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Nov 17

Student Spotlight – Aleksandra Jade

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Aleksandra Jade

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Aleksandra has been with The Acting Center since almost the beginning starting in our in our teen classes. We have watched her grow into the beautiful talent that she is today. She has experience in TV and film and just shot the motion capture role of Erica in “Call of Duty: WWII,” starring Josh Duhamel, Jonathon Tucker and Jeffrey Pierce. Keep an eye on her. This girl is going to be a star.

“At our school, there are no limits. You are encouraged to be anyone and do anything, and that’s a precious idea to me that fuels my creative freedom and fulfillment.”

When did you realize that you wanted to be an actor?
Sometimes I think I’ve always known, and sometimes I feel like I choose to be an actress over and over again.

How did you get started?
When I was little, I would watch movies with my sister and we would spend hours putting on an entire production. We did hair, makeup, made our own props, everything, just to recreate that movie live for when my dad came home from work. It was a lot of fun! That turned into doing school plays, being in a theater company in Chicago (doing musicals in Polish) and then coming out to Los Angeles when I got interest from a management company.

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When did you start studying at The Acting Center?
I started at The Acting Center in TeenProv!

What at The Acing Center has helped you most?
Acting all the time. I feel like I can measure my improvement for myself, check in with my heart, you know? Everything is a character card, whether it is an audition, a booking, an exercise in class. It’s all acting; being another person for real right then and allowing that experience to naturally unfold. At our school, there are no limits. You are encouraged to be anyone and do anything, and that’s a precious idea to me that fuels my creative freedom and fulfillment.

Tell us about your recent success booking “Call Of Duty”.
My experience with “Call of Duty” was amazing. I remember after the first day of rehearsals, I came back home and cried my eyes out at the kitchen table to my boyfriend. Haha! I felt so much gratitude to be a part of this special project, be challenged in my acting, and to get to work with top players like Josh Duhamel, Jonathan Tucker and Jeffrey Pierce. It was such a professional and positive set, and I got to do motion capture—so fun!

The Acting Center Student Spotlight Aleksandra Jade

Aleksandra on set of Call of Duty with actress, Lilith Max.

What is your favorite thing about The Acting Center?
The community. There is no criticism here, we don’t waste time on that, so you get to see your peers work all the time. We root for each other! We help each other create art, tackle career obstacles and support each other. It’s so genuine and motivating.

And anything else you want to say!
I have some big projects in the works coming out next year! Stay tuned! 🙂

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3
Oct 17

Student Spotlight – Marcus Coloma

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Marcus Coloma
Marcus Coloma
This California native is no stranger to roles on your favorite shows such as, TNT’s Major Crimes, Fox’s Lucifer, CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and many others. Marcus also made a mark for himself as a lead in the Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 & 3 movies as well as Material Girls with Hilary and Haylie Duff. After having taken a break with acting, Marcus returned to The Acting Center this year where he started having immediate success with our technique. He was eager to talk to us about his journey.
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When did you realize that you wanted to be an actor?

I realized I wanted to entertain people around the age of four. I remember at 4 years old watching Cheech and Chong with my brother. He was laughing hysterically during a scene when they peed in a garbage can. I remember after the movie, I peed in a garbage can and my brother laughed! My mom didn’t. That was also when I learned about demographics.

 

How did you get started?

At 18, I hopped in my car and drove down to LA. My uncle knew a lady who graciously let me crash on her floor for a couple weeks. Then I convinced a buddy from high school to move down, and I crashed on the floor of our tiny one bedroom apartment in Venice. I would buy a three dollar burrito and have half at lunch and half at dinner. I loved all of it.

I got headshots, mailed them to managers and agents. A manager called me in and put me with an agency. I booked a soda commercial. A friend said I’d make 70-80k on it. I quit my side job. I made 5K on the commercial, and after taxes, agency commissions, and paying the union initiation fees, I ended up owing $1.25 to the soda company. Luckily, the side job took me back on. Then it was auditioning and going to acting class until I booked a recurring role on an MTV show.

 

When did you start studying at The Acting Center?

I came to The Acting Center in 2012.

“The ability to causatively go in and out of the character to me is essential. This is the only school that I’ve found that is aware of the ability to become another character, and gives methods of practicing this ability.”

 

What at The Acing Center has helped you most?

The Acting Center really defined what the craft means, it gave me a workable way to move towards achieving the work I want to achieve. I’d always heard people saying you have to do the “work”, but would ask them what that meant, and wasn’t able to get an answer. The Acting Center answered that question for me. It also balanced out all of the theory on acting with the act of doing it. I love that the majority of the class is spent working and drilling versus listening to someone lecture.

It introduced me to a workable way of becoming another character, a way of shifting from myself and becoming another identity. It really opens up the imagination, and possibilities. As I continued with the technique, the ability to shift gets faster and faster, and I’m getting better at going in and out of character. This is so much more effective. I used to sit and imagine horrible things in my life, which would get me to an emotional state, go to an audition, and it would sometimes be there and sometimes, because casting was nice, or I would run into a friend, I would pop out of it. The ability to causatively go in and out of the character to me is essential. This is the only school that I’ve found that is aware of the ability to become another character, and gives methods of practicing this ability.

The last time I was in class, I worked on two auditions, which is another praise of the class. I’ve never been in a class that is so generous with accommodating the performer. The characters I needed to prepare were totally different—one was very upbeat, and the other was suicidal. After performing the latter, a new student asked how did I bring that much pain to the role, that he knew right away this guy had gone through something heavy. The answer is, I didn’t bring any pain to the role. I became the character, and once I assumed that identity, there was a lot of pain. I was able to end that scene, and jump into the other identity. Then, after class, I went home had a great night, because I went back to being myself.

 

Tell us about your recent success booking “Major Crimes” and “Lucifer”.

Recently, I booked a role on Lucifer and, also, on Major Crimes. I had actually taken about a three-year break from acting. Coming back in was a little daunting. I got back in class, and booked a fun role on Lucifer, where I play an accountant-type head of a Mexican mafia-type family. It was a big booking for me because I wasn’t sure what the climate was going to be like after a long break. Shortly after that, I booked a recurring role on Major Crimes. I auditioned for two completely different roles, prepared both of them in class at The Acting Center, and did such a great job I was being considered for both roles before booking it. I attribute these bookings to The Acting Center technique. I’m also up for a movie in 2018 for an extremely interesting character that is very different from myself, I worked on this in class as well.

 

What is your favorite thing about The Acting Center?

My favorite thing about the acting class is the practicality of the technique. So many of my auditions have such a fast turn around, sometimes it’s 9-12 pages of material that needs to be prepared overnight. I love that I can use class to prepare these. The drills The Acting Center uses are absolutely the most efficient way to prep. I love how emotion is viewed as under the actors control and that one can just create the character’s emotions. It teaches one how to really create.

I’m blown away at the work I see in class. Tonight in class, there was a girl who has never acted and we did a scene and she blew me away. She was so there, completely in the moment, but in a creative, compelling way. There are so many people who want to be great actors, people who will split a three dollar burrito for dinner and lunch to pursue this thing, and it’s really disheartening to not get the results you are going for.

The Acting Center is really a special place to me, because it answered questions about acting that I’ve pursued for 15 years, and put the quality of performances I want to be delivering within reach.

 

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1
Aug 17

Erika Christensen at The Acting Center!

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!