Carrie Bernans was born in Richmond, VA with the magical enthusiasm and talents she is known for. Change became an early yet conquerable constant for her as a little girl. She grew up with a single-parent mother and an early nomadic lifestyle. From her birthplace to Panama, Central America, back to Richmond to Memphis, TN, and to the townships along the Eastern and Southern U.S. coast. These childhood experiences reflexively prepared Carrie for extensive independent traveling and coaching abroad in Shanghai, China, Paris, France, London, England, and Berlin, Germany.
Carrie always loved performing from plays at church and school to dance competitions to putting on a living room show for her family to impersonating people she watched on, entertaining was her thing.
Maximizing the ABCs of Life at Full Flame, Carrie Bernans is “D” EFG. To clarify, Defining Emmy-Excellence as a Futuristic-Global force, a captivating role model, and philanthropist!
Having thought of herself as the black girl, James Bond, and after years of studying Theater, Economics, and International dealings in college, Carrie performed in plays, dance recitals, Fortune 500 internships, and competed in track and field.
Even as a high school student, Carrie networked and trained with real investment bankers and accountants. Her mentors do Merger & Acquisition simulations on the Vanderbilt, Emory, and Columbia University campuses. She went on to run track at her Alma Mater, the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Home away from home for her. She is the featured alumnae in the May 2018 University of Memphis Magazine. However, once facing a serious running injury, Carrie decided to leave the plans for the Olympics behind.
She left the track and took off studying and coaching around the world for about one and a half years. Her focus was/is the passion for solving youth homelessness, reading and financial literacy, and communication/self-esteem building among youth. Carrie’s works including her as a model have been published in magazines. In over 40+ publications, including FastCompany, and Marvel Universe, featured her in their articles.
Trey Haley is President and Partner at Tri Destined Studios where he is responsible for the implementation of productions and events. He is also tasked with overseeing the company’s in-house production service division, Tri Destined VIP, as well as developing diverse venture collaborations and strategic alliances based on shared vision, values and goals. With its motto of “Destined to Change the Perception of the World,” Tri Destined Studios continues to create a successful blueprint for independent studios in realizing its mission to be the number one brand in urban entertainment, production and distribution. Trey was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas and majored in Radio, Television and Film. After relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television, Trey was mentored by some of the top music video directors in the industry. He was also fortunate to have further honed his production skills at several leading television and film production companies including Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment. A passionate filmmaker with a diverse breadth and sensibility, Trey has directed a variety of genres and has multiple projects scheduled for release. He is a Producer of the compelling documentary “Black Gold,” which examines the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide gold, precious stone market and its effects on Sierra Leone. The “Preacher’s Son,” starring Christian Keyes, Drew Sidora, Valarie Pettiford, Clifton Powell, Kellita Smith and Vanessa Bell Calloway, premiered on Netflix and made its television world debut on BET in 2017. Other projects released in the fall of 2018 included the mystery/thriller “Woman on the Edge,” starring Rumer Willis and “A Mother’s Sacrifice,” starring Kristy Swanson which has already aired on the top networks in France, Spain, and South America and Mexico. His drama/thriller “The Man in 3B,” starring Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, DB Woodside, Robert Ri’chard, Brely Evans, and Billy Dee Williams, had a limited theatrical release in 2015 and is still experiencing a successful run on BET and Netflix. It ranked as one of the top films aired on BET in 2016. Trey was also behind the lens for the indie action/thriller “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” starring and “The Choir Director,” (sequel to “The Preacher’s Son). “The Man in 3B,” “The Preacher’s Son,” “The Choir Director,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” are also based on novels by New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and produced by Tri Destined Studios.
Over the course of her career, Casting Director Erica S. Bream (CSA) has had the opportunity to work on a myriad of projects across all platforms. A few of these titles include TV series such as ALTERED CARBON, COLONY, WORKAHOLICS, HOUSE OF LIES, CRIMINAL MINDS, and the upcoming TELL ME YOUR SECRETS, PANDORA as well as numerous TV pilots and miniseries, including Hulu’s 11.22.63, and FULL CIRCLE from DirecTV. She has worked on several feature films including STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS and many indie films, such as the John Legend-produced BREAKING THROUGH.
Bream has also worked extensively in the internet and short film worlds, most recently casting award-winning AFI short, RITA MAHTOUBIAN IS NOT A TERRORIST as well as PINKY for Refinery29. She has also ventured back to her first love, theatre, working closely with THE BLANK THEATRE COMPANY and IAMA THEATRE COMPANY in Los Angeles on many main-stage plays, as well as eleven years casting The Blank's prestigious YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
Bream is an Artios Award winner (Casting Society of America) and nine-time nominee for her work in theatre, television and short films.
Emerging Actress Valeka Jessica is creating her own content and building a lane of her own. From her one woman show I'm A Motherfucking Superstar: So Where Are My Babies? that hilariously tackles infertility in the black community, being an acting professor and teaching the next generation of actors how to soar and create their own content, to her starring in plays and movies at the top theatres and film festivals across the world. Valeka is redefining what being a self-producing actress in the 21 century entails.
Two-time Emmy-nominated actress and screenwriter Kelsey Scott began her career in the theatre scene of her hometown of Atlanta.
Best known for her role as Anne Northup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and her two-season arc as Wes Gibbins’ mother, Rose, on How to Get Away With Murder, her credits also include: Insecure, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, True Detective, and Army Wives.
She is a 2019 Daytime Emmy nominee for her Guest Star role on Giants. And in 2017, she received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for her leading role on Fear the Walking Dead: Passage.
On stage, Kelsey originated the role of Ann Madison in Pearl Cleage's political romance, "What I Learned in Paris". Additional stage credits showcase her work as a vocalist - with productions like "Once On This Island", "Little Shop of Horrors", "The Wiz" and a touring company of "Dreamgirls".
