What is PATH?
Power Audition Technique Honing is an audition technique designed to be used from the moment you get the audition info, all the way through the post-audition, "What the f*^k just happened!?", emotional/psychological/spiritual whirlwind. PATH is a practical, personally customized and very specific system that gives you a path to bravely walk through and harness your natural fears, allowing you to transform your audition into a dazzling display of artistry.
PATH is an acting technique that allows you to create magnetic, spontaneous performances/auditions that are based on bringing your own personality to bare on the role, not fall into the trap of manufacturing a contrived, two-dimensional "character". I train my students to practice a series of exercises, both in class and in their auditions, which vastly improves the audition experience, making it a thrilling act of improvisation and revelation. Through PATH you will create the Artist's Manual - your personal auditioning game plan.
PATH differs from many other audition techniques.
It focuses on the joy of creating enchantment and art - Not the obsession to "Get It Right!".
It allows the actor to own and work through their nerves and anxiety.
It makes auditioning FUN and empowering!
It delivers transformative and real results from the very first class or coaching.
It proves that whatever you are feeling or thinking in the moment, is workable and exactly what you need.
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Actress - CBS's Young Sheldon "I’ve earned my living as an actor for 25 years and I hadn't taken an acting class in years, but then I took Greg's on-line class and WOW! I’m not lying when I say my booking rate spiked as a result of his guidance! He gives practical ways to ground the process and help you be totally present. And is very specific with each actor. I now use his method every day; it’s really paying off!"
Actress - Netflix's Luke Cage "I am so grateful to have found Greg and to be on this path, pun intended. It is just magical, every week, every class. I used to dread scene prep, I used to dread auditions but this technique is so simple. And the results—MAGICAL."
Actor - Hallmark's When Calls the Heart I’ve been acting for 20+ years and what I was really missing was a simple technique. That’s one of the most amazing things Greg and this technique has brought me, simplicity—and fun! Now when I get an audition or sides for a new day of filming, I don’t get that same drop in my stomach of ‘how am I going to get this done, hope I get it right’. This PATH technique is very simple, and fast…I love it and I highly recommend it.”
Actress - HBO's The Deuce "Studying with Greg has radically changed not only the way I work, but the way I view myself. It's taught me how to work more authentically and spontaneously -- it's shown me how essential it is to have genuine confidence and joy in myself and my work. Greg teaches trust. Trust in your ideas, trust in the PATH system, trust that you are enough. His classes have removed so much of my self doubt...PATH helps me bring all of myself to every scene I tackle."
Actor - Animal Kingdom "PATH was a game changer. I found I wasn’t finding satisfaction in my audition experience or frankly enjoying the process at all. The way Greg explained his method and how he guided us in creating our own unique blue print (PATH notebook) transformed my relationship with auditions. As far as how it translated to the real world. I booked my very next two auditions.TNT’s Animal Kingdom and FX’s Snowfall."
Actor - Netflix's The Boys in the Band "The way Greg teaches and this technique is so simple yet explosive, like profound, intense. It’s all about teaching you to let go of your ego when it’s time to create. You will learn so much about yourself. PATH has made me a better artist, a better person and this way of working is perfect for self tapes because it’s so simple and alive -- the camera picks up things you don’t even know are there!"
Actress - FOX's Star "Before I started working with Greg and using PATH I hadn't gotten any callbacks or bookings for a year. 2 weeks after working with Greg, I booked a role on a hit NBC show and my first lead in a major film! Since then I've booked recurring roles on three different TV shows! PATH kickstarted everything and I can't thank Greg enough!"
Actress - CW's Jane the Virgin "Greg has changed me as an actor. Now, I actually have fun. Because of PATH, my prep takes me much less time and my performances are much more layered, much more real, and I don’t have to worry about getting emotional at the ‘right’ time. Everything is just there because I am present and I am having fun!”
Actress - Netflix's Unbelievable "Greg is my go-to coach for auditions because of the success that I’ve had with his technique. I booked or went to producers for my last 3 out of 4 network or streaming auditions using PATH or coaching with Greg directly. These were definitely not my audition stats prior to working with Greg. He is the only coach I know who has a technique that fully incorporates all of the nerves and self judgment that comes with auditioning."
Actor - Silicon Valley "While working with Greg one-on-one and taking his PATH class, I've booked a bunch of TV shows: Silicon Valley, Better Things, Speechless, The Assignation of Gianna Versace, Rosewood, Living Biblically, as well as two Indie films and a big Jack in the Box spot!!!! PATH has simply changed the entire auditioning process for me - no one can give you the tools to book better than Greg!”
Actor - Facade "I've been working with Greg & the PATH technique for 2 years. Getting into acting at a later age can feel daunting at times. I needed to find something that would allow me to bring the "real" to the parts I was being requested to auditioning for. PATH has given me this and I use my other training with this technique to excel in the audition room. I can walk in with the confidence, I have a choice or 3, and I am ready to let the room know they are in good hands."
