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Resources Los Angeles

Acting Classes

John Rosenfeld Studios http://www.johnrosenfeld.com

Scott Sedita Acting Studio http://scottseditaacting.com

Maggie Kiley Studio email mkstudio.class@gmail.com for info

Annie Grindlay Studio http://www.anniegrindlay.com

Howard Fine Studio http://www.howardfine.com

Improv Classes

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) https://losangeles.ucbtrainingcenter.com

IO West http://ioimprov.com/west/

Groundlings http://www.groundlings.com

Second City http://www.secondcity.com/courses/hollywood/immersions-intensives-workshops/

Writing Classes

Pete Goldfinger http://petesport.com/classes/

Pilar Alessandra at onthepage.tv – great class for getting started and learning the basics of screenwriting

Script Anatomy http://scriptanatomy.com – For people who have a television pilot idea and need help developing it and learning story structure for television

Hosting Classes

Carolyn Barry http://www.carolynebarry.com/

Break Into TV http://www.breakintotv.net/

Commercial Classes

Killian’s Workshop http://killians-workshop.myshopify.com/index.html

Camera Left/Stage Right http://www.cameraleft.com

Voiceover Classes

Kalmenson & Kalmenson http://www.kalmenson.com

Talk Shop– talkshopla.com

Voice-Over Demo Production

Brian Norris http://www.thisisbriannorris.com/demo-production.html

 Vocal (Singing) Coaches

Rachael Lawrence https://rachaellawrence.com

Ashlee LaPine http://www.valeriemorehouse.com/ashlee/

Doug Gardiner http://www.douggardiner.com/your-voice-and-you

Stephanie Williams http://www.stephaniewilliamsvoicestudio.com

Erin Rye rye.erin@gmail.com

Kevin Story Kevin@kevinfstory.com | 631-793-6792

Voice-Over Coaches

(This list has not yet been vetted)
Brian Norris http://www.thisisbriannorris.com/demo-production.html
Mary Lynn Wisler ($150/hr over phone or skype)
Dave Walsh ($150/hr only you and music stand, no recording)
Elaine Craig
Carroll Kimble
Rick Wasserman ($100/hr) – more promos and narration
MJ Lallo ($135/hr) – more animation, around a long time
Rodney Saulsberry
Melique Berger
Mark McIntyre
Lori Tritel
Juan Bagnell
Bill Holmes
Voice Trax West
Caroll Kimball (If already know the voice over world)
Group Classes: http://www.thevoconnection.com/
Private Lessons (commercial only): http://www.carrollcasting.com/

Stand-Up Classes

Jodi Miller Comedy http://www.jodimillercomedy.com

Judith Shelton https://judithshelton.com/stand-up-classes

LA Casting Director Workshops

Next Level Studios: Next Level Studios (One on One)
(On-Camera workshop with Casting Directors)

Ace Studios (FKA Actors Link): http://acestudiosla.com/events
(Scott David’s workshop company – one day workshops, group Q&A,  followed by one-on-one with industry professional)

Actors Connection https://www.actorsconnection.com
Take 15% off classes and events with this discount code at check-out: ACTORSALON15

The Workshop Guru: The Workshop Guru
(paid membership service that lists every workshop)

Free List of Workshop Locations
http://www.allenhooper.com/Workshop/Locations.htm

Commercial Casting Directors

Top Commerical CD Offices in LA
ASG
Dan Bell
Joe Blake
Broadcast
Cathi Carlton
Down/Roman (Mick Dowd)
Danielle Eskinazi
Lisa Fields
Alyson Horn
House
Kathy Knowles
Ross Lacy
Petite Casting
Plaster Casting
RMB
Francene Selkirk
Gabrielle Schary
Shane Casting
Jodie Sonnenberg (formerly Skirts Casting)
Spot Casting
TLC

