Past clients share their personal experience with Hapa Founder, Shannon McClain Robertson.
MEL WATKINS, Professor & Former Seoul Internations Ambassador
Shannon was the photographer for Seoul Internations events in 2015. Not only did she provide top quality images that really captured the vibe of the event and the organization, but she was also a joy to work with in every way. She added her personal cheeriness to the parties and connected personally with attendees, which enabled her to really capture everyone's personality in the resulting images. Internations is a community of people who travel and relocate often, and she really provided us with wonderful memories of each other to look back on as we all continue to move through the world.
On a practical level, Shannon was always on time, prepared, and professional, even when she was very pregnant! She edited images quickly and more than competently, often providing several different edits of a shot to ensure quality and satisfaction. She was always communicative, upbeat, and very reasonable.
To sum up, I really appreciated Shannon's contributions to Seoul Internations as a photographer. Her excellent work provided us all with lifelong memories and connection, and I'd highly recommend her as a photographer for any event."
DANTON FORD, Acting Student & Twinkie Byrd Hollywood Monologue Slam Finalist
I took acting classes with Shannon for a year and a half from 2015 to 2016 while she was working in Seoul, South Korea. Each of the classes she provided gave me a valuable opportunity to both think more deeply about acting and improve my acting skills. I had done some stage acting previously in college. However, Shannon was the first acting teacher I had that really showed me how to analyze a role and get inside the head of a character I was to play. She took students through a number of activities and exercises to help us experiment more with a character and find new angles for portraying a role. Moreover, she challenged us to understand ourselves better, which is essential to being able to portray a character.
Shannon would provide feedback both during class and via individual emails so we could keep track of our progress and know where we needed to improve. The feedback was always specific and clearly communicated. Whether it was a slight change in voice, use of the eyes, body language or reactions to a scene partner, Shannon has a unique talent for identifying those small and more subtle areas that need improvement and which can really bring a character to life.
One of my biggest challenges in the class was that whatever character or role I would take on I still acted pretty much like myself. Shannon helped me push myself out of my comfort zone and break out of my own natural personality so I could become someone else in the character I was playing. She had a very gentle way of doing this, especially for those students who were new to acting. Acting can be a very intimidating experience for many people, but Shannon always ensured a safe environment where students felt comfortable taking risks and stretching their acting muscles. She was always aware of exactly where each student was at and knew just the right amount of feedback and encouragement necessary to bring that person to the next level. Shannon is also very versatile as she is equally adept at teaching dramatic acting, comedy or improv.
I was also encouraged by Shannon to enter Twinkie Byrd’s Hollywood Monologue Slam earlier this year and through her insightful coaching and guidance, I placed as a finalist for the 2016 Slam. This is something I could not have achieved without her instruction and support.
I and many of Shannon’s former students were saddened to see her leave Korea as we would no longer be able to study with her. Conversations with her other students have only echoed many of the sentiments I’ve expressed here. Shannon is an amazing and gifted teacher. Anyone taking her class can expect to learn a number of insights into acting and oneself, as well as have a constant source of support and encouragement along the way.
IRINA ZABLOTSKAYA, Actress & COO Parkour Generations Korea
I was fortunate to have Shannon McClain as my coach on acting in Korea for almost year in 2015. I worked with her both in a workshop setting organized and led by her as well as had he as my personal coach.
Shannon reads an actor's potential very well and at the same time suggests a way and perspective towards discovering yourself from the angle unexpested or unknown to you. She also has a wonderful ability to create an atmosphere where you can easily open up and feel yourself comfortable in whatever challenging circumastances your role or character puts you in.
Despite the fact that Shannon was my very first coach in acting, and my training period was not that long, I could learn and to a good extent master a skill of studying my character background and personalize it, to improvise, to be and to act in the moment, and to have my private moment while on the stage.
On top of all Shannon has been a great supporter and an insightful mentor who used to advise me on my acting career path.
If I had a chance to train with Shannon again I would not hesitate even a second to do so.