. So how can you make it safe for yourself and others to fail? By practicing non-judgement with yourself and others in class, by actively focusing on showing up and being vulnerable, to allow your authentic self to be seen with all of its bumps and quirks, by doing anything you can to move away from judging yourself or your work as good-or-bad, better-or-worse and to focus instead on anything that brings you closer to a sense of curiousity, exploration and play. Try on the idea that non-judgement might move you towards your goals faster and with more ease, expressiveness and joy. Try on the idea that you might not have to be perfect at any part of acting (including the non-judgement part).
  4. Evaluation: Skilled feedback is important for developing skilled work of any kind, and the expectation in class is that the instructor will offer feedback, support, and suggest a range of clear and effective tools for exploring the many interrelated skills that go into being able to express yourself authentically and tell an engaging story (i.e. skilled acting). Students make an explicit commitment not to offer any evaluative commentary on each others’ acting, to practice remembering that even praise is on the spectrum of good-bad-better-worse and that often the best way to support someone else’s vulnerability is to listen, to offer a supportive and non-judgemental witness.