LA Headshot Photographers

Lesley Bohm
Aly Blue
The Headshot Truck- (15% off for AAS Tribe! CODE: AAS15)
David Muller
Marie Buck
Paul Smith
Joanna DeGeneres
Theo and Juliet
Dana Patrick
Vanie Poyey
Michael D’Ambrosia
Jerry Sandoval
Deidrah Fahey
Travis Tanner
Brian Love
Dustin Walker
Adam Sheridan Taylor
Idyllic Photography
Innis Casey
Elaine Torres
Peter Konerko
Betsy Newman
John Cole
Mark Bennington
Greg Crowder
James DePietro
Kumi Olney
Kinetic Photo + Reel
Brad Buckman
Phil Cass
Bradford Rogne

 

25% OFF SCENE SPECIALS (CUSTOM SHOT DEMO REELS)

Take 25% Off Any Demo Reel Production Package: http://superheroreels.com/demo-reel-production-rates/
For Demo Reel Production Samples: http://superheroreels.com/demo-reel-production-sample-scenes/

NewFilmmakersLA

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New Film Makers LA is pleased offer to Actor Salon Members & Alumni:
-$25 OFF the $100 membership
-$15 OFF the $75 membership.

Headshot Printing

Henry Printing and Graphic
Affordable and quick h/s printing when you only need a few
http://www.yelp.com/biz/henry-printing-and-graphic-los-angeles

Self-Tape Services

Intrepid http://intrepidtapes.com

Reproductions
For Reproductions LA Audition Taping, take $5 off your first 3 appointments with this discount code at check-out: ACTORSALONSENTME

Cast-In Hollywood http://castinhollywood.com/self-tape-2/

Hot Shots Self-Taping https://www.hotshotsselftaping.com

Headshot Makeup Services

Rebecca Kuzma Rebeccakuzma.com

Parking at Casting Offices

Actors Will Be Towed

Postcard Printing

VistaPrint vistaprint.com

GotPrint (Burbank)
500 postcards for $20: color front and blank back
GotPrint Website

Print Photographers

Tiffany Toth
$250 for 3 looks
www.graylovephotography.com
tiffanytothxoxo@yahoo.com

Avis Wrentmore
$150 for 2 looks
www.photographybyavis.com
323-945-3996
ravenave@aol.com

Kelly Fajack
www.kellyfajack.com
310-493-3686
kfajack@me.com
$375 – 4-5 looks

Ken Dapper
www.dapperphotography.com
kdapper@mac.com
646-456-6381
$425 – 5+ looks

Greg Crowder
www.gregcrowderphotography.com
323-938-2727
Gcrowder111@aol.com
$350

Michael Edwards
310-722-2481
medwards22@sbcglobal.net
$350-$375 for 4-5 looks

Danika Singfield
www.danikasingfield.com
917-523-2332
Danikasphotography@mac.com
$375 4 looks, hair/makeup touch-up included
$575 – 7 looks

Marcel Indik
www.marcelphoto.com
323-930-0772
marcel@marcelphoto.com
$400 – 4-5 looks

Nadia Pandolfo
www.nadiapandolfo.com
310-305-2716
nadiapandolfo@gmail.com
$250 – headshots
$400 fashion shoot
hair/makeup extra (between 100-200)

William Sanford
williamsanfordphoto.com
310-729-2611
willysandman@gmail.com
$250 – 2-3 looks
hair/makeup $125

Joseph Briscoe
805-252-7406
joseph@briscoephoto.com
www.briscoephoto.com
$500 for 3 looks

Jackson Davis
Website: www.jacksondavisphotography.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jacksondavisphotography
Phone: 818.331.9724
Email: jjdavis0024@gmail.com
Price range 150-300 (Let him know you are with CESD)

Victoria Bradley
www.victoriabradleyimages.com
415-272-4844
$300 – 2 looks
$350 – 3 looks
$400 – 4+ looks
HMV included

Alex Kemp
headshotsbykemp@gmail.com
714-397-9459
2 looks-$250
3 looks-$350
25% discount on any package
Located in Orange County

Alex Labosq
213-248-9077
Hands Only

Fabiana Pascali (Retouching)
www.fabianartist.com
(818) 269-0005

PR

Tammy Lynn helps actors of any level with PR. Remember… it’s never too early to start building your buzz!
spotlightprcompany.com

Reels/Video Editing

PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion on this list does not equal an endorsement from Actor Salon. These individuals have simply expressed an interest to work on actors’ reels/scenes. Please contact them to discuss rates. 