Kelsey penned the Sony Pictures thrillers Motives and Motives 2: Retribution. She consults for studio and private clients, and continues to write commissioned scripts - in addition to shepherding her slate of original projects. Her popular screenwriting seminars are offered to the public and to educational communities. And she sits on the Dean's Alumni Council of the Florida State U.
Ashleigh Morghan is an Akron, Ohio native. She is an award-winning Actress, a Writer, a TV Personality, and Host on a mission to not only entertain, but to create a positive change within her community.
Throughout her creative career, she has had the opportunity to act in lead roles in various films like the Netflix horror “Head Count”, which she won an award from the Los Angeles Film Festival. Since then you can also has see her in HBO’s “Native Son”, CBS’s The Neighborhood, Hulu's Veronica Mars FX’s Snowfall and on an upcoming episode of “Kidding” where she plays opposite Jim Carrey. She is looking forward to her recurring role on Tyler Perry’s new show Ruthless.
In addition to acting, Ashleigh enjoys giving back to the cancer society, inspiring others, playing music, writing and nerding out on video games.
Carole is a former television news reporter turned prosecutor and now a SAG-AFTRA professional actress who recently relocated to Los Angeles from Northern California.
As a television news reporter, Carole covered crime, politics, breaking new stories and entertainment. Over the years, Carole was fortunate to interview many inspiring individuals including former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, gymnast Bart Conner, country singer Leann Rimes and R&B legend Patti LaBelle. Carole also covered the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards show as a news reporter for KTNV-TV, ABC in Las Vegas. Of course, Carole covered a lot snowstorms as a rookie reporter at WOWT-NBC in the midwest as well.
As an actress, Carole played the lead role of "Pecola" in the highly successful production of Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" at Celebration Arts Theatre. The Bluest Eye was named one of the best stage productions of the year. Since that time, Carole played roles in several films and commercials, including a featured role in a national commercial.
In addition to journalism, her legal career and acting, Carole has been active in a number of civic organizations over the years, including the Nebraska AIDS Project, Omaha Girls Club, The Clark County Stay In School Program and the San Francisco Black Coalition on HIV & AIDS. While attending law school Carole served as a student teacher and a mock trial coach. Carole is also deeply committed to transforming the lives of children in the foster care system and her faith.
And did Carole mention she loves to travel? Carole has never traveled to a country she didn't enjoy.
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Rachael Grace, began her journey a little out of order, but in Hollywood there are no rules. Though still a new face, the Los Angeles native describes her journey thus far as being quite seamless and has the strong attitude of “what’s for me will be for me”; so there is no failure, only feedback.
She got her SAG eligibility just a month and a half after stepping foot on a set, and was offered her first co-star role on a big hit show, without ever dipping her toe into an acting class nor with any representation at the time.
The re-discovery of her deep love for acting that she first noticed at age 14, finally catapulted her into making the big switch from continuing a career path in the oncology or veterinary field that supplemented her Bachelor’s degree in Health-Sciences. From that moment, Rachael feverishly dedicated all of her time attending acting classes in LA, including flying to New York and London for short courses, got herself inducted into drama school, and simultaneously getting her Masters Degree in Business, all while observing and learning the industry by working crew jobs on set.
Rachael landed her manager in October whom she views as a force to be reckoned with, and despite the COVID-19 epidemic, describes her first pilot season as a great experience.
Additionally, currently certifying as a life coach specializing in conscious relationship and mind power, Rachael is a huge believer in moving smart and meticulous rather than fast and sporadic; quality over quantity. It’s important to know who you are and where you’re headed in your career, and to do so consciously.
Wendy is a former Hollywood Talent Manager and the Founder of Hollywood Winners Circle Academy, the #1 online Business training for Actors.
She coaches tens of thousands of actors around the world through her popular You Tube Channel “Secrets of A Hollywood Talent Manager” (80,000 subscribers and 4 Million views)
as well as her Facebook group Talent Managers For Actors. (62,000 subscribers)
Wendy is the author of 7 books, a writer for Backstage.com, is regularly a guest on Industry podcasts, Magazines and has appeared with Oprah Winfrey talking about the Law Of Attraction.
As a Talent Manager Wendy’s clients have worked on television networks such as ABC, NBC, TNT, CBS, Comedy Central, BIO, Lifetime, and more. They have booked TV shows including “Modern Family,” “Blackish,” “Extant,” “The Colony,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Sharp Objects” “My Haunted House,” and “Henry Danger,” as well as hundreds of commercials for major spots including Shutterfly, Mercedes, Visa, Taco Bell, Honda, Legos, Universal Studios, Hot Wheels, and many more.
Wendy has created a proven strategy that can be replicated by actors. She tours the world teaching her process at private acting studios and Universities. Today her successful strategy has converted her Coaching Clients into Network Series Regulars, Guest Stars, Co-Stars, Supporting and Lead Actors in Feature Films.
“An actor can build a successful acting career if they have the right information, talent, belief in themselves and the support and guidance of an experienced professional. I am extremely passionate about helping new actors get started in show business. So if you have the dream to be on the big screen… I am devoted to providing you the information necessary to make it happen!”
Born in Salem, Massachusetts to Dominican parents, Presilah Nunez is an actress/ singer by day and pseudo Instastory chef by night. Presilah started performing at a very young age and at 18 years old she deferred her college plans of studying forensic psychology to take a leap of faith in becoming a “real life” performer in NYC. Within a year she was cast in an in- ternational production of "Fame: The Musical" that toured mainland China for a few months and a production of "Grease" that played in Istanbul, Turkey.
