Here’s what former clients are saying:
SAVANNAH STEVENSON, Actress
I came to Anna as I felt weighed down by self judgement. I was struggling with nerves and a fear of what others thought of me.
Anna makes you realise your boundaries and questions the truth of the stories you create for yourself. Coaching was very uncomfortable at times but was a truly enlightening, challenging and transformative process once I started to open myself up to change.
Savannah has played various leading roles in West End productions including Chariots of Fire, Aspects of Love, Gone with the Wind and most recently Glinda in Wicked.
OLIVIA CHENERY, Actress
Before I came to Anna, I was at the point where the analytical voice in my head was loudly judging my every move and, because of this, I felt I was struggling to perform at my best. It was destroying my confidence as an actress. I felt very trapped in my mind and I felt I couldn’t progress any further as a performer with these blocks in my head.
I can honestly say the journey I went on with Anna is one that has changed my life for the better. The whole process, although at some points personally challenging, was throughly enjoyable and I would always look forward to my weekly meetings with Anna. Anna helps you to recognise the stories that you live inside day to day, to notice where they are coming from and to change your thought patterns, allowing you to free your mind.
I now feel so clear, calm and grounded. Because of this process, I feel I have become the actress I’ve always wanted to be – Free from self judgement and able to push my limits with enjoyment.
I couldn’t recommend Anna enough. She has changed my life and empowered me to make my dreams become a reality. Because of her help, I managed to book my dream role playing the lead in a period drama.
Olivia played Mary Queen of Scots in ‘Virgin and Martyr’. She has also played roles in ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Beowulf,’ and ‘Brotherhood.’
MAGGIE STILWELL, Partner at EY
In the corporate world, as you take on more senior roles, people look to you for confidence, inspiration and leadership. This often takes the form of set pieces at conferences – large venues and a big audience. The expectation is there to perform, when your day job doesn’t prepare you for the occasion!
Anna has now helped me do this on 2 separate occasions, and also helped others around me who were similarly outside their comfort zone.
Anna’s gift is to get you thinking differently, often pretty deeply, but in an accelerated timeframe to give you the results you want. She challenges, she asks great questions, is playful, and she connects you to your audience before they are in the room. Somehow she achieves ‘theatre’ – something compelling for others to watch and listen to – without you as a presenter losing your authenticity in the process. Having seen her work for others, she can adapt to many different styles and types. A joy to work with.
As a member of EY’s leadership team, Maggie is a Partner in Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services. She is also UK&I Managing Partner for Talent, responsible for shaping and executing strategy on attracting, retaining and developing EY’s employees in the UK and Ireland.
ZOE RAINEY, Actress
I had been keen to work with Anna for a while and never quite got round to making the first phone call. I am so glad I eventually did as I really couldn’t have asked for a better result.
I always knew my confidence and self worth needed work but Anna unlocked thoughts that have been holding me back for too long. She challenged me in ways that pushed me passed my comfort zone and opened up new possibilities and opportunities.
The changes in my thinking and my awareness and the deeper understanding I have of myself have freed me up to enjoy life more. I definitely feel Anna helped awaken a sense of joy that I had not allowed myself to feel due to busy thinking.
And thanks to Anna’s help I got my first role in a feature film, Mr Holmes.
Zoe has played lead roles in West End productions such as Hairspray, Parade and Wicked. She was also part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in the West End and is currently playing Milo Davenport in An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre.
HEE YU LEE, Manager, Assurance at EY
My day to day job does not usually involve presenting in front of a thousand people. I am quite a shy person so I had a huge fear of presenting when I first met Anna. I knew I wanted to do my best and make it work, but I wasn’t sure how I could.
Anna has a unique ability to help people realise their potential that they had not known before. Her style of coaching, together with her clear belief in me completely changed my mind set about speaking on the stage and I was able to deliver stories without being extremely nervous.
What I realised from this experience is that Anna is very passionate about helping people achieve what they want to achieve and exceed their potential. She encourages everyone to take an extra mile but she does it in a calm manner throughout her coaching. What I also noticed is that she is able to adapt different approaches to different people so naturally.
After working with Anna on my first public speech, I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at another event. I feel much more confident about public speaking now and I thank Anna for that.
She is an amazing coach and I am lucky enough to have worked with her.
