Testimonies

 

First thing I learned when I sat in Shieks class was what passion looks like. I admired his deep passion for acting and to teach it. My approach and preparation for a role has been truly transformed. A scripted character's behavior now becomes second nature for me. I have taken Shiek's techniques and applied them daily in my practices of my craft. With my talent and Shieks teachings I am now booking roles.

Thank you very much Shiek.

Akintola-

 

Being a actress is not easy. Being vulnerable and getting out of who you are, is not easy! I have learned to listen, resonate, and respond in truth. Being free, open and honest! In the beginning I couldn't even look men in their eyes. I needed a lot of work and Shiek took his time with me. Working with him as an acting coach was probably the best investment I've made in my life. It has been very therapeutic. I had the pleasure of working with not only a great person but one of the best acting coaches I know. He's also a dedicated working actor who really takes acting very serious!! Shiek has worked so hard with me when it came to getting me out my comfort zone. He taught me to dig deep and let loose. Making me stronger where I was weak. I have seen his work as an actor, and OMG. I just fight so hard to be as great!! I landed my first lead role in a feature film and if it wasn't for him taking his time with me and working with me day after day I would have never build the nerve to even go on the audition. Thank you Shiek for all your dedication to your students!!!  You're very appreciated!!
Taysha Brinson-

 

Ever since taking class at Shiek Studios I have improved a lot. NY talent is on another level. I have been booking almost every audition that I go on be it theater or film. One casting director even asked me “who are you training with because you have great audition technique”.

DeRon Campbell-

 

Shiek is the most amazing acting teacher I have ever had! Not only he is a great actor, but he knows how to get the best performance out of you. He asks the right questions and triggers the right chords. He is always accessible, in fact he encourages us to call or meet, only to make his students better. Never had a coach that truly cares about the success of his students more than Shiek!

- Aline Griffin

 

Shiek Mahmud-Bey is the real deal as far as actors/directors/coaches go. He guides actors in a way that's so relatable it eases the actor into a confident performance. I trained in the theatre, but the way he teaches is not academic. He applies real life scenarios along with certain technical aspects of each scene, so that my technique can take over. He also identifies the traps of the scene beat by beat and is able to flip them to your advantage so that the focus is so specific, you can't lose. He's an actor's actor, and great director, and even better coach. Highly recommended.

Tomike Oguagua-

 

I was recommended to Shiek by a friend. I decided to visit Shiek's class, because I wanted to know if I was built for this industry. For the first two months I listened, absorbed, grew, and learned aside some fantastic actors, who have become family. By January, I decided that it was time for me to begin auditioning. 6 months later, I am starring in my first feature, and I have landed every audition, with the exception of one, that I have been on! Shiek has taught me things that other acting coaches don't bother teaching their students. I apply them to every audition that I go to; and, it is those very details that have, ultimately, sealed the deal for me.... If you are an actor, who is serious about wanting to win in this industry, visit Shiekstudio. We are ALL putting in the work, and ALL working. Yes, because we are talented, but also because we have an acting coach who, genuinely, wants his students to win. 

Erin Sanderson-

 

Shiek Mahmud Bey is a really awesome coach his approach to acting is really challenging yet informative he continues to push even to this day. He's really cares about his students growth as artist I would recommend Shiek of your looking to take your craft to a professional level.

Korey Graham-

 

The way I was introduced to Shiek was from another one of his students that I auditioned with for a movie.  I ended up having a final callback, but didn't book the movie. The woman I auditioned with ended up booking the leading role and introduced me to Shiek. I was coming from a theater background and needed to transition to the camera. In theatre were taught to be big, but with film I've learned how to internalize my performance more. I've learned acting for film is in the eyes, so its imperative that we live in moment, the camera catches it all. So if you do the work you win. We have to allow ourselves to be great as actors. Shiek Mahmud-Bey uses his passion for acting as a way to push the full potential he sees in his students. I highly recommend that if you want to learn how to be naturally and live in your characters truth than you better hit up Shiek

Randall Holloway-  

 

 

Shiek is an amazing teacher! I feel so fortunate to be able to study under his tutelage. He envelops the class with his passion, is keenly aware of your intention when performing, and tailors his advice to each and every student. I’ve studied with several reputable acting coaches, but one of the differences that make Shiek stand out is how much he is invested in each of us. One of the things I will never forget is when he was asking me about my perspective of a character I was playing. As I was answering him, I was second guessing the intelligence of my choices. He stared at me for a while and said “Be careful how you talk to yourself. It’s not about beating yourself up. Maybe you just need to make another choice.” And I realized at that moment, my craft, my vessel is to be protected and nurtured not only from the rough road that we all courageously face, but also from ourselves. That moment was priceless! Shiek will give you many gems!

Karinne Saint-Louis

 

First thing I learned when I sat in Shieks class was what passion looks like. I admired his deep passion for acting and to teach it. My approach and preparation for a role has been truly transformed. A scripted character's behavior now becomes second nature for me. I have taken Shiek's techniques and applied them daily in my practices of my craft. With my talent and Shieks teachings I am now booking roles.

Thank you very much Shiek.

Akintola-

 

Working with Shiek, taking his classes, is a goldmine of experience, knowledge and support. It's this that helps to fuel his students and give them the drive that they need to push their limits and succeed at their craft. His students are as canvas and paint. He allows them to discover their own inner artist by showing them how to use their tools in the most efficient way. I have been able to expand and grow as an actor, pushing my boundaries in ways I never thought I could. I now have the confidence to grow and succeed as an actor."

Chad D'Aigle-

 

I have been blessed to work with Shiek ON and OFF camera. Not only does he bring excellence to his work on camera but to his students off camera as well. I have always been a fan of Shiek. When I have to go in for a audition I contact him first to see his availability cause I know he will have me ready to WIN.

Rayan Lawrence-