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“He was incredibly open and I really enjoyed being part of that process and journey. I felt very supported by Tom and in turn very clear on what we were setting out to achieve with this particular character. I would work with him again in a heartbeat!”
Amy Louise Pemberton, Actor (Los Angeles, USA)
Gideon – Legends of Tomorrow (Warner Bros), Scorpion (CBS), The Laundromat (Netflix)
“Tom has totally changed the way that I approach self taping and auditioning. He helped me find a route to the kind of playfulness and creativity that I find when I’m on stage so that I am enjoying the process rather than stressing! The preparation techniques that he’s given me have gotten me out of my head and now I am excited when I get to use them. I’ve booked a job and got a recall (both off tapes) since I started working with Tom and it’s definitely in part due to the work that we have done together. I could not recommend him enough!”
Maddie Rice, Actor (London)
Fleabag (BBC), Genius (Riverstone Pictures), The Other One (BBC)
“Working with Tom was such a transformative experience. I was able to find parts of myself, of my personality, of my business, my way of communicating things, that I was not fully aware of. And they were inside, all along, of course, but I was blocking myself. it’s one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve had and I am beyond excited that I had this opportunity, that I was able to work with Tom, to learn from Tom, to grow. And my business is thriving because I can fully be myself.”
Gracia Burns, Accent Coach (Austin, Texas USA)
“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)
“I absolutely loved working with Tom and cannot recommend him enough. He helped me get out of my head, build my confidence and fall back in love with acting. I felt like I always had a block and was lost with where to even begin with a script. I now have the tools and a process I can use to fully prepare getting into character and feel completely connected and embodied.
His sessions are encouraging, playful and leave you in such a positive mindset. I have felt a huge difference in my performance since my sessions with Tom, I’ve had 2 recalls and amazing feedback from my agents and casting directors which has definitely come from our work together. Tom’s coaching has led to huge breakthroughs for me and I feel so inspired and excited taking all I’ve learnt from him into my career. ”
Caitlin Gudaitis, Actor
“Tom worked with me over the course of a few months to get really clear on my voice, my brand strategy, my messaging, and really ‘The Germ’ as he calls it of like, what it is that I do.
The opportunity to work with someone so deeply on my actual journey, and my story, that got me to where I am today, and then figure out how to convey it to other people, was powerful.
I highly recommend Tom. He does all that and more. He’s looking at so many different facets of what a person is working on, including the very practical of like, how are you presenting on camera, which of course for the actors he works with is critical, but for business owners like me, also critical since everything is so online these days.”
Ellen Wyoming DeLoy, Entreprenuer (US)
“Tom works in a truly unique way that takes into consideration my experience as an actor, my career goals and my personality/energy. It’s holistic, practical and personal. Tom’s coaching sessions have been a totally safe, supportive space to try something new or out of my comfort zone and to challenge my perspectives.
Since working with Tom my confidence has improved tenfold. I’ve just had one ‘eureka’ moment after another, resulting in booking three jobs in the space of two months, after being stuck in a rut of self sabotage. My approach to auditions has completely changed and I finally have the tools to feel grounded and use nerves to serve me in the audition room.
I’d recommend coaching sessions with Tom without hesitation. Honestly – don’t walk, run!”
Eleanor Walsh, Actor (London, UK)
“If you’re looking for somebody that will take the time to know you, learn with you and really push your boundaries. Then I definitely pick Tom as your next acting coach.” – Jayda
“I came in with quite a negative outlook on things. And now I feel very positive about the way in which I approach things. He’s given me a whole toolbox of new techniques to approach self tapes with, and the opportunity to play and fail, which is something I don’t think we get enough of as actors now. We’re sort of expected to deliver immediately, and the opportunity to fail with Tom has been brilliant, because then you can have another go and another go and another go and eventually, you get it right.”
Tom Machell, Actor (London, UK)
Mary Anning & The Dinosaur Hunter (Feature Film), The Keeper (Parkland Entertainment)
“Having recently booked my first TV gig, I owe Tom a huge thanks for giving me the self belief and confidence to say “I can get this role.
Sometimes as an actor, it’s hard to back yourself and have that self belief, and the classic British modesty is sitting on your shoulder, pulling you in. Tom allows you to truly believe in your capabilities and say ‘I deserve this job!’ I couldn’t recommend him enough and feel incredibly fortunate to call myself one of his clients!”