SUZANNE GOLDBERG, Actress
I found Anna at a time in my life when I was stuck in a rut, constantly fighting just to keep my head above water. I was exhausted and felt completely defeated.
The work with Anna has opened up a whole new way of being. I now feel a freedom, ease and joyfulness that I’ve never felt before. I am so much more open and alive to possibilities, and this has translated both into auditions, rehearsal rooms and performances, and also into my general day to day living of life. I am seeing possibilities everywhere and am really excited about what the future has in store!
Suzanne has worked with the Soho Theatre, Paines Plough and Theatre Delicatessen. She regularly narrates audio books for the RNIB and performed in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. She is inspired by strong female centred work, and in December 2013 hosted the TEDx Covent Garden Women #Unlabelled conference.
CHARLIE ALLEN, Actor
I started working with Anna, with the belief that she would help me become a better actor, by first helping me to become a better person, that with her help I would eliminate the insecurities and bad habits that were blocking my way to a successful career.
I felt, as I’m sure most of us in acting do, that I was failing in my career. That there was something wrong with me and that it needed “fixing”, in order for me to succeed.
I felt that the pressures and anxieties of trying to work and live were too much and that Anna would help me overcome this.
What Anna did was wake me up. She helped me realise that I did not need “fixing”, that the bad habits were merely that, habits. She brought me to a new understanding of my own inherent power and wisdom. And what an amazing journey it’s been. I have rediscovered who I am and instead of feeling embarrassed or ashamed, I feel a new sense of purpose, a celebration, if you will, of the limitless potential that exists in every moment of every day.
It has changed my attitude to my work, to my loved ones, but most importantly to myself. It has changed my life.
Working with Anna Reynolds is the best decision I have ever made. It will be yours too.
Charlie is a founding member of Chronicle Theatre Productions and the recipient of Best Male Lead Performer Brighton Festival 2012. Not long after coaching he made his West End debut in Faster-Higher-Stronger-Straighter with Scéalta Móra productions.
I was pretty stuck when I first met Anna. In fact, I had been stuck for almost over two years and had reached the point where I was actually considering quitting the thing I loved most of all in the world: Acting. I really couldn’t see the wood for the trees.
I really wanted Anna to wave a magic wand and tell me what I was supposed to do! However, she came up with a better way than that. Through our conversations I had insight in to so many things about my situation. It felt like I came home to who I really was.
My work with Anna is far from complete, but already I have seen huge changes in my life both personally and professionally. One thing that really amazed me was that Anna opened me up to the possibility of a miracle happening. Having felt really unlucky in my career I thought miracles don’t happen to me.
Sure enough, a miracle did occur and completely out of the blue came a TV audition. Thanks to Anna, I do believe in miracles again! And although there is still a lot of exploring for me to do, I can’t thank Anna enough for clearing the mist. In that sense, she really did wave a magic wand. Thank you Anna!
STEPHANIE BRON, Actress & Entrepreneur
I realised that in certain areas of my life, I was becoming taken over by stress and anxiety, most of which I had become completely unaware of as it was so part of my day to day existence.
I have worked in Musical Theatre for 15 years now and felt that I had always “maintained” myself well and been able to keep up with the ever changing face of the industry in order to remain current and I have continued to work. I hadn’t realised that all this was on the surface though.
On the outside I had never really stopped and asked myself, is this what I really want? How do I feel? Am I okay on the inside? Every seemingly little rejection here and there, every negative comment that I found myself exposed to had all built up in me over time and I had let it all get inside of me, so I was believing this negative, stressed, anxious person was me. I had truly forgotten who I really was.
Anna has helped me uncover my true self again and the great news is that Stephanie was there all along, I just didn’t have the tools to see that, I had forgotten! Anna has given me invaluable tools and I have learnt so much working with her.
I am now using these tools and knowledge, in the sense that, instead of having something “wrong” and Anna having “fixed” it, we worked together with her skill and absolute commitment on a wonderful adventure to deeper parts of my mind, to rediscover my true self. Having Anna to guide me and allow me to really know this, has allowed me to live as my true self everyday. After all, it is so much easier to be yourself, right? And being myself has allowed me to really show the best of myself!
I laugh in the face of stress, I laugh more everyday in fact.
