Monday, October 8, 2012

Our Fall Acting Boot Camp is back!! Dates - October 27th and 28th from 9am-3pm. This camp focuses on getting us ready for pilot season! Guest teachers include director Michael Chaves (, Susan Boyajian (vo actress and coach), creative director, Clark Crozer and myself - Dina Buglione ( Classes include acting for the camera, audition technique, scene study, character breakdown, basic improv, follow-up technique, and voice-over. We will also have a separate parent class with a Q&A. Call DB Casting to reserve a space - 310.256.0296.

Audition Technique

Let's chat about audition technique for a minute. Auditioning can be stressful and overwhelming, but after enough practice and hard-work it becomes a little bit easier. There are lots of things you can do to prepare before the audition. Having an updated picture and resume is extremely important (especially on LA Casting and Actors Access). Not all casting directors require a headshot and resume at the audition, but you should always be ready with one (especially at the callback). Learning what to wear can be extremely helpful. You want to know your client and dress appropriately for both commercial and theatrical. If you are going in to read for Good Luck Charlie, watch the show and see what they are wearing - bright colors? more earthy colors? Also know the storyline - be familiar with the show - who are the characters? what is the vibe? If you are going in for a commercial, wear something that makes you stand out. I would stay away from blue and green since those are the background colors at most casting facilities. Memorize, memorize, memorize!! The more familiar you are with the copy, the more you can play in the room. If you are holding the paper or do not know your copy, you are more likely to mess up or loose your place. These are just a few tips. Stay tuned for more!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shaun White Skateboard

Check this out! This is a commercial I cast for the new Shaun White Skateboarding videogame for the Wii. This is probably one of my favorite spots! The cast was incredible - so professional, so fun and they really enjoyed working together as a team. The spot looks beautiful - the colors, lens flares, everything! I just love it!


Congratulations Lexi DiBenedetto!!

Lexi is on fire!! She just recently signed with Innovative Artists Agency and wrapped the lead role of Chloe in the feature film "Harley's Hill" directed by Don Most!! WAY TO GO LEXI!!! Lexi has been on callbacks for producers for the role of Annabell in the Disney pilot "Jessie", for the role of Iris in the Disney XD untitled John Heder Pilot, and for the role of Whitney in the new series "Clue". She is on fire!! YAY LEXI!!!

I have to tell you a little more about the amazing Lexi! She is such a hard-worker - extremely determined with such a great big heart!! She is such a talented performer and takes every single job seriously - big or small...she gives it 200%. We adore Lexi and we are so proud of her and all her accomplishments!!!!!! Way to go Lexi!!! You are awesome!!!


Congratulations Brenden Miranda!!!

Brenden is such an amazing kid!! He has been with us for over a year now and travels each week to LA from San Diego for classes, auditions, coaching, and so much more!! He is so dedicated and loves acting!! He is known for being the master at memorizing - you give him a 5 page script and 5 minutes and he is good to go!! Brenden recently filmed an educational drama where he played Adam an autistic child. The film will be used to train educators and psychologists on how to deal with autistic kids in the classroom. He also had a big audition this past week for the new Disney show "Gulliver Quinn". Brenden got the callback for the series regular role of Harold!!!!! WAY TO GO BRENDEN!! He is so determined, super smart, and ready to take on anything!! When Mavrick saw Brenden in our last showcase - they contacted us immediately!! He just signed with them across the board!! Congratulations Brenden!!! We are so excited and so proud of you!!!!!


YAY for Lucas Wolk!!!!

Congratulations to the AWESOME Lucas Wolk!! Above is a picture of his recent graduation from Kindergarten!! Lucas is such a cool kid!! He joined Studio E about a year ago and we love him!! He recently performed the role of "Charlie Brown" in our showcase and the audience LOVED him!! Lucas is not only an awesome actor, but an amazing karate kid - check out his picture below!! He just mastered his testing for green belt!! Way to go Lucas!!! We are so proud of you!!


