Gi’onna Kamille was born and raised in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA. She caught the acting bug at the age of five and began working in print modeling until she was eight. She went on to study theatre and dance at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) and the Freedom Theatre! Some of her work includes programs such as Blindspot (NBC), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Good Girls (NBC) & more! During her down time Gi’onna loves to commit her time to an organization her mother founded called P.O.W.W.O.W ( Passing On Womanly Words Of Wisdom) where she mentors and advises other girls and young women who struggle with abuse, self-esteem, mental illnesses and more!
Multi-hyphenate Caryn Ward Ross is an actress, producer, and writer born and based in Los Angeles. Her television acting credits include guest starring and recurring roles on such hit shows as BET’s “The Game", HBO’s “ Entourage”, “Jane The Virgin,” and “Lucifer” on FOX. Caryn is a series regular on Bounce TV’s “Grown Folks” from creator Bentley Kyke Evans, and recurred on TruTV’s comedy series "Fameless" from executive producer David Spades. Caryn was nominated for Best Actress in a comedy series by the Indie Spirit Awards.
Currently, Caryn is the Executive Producer of the provocative drama series, “Craig Ross Jr’s Monogamy,” of which she also stars, on UMC.tv (recently acquired by AMC Network). Mr. and Mrs. Ross just completed filming the second season of of the hit show, and it will premiere this fall on UMC.tv, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
Caryn Ward Ross serves on the board of advisors for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. She is also a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Psychology. Ward Ross is the founder of the Creative Institute of Los Angeles (the intersection of creatives + personal growth), a wife, a mother of two amazing girls and pit bull with floppy ears.
Judy has been a professional actress for 40 years, showcasing her skills &
talents in over 350 commercials & in over 80 roles for film and television.
Some of her more well-known credits include a recurring role on the Emmy-
winning show Mad Men, as Olive Healey ( Peggy’s Secretary) which won
her a SAG Award. Her other favorite recurring credits include Odd Couple
with Matthew Perry, Hand of God with Ron Pearlman, Married with
Children, For Your Love, Grosse Pointe, and Manhattan, AZ with Chad
Everett. She has done numerous guest appearances on the hit shows
Modern Family, The Middle, Bones, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, Scrubs,
Desperate Housewives, ER, Seinfeld, The District, The West Wing,
NYPD Blue, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show just to name a few.
She's appeared in 2 acclaimed Super Bowl Ads in 2013, Oreo Whisper
Fight ad and Deon Sanders' NFL promo. Her extensive background in
commercials has lead to several career highlights such as being
remembered as the Judge in CLAIROL HERBAL ESSENCE with Dr. Ruth,
a role in which Saturday Night Live did a hilarious spoof of her. Her
teaching career has also lead to immense success, being voted
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TEACHER IN LA in 2010 and 2011. 2012 Her other acting classes have
won BACKSTAGE WEST'S FAVORITE IN LA as well, and continue to
produce amazing results for her students.
Judy first co-founded the acting training company, Talent To Go, which
lead to the empowerment of countless actors' careers. In 2009 and 2010,
TTG won the BEST CASTING DIRECTOR WORKSHOP IN LA. Judy
opened Keep It Real Acting in 2012, which now continues her teaching
legacy and offers an vast amount of classes for all students of all ages and
skill levels. She is continually grateful to have helped transform so many
She resides in LA and is the proud mother of one son, Frankie Manes
At the impressionable age of eight, Jazmen set his sights on one of the most coveted and rewarding jobs in the universe - becoming a Power Ranger. However, once he discovered the skittle-colored crew of intergalactic crime fighters were nothing more than a half-baked idea from an acid-tripping Japanese comic book artist, Jazmen thought, "I could do that too," and switched his focus to writing.
Influenced by his mother's life as a foster child, as well as his experiences mentoring Undocumented Refugee Minors, Jazmen's stories often center around outsiders looking for a place to belong.
After graduating from Florida State University, he was hired to write the script for "The Citizen,” the story of a Middle Eastern immigrant who arrives in New York City the day before the September 11th attacks. In 2013, the feature film was released theatrically across the United States, Middle East, and online through Netflix and Amazon streaming.
His TV credits include the hit Bounce TV series “Saints & Sinners,” and B.E.T.’s HBCU drama “The Quad,” as well sitcoms “Family Time” and “In The Cut.” He’s currently a staff writer on the #1 show for black women on Tuesday nights, “Ambitions,” a juicy night-time soap for O.W.N. (Oprah Winfrey Network) starring Robin Givens.
Duane Finley is born and raised in Inglewood, California. He began his acting career as “young Slim” in the classic film “The Wood” while attending Inglewood High School. He received an academic scholarship to Utah State University shortly after completing the project. His next role came in the theatrical stage performance of “ The Boys Next Door” as “Lucious P. Smith”. He then hit the stage again bringing to life the character, “Mr. Robinson” in “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. After college, Duane returned to California to join the family business as the Co-Owner of My Mailbox, Inc. The business has currently been in his family for 20 years. His late father, Charles Finley, purchased the bustling business in 1999 and later passed leaving the business to Duane and his brother. My Mailbox is currently operating in the Baldwin Hills area. They offer business services to the community, such as, private mailboxes, Notary Services, Tax preparation and Live Scan Fingerprinting just to name a few.
Duane manages to keep his acting career in motion while growing his business empire simultaneously. This fall, he can be seen playing the role of “Teddy” in the Indie Film “His, Hers and The Truth” coming soon to BET and UMC. In addition, he plays the role of “Kris” in another buzzing indie film “South Central Love Story” written and Directed by Christina Cooper. And if that’s not enough, Duane will be making his first television debut on a new TV show called “PUMP” to be released in 2020.
GEORGE PIERRE, CSA – CASTING DIRECTOR
Since opening its doors in 2007, Pierre Casting has had the pleasure of casting for CNN, TBS, BET, DISNEY, TV ONE, FOX, NBC UNIVERSAL and most recently OWN. Pierre Casting has worked on feature films like: NO GOOD DEED, which was number one in the box office for 2 weeks straight. Other features include Ride Along 1, Ride Along 2, A Meyers Christmas, Night School, Little to TV shows such as Being Mary Jane, The Quad, Superstition and most recently Lee Daniels STAR, along with Ambitions, American Soul and TALES. Most recently Pierre Casting has been accepted into the CSA. Pierre Casting looks forward to casting new projects and meeting new talent
Mere words can only capture the refrain of her awesome talent. She is the ballad of beauty and elegance. The melodies flowing from the petite vocalist are truly amazing. While casting a spellbinding smile, she mesmerizes her captive audience with incredible harmonies and rhythms.
AS AN ACTOR, she has appeared in hit TV shows such as Lifetime's, “Army Wives”, and Marc Cherry's, "Devious Maids". Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams' apocalyptic, “Revolution”, and “Aquarius", starring X-Files' David Duchuvny, both on NBC, and “Criminal Minds”, alongside Joe Mantegna. Theatrical credits include, “The Blind Side”, “Addicted”, starring Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as Seeder, and "Christmas Wedding Baby”, by Award-Winning Writer/Director Kiara C. Jones. She also stars in Writer/Director, Shea Sizemore's "The Next Day." In addition, she recurs in Bounce TV's, "Saints & Sinners" as Lt. Hawkins, and as Ms. Sumner is the Oscar nominated film, “Hidden Figures”.
A SONG STYLIST in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with such legendary artists as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh, and Ronnie Laws. After a very successful 6 year stint in Asia, Maria relocated back to the U.S. and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for 9 consecutive years. She and pianist Bill Wilson (son of legendary jazz pianist Teddy Wilson), held the distinction of being the longest running act at the Atlanta, GA location. As of 2017, Maria hosts her live Hollywood music series called #DUETS, featuring “songs to soothe your soul.”
Maria is not only a song stylist and actor, but a very devoted supporter of her charity of choice, Students Without Mothers, where she has served as a board member for over 8 years.
Sara Mornell has shared her 23+ years of extensive knowledge coaching actors, athletes, and entertainers to live in their truths and train like Olympians to meet the demands of Hollywood. Recognizing that the current training and methodology based in theater techniques is failing actors.
After years of coaching actors with an unprecedented booking rate, combined with coaching athletes on their game - The Mornell Method was born. A new and more effective approach for actors who want to work in Film and TV. Cultivating an athletic frame of mind while supporting the creative spirit. Sara’s method teaches actors how to be fearless versions of themselves instead of teaching how to be a character. -
Most recently Sara starred opposite Jeremy Sisto in the ABC crime drama Wicked City and guest starred as Renee on the hit Freeform comedy Alone Together. Sara has also appeared opposite Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine in the film People Like Us, with Kevin Bacon in The Darkness, and as Jean, the tough-loving expedition guide in the horror thriller Quarries. Other film credits include: Python, Paranormal Activity 4, Starting From Scratch, Knife Fight and Plan B.
In addition to working in front of the camera, Sara has also written, directed and produced three seasons of comedy series #TheAssignment through her production company, Mornell Studios.
In 2017, Mornell Studios relocated from Los Angeles to Atlanta where she currently resides. Sara came to Atlanta to bring her method to the working class actor, and raise the bar for training in the southeast market. The goal being to put Atlanta on the map for trained reliable talent for roles beyond that of the co-star.
Mara Hall is best known for her recent co-star roles in Scandal (ABC) and The Quad(BET), supporting role in A Question of Faith (Silver Lining Entertainment), lead role in the comedic film Loqueesa, and her role as Nurse Kathleen on the award-winning ABC series Grey’s Anatomy (ABC). In 2017 & 2016, Mara guest starred in many episodes of Bounce TV’s popular series Saints & Sinners. Mara joined the cast of the new Oprah Winfrey Network, Will Packer Productions series Ambitions in 2019 as a series regular. Mara made her national TV debut on the hit show Dance Your Ass Off as one of the contestants on Oxygen's reality dance/weight loss competition series. In 2015, Mara launched her social media movement and lifestyle show, I Got Something To Say #IGSTS, that empowers audiences through laughter. Mara is also passionate about health, fashion, and beauty and loves to connect with fellow beauty queens across the U.S. and globally.
Dinora Walcott is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She is an actress known for shows such as The Big Bang Theory, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, a recurring character on all seven seasons of ABC’s Scandal, and a recurring character on TNT’s The Last Ship. She has her Masters Degree from Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater and The Moscow Art Theater, in Russia. Dinora works regularly in national commercials, voice over, and as a writer. She is also an acting and audition coach.
Jerrel O’Neal is a native of Detroit MI. He is an NAACP Award winning actor that attended Alabama State University were he received his B.A in Theater under The Direction of Brian Martin, and Tonea Stewart. He went on to sign an professional acting contract to B Street Theater in Sacramento, Ca. Jerrel is The "Marvin Sims" award recipient for the 2010 KCACTF National acting competition. Some of his work includes August Wilsons "Jitney" (Booster), Loraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In The Sun" (George Murchison) , and Shaka Senghor’s "The Cell" (Trey). Since moving to California, He has starred along some of Hollywood's biggest names such has Loretta Divine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Harry J Lennix and Grammy Nominated R&B Singer Ledisi. He is currently starring and producing his hit YouTube show “Jones” as the lovable Ali. He Also Directed several projects one of his most recent being “Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau. Also being former track & field athlete with many accomplishments, He became a coach at Burbank High School in California, where he brought the team back to the top of there league winning the title in 2016. Several of his athletes went on to continue their dreams in college. Being from the Motown he also has the biggest love for music and dance. Since college he has been teaching Detroit/ Chicago style ballroom. Now teaching in La. As well as recording and writing his music. He is a man that truly knows us in gods gifts for the right reasons, will allow you to receive everything that suppose to come from it!! Be inspired!!!
Khalimah hails from Jamaica, Queens in The Big Apple but currently resides in the film making heaven in the city of Angels, Los Angeles, CA. She has been driven by her passion for the performing arts from a young age. She does it all from hosting events, Writing, Voice Overs, Directing, and of course Acting. She honed her natural gifts with formal training in film and theater at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) right after graduating High School. Since then, she's done a variety of work such as numerous Off Broadway plays, commercials, voice overs, web series, and films. She has also created and hosts her own Bi- weekly networking event that has become a staple for the film community. Actors and film makers of all caliber work amongst their peers! Be sure to check out The Screening Room Atl every other Wednesday Night at Gallery 992 | 992 ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, Ga 30310.
Sheila Tejada was born and raised in Southern California. Her parents came to America from the Philippines with one suitcase to their name. From her parents, Sheila grew up learning how to take risks, work hard and follow her dreams.
She recently filmed a comedic spot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" opposite Guillermo, Jimmy Kimmel's sidekick. Also, she is shooting another comedic role in the Urbanflix series, "Casting the Net."
Sheila was a principal character in multi-award winning indie comedy feature (32 festival wins) "Driving While Black" and acted opposite of Denise Crosby ("The Walking Dead") in Showtime's acclaimed series, "Ray Donovan."
She is a stage trained actress and has a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and was awarded with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts award. She continues to study the craft with master acting coaches, Risa Bramon Garcia, Stan Kirsch, Billy O'Leary, and at the Margie Haber Studio. Sheila was Miss Cerritos 2008 and is also a professional singer. She was a finalist in MTV's Little Talent Show when she was 19 years old. In addition to acting and singing, she enjoys performing stand-up comedy at Flappers, Burbank.
Naomi Mack is a ball of fiery energy with a love for the arts, health, and athletics. She’s a magnetic actress, fitness instructor, model, and host with an adventurous, down to earth spirit. Though her vibrant commercial look is as undeniable as her smile, she is drawn to the raw and unpolished parts of life that she hopes her acting roles will reflect.
Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her mother started her early in dance and Karate. It was when her family relocated to Atlanta in middle school that she joined the track & field team and started performing in school plays. She continued with both through high school until she was recruited by Kennesaw State University on a full ride track scholarship where she studied film production. As soon as she graduated with multiple conference championships rings in the Heptathlon ( consisting of the 100 hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump, javelin, 200 and 800 meter run), she hopped back into acting classes and never looked back.
With experience in front and behind the camera, she works as both talent and crew in as many films as she can get her hands on. Although her focus lies on artistic independent work, some of her most recent acting credits include co-starring roles in HBO’s upcoming series Lovecraft Country from Jordan Peele, BET’s American Soul, and OWN’s Queen Sugar.
Naomi's natural curiosity, work ethic, wide array of talents and “do it yourself” attitude has always been a winning combo for her. Stay tuned for this rising star.
Born in Thomasville, Georgia and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Khalilah Joi is a bonafide Southern girl–freshwater fishing, debutante balls and all. With aspirations of being a broadcast journalist, she attended The University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English. After graduation, though, she chose The Studio Theater Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. over her acceptance to NYU’s Graduate School of Journalism and hasn’t looked back.
After a year on the east coast theater circuit, Khalilah drove across country to Los Angeles, where she has worked consistently in television, film, animation and theater. Some of her most notable roles include starring in three seasons of the hit digital series “Sexless,” a recurring role on BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” and appearances on “S.W.A.T.,” “Rosewood,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Good Doctor.”
Khalilah’s recent guest role as assault victim Abby in the “Grey’s Anatomy” episode “Silent All These Years,” which deals with consent and was specifically inspired by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, received critical-acclaim and generated immense online conversations around the #MeToo movement. The episode showcased Khalilah’s most nuanced, impactful on-screen performance to date and garnered considerable Emmy buzz, landing her a feature in Variety’s contenders issue.
On the heels of Grey’s Anatomy, Joi had a recurring guest role on the second season of HBO’s Emmy-winning hit “Big Little Lies” and is currently filming a new project to be announced in the fall.
During her career, Khalilah has been fortunate to receive a number of awards and acknowledgments for her work. These include winning Best Actress at the American Black Film Festival, winning the Best Supporting Actress SOFIE, (short film award,) for her performance in the critically acclaimed “Jonestown,” winning the Grand Prize in ABC Entertainment Group’s Digital Casting Competition, and winning Best Female Newcomer for her work in “Sexless”.
