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Aug 17

Improv for Kids

Improv for Kids - Sundays

 

“My kids are getting callbacks on everything they go out on. My daughter just booked again.”

 

Improv for Kids is back – and more fun than ever!

 

Great for auditions, industry meetings and life, KidProv classes help kids break out of their shell in a fun, validating and non-critical environment. Classes forming now and will go for 6 weeks.

 

Starts September 10, 2017

Sundays, 10am-11:30am

Ages 7 to 11

 

Improve listening and duplication skills. Get confidence in communicating, have fun!

 

Reserve your place.

Call (818)386-9099

 

14801 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

 

Parking on the right side of the lot.

 


1
Aug 17

Erika Christensen at The Acting Center!

Pro Series Extraordinaire!
Our latest Pro Series Interview with alumna Erika Christensen was spectacular! Erika who stunned audiences with her performance in Steven Soderbergh’s  film Traffic and is well known for her role in NBC’s Parenthood came to share her experiences in the industry. She talked about how she got started and has been able to keep her career going strong, from features to TV and back again. Now staring in Ten Days in The Valley on ABC opposite Kira Sedgwick. She is also a new mom. Erika is doing it all with style!

6
Jul 17

Seth Green

The Acting Center - Inside_Industry Professional Series
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE IT IN THIS INDUSTRY?
Find out from seasoned professionals in
The Acting Center’s “Inside the Industry Professional Series”

The Acting Center would like to welcome you to our Inside the Industry Professional Series where we speak with top professionals in their fields about their career successes, how they broke out or were discovered, secrets of their career longevity and much more.  

Hosted by America’s Got Talent star,  Jim Meskimen.

  
  
The Acting Center’s interview with Seth Green, recognized as the ultimate multi-tasked simultaneously working on multiple film and TV projects as an actor and as a creator/executive producer/writer. Seth will discuss his beginnings as a child star to his current status as funny, scene-stealing actor. Discover Seth’s secrets to a long, prolific and very creative career.
  

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 … This Emmy and Annie Award winning performer has worked with Woody Allen (Radio Days), Seth MacFarlane (Dads and Family Guy—Seth is the voice of Chris Griffin) and is the star, co-creator, voice talent, writer and sometimes director of Robot Chicken. Green also starred in feature films the Austin Powers trilogy, Can’t Hardly Wait and TV’s Buffy the Vampire SlayerGreg the Bunny and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among many others.

  

Enjoy previous INSIDE THE INDUSTRY interviews:

Juliette Lewis - Pro Series Interview     Nancy Cartwright - Pro Series Interview     Marion Ross - Pro Series Interview


6
Jul 17

Juliette Lewis

The Acting Center - Inside_Industry Professional Series
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE IT IN THIS INDUSTRY?
Find out from seasoned professionals in
The Acting Center’s “Inside the Industry Professional Series”

The Acting Center would like to welcome you to our Inside the Industry Professional Series where we speak with top professionals in their fields about their career successes, how they broke out or were discovered, secrets of their career longevity and much more.  

Hosted by America’s Got Talent star,  Jim Meskimen.

  
  
An interview with Juliette Lewis, recognized as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as “Danielle Bowden” in Cape Fear (1991).
  

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 … Share an afternoon with Juliette as she is interviewed on the stage of The Acting Center by actor, Jim Meskimen, and relates her experiences on set working with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallstrom, Oliver Stone, Garry Marshall and M. Night Shyamalan.

Juliette is a great success in both acting and music. Discover her secrets to full throttle creativity.
  

Enjoy previous INSIDE THE INDUSTRY interviews:

Seth Green - Pro Series Interview     Nancy Cartwright - Pro Series Interview     Marion Ross - Pro Series Interview


14
Jun 17

Student Spotlight – Aidan Cullen – Riley’s Peak

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Aidan Cullen

Our Acting for Young Adults student, Aidan Cullen, hit the beautiful (and cold) forests of Kentucky to shoot the upcoming family film, Riley’s Peak, which is due out in 2017. He talks to us about his on-location adventure and meeting and working with the legendary actor Jon Voight.

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Q) What was the most challenging part of shooting this feature film?

A) The most challenging part of shooting this film was definitely the weather. I was flown out to the beautiful (yet very cold and dangerous) Kentucky forest. There was this one scene in particular when I had to wear a wet suit under my clothes because I had to go into 30-degree water in 50-degree weather… And we ended up having to reshoot that scene 4 times!

 

Q) What was your most fun part of shooting the film?

 

A) What I didn’t realize coming into this movie is how close I would get to not only the other cast members, but also how close I was going to become with the crew members.

