acting coach, Actor, and Director in Los Angeles, CA
I’m David. I’m an actor, acting coach, writer and director.
You can be located anywhere in the world; we can work via video chat remotely.
"David August is an extraordinary coach and I enjoyed my time working with him! Each session felt very warm and welcoming. After only one session, I already felt more comfortable in my scene work! If you're considering hiring him, you won't regret it!" – Gretchen Mosby
“Late in life, and during the pandemic, I decided to take one-on-one acting lessons. I've been working with David on Zoom for over a year and have learned so incredibly much! I was very nervous our first session but he very quickly put me at ease. He asked me lots of questions to learn the medium I want to focus on, find the right scenes for me to work on and how best to work together. He taught me how to come at a scene and character from multiple perspectives, always offering fantastic advice to achieve the intention, whether the intention I come up with or the challenge he's given me. If I'm struggling with something, he's great at shifting the angle to come at the challenge in a different way that will work better for me. He's a professional who is very patient, creative and fun to work with!” – Lori Kash
“He's shown me that voice over is truly a form of acting, not just reading a script. He knows a lot about how to interpret a script and gets me to achieve far more than I could on my own.” – Marty Bieschke
A few posts I've written about acting:
Try Failing: https://bit.ly/tryfailing
Being Indispensable: https://bit.ly/actorsindispensable
Lights out: https://bit.ly/lightsoutinspiration
There Is No Luck: https://bit.ly/isnoluck
You Are the Insurance Policy: https://bit.ly/youareinsurance
I was recently asked, "What's your technique for teaching?" a few thoughts:
Coaching one person, I consider the timeline and look for a way that works/resonates, often using various techniques as they land differently.
Teaching groups, I use a combination of techniques to connect with each person and refine what works.
Teaching scripted performance, I focus on text analysis, technique-informed-by-story and keeping things immediate/present to catch accidental behavior on film.
For improv, a lot of my training was Spolin based in schools like Second City, sense of play, directed play and building good story/character are included.