Congratulations Jessica Reuttiger!!

Here is what one of the toughest critics in Las Vegas is saying about Jess!! "In the title slot, Jessica Ruettiger belts out "Tomorrow" like there's no today. She's equally adept at communicating the vulnerability of ballads. You fall in love with her, without being pushed into it." YAY JESS!!!!!! We are so proud of you!!!!! To read the full review, visit:

Jess joined Studio E about 6 months and flew in with her awesome mom from Las Vegas every week just for class!! She is EXTREMELY committed, SUPER talented, and an INCREDIBLY beautiful person! We are lucky to have her in our lives and in our program!!! Congratulations Jess!!! We are so proud of you!!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Studio E's Improv Class!

We started to really tap into the improv world this week!! I always stress to my actors to - add on and make it your own. Sometimes I see 100 people a day for 1 role and the only way one can really stand out is by - adding on and making it your own. Improv really helps us do just that - we get out of our head and bring some really great stuff to the table. Improv can be really tricky - we say think, but don't think. What does that mean? Well we do lots of exercises to get the brain thinking and aware of everything going on in the group and once we are in the scene we let our brains take over and we go with the moment. GO BIG OR GO HOME! Another thing I really stress. If you go big or do something no one else is doing - you will stand out. It may not be right, and we may ask you to bring it down or change the tone - but I can promise you...we will remember you...because you went big and you will stand out in our mind at the end of the day.

Some improv stuff we learned this week...
  1. LISTENING - listening to your partner and really taking in everything they are doing helps the scene find the funny.
  2. STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF - of course we can bring characters to the table, but inside we are all funny and the more we play each scene to the best of our abilities the easier the scene can find the funny.
  3. TAKING EXPERIENCES FROM OUR OWN, REAL LIFE - we do this one awesome exercise where we tell a real story about something we went through (could be something funny) and that should inspire someone else in the group to bring something to the table and so forth as so on. We are all funny inside - the more we make it true to us and our character the easier the scene can find the funny.
Stay tuned for more exciting improv tips as we continue to explore it each week.



Here is a still from a film I did the casting on!

This is a psychological horror film that just won an award at The Sacramento Horror Film Festival in 2010. Congrats to Micah and the gang - it was awesome!



Here is one of my AT&T spots! I loved the cast!! They looked perfect for this and they were all super talented and professional. I also think this just looks beautiful! Great job Michael Chaves and the entire crew!



This is a beautiful spot! I was blown away by how great it turned out. The kid I cast in this was also super cool and awesome to work with!


Congratulations Lexi DiBenedetto!!

Congratulations Lexi DiBenedetto!!! Lexi is an absolutely amazing actress!! She is extremely committed and always gives 150%. We started working with Lexi about 4 months ago and we are constantly blown away by her commitment, dedication and incredible skills!!! If you haven't already seen her in this anti-smoking PSA, tune into Criminal Minds!!! Lexi just booked a guest spot on Criminal Minds and shot with them last week!! WAY TO GO LEXI!!! We are so proud of you!!!!

21X helps us organize our Actor's Book!!

Studio E was so excited to have Tara Kenevan join us for class a couple weeks ago! Tara runs a professional organizing company called 21x in NY and LA!! I approached Tara asking for advice about organizing my actors and Tara was AWESOME!!!! She created, The Actor's Book!!!

It is so easy to get unorganized and I can't tell you how many times I have seen actors and parents scramble and feel overwhelmed right before they come in to audition for me. My goal when casting is to make the actors feel so incredibly comfortable so I can get the absolute best out of them and when they are scrambling it can be really challenging. The Actor's Book takes care of that problem and lets the parents and actors feel completely in control and calm when waiting in the lobby. The book organizes and controls EVERYTHING from you commercial headshot to the quarters you will need to fill the meter!