Brittany Inge is a multi-hyphenate artist and activist from Laurel, MD. She is a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. After graduating cum laude from Spelman, with a degree in music, Brittany began studying and, eventually, working as a professional actor. She performed in productions at several of Atlanta’s premiere theater houses before transitioning into television and film. Brittany credits theater work as her “grad school experience” and continues to move proudly between stage and screen projects. Her recent TV/Film work includes roles on “Atlanta” (FX), “The Passage” (FOX), “Dynasty” (CW), “The Resident” (FOX), “Survivor’s Remorse” (STARZ), “Love Is __” (OWN), and the feature film: “The Hate U Give”. Brittany is grateful to have landed her first series regular role portraying Crystal Garrett in “Boomerang” on BET, which will return for its second season in 2020. Brittany currently resides in New York City and is repped by Buchwald.
Daniel Croix Henderson attended the State University of New York's Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Purchase as a member of the class of 2017. He joins the ranks of other notable Purchase alumni such as Parker Posey, Melissa Leo, Wesley Snipes, Edie Falco, Stanley Tucci, Sherry Stringfield and Hal Hartley.
He made his New York stage debut in the New York Times Critic Pick: Kenny Leon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' alongside Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) and Jeremie Harris (Legion, Fargo). The historic production was the first entirely African-American cast at The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park.
While in rehearsal for Much Ado, he flew to Atlanta to audition for Tyler Perry, where he landed his breakout role - starring as Jason Franklin on BET's 'The Oval'.
LaQuanda Plantt, founded ElleQ Casting in 2009. ElleQ Casting is a casting company specializing in Principal Casting for any type of project from feature films to music videos. Her credits include the feature films Walk Away from Love starring Noree Victoria, Brad James, Brely Evans and Robert Christopher Riley & For the Love of Christmas which aired on BET, as well as the films, First Impression, Pierre Jackson, and Professor Mack, all of which are currently available on Netflix. In 2014, LaQuanda assisted with Extras Casting for the Academy Award winning film “Selma”. In addition to Casting Director, LaQuanda is also a Producer and she made her Directorial Debut in 2017 when she shot her first short film, Valerie Morgan: TV Qualified and recently directed her second film, Stockholm. She is transitioning into a filmmaker, graduating from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 2018 with a BA in Video Production & Digital Filmmaking.
Via ElleQ Casting Workshops, social media and guest speaking appearances, LaQuanda wants to encourage others that dreams are not limited, if you believe and work hard towards that belief, you can achieve anything you dream to do.
“Nothing is more satisfying than assisting another person fulfill their passion and live out their dreams.” -ElleQ
Born in the beautiful city of Berlin, Germany, Novi Brown has been able to explore many of Earth's treasures. But, New York City holds the key to this actor's thespian heart. Sporadically, Novi has dabbled in the arts since a young age, varying from the stage to the piano. In 2011, Novi graduated Magna Cum Laude from The City College of New York with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Novi's Theatre experience ranges from The Vagina Monologues, Dutchman and Boston Marriage.
Novi has played lead in over 15 productions from TV to short film to feature films. The Entertainment Industry has proven a perfect fit for this ambitious young actress - with her eyes on the prize, she is now ready to tackle the BIG SCREEN.
Print work has led Novi to work with some amazing clients, which include, Essence Magazine, Swarovski, Frito-Lays, Scholastic, Lifetime Movie Network, UP! TV, Swirl Films, ID Channel, Budweiser, HBO Shorts, and E! Networks + many, many more. Her commercial work includes, CarMax and three (3) ORS spots.
Warren Burke is an actor-writer-improviser-pizza connoisseur from Chicago, IL. After graduating from the Tennessee State University with a Business Administration Degree, Warren put his pricey diploma in the recycling bin and moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue his acting career. You can catch Warren on shows like The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Grey's Anatomy, and Blunt Talk, but most recently, you will see him being the wild-energetic "Uncle Daniel" of Netflix's Original Show "Family Reunion". He has honed his comedic skill through training grounds such as Upright Citizen Brigade, The Groundlings Theatre, and being featured as a main performer for the 2018 NBC Diversity Showcase. Tune in this Fall to catch Warren as "Greg Washington" on BET's newest show Bigger" (produced by Will Packer).
Reece Odum is a native of Atlanta GA. This award winning actress has always had a true love for the performing arts. In just a short time, her acting career quickly flourished allowing her the opportunity of completing several film and television projects where she performed in lead and principal roles. She has had recurring roles on "The Vampire Diaries" (CW) , "Saints and Sinners" (Bounce TV). Her films and television shows include: "Ambitions" (OWN), "The Secret She Kept" ((TV One), "Killer Posts" (Oxygen) , "What Love Will Make You Do" (BET Her), "Mr. Right" (BET) , "Lyfe's Journey" (UP TV), "The Last Time" (Aspire TV) and "The Wish".
Her main goal is to continue to share her passion for the arts with a purpose,e by making a difference in people's lives. A faith based theme has been shared by many of her projects as well as being focused on major issues that need to be addressed in the community such as domestic violence ("The Last Time" , "Imprisoned by Love", and "Smoke" ), organ/tissue donation ("The Wish"). She doubled as the lead actress and Producer on all of these indie films.
In March of 2016 Reece was honored with a Resolution/Proclamation by the Georgia State Senate (Sen. Donzella James) for her efforts to help increase minority organ/tissue donor registration with the film "The Wish" , executive produced by Donate Life America.
From the streets of Brooklyn Ny to the heart of Atlanta, Ga, Errol Sadler is becoming one of Atlanta’s most sought after producer in the film industry.
He made his Producer debut in 2009 with "Eros", a short dramatic thriller that deals with the repercussions of Love, Lies, and deception. Instantly this project was a hit, receiving com-cast on demand distribution.
Since then, Errol has partnered with Last Looks Inc. to Produce four short films "Up In Smoke", "No Crime", "Letters to a Father", and "Prognosis". These films have been seen, submitted, and or screened at film festivals such as Atlanta Black Film Festival (ABFF), Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF), Long Island Film Festival (LIFF), Manhattan Film Festival (MIFF), Brooklyn Short Film Festival (BSFF), Women in Film and Television (WIFTA).
Errol has joined forces with Symmetry Entertainment and C. Clear Cinema to Produce "Echo At 11 Oak Drive", a feature length film that tells three stories that transpire under the same roof over three eras of time. 1951, 1973, and 2010. This film was screened in Sundance 2013, and received great reviews. The Short film “Echoes” was also accepted to Cannes Film Festival 2013. It is currently pending a distribution deal.
He has also teamed up with Shadow Motion Picture, a Los Angeles based Production company to Produce their latest Action packed feature length film "Fixer", which is based on the sisterhood of female assassins which can be seen online. There is also a pending Deal with director R.L. Scott to Produce an action packed boxing flick.
Recently, he sold his latest drama “Curveball” which starring Lynn Whitfield, Rockmond Dunbar, and E. Roger Mitchell, and has a deal pending on his action packet cyber thrilled “Black Hats”.
For 2016 He is slated to convert a well known web series into a TV series, as well as shooting a family comedy titled “House Trained”. House Trained will remind us of Marley and Me meets Home Alone.
Racquel Bailey is a wife and mother of two children, 13 year old son Elijah and 14month old daughter Diana, whom stepped out on faith. Feeling as if having a calling to impact the world through acting, she did what most may call crazy. She dedicated her life to showing others who great her God is. Understanding that without faith it's impossible to please God, she took a leap of faith.
Anthony Meindl is an LA-based Writer/Director/Teacher/Founder of AMAW studios worldwide, with studios in LA, London, NY, Santa Fe, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney and Atlanta. He has also taught internationally in Sofia, Rome, Capetown, Melbourne, and Paris. He has guest lectured at the Gaiety School/The National Theatre School of Ireland, the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, the Actors Centre London, and is the guest acting teacher at David Lynch's Masters of Filmmaking Program in Fairfield, Iowa. He is the author of three books: The best-selling At Left Brain Turn Right, Book The Fucking Job and Alphabet Soup for Grown-ups.
A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Shayla Love holds a diverse background in theatre, television, film and radio. During her time in Las Vegas, she was known as a spoken word poet and for 3 years, the youngest on-air personality at KCEP-FM Power 88. In 2011, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to further her creative career in film and television. Some of her network television credits include: Star, Being Mary Jane, Queen Sugar, and Ozark. She received a Suzi Bass Award in 2017 for her performance in the regional premiere of the Tony nominated play, "Eclipsed". Between stage and screen, Shayla lends her love of storytelling to creating and producing original content. Most recently, she was commissioned by the city of Las Vegas as the script writer for the 23rd year of the historical West Las Vegas Arts Center’s Performing and Visual Arts Camp. In July 2019, her original musical “#Viral” premiered at The Smith Center in Las Vegas—the only Equity house in the state of the Nevada. This holiday season, she can be seen as "Kai" in the television movie Hip Hop Holiday alongside Ta'rhonda Jones, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Andra Fuller.
Actor Kareem Grimes has not only believed that he would be a success in life, he is a living testament to that school of thought. The Los Angeles native has had his sights set on gracing the silver screen since the age of nine and has never once looked back. As a child he would watch the popular television show Different Strokes and convinced himself that he could play the role that Gary Coleman so eloquently coveted. Kareem’s natural comedic timing and innate ability to entertain made that goal not in the least bit far fetched. Nicknamed “Baby Flip” for his questionable resemblance to super comic Flip Wilson, the budding thespian would pretend as if he was Flip’s character “Geraldine” to the delight of anyone who would listen. “I was always that kid who pop-locked at the party, always showboating. I loved the attention and pretending to be someone that I wasn’t,” he maintains. Little did he know that during those same impromptu sessions, he was building a foundation that would later prepare him for his foray into a world of cattle calls, agents, unions, and the usual barrage of auditions.
By the time he was a teenager, he was well versed on the in’s and out’s of the business; displaying professionalism, passion, and dedication to his craft. Things really started to roll, John Singleton gave him his first speaking roll in Boyz N The Hood ( Ice Cream Truck kid) . Though just playing a bit part, he delivered such an impressive performance that folks began to take notice and he soon found himself rubbing elbows with some industry heavyweights. His passion for acting and faith in God slowly brought him out of the trenches to landing plum roles in television shows, TV (SWAT ,Unsolved Biggie & Tupac Murders, Star, NCIS, C.S.I, Love by the 10th Date , A Recurring role on the CW's Show All American as "Preach".) commercials (Cricket Wireless, Pizza Hut, Subway, Coors Light,24 Hour Fitness, Bud Light), theater NAACP Award Winning Play Sassy Mamma's, The Edgeucation Comedy Sketch Show), and feature films (TheMule ,Jarhead, Baby Boy, The Preachers Son, Too Legit To Quit The MC Hammer Story, Legendary ). “You’ve got to know that you want this. You got to eat, sleep, and live it. It’s not just something that’s part time for me, it’s an everyday thing. Like I always say to my friends-treat your career like it’s a bank account, if you deposit into your career, your returns will be great,” Kareem Grimes
With her energetic and charismatic personality it’s hard to miss her unforgettable smile. Born in the mountains of West Virginia, raised deep in the heart of Central Texas, Dawn is a poised and polished professional on the rise. Since Atlanta is known to have plenty of opportunities and successful stories, Dawn and her mother picked up and relocated.
This driven young lady has been able to present some of her talents through Acting. She’s landed television and film roles on BET “TALES”, FX "Atlanta", and currently seen on Bounce "Saints and Sinners." Her journey has not only been seen through t.v. and film, she also has commercial and theatre experience under her belt. “I plan to achieve many goals in life, I’m easily motivated by keeping God first and staying focused.” Her eager yet humble spirit shows that Dawn is definitely a step closer to her dreams. Be sure to keep your eyes opened to see what Dawn has brewing next.
“You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love, who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is to follow your own dreams.”
Kendrick Cross is a bicoastal actor working in Los Angeles and Atlanta, with roots in South Carolina and Smoketown, the Shepherd’s Square neighborhood in Louisville, KY, a place of humble beginnings, made famous by Muhammad Ali. He started his professional career on the
The WB’s hit show Dawson’s Creek and has made more than 75 appearances in film and television since. His roles span characters on House of Payne, Drop Dead Diva, The Game, Insurgent, The Haves and The Have Nots, Acrimony, Containment, House of Cards, Homeland, Mr. Mercedes, Black Lightning and now on the new family nighttime drama Ambitions, where he plays Mr. Titus Hughes. Produced by Will Packer and Jamey Giddens on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Kendrick went to Wiesbaden High School in Mainz, Germany, Lower Richland High School, ultimately graduating with an Academic Diploma from Spring Valley High School in Columbia South Carolina. He holds a Computer Science degree from the University of South Carolina
Salkehatchie where he played Division 1 Men’s basketball earning “Most Improved Player” his first year. He’s an accomplished poet, having opened for, most notably, Boyz 2 Men and Charlie Wilson. Performing for the kids in the ‘Cities in Schools’ program and at the Annua.
Martin Luther King Day at the State Museum in Columbia. Growing up in a military family, he developed a love for travel and experiences that continues today. Globetrotting took him to many places including Japan, where he played basketball extensively, and Germany, where he spoke the language fluently. In addition to acting, he has produced poetry CDs and hosted weekly spoken word, open-mic events to collect clothing for the homeless. Louisville, Kentucky bestowed him the honor of April 14th as Kendrick Cross Day and in addition, he and his mother Sharon Maddox were recently awarded Citizen awards and the Key to The City. Kendrick’s beloved father Archie Cross, of Chickasaw and Cherokee roots, passed in 2017, but remains an honored part of the fabric of this actor’s life and story.
Tasia (pronounced “Tasha”) is a professional actress who has been cast in over 20 films, 30 TV episodes and numerous national commercials. With over 20 years acting, she has extensive experience working in many genres: print, television, commercials and feature film. She is also an Acting Coach, Motivational Speaker and Career Consultant. Tasia is currently on the hit television series Saints and Sinners.
I am 25 years young, born and raised in Oakland CA! I’ve always known I wanted to be an A-list celebrity actress and that I absolutely would be! From the time I was able to speak I’ve been in church plays, school plays, beauty pageants etc. Once I got to college I realized that if I don’t take myself & my dreams serious then no one else will. I soon started professionally acting & it has been life changing. In 2 years, I have grown drastically as a woman & an entertainer!
Santiago Rosas was born and raised in the state of Arizona to immigrant parents from Michoacán, Mexico. Santiago, a graduate of the Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco, has called the Bay Area home for seven years. He’s been in such roles as Benny from the “North Pole Show”, Raymundo from “Driving while Undocumented” and starred, co-wrote, and produced the short, “Indulto” where he won the Best Actor award in the 2017 Sanford Meisner Film Festival. In his leisure time, he is actively involved in his communities in Phoenix and SF/Oakland and loves to play and listen to music. Check out his website www.santiago-rosas.com
Jasmine Burke is an award-winning American Actor, Filmmaker, Author, Entertainer who studied on full scholarship at Kennesaw State University and studied film at Harvard. Currently starring as the mischievous Dr. Christie in Bounce TV's #1 rated Original Drama Saints and Sinners. Also recently Co-Starring in Fox's Star, VH1's Drumline: A New Beat and Love Is on OWN, to name a few. When Jasmine isn't in front of the camera acting she's behind it writing and producing her own content. As well as mentoring Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University film students through her non-profit MintyFestival.org Jasmine won "Best Director" at the 2010 Women in Film and Television International Film Festival for her directorial debut Lucky Lotto. Adding Author to her credits in 2018 with the release of her book Work Your Audition, "motivation and techniques to help actors book the job". To hear Jasmine's new afrobeats single Take Ova, and to keep up with this multi-talented artists visit www.JasmineBurke.com and follow @TheJasmineBurke on IG, Facebook and Twitter.
The Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. story is a message of hope, faith, determination and success. At the age of 17 Miguel A. Nunez Jr. ran away from the small tobacco town of Wilson, North Carolina. Growing up poor and living in a house of eleven, a house where he would hide in dresser draws just to be alone and dream of Hollywood. Months after graduating from high school he made three bologna sandwiches, wrote a note to his grandparents and ran away from home.
Bound for HOLLYWOOD and a dream he has talked about and dreamed about since he was 3 years old….. HOLLYWOOD! Filled with hopes and dreams of fulfilling his destiny of becoming a successful actor, he landed in the filthy streets of Los Angeles, California at 19 with only 2 dollars. Through faith & determination, he has achieved his dream, appearing in 100s of films and Network TV. His story will amaze you.
