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.”
“He creates such an incredible, safe space for you as the actor to just try out different things and, you know, really play. He really is the most generous director I’ve ever worked with, and he can really get you out of your comfort zone.
Most recently, I auditioned for a Netflix film, and we had a couple of sessions online. And he really helped me with a sort of character background and hitting certain beats that I hadn’t thought about. And a few days ago, I actually found out that I booked the gig.”
Stephanie Siadatan, Actor (London, UK)
Vanessa, The School for Good & Evil (Netflix), Silent Witness (BBC)
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!
BOOK NOW for a FREE consultation with me.
“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.”
Tori Scott, Actor (NYC, USA)
The Cher Show, UK Tour, Upcoming – Better Nate Than Ever (Walt Disney Studios motion pictures)
Coaching Programmes for Actors
“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.
I learned that I needed to dig deeper into my roles but to also find the simplicity of who they are in storytelling.
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.
I’m always nervous when it comes to someone coaching me because I don’t want to look like I didn’t know what I was doing but his assurance in not making me look foolish was comforting.
I put too much pressure on myself to try to know everything but Tom taught me to just breathe and know that it isn’t a race but building a foundation to my training is what is most important.”
Ethan Le Phong, Actor (USA)
Aladdin – Aladdin (Broadway), Luntha The King and (UK Tour), Allegiance (LA).
“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.
And as it happened, as Tom did say, when you think positively and you know, it does come when you’re in the right frame of mind, and you’re working on yourself and you’re putting that effort into yourself, it does come fruitful because then 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.”
Laura Dalgleish, Actor (Cardiff, UK)
Ordinary Lies (BBC), Call The Midwife, (BBC) Eastenders (BBC)
“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 now have a ‘go to’ process to prep for auditions and castings that I can put into action straight away even with the quickest of turnarounds, confidence that I can run through my scenes/sides with a hugely experienced industry professional who will give honest and productive feedback.
I no longer fear making larger, more interesting choices for film work no matter how short the dialogue and information about the project. Tom has some great techniques for building things out.
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.”
Philippa Flynn, Actor (London, UK)
How to Kill a Mockingbird – West End.
“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.”
Sianad Gregory, 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.
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!
Embodied Process Digital Acting Course
“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 loved the ‘dip in and out’ accessibility of it all and the bonus checklist really helps recapitulate the core lesson (and return to for a reminder).
As someone coming from a physical background, I found the linking of body and mind, to anchor the truth of a character really beneficial.
Would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to boost confidence in their craft and up their game in a nourishing and motivating process!”
Jasmine Kerr – Actor (UK)