An 11-year native of Atlanta with York, Pennsylvania origins, Autumn Bailey has been deemed as a results-driven and highly qualified entertainment executive specializing in independent film production and distribution. She completed her undergraduate studies in Mass Communication with a minor in Philosophy at Shaw University.
Mrs. Bailey-Ford is the founder of Autumn Bailey Entertainment whose mission is to produce high quality feature films and television shows. She has worked on over three dozen independent film projects as a producer and has assisted numerous filmmakers secure film distribution for their projects. Autumn is also a member of the Producer Guild of America, Women in film Atlanta & Los Angels, Black Women in Film, SouthEast Emmys Member and one of the charter founding members of Real Divas Atlanta organization.
When asked about her passions, she states “to help others, give back and connect individuals from various backgrounds and cultures to achieve a common goal in furthering their entertainment careers.” Mrs. Bailey has played a pivotal role in expanding awareness of the indie film community in Georgia. She founded the Georgia Entertainment Gala in 2013 attracting over 1800 people to the City of Atlanta annually to celebrate Georgia’s talent rise in film, television and film. Through this gala, Mrs. Bailey has garnered the support of numerous community leaders, brands and organizations.
Currently, Mrs. Bailey is producing several film and television projects. She is a highly sought after indie producer with over 30 films under her belt both on the small and big screens. Of those films, she has received multiple accolades and won numerous awards. She has expanded her brand on the East and West Coast of the United States to further her reach in assisting indie film communities. Through hard work, faith, dedication and doing good business, Mrs. Bailey is certain to continue breaking through barriers within indie film communities across the U.S. Most recently, Mrs. Bailey has started a co-production company with Cameron Burnett (Son of acclaimed Hollywood Producer Mark Burnett) called Prominent Productions.
Aside from being a producer, Mrs. Bailey’s commitment to community enrichment and charitable organizations is never ending. Through her Get Connected Atlanta monthly industry mixer established in 2011 created for the people by the people, Mrs. Bailey utilizes this established platform to donate proceeds to various social organizations across Georgia while providing a networking opportunity platform for novice and seasoned industry professionals. Her advice to young aspiring producers and professionals “Work hard, do business that uplifts others and show people that if they believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to accomplish.”
DIRECTOR, ACTOR,WRITER, PRODUCER
Born in Haiti and raised in small town USA, Numa Perrier has emerged as an exciting multi hyphenate in the film/TV landscape. Her early work includes starring in and writing the hit web series, The Couple, which scored a deal at HBO. She co-founded the pioneering streaming platform Black&Sexy TV serving as a creator, director, and showrunner on over a dozen series including Roomieloverfriends (produced by Issa Rae) and Hello Cupid (co-created by Lena Waithe) She then moved on to her feature film directorial debut, Jezebel, which premiered at SXSW 2019 and is distributed on Netflix via Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing. Numa is the recipient of the Best Feature and Best Director Awards at the American Black Film Festival, is a Root100 alumni and is also counted as one of the all women directing team on Queen Sugar, helming an episode that trended nationally. In front of the camera Numa recurred as guest star on Showtime's irreverent comedy SMILF in an critically acclaimed story arc about immigrants. Numa is currently starring in the surreal thriller Fuzzyhead alongside Rain Phoenix, and is in development on numerous projects including TOXIC, an erotic thriller series, and her follow up feature, Blood Mother, via her boutique production arm House of Numa.
Denim Richards has been performing for over two decades with 20+ musical theater productions as well as numerous TV and film credits under his belt. He can currently be seen in the series regular role of ‘Colby’ opposite Kevin Costner in the hit Paramount Network series "Yellowstone," currently airing Season Three.
On the feature film front, Denim will next appear as ‘Jack Brown’ in “The Chickasaw Rancher,” which tells the remarkable story inspired by the life of renowned Chickasaw cattleman Montford T. Johnson. Denim also directed and co-wrote a short film called “The Zoo” – a dark, gritty WWII psychological thriller highlighting the black experience during the Holocaust, currently in post-production.
Also on the writing front, Denim has released an inspirational self-help and wellness book called Mastering The Mind, currently available for purchase as an e-book. All proceeds from the book are going to Operation Underground Railroad, whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking, specifically child trafficking.
In 2006, Denim took first place in acting and singing in the Los Angeles NAACP competition. He went on to take fourth in nationals. For those who knew him well, the accolades came as no surprise. Denim found his passion for the arts when he was just six years old while performing as a guest soloist at the world-renowned Crystal Cathedral. Since then, he has never looked back. Through his acting, Denim loves to guide audiences through a range of emotions that leave them feeling uplifted and inspired. He is often attracted to roles that require extreme character development and vocal ability.