Reels/Video Editing:
Aaron Katter (Emily Katter’s Brother!)
AaronKatter.com
JiG Reel Scenes:
I Look Like MySelf Reels:

Superhero Reels
25% OFF SCENE SPECIALS (CUSTOM SHOT DEMO REELS)
http://superheroreels.com/demo-reel-production-rates/

MAKE YOUR OWN REEL CONTACT LIST (click for a downloadable list)

Rock Your Reel
http://www.rockyourreel.com
With over 15 years experience as a professional actor, writer, and photographer, Melissa knows what you need to stand out and get more bookings. Her team includes working actors, directors, indie producers, and crew members.

Actor’s Gym Original Shorts
centerforthecinematicarts.com/reelshorts
All material is original and tailored to each individual actor. Scenes will be shot on location with full crew for 4 days. On-set Hair & Makeup, a wardrobe department, full craft services, and 4 IMDb FILM CREDITS (1 for each short). Cost is $2450 total / $700 non-refundable Deposit to Hold your Spot*. A payment plan will be planned out to suit your needs. You end up with: 4 Original Short Films & 1 fully-edited Demo Reel.

Argentum Photo Lab
www.argentum.com
Often have Studio Specials with specific location setups.

Speed Reels- John Byford
http://www.speedreels.com
Use the Below Contact Info for an AAS Discount!
John Byford
tel: 310.595.5057
email: jjbyford@gmail.com

Dylan Bell
email: dylanmarkobell@gmail.com

Paul Norton
www.paulsvideola.com
323-851-8825

Dave Manship @ EDIT PLUS
davetheeditor@earthlink.net
(818) 380-0126

Aaron Goold
gooldster.com/reels
gooldster@gmail.com
480-452-4868
General Editing:
Immersion Trailer: https://youtu.be/pIJdyFIWZSk
Blizzcon Sizzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0v-wYhFk_s

Reels:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy7vmZ7eRvc (longer one, actor requested)
William Craig Tovey  – $25/hr
CraigTovey@gmail.com
example reel: https://vimeo.com/140378129

DP/Camera Resources

Stephen Ling- Director of Photography
310-972-1690
stephen.m.ling@gmail.com

Kyle Jacobsen- Sound Mixer

Leonora Anzaldua Burke
http://www.leonoraanzaldua.com
leonora.anzaldua@gmail.com

Mark Christian
https://vimeo.com/40840110
703-400-3246
mark.christian.dp@gmail.com
Also edits

Brandt Wille
Producer/ director/ DP/ camera man/ editor/ happy to do all in one
www.lockeworkz.com
323-353-8063
Brandt@lockeworkz.com
Also edits
(If you mention Laura Sexton’s name he will give you a DISCOUNT!!!!)

Blake Hodges
http://www.blakehodges.com/#%21reel/c1t44
949-412-1468
blakekhodges@gmail.com
Also edits

Stephen Parsey
www.stephenparsey.com
310-430-9024
stephen.parsey@gmail.com
Also edits

Paul Baker
www.paulbakerportfolio.com
408-375-2530
bakerbob@yahoo.com
Also edits

Madeline Puzzo
https://vimeo.com/41537567
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2Wp_OXoboY
540-907-2470
mepuzzo@gmail.com
Also edits

Matt Scheller
http://vimeo.com/user621997/videos
951-675-4006
Mattavision@yahoo.com
Also edits

Nathaniel Beaver
www.parry-ripostefilms.com
323-493-7014
info@parry-ripostefilms.com
Also edits

Mark Christian DP/editor
mark.christian.dp@gmail.com

Taylor Harris DP
black.grey.films@gmail.com

Giggster.com

Equipment Rental

McNulty Nielson
(Super cheap camera, sound, and lighting equipment)
310.704.1713
6930 1/2 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
www.mcnultynielsen.com

Directors

Clayton Froning
www.funnyordie.com/claytonfroning
323-240-1594
claydough8@gmail.com