Miguel found himself lost at every turn. For months he lived in uncertainty on the infamous skid road, selling his blood for cash so he could eat and sleeping at Los Angeles County Union Rescue Mission, and all the while maintaining a strong belief in himself and never giving up on his dreams. Not allowing anyone to tell him that he couldn’t achieve this goal. Standing in faith and believing his own conviction of truth he made his dreams come true.
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With years of experience as a casting associate, esther opened esther + casting in 2009. Armed with a great eye, superb connections, and one of the finest reputations in the casting business, esther + casting is ready to make your next project come to life. Esther is a Michigan native with an east coast vibe from her time spent in New York, but she is happy to call Los Angeles home. She brings enthusiasm and a love of actors to every project and her energy and attention to detail comes through in every session.
Donté Clark, born February 27 1990, a native of Richmond California, reigns as one of the most prolific writers and voices out of the Bay Area arts community. Donté is not only eclectic in the art of storytelling through the spoken word, his body language and musical presence in performance is poetry in itself. He captures the complexities of what it feels and looks like to be vulnerable within black masculinity while governed by a society of white supremacy and hyper violence amongst black youth.
Graduating high school in 2008 he co-founded an arts collective called RAW Talent (Richmond Artist With Talent). Based in his hometown, Donté engaged young people in writing and performance workshops. Securing space for the youth to process their trauma and rewrite the narrative that has surrounded their community.
In 2013, RAW Talent led by Donté Clark and his co-director Molly Raynor, published a written play titled, Té’s Harmony. Which documents the shared experiences of Richmond youth while making parallels to the narrative of Romeo and Juliet. The writing process for Té's Harmony was published in the documentary Romeo Is Bleeding, executively produced by Russell Simmons on All Def Digital in 2017. Winning over 30 awards in film festivals all across United States, Donté has been able to travel the states speaking at high schools, college/universities and community forums about Romeo Is Bleeding and his experience with aiding young people to excel in the art community.
Donté is featured in film titled Kicks, 2016, which is a tale of urban youth and the rights of passage to manhood. He has co-starred in two seasons of The North Pole show, a political comedy on docu-series about gentrification and its effects on communities of color in North Oakland Ca.
October 2018 Donté published his first collection of poetry “KNOWFREEDOM” which is now available on Amazon. In this collection of original song lyrics, and short poems, Donté illustrates the struggles he experiences and observe as the black community journeys through America to Know freedom.
George Ketsios is a born and bred Chicagoan, who built a thriving career in the Chicago theatre community before relocating to Los Angeles to enjoy great success as an actor in television and film. His most notable guest starring roles include LethalWeapon, Insecure, Grimm, Lady Dynamite, Scandal, Shameless and NCIS:LA and a long list of other acting roles. In the Voice Over community, he has voiced the character "Moloch" on the FOX television show Sleepy Hollow for 3 seasons and the role of "Bob of Tulum" in the upcoming comedy podcast Soul Full of It.
His work as a director includes several short films and is currently in pre-production for pilot that he's written and will direct. Just closed the SouthCoast Repertory Theatre production of Photograph 51 in which he was the lead role and played to sold out audiences and solid reviews. George lives in Silverlake with his wife Sharon and his son Leo.
Anthony Alabi is a multi-talented actor and former NFL lineman for the Miami Dolphins. Hard work and passion are what drives him in his pursuits of acting, writing and performing. That dedication is now paying off. Alabi can be seen starring in his first leading male role opposite Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine in the new Netflix comedy series “Family Reunion." His other television acting credits include a recurring role on Amazon Prime Video’s “Bosch” as well as guest starring on shows such as CBS’ “NCIS,” HBO’s “Insecure,” ABC’s “Modern Family” and Fox’s “The Mick.”
To pursue his acting career, Anthony moved to Los Angeles in 2010 after retiring from the NFL. He fully immersed himself in studying and training both in drama and comedy before even looking for representation. Alabi has built a reputation as having a knack for comedic timing, while expressing vulnerability in dramas, rarely seen in a man his size.
Alabi is also a writer and has built a library of comedy and drama scripts. His signature as a writer is creating a relatable world with a touch of absurdism. Anthony has produced many comedic digital sketches that can be seen online under the banner “Mudda Sucka.”
Alabi is originally from the great state of Texas and went to TCU for college. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Caroline, two kids, Ande and Axton and their cock-a-poo, Watson.
Kelcy is a proud Chicago Native! She started training in ballet at a young age where she quickly discovered her passion for performing. In middle school she joined the famous Chicago Children Choir, which allowed her to find her voice. Throughout her years she became an artist finding passion in all forms, studying acting, singing, and dancing. This would land her studying acting and musical theatre at the University of Michigan. After graduation she moved to NYC to hit the pavement and make her dreams a reality. Since moving to the city she has performed in numerous national tours, major regional theaters, and finished a run in her 2nd Broadway show Chicago the Musical where she played Annie. She is also known for playing Dominique in Starz Hit TV Show POWER. Kelcy was named NBC’s rising star (‘16) and appeared in the ABC Diversity showcase. She currently can be seen on FOX in the hit show GOTHAM where she plays Detective Vanessa Jamie Harper. In spring of 2018 she appeared as Jacintha in AMC summer hit DIETLAND Most recently she played the role of Debbie Allen in FX’s hit mini series Fosse/Verdon! In 2019 her first Netflix feature will premier and her next major role will be announced. Stay Tuned!
Born in 1993, Evan was exposed to music at a young age. Though singing in choirs and learning to read sheet music provided invaluable experience, it wasn't until the age of 16 that Evan realized performing on stage was his real aspiration. From touring with comedian Don DC Curry to performing in concert at Yoshi's alongside DeeDee Simon, Evan has taken part in various productions which assisted in shaping his skill set. Support his exploits on Twitter; @DeauJeau and on IG @evanjoelle_.
Carrie Olsen is a voice actor, business coach, wife, and mother of two whose voice you can hear on TV and radio promoting brands like Home Chef, REI, Netflix, TNT, and many others. Voiceover is her dream job, allowing her to perform and create as an actor from her home studio, and be with her kids during the day. As a former corporate eLearning designer, she utilizes her training and development skills to create online voiceover courses for students around the globe. She shares her voiceover passion and expertise in her online courses, Facebook group, and blog. When she's not in her voiceover booth, you can find her hiding out in a coffee shop in Kansas City with her husband and daughters.
Lilia Luciano is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary film director, producer, and public speaker. Luciano has a unique style of reporting that was developed over a decade of video storytelling.
As the chief investigative correspondent of Border Live on Discovery Channel, she gathered and told stories of people who live, work and survive along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her documentary Puerto Rico Rises, which she directed and produced for ABC Sacramento, earned her a regional Emmy Award. Her coverage of the Northern California Wildfires of 2018 received a regional Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuous Coverage. In 2013 Luciano was also awarded a GLAAD award for her coverage of homophobia in U.S. Hispanic media.
She is the director and producer of Wars of Others, an HBO Latino film about the social, environmental, health and security consequences of the war on drugs in Colombia. She also worked as a host on several VICE platforms, including VICE News, VICELAND and Munchies. She is the founder of CoInspire, a video and event platform that explores values of entrepreneurship.
Luciano sits on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign to promote access to quality education and the well-being of girls worldwide. She has been a speaker and moderator at multiple conferences around the world, including The Oslo Freedom Forum, TEDx, Nexus Global Youth Summit, DENT and SIME.
As a national NBC News correspondent, reporting in both English and Spanish, Luciano led coverage of a number of high-profile news stories and reported for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, CNBC and Telemundo.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Luciano is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
She graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in Economics and Broadcast Journalism. She previously attended Tufts University until 2003, when she made her transition from pre-med studies to journalism.
Anjelika was previously a series regular on the Amazon pilot The Legend of Master Legend playing John Hawkes’ daughter. She is currently a series regular on DC Universes ‘Stargirl’, and co-starring in the upcoming Netflix film ‘Tall Girl’ releasing late 2019. She has guest starred on Showtime’s ‘Shameless’, CBS’s ‘Young Sheldon’, Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ on Hulu, and others.
Mike Dopud stars in the critically acclaimed, award winning Sci-Fi feature film VIRTUAL REVOLUTION a dark, futuristic movie about the technological revolution. Mike plays shadow agent NASH for which he has garnered several Best Actor awards at various Film Festivals. Mike plays “Agent Roth” a lead role in the sic fi movie PROJECT EDEN which will be released in 2018. Summer 2018 you will see Mike in the highly anticipate sequel DEADPOOL 2 and THE PREDATOR.
Mike Dopud has been upped to series regular on the STARZ hit show POWER for Season 6. He plays Jason Micic, leader of a huge drug cartel. He is also currently RECURRING on the CW series THE 100 where he plays, the intense VINSON. Mike Dopud just finished his first season on ARROW where he plays the volatile VIKTOR.
Mike has had lead roles on such Television series as STARGATE UNIVERSE as Varro, LETHAL WEAPON, CRIMINAL MINDS and DARK MATTER. Mike has also had recurring roles on ABC’s MISTRESSES, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, IZOMBIE and THE STRAIN.
Mike can also be seen in the features released in the last couple of years called X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. THIS MEANS WAR, and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. Some of his other film credits include 300, SKINTRADE, S.W.A.T., WHITE NOISE AND ROLLERBALL.
Jane Drake Brody’s achievements encompass a life of dealing with the Art, Science and Business of Acting. From directing (and costuming) Bye Bye, Birdie! at age sixteen in high school, to the recent publication of two landmark books; "The Actor’s Business Plan" and "Acting, Archetype and Neuroscience", she has literally transformed the lives and careers of thousands of actors.
After working as an actor, agent, director, costumer, and producer, her life’s journey took a determined step forward when she studied with and served as assistant to Michael Shurtleff, author of the precedent-setting actor’s bible, Audition. That relationship brought about the founding of Acting Studio Chicago (neè The Audition Centre) in 1981 and PR Casting (neè Jane Brody Casting) in 1984.
Leaving those thriving enterprises in the late 90s, she earned her MFA while teaching at Illinois State University. She then headed up Undergraduate Acting at Louisiana State followed by teaching undergrads and grads at DePaul’s Theatre School Conservatory. Along the way she has been an actor in film, TV and commercials, won awards for casting (Casting Society of America for Fargo) and acting (LA Weekly’s Best Actress Award for Absent Friends).
Now, despite her “retirement” she continues to teach workshops, classes and private coaching based on her scrutiny of existing acting theory merged with her innovative research into neuroscience and archetype.
Vivacious, warm and compassionate — just a few words to describe Erica Page. With a decade of credits under her belt, Erica has graced the screen for hit shows including Sleepy Hollow, Saints and Sinners, Ozark, Dynasty, The Resident, Last Call and now, The Oprah Winfrey Network’s Ambitions.
As the oldest of nine children, and a bilingual Mexican/American, Erica is a born leader and known for perseverance and ambition in her career. Discovering her passion for acting in her early 20’s, Meisner trained Page has completed studies in viewpoints and movement, voice and dialect, and improv to develop her skill-set for both large and small screens.
Erica’s hobbies include cooking, strength and weight training, and catching up on her favorite shows. A consummate entertainer, she hosts dinner parties for family and friends every chance she gets.
Tiffany Daniels was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and received a bachelor of science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Cornell University . Upon graduation Tiffany received a year long dance scholarship to Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood where she trained intensely in different areas of dance, voice, and improv. Tiffany has had the pleasure of dancing for the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Lakers as well as hosting the live pre-game Lakers Television show. She has also worked commercially for Dell, Wal Mart, Cox Communications, KSwiss, Toyota, Diet Pepsi, Greyhound, LA Pride, Lifetime TV and Mike and Ikes. Tiffany has danced on CBS's "Coldcase", Nickelodeon's "The Fresh Beat Band", Fox's "Mobbed", Disney's "Shake it Up", Comedy Central's "Broad City", ABC's The Goldbergs and The American Music Awards, VH1's Divas Live & Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. Tiffany's stage credits include a national tour of the musical Aida, "Squeak" in the 1st National Tour of Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple, "Lorraine" in Jerry Mitchell's production of Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl and she originated the role of "Liz" in SURF the musical at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas. Tiffany danced her way to the big screen in the feature films: "LA LA Land", "Gangster Squad" and "Make your Move". Tiffany has since then been training at the Master Level with Anthony Meindl's Acting Workshop & recently booked roles on Anger Management, American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, Hart of Dixie, Scorpion, CSI:Cyber, Dice, The Mindy Project, Timeless, Major Crimes, Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. She is a proud member of Actors Equity, & SAG-AFTRA. Along with continual acting, voice, & dance training, Tiffany is extremely excited to continue on a path of love, light, and success.
Athens, Georgia native, Marquita Goings relocated to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University (GSU). While matriculating at GSU, Marquita changed her major from Kinesiology to Film, with a minor in Theatre. Theatre performance served as a creative outlet for her; she soon found a new love. Since then, Marquita has worked on several films and tv shows combined. In her spare time, Marquita continues to sharpen her tools with on-going training for acting, fitness classes, collaborating with other industry professionals and enjoying her family and friends.
Lana, who has worked professionally since receiving her M.A. in Acting from the Arts Educational School London in her 30s, is currently recurring as Dr. Mary Osder in Fox’s hospital drama The Resident and as Inez Trujillo in OWN’s new saga AMBITIONS airing in March. This year you can catch her in feature films Where’d You Go Bernadette with Cate Blanchette, Limited Partners with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek and Threes Complicated opposite Shanola Hampton.
Her tv work includes the recurring roles of Mrs. Douglas in The Vampire Diaries (CW), Dr. Jacinta Butler in Greenleaf (OWN), Gloria Ruiz in The Inspectors (CBS); guest-star roles in Gone as Detective Michele Hodiak (NBC), Linda in Kevin Can Wait(CBS), most recently as Debbie in The Act (HULU) opposite Patricia Arquette, co-star roles in Jessica Jones, Blindspot, Satisfaction, Nashville, Law & Order, NCIS, just to name a few.
Lana has worked with some of the greats, performing with Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in the Oscar-winning film Beginners (her first feature film), playing Gloria the nanny opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams in the boxing drama Southpaw, and playing a fertility doctor opposite Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux in the feature film The Girl on the Train.
Lana recently fulfilled a dream when she was cast in Bentley’s Will as the lead in the title role of Bentley opposite Phillip Andre Botello. The film, directed by Zachary Parks Grigg, tells the story of an estranged mother (Young) and son (Botello), who over the course of a day begin the slow process of healing while searching for their missing dog. The film makes its international premiere at Las Crucess International Film Festival in February and is making it’s rounds on the film festival circuit.
Lana lives in New York City with her cats Monkey and Lennon.
Nicole Collins is an actress, host and filmmaker from Louisiana. She was born and raised in rural Alexandria, LA with a conservative, Catholic
upbringing. Her work is reflective of her transition from this lifestyle to a more liberal, spiritual way of life. Although Alexandria is home, her 12 years in New Orleans is where she blossomed as a woman, actress and filmmaker. Her acting credits include HBO's 'Treme' and 'Twelve Years a Slave'. Nicole's hosting talents have landed her gigs with iHeartMedia, the NBA, Essence Festival and We-TV. Nicole has written and/or produced over 11 film projects which she's received several awards in the film festival circuit.
Nicole found a creative outlet in filmmaking once audition opportunities became slim to none. It was during this time that Nicole realized the fulfillment of telling the stories and portraying the characters that she and her peers wanted to tell and portray. "My goal is to tell stories that others neglect to tell while making a positive impact on humanity", says Collins. Her favorite subjects to touch on are sex, religion, women's issues and healing. Nicole's goal is to continue to create content for underrepresented voices. In 2016, she founded Magnolia A Productions. Nicole is the mother to 7 year old actress, Aadyn Encalarde.
Anais Marie Lee and her identical twin sister, Mirabelle Lee, were born on January 9, 2007.
Anais began her career at three years old as a print model and has appeared in numerous advertisements for major retailers. Anais and Mirabelle shared the role of "Janie" in the crime-thriller movie "Blood Ties" directed by Guillaume Canet and continues to film television, film and commercial roles with Mirabelle.