Denim has always had a burning desire to own and create, so in 2010, he established his own production company, Lazer Focus Productions, LLC (LFP). LFP is a multi-ethnic company that takes pride in telling original stories of quality while providing opportunities for professionals in the entertainment industry. Denim believes that there is amazing talent everywhere, and LFP is the platform that is needed to showcase that talent.
Denim's brand is Love. He believes that everyone should receive it, especially children. Denim strongly believes that, "in this day in age where everyone is so busy, we have to remember that the youth are our future." With this in mind, he launched Youth Empowering Success (YES). YES is a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving youth a positive voice through the arts: singing, acting, dancing, public speaking and/or filmmaking. In conjunction with his nonprofit, Denim also mentors third, fourth and fifth-grade children at MLK Elementary.
Denim is also very active in many different charities such as United Steps, which addresses homelessness; RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network); Rowell's Foster Children's Positive Plan and the Innocent Justice Foundation.
Denim hopes to continue being a positive role model and an inspiration of hope.
Asanté (which means "thank you" in the African language of Swahili) was born Asanté Deshon Parker, in the south side of Chicago, to Wendy and Derrick Parker, both former creatives. Asanté first showcased his acting capabilities at the age of five when his parents placed him in his school's Christmas production. Playing a minute role as one of the twelve mice, he believed he indeed caught his love for acting at that very moment. Growing up in the south of South of Chicago wasn't ideally the safest part of town, however, his parents made sure he was not stirred by his environments during his upbringing. Asanté’s parents tossed both him and his little sister Shanté into every extra curricular activity they could think of but nothing stood like his passion to bring joy to others. Starring in the hit television show “Chicago Fire” as Mikey on NBC, playing Dwayne in the feature film “Teacher” and so much more, he eventually went off to pursue what he knows is his purpose.
Jessica Obilom is a magnetic Nigerian-American actress and writer, and her star is quickly rising. She was born and raised in Austin, TX, but her love for her Nigerian culture is identifiable in some of her work as an actress, writer and philanthropist. Jessica has been acting since childhood, and one of her goals as an artist is to work on projects that make a difference not only in people, but in the world. She accomplishes that in her breakout lead role in the gripping feature film 'Trafficked', and the feature 'Beautifully Broken'. Jessica had transformational roles in these projects, and they both received theatrical releases. She can currently be seen playing Katrina in the UMC series 'Stuck With You'. Other recent credits include the Lifetime movie 'Christmas Harmony' and the spicy webseries 'Stepford Sidechix', which was Pre-Nominated for the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Born and raised in New York City, Lenny attended Midtown West School, a performance and art based elementary school in Manhattan however, acting didn’t become an interest of his until a few years later when he took an improv class as a high school elective. Eventually, Lenny began taking liberal arts classes and joined Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater which he says, “shot him out of the cannon”.
In 2016, after spending many years studying his craft under James Brill and performing in local theater, Lenny signed with an agent and landed his television role as a Costar in USA’s Falling Water just a month later. Lenny has since gone on to book several television and film projects including: The Breaks (VH1), I Am Homicide (Investigation Discovery), The Blacklist (NBC), The Things In Between, and The Dark Room (shorts), to name a few.
To date, booking Ruthless is one of Lenny’s most rewarding moments as an actor as it was done entirely through self-tape. The whole experience was a whirlwind and adrenaline rush as he booked the role on a Thursday, had his bags packed and headed to Atlanta on Sunday and was shooting by the following Wednesday. Lenny’s favorite part of playing the menacing character is having the opportunity to tell the story of someone who had the opportunity to redeem themselves, but instead chose not to and is now paying the price. Lenny also stars in the comedy short, Puppet Seizure, as well as the independent thriller, Blood Conscious, both set to be released this year.
In his free time, Lenny enjoys sharpening his cinematography skills and creating fun, engaging content with fellow actors and friends. He leans to video games and yoga to clear his mind and is in the process of developing and recording his first motivational podcast. Lenny currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Erica Hubbard started her career in 1988 doing voice-overs and starring in commercials such as: McDonald's, MCI, Reebok and Sears. She has worked in many markets, including Chicago, New York and California.
Ms. Hubbard has performed in feature films distributed by Paramount, 20th Century Fox and TSIBILI Pictures. She has starred in television shows on various networks such as: CBS, NBC, MTV and the WB. In addition, she has graced the pages of many popular magazines, including Seventeen, Honey, Ebony and YM (as the Noxzema Girl).
