Stephen Horst

I'm Stephen.
I'm an actor and also an Acting Coach. (
If you missed me here, you can always reach me at:

I've worked as a professional reader for ABC as well as countless casting directors.
I've also gone to producers at HBO and Cinemax as a Series Regular.

I help actors book work.
--which often means together we need to put in the work. (2-3 pages usually = 1 hour).

I truly believe if you want to stand out, you need to think of yourself like an Olympic athlete, and approach the material/story with a granular level of detail. This is especially true for those tricky Co-stars! (1-5 lines).

The good news is, this is Fun! -- which is why you became an actor in the first place, right?

Prepping your auditions to create a compelling character (which is really just a different version of yourself) that is both truthful and utilizes impactful choices to serve the story in the correct genre/tone/style is what I strive for every time.

Whether that is a last minute TV/Film audition, Commercial, EcoCast self-tape, Broadway play, musical, web-series, etc. my specialty is helping you Tap Into Your Artistry! (, which I founded in 2007.

Together we will:
1) Find/create a character that spontaneously and truthfully serves the story through connection rather than simply reciting (memorized) lines.
2) Discover your "hook," a strong opening emotion that let's you launch into the scene lit up and ride it like a roller coaster.
3) Improvise and think outside the box talking around the lines (personalization) and find unique, memorable choices which leave a lasting impression on the casting director, director, producers, etc.--so even if you don't book the role, you book the room and are repeatedly called back until you do.
4) How to use the frame. --the icing on the cake that will quickly elevate your performance and make you pop on the screen as you solidify your illusion of pretend.
5) I have a strong musical ear so I enjoy accents: Southern, British, NYC, Italian, Irish, etc.
6) I've learned (and continue to learn) from some of the best elite teachers in the game from both NYC and LA: Bob Krakower, Ted Sluberski, Joseph Pearlman, Shaan Sharma to name a few. I'll pass on all I know to you.

I also have performed on Broadway, played many lead roles regionally all over the United States, and as an ASCAP songwriter/publisher I'm currently working with a multi-platinum producer and team of artists.

I can't wait to meet you and help you in whatever way I can that best suits your needs!

I can help you:
Drill lines (fast, concise memorization techniques)
Be your reader
Be your scene partner
Coach you

That being said, the longer we have to work together the more we can explore/discover:

15 min =$15 (a quick read, fast tips)
30 min =$27 (more detailed work, environment, relationship, unique choices)
60 min =$52 (Create a compelling character, carve out the story, and adapt it to the frame to have the most immersive experience possible)

“Actors are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, actors face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life—the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because actors are willing to give their entire lives to a moment—to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Actors are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” --David Ackert

I'm Stephen.
I have gone to producers as a Series Regular for both HBO and Cinemax and can be seen on Netflix in "Luke Cage."

My wife, Alexandria and I live in Marina Del Rey, CA and we love it, just a 7 minute walk away from the beach. --sunsets are our favorite.
My biggest news is....I'm going to be a Dad!-- our baby daughter Maeve, is due Sept. 18th!

I'm originally from the small town of Arvada, Colorado.
I'm the youngest of 3, my parents now retired, were both teachers.

In addition to acting, I'm also an ASCAP recording artist and songwriter currently working with a multiplatinum producer and worldwide team of artists.
I often sing on demos and write songs with and for other artists.

On camera, I'm the strong, silent type.
I play characters who are masculine yet artistic, intelligent, sensitive, caring, likable, mysterious, soulful, and passionate. --Bradley Cooper meets Jon Hamm.
There's also a darker, more violent, sensual side to me, like Jamie Dornan in "Fifty Shades of Grey" or Christian Bale in "American Psycho.
Comedy also comes very naturally to me.
I often play the witty straight man like John Krasinski in "The Office" to more over the top like David Schwimmer in "Friends."

In addition to acting and music, I also own my own business,, where I coach actors, train singers, and teach songwriting.

Ultimately, I want to create a strong, consistent body of work and to always grow as a person and an artist.

Manager: Oliver Carnay at International Artists PR & Talent Management: 213. 804. 8222