When Anais is not acting or modeling, she is singing or dancing and performed in Debbie Allen's musical "Brothers of the Knight".
Ciera Payton is an accomplished actor, writer, social activist and entrepreneur hailing from the city of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Ciera and her family relocated to North Carolina where she graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. While still enrolled in school, Ciera landed the female lead role opposite Steven Seagal in Flight of Fury.
Since her breakout role, she has shared screen time with many talented artists including Viola Davis, Nicholas Cage, Kevin Hart and Josh Brolin. Past credits include USA Network’s Graceland, Bad Teacher on CBS, and Spike Lee’s Oldboy.
As a writer and solo performer, Ciera created and performed her one-woman show, Michael’s Daughter, a piece detailing her compelling journey of growing up in New Orleans to her present success in Los Angeles through a series of letters with her incarcerated father, Michael.
While dedicated to her acting career, Ciera also manages to and time to contribute to her local community. Her dedication to arts education in underserved communities led her to create the non-profit organization The Michael’s Daughter Foundation, which provides an annual theater and media arts summer camp for youth impacted by incarceration. Her contribution was recognized by the City of Los Angeles’ Mayor Garcetti and Councilwoman Nury Martinez, as she was rewarded the 2016 Pioneer Woman Award.
A free-spirit, Ciera enjoys boxing, painting, cooking and most importantly, dancing! She continues to have an unwavering commitment to always be her best, challenge the limits of everything she does, while always remaining true to herself.
Behzad Dabu is an actor, producer, and activist based out of both Los Angeles and Chicago. He grew up in Syracuse, NY and got his BFA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, where he also worked after college as the Senior International Admissions Officer; traveling all over the world working with students and their families on creating careers in the arts.
He has worked extensively on stage at some of the best theaters in the country, especially in Chicago, and is a proud company member at TimeLine Theatre Company which presents stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues.
With a passion for working with playwrights and new play development, he originated the role of 'Amit' in "Samsara" at Victory Gardens Theatre, for which he was nominated for a Jeff Award - Best Actor. He also originated the role of 'Abe' in the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated play, "Disgraced" which he performed at American Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum at Center Theatre Group.
On screen, you can see him as 'Simon Drake' on Seasons 3 and 4 of How To Get Away With Murder on ABC, as 'Amir' on the Showtime series The Chi, and on Disney’s The Lion Guard. He also appeared in episodes of The Good Place, Chicago P.D., Drive Share, You're So Talented, Dealbreakers; and in the films Hoop, King Rat, Mondo Hollywoodland, Imperfections, Older Children; as well as various national commercials.
Behzad strives to be a strong advocate for social justice and equality, particularly in regards to representation in the arts and media; and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project, which seeks to level the playing field and provide resources in the arts for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. He is a skilled audience engagement facilitator and experienced post-show discussion leader.
Behzad is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
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Christine Horn is an award-winning actress and singer who has performed in feature films, primetime television and on Broadway. She is a Life & Career Coach for Actors and founder of the hit show, #ActorsDailyBread and The Booking Magnet Academy.
Christine’s experiences and accomplishments are diverse and vast giving her a special ability to relate to all audiences. With over 20 years of professional experience, Christine has graced stages across the U.S. with Disney’s “The Lion King” and has performed for President George W. Bush at the White House.
Her extensive theatre background led her to the silver screen where she has appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Columbus Short to name a few.)
She has also starred in a variety of television shows, some of which include Timeless, American Crime Story, NCIS, Ray Donovan, Powerless, Good Girls, Legion, Greenleaf, The Originals, Complications, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Not’s, Reckless, Rectify and Being Mary Jane.
When she’s not performing, Christine writes self-help books and runs a successful career and life coaching business aimed to inspire actors and women to take action and fulfill their dreams.
Sheena Faust is an actress, director, writer, and producer! Her love for the performing arts started young, but she did not really begin to pursue it until high school. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of South Carolina. Since then, she has appeared in numerous local commercials and performed in theatre. Her biggest theatrical role to date is being cast as "Beneatha" in the August Wilson's American classic "A Raisin in the Sun". Sheena also founded a drama troupe where she created over one hundred original plays and skits, and she and its members have performed all over the Southeast. One of her recent projects include writing and self publishing her first book entitled “Why Am I Still Single?”, a candid and comedic non-fiction book for the contemporary single woman. Sheena just turned this book into a web series that just premiered at the beginning of July 2019.
It is her goal to one day have her own fully functioning production studio and network.
Tia Link originally hails from Bountiful, Utah — yes, that’s a real place! After working as lawyer for almost a decade, she discovered she’d rather feed her soul than her wallet. She was trained in New York at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the MN Acting Studio. She loves playing unapologetically smart and deeply complex characters whose toughness masks a certain inner vulnerability. She's best known for her roles as a woman torn between love and faith in Obligation (which premiered at Cannes in 2016), a quick-thinking cheating girlfriend in Allergic to Cats, and a demon-hunting hippie in Another Soul.
Fikile M Kani (Tech Baes Creator/Writer)is a Lesotho born comedian/actor/writer from South Africa who’s a recent graduate of the Grad Acting program at NYU. She has starred on several hit TV shows including It’s Complicated (Mzansi Magic) Season 1 and 2, Gold Diggers (E-TV) and Isidingo (SABC 3). Fikile also wrote for broadcast television while in South Africa.
Tiffany Copeland is an actress on-camera and in the voiceover booth. Sheʼs a voiceover business coach, and host of the Black Girl Voiceover World podcast. Her clients include the Ohio Lottery, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Paramount Healthcare and more. She's also the founder of Black Girl Voiceover World, LLC, a 100% female owned voice consulting agency that trains, and connects African American voice talent with job opportunities.
Danielle Pinnock currently stars in the hit CBS Comedy, Young Sheldon, the spinoff to the popular, multi-Emmy award winning television series The Big Bang Theory. The single camera, half-hour comedy was created by Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro who executive produce with Todd Spiewak and Jim Parsons and was recently renewed for a third and fourth season.
Pinnock, a newcomer to Los Angeles from Chicago, has already shown her star power in television and in animation. Pinnock has worked alongside Viola Davis and Kerry Washington in Scandal as
well as Ray Romano and Peter Bogdanovich on Epix’s Get Shorty. Her other television appearances include: NBC’s critically acclaimed, This Is Us, TV Land’s Teachers, Comedy Central’s Workaholics. Pinnock is working with DreamWorks and Cartoon Network on multiple animation projects. .
In addition to her incredible acting ability, Pinnock is also an accomplished playwright. Her one woman show, Body/Courage, premiered at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago in 2016 and is a tour de force. Through multiple characters, Pinnock gives voice to the complexity of living and loving one’s body. Body/Courage was awarded a 2016 TimeOut Theatre Award and Pinnock received rave reviews with Chicago Reader calling her performance a “tremendous feat in acting.”
Pinnock is a vocal activist in the body positivity movement. Her written work on body awareness has been featured on Buzzfeed, Shondaland, National Eating Disorder Association and other publications. .
Pinnock is a graduate of Temple University and received her MA in Acting with First Distinction Honors from the Birmingham School of Acting (United Kingdom). She has studied with famed solo performer and documentary theater playwright Anna Deavere Smith and is a Bob Curry Fellow with The Second City. Pinnock is originally from Teaneck, New Jersey and is of Jamaican-American heritage. She lives in Los Angeles and continues to write and support diverse artists voices through her company IronPrint Artists.
Midwest native LaNisa Frederick is an actor, voiceover artist, and educator. She arrived in LA in 2017 and honed her craft in Chicago performing at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, the acclaimed Second City Chicago and performed worldwide including London and Singapore.
No stranger to the camera Frederick has exploded on the screen on Chicago Code, Young Sheldon, Chicago PD, Teachers, and the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls. As an accomplished voiceover artist, she has been behind the mic for clients like Teach for America, Comcast, McDonald’s, ComEd, and AT&T. A recipient of Edge Studio’s Voiceover Competition, LaNisa is also the voice in several major video games. Understanding this niche market, LaNisa trains and coaches actors on the business of voiceover with a specialty focus on artist of color who are new to the field.
LaNisa has worked with all ages in both traditional and non traditional education settings. Quitting her full time non-profit career in 2013 LaNisa worked a teaching artist, grant writer, program director, and curated arts based programming for incarcerated/recently released youth, those with severe cognitive disabilities, and those most at risk. Still passionate about education and access, she continues to provide consul to youth based organizations on effective, impactful programming and teaching styles. She is also currently an acting lecturer at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy College. LaNisa is a graduate of Loyola University (Chicago,BA), University of Essex (UK, MA), and the School at Steppenwolf.
And most importantly, she is a new, first time Auntie to a perfect little niece named Elle.
Paul Hungerford studied acting and film making at Emerson College in Boston, and continued his studies at the British American Dramatic Academy's summer in Oxford, England, playing Oliver in As You Like It and Claudio in Measure for Measure. Once in Los Angeles, Paul has performed on stage, film and TV for the last 25 years. He has been seen in over 50 commercials, and in between, on such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Dirty, Sexy, Money and recurring roles on Bravo’s Significant Others and Disney's Coop and Cami Ask The World. Paul’s film credits include Stark Raving Mad, Trouble is my Business and Hate: A Comedy. (Winner of Best Short Film, at the Aspen Comedy Festival) His voice over work includes Blizzard Entertainments: World of Warcraft: Mists or Pandaria, and the animated short, Nougat. (Winner of Best Short at the late night series at SXSW Film Festival) Paul is a proud main company member of the award winning improv theatre company Impro Theatre.
Paul has been directing LATheatresports since it's return to LA in 2014 and has been the producer of Impro Theatre's Studio stage since inception. Paul is a founding member of the horror film collective Fewdio.com, and has been directing films with them for ten years. Most recently, he directed the half hour sketch comedy pilot for Warner Brother On Demand Lipstick Jones: Half Hour Hour of Power! Paul lives in Burbank, CA., with his wife, two daughters and giant dog.
Stunningly beautiful and charismatic Javicia Leslie lights up the screen on her breakout role on "God Friended Me" (Sundays on CBS). The German born, beauty is captivating audiences with her first role as series regular alongside Joe Morton and Brandon Micheal Hall. "God Friended Me," is a light, hour-long procedural from "Alcatraz" co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. The show is a humorous, uplifting series that explores questions of faith, existence and science, centered on 'Miles Finer' (Brandon Micheal Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down where he is "friended" by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent for change in the lives and destinies of others around him. Javicia plays Miles' sister, Ali, encouraging and mending the relationship between he and his father, 'Reverend Arthur Finer' (Joe Morton), the reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. The series, airing Sundays at 8pm, is one of CBS' hottest new shows and already renewed for Season 2. As if that wasn't enough to keep Javicia busy, she's also starring as the ever so sassy Paris on Carl Weber's "The Family Business" (BET Tuesdays 9/8c) alongside Ernie Hudson.
Andrea's artistic talents emerged at age 5 and even before celebrating her 16th birthday, this Toronto born, Entertainer had already acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Diahann Carroll in The Natalie Cole Story and Wesley Snipes and Dr. Maya Angelou in her directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Down in the Delta. After wrapping up on the Disney movie Cadet Kelly alongside Hilary Duff, Lewis soon spent 6 seasons on the hit show Degrassi: The Next Generation and became known around the world as "Hazel" as millions of North Americans tuned in each week to watch Andrea in the Award-winning drama, which is ranked No. 1 in Canada and the US. Lewis has garnered international attention from Degrassi which landed her in the pages of Teen People, New York Times and Entertainment Weekly magazines. After Degrassi, she went on to other leading roles in on Showtime and Nickelodeon and BET. Taking her career to another level Lewis started Jungle Wild Productions, where she created the hit web series’ “Black Actress” written by and starring Lewis and the fan favorite relationship drama “Beyond Complicated” both seasons can be watched at youtube.com/AndreaLewisChannel.
NANA GHANA was named by Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine as "ONES TO WATCH" coming out of Sundance 2018, where her co-starring role in the film WHITE RABBIT premiered. As a writer/ director Nana Ghana has made her film festival debut at the Cannes film festival 2016, premiering her short film WATER WARRIOR , in 2017 ELECTING a short film that she wrote and directed which won her “Best Director" at the Oregon film fest. She just finished directing her documentary LA WOMAN RISING, which Rosario Dawson is producing. Ms. Ghana just wrapped her role as “Cheyenne" in LOST TRANSMISSION, playing opposite Simon Pegg and Juno Temple. She has just wrapped filming the Netflix original series WHAT/IF created by Mike Kelley. Nana Ghana also made her theater debut with Pelvic Floor, a play, written directed and starred by her along with seven other actors at the Hudson Theater in Hollywood in November 2017, and then in 2018 during the Hollywood Fringe festival Nana Ghana is an artist, with an appetite for life and experience and a deep curiosity for about human story, poetry and human behavior.
Lawrence Chau is a multi-faceted, multi-award-winning entertainer with an illustrious portfolio spanning acting, hosting, writing, producing and music. He has worked in Canada, Asia and now America. Currently based in Los Angeles, Lawrence travels to various cities around the world for work, particularly New York and Toronto.
Neal is a theater, television and film entertainer known for her many roles in television series as well as the films Rosewood, Scream 2 and Logan.
Elise began her career as a dancer from an early age, first in ballet and later musical theater. After she graduated from Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Elise received a full scholarship to attend The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and then moved to New York. She quickly landed roles in musical theater and found herself traveling the world with various touring companies, including a stint on Broadway in Maurice Hines' production of Oh, Kay!, eventually finding her way to Los Angeles.
With many television credits to her name, Elise had regular series roles in The Hughleys, SeaQuest 2032, All of Us, and Belle's. Other TV credits include K-Ville, Scandal, and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. She made her film debut in the 1997 film Rosewood, followed by roles in How to be a Player, Scream 2, and Mission to Mars. She portrayed Gladys Knight in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, and in 2017 she played Kathryn Munson in the Marvel blockbuster film Logan. She has also performed in many music videos as well, including Chubb Rock's music video for Just the Two of Us, Black Sheep's 1992 video for Strobe Light Honey, Father MC's 1991 video for Lisa Baby, Aretha Franklin's 1998 video A Rose Is Still a Rose and Vanessa Williams' video Work to Do.
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for the film Hustle & Flow, Elise received an additional three NAACP nominations, two of which were for Best Actress in a Comedy for The Hughleys. As a producer, Elise has created and developed several multimedia projects, including a reality show based on her R&B group, "Assorted Flavors," a fitness and lifestyle brand, and multiple feature projects and development deals.
Nate grew up in the Bay Area and has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 15 years.
Since graduating from Santa Clara University with a Degree in Acting he has been featured in commercials, Print ads, TV shows and Films all over the world.
He has also written, directed, and produced a number of short films, all of which have won multiple different awards, in a variety of different Film Festivals, some of which have aired on TV too.
He has won awards in writing, directing, producing and acting.
He also work as an Emcee and has hosted many different events, from Fashion Shows to Film Festivals.
He has a passion for travel and wedding videography and loves every chance he gets to use his Mavic drone, that is when he's not crashing it...
"Jackie Dallas is an actress best known for her role as Jen, Mr. Clarke’s girlfriend in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things! She has since also appeared on shows such as Criminal Minds, The Resident, The Bold and
the Beautiful, NCIS: New Orleans and the international drama series on Amazon, Aarzu-e-Mann 'What the Heart Desires'.
She is an advocate for female filmmakers and diversity in Hollywood. She is an active member of the indie film community as not only an actress, but recently as a director and producer and has several indie features coming out soon, starring alongside actors such as Gregg Henry, Tom Sizemore, Miguel Nunez Jr and Jeri Ryan."
Jerrell Lee Wesley, actor/writer, grew up in a small rural town in West Florida. His father was a
fire-fighter while his mother worked in a SONY factory. He has two older brothers and a
younger sister. Being the youngest boy, he constantly found himself having to work extremely
hard just to keep up with his older brothers. This competitive drive would, at times, find him in
the dark hours of the evening honing his athletic skills. Eventually, Jerrell became a 3-sport star
at Graceville High School. He used his athletic ability to earn a scholarship at the University of
Kentucky, where he played football and baseball.