Erica attended Columbia College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in three years. After graduating, Erica already had her own television show on WPWR, a UPN affiliate in Chicago. Before Erica's third season was aired, she received a Regional Emmy and earned a Service To America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. This was a result of hosting the children/teen show: Up'N Running (1997). Erica's dynamic resume includes credits such as Save the Last Dance (2001), A Cinderella Story (2004), Light It Up (1999) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) (a New York Times Best Selling Novel). Erica just wrapped Akeelah and the Bee (2006) for Lions Gate Films. Erica is working as a Regular on the series, Lincoln Heights (2006), on ABC Family Channel and Erica's animated series, The Replacements (2006), is airing now on Disney.
As a unionized actress, she knows how important it is to be affiliated with organizations in her profession. Furthermore, she is a proud member of NATAS, IFP/West, AFI and WIF, and successfully continues her career, coast to coast.
Before returning to UMC to helm the subscription service of UMC, , Brett Dismuke maintained his own entertainment outfit, So Chi Entertainment as well as served as President/COO of The Swirl Group, President of Moguldom Entertainment, and previously as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Urban Programming for RLJ Entertainment's One Village studio. Brett has over 25 years of marketing, production, sales and branding experience.
Through partnership with Swirl Films in 2014, Dismuke formed The Swirl Group. Through the power of their collaboration, the company established itself as the leading urban independent production company in North America, with over 80 productions in their catalog. This multi- hyphenate outfit was devoted to offering high-quality production value at lower costs, including production of independent features and multi-camera content, casting, budget creation, scheduling, post-production, talent relations and distribution. With the solid foundation, So Chi Entertainment continued the legacy, priding itself on developing the highest quality productions, developing the most interesting content and acquiring the best product available within its genre.
In addition to locating and securing new content, Dismuke oversaw strategic planning, financial management, brand-building and product lines for So Chi Entertainment. Over the last few years, he has acquired and/or produced several films; including notables such as 35 & Ticking, a theatrical comedy starring Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Nicole Ari Parker; What My Husband Doesn't Know, a musical stage play written and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Morris Chestnut, Michelle Williams and Tiffany Haddish; and Back to the Goode Life, a critically-acclaimed, comedy, starring Kyla Pratt, London Brown, Lahmard Tate and Kelly Jenrette.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Brett Dismuke worked for Motown, PolyGram Group Distribution, Universal Music and Video Distribution, Hollywood Records, UrbanWorks Entertainment, First Look Studios and Image Entertainment. His list of projects supervised includes Jay-Z, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, Mike Epps, The Cosby Show and Ultimate Fighting Championship; as well as numerous award-winning independent films.
Brett is a Chicago native and currently lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys time as an empty- nester, while his son is attending college on the East Coast.
CARA CHUTE ROSENBAUM, CSA is a Casting Director based in Los Angeles, CA. Notable feature credits include JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL and STUBER, and television credits include THE MINDY PROJECT, THE PEOPLE VS OJ SIMPSON, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, and THE LEAGUE. She and Erica Bream are the Casting Directors for the main stage productions at THE BLANK THEATRE in Hollywood, including The Blank’s prestigious Annual Young Playwrights Festival for which they were awarded the 2018 Artios Award for Outstanding Casting for Los Angeles Theatre. Cara is a proud member of the Casting Society of America, a mama, and an aquarium lover.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ccrcasting
KRON MOORE is known for bringing dynamic female characters to life, showcasing her ability to illuminate their strong inner compass, unshakeable drive and sheer determination. She has proven to be a juggernaut performer who dominates any stage and captures the hearts of her audiences. It is this dedication that makes Kron one the industry's newest well respected and revered actors by fans and peers alike.
Each Wednesday night, she brings to life the First Lady of the United States Victoria Franklin (one of primetime most talked about villains who trends social media for days) in the hit Tyler Perry/BET’s #1 rated series THE OVAL. The dramatic series captures the volatile relationship between the President, First lady, and First children, as they navigate their new life in the White House.
Touted as the show’s “breakout star,” the unapologetic FLOTUS continues gaining national prominence for her devilish ways and being a strong-willed ambitious woman with a master plan. Her character has been compared to Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope, and Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating and others. The Oval returns on BET May 6th.
Next, Moore will recur as Dr. Chapel in STARGIRL based on the DC Comics superhero Stargirl created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, that is set to premiere in May 2020 on DC Universe and The CW.
No stranger to performing, Moore has been entertaining since her youth. As a vocalist, her voice can be heard on several albums and has been part of various singing groups. The Detroit native boasts a host of television credits including OWN’s David Makes Man as Grace, Amazon Prime’s THEM as Nadine Sims, as well as OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots, TLC’s Too Close to Home, ID TV’s Swamp Murders, Detroit 1-8-7, among others.