Click here to check out 21x and learn more about organizing those books!! Here is a great pic of MaDonna and her Dad who claim that Tara's class was one of the most informative they have experienced since they moved to LA nine years ago! Their book looks awesome!!


Brookie books again!!!

Congratulations to Miss Brookie Lloyd AGAIN!!! We just heard the news this weekend - Brook just booked a Cabbage Patch Kids commercial and she is shooting it this week!!! YAY BROOKIE!! We are extremely proud of her and her hard work!!! She is not only super talented, but a great kid!! We can't wait to hear all the details!! WAY TO GO BROOKIE!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Congratulations Lou Wagner!

Lou Wagner is a true professional! Not only is he is one of the greatest actors I have ever worked with, he has the biggest heart in the whole world. He works so incredibly hard at perfecting his skills as an actor and still has time to volunteer at a dog rescue center EVERY weekend. Check out Lou in this Western!

You can also hear Lou this Saturday at noon on KTLA, as he will be on a segment of The Young Icon, which is running nationally! He also booked a supporting role in the film Doughboy and will film a couple days in West Va and a Pottery Barn Teens Commercial. Seriously he is on fire and we are so incredibly proud of him!!! WAY TO GO LOU!!! We love you to pieces and love having you in our program and in our lives!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Here are a few pictures from The Disney Tangled commercial I cast a few months ago. It played on The Disney Channel and in theaters before the movie. The girl I cast, Kori, said her family was screaming when they saw her on the big screen!! Congrats to all on this job - it was awesome!

The kids were super cute and so much fun to work with!

Studio E Winter Industry Showcase!!

Our Industry Showcase was incredible!! Lots of great agents and managers attended including Osbrink, AEF, Mavrick, Bobby Ball, Rage Talent, Appletini, Cinda Snow Management, Rex Talent Management and Studio Talent Group! We also had 9 directors and producers (some from Disney!!) and 2 casting companies (Lisa Pantone and Susan Turner). The kids and teens were AWESOME!! As always, they gave it 150% and it showed!! Some were looking for representation, while others were there to introduce themselves to more casting directors, producers and directors! We are extremely proud to say that 70% of our kids and teens have been approached by agents so far and some have even been called in to audition for a new Disney series!!! Congratulations to all our amazing actors / actresses!!! We are constantly blown away by the level of commitment, passion and love they all have for the industry!

Congratulations Brook Lloyd!

MISS BROOKIE LLOYD IS OUTSTANDING! Seriously - you MUST see her in action - she is one of the funniest, sassiest, cutest kids ever!!! Brook just booked and filmed an animated Christmas Special for the Hallmark Channel called "Hoops and Yoyo Ruin Christmas". She had the time of her life and just loved every single minute - you can see it all over her face in the picture!!! Brook started studying with us 6 months ago and has grown so much as an actor already and she JUST turned 7!!! She recently starred in our Studio E Showcase and blew everyone away with her comedy!! We are so proud of Brookie and just love her to pieces!!! Congratulations!!!

-DB & LL

Monday, February 21, 2011

Studio E Parent Showcase!

The Studio E parent showcase on Saturday, February 5th was AWESOME!! We performed at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood and it was a GREAT space. The show included scenes, monologues and musical numbers. The actors and actresses were outstanding and gave 150%. Lauren and I were completely blown away, as were many parents and friends! We had 26 kids/teens (ages 6 - 18) involved in this show and the energy in the room was so positive and so amazing!!

We were extremely lucky to have the amazing Alex from Enchanted Events & Designs run our concession stand! Alex is one of the greatest, sweetest people I have ever met in my whole life and she is so talented!! She is a party planner and she sure did plan a great party for us! The food was so yummy and the table design was AMAZING. Alex went with a "Shooting Star" theme and everything looked so professional and so awesome. Thanks Alex - we love you!!

Enchanted Events & Design - and

Congratulations Jessica Reuttiger!!