Actress/Dancer - ABC's Fresh Off The Boat "Greg taught me to look beyond the emotions of a character and extract the action from a scene in the audition prep process. His method is simple though not easy. Greg guides his students to obtain these skills with patience and compassion. In the first years of studying with Greg, I booked roles in 2 feature films, a network pilot and a series. Greg’s PATH was the missing piece in my training that transitioned me into being a working actor."
Actor - HBO's Barry "PATH has helped me tremendously. Since I started working with Greg's PATH, EVERY single commercial audition has resulted in a callback! And I recently booked a major role on Criminal Minds! I was on set for 5 days and there were moments I felt I could just burst from joy! Working with Greg really helped me break down some barriers in my auditioning process. Thank you!”
Actor - NBC's Chicago PD "I started working with Greg at a time when I was feeling lost and directionless. I had goals I wanted to achieve but didn't know how to make progress or push through the noise and distractions. I made more literal progress within two months of working with him on both business and creative goals then I had in the last five years of trying to do it myself. In our own way, we all try and reinvent the wheel of life, Greg gives you the tools needed to do it."
Actress - Writer - Director "Working with Greg and PATH has allowed me to actually enjoy the audition process! I feel more confident and capable in the room, and auditioning has become a skill I can consistently perform and improve on. Greg is patient and kind, and class is always fun!"
Actress - Brown Girls "Greg practices this technique himself. There is no greater gift than a teacher who wishes to pass on what they know best. As a new actor with a Civil Engineering background, I wanted to enjoy every. delicious. step- including auditions. Greg instills the genuine joy with which auditions are to be experienced. You'll see the magic in a single class. I'm a better woman having learned from Greg. PATH is not only a great resource for acting, but, frankly, life itself."
Actor - Angels Never Cry "Greg Sims’ PATH has given me a reliable, repeatable, process that is usable in any audition environment no matter the prep time. Each time I’ve used it in 2019 I’ve booked. That’s not to say that it’s a miracle cure for facing fear in an audition, because let’s be real, we still have to face the fear... however what it has done is cured me of an inability to see where my power lies and how to access it reliably. I’m a better actor today with PATH in my toolkit."
Actress/Dancer - City of Angels "Greg cultivates a safe and often hilariously fun atmosphere for you to bring your honest, vulnerable self to the character. There are teachers that claim to know a right and perfect acting technique. There are schools based on singular experiences claiming to be universal... but Greg Sims is acknowledging the imperfection, the lack of rules, and the unpredictability of the actor's path and gently nudging each student, to where they are called."
Actor "Greg has been able to guide, encourage and challenge me more than any acting teacher I’ve ever had. Using the PATH approach has made auditions feel comfortable as well as it has given me a clear and practical approach to my acting while also, bringing the most authenticity out of me as well. I have found a lot of breakthrough in my work with Greg and I think that he has a great way of identifying talent and bringing the best out of somebody."
Actress - Common Beauties "I can’t say enough about PATH!! It is a practical and reliable way of approaching the audition experience - it allows you to be spontaneous in the room and it works with whatever acting or auditioning technique you are currently using. And there is no mystery to how it works - you can see and feel how effective it is from he very first time you try it! Greg has empowered me as an actor by providing the tools I need for success.”
Actor "Working with Greg has changed my life. Within ONE month of working with Greg I booked a major blockbuster film, a guest star in a pilot, and a role in a web series. I did all of that by using the principles and techniques that Greg has taught me. PGST is designed to help any individual conquer their fears. It helps identify exactly what is holding you back and then teaches you how to break through. Not only has Greg helped my career, he has also helped bring balance to my life."
I've been a professional, working actor for over 25 years, and within that time, I've been coaching actors, one-on-one, in class, and in workshops, in PATH and *Practical Goal Setting Technique (PGST) for fifteen years. My clients range from those just entering the biz, to celebrities, leads of hit TV shows, and Emmy winners. It has been a profound joy witnessing my clients and students, through using my techniques, go on to become series regulars, book roles in major films, and have not only their audition process and careers transformed, but their entire approach to creativity itself.
How was PATH and PGST born? In 2002, I hit bottom with addiction to drugs and alcohol. With the generous help of others who had overcome compulsions similar to my own, I soon found a path toward physical sobriety. The key to this path was an intrinsically linked combination of Acceptance and Surrender, i.e. - discovering what was in my power and what was not in my power. The key itself had been forged in the fires of my own suffering, or, to put it more precisely, forged in a new understanding and new relationship with that suffering.
Eventually, I felt called to re-address my career and skills as a professional actor with this deeper, experiential understanding on the nature of power. I began to ask myself - "What am I truly pursuing? - Do I even know? What are the skills necessary for building an artistic career of substance? Do I possess these skills, and if not how might I acquire them? How does my calling to be a professional actor relate to the larger principles of my life?" Engaging with questions such as these were the seeds of PATH and PGST.
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