I no longer get overwhelmed by anxiety and nerves. I am fearless, as we all can be. I just needed Anna to show me that!
Stephanie has performed in many productions in the West End, including Evita, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Shrek The Musical, in which she was Dance Captain. She has also performed on tour in the UK and worldwide in shows including Fosse, Oklahoma and West Side Story. Stephanie also has her own business as a property developer.
JOSH EDWARDS, Assistant Executive, Corporate Finance at EY
I had the pleasure of working with Anna prior to speaking at a large corporate event which my Firm was organising. Despite being a confident individual, having to speak in front of such a large conference, whilst ensuring that the message which I wanted to deliver ‘landed’ would simply not have been possible had it not been for Anna’s coaching and support.
Over the course of a number of 1:1 sessions Anna drew on her breadth of experience to help me convey my story in an authentic and imaginative manner. The subject matter was something very personal and without Anna’s skill and energy I would not have been able to deliver my speech in the way that I did. Thank you Anna for your support and I would relish the opportunity to work with you again.
Throughout my conversations with Anna I became much more aware of the possibilities that were staring me in the face, but I was too blinkered to see them. I discovered new ambitions that I didn’t really know were there. I have a renewed drive in all that I do thanks to achieving a sense of clarity.
It’s clear to me that if you want something really badly it wont necessarily help if you cling onto the idea for dear life. I learnt that if I released my grip on the “thing” and made space for other ideas to breath, that can be helpful to me in ways I never imagined.
NORMAN BOWMAN, Actor
I can’t explain how Anna got me to face taking on the lead role in Finding Neverland having only had barely one and a half weeks of rehearsal but I do know that I went from a feeling of utter fear to one of calm, assured confidence in 40 minutes. She didn’t cast a spell she merely allowed the desire to be what I wanted to be to happen. I already had the tools, she allowed me to have the belief to know how to best use them. Anna’s coaching just works. Try it.
In 17 years of performing Norman Bowman has played the lead roles in Les Miserable, West Side Story, Grease, Cats, Mack & Mabel, to name a few and has acted alongside the likes of Patrick Swayze, Ewan McGregor and Derek Jacobi.
ELEANOR MATSUURA, Actress
In my line of work I have become accustomed to expecting the unexpected. Being an actor, artist or a performer is probably one of the most uncertain career paths that anyone could choose. We lay ourselves open to criticism on a daily basis. It is easy to feel vulnerable and so much is beyond our control. I think, perhaps in our own individual ways, we must thrive on the unknown but with that can come uncertainties and self-doubt that can easily spiral out of control.
This is what was running through my mind when I met Anna for our first session. I really had no idea what to expect, but I approached it with an open mind and no preconceived ideas. It turned out that working with Anna was a transformative experience.
I had questions about my career which I had given a lot of thought. I mused on all the bad habits that I have accumulated over the years. I made a mental list of all these things I would wish to change about myself and the list was long! I was intrigued to know how Anna’s coaching would help me, especially as I was due to audition for a big TV project just a few days later. After coaching with Anna, I felt calm and confident when I walked in to that casting. I landed a part in the project and I begin filming later this month. When the casting director gave me feedback, she said it was the best audition she had ever seen me do.
Anna showed me that I have all the tools within myself to achieve what I want. She just reminded me how to access those tools. If you are lucky enough to work with her, you will soon see the benefits. Anna has enormous generosity of spirit, an in depth knowledge of life as an actor and a great sense of humor. I could not recommend her more highly.
Eleanor has performed roles in the West End, at the National Theatre, the Royal Court and the RSC. Her television and film credits are extensive, including a lead role in the BBC police drama, Cuffs.
LEE WILLIAM DAVIS, Actor
Anna worked with me during my time on Shrek, which ran at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End. Having to cover 10 different featured roles and being able to drop into each part with very little notice every night was hugely challenging and when working for a major collaborative company such as Dreamworks Animations and Neal Street Productions, the pressure to be the best I could be at my job was high. Anna’s coaching helped me to find my own self-trust. By working on a conversational level I was enabled to speak from a place of unconscious thought allowing me to find, analyse and understand my own answers to the causes of my self doubt, which blocked and limited me in my personal life and career as an actor. Anna is a coach who understands acting from a place of truth and her coaching enables you to be present in the moment, which brings across a realistic and truthful performance. Also, she makes you feel very comfortable while allowing yourself to explore uncomfortable places within. Anna you have changed me for the better, I am forever grateful. Thank-you!
