Monday, October 8, 2012
Thursday, June 16, 2011
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!
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!!!
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!!!!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Some improv stuff we learned this week...
- LISTENING - listening to your partner and really taking in everything they are doing helps the scene find the funny.
- 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.
- 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.
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!!!!
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!!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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!
Monday, October 11, 2010
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!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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
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
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
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
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, http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2010/04/film-showcase-2/
-DB & LL
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
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
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
Friday, February 12, 2010
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.