After his college career, Jerrell had several professional baseball tryouts, but injuries from his
football days spoiled any athletic dreams. So he gave up on his dreams of being a professional
athlete, and became a football coach at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. During his time at
Drake, his passion for the arts were reignited when the team took a trip to the California Bay
area. “When I stepped off that plane and saw those hills and mountains, it sparked a childhood
desire to move to Los Angeles" and pursue my passion for acting. With $1200 in his pocket,
Jerrell took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles.
Jerrell has starred in supporting roles alongside Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in the hit
RomCom The Proposal. He had a recurring role for three seasons in the ‘STARZ’ hit tv show
POWER, created by Courtney Kemp, and starring rapper 50 Cent and actor Omari Hardwick.
He also had roles on shows Blue Bloods, The Goldberg’s, Switched At Birth, Six Feet Under,
and ‘YOUTUBE PREMIUM’ hit Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on TV. Other movie roles include
Knight & Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
Today, Jerrell currently lives in Atlanta, GA.
LUCY WALTERS can currently be seen as Katie Daly opposite Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano in the Epix' series "Get Shorty." She is best known for her role as 'Holly' on Starz’ hit show, “Power,” produced by 50 Cent. Walters first gained notoriety in Steve McQueen's critically acclaimed film Shame starring Michael Fassbender. She recently filmed Little Faith and Boarding School, which will both be released later this year. Her other film credits include the lead in the exciting indie thriller, Here Alone which won the Audience Award at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, The Brass Teapot, B-Side, Big Words, Bastards of Young. Her television credits include recurring roles on “#WarGames,” USA’s “Falling Water” and Amazon’s “Z: The Beginning of Everything” as well as guest spots on “Bones,” “The Good Wife,” “Do No Harm,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Blue Bloods.” Currently she is filming a new show by Sebastian Gutierrez called "Jett" with Carla Gugino and Giancarlo Esposito.
Perry loves the spotlight at center stage and will never abandon his life as a stand-up comedian delivering his brazen reality based comedy. With 20 years of marriage and six children (5 girls and 1 boy) Perry is an expert on all things family and rips the seams of crowds that attend his shows to hear all about his fatherhood fodder. Perry finds delight in giving back and sharing what he’s learned over the years with his
weekly classes that he hosts in Atlanta where he calls home. Preparing the next generation of comedians is what he feels is a small contribution in his legacy that will keep laughs going for generations to come.
Perry delivers the funny any way viewers or listeners want to receive it, whether it’s his highly popular weekly radio show Rodney Perry Live, or his sold out live shows, Perry truly is the hardest working man in comedy and he doesn’t see himself slowing down any time soon. Comedy is his forte, however, this funny man isn’t afraid to explore his serious side in roles as is evident his appearances in the film “Mr. Right” where he gets to flex his acting chops alongside actor Columbus Short as well as the upcoming drama Broad Street Bullies where he plays a notorious gangster. Adding producer to his long list of credentials he’s also producing shows like the independent release, A Song for Jordan.
The early years of comedy found Perry his first gig as a writer/warm up guy for Kim Whitley on her talk show “Oh Drama.” Being on the scene, he was able to parlay his skills into opportunity and began opening for the likes of George Lopez, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer, to name a few. He would spend the next 10 years nonstop on television in various capacities. Hosting comedy shows like “Who’s Got Jokes” helped him fine tune his craft and fueled the fire for the screen, big and small. Catching the attention of comedy lovers and industry shot callers alike, Perry got another big break with a starring role as “Harold” in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family” and it’s only been a meteoric ride on the fast track ever since. Perry has since found a home at Bounce TV where as the host of his own comedy show “Off the Chain” he would spend the next several years giving Bounce TV its leverage in the cable market with his ever increasing ratings. “Off The Chain” would go on to become a sold out tour and in addition he would also break records for the young network with his number 1 rated comedy special “Rodney Perry: 44 and Still Ticking”.
Sophisticated, hard-working, and an undeniable talent, Angel Parker has brought to life some of the most dynamic and diverse characters on screen today. In 2018, Angel can currently be seen starring on Marvel's hit, action drama series, "Runaways," slated to premiere its second season on Hulu December 21, 2018. The series follows six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other, however, they must unite against a common foe: their evil parents. Angel shines as Catherine Wilder, a successful lawyer who is deliberate and calculating in both her words and actions. When it comes to family, she is fiercely loyal and a loving mother to her son, Alex (Rhenzy Feliz).
In addition to "Runaways," Angel most recently made a guest star appearance on Fox's new comedy sitcom, "Rel," as 'Loose Boots Monica,' opposite Lil Rel Howery and Sinbad. Additional recent credits include recurring roles on NBC's "Trial and Error," opposite John Lithgow, and on FX's hit series "The Strain," opposite Corey Stoll. Another standout project was appearing in FX's critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning series "The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story." Angel was a scene stealer as famed celebrity attorney Shawn Chapman, one of Simpson's 'Dream Team' lawyers.
Angel's first acting gig was on Joss Whedon's "Angel." Since then, she has appeared on some of the most buzzed about series, including: "ER," "Castle," "Criminal Minds," "The Closer," "The Soul Man," "Rebel," and "Sean Saves the World." Angel is also well known for her role as the intrepid and vivacious Tasha Davenport on five seasons of Disney XD's live-action comedy series "Lab Rats."
At only 16 years old, Angel was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. There, she immersed herself in performing, and went on to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy, work with the Independent Shakespeare Company, Will & Company, and performed with The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival for more than 10 years.
Angel currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Brandon Victor Dixon most recently starred as Collins in “RENT: Live” on FOX and as Judas Iscariot in NBC’s "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (Emmy, Critics Choice and NAACP Image Award nominations). On Broadway, he most recently starred as Aaron Burr in HAMILTON. Previous Broadway credits include: Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along (Tony Award nomination), Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical (Grammy and Drama League Award nominations), and Harpo in The Color Purple (Tony Award nomination). National tour: Simba in The Lion King. Off-Broadway: F**king A, Rent and The Scottsboro Boys (Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Laurence Olivier Award nominations). Television: “POWER,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “One Life to Live,” “The Good Wife,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” and Amazon Studios’ “Modern Love.” Dixon’s debut single, “#WeAre” is currently available for download on iTunes, with all proceeds benefitting YoungNewYorkers.org. Dixon was raised in Maryland, and is a graduate of Columbia University. He is the co-founder of WalkRunFly Productions.
After assisting her employers manage the careers Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Mariah Carey, Usher, David E. Talbert, and others at some of the most notable talent management companies in the entertainment industry, DaVida Chanel Smith decided to follow her heart. “I’ve been fortunate to always work for people with strong entrepreneurial energy and that was not lost on me because I’ve always wanted to be my own boss,” Smith explains. “In this powerful time of women taking risks in the name of their career, I felt it was time to bet on myself. I took the efforts that I had been pouring into others’ businesses and focused on my vision for talent representation.” Launched in April 2018, Smith’s Etcetera and Company already boasts a robust and diverse roster of working actors, including Annie Ilonzeh, James Lesure, and John Kassir. Her clients have booked a number of high profile jobs, including a series regular on a hit Dick Wolf show on NBC, a recurring role on an established HBO dramedy, a film starring a two-time Oscar winner, and guest stars on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, and Starz! Smith attributes her early success with Etcetera and Company to the personal connection she forms with her clients. “Talent managers and clients must work together as partners,” Smith says. “It’s about connecting with someone on a deeper level, being able to figure out what their goals are, what it is they’re trying to do, and help them reach those goals. I’ve always been a dream chaser. Now I get to connect talented people to their dreams.” Growing up in Louisiana, Smith gained confidence in her abilities as a performer and public speaker through her humble beginnings in church plays and school programs. While attending Southern University (Baton Rouge), she held office in student government and with the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Smith won several pageants and hosted campus shows and events, opportunities that showcased her talents as a performer, storyteller, and talent scout. Smith earned her Juris Doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in talent representation and production, landing jobs at some of Hollywood’s renowned firms, including Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Handprint, and VCA. On the production side, she worked on such blockbuster films as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2 and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, as well as the hit television shows Guy’s Grocery Games and Queen Sugar. Smith also wrote, directed, and produced a series of short films, as well as wrote and produced a stage play that toured New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago. Now, with her own Etcetera and Company thriving, Smith seeks to work with her mix of established and emerging clients to fulfill their creative dreams. “It’s about the client,” Smith explains. “My focus is finding and creating projects that help my clients reach their goals time and time again.”
Rolando is a native of Chicago and has been performing for over 20 years. Multiple credits in Theater, TV & Film. Some theater productions include; Lobby Hero, Topdog/Underdog, Dreams of Sarah Breedlove, Fences, Jitney, Cops & Friends of Cops. Recent TV credits include Mom (CBS), Scandal (ABC), Chicago PD (NBC) and Recurring in season 2 of The Chi (Showtime). He was also in “A Dogs way Home” (Sony) at the beginning of the year. Mr. Boyce has also appeared in numerous commercials, currently AARP & Centrum.
Yolonda Ross (Actress/Writer/Director/Producer) is a two-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee and Gotham Award winner for her feature film debut as a leading actress in HBO’s Stranger Inside and John Sayles’s Go For Sisters. Ross, a native of Omaha, Nebraska is recognized from her wide range of work including: the Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez film Lila & Eve, Angela Bassett’s Whitney, and Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher Story.
In Television, she's worked on 24, Law and Order, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's, The Unit, in which Mr. Mamet wrote the part for her himself. The two teamed up again on HBO's Phil Spector. Ross has recurred as “Claudia” on How To Get Away With Murder, portrayed the memorable "Ms. Green", in the Baz Luhrmann/ Netflix series, The Get Down, and played a documentary filmmaker in HBO's Treme which inspired her to step behind the camera for her directorial debut, Breaking Night, which aired on VH1 Classics.
Yolonda is also a member of New York's famed Labyrinth Theater Company. Her upcoming projects include, Out of Blue, opposite Patricia Clarkson, and Season 2 of the critically- acclaimed Lena Waithe Showtime drama, The Chi, where Yolonda is cast regular, “Jada Washington”. She will be making her feature film directorial debut with her romantic drama, Scenes From Our Marriage, which was chosen for Film Independent’s 2018 Fast Track Lab.
Jamall Rashaud McMillan was born on January 5th. Since the age of two he has been a fine artist and writer. Passionate for the arts, his parents placed him in top schools for art and design and pushed him to follow his dreams. At the age of five he developed aspirations to build an arts based corporation that would revolutionize the world. He first developed a passion for acting after watching Ben Affleck's performance in Pearl Harbor and since has studied and worked to become a successful actor in his own right. In his freshman year of college he started studying acting seriously and during the six years in undergrad he achieved a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a dual minor in Theatre and Religious studies from Georgia State University. Upon graduation he started working as a background artist in many productions and has since grown to land principle roles on various shows and films. In 2015 he gathered a team of individuals to create what is known as EnVz Productions, the film/television division of his arts based corporation McMillan Smith Visual Enterprises LLC (MSVE). Since then he has produced two films: 1) Back to One: First Position (shot completely on iPhone) and 2) Sustained. Both films release 2017. In addition to pursuing the life of a filmmaker he is an accomplished fine artist, winning numerous awards, and an author. He is in development of two tv shows, and 4 four feature films.
Terry Berland, CSA, comes from a strong New York advertising agency background, including casting for J. Walter Thompson, Young and Rubicam and served as Head of Casting at BBDO/NY Worldwide.
Terry headed the commercial division of Liberman Hirschfeld Casting in Los Angeles (Seinfeld, Larry Sanders Show, Grace Under Fire) which lends to her strong comedy background.
Terry has been instrumental in the process of launching many talent careers. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Lee Strasberg Institute and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York. Terry has been brought in to cities all over the United States to work with talent on their commercial technique and to educate them on the world of advertising. She is the co-author of the #1 industry how-to book “Breaking Into Commercials”.
William Uschold is a visionary screenwriter with a strong love of music that manifested into a career writing music video treatments and producing many recording artist in the San Francisco Bay Area working with talented artist such as Juvenile, Andi Roxx, Johnny Fresh, Mistah Fab, San Quinn and Tab Danger. Uschold was inspired to do film as a needed platform to showcase stories about issues that plagued his community. After being galvanized by narratives of human trafficking, Uschold co-wrote and produced along with his partner and longtime collaborator Tyrone Dangerfield launching The Oakland Film Company, a production company that focuses on the parables straight from the streets of Oakland. His film The Broken Rose set in Oakland about the pitfalls of underage sex trafficking took the film festival run by storm and end up winning 6 Best Film Awards and 12 awards in total in 2018. He sets his passion on his new film set to start production at the end of 2019 titled NIA which is the story of the young girl in Oakland named Nia Wilson that was brutally murdered by a white suprematist on a BART platform in July of 2017. Uschold and The Oakland Film Company will bring in top actors and a sought out crew including up and coming Director Tevin Tavares to tell the story of this beautiful young girls life cut short.
Kelly M. Jenrette, a native of Atlanta, now resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Melvin Jackson Jr. She and her husband published a children's book entitled The Adventures of Jimmy the Fly. Most recently, she booked an ABC pilot, Untitled Leslie Odom Jr., as the female lead opposite Leslie. Kelly also wrapped three projects that she was working on back to back: Back To The Goode Life (BET Her), Uncorked (Netflix) and Limetown (Facebook Watch). Most notably, Kelly can be seen in Season 2, Episode 4 of The Handmaid's Tale on HULU, where her portrayal of Annie garnered her an Emmy Nomination. She can be seen as a recurring guest star on HBO's Here and Now. Kelly has also been a series regular on the Fox comedy, Grandfathered, starring John Stamos; She's had recurring guest star roles on Pitch (FOX) and Graves (EPIX). You may also remember her from her twelve Kmart commercials as Kmart Kelly! Kelly was a part of the 13 time Ovation Nominated Musical, The Color Purple at Celebration Theatre, where her portrayal of Nettie earned her an individual Ovation Nomination for best featured actress. Other TV credits include: Fuller House (Netflix), Weird Loners (FOX), The Haunted Hathaways (Nickelodeon), Happy Endings (ABC), Frisky Dingo, VO (Cartoon Network) WEB SERIES: Mommy Uncensored Episode 2 (YouTube), Much Ado About Mr. GQ (YouTube/FunnyorDie) and Study Buddy (YouTube).
While best known as an unstoppable All- Pro running back that played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL), Thomas Q. Jones has turned his post-NFL focus to the world of acting in both film and television, and the world of technology as the Chief Executive Officer of the mobile application developer, CASTAR Applications, Inc.
In film, Jones headlined the independent film, “Runaway Island,” alongside Lorraine Toussaint and Aisha Hinds. He filmed “Straight Outta Compton,” the feature film based on the lives and careers of the hip-hop group, N.W.A. He shared a memorable scene with Paul Giamatti. The film opened and debuted in the number one box office position, and remained in the top position for three consecutive weeks. In 2016, Jones stars as a love interest to “Dawn 4.0” played by Jennifer Finnigan (FX’s “Tyrant”) in the dark romantic comedy, “Andover" and recently starred in and produced his own MMA murder mystery film "A Violent Man" starring Isaach De Bankole. Bruce Davison, Denise Richard's and Chuck Liddell.
In television, Jones guest-starred in Seasons 2 and 3 of the BET drama series, “Being Mary Jane,” in a multi-episode arc as “Brandon ‘Cutty Buddy’ Gibson,” love interest to “Mary Jane Paul,” played by award-winning actress, Gabrielle Union. On the TV ONE comedy series, "Born Again Virgin," Jones guest-starred as the irresistible commercial pilot, "Vince," a love interest to the series lead, Danielle Nicolet. He also appeared in featured roles in the acclaimed SHOWTIME series “Shameless," IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and Netflix's hit show "Luke Cage" Endings,” “Brother and Sisters,” and “Castle” to name a few.
As a new evolution in the movie industry emerges, one of the people breaking down barriers and leading the way is Angela White, a film producer and member of the Producer’s Guild of America, who specializes in creating compelling commercial stories with a distinct multi-cultural perspective. Angela White is the founder of Silver Lining Entertainment, LLC, a family owned Multimedia Entertainment Company based in Los Angeles, California.
