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Nancy F.

Photoshop, Film-making, Acting, Video Editing, Photography & Art!

Pasadena, CA (91104)

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I love art and love helping others become artists. I can teach you Acting, Film Making, Video Editing, Photography, Photoshop, Painting and more! It makes me feel good when my students succeed. I can help all levels and am patient as I teach.

As a child I was always drawing and I loved drawing people. I have extensive experience in Chalk Pastels, colored pencils, graphite and charcoal. My favorite painting media is oil but I also work with Acrylics. I have won awards, been in juried shows and have displayed in galleries but now I love to paint for myself. I have taught one-on-one classes and workshops on how to draw what you see.

After studying advertising I became a graphic artist and fell in love with Photoshop. I used it in my work and was a graphic design tutor. I later taught advertising and graphic design at Platt College San Diego.

I was also an actor and an acting coach. I studied with the best coaches and fell in love with the craft of acting. I created a workshop called "Acting for Directors" that I taught at Platt College. In Chicago I taught acting classes full time and saw great improvement in my students. I also did private coaching in Chicago and San Diego. My students always improved! I can teach scene work and monologues. More is detailed in the theater section in subjects.

I moved to Los Angeles with a desire to pursue film-making. I have made 17 short films and can teach the process from conception to completion. I am an advanced Final Cut Pro Editor and know how to cast a film. I have written and directed narrative fiction and documentary films.

Currently I am a headshot photographer, specializing in actors, bringing out the special beauty in each individual. I am also an advanced Photoshop retoucher and love to make photos beautiful. I make actor's reels too, using Final Cut Pro 7.

I enjoy working with people who are excited to learn...I love to teach!

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Adobe Photoshop

I have over 10 years of experience in Adobe Photoshop.

As a graphic designer I used it extensively. I have been a one on one tutor and a class teacher in computer graphics.

I have a headshot photography and retouching business. I am well versed in the latest Photoshop techniques for photo retouching, repair and art creation!

Using raw photos I use Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop as a workflow and can help you with that.

I have extensive training in advanced Photoshop techniques from LACC, The Art Institute of California and Platt College of Design.


I was always drawing as a child. I won awards in high school and continued to develop skills as an adult. I am especially good at drawing the face and human body.

I used to teach one on one classes that I called "Learn to Draw what you See."

I gave demos at a San Diego art store on "How to Draw a Face" with pastels. I taught the same workshop at Platt College.

I like using graphite, charcoal and colored pencils.


I have a Cinema Directing certificate from Los Angeles City College. I am a 2-time recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Award for achievement as a film student.

I won an honorable mention for one of my short films.

I have written and directed 14 short films.

I belong to the AWD, The Alliance of Women Directors, which is an organization dedicated to the promotion of female film directors. Membership is based on approval.

I have taught a workshop on acting for filmmakers at Platt College of Design.


As I child I learned how to paint and painted all through high school. I had 2 years of painting classes at Ohio University. In San Diego, I studied with several well known artists including Ken and Stephanie Goldman.

I was in juried shows, gallery shows and won awards. I love painting with oils. Prior to oils, I spent several years with pastels and also know acrylics!


I have earned 2 Certifications in Photography from The Media Arts Department of Los Angeles City College. The Certificate of Achievement in Digital Photography is recognized by the State of California. I also received a Digital Skills Certificate. These certifications are the result of success in beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes in Photography and Digital Imaging.

My methods for tutoring for this subject will include demonstrations, verbal knowledge and helping the student use his or her camera.

For the past three years I have been a Photographer in Los Angeles. I love working with natural light outdoors. I also work in a studio with strobes and stationary lighting. I love to see what lighting can do and how it sculpts an image. Golden Hour is my favorite time to shoot. I specialize in headshots and you can see some of my work on request.

I enjoy bringing out the best in each subject.


I can teach an acting student how to breath life into a character.

Some of my acting teachers studied with Uta Hagen and Stella Adler. I was fortunate to be trained by the best.

With over 10 years' experience as an actor for film, television and theater, I have taught acting classes with 30 students and have done extensive one on one coaching.

My students include children, teenagers and adults desiring to be professional actors.

I cover all basics of the craft of acting and can teach advanced character development.

I have made 10 narrative short films. I did all the casting for those films and understand what a casting director looks for in the first 30 seconds of an audition. I directed the actors in each of those 10 films.

My students all see improvement in their work. Here is a comment from a former student of mine.

"In only a few weeks of taking acting classes with Nancy F. I have overcome shyness and become quite confident."
Helen R.

So in summary, I believe acting can be a fun and fulfilling experience. Whether just starting, needing to book an audition or polish up a character...I can help!

Video Production

I have produced and directed several documentary, narrative, and news shoots. I Interviewed the subjects of the documentaries and directed the Cinematographers. I have written controversial news stories and produced some that have aired on TV.

I have received a certification in cinema production at Los Angeles City College.

I was a teaching assistant in the Advanced Cinema Production class at LACC where I taught students video editing and casting for short films.

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Los Angeles City College (Photography and Film)

Great Tutor for Final Cut — Nancy did a great job of tutoring me in the use of the Final Cut Pro 7 program. She is very knowledgeable, explains things thoroughly and makes sure you understand them. I cannot recommend her enough. ...

— David from Burbank, CA on 9/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

$45 is my basic rate. Thank you!

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Nancy will travel within 25 miles of Pasadena, CA 91104.

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