Upon her return to the states, Presilah was cast in the national tour of "In The Heights”, the Tony Award winning musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, in which she was blessed to play her dream role, “Vanessa”. After completing that tour, she moved to LA where she’s now resided for nearly a decade (but she’ll always be an east-coaster at heart). /a few of her TV credits include: NCIS, MacGyver, Hawaii 5-O, Designated Survivor, Dear White People and she also played the role of “Erica” in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” for several sea- sons.
Aside from being a professional storyteller, Presilah enjoys learning Italian, binge watch- ing British crime dramas, and promoting her passion for childhood literacy by being a faithful volunteer at Reading to Kids- a grassroots organization that is dedicated to inspiring under- served children in the LA community with a love of reading.
YVONNE SENAT JONES left a great impression on Director Tyler Perry with her performance as recurring guest star Tally in The Oval. So much so, that when he created a spinoff series, he made her a series regular. Yvonne is currently appearing as Tally in Tyler Perry’s Ruthless on BET Plus.
Her last project, The Bobby Brown Story won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding TV Movie this April.
Yvonne played the Supporting Role of "Robyn Crawford", best friend to Whitney Houston.
Emmy-Winning Casting Director Robi Reed stated, "Yvonne embodied the role of Robyn!"
Yvonne also appeared on FOX this Spring as "Osaia", an Amazonian Alien, in "THE ORVILLE" opposite Seth MacFarlane.
She has also appeared in Code Black opposite Boris Kodjoe and S.W.A.T. opposite Shemar Moore.
Yvonne has been directed by Academy Award Winning Director Dianne Houston in the Lifetime film "Searching for Neverland: The Michael Jackson Story" and her short film "Iman & The Light Warriors" was a selection in the HollyShorts Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina.
Yvonne Senat Jones is Bolivian-Haitian and speaks Spanish fluently. When she's not acting, she teaches Theatre Arts at Discovery Charter Prep Highschool. She does this through the nonprofit group City Hearts; an organization which brings the arts to schools that wouldn't normally be able to fund an arts program.
Andrea J. Myles was born on November 23rd in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child, Andrea was always the fun one, dressing up in costumes, playing different characters and making up accents and changing her voice. Andrea knew at a young age that she wanted to be an entertainer. Whenever there was a talent show at school or a chance to audition for a play, she was there. Her very first play she was in was “Amelia Bedilia” at her elementary school. The first time she stepped foot on that stage and saw all those eyes fixated on her, she knew at that moment, this is where she was supposed to be. Being born and raised in Mississippi where there weren't many opportunities for entertainment, Andrea knew that she would have to move to a bigger city because she had big dreams.
Andrea moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2013 to pursue her acting career seriously. In 2014 she began learning her craft and taking beginners acting classes at Premiere Actor’s Network. From there she started to book and star in some local plays, independent films and webseries. Andrea continued to further her education and continued dedicating countless hours and tears to her craft over the next few years. In 2018, Andrea landed her first ever role on network television recurring on OWN’s “Queen Sugar” playing Rhonda Richards, the sweet and sometimes sassy employee at Vi’s Prized Pies ; and she can currently be seen on Seasons 3 and 4 of the award winning show.
Andrea’s huge personality, sense of humor and infectious smile has won over many people and will continue to take her far in this industry. She is so tenacious and works very hard for what she loves and believes in and she’s the type of person that never stops learning. Andrea is working towards longevity in her acting career and she plans to be around for a very long time.
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Christina Elmore is a film, televison and theater performer living and working in Los Angeles. With an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater, Christina has performed roles across all genres. After five seasons as a series regular on TNT's hit series, The Last Ship, she now stars as Marie in Lena Waithe's newest scripted series, Twenties, on BET. She has a recurring role as Condola on HBO's Insecure and can be seen in Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station, Lady Bouncer on HBO and the CBS pilot, Under the Bridge. Her favorite roles in the theater include Juliet at Los Angeles Shakespeare Company and Monique in the world premiere of Adam Rapp's "The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois" at South Coast Rep. She is repped by SDB Partners.
A Sound Vision, Inc. (ASV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in Sacramento, CA, servicing the greater Sacramento area. Founded in 2008, its mission is to provide hope and motivation through inspirational based stage plays, in a family friendly environment. The organizational goals are to provide theatrical training, and exposure to under privileged children and at risk youth. Every year, ASV holds auditions for its upcoming plays. Those chosen are given an opportunity to participate in the art of theater in all its parts. For example, participants may act, direct, sing, dance, design, manage, build, and provide crew support on our productions as part of their training.
It is important for a participant to learn what is involved in creating a role, working in an ensemble, making the space of the theater come alive with a design, and learning how to communicate, and be clear about ideas and the basic needs for a production.
With a solid grounding in fundamental theater practices, participants begin their journey to find their unique voice while building their confidence, public speaking and reading skills.
The opportunity to perform and understudy in ASV’s professional productions is invaluable, although these opportunities will vary widely from season to season. Participants may also perform in staged readings or workshops of new scripts being developed by playwright Fernlea Murchison's unique perspective on theater.
The impact theater can have on the community is important; hence, ASV's unwavering dedication is to provide high quality - low cost entertainment for Sacramento working families
Paula Bryant-Ellis is a Los Angeles-based film director and producer. Prior to returning to the entertainment industry, where she started her career as an accountant in television, she held multiple leadership roles in banking and finance; including Chief Operating Officer.
She’s studied filmmaking and producing at the New York Film Academy in New York and Los Angeles. She’s a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, she holds MBA from University of Phoenix and a BA in Accounting from Concordia University.
She’s a wife (married 37 years), mother and entrepreneur and she understands the challenges women face today with relationships, families and careers.
Through her blog “Mary Esther Ruth” she shares inspirational and motivational tools and resources, and life stories about her relationship with Christ.
