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MEET OUR COACHES

BRITT

When I came to LA: I came to LA with a classical theatre background and an MFA. Why? Because I quickly realized that my favorite shows were opening on Broadway starring…actors from television and film. So I made the decision to come to Los Angeles and work my way up in the television and film world, hoping to bring my career full circle one day. Since that inception, I have come to realize there are no boundaries regarding access to your own creativity – and LA is a wonderful melting pot of a variety of mediums in which an artist can thrive. I also learned to pay even more attention to street parking signs than I did to the SAT’s.

BRIAN N.

I have been a working actor since the age of thirteen. Before starting high school, I made my television debut on NASH BRIDGES and my professional stage debut was in RICHARD III at the California Shakespeare Festival. I graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television in 2006 and since then have worked consistently in film, television, voice over, and theater. 

ERIN

After spending a year in New York City auditioning for broadway musicals and working regionally, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. I also write, direct and produce funny films about lady things. I'm a member of the grammy-nominated indie music group The Silver Lake Chorus and produces and co-hosts the podcast Erin and Aliee HATE Everything.

OLIVIA

Acting is what got me out of my (very thick) shell as a child and allowed me to have the self-confidence to live comfortably in my own skin. After getting my MFA in acting from the University of Connecticut, I spent some time working in regional theater before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. When I first got here, the acting world in Los Angeles was overwhelming until I found my tribe and support system. I love sharing my journey and the knowledge I gained along the way and, hopefully, lifting other actors up in the process. 

MORGAN

I'm an actor, writer, producer, funny maker, mover, and shaker who came to LA to create projects that make the unseen feel seen. My time working in casting, management, and an agency taught me what the industry's looking for. I strive to create a safe space where you can get in touch with what excites you as an artist and give you the practical tools to make it happen.

WHAT IS COACHING?

Our Life and Career Coaches are dedicated to enabling and encouraging you to reach toward your success goals. Life Coaching is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling; life coaching wholeheartedly addresses your life, your creative pursuits, relationships (both professional and personal), and your overall well-being. Through group or one-on-one sessions, we examine what is going on right now, discover what your obstacles or challenges might be getting in the way, and choose a holistic course of action to create the life and career you desire.

WHAT CAN WE WORK ON?

You can use your session to work on whatever you want! Some common things our clients bring to us include: 

- Personal Branding advice
- Acting feedback on self-tapes
- Demo Scene Creation ideas w/ development follow up
- Planning Your Next Headshot Session
- Choosing images from your headshot session (up to 400-500 pictures)

- Choosing good workshop + self-tape scenes

Introducing our new Complete Materials Consultation! 

Are your materials working for you? Is your package selling you?

 

Have your materials personally reviewed by one of our Life and Career Coaches. Leave with clear feedback and action items regarding your headshots, resume, demo reel, and online presence! In this 75-min session, your coach will review and give feedback on:

 

- Your Primary Headshots (up to 10)

- Your Resume

     - Strategize and Reformat to Competitive Industry Standard

- Your Demo Clips and Reels (max 7 minutes)

    - Advice on Cutting Reel to Competitive Industry Standard

    - Determine Additional Clips to Shoot to Match Typing

- Your Actors Access profile

     - Update and get advice on maximizing the impact of your profile 

Cost: $200

Time: 75 minutes

*Please bring All Clips/Reel on Thumbdrive or Upload on Actors Access or if on a Laptop - bring files arranged in folder on desktop for easy access.

About BRIT

Some of my favorites:

Book  – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Play – The Night Season by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Quote – “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac

You can catch me on ABC, Nickelodeon, Lifetime Networks, smiling happily or sassily in national commercials; writing, performing, and directing in festival shorts, and funny or die exclusive videos.

 

Pro-Tip: The Boundaries are IMAGINARY.

BRIT RENTSCHLER
 
 
ERIN RYE

About ERIN

Some of my favorites:

Book – God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Play – Like...teleplay? Jane the Virgin. It's quietly the smartest show on TV

Quote – “When it is genuine, when it is born of the need to speak, no one can stop the human voice. When denied a mouth, it speaks with the hands or the eyes, or the pores, or anything at all. Because every single one of us has something to say to the others, something that deserves to be celebrated or forgiven by others.” -Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces

 

Check me out on HBO's VEEP, Hulu's Dimension 404, as well as the original pilot of Lifetime's UnReal (BEFORE they moved to Canada).  

 

Pro-Tip: Everyone is focused on their own mistakes...they aren't paying attention to yours.

 

About BRIAN N.

Some of my favorites:

Book– Moneyball

Quote– "Perfect is the enemy of good"- Voltaire

Play– Macbeth

Movie– Anchorman or Pulp Fiction

 

You can find me on MASTERS OF SEX and a regular role on Neil Labute’s television debut FULL CIRCLE on DirecTV. I've had the opportunity to has work with Jon Hamm, Eddie Murphy, Kristen Bell, Mark Harmon, Kathryn Morris, Tim Roth, and many more. As a coach, I focuses not on the result but the process that got you there. I always try to keep the basics of your craft in the forefront, making sure that every student has the tools and methods to approach any scene. I'll keep it fast paced and fun.  

Pro-tip: Marketing isn’t personal, but networking is.

BRIAN NORRIS

About MORGAN

Some of my favorites:

Book– “The Power” by Naomi Alderman

Movie–“The Room” by Tommy Wiseau

Quote – "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

 

My short "Sinked Up," was an Official Selection of Outfest 2019, which got written up by Women in Hollywood as part of a "cultural moment [that] has women coming together like never before." I also directed the youth theater program at the LA LGBT Center. You can catch me starring in the digital series "The Pantheon" on The Pop Network. I'm currently developing a TV series that's gonna be sick.

 

PRO TIP: Everything you're going through is preparing you for what you asked for.

MORGAN SMITH
 
 
OLIVIA SACCOMANNO

About OLIVIA

Some of my favorites:

Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Play: Noises Off by Michael Frayn

Quote: "Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."- Marcus Aurelius

 

I have my MFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut and have been seen on-stage across the US.  You can probably catch me spouting some Shakespeare in person in the summers and on your TV playing some strong-willed ladies the rest of the year. 

Pro-Tip: Think like an entrepreneur. There is no set road to success. 

 

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