Whitney Rice
whitney.l.rice@gmail.com

Sound

Andy Steinhauer
lockeclone@gmail.com

Jason Fresquez
818-919-8380

Editors

Dylan Bell
email: dylanmarkobell@gmail.com

Matthew Marposon
http://marposon.com
630-709-5829
ohmarpo@gmail.com

Sam Littlefield
www.realediting.com
323-828-0832
info@realediting.com
littlefieldrian@gmail.com

Varun Viswanath
http://vimeo.com/varunviswanath/reel2012 (password: varun)
www.imdb.me/varun
323-274-5772
varun.viswanath@gmail.com

Paul Norton
http://www.paulsvideola.com
323-851-8825

Writers

Aliee Chan
alieechanmail@gmail.com

Megan Mostyn-Brown
megmosbro@yahoo.com
Megan’s Reel Scene Worksheet

Andy Steinhauer
Lockeclone@gmail.com

J. Holtham
jholtham@gmail.com

Caitlin Hall
saracaitlinhall@gmail.com

Margot Rubin
margotrubin@gmail.com
Reel Writing by Margot

Kristina Denton
http://kristina7denton.wixsite.com/custom-scene-writing
kristina@customscenewriting.com

QUICKIE – $125

One 15 min phone consultation.

One custom 1-2 page scene delivered within one week.

One rewrite delivered within 48 hours.

 
FACE TIME – $150

One 30 min in-person consultation
.
One custom 1-2 page scene delivered within one week.

One rewrite delivered within 48 hours.

 
HEART-to-HEART – $200

One 1 hour in-person consultation

One custom 1-2 page scene delivered within one week.

One rewrite delivered within 48 hours.

 
Add-ons

Additional Scenes – $100/scene

Additional pages – $25/page

Additional consultation time (phone or in-person) – $25/15 min

Additional rewrites – $100 each
 

*Contact Kristina for any writing services not listed

Color Correction

Color Correction from former JRS Student,  Christopher Park <topher.park@gmail.com>

If you have shot shorts or spec commercials or demo reel scenes and would like some high quality color grading, please connect with Christopher via email.

Locations for Shoots

Loft Hype
An urban loft great for shooting
Rolf Hansen
3450 Cahuenga Unit 509
Universal City Ca 90068
323-969-0433
rolfh@rhprod.com

Headshot Styling + Stylists

Sarah Grace Hart: The Actor’s Stylist
$45 for Two Hours
sarahgracehart.com

Buckley Sampson: Image Consulting
imagebybuckley@gmail.com
www.imagebybuckley.com

Inspiration for Office Looks (Ladies)
http://bluecollarredlipstick.com/2014/10/what-i-wore-work-wardrobe-capsule/

Therapy Resources

Cold Water Counseling
http://www.coldwatercounselingcenter.org/Pages/contactus.aspx
This has a sliding scale, the lowest being $37

Southern California Counseling Center:
http://www.sccc-la.org/contact-us.php
Heard this is a good center – the cost is about $25

Bonnie Smalley

WHO DOES THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD? – THE PROS & CONS OF ACTING ON STAGE IN TINSEL TOWN

If you’re from a city like Chicago or New York or London, it’s easy to assume there’s no good theatre in LA, but that’s far from true! There are hundreds of professional productions each year, not to mention The Hollywood Fringe Festival and various one-act and solo festivals. Of course you are not here to do theatre, but there are some great reasons to get involved in and get connected with the theatre scene in LA.

Community and Connections
A friend of mine always says: Find your people! As actors living in this crazy town, it’s always nice to find a community that understands you, especially if you’ve moved here without first knowing anyone else who lives here. Joining a theatre company is a great way to find your people. Pay attention to the theatre company’s mission statement and seek out the ones that fit your aesthetic and mindset. Check out some shows and try to hang out at any of the theatre company functions to see what you think about the company members. I’ve been a long-time member of two theatre companies in town and I have to say that some of my closest and dearest friends here in LA are fellow theatre company members (including the one who says find your people).

In addition, theatre companies can also be great places for making industry connections. At one of the theatre companies where I belong, we have an ensemble member who is a series regular on a popular procedural. She has brought in members of the casting office to do workshops and fundraisers at the company. She has also submitted company member photos to the CDs and several actors have had co-star or one-day guest star roles on the show. At the other theatre where I belong, one of my fellow cast members was a good friend with a top film writer-director who came to see our show. After watching the show, the director brought in two of the cast members to audition for a major feature film.