As an executive, filmmaker, entrepreneur, producer and talent manager, Angela has not only worked shoulder to shoulder with the Hollywood elite, she has opened the velvet rope for newcomers by guiding their careers and giving several stars of today their big break. Angela's films have been highlighted on ABC News, CBS, Good Morning America, Fox News, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood, Huffington Post, The Real, and Dish Nation, just to name a few.
Charismatic television actor and Hollywood’s next leading man Ben Patterson, best known for his pivotal and culturally important roles as the trans-gendered brother of ‘Dr. Ben Warren’ on ABC's massively popular "Grey's Anatomy" and the groundbreaking drama series “Noah’s Arc,” is set to return to television this summer on OWN’s “Greenleaf,” alongside executive producer Oprah Winfrey, who also stars on the show. Set in Memphis, “Greenleaf” follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies, and their powerful megachurch with predominantly African-American church members. The series is headed by Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf, and Lynn Whitfield as his wife and matriarch of the family, Lady Mae Greenleaf. Merle Dandridge plays series' protagonist, Grace Greenleaf, their estranged daughter who has returned home after 20 years following the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. Oprah stars as Mavis McCready, Lady Mae's sister and a close confidant of Grace who is also a blues club owner.
An Oakland native, Ben grew up in a diverse neighborhood of Maxwell Park, playing the drums and swimming competitively through high school in the same community that also produced future television stars Lance Gross (Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”) and Russell Hornsby (NBC’s “Grimm”). As an aspiring musician he picked up the guitar and piano, while booking DJ gigs at house parties and local nightclubs, which continued while he was a psych major at San Diego State University. Discovered by a scout for a local modeling competition that he ultimately won as “International Model of the Year,” he quickly booked campaigns for Macy’s, Bud Light and various infomercials. Another model suggested him for a walk on role on “The Bold and the Beautiful” thus launching his acting career and the rest is history. He has since appeared on “CSI-Miami,” “Happy Endings,” “Brother and Sisters,” and “Castle” to name a few.
Brély Evans is a beautiful multi-talented native from Oakland, California. She is an Actress, Vocalist, Comedienne, and Voice Over Talent. Whether Brély is making you cry in a drama, laugh in a comedy, or challenging you intellectually through her thought provoking discussions as a talk show host and radio personality she finds time to Key Note speak and serve as ambassador for several national brands.
In the stage play, Two Can Play That Game, Brély quickly became a fan favorite. Recognized for her ability to captivate an audience she was cast opposite Queen Latifah in 20th Century FOX, Just Wright. Her comedic timing resulted in the expansion of her role as Sabrina. It was this same power packed persona that afforded her an opportunity to work with the late Whitney Houston in the SONY Feature, Sparkle.
Brély extended into television and is recognized for her recurring role as Nichelle Nichols on BET’s Being Mary Jane as Gabrielle Union’s best friend. Her reach continued to expand with projects such as Regina King’s directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen. She was also cast in a lead opposite Lamman Rucker in the film, The Man In 3B. Brély stared in the short film, Black Rose with Tyrese and Jennifer Hudson and as leading lady in TV One’s You Can’t Fight Christmas. -
Brély recently wrapped on a comedy series, The Last Call, starring opposite Carl Anthony Payne. She is looking forward to creating her newest character, Rondell Lancaster, in the upcoming series titled, Ambition, for the OWN NETWORK. She will also be recurring in BET’s the hot new series The Family Business.
Brély says it is her faith, drive, positive outlook, and commitment to excellence that continues to reward her with career opportunities. She coaches people in her series Get Your Act Together and Start Living Your Dreams both national and internationally through her company Water Walkers Worldwide, Inc. that has recently opened a Talent Management division.
Avery Mason was born on December 20th in Brooklyn, New York. He is the youngest of three children. After graduating from high school, Avery enrolled at University at Albany (SUNY), intent on a career in journalism. However, he caught the acting bug and began chasing his dream, seeking work as an actor. His first paid acting role was in an independent short film called "Dana" in Brooklyn, NY. He played the part of 'Mike' a blue collar mechanic. Afterwards he began to pursue screen roles in earnest. With his acting versatility and powerful presence, he had no difficulty finding work in television productions.
He made his first TV appearance in The Good Wife (2015) with Julianna Margulies. He continued his work on television and was chosen for the role of Black Grimace in Starz's hit series Power (2016).
Avery continued to work on his young acting career and also co-starred in such productions as The Breaks (2016), Gotham (2018), The Last OG (2017) and The Punisher (2018). He continues to define his onscreen persona as a tough, no-nonsense man.
In 2013 Avery began performing stand up comedy at Caroline's on Broadway, he did so well, he continued performing all over NYC; including performances at New York Comedy Club, The Comic Strip Live, and Broadway Comedy Club. He still performs to this day.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, and their child.
D'KIA ANDERSON can be seen in Lethal Weapon (FOX) and Nashville (CMT). She can also be seen in the Season 3 of Bosch (Amazon). Other TV credits include The Thundermans (Nickelodeon) and Happy Endings (ABC). D'KIA has also starred in a dozen national and international commercials. She can currently be seen in a Home Depot national commercial and in an upcoming national commercial for Consentyx.
Throughout her time in Los Angeles, D'KIA has studied with some of the best acting coaches from Amy Lyndon, Brian Reise to Margie Haber. Her eagerness to learn from the best will never cease.
D'KIA is currently starring in an independent feature film, TURNT and a web series, Off The Track (Artistic Standard TV). She has also had leading and supporting roles in several other independent projects. D'KIA tried her hand in filmmaking, completing a short film, Passing Period, which was accepted into The Cannes International Film Festival 2015. D'KIA had the opportunity to attend the festival in Cannes, France, where she was able to network and meet with other like-minded actors/filmmakers. This experience heightened her perspective on hard work and determination
Karon’s joy for visual arts in acting intensified after a first-grade performance in the play, “Puss and Boots.” During football off-seasons, Karon began to master his craft by taking acting class in Los Angeles. One year after retirement from football, he transformed his body to fit the big screen. His career took off when he booked his first speaking role in a Russ Parr romantic comedy, “35 and Ticking” which starred Kevin Hart, Nicole Ari Parker, and Meagan Good. He soon became a favorite of casting directors which led to roles in “Single Ladies,” “Necessary Roughness,” “For Better or Worse,” and “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” He soon garnered a recurring role on “Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor.”
Karon’s dream role was secured in 2015, when he portrayed his childhood hero, Muhammad Ali, in the independent film, “The Last Punch.” While continuing to build his resume, Karon has secured leading roles within four installments of the “Marry Me for Christmas” franchised produced by UpTV. Karon secured roles in “A Christmas Blessing,” and “Coins for Christmas” produced by TVOne and BET, respectively.
Armed with an unwavering belief in himself, a good dose of talent, charisma, and indomitable work ethnic Karon Joseph Riley is claiming his place in the entertainment industry. This will be his best year yet as a new series, “Ambitions” on OWN & Saints & Sinners will expand his fan-base to date.
Yolanda T. Ross is an accomplished multi-hyphenate award-winning socially
driven storytelling Actress, Writer, Producer, and Filmmaker. Helming from the
deep southern state of Mississippi, she knows how to use expression and control
to bring the audience along on the journey with her from the beginning of the
story to the end. She made her film debut in 2007 in a lead role in the
independent short, Switch. Other lead roles quickly followed in various plays,
shorts and feature-length films while building her resume in Atlanta.
In 2010, after grounding herself in film and stage in Georgia, she decided to take
the leap to Los Angeles, the land of television and film, to pursue her career full-
time. Since landing in Los Angeles, she has starred in her own award-winning
written and produced works titled The Last Day and Victus. Her previous works
also include the films TIFF, Circle, Vitality, Between The Miles, Vicious, and Love
Triangle. She landed a recurring role in the CW hit TV Show Black Lightning
where she plays the hard working mother of the character Khalil Payne (a.k.a.
Pain Killer). These are just a few of the amazing projects that reflect the qualities
of this quickly rising star. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and
Brad Lemack opened Lemack & Company in 1982, following his stint as a publicity executive at pioneering producer Norman Lear’s TV production company, housed on the lot at Universal Studios, in Hollywood. He was responsible for the episodic and series publicity for many of the company’s network television hits at the time, which included The Jeffersons, One Day At A Time, Archie Bunker’s Place, Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and Square Pegs, as well as several after-school specials, syndicated programming and movies for television. Previously, Lemack had been an innovative television and radio producer and broadcaster for many years in Boston. Creating the opportunity to do the kind of work he has a passion for with the opportunity to develop, redevelop and brand new, emerging and established talent, Lemack & Company has since established itself in many areas of talent management and public relations, including entertainment, personality and book publicity, business, corporate and non-profit, special event creation, production and promotion, and career/brand development, marketing and career coaching for actors. In addition to Brad’s leadership at Lemack & Company Talent Management/Public Relations, he has also been a member of the faculty at Boston’s Emerson College Los Angeles campus since 1995, where he created and teaches courses in entertainment public relations, the business of acting and entertainment industry career development through the College’s acclaimed internship program. In 2010, Brad added to his academic responsibilities when he joined the faculty of North Carolina's Elon University Los Angeles Program, where he created and teaches entertainment PR and film unit publicity. In 2013, he also created and taught a strategic acting for the camera class at California State University, Northridge. Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Emerson College in communication studies and his Master of Arts in theatre arts and dance, with a concentration in performance for social change, from California State University, Los Angeles. He is also the host of the YouTube series Web TV series Inside the Business of Acting and is the creator and host of RerunIt.com, which celebrates "classic" television celebrities and American pop culture. Brad is the author of three popular books for actors: The Business of Acting: Learn the Skills You Need to Build the Career You Want, The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape and The New Business of Acting: The Next Edition. He also co-authored, with Emmy Award-winning Jeffersons star and decades-long Lemack & Company client Isabel Sanford, her autobiography, titled You Can Call Me Weezy. He also developed and edited the book Acting and How To Be Good At It and Acting and How To Be Good At It: The Second Edition, by noted character actor, acting coach and another long standing Lemack & Company client, Basil Hoffman (foreword by Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack). Brad also contributed to the book of the musical BARK and has two other plays and one other book currently in development.
Actress, producer, and Baltimore native, Noree Victoria, has been active in the creative arts since childhood. Initially writing imaginative children’s stories, she completed her first bound book at the age of 7. Loving both arts and academics, at age 16, she successfully petitioned her school board, winning their approval to bypass her senior year and go directly to college, earning Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Creative Writing, Biology, and African Studies. Noree taught 9th grade Biology in Baltimore City immediately upon graduating, and subsequently completed her Master of Science Degree in Applied Information Technology. Finishing her master’s program with a 4.0 GPA, she was recruited as a Financial Analyst for the Black and Decker Corporation; however, after a spell of integrating and upgrading financial systems, the lure of the dramatic arts proved too enchanting for her to ignore. Noree took flight to pursue a creative passion for acting full-time, studying at the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University in England. Noree went on to win the ‘Best Actress’ award at AMTC, and to appear regularly in various Emmy-winning television shows, including FX’s ‘American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson’, and ‘Queen Sugar’. She has also produced various short and feature length film projects. Noree continues to pursue her acting career and training in Los Angeles, and in cherished spare time, enjoys volunteering with youth in marginalized communities, advocating for social justice, surfing, and outdoor adventures with a tight-knit circle of friends.
Robert Ri'chard is one of the most famous and respected faces of Hollywood. His body of work includes both leading man marquees and character roles that show the extensive scope of his talents. Famous film and television director Brian Robbins describes Robert as a sniper in cinema, “If you need to shoot the best scene in your movie and you have one take, you call Robert Ri’chard.” Emmy Award winning actor Ri’chard (French pronunciation) has a strong love for collaborating and creating the best work across the industry. The expansive spectrum of his roles has garnered him screen time with box office juggernauts Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Alec Baldwin, Oprah, Forest Whitaker, and Vanessa Williams. If you ask Robert to describe the work in his future he would beam his bright smile and say, “Running, carrying the hero’s weapon, and kissing the lead actress.” Catch him in BOLDEN, in theaters Friday, May 3rd also MY BROTHER’S KEEPER (2019), REAL TALK (2019), and his recurring role on FAMILY TIME (Bounce TV).
Ryan is best known for his SERIES REGULAR role as Lanny on Disney's Pair of Kings. His film, The Samuel Project, released to theaters nationwide last month. Ryan stars as Eli, alongside Hal Linden. He has also had RECURRING roles on iCarly & Mr. Young, as well as guest starring roles on Zeke & Luther, as well as Hit The Floor. Ryan has also had lead or supporting roles in many feature films including: A Christmas Carol, The Perfect Game, Mars Needs Moms, Del Playa, Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend, & Another Day in Paradise. He is currently in post production on: Bodied & Adi Shankar's Gods & Secrets, which both will be released this year. Aside from acting, Ryan is also a member of OCHOA BOYZ and performs throughout the LA area with his brothers: Rick, Robert, and Raymond. You can currently find him on the new Netflix show, Medal of Honor!
Isaiah is 10 years old and is currently RECURRING on Season 3 of HBO's True Detective as Henry Hays (son of Detective Hays played by Mahershala Ali). He has also been seen on such shows as: Crypt TV, College Humor Originals, and Junk Drawer Magical Adventures. Next up, you will also find him in the 2019 feature films: Uncle Ed's Bucket List and Roads, Trees, and Honey Bees. -
Most notably known for her lead role in Tyler Perry's The Single Mom's Club and For Better or Worse, the hilarious comedian/actress Cocoa (pronounced Co-kah) Brown treats audiences to thought-provoking humor in which she declares “I don’t tell jokes I tell the truth!” Her Grown Woman delivery both on stage and on the screen in supporting roles such as FX's American Crime Story, NBC's Marlon, and most recently FOX's critically acclaimed 9-1-1, has generated a large and loyal following all over the world and has proven to her fans old and new that not only is she a funny comedian but she is also a versatile actress.
Cocoa has had guest star roles on several other notable TV projects including 2 Broke Girls, Psych, The Soul Man, and Breaking Bad as well as supporting roles in Ted 2, in which she was hand-picked for the role of "Joy" by Seth MacFarlane, and Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson. Being appropriately dubbed as a "comedy machine gun" by America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, she has received numerous awards including the DC Comedian of the Year after only a short time of stand-up and was hand picked by the family of Moms Mabley to receive the 2018 Moms Mabley Legacy Award. She is a fan favorite and has been all over the world touring regularly and has also been featured on the Showtime Network Shaquille O'Neal Comedy All-Stars.
Not only do audiences get a great show but they feel as though they have gained a friend. Cocoa says, "If my audience feels like they know me, then that means I've connected with them and I've shared my gift." Cocoa has a style that relates to both women and men and an energy and warmness on and off the stage that has earned her the respect and love of crowds and colleagues alike.
Christine Horn is an award-winning actress and singer who has performed in feature films, primetime television and on Broadway. She is a Life & Career Coach for Actors and founder of the hit show, #ActorsDailyBread and The Booking Magnet Academy.
Christine’s experiences and accomplishments are diverse and vast giving her a special ability to relate to all audiences. With over 20 years of professional experience, Christine has graced stages across the U.S. with Disney’s “The Lion King” and has performed for President George W. Bush at the White House.
Her extensive theatre background led her to the silver screen where she has appeared alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars (Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Columbus Short to name a few.)
She has also starred in a variety of television shows, some of which include Timeless, American Crime Story, NCIS, Ray Donovan, Powerless, Good Girls, Legion, Greenleaf, The Originals, Complications, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Not’s, Reckless, Rectify and Being Mary Jane.
When she’s not performing, Christine writes self-help books and runs a successful career and life coaching business aimed to inspire actors and women to take action and fulfill their dreams.