If you want your socks knocked off...listen to some of Jessica's work!!! She is absolutely breathtaking!! Attached is a link to Jessica singing at the White House!!! YES - the real White House. She was asked to sing there this Christmas 2010 and it was unbelievable! You can also check her out in April singing the National Anthem at the Dodger's Stadium! She is a true gem! Jessica is completely committed. She currently lives in Las Vegas and flies out each weekend with her mom to study with us. She never misses a beat. She is not only an amazing singer, but one of the cutest kids you will ever meet. So positive, so smart and ready to take on anything. She just performed as an actress and singer in our winter 2010 showcase and was approached by a one of my favorite LA agents!! She also got an audition for a new Disney series from a director that attended!! WAY TO GO JESS!!! You are simply amazing and we love you to pieces!!!

Congratulations Brenden Miranda!!!

He is on fire!! Last month, Brenden booked 2 commercials!! His Dad received the first call from his San Diego agent that he booked an "Income from Home" commercial and about 20 minutes later his Dad received a second call from his LA agent that he booked an "XBOX 360/KINNECT" trailer. Way to go Brenden!!! Brenden is outstanding! Not only is Brenden a great actor, he is an awesome kid who will work in this business forever. We are so proud of Brenden and his whole family for all their support and love each week!!!!

Photos from his "Income from Home" commerical

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cooper books a Target/Nerf commercial and an AT&T spot!

Congratulations Cooper Peltz! Cooper recently booked two commercials - a Target/Nerf commercial that has been running on Nickolodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, ABC and Fox and an AT&T spot!! Way to go Cooper!! We were introduced to Cooper at one of our summer boot camps and he blew us away. Cooper is awesome! He is an incredible actor, very motivated and hard-working! He is not only extremely dedicated to perfecting his skills, but Cooper is a great guy! He is so much fun to work with! If you haven't seen it already, check out his Target/Nerf Commercial below. We are so proud of him! Way to go Coop!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kristen as "Annie" again!

Congratulations Kristen Powell! Kristen recently starred in "Annie" at the Huntington Beach House playing the role of Annie and she was incredible! Kristen has a voice that will blow you away! Broadway would be lucky to have her! Kristen is playing the role of Annie again at the Rose Center Theatre. Aside from being extremely talented and dedicated, Kristen has to be one of the nicest, cutest kids I have ever met! Good luck playing Annie again! We know you will be amazing!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hannah Stock on "Desperate Housewives"!

Congratulations Hannah Stock! Hannah just appeared on Desperate Housewives a couple weeks ago and she was amazing! Hannah was featured as Emma Graham’s daughter in the episode, “Let Me Entertain You”. Hannah is one of the smartest, cutest kids I have ever worked with. She is only 6 years old and acts like she is 20. She immediately memorizes anything we give her, she is extremely committed and loves acting! Way to go Hannah! We are so proud!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Disney Sing It: Pop Hits - (PS2, PS3, Wii)

Below is a Disney game trailer that I cast - it played nationally on the Disney channel. The teens in this spot were extremely talented and so great to work with.


Thursday, October 14, 2010


Here's a national commercial I cast for NASCAR. The stunt guy in this commercial was incredible! He literally ran up the wall in the audition and broke a table when he landed. He was committed! This spot played on ESPN and was an addy winner!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Studio E actors sign with great agencies!

