In an a rejection heavy field like acting Matt Newton works to aid actors of all ages prepare and navigate the grueling and stressful elements of auditioning. \u201cI\u2019m the person who preps them for the big game,\u201d Newton, the founder of MN Acting Studio based in New York City and Darien, said about his role as an acting coach. \u201cAn on camera acting coach specifically, is someone who preps people before big auditions for tv or film, sometimes its Broadway, sometimes it\u2019s even college auditions. On the tv side I get hired as an onset acting coach after people have the job. I help them in that sort of crazy universe of being on a set with lots and lots of crew members and lots of stress and hopefully make it easier for them,\u201d he said. In addition to prepping actors for their auditions Newton works as on on-set acting coach for shows like \u201cBlue Bloods,\u201d \u201cJessica Jones,\u201d \u201cOrange is the New Black\u201d and \u201cThe Affair.\u201d One of his clients Asante Blackk was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in Ava DuVernay\u2019s limited series \u201cWhen They See Us.\u201d Newton worked with Blackk on the set to stay focused on his character between takes. \u201cThese scenes were very, very intense so I worked closely with the director, Ava DuVernay, to focus on everything going on to make sure that the actors are ready when it\u2019s game time,\u201d he said. \u201cAsante Blackk, who\u2019s amazing, just needed to be ready and be able to recreate take after take so that feelings and emotions were real when three cameras were in his face and people were standing around.\u201d Newton said it was \u201camazing\u201d and \u201cincredible\u201d to learn about Blackk\u2019s Emmy nomination. \u201cWhat\u2019s incredible about someone like him is that it was his very first acting job and he\u2019s a raw talent,\u201d he said. \u201cFingers crossed he wins [the Emmy]. That would be cool.\u201d The Guilford native worked as a professional actor for 15 years in tv, film, commercials before he transitioned into coaching in 2009. He has worked on \u201cGilmore Girls,\u201d \u201cCriminal Minds,\u201d \u201cDrake and Josh Go Hollywood,\u201d \u201cRoyal Pains,\u201d \u201cThe Americans,\u201d \u201cAs the World Turns,\u201d \u201cGuiding Light,\u201d \u201cStrangers with Candy,\u201d \u201cVan Wilder,\u201d \u201cDragnet,\u201d \u201cMiracles,\u201d \u201cJAG,\u201d \u201cJudging Amy,\u201d \u201cFamily Law,\u201d \u201cMen Who Stare at Goats\u201d and \u201cUgly Betty.\u201d Given his experience Newton said he understands the tensions and obstacles actors face leading up to an audition. \u201cAt the heart of everything I do is this kind of understanding of what actors are going through and how to release tension, how to make them feel loose and relaxed so that when the camera finally rolls they\u2019re not tense but their present in the scene and be able to take these scripts that people have seen hundreds of different people read and bring it to life in a new and interesting way,\u201d he said. He noted that actors often get the script the night before or the morning of the audition and have little time to prepare for it. \u201cSo the stresses are not never being prepared enough which is the norm,\u201d he said. Newton works with his clients to tape auditions in his studio, which allows them time to do multiple takes and loosen up while on camera. Newton is far from a one-trick pony, the acting coach not only educates others on his craft through his studio locations and his book \u201c10 Steps to Break into Acting,\u201d but he also pushes his clients to create the roles they want to play. In an effort to be an example for his students Newtown has written and directed four films. \u201cPart of the reason I did Hide\/ Seek I was showing my own students at the studio what it\u2019s like to create your own work because I\u2019m a huge fan of \u2018look don\u2019t sit around waiting for jobs, make something.\u2019 So I said, \u2018you know what I\u2019ll show them how to do it,\u2019\u201d he said. \u201cIt went to a couple of festivals, it was nominated for a couple awards at a some of festivals and I liked it so much that I made three more of them just to say that I did and can do it.\u201d He said that he blogged about the whole process and showed his students how it could be done. \u201cIt\u2019s just another part of my business, which is helping actors understand they don\u2019t have to settle. They can create their own opportunities for themselves and hire themselves in their own film, writing the dream role because it\u2019s so easy and affordable to do that these days,\u201d Newton said. As a coach Newton said he\u2019s busier than ever but that he has more freedom to pursue projects that interest him like working on the next edition of his book or directing another film. \u201cI\u2019m just so confident in coaching in a way that I don\u2019t ever feel like I was as an actor. I do 60 hours a week of coaching and I get so many results from it, just the satisfaction is there, so there\u2019s freedom in that every time.\u201d he said. Newton advises that those interested in acting should do whatever and anything they can to hone their skills. \u201cThe worst thing you can do is nothing. The only way to get better is by not being good for a while. You only learn by doing, so continue to put yourself in situations where you\u2019re uncomfortable on the stage and get used to it, develop confidence, develop a community of people,\u201d he said. \u201cWork harder than the next guy.\u201d Newton\u2019s Darien studio location will be holding an Open House on Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m. followed by a networking event for actors from 7-9 p.m. For more information about MN Acting Studio, visit mnactingstudio.com.