In our most recent Inside the Industry Seminar on Saturday, April 11th we really went inside the industry!
The co-founders of Casting About (which is now part of Breakdown Services), Brian Wold and Blair Hickey took us behind the casting curtain to see what the Casting Directors see when they get an actor’s submission on Breakdowns Services.
It was surprising how many submissions casting can receive for a single role and learning about how fast the process goes. They also had some amazing marketing tips on branding yourself and creating relationships in the industry.
We all work together in this industry and getting to know the people you work with is really a good idea. It was truly a pleasure to have Brian and Blair present this information at The Acting Center. We will have them back again later in the year if you missed this one.
Well, we found out at the How to Audition Seminar on April 28th given by co-founder of the Acting Center Tamra Meskimen with guest speakers–casting director Catherine Stroud and film maker Michael Klaumann.
Catherine was there to hear it straight from the actors what they like and do not like about the process and she thought it was amazing! She had such great advice on handling some major problems that come up at auditions.
Michael then gave a wonderful demo of how to self-tape with great tips on lighting and sound.
And then Tamra gave the Acting Center perspective on how to be comfortable, deliver that great performance and nail your audition.
On March 14th Co Founder of the Acting Center Eric Matheny gave his world famous Commercial Seminar! Eric has booked hundreds of spots, and has great insight into the art of commercials. Eric made it really fun and informative. You know a commercial is really a short story.
Veteran Voice- Over artist and master comedian Jim Meskimen delivered a fantastic Voice-Over seminar on Feb 28th at The Acting Center. It was educational as well as entertaining! Jim went over some great tips and successful things he has done to build his VO career. It was very inspiring to all.
The First Salon of 2015 was a hit according to Facebook! We had performances of some wonderful monologues and scenes by our students and our TAC Improvisers as well!
Jim Meskimen hosted the evening and performed improv as he does so well! The next one will be on February 13th. Our Valentines Day show!
Jennifer Vazquez, former Acting Center student just launched her new website AND will be releasing her latest music video “Getting Out Of My Own Way” on January 28th!
Fifteen-time ASCAPlu$ Award Winner Jennifer Vazquez is an infectious triple threat: inspirational singer/songwriter, vibrant musician and illustrious performer. Her sound and energy resonates three fold with pop, folk-rock and country audiences worldwide. Two of her songs – including her new single “Getting Out Of My Own Way,” produced by Ron Zabrocki – are featured in the hit HBO comedy, “Sleeping With The Fishes,” starring Golden Globe Winner, Gina Rodriguez (CW’s “Jane the Virgin”), along with Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”/”Devious Maids”).
On November 8th at 8 PM, The Acting Center celebrated our 8th Anniversary in our new location on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. It was a great party in Acting Center style with great food and great music. Marion Ross came by to wish us a happy anniversary and we had many students and friends in attendance to party through the night!
Our own Madison Bruneohler at the premiere party for Video Game High School Season 3 with series regular Ellary Porterfield. Watch for Madison in this series! Congrats!
As a tribute to Robin Williams The Acting Center student Jim Meskimen wrote a poem and then recited it in the voice of Robin Williams.
The 6 episode web series is available today on YouTube!
Check out the first episode below:
This new web series follows the career of Evelyn Stanhope, a late night public radio show host played by Aspen, whose life and career are on a comic descent off the air.
The Los Angeles RIGHT NOW! team is heavy with Acting Center talent. Joining co-creators Jennifer Aspen & Acting Center co-founder Christopher Smith (who also wrote the series) are Acting Center alums David O’Donnell (Producer), Tyler Parkinson (Co-Director/Music), Kelly Meyersfield (Co-star) and Acting Center Executive Director April Biggs (Associate Producer).
Aspen co-starred in ABC’s hilarious dramedy GCB, alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts, Miriam Shor and Marisol Nichols. Created by Robert Harling and set in Dallas, Jennifer played “Sharon Peacham,” former beauty queen turned wife and mother who deals with the pressures of being perfect by stress-eating. Jennifer also played Olivia Holt’s overprotective Mycologist/Monster hunter mother in the Disney original movie Girl Vs. Monster, which premiered last Fall. Jennifer recently had guest starring roles in the CBS comedy, “Two and a Half Men” and the NBC drama “Harry’s Law”.