Although the purpose walk she faces today may be different from what Mary, Esther and Ruth faced in their time, she understands that the responsibility to God’s calling and purpose for her life is still the same. Her vision is to empower Christian women as they make choices that will impact generations to come; just like Mary, Esther and Ruth.
I am a working actress, singer and motivational speaker whose blessed to be doing what I love and changing lives in the process. I was raised as an only child on the South Side of Chicago and learned at an early age that I had a knack for the performing arts and helping my community.
My first television appearance was as a solo vocalist on the nationally syndicated competition show "Showtime at the Apollo". I was a junior at Hampton Univeristy and was majoring in 'Theatre Arts'. Shortly after graduation, I garnered a small role on HBO's hit series "Six Feet Under". However, my first break came in 2007 when I landed the lead role of Renee Devereaux in the hit stage play "The Bachelorette Party" written by Don B. Welch and in association with Will Smith. The play was nominated for a NAACP theatre award and toured nationally for over 2 years. The show was reprised this past year by the fans with most of the original cast in tow. A plan for a "Bachelorette Party" movie is in talks.
I have also been blessed to book roles that I am proud of and that hopefully incite change in our community. Several critically acclaimed films and television roles include "Courage", the "Whitney Houston miniseries" for the Reelz channel where I star as Whitney Houston, Netflix "Drug Lords", "Dear Vivian", and "Just a Phase".
My big break, however, came when I booked the official role of Billie Holiday. Booking the role of 'Lady Day' for Hologram USA was a dream come true! That whole year changed my life. A year before I booked the role, God also decided to send me back to school where I enrolled fulltime in Loyola Marymount Universities 'Pastoral Theology' program. I have been busy, booked and blessed ever since!
Playing the role of Billie Holiday has been the role of a lifetime. Paying homage to one of my vocal idols was an amazing experience. I perform all the icons greatest hits with a full live band and dancers. Produced by the estate of Billie Holiday and Hologram USA, this one of a kind 3D concert has received amazing reviews and become one of Hollywood's "must see" tourist attractions on the Walk of Fame.
I have always been very active in my church and community. There have been a lot of ups and downs over the years, but my one constant has been my relationship with God. This industry can be difficult to navigate if one is not centered and vertically aligned. I have delt with depression, rejection, and loss. I try and teach when I speak on the importance of prayer, following your dreams, and giving back to ones community. I look forward to every opportunity God gives me to share my giftings, shine my light, and to make the world an even better place.
Hi, my name is Samah Damanhoori. I came to the U.S in 2014 from Saudi Arabia on a Saudi scholarship to study at Notre Dame de Namur, Belmont, CA. I was doing great at school when, in 2016, without warning Mahram (male-guardian) decided to cancel my scholarship and ordered me under threats of violence, to return home. My new friends, the Bay Area provided me with housing, food, a car, boxing classes, and paid off my university tuition. They also hired a lawyer, and I was granted asylum in 2018. With much gratitude, I was able to complete my Master's in creative writing in 2017.
Now, I am working on this beautiful animated short film, as well as a VR project "Souvenir," about my experience. These days I also work as a producer at Apple. I produced an HBO documentary highlighting two Saudi women escaping from Turkey in 2019. I was part of the Freedom Drive campaign that won the right to travel for Saudi women. I am actively speaking at public events, educating young students about women’s lives in the Middle East, where male guardians make life decisions over women.
Allyse is a singer and actor from South Florida. With many years of professional cheer and dance experience, Allyse is a high-energy performer and enjoys connecting with fans live on stage. She is known for her petite stature, animated performance and multi-talents. Her style ranges from flowy R&B, to up-tempo Pop and catchy Hip Hop. Allyse released two pop singles (on all major music apps) with accompanying music videos in 2019. Her first official EP is in post production and the first single from the project is set for release in early 2020.
After creating her own web series The Ally Show, Allyse fell in love with tv production and on camera process and began pursing acting seriously. She studied Meisner technique at Playhouse West, commercial acting at Carolyne Barry and scene study at Keep It Real acting studios. Allyse has co-stared in the web series The Office Bully (set to reboot in 2020), recently completed a supporting role in the short film The Move On and booked roles in two upcoming films. Allyse's type is college co-ed, cheerleader, vixen and best friend. She also aims to play characters that allow her to utilize her singing and dance talent. Allyse's multi-talents, professionalism and determination aid in her journey to become a successful recording artist and TV/Film actor.
Shana Solomon is one of the industries leading career coaches for actors. She uses a culturally responsive approach in coaching beginning, intermediate and experienced actors on how to become working actors on television and in film. Shana is an award winning actor with almost 15 years of experience on network television, major streaming platforms and films such as STARZ' 'POWER', NBC's 'Law & Order', 'New Amsterdam' and 'Shades of Blue' where shana had a recurring role for 2 seasons, BET +'s, 'First Wives Club', HBO's 'Divorce' and the 'The Deuce' and oscar nominated comedic film 'The Big Sick' as well as many more. Shana Solomon has established herself as a thought leader, producer and trusted voice in the Sag-Aftra, acting and NYC Theater communities. Shana also created, wrote, produced and starred in her one-woman show, 'The Closet B.I.T.C.H.' (Bold Individual who Thinks Confidently of Herself) where she plays 19 characters and has performed the show 52 times off broadway and 46 of those shows were sold out. Shana along with director, William Alexander Runnels, created The Closet B.I.T.C.H. web series, which can be found on YouTube. Shana is not only best known for her character acting but she's also known for helping actors maximize their full potential by giving them the inspiration, tools, steps and resources needed to accomplish their goals and show them how to become consistently working actors. Her new book “The Actor’s Hustle: A step by step guide to getting your foot in the door in TV & Film and how to make money with your craft”, is currently an amazon best seller and is helping actors not only start their joinery in the industry but it literally takes them by the hand and shows actors at just about every level how they can take their careers to the next level by booking supporting, leading, co-star, guest starring, recurring and series regular roles.
