Castlevania, Defiance, Midnight Texas, Dexter”
Nikolai understands the themes of storytelling & the actors part in it like no other. The work allows all the subtleties & complexities in a scene to naturally come through without working for them. The choices he will help you make are authentic & meaningful. This effortless discovery of a scene is both a revelation…and a relief.
The Vow, Nikita, Agents of Shield, Designated Surivor
When I first came out to L.A. I was so green. Basically, I had an idea of what acting was, and what to expect but everything was very reactive on my part. Then I started working with this coach named Nikolai Guzov. He basically taught me how to act. Not only that, but he taught me how to ground myself, take auditions objectively, handle rejection and, for lack of a better way to say it (or more just because I like the saying), he taught me to get my head out of my ass.
Black Hawk Down, The Village, Father’s Day Paranoia
Using mythology, Nik has taught me new ways of understanding the core context of scenes, characters and their choices. Using imagination based techniques, Nik has introduced me to new, experiential ways of finding characterization. All the while Nik has been sensitive, and empathetic, direct and honest, funny and insightful, and genuinely passionate about acting.
The proof is in the pudding: in the time since I began studying with Nick my employment has risen exponentially, culminating in what has been my best year yet. “
The O.C., Prison Break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.s, True Blood, American Horror Story
Nikolai is a truly gifted mentor because he doesn’t tell you how to fulfill the character or scene. He helps illuminate your tools so you can explore these choices yourself. Using exercises based on Michael Chekov’s technique, Nik awakens your imagination and senses to show you everything you need to be a captivating actor is already within you. He knows how to build your confidence so you can trust yourself in the audition room or on set. I’ve found that this self-trust leads to total commitment in the moment and exhilarating, unplanned discoveries. As I continue my journey through acting and storytelling, I will always look to Nikolai for guidance.
American Reunion, The Baxters, Girl House, Neigbors
Nikolai’s passion to teach is unmatchable. He doesn’t address you solely as an actor but as a whole person. His guidance keeps me focused and moving forward in my career and as a person in general.
S.W.A.T., Kingdom, Cane, Heroes: Destiny
Nikolai Guzov inspires me on a deep DNA level. his wisdom, taste and direction I do not question. I believe he is the best at what he does.