Film credits include starring as Linney in the Sundance Film Festival official selection and Alec Baldwin executive produced BEAST BEAST, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Into the Storm, Mosquito-Man to name a few. Moore also boasts a storied career in theatre with credits including "Ain't Misbehavin', "Triumph and Tragedy- The Life of Sam," "Little Shop of Horrors" and has a number of television commercials, industrial projects and voice-overs under her belt.
Committed to using her visibility and influence in positive ways, Moore remains an advocate for wellness, mental health, anti-bullying, women empowerment and education.
Moore is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Psychology. She also studied Film, Television and Radio Broadcasting at Specs Howard School of Media Arts ranking second in her graduating class.
Kron currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
David Alan Madrick is an award winning American actor, model and writer from Queens, New York City. He attended SUNY Oneonta to pursue a career in Social work, but fell in love with the many facets of the creative world. While professionally modeling, he studied under Geoffrey Owens and James Franco. David later on work with Franco on two projects; Pretenders and High School Lovers. He is best known for his role as Dr. Collins on Blackish (2019). David currently plays Jay in Tyler Perry's new show Ruthless on BET+ and has recently signed with NEXT Models LA.
Memphis native Brandee Evans is a former high-school English teacher who wrote her resignation letter to the school board while on vacation in Los Angeles. Determined to live her dream, she has graced the stage all over the world as a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2010, Evans created a series of dance classes for women focusing on improving confidence, building strength, finding "sexy" and having fun. She encouraged dancers of all experience and ability levels to take the class in a fierce pair of pumps. Her classes grew quickly in popularity, and she has gone on to teach sessions in Los Angeles, Memphis, Georgia, Vegas, Japan and the U.K. She was featured in the Oprah Winfrey Network television special "Dance Crash," which focuses on bringing together a group of girls through tough love and sisterhood.
Kristian Diaz, released his debut feature film, Retrocausality, on June 26th on Amazon Prime. Retrocausality by definition is the idea that the future can influence the present and the present can influence the past. The quirky and cleverly narrated indie takes place at the beginning of a global pandemic and follows Scott, a 22-year-old blockbuster actor as he navigates dealing with his mom who is infected with a strange new virus, and finding a mystery woman, Max, who he has a strange, powerful connection with-- before it's too late.
Diaz wrote, directed and stars in the film, which has been a passion project of his for many years as it was the first screenplay he wrote, many years ago. The story was inspired by a real life event, when the Canadian native was walking around Toronto with his headphones on and stopped dead in his tracks to listen to a young woman perform on the street. He felt so drawn to her, almost like he had known her before, and that was the first spark of an idea that lead to the film.
Retrocausality will premiere and be available for streaming on Amazon June 26th.
Carl Seaton, born in Chicago, grew up with a strong affinity for movies and television shows. The meteoric rise of the VCR turned his affinity for movies in to a full-blown addiction.
Carl’s addiction led him to Columbia College Film School where he studied the crafts of Directing and Screenwriting. The creative environment at Columbia allowed Carl to flourish where he graduated with Honors.
Carl’s first feature film, One Week, was a drama about a heterosexual man that has to wait a week for the results of an HIV test as he prepares for his wedding. The ultra-low budget filmscreened all over the world in prestigious festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival, and Fespaco. One Week also garnered awards at several film festivals including the American Black Film Festival, Urbanworld, and the Chicago International Film Festival. Following the success of One Week, Carl co-wrote a screenplay, Step In The Name Of Love, that was acquired by MGM.
In 2016, Carl premiered his latest film, a Movie of the Week for the TvOne Network, Bad Dad Rehab, starring Malik Yoba, the film is about four men that go to a rehab program that helps them become better fathers. The film garnered Carl a NAACP Image Award nomination.
Carl’s career in episodic directing began when he was hired by John Singleton to direct two episodes of the TV show Rebel.
Since then, Carl has gone on to direct a wide range of shows like The CW’s, The Originals, Batowman, Dynasty, and Supergirl, Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD, Fire, Med, and FBI, the CBS drama Bull, and Showtime’s The Chi. In February, Carl was nominated for a NAACP Image award for his work on directing the show , Snowfall, created by his mentor, the late John Singleton.
Carl is currently gearing up to direct more shows in this next era of filmmaking - post pandemic, while developing a miniseries that will be based in Chicago.
Todd Anthony is an artist with purpose. This actor, writer, producer and singer is one of the brightest rising artists in entertainment. The light that shines within him transcends into his art on screen and stage. He truly believes the Nelson Mandela quote that “when you let your light shine, you unconsciously give others the right to do so” in life as well as his work.
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.