So first I have to explain this picture. One of the moms in our program, Alisa Griner, made this incredible cake. If you look closely, the entire cake is full of headshots of all Studio E members that were involved in our last showcase. AMAZING - seriously amazing. For the showcase in January, Alisa made everyone Studio E cookies with our logo on it. I have no idea what we would do without the amazing moms (and dads!!) in our program. They help behind stage, they bring goodies, they help supervise, they are UNREAL! They are not only outstanding parents, but have become our family as well and we love them all!!! As for the agency news - every February and June we put up a showcase which we present to agents, managers, casting directors, directors, and producers. 50% of our kids get approached after every showcase by agents and managers! We are proud to announce some of those kids and teens who have officially signed. Buchwald Talent Agency has signed Andrew Henry, Austin Henry and Anthony AC Batiste! Appletini Talent Agency has signed Porter Smith, Cheyenne Jade, Aarica Griner, and Arrow Griner! Hervey Grimes Talent Agency has signed Kiana Boyd and Tiera Pradier! Mavrick Artists Agency has signed Ryan Klapp, Amber Urban, and Miranda May! Congratulations!! We are so incredibly proud of all of the kids and teens in our program. They all work extremely hard and are the highlight of our week! Thank you to each and every one of you - you are all the greatest kids in the whole world!

Congrats Anthony Porter!

Anthony just finished a short film, "The Legend of the Oracle" and had a blast! He also recently played the lead in another short film, "Barely Bar Mitzvah'd" which came in 1st place at a Jewish film festival! Anthony happens to be one of the funniest guys I know! He is super dedicated and makes incredible choices! He recently joined Studio E through one of our boot camps and we are thrilled to have him in our program!!

Zayd Jaber as Scrooge!!

Congrats Zayd! This holiday season Zayd will be playing the role of Scrooge at the age of 15 in the play "A Christmas Carol" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. It gives him a chance to brush up on his british accent skills. Zayd is extremely funny and very hard-working. He has been in our program for about a year now and each week he shows an incredible sense of dedication and commitment to his career as an actor! We are so proud of him and can't wait to see him as Scrooge! We know he will be brilliant in that role!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Congratulations Ranya Jaber!

Congratulation Ranya!! Back in September, Ranya finished shooting a short film titled "Desert, Rock And A Hard Place". She played the co-starring role of Aya a young Iraqi girl whose family is trying to cross the border in order to eventually meet up with their father in America. She also filmed a promo for Clorox and NBC's television show Parenthood. In the commercial she was able to play one of her favorite sports, soccer. For the holiday season, she will be playing the role of Alice Cratchit in the play "A Christmas Carol" at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Ranya is super talented and works very hard at everything she does. We are so proud to have her in our program and so proud of all her incredible accomplishments!!!

Alexis books a Shaun White Skateboard Commercial!

Congratulations Alexis Salinas! Alexis is currently represented by Studio Talent Group and started classes with us last March. She has been auditioning for lots of my spots and just recently booked a Shaun White Skateboard Commercial! IT WAS AMAZING! The teens in that spot were unbelievably talented, very professional and really enjoyed every moment. Way to go Alexis!

Brittany is booking!

Congratulations Brittany Guthzeit! Brittany recently booked a Parenthood promotion/Clorox School Grant commercial which made her SAG eligible! Brittany has also been auditioning for some cool projects, including a series regular role on a CMT show!! Brittany is extremely talented, not only acting, but playing a number of instruments and singing! She is currently playing tuba for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, which she was asked to be a member of after auditioning! We are so proud of Brittany. Not only is she an amazing performer, she works extremely hard at perfecting all her skills! We are honored to have her in our program!

Acting Boot Camps!

Camps this summer were awesome! The actors were incredibly talented and very hard-working. Guest teachers included: commercial director Michael Chaves, voice-over actress Susan Boyajian, choreographer Cathy Baron, improv actor Mark Rennie and puppets with Derek Lux. All scene study classes were run by Dina & Lauren. Our next weekend acting boot camp is November 27th and 28th! All ages welcome. Call now to reserve a spot, space is limited.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Brenden is working hard!!

