When I get stuck in my career I take one of Shawn’s programs to get back on track. I recently completed one, and I am more excited and motivated about my career than in the 5 years I’ve been in L.A. With Shawn’s guidance, I was able to narrow down my goals, get focused, and now I finally have direction with my career. Shawn helped me create a map of what I am going to achieve and HOW I will accomplish it. Everything you learn in these workshops you can take with you for the REST OF YOUR CAREER!
Shawn, I don’t say it enough to you… THANK YOU! Every time we get together you end up changing my life for the better. I don’t know how you do it. You are an inspiration to everyone you come in contact with. You are able to help everyone you meet. It is an inspiration. I’m so happy we met and that you are helping me find my true north.
Shawn’s programs are excellent resources for clarifying, pursuing and manifesting your goals. She blends inspiration and out-of-the-box thinking to help you reach your goals. Working with Shawn paid off 100%.
Shawn, I use my Hit Lists every week, and revisit my Breakthrough goals on a regular basis, such valuable tools for which I’m so super grateful! I just voiced all the male characters for a new 3D undersea adventure game for the iPad called Super Fugu directed & animated by the Academy Award winning animator of Avatar, Andy Jones. I also workshopped a world-premiere play by Paula Vogel (Pulitzer Prize winning author of How I Learned to Drive) called Don Juan Comes Back from Iraq at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.
I am a Costume Designer/Wardrobe Stylist and I highly recommend Shawn as a coach, teacher, inspiration, and visionary mentor! She guided me to become clear and focus on a direction to take my career; I went from styling one average one union commercial a month to 2-3, as well as creating relationships with some of the biggest directors in town with whom I work regularly with! Shawn has a passion for her craft, and is very intuitive and creative in helping you accomplish your goals. Her formula applies to anyone and everyone, yet is specific and tailored for each individual to gain optimal results. I credit Shawn with helping me take my career to the next level and beyond!
Shawn, where are you hiding that magic wand? I just got an audition for Revenge 8 days after starting your program!
Shawn, I’m so very thankful!I believe it’s been such a non-stop year because “I put it out there“ so to speak. Even just signing up for your coaching galvanized my vision. Thank you! You are a gifted coach and filmmaker!
Shawn Tolleson’s programs are a wonderfully effective way to create a rapid, powerful surge in your career. My goals have never been clearer nor more attainable, and the best part has been the immediate results. Shawn’s way of shifting attitude and focus from stymied and stuck to productive and triumphant is absolutely uncanny. I wouldn’t have thought it would work so potently had I not experienced it first hand. I recommend working with Shawn to any actor, writer, director, producer — anyone with a creative mission who wants to take their professional career to the highest level. Of course, you have to put in the work – but the work is made CLEAR and eminently achievable. Her programs will show you where you need to be and how to get there, faster than you think possible. And it’s fun.
About five years ago I was coaching movement on the set of a major motion picture for one of the studios. I was supposed to be on that film for potentially three months, and, due to a few major mistakes I made on set, was told not to come back after only three days. I was devastated and left the industry for three years.
A year and a half ago, I started coaching with Shawn. Shortly after Shawn delivered her ‘Pitching Yourself Powerfully,’ workshop, I saw the director of that film in the grocery store. Using what I learned from ‘Pitching Yourself Powerfully’, I felt totally empowered to walk right up to him, reintroduce myself, apologize for the mistakes I made on his set, acknowledge his incredible work… and walk away. I was not the guy anymore who didn’t know what he was doing, and that director sensed it. During our brief conversation he asked me what I was doing now, chatted about creature performer work, accepted my apology and thanked me very much for coming over. That episode on his set all those years ago had completely knocked me off my game, but after presenting myself so powerfully in the grocery store, I felt like I had a fresh start.Using the tools that Shawn teaches I went on to pitch myself three times to MTV and booked every time. You see, those appearances on MTV weren’t based on auditions but conversations and presentations I had to make to the segment producers. I use the ‘Pitching Yourself Powerfully’ tools ALL THE TIME. Thank you so much!
I found your class invaluable to defining my goals for my television career and uncovering strategies to realize them. Shawn’s knowledge of the business is extensive and comprehensive, and her enthusiasm made class fun and exciting. I’d rate working with her essential for anyone pursuing a career in writing or directing the one-hour drama.
If you need a swift, polite kick in the butt to get moving in your career…go see Shawn. Her class changed my life. I have become more organized, focused and confident in the past two months than I have in the past two years in my pursuit of an acting and writing career. Not only did I finish writing my pilot on the last day of the seminar, I got an agent halfway through. Simply put, working with Shawn is magic. Her advice and knowledge have launched me in a way I could not have done alone. The people I’ve met working with Shawn are the most amazing people who have pushed, coached, encouraged and supported me. Not only have I met my future colleagues, I have made lifelong friends. Life-changing is an understatement.
Working with Shawn created exactly what I’d hoped– a new way of being. The meetings and individual interactions bring prodding, brainstorming, role-playing, accountability and overwhelming support. She builds a zone of love and growth and change with her incredible coaching and unfailing instinct for recognizing and illuminating our inner blocks. There is no negativity here, only belief in each person’s unique strengths. Surprisingly, the structure itself brings a way to develop and cultivate powerful new habits and modes of working.
I’ve done more in the last three months than I’ve done in years. I’ve grown more in the last three months than in years of therapy. I’ve broken the chains that had always stopped me and moved forward in my career in ways I never expected. Through working with Shawn I’ve uncovered a much more powerful Self. No goal is too big, only too small.
The year before I started working with Shawn I had 17 auditions in the entire year and only 1 booking. It felt like getting auditions was out of my control.
Once I began coaching with Shawn I implemented a lot of the tools like the map of relationships, reaching out to relationships I had, and creating new ones. Between that and all her support, the following year I had 55 auditions and 12 bookings!
I was crystal clear around my goal and sharing it in a way I hadn’t before. I was able to make requests confidently and got more high level auditions which led to a wonderful, large co-star on a hit TV show!
I can say without reservation that a breakthrough I had in Shawn’s program COMPLETELY changed my thinking, approach and strategy on getting my next film made.
Shawn’s coaching changed me. The whole process was not only invigorating and hopeful but, more importantly, results-driven. No longer am I simply waiting for work. Instead, I am making it happen and am firmly in the driver’s seat.
Having advanced improvisation and live TV experience, along with conservatory level actor training, I am fine tuned with my craft. However, unlike other careers, there isn’t a straight path to getting work in the arts. This was really frustrating for me. What Shawn taught me was how to navigate and create the relationships needed to get ahead, to manage dozens of business tools that open doors, and develop within me a new way of operating that focuses on accomplishments and realistic goal setting. Also, the time management and goal-planning skills she taught were truly transformative. Her program isn’t just a bunch of tips. Rather, it is solid business advice for professional actors.
I highly recommend you commit to building your career with her programs. Dreaming is good, but eventually you want the dream to turn into tangible results. After coaching with Shawn, I now know how to make my dreams happen.
I recently completed a coaching program with Shawn. Not only did I meet my producing goal (before the course ended) but I made new friends and met future colleagues. Her class provided the framework that allowed me to focus on what my goals are and how to achieve them. I can and will reuse these tools as I continue to set new goals. I know I haven’t mastered all of the tools, Shawn packs in a huge amount of information in a short time, but I know that I am on my way to achieving all of my goals and that is a wonderful feeling.
A few months after working with Shawn, I was admitted to the CBS Writers mentoring program. Her coaching really prepared me – giving me unique insights into the industry that I still find useful today. In fact, ten weeks ago, I was hired as a staff writer on USA’s Covert Affairs!