Emmy Nominated Actor Melvin Jackson Jr. was born on April 4th in Washington D.C. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Emmy nominated actress Kelly Jenrette. In which they are the first African American married couple to be nominated for an Emmy in the same year. Melvin is the father of 3 boys Melvin, DaShawn & Donovan. He is best known for his roles as Bernard on the HBO hit series "The Wire" and as The Bully on the hit CW show "Everybody Hates Chris". He most recently portrayed the legendary rapper Kurtis Blow in the NAACP Award winning BET’s “The New Edition Story” which had 29 million viewers. He is a talented actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, host, & author of a children’s book. Now you may say wow this guy does a lot but when asked "if you could only be known for one thing what would it be?" And he’ll quickly reply “to be known as a great businessman period”. Melvin started out in the entertainment business at the age of 18 as an entertainment manager managing local artists and as a model. While still in college Melvin was working on The Wire. He later graduated from Bowie State University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. Even though he is now had recurring roles on two of the hottest shows on TV, he continues to stay humble. Melvin also has lived overseas for 8 1⁄2 years in Islamabad, Pakistan & Ankara, Turkey. Melvin Jackson Jr., is a name that will never be forgotten because he refuses to be forgotten. He had a recurring role on CW's "Everybody Hates Chris" which he booked three weeks into him being in LA. The last episode of the season that he did, was directed by Chris Rock, which was a great honor for him. Melvin has created opportunities for himself in Hollywood as well as other states. He has made many friends in Hollywood and is known as a great networker. Melvin refuses to take no
for an answer and is determined to be known as a great actor, entertainer, producer and businessman. He has written, produced, co-directed and starred in his sitcom pilot entitled “This Is My Life, So Why Are You Laughing?”. Melvin is writing, producing, directing a lot projects and currently has a children’s book titled “The Adventures of Jimmy The Fly” that he co-wrote with his wife and is available on amazon. Melvin has been nominated for Outstanding Actor in a short form comedy or drama series for his comedy web series he executive produced, Stars in and co-wrote with his wife Emmy nominated actress Kelly Jenrette titled “This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours”. Which can be viewed on his website www.melvinjacksonjr.com or on his YouTube channel Melvin Jackson Jr Tv.
Corinne Meadors is an actor and vocalist who currently resides in Northern California. Originally a native of Massachusetts, Corinne has dedicated her life to acting and singing with a strong penchant for film. She attended the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History and also studied music with a focus in vocal performance. She studied theatre at Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, MA) and at H.B. Studio in NYC. She has performed throughout the Northeast and has traveled to the Czech Republic and Hungary as a vocalist. To further pursue opportunities on the west coast, Corinne moved to San Francisco in 2003. She currently lives in El Dorado County with her family and is represented by MDT Agency Inc.
TONY D HEAD: Tony is best known for his RECURRING role as Maj. Bobby Reed on HBO's The Wire. He is currently RECURRING on Amazon's PRIDE the SERIES, Amazon's Asunder The Series, and UMC's Bronx SIU . Tony has also been seen on episodes of: Madame Secretary, Roadies, Veep, True Crimes with Aphrodite Jones, The Agency, Nocturnal Attorney, Mr. Right, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and many more. Tony just wrapped the feature film, Lazy Susan, with Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney and Sean Hayes. Next up, is Warner Bros. JOKER feature film, as well as the feature film Strive with Danny Glover.
Tanjareen is an all-around performing artist. Her television credits include: Freeform's drama FAMOUS IN LOVE, Bounce TV's sitcom FAMILY TIME (4 seasons), HBO/Cinemax's ZANE'S THE JUMP OFF (series regular), and Bentley Kyle's Evan's 4-episode pilot THE REV. Tanjareen has also guest-starred on SEX SENT ME TO THE E.R. (2 episodes), CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, WITHOUT A TRACE, GIRLFRIENDS, ACCORDING TO JIM, THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM, HOWARD STERN, STRONG MEDICINE (recurring), THE PARKERS, WANDA AT LARGE, THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW, V.I.P, ARLISS, & CITY GUYS (recurring). She’s also done commercials for DENNY'S, PIZZA HUT PASTA, BODY BY JAKE'S SHADOWBOXER, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, MICHELOB BEER, MCDONALD'S, POP SECRET POPCORN, & SUBWAY. Her film credits include: MISS MARCH (her bus scene was the most popular scene in the entire film), LOVE FOR SALE, JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION, HURRICANE IN THE ROSE GARDEN, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CATTLE CALL, ONLY IN AMERICA & Russ Parr’s SOMETHING LIKE A BUSINESS. -
As a radio personality, Tanj has co-hosted over 50 episodes of SPEEDY'S COMEDY CORNER at Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Radio on Sirius-XM. And she’s co-hosted over 40 episodes of CHOPPING IT UP LIVE on DherbsRadio.com. Miss Martin also performs sketch comedy, she has boxed for PERFECT 10 MAGAZINE: MODEL BOXING, as well as for KNOCKOUTS, and she co-hosted an AfterBuzzTV talk show called BLACK HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY WITH THE siSTARS and a magazine-style TV show called THE VEGAN VIXEN SHOW. On the runway, TJ has modeled for various designers in major shows like MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK and LA FASHION MARKET WEEK & in print for various publications & romance novel covers.
As CEO of CITRIC CINEMA, she produced several episodes of the new JUDGE JOE BROWN TALK RADIO SHOW and she was Associate Producer of Russ Parr's film LOVE FOR SALE (starring Mya, Jackie Long, Jason Weaver, Melyssa Ford, herself, Essence Atkins, Angell Conwell, Clifton Powell, & Big Daddy Kane). Plus she created, wrote, & produced her own web series THE CELIBATE NYMPHO CHRONICLES.
Dove Meir has been working consistently since his network debut on The Mindy Project in 2012. His credits include guest stars on NCIS:LA, recurring roles on USA Network’s, DIG, and N.C.I.S., Major Crimes, Chris Carter’s The After and more. He is in several independent films currently circulating film festivals and some already available on iTunes and Amazon for viewing. Dove has done motion capture for Barbie and VO for properties like Resident Evil and more that we can’t mention just yet. Dove was nominated for Best Actor at the Burbank International Film Festival for his lead role in the film Boots. He’s been coaching with some of the top coaches in the business and credits his quick success on being introduced to the acting world as an adult with a professional background in business and finance. “I lived the life of an adult first. Now I’m working on living a life full of child like imagination.”
Amanda Diaz began her training as an Actor in Rowan University's Theatre Department in 1999. Her true love and passion was acting, but Amanda picked up another creative outlet in Makeup Artistry for the film and beauty industries. After graduating and earning a B.A. in Theatre, Amanda attended the Makeup Designory in Burbank, California to further her makeup training. She acquired a certificate in Beauty, Special Effects, and Character Makeup in 2002. While she was becoming more involved with Film and T.V. work, Amanda also found interest in the production process and would soon find herself working as an Assistant Director and writer. Although, Amanda proves to bring a diverse amount of talent to any project, she is undoubtably rooted in her passion for Acting.
Since 1995 Ski-ter has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry as an actor. Ski-ter is known as the "Commercial King" in Hollywood. He has appeared in over 100 national commercial campaigns including Verizon Wireless, McDonalds, BMW, Chevron, AT&T, Walmart, Time Warner, etc. He has also guest starred in popular television shows and movies. Having proven himself an extremely talented actor, his maturation into the role of director was a natural transition.
Rhavynn Drummer is an Atlanta based Director, Producer, and Casting Director who has always had a love for actors and great performances. She began her career in casting at Tyler Perry Studios. While working at the studio she has participated in the casting of fifteen feature films, seven television series, and seven theatrical productions. . She has had the privilege of working on projects like “The Family that Preys,” “Why did I Get Married Too?” “The Marriage Counselor” and the most recent television series’ “The Haves and The Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” currently on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Rhavynn graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Theater and American Studies. During her time at UVA she re-started the Paul Robeson Players, a theater company focused on producing African-American stories and experiences.
Rhavynn is the creator of two digital series “Good Girls” and “Brooklyn Blue Sky.” Brooklyn Blue Sky was acquired by BET in 2017 and can be seen on bet.com and the BET App. For more information go to www.rhavynndrummer.com.
Dustin Felder is the go-to acting coach for superstars in Hollywood. Dustin Felder’s films have amassed more than 1.7 billion dollars in international box office sales to date. In 2005, Dustin entered the world of coaching and coached Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, in the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-nominated feature film Pursuit of Happyness. In 2007, the Smiths turned to Dustin to coach daughter, Willow, in the blockbuster I Am Legend. Also starring Will Smith, Dustin coached Will’s son, Jaden, in summer blockbuster The Karate Kid. Dustin was the acting coach for the Academy Award-nominated film, Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray, chronicling the lives of hip hop legends NWA, released in 2015.
Equally impactful in the world of television, Dustin was the acting coach for the ABC sitcom, My Wife and Kids. His ability to evoke emotion from veteran actors Tisha Campbell, Jennifer Freeman, and Noah Gray Cabey, quickly propelled the show to a #1 ranking. Dustin coached another Wayans family show, Second Generation Wayans, which aired on BET. Most recently, Dustin is the acting coach on NBC’s Marlon, now in its second season.
In addition to the Smiths, Dustin’s clientele includes the actor/rapper Common (LUV), Marlon and Shawn Wayans, Usher, Bryshere Gray (Empire), and Keith Powers. Dustin’s success as an acting coach is rooted in his mastery of various acting techniques, mastery of discovering and developing of an actors brand, his dynamic understanding of character analysis, as well as his own experience as a child actor with recurring roles on the Emmy Award-winning Law & Order, My Wife and Kids, and dozens of national commercials.
Erica was born and raised in San Diego, California. She grew up dancing with The California Ballet Company and received her BFA in Acting from United States International University in San Diego and her MFA in Acting from The University of Arizona. -
Los Angeles is her home and over the years she has been in numerous commercials, films and TV shows. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA & AEA as well as a noted spokesperson and host who is an expert in TelePrompTer. -
Some of her selected television credits are: Scandal (Recurring), This Is Us, Hawaii Five- O, Scorpion, Atypical, American Vandal, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Days of Our Lives, Mad Men, Dexter, Family Time, The Exes, The Young and The Restless, Private Practice, Castle, My Boys, Ghost Whisperer, Men of a Certain Age, Big Time Rush, Three Rivers, Greek, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Drake and Josh and Eleventh Hour. -
Erica loves to study and practice yoga at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica. She has completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. She also loves to take spin classes at Equinox and Soul Cycle and practice Transcendental Meditation.
David Figlioli is a 25 year veteran of working as a union film, television, commercial and stage actor. David received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and has notably worked in over 100 television commercials, over 50 television dramas and comedies while working in professional theaters from New York to Los Angeles and several places in between. David also spent 3 years touring the globe as the main character in the Cirque Du Soleil show CORTEO, performing over 1000 shows in front of more than 2 million spectators in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Russia. David is the author of two books, MEMOIRS OF A CIRCUS CLOWN-( highlighting his journey of working with the Cirque du Soleil) and THE ART AND BUSINESS of ACTING in COMMERCIALS- (sharing his first hand knowledge of the demands of a successful career working in the commercial industry.)- both available on Amazon.com.
I was born and raised in Seattle, WA where I began my career as a model. After settling into modeling, I branched out into acting and fell in love with the art. As I was pursuing both modeling and acting, I attended Bellevue College pursuing a degree in Communications. After completing my 2 year degree I moved to LA and enrolled at Loyola Marymount University to finish my four year AND pursue acting and modeling. The juggling of all of this was stressful and almost impossible so to lighten my load, I took a leap of faith and paused my education to focus on my art. I have not looked back since and have had many great accomplishments along the way such as several national commercials, spreads in magazines such as Vogue and Essence, and much more. I feel like I am just getting started and look forward to what else is in store for me.
Shelley Robertson's most recent credits include guest starring roles on "The Rookie", "This Is Us", "Lucifer" and "Timeless". She also has upcoming roles in Amazon's "Goliath", and Apple TV's new show, "Morning Show". Shelley is also best known for her many TV commercials, such as Facebook Portal, Geico, Samsung (Danny Glover's wife), Bayer Aspirin, Jif Peanut Butter, Xerox (one of the Greek chorus members), and McDonald's. Her other tv guest starring roles include "Criminal Minds", "Code Black", "Extant", "CSI:Cyber", "NCIS", and "The Newsroom"... among so many others. With performing in her DNA, Shelley was born in Philadelphia, PA and started singing/acting in school productions in middle school. She left Philly for Atlanta, GA where she attended Emory University graduating with a Political Science degree headed to law school. After a stint working a 9-5 in Atlanta city government and getting halfway through her master's degree in Public Administration, her DNA moved life in another direction. Working with Howard E. Rollins and Carroll O'Connor on "In the Heat of the Night" began Shelley's professional acting career. Within a few years, she was living in Los Angeles. Upon arrival in Hollywood, the Theatre called; and she was overjoyed to receive a LA Weekly nomination for Best Actress for "Joe Louis Blues", and a NAACP Theatre Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for "Long Time Since Yesterday" with a great run at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Then, Shelley's most rewarding role to date happened... Motherhood. Aiyana and Randy are her motivation and her joy! Along the journey, she's recurred on "Cold Case", "Brothers and Sisters", and "Greek". And is also credited on critically acclaimed TV shows such as: "Grey's Anatomy", "Everybody Loves Raymond", "ER", "Touched By An Angel", "The West Wing", "CSI and CSI:Miami", "Southland", a leading role in "The Ditchdigger's Daughters", and more. While everyday feels like her career is just getting started, Shelley is excited to finish her first book, produce a screenplay and pilot she's written, and mark her brand with her production company, Hawk Productions LLC. Follow the journey on ig, fb and twitter @iamshelleyrobertson.
Amber is a Chicago native now living and working in LA. With experience on stage, in voiceover, and on screen, her credits include How to Get Away With Murder, Shameless, Grey's Anatomy, and Parks & Recreation.
Monica Lawson is a a bi coastal actress and producer based in Los Angeles best known for her roles on NCIS, Grey's Anatomy and Wakefield. She began her acting career in New York as a classically trained actress who received her BFA from NYU's Tisch school of the arts.
Excited by the call for diverse voices in entertainment, Monica wanted to expand her influence in the industry and created BOND Motion Pictures. BOND is production company that seeks to find & develop stories that provide a shift in consciousness toward underrepresented voices and revolutionize the limited pattern of demographic inclusion among performing artists within the industry.
Monica travels the world for pleasure and inspiration. She plays the piano and speaks French. She is passionate about giving back and volunteers with an after-school program that inspires students ages 6-18 to pursue creative writing at 826LA.
Classically trained in both drama and dance, Keena Ferguson has performed in a vast array of TV guest roles on many hit TV shows including those such as, Two in a Half Men - (CBS), Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street - (Amazon), and in last year's breakout hit for FX, Atlanta. Keena's television work experience also includes co-hosting The Way We Do It on BET with comedian Ricky Smiley.
Keena's filmography includes a star billed role in the theatrically released action-packed thriller, Red Line, a supporting lead opposite Stephen Dorff in the screwball dramedy feature , American Hero,, indie drama, Daughter of Fortune, and stylized digital action feature, Forever No More.
Keena Ferguson's achievements in legitimate stage productions include clinching the prestigious 2016 NAACP Award for Best One Person Show. In addition to her acting and dancing passions, Keena is an accomplished writer and producer. Her current project, the docuseries From the Fly gives viewers a chance to take a bird's eye view of regular people actively pursuing their dreams. Previous films produced by Keena have screened at 35 international film festivals and been picked up for television distribution and garnered multiple awards including the HBO Shorts Series at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival.
Having worked on stage and in front of the camera acting, in print and film for over twenty-five years. Tony is originally from Chicago where he grew his love for theatre (especially Shakespeare), and in Northern California where he became a SAG-AFTRA actor.
Now, he's on the other side of the camera writing, producing and directing. He loves collaboration and telling stories.
Watch his two original short films on Amazon Prime in which he wrote and directed, 1440 and Counting and Neighbor.
He loves all aspects of the creative process from beginning to end. Writing and directing energizes him whether it be live performance or film. He loves building relationships on sets and beyond because he loves working on a team. That's why he started his own production company: SonCity Media. He wants to entertain and it's his passion to move people and affect change in the world by making meaning of life through stories.
He believes stories can change the world and change people.
For him, life is about learning to tell AND LIVE a good story.
His wife, three kids and dog live the crazy/good life in Northern California. Say hi and shoot him a message on any of your favorite social media platforms. He hangs out on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!