Congratulations Brenden Miranda!! After seeing Brenden perform in Studio E's January Showcase, Affinity Artist Agency and the Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego signed Brenden across the board! In July he went on nine auditions, two callbacks (one for a feature film), shot a commercial, booked a photo shoot and a supporting role in the film called "Lyla Wolf. WOW - congratulations Brenden! He is a busy, busy little guy! In the film which is a Sci Fi Triller, Brenden will be playing the role of a "Bully". He does evil really good which is not the first thing you think of when you see him. The film starts filming in November. Brenden also booked the principal role in a project that was financed by the Department of Justice, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The project was titled "Child Abuse and Exploitation". The film will be used to train Law Enforcement Officers in the State of California how to identify and investigate Child Abuse. Brenden also booked a principal speaking role in a CASA FIESTA Mexican Food Commercial. The commercial will air in the Houston Texas market as a fifteen and thirty second spot. Way to go Brenden!! Brenden is one of the hardest working kids we know. He is extremely dedicated, takes direction very well and is always ready to learn and try new things!! We are thrilled to have him in our program and in our lives!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Dance like nobody is watching!"

Dance class was AWESOME! We were very fortunate to work with Joshua McBride, professional actor and dancer with Diablo Dance Company! Josh taught us some hip-hop and freestyle moves and choreographed a dance. This dance class really helped us open up and find our own style of grooving and moving! I do cast a lot of spots where the actors are required to dance and be silly and this class certainly helped us find the fun in dancing - even if it isn't our favorite thing to do. Some of the boys were complaining at the beginning and by the end they were slapping high fives and having a blast! Thanks Josh for such an incredible experience - can't wait to have you back in the fall!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Porter books a guest spot on Nickelodeon's "Everyday Kid"!!

Congratulations Porter Smith!!!! After our Studio E Showcase in January, Porter Smith signed with Melva at Appletini Talent Agency. Porter has been auditioning for some really great commercials and pilots and just booked a guest spot on Nickelodeon's new show, "Everyday Kid". Way to go Porter!!!!!! You are amazing!!!! We are so proud of Porter!!! Porter joined us in October and is extremely talented and unbelievably dedicated. He is not only one of the funniest actors we've every worked with, but puts his personality and love for acting in everything he does. He also LOVES to play his guitar and rock out to some Metallica - what can we say - Porter is a ROCKSTAR!!! Check him out in our June showcase - he is simply incredible and you will just love him!!! We are so proud to have him in our program and in our lives!!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Seamus books a role in AWAKENING ARTHUR

Congratulations Seamus Riley!!! Seamus is currently represented by Lauren at Affinity Artists Agency and has been auditioning like crazy. After all his hard work and dedication - Seamus booked a SAG short film called "Awakening Arthur", written by Courtney Dixon and directed by Kelsie Bieser. He will be playing the role of the young boy and is super excited about this opportunity. Seamus has been a member of Studio E since October and is extremely talented!! He is fantastic performer, always working very hard and giving 200%!! He is super funny and is sincerely one of the nicest kids I have ever met. Seamus also LOVES voice-overs and has been working on some pretty cool characters in class!! Check out Seamus in our June showcase, where we promise - he will make you laugh so hard - he is hysterical!!! We are so proud and extremely lucky to have him in our program and in our lives!!

-DB & LL

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Michael Andrew books a KFC Commercial!!

Congratulations Michael Andrew!! After working on Mad Men and America's Most Wanted a few weeks ago, Michael Andrew Stock books a national KFC commercial with Joe Pytka!! Way to go!! We are so proud of him! Michael Andrew is the funniest, silliest, coolest kid in town, who is extremely hard-working and gives 200% all the time!! He is such a great actor and we are lucky to have him in our program! To see Michael Andrew in action, check him out in one of our Studio E Showcases - you will be blown away!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Disney ALICE IN WONDERLAND Nintendo Wii ™ Shrunk Trailer -- Disney video...

Below is a Disney game trailer that I cast - it played nationally on the Disney channel and in theaters before the Alice in Wonderland movie. This was shot on green screen and aside from the actors and props, all elements were created in post (the room, furniture, etc.). The actors, Brooke and EJ, were very talented and fantastic to work with!


Lou's film is up for an award!!