72 Reader Reviews

" Stephen is a winner! An excellent coach, wonderful ideas, easy to work with and a doll to boot. I would recommend him highly. His calming presence and direct way of working are incredibly helpful. Thanks, Stephen! "
" Working with Stephen was a really eye opening experience - he really helped me dig deep to get specific, offered new perspectives and gave genre specific guidance :) "
" Patient, excellent feedback. Great session thanks Stephen! "
" Great ideas and very helpful. "
" Love this guy! Super helpful! "
" Excellent "
" Great! Very easy to work with!! "
" Indispensable advice with laser-focused coaching and positive feedback. "
" He is my favorite coach on this app. We works at a caliber that makes you clear and unforgettable. Most importantly he helps you find your truth and deliver your absolute best. I always appreciate when I have the opportunity to grab him! "
" Stephen was awesome. He is very insightful and gave great feedback "
" Stephen was great! We jumped right in on a self tape (on a tight schedule for me) and he had some really good coaching! "
" What a pro. He spends so much time breaking sone the lines "
" Always so helpful and generous with his time! Can't recommend him highly enough. "
" I worked these auditions sides for days, just didn't feel right. Stephen coached me after various takes, gave me great notes, and in 15 minutes I had a self-tape with great characterization, life, and comedy. I'll be back! "
" Stephen's scene work is spot on - helped me put together takes with strong choices FAST! "
" Stephen bought out the best in me even when I didn't feel connected emotionally or personally. I will be creating more moments to moments with you STEPHEN! THANK YOU! "
" Stephen was absolutely wonderful. I had to do a last minute self tape; he jumped right in with lots of useful feedback and was so easy to work off. I am very happy with my tapes. Thanks Stephen! "
" A real pro. I learn so much working with him. "
" Fantastic. The best by far! Gets you in your space! "
" Amazing how much I have to take away from 15 minutes! Appreciate the attention to detail and how easy Stephen is to talk to. "
" When a self-tape needs coaching, Stephen's the first guy you think of going to! Patient, smart, and attentive to your needs and goals. "
" Wonderful coach! Breaking down the script, adding colors for my character. Absolutely invaluable lessons. "
" GREAT reader! "
" What a great experience with Stephen! "
" Stephen was incredible. He got me up on my feet to work the scene and to really find the character. He was encouraging and helpful. He would also stop me if there was something out of alignment with what I was doing and we would work on that moment. Thank you so much, highly recommend Stephen! "
" Stephen is an AMAZING coach. Challenged me outside my comfort zone and left me with great tools to bring to all of my Self-Tapes. I'll definitely be seeking him out in the future! "
" Always an amazing rehearsal partner and coach. Awesome notes and idea! Thank you! "
" Stephen is awesome in coaching and rehearsing and finding character together. Thank you. "
" Great table read session with Stephen. He gave me a lot of pointers to play around with for rehearsals. Loved his positive energy! "
" Superb ACTING coach & skilled reader! I only had 15 minutest to prep for a last minute audition and Stephen gave me amazing notes and hooks into character that I didn't see since I'm in a rush! Thank you Stephen. "
" Steven is well equipped to work with you! He is so flexible to how you want to work and has quick tools and exercises to achieve a fresh, spontaneous read. Definitely recommend working with him. "
" Expert advice from a kind and encouraging coach! "
" Fantastic experience. Wonderful feedback and a great reader. Will work with Stephen again! "
" Fun quick read w/ Stephen and he was able to give some great notes for me to marinate on for when I dive into it -- thanks! "
" Wonderful. I tried to get in a quick self tape and Stephen understood the scene immediately and was able to give me tips to get a strong start. Thank you Stephen! "
" Top of the line teacher and reader. Fantastic "
" Great to work on my self tape with Stephen! He had lots of helpful rehearsal ideas. "
" Stephen is an absolutely fantastic coach. He is professional, organized, and compassionate. He clearly has a high EQ, making him bring detail to your audition that others cannot. Thank you Stephen for taking my audition from "meh" to "YES." I highly recommend taking the time to go in deeper with him into your character and sides. "
" Great reader and full of good advice!!!! "
" Stephen was excellent! "
" Really awesome reader. Great at diving into the text and taking the time to make special moments happen! "
" Stephen is GREAT, really helpful. Great coach. "
" Stephen was super helpful and straightforward with his advice. I feel so much more prepared for my audition and I'm excited to rock it out! "
" He was helpful with offering different suggestions. Thanks! "
" Really fantastic reader/coach, really dives into the world and gives super amazing notes really quickly. Thanks so much Stephen!! "
" SO SO GREAT. Stephen had so many great notes to offer and he helped me with every beat. In our 15 minutes, we broke down each page and specified what I was saying through each line. "
" Great reader. Also, is a natural coach. "
" Very very Helpful! "
" Stephen was so wonderful! He gave so much to the read and really helped me work through and develop the nuances of the character! Can't wait to read with him again! "
" Working with Stephen is options for the scenes, good ideas for moment before, I feel limbered up and ready for my audition! Will work with him again! "
" Stephen helps you breakdown your character and their obligations. He's very skilled at what he does! "
" Stephen was so fantastic and helpful! He gave me great, quick tips for our 15-min session together - he asked about and understood what I was looking to get from the session, and gave me actionable advice for this particular scene and for future self-tapes. This was my very first time trying out We Audition and Stephen was very understanding! So grateful for this incredible resource that I'll be using often. Thank you Stephen! "
" Stephen's great and has lots of Helpful tips to make your audition better! "
" Really jumped in with a fast read "
" Great! "
" Great attention to detail. "
" Steve was fantastic! He made some great suggestions to really help bring my character to life. 5 stars all the way! "
" Great notes. thanks! "
" Always good to work with "
" Really helped me break down the scene and get to a grounded and honest place. Much appreciated!!! "
" Thanks! "
" Very helpful "
" Great Coach! On Acting, and vocal training :) "
" Thank you so much. The coaching was definitely a bonus. Now I'm ready to book this! "
" Great reader. Good tips and suggestions "
" He was great! "
" Great reader!! Really helps work the scene with you and gives great tips! "
" Stephen took me to another level just in a small amount of time. This was a coaching session more than just reading. Super super helpful . He knows his stuff. "
" Professional Coach at a steal! "
" Seriously knows his stuff! Excellent quick tips to get you connected and allow you to shine! "
" Refreshing view of acting-- it was fun instead of heavy. Very effective "

Credits Include

2018 [IMDB]
Luke Cage
TV Series
2017 [IMDB]
What Was Found, What Was Lost
2011 [IMDB]
The Magician