CHARMIN LEE, Creator/Executive Producer
"Bread and buttered" in Denver Colorado, Charmin Lee is most known for her role as "Maya’s mom, Jeanette," on ABC’s Girlfriends. Since then her career has continued to soar with big screen credits like Just Mercy, What Men Want, Alvin and the Chipmunks (road trip), Honey, Rise Up & Dance... Ms. Lee’s television credits include, Westworld, The Resident, Homeland, Doom Patrol, Paradise Lost, The Inspectors, Outcast, Tales, Being Mary Jane, Greenleaf, Vampire Diaries, The Quad, Sleepy Hollow, Bones, Nashville & The Game to name a few.
When Charmin is not on camera she is eagerly helping others realize their dreams. As a result, she is a sought after acting coach with clients around the world. Her favorite quote is, “great people make other people great!” What started as instruction has blossomed also into production. Thus, the birth of Total Package Entertainment (TPE), where Ms. Lee leads a team of amazing people who make it possible for TPE to produce everything from demo reels, music videos, commercials & feature films to 30 minute or one hour television pilots.
More than anything Ms. Lee loves her family and inner circle, who keep her grounded and encouraged! She says, "My family is a major source of my joy!" To Quote Billy Dee (from the movie Mahogany), “Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with!"
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Whereas many influencers and icons in Hollywood seek to gain a greater following nationwide, her purpose is so much bigger. For film producer, author and motivational speaker, Angela White, it’s not about the lights and cameras. It’s about the legacy she will leave to her heirs and those who will come behind her in the entertainment industry. Featured on Fox News, Sirius XM Radio, TBN, and ABC News, to name a few, Angela has served as a trailblazer and mentor for thousands in the media and entertainment world—positioning them to better understand show business and, ultimately, earn more income.
Although Angela holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, she chose the road less traveled. Even after obtaining a Juris Doctorate degree from the New York Law School, instead of becoming the go-to lawyer, she became the go-to manager for comedians and comedic actors, such as JB Smoove, in Hollywood. However, it’s her professional and educational background that positions her to translate the entertainment industry in a practical, sensible way—benefitting her clientele firsthand. Her jumpstart to producing and managing comedy shows led her to become the series creator and executive producer of The Comedy Underground Series, which was one of the first original comedy stand-up shows from RLJ Entertainment (the company owned by BET founder Bob Johnson and AMC Networks), now known as the Urban Movie Channel.
In addition to founding Silver Lining Entertainment, a family-owned multimedia entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California, Angela also founded Backstage Pass to the Movie Industry, an educational platform for those who wish to gain more knowledge in arts, entertainment, and media. Most recently, she launched Dreamers with Purpose, a non-profit organization that assists people of color, women, and those who are financially disadvantaged with dream and purpose fulfillment. Having been poured into professionally and personally by industry professionals and leaders, Angela is intentional about paying it forward in her day-to-day work.
As the first African American woman to produce and own a production company that released a theatrically faith-based film, entitled A Question of Faith, featuring Kim Fields and Richard T. Jones, Angela continues to open doors of opportunity for people of all backgrounds and walks of life through her work. Transitioning from talent management to production, Angela serves as a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and her films have showcased some of today’s top Hollywood talent, including 4Play, featuring Tiffany Haddish; The Last Letter, starring Omari Hardwick; The Sin Seer, starring Isaiah Washington and Salli Richardson; and My Favorite Five, starring Brian White and Jay Ellis, among others. Her work can also be seen on the TV series, Pump, which features Ray J and Michael Jai White and the TV series, Laugh Tonight with Damon Williams that will premiere on UrbanFlix TV in 2020—further positioning Angela as a force to be reckoned with onscreen and offscreen. On the heels of making other’s dreams come true, Angela has now taken a leap of faith by entering the world of screenplay writing and directing with her directorial debut Transgress, and Hands Up. As she further explores the world of writing and directing, Angela is ecstatic about crafting new multi-cultural stories and leaving an impact on this nation that cannot be erased.
Actor and filmmaker Damien D. Smith is a lifelong storyteller. With more than 15 years of experience in theatre, television, and film, Smith is driven by both a responsibility to shed light on injustice and oppression and a deep-rooted passion for community, faith, and social activism. This empathy was sparked and fostered by his grandmother, who raised him in St. Louis, Missouri. Because of her influence, a message of acceptance and love to humanity is central to his work.
Damien uses art as a tool to address sexism, racism, and bigotry and to shed light on the issues that affect communities that are historically underserved and undervalued. He explores themes such as mental illness, sexual abuse, and environmental racism in his work with the goal of engaging audiences in meaningful discussions on the subject matter.
In addition to pursuing these themes in his work in theatre, film, and television, Damien lives these values through volunteer work and activism with a host of nonprofits across the country. His work in the community focuses on exposing young people and people of color to the arts, including work with Boys and Men of Color, teaching Film and Social Activism at California You Think.
Smith’s stage and television credits include the NAACP Theater Award-winning production of “12x9,” and most recently the television series “Snowfall” on Fx Networks and “The Purge”on USA networks. His directorial debut short narrative film entitled ABOUT THAT..., a powerful look at love through the eyes of a mentally disturbed young man won the Arts with Impact film Award.
Smith’s last short film Daddy’s Big Girl won the Gentleman Jack Daniel’s Reel to Real Filmmaker of the Year Awards.
Smith resides in Los Angeles, where he is currently working on pre-production for his film feature film “The V (Victory High) ” and in pre-launch of his feature documentary film “Target: St. Louis, Vol. 1.” That focuses on Post WW2 the government conducting secret chemical test on poor of St. Louis Mo.