Lee William-Davis has played roles in 11 West End Productions, at the National Theatre the Old Vic and Trafalgar Studios. Lee has also worked for Channel 4 and the BBC.
BEN LAMBERT, Actor
Seeing Anna was a way to get some clarity having been soldiering on with my head down for a bit. The sessions were a time out to reassess. I wanted to gain some understanding about the negative thoughts and self-criticism that were perhaps causing this “head-down soldiering” behaviour. You know when you’re functioning but there’s a feeling of living life with the brakes on? It doesn’t matter where you are in life though. I remember reading a great article with Guy Pearce where he described having a bit of a breakdown despite having a pretty healthy career in Hollywood. He found that he’d been making some bad choices and wasn’t happy with himself or the way he was behaving. He recognised that he had to reassess and discovered that he had to re-choose acting. Somehow he’d been functioning on the dream of the 8 year old boy that wanted to be an actor, so now at thirty had to make a choice to carry on with it. To make that choice to be an actor in the present. About now and not about the past.
I didn’t mean to quote Guy Pearce as a way to explain my own experience but that article came to mind when reflecting on my experiences with Anna. There’s something in it that is similar to my situation and the work we did. Not of course being dissatisfied with a Hollywood career, but the realisation that there’s a disconnect somewhere between how you are and how you’d like to be. Sometimes a little routing around is called for and Anna helped with that.
She described the exploration was one we’d share. It was not about being told what to do or how to behave or even particularly being led. Anna explained our exploration in terms of looking at my ‘mind map’ and observing the thought processes that might be leading to dead ends. Together we could then negotiate them and perhaps begin a little massage of those mental knots. My point is the experience of unblocking felt collaborative. Of course there were times when I was unsure but I put my doubts to one side and went with it. And why not? There’s no brainwashing going on, or at least not any ‘reprograming’ that I wasn’t happy to partake in. Instead, perhaps, a mind wash of the most positive kind, like a thorough clean out of fear and doubt. It was as if we were washing off the excess mud that had long since dried around old ideas, so that I wasn’t carrying around so much crap.
I was very comfortable trusting Anna. We’ve all got blocks that occasionally need to be shifted if only just to rejig things so you can play out some other patterns.
I think for me it was about re-affirming faith in myself. There’s lots of ways to do that. Working with Anna was one of those ways. I surprised myself and it was fun.
Ben’s theatre credits include performances at the Almeida Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bristol Old Vic and a Number 1 Tour of The History Boys. His film credits include a role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
*The Guy Pearce article Ben refers to can be found at http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/dec/04/guy-pearce-interview
GINA BECK, Actress
I came to see Anna for help with two issues, firstly we worked on combating nerves in a concert or audition situation and secondly she helped me to remove the fear I have when on stage that I will forget my lines.
Anna firstly asked me to address these issues, to describe how they make me feel and then she began to work with me to release their hold over me.
I now feel much more confident when performing outside of the theatre and nerves don’t seem to affect my voice anymore. I definitely feel much more in the moment and am less distracted by negative thoughts in my head. Anna helped me break some patterns of behaviour that were unhelpful to me during the show. My experience of performing now is all about telling the story and being in the story, I enjoy myself much more and am free from negative distractions.
Gina has played several leads in the West End, including Cosette in Les Miserables, Christine in Phantom Of The Opera and Glinda in Wicked.
JAMES LE FEUVRE, Actor
I went to see Anna because I was rehearsing a lead role for a play and I didn’t want to psyche myself out in the lead up to opening night. Often I have had sleepless nights in the run up to opening nights, anxiety dreams and even the feeling that I can’t enjoy any of the experience for the first week of performances. I wanted to see if Anna and I could work together to try and improve this for me.
The session itself was relaxed. Anna very quickly put me at ease. She asked me questions that I had never before asked myself and it was very useful in opening up new ways of thinking about the problem. I even came to the conclusion that self-sabotage played a role in my problem. It was very interesting how Anna was able to really direct you into discovering what the problem was and from here she was able to try and work through it with you. Anna is very likeable, calm and thoughtful. She had the ability to make me laugh in the session while really trying to get to the ‘nitty gritty’ of what was going on for me.