Craig Nash, Actor (London, UK)
“Tom has not only changed the way I work as an actor, he has fundamentally changed the way I feel about being an actor! In the safety of the space he creates, I have deconstructed toxic beliefs I’ve held on to since drama school, delved deeper into material than I have in years, and adopted a new process that consistently works.
Before working with Tom, I approached auditioning solely on guessing what the production team wanted, rendering my own creativity irrelevant. Tom gave me the tools to put my heart back into my work and perform in a way that is meaningful to me while grounded in the world of the character.
I have never felt so calm and prepared walking into an audition as I have since working with Tom. He has given me something I didn’t realise I lost long ago: the joy of acting.”
Niko Kaim, Actor (USA, UK)
“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)
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“Tom makes you better as an actor – his precision on text, his insight into the character you’re playing, his clarity on what an audience needs from you at this point in the play – he works to get the best from you just by always asking the right question. Such a thorough way to produce genuinely creative, collaborative work. Somehow he manages to make it all enjoyable and effortless…he makes you surprise yourself.”
Melanie McHugh, Actor (London, UK)
The Irregulars (Netflix), Holby City (BBC), The Spanish Trilogy (Royals Shakespeare Company), The Playboy of the western world (National Theatre)
“It is a privilege and joy to work with Tom. He has a unique ability to instantly identify moments where the actor might not be fully connected or visualising enough. Through creating a safe space, Tom guides us to fully connect with and express the text’s creative world, transcending former performance levels. He is brilliant at working with multiple genres- from comedy to drama and even corporate. Tom’s generous, kind and insightful approach makes him the perfect coach for any performer.”
Alys Daroy, Theatre Producer (Sydney, Australia)
Doctorate in Shakespeare
“Tom’s session kind of changed my life. He really tailors the sessions around you and what you need. He’s really interested in your process, and how we can complement that process, how we can make it better, how we can find, how you can both find the joy in it again.”
François Pandolfo, Cardiff, Wales
Quintas, Dr Who (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Eastenders (BBC)
“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)
Upcoming – Better Nate Than Ever (Walt Disney Studios motion pictures)
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Ben Tyler, Actor
The Book Of Morman (UK tour), The Phantom Of The Opera (West End), Les Miserables (West End)
“Tom is a fantastic director and coach. He has a wealth of experience and knows how to work with his actors in a comfortable and motivating way to bring out the best performance in each individual. I cannot recommend him enough.”
Danny Mahoney, Actor
Afterglow (Southwark Playhouse), Florence Foster Jenkins (20th Century Fox), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“His process with character development is something I will continue to take forward in all my jobs. And the in depth evaluation on script is something every musical theatre performer can use to their best advantage! I couldn’t recommend Tom enough for any actor looking to improve their audition technique or even prepare a new script / performance!”
Jon Reynolds, Actor
9-5, Kinky Boots, Miss Saigon West End
“I’m noticing now, I’m bringing more of Tom’s techniques into my calls and into my sessions with clients, and we’re getting better results. I feel more confident, more comfortable on camera, which is something that didn’t come naturally to me, and being able to ‘perform’ but in an authentic way, in a way I can really connect with my clients and they feel that connection as well.”
Adela Mei, Business Coach & Digital Strategist
“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 really enjoyed my sessions with Tom. Reason being, that he made the work environment such a comfortable place to be, where I could explore the text without fear of judgment. Not only this, but he helped solidify what I already learned at drama school, and paired those exercises with some new exercises that I can now add to my actor’s toolbox. Lastly, the fact that Tom works holistically means that each session is directly catered towards you. So if you’re looking for somebody that will take the time to get to know you, learn with you, and really push your boundaries, then I definitely would pick Tom as your next acting coach.”
Jayda, Mountview Graduate 2020
“I will start by saying, Tom’s energy is so beautiful. Before even the session starts, like you feel so calm, because he just has the most amazing energy. So thank you for that.
At the moment there’s so many self tapes coming in, with so many deadlines, and prepping for a lot of stuff at the same time, so I was finding that my technique sometimes was going out of the window a bit. But he really helps you hone back in on what you need to be doing, like nailing the self tape, right?
I took so many pages and pages of notes within the session. He gave me so many more techniques and little tips that I didn’t have already. I mean, going back looking through my notes, and then just applying them on my self tapes, and all the tapes that I had since I had my session with him, I’ve been getting records for. Zoom recalls. So it works. It works. ”
Alana Wallis, Actor (UK)