Acting Coach, Louis Stancil, saw the need to help talent better understand the entertainment industry. Through his talkback platform and with the help of top industry professionals, he has helped elevate the careers of countless talent across the country. Born and raised in
Baltimore, Maryland, Louis Stancil is creating a buzz for himself in the entertainment industry! In 2013, Louis opened his Talent Training Service Center in 5 major markets across the country, including NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Chicago. In 2016, Louis was
named one of the top 5 training service providers by the Hollywood Reporter. He began his career as an actor, then worked as a talent scout for a well-known talent agency before transitioning to casting, directing,
and producing on various projects.
Most recently, Louis coached Meek Mill in Overbrook & Sony's highly anticipated film Charm City Kings, a Netflix adaptation film. Louis was the Casting Director for a Pilot Presentation executively produced by Lil Rel Howery (Get Out). Louis Stancil is the CEO of LS Studios Atlanta, LS Studios Los Angeles and is a Celebrity Acting Coach.
Linara Washington was born in the little town of Beaufort, SC to a beautiful Brazilian woman and an American son of a preacher man. Her mother spoke no English at the time, which has given Linara the added benefit of being fluent in Portuguese. She attended the prestigious University of Chicago where she started her courses as a Pre-med Biology major. But, as with all things that are meant to be, she soon found herself participating in the campus’s theater productions and eventually took her MCAT money and purchased headshots, and did not tell her parents until graduation day that she was going to pursue acting.
Linara’s gutsy move proved to be the right one; she has had the pleasure of working at a number of Chicago’s most acclaimed theaters including The Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Northlight, and the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens. She has appeared in over 50 commercials nationally and internationally. A supporting role as Keisha, the cute and sassy receptionist in Barbershop 2 motivated her move to Los Angeles where she immediately landed recurring roles on American Dreams and E.R. Linara has since guest starred on hit shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Madame Secretary, NCIS, Station 19, Code Black, CSI, The Defenders, Touch, Ghost Whisperer, and many others. Feature film credits include working with Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and acclaimed director Marc Forster on Stranger Than Fiction, and performing opposite Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in Killing Them Softly. She also starred in the award winning, Kings of the Evening with Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, and Tyson Beckford.
Linara is currently working on Casting The Net, an original series for a new streaming service due to debut in November. When she’s not on set, Linara enjoys spending time with her 5 year old daughter, director/writer/producer husband Andrew P. Jones, and their two crazy cats.
Sheila Jaye is a trained actress for film and television, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Originally being born in Flint, MI, she spent a great deal of her childhood being raised in Atlanta, GA. It was there where she discovered, and honed her craft, by performing plays at the Southside Theatre Guild. It was there where she also discovered her knack for writing and producing, by co-producing her first stage play. Eventually Sheila became a graduate of Georgia State University, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Film and Video Production, with a concentration in Theatre. In addition, she studied with notable acting coaches throughout the Atlanta area: Kristen Shaw( B4H, Kristen Shaw Acting Studio), Lalanya Masters(Alchemy of Acting), BJ Winfrey(Creative Studios of Atlanta), and etc.
Sheila has a intriguing and intense personality, and can attribute growing up in Atlanta, for her southern charm. She has gone on to be apart of various film, and theatre projects, having supporting and lead roles. Most notably, she can thank her training techniques she pocketed, from the well know Robey Theatre Company, in DTLA. It helped her get casted, and film for the supporting role of Aya, in the afro-futuristic film, Mino. Mino was written and directed by Ashunda Norris. This film is currently screening at film festivals. In the southeast, (Afrikana Independent Film Festival) and the midwest (Gary International Black Film Festival). Sheila is also super excited to have written and produced her Sag-Aftra indie project called, Jane and Marlow. The pilot is due to be released before the end of the year, and is also currently working with her writing team, to write the full episodes for the first season.
Daytime Emmy Winning Actor, Terrence Terrell was raised in the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. He displayed an affinity for entertainment at a young age. As a child, he would entertain anyone who would watch and listen. The 80's hit "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown was one of the first songs he sang, danced and even performed to. "I don't know what it was but there was something about it that made me just want to move" recalls Terrell. Throughout his teenage years, he was bullied, but coped by turning the negativity into humor. As an adult, Terrell moved out of Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a dream of acting and writing.
Terrence Terrell is a well established actor known for his roles in shows like "Criminal Minds", "Modern Family" and "Giants" to name a few. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed books "BLACKY" and "THE SHES"...and the empire keeps growing!
Drive, passion and beauty is personified within Lena Anthony. This Philadelphia Native has taken the Los Angeles acting scene by storm since her emergence a few years ago. As a young girl, Anthony knew she would be successful. She’s a Penn State graduate, communications and theatre major. Anthony has starred in several Independent films and TV shows. Her latest film project ”All In” will be in theatres late 2019. Anthony has spent the last two years building as a writer/producer. With much new content in her portfolio, Anthony presents SOULFUL SUNDAZE and 3SOME as her entrance into modern television as a triple threat actress, writer and producer. Lena Anthony studies at Identity School of Acting. According to deadline the #1 school in LA that emerge from the UK. She will be making history as the first class to graduate this year. John Boyega, Letitia Wright & Damson Idris among patrons of the new LA drama school.
Tray Chaney (Saints And Sinners, The Wire) , a multitalented artist/entertainer who first began performing at the age of 8 as a rapper/dancer, is best known for his role as “Poot” on HBO’s original hit series The Wire. He made his first film appearance in 2003’s Head of Statewith Chris Rock and Bernie Mac, followed by roles in The Salon(co-starring Vivica A. Fox) and Streets(co-starring rapper/actor Meek Mill). Tray later had the opportunity to star in rap artist Bow Wow's chart-topping video “My Baby,”featuring the multi-platinum R&B group Jagged Edge.
