Testimonials

“I love Aaron’s honest, straightforward approach. His passion and knowledge for the craft are contagious and his coaching skills are so beneficial in the auditioning process. I was truly impressed with the level of talent. I would highly recommend his training to any actor .” (Jackie Lind – Casting Director)

“When I am in Vancouver and an audition comes up, I make a beeline to Aaron Craven’s studio! Why? Because I know that at the end of his coaching session, I will be chomping at the bit to get into that audition room: fully prepared, clear on my intent and very confident that I am about to show them my best work…” (Lynda Boyd – Actor, Series Regular – The Republic of Doyle, Gemini Nominee –  Falcon Beach)

“Aaron Craven has an innate ability to calmly square you up with exactly where you need to go to get into the scene. As an actor with over twenty years in front of the camera, and as a teacher myself, I don’t say this lightly. He’s as genuine, knowledgeable, and as direct as you can get.” (Ted Whittall – Actor –  “Beauty and The Beast”, “Tower Prep”, “Daydream Nation”)

“It was amazing to experience the process Aaron takes actors through in order to achieve the results that make for the best possible audition on the first take. The feedback I’ve gotten has all been positive and a number of clients look forward to working with him again in the future.” (Les Blackmore – Talent Agent, BLK Management)

“I’m a big fan of Aaron Craven. He has been a great support for members of my roster. I’ve also audited his class recently and I can personally attest that Aaron knows his stuff. He has a no nonsense David Mamet-esque ala “True and False” approach that he delivers in a supportive and accessible manner.” (David Whitmey – Talent Agent, Moving Pictures Talent)

“I’ve been training at The Working Actors Gym with Aaron in between gigs, and his teachings are a constant reminder to never be general in an audition , to make bold choices , and you can never be denied. I would recommend this class to anyone who is ready to get specific with their work. I always leave his class feeling confident and empowered.” (Giacomo Baessato – Actor –  “The X Files”, “Wayward Pines”, “Gracepoint”)

“I have so much respect for Aaron as both a coach and a human being. As a coach, he is straightforward, knows so much about the industry, and has a unique way of helping you explore a character in a way that works for the world and tone of the show. Through training with Aaron, I’ve gained more clarity to my scene study process, and feel much more fearless and confident about my work. He doesn’t try to psych you out or manipulate you to reach some emotional break – instead, he offers you the tools to be consistently present, committed, and emotionally open.

On top of that, Aaron is such a grounded and open-minded person, and I can’t recommend the Working Actors Gym highly enough!” (Doralynn Mui – Actor – Deadly Class, The 100, Siren)

“If you want to succeed at something, learn from someone who is doing that thing you want to succeed at. Aaron takes the experience and knowledge he gains from always being on set and imparts that to his students. I always find myself coming back to Aaron’s acting class because he creates a great atmosphere for practicing the craft. He’s practical, very smart and has his finger on the pulse of the industry.” (Reese Alexander – Actor – Riverdale, Supergirl, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)

“Exercising my acting muscles in the Working Actor’s Gym keeps me sharp, focused, and specific in my approach. Since auditioning and scene study are two very different beasts, Aaron’s format allows me to explore both sets of skills in-depth every month. When I’m feeling stuck, I come back to class here and I usually end up booking something pretty quick. Aaron is dedicated to ensuring all of his students get the guidance they need; he gives as much attention to the last student of the day as he does with the first. He also intuits how much to push an actor and when to give space for certain skills to develop. When anyone asks my advice on where to train, I always recommend the Working Actor’s Gym first”. (Veenu Sandhu – Actor – “Somewhere Between”, “Cop and a Half 2”, “The Whispers”.)

“Aaron has the rare ability to translate something that is so intricate into its simplest form. I have never been to a class in the years I have studied with him where I didn’t learn something new about myself. No matter what level you are at, whether you are booking work or not, Aaron will find a way to bring your craft to the next level. No gimmicks or shortcuts, just acting in its simplest form.” (Paolo Maiolo – Actor –  “Motive”, “Arrow”, “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”)

“I have had the pleasure of being both directed and coached by Aaron. He is always clear, intelligent, and insightful. He has a way of challenging me as an actor and still always sending away feeling confident and secure in my work.”   (Sonja Bennett – Actor – “Preggoland”, “Mistresses”, “Elegy”)

“I really enjoy working with Aaron. He is clear, to the point and direct, and most importantly, is in tune with what each individual actor needs. In coaching sessions, I can trust his analysis of scripts and scenes, in that he will work with me and help find choices that are “natural” and dynamic while also fitting the project at hand. I’d highly recommend his coaching to any actor committed to their work.” (Tara Wilson –  Actor – “Cedar Cove”, “Motive”, “Almost Human”)

“Aaron is one of the best out there.  His classes are always fun, and as an instructor he is insightful, incredibly perceptive, and above all inspiring.  I highly recommend him!”  (Kevan Ohtsji – Actor – “Godzilla”, “This Means War”, “The Whispers”)

“I love how Aaron hand picks the material for each student to match the actual work and audition the individual is actually getting called for.  Always keeping it fresh with scene studies, cold reads, improv, audition techniques and current audition pieces, I’ve been more confident in the audition room and booked the work.  Thanks Aaron!”  (Rob Carpenter – Actor –  “iZombie”, “Impastor”, “Psych”)

“Was a BLAST in class. I have to say I was incredibly impressed with Aaron’s insight. I’ve worked with a lot of people, and he was not only spot on with everyone else I observed, but the “sense of humour” piece he talked about with me was a HUGE paradigm shift…he phrased that issue in a way that finally allowed me to wrap my head around how to make my drama as natural as my comedy. Brilliant.    (Ben Whitehair – Actor – “Nashville”, “CSI Miami”, “String Theory”)

“I came to study with Aaron when my acting career was quite badly stalled and I was finding myself searching for purpose.  As I began classes, I started getting re-energized about my acting as I discovered the true potential within myself.  Aaron Craven was crucial in this discovery for me and I have since taken my career to a whole new level.  I credit this success to the amazing experience I have had in this fun and challenging learning environment.” (Chris Pearce – Actor –  “Cedar Cove”, “Falling Skies”, “Arrow”)

“Aaron Craven is one of the best there is in the biz when it comes to working with established and new actors in the industry.   I like to call him the blue-collar acting coach because he’s straight-forward, practical, the meat and potatoes type of teacher that gets results….immediately!  There’s never a hesitation to refer any actor to Aaron and the feedback I receive is always positive.”  (Aaron Alexander – Agent, Trisko Talent Management)

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