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.
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!
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”.
Our teacher and alum, David Paladino, recently walked the red carpet at the premiere of Lifetime’s Return to Zero. David has a supporting role in the film that stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Connie Neilson, Andrea Anders, Sarah Jones and Kathy Baker.
Return to Zero is the first Global Premiere for LIFETIME.
“Every once in a while, a film comes along that has the power to make a difference in the lives of others. ‘Return to Zero’ is that powerful and moving story that so many people around the world who have faced similar challenges can relate to,” said Christian Murphy, A+E Networks’ senior VP of international programming and production. “We felt it very important to present this moving film with such incredible performances from A-list stars as the first global premiere for Lifetime.” (Variety.com)
RTZ is the true life story of the films writer, director, producer, Sean Hanish. It’s about a couple who are devastated and break up after enduring a stillbirth but wind up reuniting when the wife becomes pregnant again.
Return to Zero premieres in the US & CANADA on SATURDAY, MAY 17th at 8pm/7pm Central on LIFETIME! Please check your local listings as times may vary depending on your cable or satellite provider.
Recently The Stafford Project won “Outstanding Comedy,” “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy,” “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy (Michelle Stafford),” and “Outstanding Comedic Guest Stars” at the LA Web Fest.
Emmy Award winning actress Michelle Stafford, created the show with friends Paige Long and Acting Center student, Paige Dorian. Together the three co-write the show, which made last year’s TV Guide “Hot List,” calling it “Brilliant, scathingly funny and positively wild!”
The show also co-stars Acting Center student Sevier Crespo, who produces the show through his company, New Slant Productions.
Co-director and supporting actress Paige Dorian said, “The Acting Center gave me the training and confidence to be a part of this show. I use what I learned in class in every single aspect from writing to directing to acting and I’m grateful for The Acting Center in every single way I could be!”
Paying homage to the shows they love (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Sex and the City,”) Stafford plays a version of herself , who has been talked into doing a “reality show.” The Stafford Project highlights the humor in humiliating situations, for which Michelle’s own life serves as inspiration.