In 2006, Tray debuted as an author with the release of aninspirational autobiography entitled The Truth You Can’t beTray. And in 2017, he starred in and produced the movie love story 6 Hearts 1 Beat which landed a distribution deal with PUREFLIX . Tray's latest creative venture entails stepping into the world of music as a writer, producer, and rapper. His original song “Self Made Star” is featured in the film Jamesy Boy,which he also stars in alongside Ving Rhames, James Woods, and Mary-Louise Parker. Most recently in 2016-current Tray landed a series regular role on Bounce TV original series Saints & Sinners as the character "KENDRICK" filming in atlanta ga. Tray, a Maryland native, uses every minute to hone his talents as he continues to innovate and entertain.
Nadia Flamenco is an actress, producer and filmmaker known for Good For One Free Hug (2018), Millennial Dating and K.C. (2018). She talks about how she got her start at 4 years old in El Salvador to eventually moving to the United States and reinventing herself and career. Check out her story.
Judi Johnson discovered her love for entertainment as a young girl in Jamaica. Watching her eldest sister compete in the “Miss Jamaica” pageant ignited in her a passion for the runway, inspiring her to emulate the glamour models she saw onscreen and in magazines.
At the age of 14, the still-shy Judi received the opportunity to become what she revered with her first modeling job. Gaining confidence with each gig, Judi’s modeling career reached a new peak when she was featured as a “Rising Jamaican Model” in The Caribbean Magazine. Shyness all but vanished; Judi turned her attention to acting, beginning lessons to immerse herself in developing her craft.
Since then, she has worked in several Film and Television productions. Landing role on BET’s T'he Game', CW’s 'Vampire Diaries', MTV’s 'Single Ladies' and supporting roles in original TV Movies such as 'Hear No Evil', 'My Other Mother', 'Lyfe’s Journey' and 'My First Love', all airing on various Networks. By her persistence and determination to be successful, Judi landed her first and second Feature Film as the leading lady in 'What Love Will Make You Do' alongside Darrin Henson and 'Last Night' alongside Danny Gavigan. Johnson worked hand-in-hand with Channing Tatum and Jada Pinkett-Smith in Magic Mike XXL and later as Faun in Tyler Perry's 'If Loving You is Wrong' on OWN.
In addition to a thriving acting career, with her husband, Pierre Johnson, they own OakTree Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based multifaceted production company dedicated to developing creative content, producing independent and studio films. They strive to create thoughtful, intelligent and unique entertainment.
Of all of her accomplishments, Judi insist that motivating others to live their dreams is the most rewarding element of her journey. She believes we are all connected and continues to live her dreams as she reminds others to “Live Alive”.
Kiah Alexandria Clingman is an actress and producer from Cincinnati, OH. A 2015 summa cum laude graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., she received a degree in Communications with emphasis on Advertising and a minor in Theatre Arts and History. During her time in undergrad, she had the opportunity to study theatre in London, England and was selected to play Laura in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Her love for acting took her to New York where she studied at the Maggie Flannigan Conservatory Studio. She has also studied with Sara Mornell, Matt Stanton from Dad’s Garage, and Catherine Dyer from Drama Inc.
Kiah is well-known for her supporting role in Black Lightning and will be seen in Undercover Brother 2 premiering later this year. She played the lead role, Chanel, in Black & Sexy TV’s series, Doing It Wrong, which premiered on Black & Sexy TV’s paid subscription service as a part of their HBCU initiative.
Not only does Kiah thrive in front of the camera and stage, she loves working behind-the-scenes. Her production company, KiahCan Productions LLC, was founded in 2018 and with it, she has produced and cast for 7 short films, 1 pilot, 2 webseries and 1 music video. She is currently producing and has a lead role, CAMI, in the newest web series Outlandish. She also is the lead, OLIVIA, in the web series, Thick Skin.
The series she is producing now, Outlandish, has over 250k views on YouTube and is steadily growing. She is currently working hard to prepare for a successful Season 2.
Having worked at FOX Sports, HBO, Viacom (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike & Logo), and Weber Shandwick, she has acquired a vast array of skills that have prepared her to take on the entertainment industry.
She is working hard to combine her writing, performing, and speaking abilities in preparation for a successful career in film and television.
Erman Baradi is a blossoming filmmaker and screenwriter from Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 2012, he received a Bachelor of Communication & Arts in Cinema-Television at Regent University. His first gig in the entertainment industry was working with No Malice of Grammy-nominated rap duo The Clipse. He would then intern at Jimmy Miller's Mosaic Media Group. In 2016 at just 26, he was featured in The Huffington Post as "a top networker in Hollywood" due to his extensive background in producing film, television, and music panel and Q&A events which has taken place in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, and Virginia Beach, with more major cities to be announced soon. Erman would produce events under different incarnations such as MixKnowledgy, but would eventually co-found The Film Empire, that, in addition to events, offers a series of film and screenwriting mentorship initiatives featuring notable names in film and television production, writing, and representation. Erman's passions as a storyteller include bridging entertainment and humanitarian efforts, in addition to being a voice for Asian Americans in cinema. In 2018, Erman launched Ermantourage for film, television, and music events and initiatives that spotlight and give back to special causes, such as mental health/suicide prevention endeavors, cancer prevention, and children's art programs, all the while connecting people. Erman is managed by Emagine Content and strives to write, produce, and direct original content.
Maria Tornberg is a former international fashion model and actress. Born and raised in Sweden, she has lived and worked in Paris, Milan, Barcelona and New York. Most well known for her roles in the comedies “Super Troopers” and “Two and a Half Men”, Maria has now become one of the most successful photographers in Los Angeles.