Anthony L. Fernandez broke on to the scene in 2010, becoming one of the most emotional and intense up and coming actors of today. Fernandez gained public attention for his intimidating performances, such as Cesar Figueroa in, 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' and most recently gained notoriety with his cross-over comedy performance as Angel in the hit feature film, 'The Wedding Ringer'. Now, reaching prime time television success with his performances as Carlos Diego on Hawaii Five-0 & as Texas in John Singleton's hit series 'Rebel' on BET.
Anthony L. Fernandez was raised by his mother Lisa M. DeCoria. The youngest of two brothers, his family constantly moved around the country. He was raised in small towns and big cities, from the east coast and back to his home on the west coast. His young life was filled with experiences of survival, determination, and emotion at its best and worst. From living a fast life of drugs, guns, sex, and violence in the streets to creating a successful film and television career, Anthony L. has turned his life around, becoming a positive example of hard work, sacrifice, dedication, drive and passion.
At a time of tremendous obligation and reflection Fernandez made the biggest decision of his life and after studying Eric Morris Method Acting for a number of years he pursued his professional acting career. Fernandez has played a variety of roles from police officers to criminals, drug addicts to loving fathers. Delivering many colorful performances, Fernandez paints an organic picture with his presence.
His career going strong, Fernandez continues working hard to achieve industry success. Using every opportunity on and off set to develop his craft. The look of a dark figure with a mysterious past meshed with his warm appeal, helps him to connect with his audience. His physical fitness and background in security are attributes that have helped him to cross over into action films such as, 'Close Range', utilizing his Stage Combat, Stunt Driving and Firearms experience. Stepping up his game Fernandez showed his comedic chops having one of the most memorable scenes in the feature film, 'The Wedding Ringer', giving an emotional performance in the award winning film 'The Boatman', and initiating himself into horror with his chilling performance as Juan Morales in the psychological thriller, 'The Evil Gene', all proving his ability to work in a variety of film genres, as well as, television credits including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Kings of Con, Days of Our Lives, & Scorpion, etc.
Anthony L. Fernandez continues to solidify himself as a character actor & permanent fixture in the industry with many more intriguing, dark, and mysterious performances to come. Anthony L. Fernandez resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children.
A Philly girl to her core, Crystal Lee Brown ditched cheesesteaks and soft pretzels for sushi and fresh pressed juices in Hollywood, CA. She’s holds a B.A of Fine Arts from Temple University, where she majored in Theater and Journalism. Upon graduation, she spent five years in New York City as a member of the African American Women Repertory Theater Company in Brooklyn, New York, where she starred in numerous Off-Broadway productions. She recently added writer and producer to her resume with the hit stage play The Cell Block Seven, which was nominated for a NAACP Theatre Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Currently splitting her acting career in both Los Angeles and Atlanta, Crystal has emerged as a multi-talented fresh face. Her niche as the hip and witty charmer with an east coast flare, has landed her roles on NETFLIX, HBO, ABC, CBS, TNT, The CW, where she’s currently recurring on Black Lightning and feature films, including, Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew, Tyler Perry’s, Nobody’s Fool and 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures, where she worked alongside Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer and Golden Globe Winner, Taraji P. Henson. As a working actor, Crystal knows the importance of creating strong auditions, so she started her own company, iTape LA, where she serves as an audition coach and self-tape specialist for actors, for TV and film castings. Her clients have seen an increased callback/booking ratio and she is highly recommended by agents and managers. Her passion is to help actors gain control of their auditions by having fun and releasing fear. With significant credits to add to her resume, Crystal promises to forge a permanent impression in the world of show business.
Social Media: IG: @crystalleebrown
iTape LA (Audition Coaching and Self-Tapes)
Chris Gardner is an award nominated actor (NAACP, Sunset Baby) whose career has spanned theater, television, film, print, and radio. Hailing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chris began his work in television on HBO’s, “Oz” and NBC’s “Law & Order”. Since being in L.A. he’s racked up many guest appearances on shows such as “The Practice”, The West Wing”, “Hart Of Dixie”, and “Pretty Little Liars”. Some of his theater credits include Unbound (IAMA/Hudson Theater), The America Play (Theater @ Boston Court), Sunset Baby (Odyssey Theater). He is also an accomplished voice-over actor “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, the animated feature “Jungle Shuffle”. Many video games including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, World of Warcraft.
Tristan Cunningham started her performing days when she was only ten years old touring with Vermont’s own home grown country circus, Circus Smirkus. After running away with the circus for eight summers, she decided to change her focus to acting and graduated from S.U.N.Y Purchase Theater Arts and Film conservatory with a B.F.A. She now works between the Bay Area and Los Angeles as an actor, teaching artist, and circus performer, taking part in productions by the California Shakespeare Theater, Aurora Theater Company, African American Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare Company, Circus Bella, Medical Clown Project and many more. Her hope is to continue acting in theater, film and television. She feels incredibly blessed to do what she loves and share it with the rest of the world.
Ying Yuen started acting at 19 in Singapore performing in Mandarin and English. She did many projects in TVCs, and with the TV Drama Department of Television of Singapore.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2001, got herself an agent and an acting coach, started doing mostly Industrials in the beginning. .
Over the years, she acted in many film thesis for Masters graduates of Chapman U and USC. Ying Yuen has also done many notable National T.V Commercials. The journey has been a very blissful one for Ying Yuen, and she never looked back.
Ying Yuen studied with Director Howard Deutch in The Master Class at Beverly Hills Playhouse for about 3 years. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
As a hobby, Ying Yuen dances Modern and Chinese folk dance, and is flexible with many yoga movements.
Asante Jones hails from Cleveland, OH. He's lived in LA for over 21 years and has amassed quite a list of accomplishments. With over 70 titles on IMDb, he has recurred on several TV shows, such as Scandal and Rosewood a couple years ago.
Asante has starred in a Lead role in the John Travolta film, I Am Wrath. Look for his earlier work in the film, Camp (2013), about abused and neglected foster kids that get to attend a very special summer camp for one week every year, available on Blu Ray and DVD.
He served as the voice of Boost Mobile for five and a half years. He currently has a VO campaign running as the voice of Marshawn Lynch's hand, Baby Beast, to promote the video game, NFL Madden '18.
It was touring with the Shelley Garrett play, Beauty Shop Part II that got him out of Cleveland in the 1990s. While on tour, Asante's roommate was Academy Award Nominee, Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile).
Asante has worked with notable celebrities such as Emma Stone, Robin Wiliams, Kathy Bates, Morris Chestnut, Shonda Rimes and Betty White, to name a very few. Check out his role as Black Eddie in the raucously funny web series, Break Room.
Sasha Compere is a native of Detroit, Michigan and is of Haitian parentage. Her mother and father are both from Haiti. Sasha moved to a small town right outside of Detroit at a young age and attended schools in the metro Detroit area where she began acting and learning about production. She performed in theater productions throughout high school, during which she continued to pursue working in television, film, and on stage in New York and Los Angeles.
A graduate of Boston University's School of Theatre, whose notable alumni include Jason Alexander,Julianne Moore, Geena Davis, Alfre Woodard, and Ginnifer Goodwin. She also had the privelige of studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Upon graduating, Chevonne immediately set her sights on Los Angeles . She's a graduate of Second City Hollywood and also performed with and wrote for one of it's house sketch team Pompadour.
Chevonne has been seen bathing in a hot tub of money in the Virgin Mobile's "Retrain Your Brain" commercials featuring Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne,performing along side Dianna Agron in the The Killers' "Just Another Girl" music video, fighting office boredom in a Farmville 2 commercial, and in a National campaign for Re/Max directed by Autumn Dewilde.
Theatrically, she can be seen in the second season of ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat" . Chevonne filmed the pilot for Amazon's "Goliath" formerly "Trial" (Billy Bob Thornton, Maria Bello, William Hurt) and a recurring role on the Oprah produced "Greenleaf" on OWN as "Karine Jackson".
A New York native, Nelson Estevez is an actor, a mixed martial artist and an athlete who pushes boundaries and isn't afraid of a little sweat. Estevez's career has evolved over the last decade. Beginning in New York City, his training at Terry Schreiber Studios provided him strong fundamental skills in theater. He has become adept in slipping into the shoes of his characters and with empathy reliving their stories. Nelson considers both mental and physical training to be a key factor in preparing for a role. He trains to be an actor the same way athletes train to be in the Olympics, with conscious dedication and conditioning to all aspects of his life. As a mixed martial artist, Nelson also works on his own choreography for fight scenes. Leaving his comfort zone he moved to Los Angeles where he is currently based. Estevez attends Actors Comedy Studio where he refines his audition technique and on camera training. Nelson has been actively auditioning and booking work in LA ever since
Danielle Moné Truitt was destined to entertain. She is the true definition of a Triple Threat. The actor, singer, and dancer hails from Sacramento, California where she studied Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. Truitt got her start in theatre, but is now starring in the lead role as Rebecca "Rebel" Knight in the new John Singleton Drama series Rebel on BET. The series centers around Truitt's character, Rebel, an Oakland police officer, who struggles with life and career after her brother is killed by police and delves into the complexities of officers of color and the conflicts they have with their jobs, particularly now, while there is scrutiny over misconduct and police brutality.
Recently, Truitt was nominated for two Ovation Awards; the first for her performance as a lead actress in a play for The West Coast Premiere of The Mountaintop and the second, for her role in Dreamgirls. She packed the Rockwell Table and Stage venue for her self-produced one woman show Overnight Success, and also recently performed her one woman play, 3: Black Girl Blues to sold out audiences at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York. Some of her other stage credits include In The Heights, Neat, Aida, A Raisin in the Sun and Hair. Truitt has appeared on TV in guest starring roles on ABC's Super Fun Night and FOX's Mulaney. Her film experience includes her role as Kay, in FOX Digital's feature film ETXR. Truitt made history when she joined the cast of the Academy Award Nominated Animation The Princess and the Frog as the video reference for Princess Tiana. She performed the body movements and facial expressions for the Disney Princess, ultimately giving Princess Tiana her persona and essence as well as performing a voice for another character in the film, Georgia.
Aside from performing, Truitt is a wife and mother of two young sons. She has a heart for people and for promoting change in our communities. Because of this, she started the BE. ETERNAL: The Thriving Artist Series that serves the artistic community by providing emotional and spiritual support. She produced an event entitled #MoreThanAHashtag - a night of open discussion and performance surrounding the misuse of police force and our role in activism to rekindle awareness towards injustice. Truitt truly believes that art has the ability to speak loud and to change the hearts and minds of people. She also partners in ministry with her husband at THE LIVINGROOM in Van Nuys, California. Their ministry works with Hope of the Valley to provide meals and encouragement to the homeless community in the San Fernando Valley, and they have worked with foster youth and boys' homes. Truitt and her husband hold a monthly music/poetry/comedy event called MY FIRST FRIDAYS, where artists from all over come to perform. It has become one of the most popular events in Southern California. Truitt is managed by Cheryl Martin at CMA Entertainment.
Tre Alexander is a Professional Actress, Voice-over Artist, Plus Size Fashion Model and Commercial Print Model. Tre started acting and modeling at age 12. She is from Maryland and also spent her early childhood years in Germany. Tre went to College at Towson University earning a BA in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Tre now resides in Boston and is enjoying the professional acting community. Tre has a Boston and New York Agent. She has experience in commercials, industrials, television and film. Tre currently has a national HelloFresh commercial airing with her fiancé Richard, who is also an actor.
Aside from acting being her passion she absolutely adores animals.
Follow her IG page @trealexandercurveymodel and check out her website at www.trealexander.com.
After graduating with a BA in Drama from Binghamton University in NY, studying under Julliard professor Gene Lesser, Adam Huss moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career doing what he loves most, acting in film and television. Before landing the dynamic role of Joshua Kantos on the Starz show "Power" which ironically brought him back to his place of origin, NY, Adam guest starred on shows such as NBC's Ironside, CSI: NY, NCIS, NCIS: LA, to name a few.
He also can be seen in the independent films Waiting in the Wings the Musical, Misirlou, Is it Just Me?, Resurrection County, and Wannabe. He also associate produced and was the star of the feature film Find Me, which debuted at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Tonya is a comedic and dramatic actress who has appeared in numerous TV, film, stage and musical theater productions. She performed alongside former American Idol contestant Lakisha Jones in the Musical , Back on the Boards. She played the lead in the independent feature film The Pride Before the Fall and the web series Wicked, both were released in November 2017. She has also worked with Kevin Hart on his comedy special, Let Me Explain. Tonya can also be seen performing sketch comedy every month with the longest running sketch comedy show in Los Angeles. Her most recent project is a sitcom for a cable network. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @mstonyakay
Jasmine Wright is an actress and dancer known for her work on TNT, SyFy, and Pure Flix, where she has graced the screen with stars such as Donna Mills, Rebecca Romijn, and Kellita Smith. She has also toured nationally and internationally with Disney Live! stage shows. When not working, Jasmine takes time to volunteer with foundations for the homeless, as well as animal shelters
Morris D. Small, Washington DC accredited SAG AFTRA actor and native, acting for over 15 years as a featured, support, and lead roles in television, film, and industrial. He is a talented, solid and diverse actor in comedy, a fight choreographer, mentor, voice over talent, writer, director, and over all philanthropist.
Cassandra Relynn is a native of McNeil, AR. She’s performed and stared in many great stage plays such as “Crumbs From the Table of Joy” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,” while attending Southern Arkansas, where she received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Masters of Education in Agency Counseling.
Since arriving in California, Cassandra has appeared on Rizzoli & Isles, Criminal Minds, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Revenge, American Horror Story, Life in Pieces, Blackish and recurred on Pretty Little Liars. She can also be seen in Tammi Mac’s web series Bag Lady, web sensation Black Boots, and in her own web series Faith In ‘Justus’, which she wrote, directed and produced with her husband, Quinton Owens. The two have also created their own production company, SanQuinton Productions.
Relynn has also had the pleasure of auditioning for both Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels. Cassandra has always leaned on her faith and lessons she learned while growing up in McNeil.
Actor William H. Bryant Jr, talks about how he got his start in acting, his love for theater and how he took a leap of faith and made the move to Los Angeles.
William talked about his very first audition in Los Angeles for OWN's Greenleaf and how he ended up booking the role of Aaron Jefferies on the hit show.
He also discusses some of the challenges he's faced along the way, what motivates him to keep going and some key tips that all actors should know about the business.
Follow William on Instagram at @thewilljr and be sure to catch the two night premiere of Greenleaf on August 28th and 29th on OWN.
Actor, producer and director Nakia Burrise checks in with the Actors Lounge to talk about her early start in the business.
Nakia booked her first series regular role as Tanya Sloan the yellow ranger on Power Rangers while still a junior in UCLA's theater program. She talks about how she balanced an acting career while being a full time student and all the many things she learned along the way.
Nakia discusses her love for producing and creating her own family friendly content, maintaining work life balance and the importance of having a solid support team. She also gives tips to up and coming actors looking to get started in the acting business.
Keep up with Nakia through the links below:
Actor, writer, comedian and musician, Doboy stops by The Actors Lounge to talk about how he got started in the entertainment business, taking a leap of faith all while trusting the process.
He talks about working on Wild n Out and his position at All Def Digital as a head writer, short form content creator and one of the main on camera talents.
Doboy also gets personal and opens up about his struggles with weight loss, alcoholism and how he approaches social media criticism. He ultimately credits his strong faith in God as his key to career success and overcoming his personal obstacles.
If you'd like to keep up with Doboy you can follow him at @iamdoboy and check out his content for All Def Digital at https://www.youtube.com/user/AllDefDigital.
Actress and creator talks about how she got her start in the entertainment industry with her first feature and starring role getting accepted into the Sundance Film Festival and later being turned into a BET TV series called Somebodies to working with Tyler Perry as Keisha in Why Did I Get Married.
We discuss how she approaches her career today, obstacles, challenges and how she's overcome and continued to maintain a successful career over the years. She opened up about the importance of identity and knowing who you are outside of this industry, being courageous, transitions, how she stays sharp as an actress and the differences in the Los Angeles and Atlanta market.
Kaira also directed a one woman show called A Rose Called Candace and she shares her experience of creating the show from start to finish, untold stories she'd like to tell in the future and how acting fulfills her as a person.
If you'd like to keep up with Kaira check out her website, http://www.kairaakita.com/.