Acting & Performance Coaching

For Actors Who Want to Up Their Game
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Acting and Performance Coach

Hi, I’m tom

Acting & Performance Coach

Are you struggling with your self-tapes?

Want to find depth in your characters but you’re getting stuck in your head?

I can help you!

You’ll impress any casting director, creative or audience member with your confidence, connection to character & authentic performance.

I’ll identify what is getting in your way.

Let me help you reach your full creative potential!

“I’ll remove any blocks that are in your way & stopping you from taking your career to the next level.”

- Tom O'Brien

Juliana Dever

Tom is the coach you want if you want to feel like you’re ‘winning’ again! Tom’s holistic approach to coaching was exactly what I needed at this stage of my career. His sessions are a joy rather than a painful slog through frustrations and self-recriminations.

Tom genuinely cares for actors in a way I haven’t experienced before. His willingness to hold space for you to break through the self-doubt and internalized defeat that come with years of being in a tough industry is so refreshing. It felt like a dam finally burst inside of me, unleashing all of the joy and fearlessness I started with.

Tom’s kindness and expert guidance moves you beyond ‘getting it right.’ When you work with him you stop trying to be perfect and go back to bringing your unique you-ness to the role. You get back to that feeling of harnessing messy, gorgeous humanity in your performance and it’s so exhilarating – you can’t wait for the next job!

– Actor (LA)

Castle (ABC), Scandal (ABC) and 9-1-1 (Fox)

Stephanie Siadatan

Tom is the most generous director I’ve ever worked with, and he can really get you out of your comfort zone.

When I auditioned for a Netflix film, we had a couple of sessions online. He really helped me with a sort of character background and hitting certain beats that I hadn’t thought about. And I booked the gig.

– Actor (London, UK)

Vanessa, The School for Good & Evil (Netflix), Silent Witness (BBC)

Tori Scott

I highly recommend working with Tom O’Brien if you have the opportunity. He is a master at what he does, and he will make you feel more than comfortable and prepared for your next audition.

-Actor (NYC, USA)

The Cher Show, UK Tour, Upcoming – Better Nate Than Ever (Walt Disney Studios motion pictures)

Ethan Le Phong

During Tom’s session I gained the importance of learning to deconstruct an audition scene and focussed on the main points of the writer’s intentions for the actor.

Since my session with Tom I’ve noticed improvements to my time management, expanding my curiosity on the ‘why’ of my roles and being braver with my choices. I’d recommend Tom’s sessions to actors that go from beginners to Professionals.

– Actor (USA)

Aladdin – Aladdin (Broadway), Luntha The King and (UK Tour), Allegiance (LA).

Coaching Programmes for Actors

with Tom O’Brien

Are you an actor who wants to transform your career so you become renowned, established & constantly in work?

During my bespoke 1:1 coaching programs you’ll develop a process where you find joy, discovery and success with your new approach to self- taping, auditioning or preparing for your roles.

I’ll work with you to build a roadmap for your career. Both career coaching & acting process coaching.

I’ll be on hand for character preparation & monthly accountability.

I’ll be your sounding board for questions, frustrations & solutions to manage both your acting process & career.

I use techniques and tools tried and tested, using my 10 years of experience of directing actors in the West End and all over the world and 16 years in the industry!

Are you an actor who is getting the auditions, but not always the job or callback?

Working with me you’ll develop a process where you find joy, discovery and success with your new approach to taping & auditioning. And more bookings!

I’ll work with you on finding a process that works for you and your strengths.

After working with me, you’ll have never felt so confident and proud sending off your self-tape or entering an audition.

Got a project coming up you need to bring your A-game to?

I provide coaching for clients preparing for roles on TV shows and movies for BBC, Amazon Prime, Netflix and both independent and Studio films.

Let’s discuss how I can help you transform and elevate your career!

6 Week Program

– to dissect and elevate your acting process

  • 5 x 60 Minute Embodied Process Coaching Sessions (working on material to stretch you)
  • 1 x 90 Minute Coaching Session (for self-tapes, auditions or anything else you want to work on)

You’ll also have Whatsapp and email support and accountability from me throughout the program.

3 Week Program

– to boost your acting process

  • 2 x 60 Minute Embodied Process Coaching Sessions (working on material to stretch you)
  • 1 x 90 Minute Coaching Session (for self-tapes, auditions or anything else you want to work on)

You’ll also have Whatsapp and email support and accountability from me throughout the program.