She has been sought out by actors such as Danny Trejo (Sons of Anarchy), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan) as well as other celebrities such as Matt Barnes (Memphis Grizzlies) and international author Salman Rushdie.
Beyond her passion for photography, Maria’s industry knowledge and experience as talent give her unique perspective on how actors and models can prepare for shoots, distinguish their own individual brand within a competitive industry and take their careers to the next level.
Taja V. Simpson is a Louisiana native of West African and European decent and her colorful background allows her to constantly bring new characters to life. She fell in love with acting when she was seven years old when she and her cousins would ‘play pretend’. They would watch movies, learn all the lines and then act them out for fun. Her favorite movie at that time was Berry Gordy’s "The Last Dragon” and to this day she can still recite all the lines in the movie. “Who’s The Master? Sho-Nuff!”
Although she loved acting at a young age, there weren’t any programs or schools in Lake Charles, LA that would help cultivate that skill set. She went on to graduate from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication and an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. From there, she was on the path of being a News Reporter/Anchor.
After College, she moved to Houston, TX but there was a still small voice in her that kept saying, ‘you should try acting,’ so she did. She enrolled in acting workshops and ended up winning three awards for her performances. (Best Actress, Best Overall Performance and People’s Choice) Now, she was bit by the acting bug and there was no turning back. She would have never thought that 'playing pretend’ with her family as a young child would also be what she ultimately would do for a living.
Versatility is Taja's greatest accomplishments which is what lead her to guest star in multiple roles on some of the most popular television shows of our time. She received her first breakout role in The Bold & The Beautiful as Adele which she recurred on the show for over two years. Since then some of the shows she has appeared in are; Grey’s Anatomy, NCIA, The Thundermans, NCIS:LA, The Soul Man, KC Undercover, and Lethal Weapon. Taja was widely known for her role as the fun and sassy wife opposite legendary Actor and Director Tyler Perry; in Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Boo2! A Madea Halloween,“ and can now be seen weekly as Priscilla Owen in BET's newest drama,
Tyler Perry's "THE OVAL."
Taja is also a film director with over 40 plus productions under her belt from stage plays to music videos and short films. Next up is directing television and her first feature.
She can currently be seen in Christopher Nolan’s “My Online Valentine” on Amazon where she leads this film down the dating woes in this hilarious Romantic Comedy. She can next be seen in the Christmas film, "London Mitchell’s Christmas" slated for December 2019 along with 3 additional films in the pipeline. You can also see her in other films on Netflix and Amazon.
In her new book,"Cracking The Acting Code: A Practical Step By Step Guide To Becoming A Professional Actor", Taja shares her unique story and expertise from moving from a small town in Louisiana, making it on the big screen in Hollywood, and becoming one of the most trusted names in the entertainment business.
Taja’s hobbies include: writing, watching and studying films, learning new words and cooking. Her personal interests involve, spending time with her two dogs, working out, boxing, traveling and always being open to learn new things.
In order to succeed in the entertainment industry its important to be multi-talented both on and off screen. From behind the scenes to being in front and center, Actor, Author, Director and Keynote Speaker Taja V. Simpson has proven just that.
Passionate, Purpose Driven, Accomplished and Enterprising, Chasity Saunders is a notable american actress, plus-size supermodel and TV host with a professional career boasting hundreds of credits, editorials and major fashion campaigns with clients like Ashley Stewart, Target and Beyoncé. Chasity has graced the TV screen and the pages of major publications such as Essence, Glamour and Ebony Magazine. Her budding acting career includes being cast in Award Winning web-series and films such as ISSA RAE Presents: "Get Your Life", Pan African Film Festival and BlackStar Film Festival official selections, "The Divorce Counselor" and Summer hit #FRIEND-ZONED. She was named 1 of Ebony Magazines top 5 black plus size models to know and profiled as 1 of Hello Beautiful’s Top 30 under 30. She is currently signed with STATE Management for modeling representation globally and managed by LINK Entertainment. In addition to maintaining a full time acting & modeling career after moving to Los Angeles from New York City where she got her start, this Multitalented Artist is also a freelance TV Host and Entertainment Correspondent who co-owns new media company @AvenuePink She is the host and Executive Producer for YouTube talk show @officialviphappyhour Chasity is also a fashion expert and was recently tapped to appear on BET's The Westbrooks coaching aspiring models; and as the host of "The Art Of Fabulous" a style and beauty TV Show that aired on VIACOM's BET and Centric Television Networks. In addition she's hosted 100's of red carpets and interviewed some of today's biggest stars such as Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Tyler Perry, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson just to name a few. As a writer she's penned cover stories for major publications most recently Interviewing Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross for the cover of Ebony Magazine. Networks and Media Companies such as FOX TV, Allied Moxy and The Cashmere Agency often tap @chasitysaunders for her wide reach as a social media influencer! Chasity is often sought after for brand launches, and pop culture events for film, fashion & beauty that help curate the culture; as she is known for keeping her finger on the pulse of what is new, now and next! A Triple Threat with her eyes on empowering other powerful multidimensional millennials to take their lives and their careers to the next tier; she’s currently doing the same with her own career by taking her acting to the next level; Saunders was most recently cast and made her TV debut on the highly anticipated Second Season of #TalesOnBET which aired April, 2019! With a true love and passion for fashion she found time last year to launch her first fashion line "Ronnie Leigh" @_ShopRonnieLeigh a unisex fashion brand paying homage to her late father with a fashion show aboard the gorgeous, private Sir Winston Yacht of Long Beach, CA. championing all people to believe in "The Freedom of Fashion for everyBODY" and beauty beyond size leaving us all highly anticipating what’s next for this rising star.
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
BACKSTAGE WEST'S FAVORITE ON-CAMERA COMMERCIAL
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.