Congratulations Lou Wegner!!!
Along with booking a National Arby's Commercial, Lou's film he shot back in October 2009 is now up for an award at CSUN's Student Film Showcase on May 5th!!! Congratulations Lou!! Lou's film, "Be Good to Eddie," is based on the children's book by Virginia Fleming. This story examines the true meaning of friendship and what it feels like to be different. Lou is a very serious, dedicated, brilliant actor who works extremely hard at his craft. We are so proud of him!! Way to go Lou!!! To see Lou in action, visit,

-DB & LL

Ryan books a MLB Allstar Commercial!!

Ryan Klapp, who just signed with Mavrick a few weeks ago, has been auditioning like crazy!! After only a few auditions with Mavrick, Ryan booked a Major League Baseball Allstar Commercial!! Way to go Ryan!! I first met Ryan on a Disney audition, where he blew us all away and booked the commercial immediately!! Ryan is a fantastic, hard working, dedicated actor, with a smile that could light up a room!! Congrats again Ryan!!! He shoots today and tomorrow!!! Go get 'em!!

-DB & LL

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ranya shoots "Treasure Buddies" in Canada!!

Congratulations Ranya Jaber!!

Ranya recently finished filming the role of Farah in "Treasure Buddies". She got the opportunity to film in Canada for 3 weeks and had the time of her life! "Treasure Buddies" is about a grandfather and his grandson who go on an archaeological treasure hunt in Egypt. While there his grandson befriends a young egyptian girl named Farah, this is the role that Ranya portrayed. She had so much fun working with all the different animals including the camels, donkeys, goats and especially Crystal the Capuchin Monkey, better known as "Dexter" from the movie "Night at the Museum". We are so proud of Ranya!! Way to go!! You are AMAZING!! Ranya is an outstanding, serious performer who always gives 150%. Ranya returned back to classes a couple weeks ago and is currently preparing some scenes for our Studio E Showcase in June!!

-DB & LL

Studio E Members are living the dream!!

So many exciting stories to report!! Our kids and teens are working like crazy and we are so proud of them!!

Let's here it for the fantasic MIRANDA MAY!!

Miranda just performed at the Hollywood Improv and was AMAZING!! She performs as a comedian with Standing Tall Comedy Kids run by Joey Paul Jensen and Colette Craan. Miranda is an outstanding performer and perhaps one of the funniest people we have ever met. You can check out Miranda's comedy skills at the Studio E Showcase in June where she will perform some scenes and host the show!!

Let's make some noise for 2 amazing guys - ZAYD JABER & ANDREW HENRY!!!

Zayd and Andrew recently filmed an episode of Nickelodeon's BrainSurge and let's just say they rocked the house!! Zayd and Andrew are extremely hard working and take their craft very seriously. They are both standout, AWESOME performers and you can check them out at the Studio E Showcase!

And the very talented BRIE BERNSTEIN!!

Brie recently booked a guest spot on Hanna Montana and had an amazing experience. Brie got to meet and work with the entire cast and had the time of her life!! We can't wait to see her on TV - she is a terrific performer and we are so proud of you her!! Way to go Brie!! Check her out in the June Showcase!!

And the lovely AMBER URBAN!!

Amber recently booked a guest spot on Victorious and loved every minute of it!!. She had a blast on set and can't wait to keep on working in the industry. Amber also recently signed with Mavrick for theatrical representation! We are continuously blown away by her passion and excitement for acting - she is a superb performer! Way to go Amber!!

And the spectacular BRITTANY GUTHZEIT!!

Brittany recently preformed in the LA Women in Music’s Young Talent Night at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood. She performed three songs, one on piano with voice, one just piano, and one on guitar with voice. Brittany is also an outstanding actress with SO many talents and we are very proud to have her as a member of Studio E!! Way to go Brittany! You can check her out in our June Showcase, where she will be singing, playing piano and performing.