Last Minute

– one off sessions

  •  1 x 90 Minute Coaching Session for your last minute self-tapes and audition needs.

BOOK NOW for a FREE consultation with me.

Laura Dalgleish

I really needed something to get my energy back, and to get my spark back, because it was gone. And honestly, working with Tom did the trick, the process that you do with Tom isn’t prescriptive, it’s not ABC, and then we do this, it’s really tailored to the individual.

I got an audition literally just after we finished. I sent the self tape, got the part, didn’t need to do recall. And I’m convinced it’s because of the work Tom and I had done together. It has to be. I was just way more focused and ready to do it and feeling really prepared.

– Actor (Cardiff, UK)

Ordinary Lies (BBC), Call The Midwife, (BBC) Eastenders (BBC)

Philippa Flynn

I LOVED my first post-pandemic theatre audition feeling confident and match fit. I used the same techniques when the second audition came in which led me to being recalled and booking a West End job.

Tom’s guidance was invaluable in dusting off and improving the acting skills I hadn’t had the opportunity to flex for so long.

I’d recommend Tom to any actor wanting to explore new techniques and gain confidence in a safe space with a hugely resourceful and encouraging practitioner.

– Actor (London, UK)

How to Kill a Mockingbird – West End.

Sianad Gregory

I always feel so incredibly prepared and rooted within my character. You know, regardless of any premeditated choices that I’ve made, there is just that little bit of extra room to play.

To play and be a little spontaneous, and for me, that’s always where the most interesting work comes from.

– Actor (London, UK)

Celia – The Age of Tony (Sky), Mr Malcom’s list (Bleecker Street/Universal Pictures), Shandy – In My Skin (BBC 3)

BOOK NOW for a FREE consultation with me.

Embodied process

Digital Acting Course

This digital course is for the actor that needs control, clarity, practical tools and a process, to ensure their talents and instincts are at the forefront of their work.

With this course, you will find a deeper & more connected way into character.  You’ll feel liberated and more confident, because you will be performing at your best, excelling in auditions and working towards booking the roles you really want.

This is a 6 video program with downloadable worksheets by Acting & Performance coach Tom O’Brien. 

"I'll teach you a simple yet powerful way to unpick text, break down a character & use that information to get into the body of the character & transform." - Tom O'Brien

This course is an entry point for anyone wanting to learn Tom’s embodied process & discover how he gets actors out of their heads and into their bodies.

You’ll not only gain a blueprint for an efficient & in-depth way to access your character - you’ll go on a  journey of self-discovery, developing a deeper understanding of yourself and the human condition  & how we as individuals move about the world.

This course will make you proactive, not reactive, in your preparation for auditions, rehearsals or filming.

Like many actors who’ve worked with Tom, you’ll start to notice the changes in your confidence, life & career after committing to this transformational course.

It’s time for you to take control!

James Park

Tom’s course provides very practical, easy-to-apply tools for your role study, character analysis and it helps to bring your interpretation to another level.

I’m so glad I had the chance to work with him and would warm-heartedly recommend this course to anyone in the show business, who wants to bring the game to the next level!

- Actor (Germany)

Tori Scott

This course is incredible. I used The Embodied Process to prepare for my first in-person audition in over 2 years.

I was able to walk into that room feeling so confident I actually had fun in an audition room. I had fun because I was able to really play! Oh, and I booked the job!

– Actor (USA, UK)

Jasmine Kerr

What a brilliant course! Tom’s warm and engaging tone provides a safe space to develop practical and applicable techniques, to build an authentic character.

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to boost confidence in their craft and up their game in a nourishing and motivating process!

- Actor (London, UK)

Craig Nash

This course is an invaluable tool for all actors. It’s so easy to forget to take time with scenes, especially when audition deadlines are tight. Tom’s whole process reminds us to take this time and invest in the process of building a character. We live in a society where everything needs to happen immediately, and it’s easy to bring this into our work. I feel so confident that applying these techniques will lead to more work and I wish I found this course sooner!

- Actor

Stephen Stallone Thomas

Often I find myself having to get into character really quickly, and it’s something that I’ve always struggled with. Tom’s Embodied Process Digital course enabled me to really slow down and channel my thought process.

The course is worth the investment and I would highly recommend. I will definitely be using the videos and digital course for casting and character preparation going forward.

- Actor