The session certainly made me much more aware of myself and about the causes of the anxieties and self-sabotage. I can honestly say that I did not have one sleepless night in the run up to this production and while nervous on opening night, I never felt the nerves so bad that it was ever going to impede my performance, and I even managed to enjoy parts of the performance on the opening night!! Amazing results really and results that I can only put down to my session with Anna. I still feel there is more work to do, but it is work that I can see for myself, and I know that if there was something else I was struggling with I would definitely go and see Anna again.
You will find that Anna likes to work with metaphors and I would like to try and describe my experience as such. I feel like I’ve spent most of my working life walking around in a covered wood, walking down one path, suddenly I have come to the end of the wood which opens out into a mass of green fields and I can see for miles. There is no longer just one path for me, I can tread wherever I want and take whichever path I want in the open air with the sun shining down and this makes me very happy!
James has appeared in the West End, the Donmar, the National Theatre and on Broadway. He also has numerous film and TV credits.
ADAM SPRACKLING, Performance Coach
I’ve been working in the field of NLP for over 15 years yet I recently found myself getting stuck. I was changing career direction and was struggling to have the belief and congruence to fully commit to my goals. I was anxious about what would happen if I didn’t succeed so was stopping myself from just going for it. I saw Anna to help me feel more confident and focused – and I was very excited by what I got. She helped me make changes very quickly, demonstrating deft expertise and real care for my result. She followed up regularly after the sessions and gave me homework to embed the changes we made. I now find myself much more relaxed yet excited about my future and new business is coming on where it wasn’t before. More importantly, I feel happy in myself again. Thanks for all your help Anna!
Anna took the time to get to know me, how I think and how I operate by asking me questions before our sessions and checking in after. The first session was transformational. I was emotional at the start and sometimes during the session when we touched on deep feelings I hadn’t realized I was holding. Having said that I think my overriding memory is smiling and laughing. Anna put me at ease and understood my sense of humour. After a couple of sessions I made deep changes in my life which I hadn’t been able to make before. Whatever had been holding me back had gone and was replaced with determination, calm and happiness. I have given up smoking and was surprised at how easy it is – feel like a bit of a fraud! The foundation work I did with Anna enabled me to go forward and change the things I wanted to myself. I would highly recommend this kind of journey to anyone looking for change, and Anna is a brilliant person to do that with.
CHRIS C, Accountant
After going through a 5 year period of going around in circles and getting nowhere, being very negative after a long term relationship ended, I knew I needed to change and I wanted to change.
Anna had told me about her coaching but it was 5 months before I gathered up the courage to commit to it. I did not know what to expect, but I found working with Anna a very moving experience.
Change takes time and you must want to change. It has been 3 months now and I have found I have changed from looking inwards and backwards towards what I had lost, to a more forward looking and positive person than I have ever been before.
I still have relapses, that’s human nature, but as soon as I catch myself dwelling on the past, I replace the negative thinking with positive thoughts. You can only hold on to one thought at a time, either a positive one or a negative one.
My internal thinking has changed a lot and now I am working on changing my external life. This all takes time but without Anna’s help I would still be living in the past and not looking forward to what life has to offer.
I can whole heartedly recommend Anna’s coaching to everybody and once I feel I have come to a barrier that I need help with, I will be having no hesitation in seeking Anna’s help again. Remember it takes time and you need to want change.
I went to Anna because I wanted to change my own behaviour. The coaching sessions were fun and a little crazy, but very quickly it helped me to change how I think. As a result it has given me many more options and a more relaxed lifestyle. For anyone wanting positive change I would definitely recommend seeing Anna. It will give you an amused look on your face for the rest of the day, and her coaching works!
Anna combines a high skill level with a passion for helping people succeed. I got a visceral sense that she cares deeply about her clients and will do whatever it takes to ensure you get what you came for – and then some! Anna has a unique ability to create an environment where it’s easy to step into the unknown. Although it’s tricky to explain how the tangible transformations occur, in my personal and professional experience, the changes were swift and almost magical. A genuine force; I couldn’t recommend her enough.
CHRIS D, Business Owner
I can personally recommend Anna’s coaching, having been helped enormously through a time of personal trauma.