The second reason this experience was so amazing was because of my costar Jon Voight. Jon and I became best friends throughout the experience and to this day I still talk to him almost weekly. I remember the day after I screen tested for the role in front of Jon, the director, and all the producers, I got a call from Jon. He wanted to go out to lunch and talk to me. So the next day we go out to lunch and Jon taught me how to drive a car. The reason he did that was because in the movie I had to drive a car and he wanted to go into the movie with a bonding experience to bond over prior to filming, but it’s a pretty cool story that an Academy Award winner taught me how to drive a car. Right after Jon left our house I got a call that I got the part and the rest is history!

 

“The Acting Center took me from someone who dreamed of being a working actor to someone who now is a working actor.”

 

Q) What was it like to work with the legendary actor Jon Voight?

 

A) Well Jon is a complete natural. He’s the type of person that can say a line any way he wants and it sounds amazing. Jon absolutely brought the best performance out of me in this film, and if it weren’t for Jon I wouldn’t have executed the final scene of the movie as well as I had. We filmed the final crying scene of the movie on Day 4 (of shooting) which to me was crazy. The whole day I was psyching myself out because I wasn’t sure if I could cry or not. So anyway it gets dark and I get called on set to do my scene. I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to cry, but right before the scene Jon whispered in my ear “I love ya, kid”. And the movie is really a coming of age story, and the connection Jon and I had off of set and on set (character-wise) completely all made sense to me. The director yelled action and Jon said his opener line and immediately, without even trying to force it, I start sobbing. It was so real to me. Everything was so real. I understood the story at that point. And I couldn’t have asked for a better counterpart/partner to have in that moment that THE Jon Voight.

 

Q) How did your studies at The Acting Center help you prepare for this role?

 

A) Without The Acting Center literally none of this would be possible. I started becoming a working actor under The Acting Center’s consulting program. My consultant sent me to a photographer for headshots that put me in touch with Karen Renna & Associates. They became my manager and then shortly after I ended up signing with Abrams Artist Agency who ended up submitting me for this role! The Acting Center took me from someone who dreamed of being a working actor to someone who now is a working actor.

 

Rileys Peak

 

Q) How did your Acting Center studies help you once you were on set?

 

A) Once I was on set, the one thing that stands out to me was the improv I learned at The Acting Center. A lot of times on set either you or your scene partner(s) won’t remember their lines 100% correctly, and you will have to improv. The Acting Center definitely shaped me into somebody who wasn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with Jamie Kennedy who is amazing at improv on set!

 

Q) Anything else you’d like to share for our readers that might help young actors?

 

A) If you wake up thinking you won’t book a role, you won’t book a role. You need to always know how amazing you are and never go into any situation thinking you won’t succeed. You need to always believe in yourself and eventually success will come!

We are excited to see more success come to this up and coming actor! You can also catch Aidan on ABC’s Speechless and TNT’s Animal Kingdom.

 

Ready to take the plunge?
Schedule and interview with us today!

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24
Mar 17

Audition Seminar Answered Questions

The Audition Seminar answered those nagging questions and cleared up any confusion about how to audition!  Hosted by successful film and television actor, producer and co-founder of The Acting Center, Tamra Meskimen, attendees found themselves more at ease with the audition process and discovered an increased competence in delivering a great audition.

Dispelling the technical head-scratching of how to put yourself on tape for a self-taped audition, veteran photographer, editor and actor, Michael Klaumann gave a hands on demonstration illustrating self-tape methods for all budgets.


24
Feb 17

Field Trip for the Improv 101 class!

February 24th 2017,  the Improv class was invited to go see the world premier of the film “in Search of Fellini” written and produced by our friends Nancy Cartwright and Peter Kjenaas. Both alumni Beth Riesgraf and David O’Donnell lit up the screen with their Fellini-esque characters! It is a wonderful story and beautifuly told by director, Taron Lexton. Not to mention it is based on true events! A must see! In theaters soon.

Field Trip for the Improv 101 class - The Acting Center


24
Feb 17

Friday Night Salon!

The TAC Improv troupe hit the stage with some fantastic Improv for this Salon. We also had some wonderful scenes and monologues from our Scene Study students. Lots of laughs and a bit of drama. We do it all!!!!!


18
Feb 17

Get Your ACT(ing) Together Seminar

This was a great way to start the year where the attendees figured out what they wanted to accomplish this year as actors. Then what to do to get there! Big plans for the future for those who attended! Putting their dreams into ACTION!


14
Feb 17

Jimpressions with Guest Star Reggie Brown!

Jimpressions back at The Acting Center. We were entertained by new voices, new stories and special guest Reggie Brown (Impress me and Barbershop). Performing to a packed crowd which even drew in Dawn Wells from Gilligans Island! Stay tuned for upcoming shows!