And the beautiful ALEXA GARDNER!!

Alexa is currently acting in a cable series that is in pre-production!! Stay tuned for more details!! Alexa is extremely talented and works not only on-camera, but in the theatre. Aside from her amazing acting chops, Alexa has an absolutely beautiful voice. You can check out Alexa in our June Showcase, where she will be performing a song from "Wicked" and a scene from a tv show.

And the brilliant KIANA BOYD takes 1st place!!

Congrats Kiana!! Way to go!! Kiana came in 1st place in track and field this past week and also qualified for the High Jump!! Along with being an incredible actress, Kiana is a spectacular athlete and honor student - 3.8 average!! Kiana is extremely dedicated and hard working and we are so lucky to have her in our program. Kiana is currently getting ready to perform with us in June - check her out - she is amazing!!

These are just a few updates - so please stay tuned to learn more about our fabulous Studio E actors and actresses - THEY ARE ALL AMAZING and clearly taking over the world!!!


Monday, February 22, 2010

On-Camera Audition Technique

Classes last week were terrific. Saturday and Sunday were both dedicated to on-camera commercial audition technique, which can be very difficult. How can we make boring commercial copy fun? Ask Michael Andrew. He was having the time of his life up there doing his Baked Veggie Crisps copy. We all could not stop laughing! Alex stayed strong with her "hunka hunka" commercial copy, and as usual Miranda made us all laugh hysterical using her southern accent while singing the opening of her Betty Crocker commercial.

Each actor entered the room as they would an audition. They would greet us, slate, and act! We had all the actors in front of the camera. We try to do this every month to get the actors familiar with the camera and to help them really focus and control their energy. Since we are on a stage for most of the classes, it is easy to go really big and over the top. The camera reminds us to control our actions and make it real.

At the end of class, we left some time for improv. Zayd, Ranya, Erica & Kiana blew us all away with their wedding florist sketch comedy. They really listened to each other, fed off one another and invited the audience into the world they created. HYSTERICAL!

Each week the kids, pre-teens & teens give 100%. We are so proud to have such an incredible group of actors and actresses! Stay tuned for details about this weekend - our improv / scene study workshop.

-DB & LL

Friday, February 12, 2010

Missouri Lottery

This is a commercial I cast for the Missouri State Lottery. The guy I cast in this was a real WWE wrestler and had some amazing stories. They wanted him to have the "old school" wrestler look and I think this guy did a great job! Hulk Hogan?


St Louis Zoo

Here's a commercial I cast for the St. Louis Zoo. The kids were simply adorable.


Bright House

Here's a couple spots I cast for Bright House Networks, a cable television company mainly concentrated in Central Florida.

The first spot, "Choreography" was a fun spot to cast. The girls auditioning were all incredibly talented and fun to be around. The second spot "Workbench" had a Rube Goldberg twist to it and was very cool to see come alive.


Toy Story Mania

Here's a Disney game trailer that I cast - it played nationally on Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and in theaters before the re-release of Toy Story 1 & 2.

Who are we?

Welcome to Studio E's blogspot! We are proud to share our stories and adventures with you! Let us rewind a minute and tell you who we are (just incase you don't already know). Studio E is run by casting director Dina Buglione & Lauren Lux of DB Casting. This is an intensive workshop that meets once a week at The Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. Our actors are all very talented and dedicated to their craft. This is an intensive workshop that focuses on scene study, improv, audition technique, voice-over (animation & commercial), and much more. All actors must audition to become a member of Studio E. Ages are 7-18 and classes are Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday. In June & January we hold Industry Showcases, where we present all our work to directors, producers, agents, managers, and much more! We also put on a separate show for parents, family, and friends! Our January showcase was a huge success! Not only did some incredible directors attend, but lots of excited agents came and loved our talent! 50% of our kids & teens received new representation! We are proud of each and every one of our Studio E members! You are all amazing!

-DB & LL