Now, by no means am I saying that this happens all the time at every theatre, but these opportunities only happened because I was a member of these theatre companies. You’d be surprised how many noted actors, of varying ages, will tell you they got started in theatre and some of them doing theatre here in LA. Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right, Spotlight, The Avengers) and Tessa Thompson (Westworld, Dear White People, Creed) are two people who come immediately to mind.

A Free Acting Class
If you’ve been here for any length of time, you know that there can be long stretches between booking jobs. You need an outlet for your passion and a way to keep your skills sharp, but sometimes you just can’t afford an acting class. And even when you can, you may not want to be in a scene study class where you bring in the same piece to work on week after week.

Theatre is a great place for honing your craft. When you’re cast in a play, you get a chance to create a full character with a complete arc. You also have an opportunity to work with other actors, hopefully on your same level or better, and learn a lot from what they do and don’t do. Add to that a good director, and you’ll be learning invaluable skills and techniques that can only come from bringing a full play to life and that can be used in your film and television acting as well.

If you have been taking class or completed a theatre program, performing in a play is a great way to test the skills you paid all that money to learn. Rehearsals and performances are the perfect places for figuring out which tools you want to keep in your actor’s toolbox and which ones may not serve you.

How to Find a Good Company
While there is a lot of good theatre to see in LA, there’s also a lot of mediocre theatre. The same goes for joining a theatre company. So how do you find a worthwhile company that does great material and has a stellar group of folks as members? You can start with LA Stage Alliance (LASA).

LASA is a not-for-profit arts service organization that supports theatre in greater LA—it’s sort of the umbrella organization for all things theatre in Los Angeles. Most theatres in the city are members of this organization and as such, they make discount tickets available through LASA. When productions register their shows with LASA, they become eligible to be considered for Ovation Awards. The Ovation Awards are the only peer reviewed theatre awards in the country, meaning the nominees are selected by theatre professionals like actors, directors, stage managers, etc. (as opposed to award nominations made by critics or a league of theatres).

Why am I telling you this? Well, If you go to the LASA website and go to the Ovation Awards page, you should be able to find a list of the nominees and winners from the most recent awards. This is a great start for a list of theatres to consider joining!
www.lastagealliance.com

To investigate further, go to the individual websites of the nominee companies and review their mission statements (as I mentioned above) to see if you find a company whose mission and aesthetic are of interest to you. You should also see what type of company it is: is it an ensemble company where only members can audition for productions, a company that requires an internship before you’re invited to join, or a company where you have to audition and be cast in a production first before you can be considered for membership? The website should also give you information on how to apply for membership, upcoming productions and auditions.

The Ovation Award nominee list is my shortcut way to finding a list of theatres. You can also check out theatre reviews in Backstage (the theatre newspaper) and on various theatre blogs and local news websites to start creating your own list. Don’t forget to ask around among your fellow actors who may belong to theatre companies and find out what they love and hate about the companies where they belong or have previously worked.

A heads up for folks unfamiliar to Los Angeles theatre companies: many respected theatre companies are dues paying companies, which seems to be peculiar to LA. However, with the abolition of the 99-seat theatre plan (which refers to the Actors Equity union plan for small theatre in Los Angeles), the structure of companies is in flux right now, so just make sure to ask questions about dues and or hours requirements before joining a company.

Auditioning for a Production
What if you don’t want to be bothered with joining a company and just want to be cast in a play? My go-to sources for finding theatre casting notices are Backstage and Actors Access. If you happen to be a member of Actors Equity, you can find Equity listings on their website.

These listing should give you all the basic casting info, as well as a loose outline of the rehearsal and performance schedule and the venue where the performances will be held. You’ll want to pay attention to that—sometimes if a production not associated with a particular theatre company, rehearsals and performances may be in different locations, which is something you’ll want to know ahead of time.

Do your research and check out the producers, director, theatre company or venue on line. If it’s not an established company or group of producers, try to make sure it’s not one of those shows where each company member is required to sell a certain amount of tickets.

You know the drill from there. Take a headshot and resume to the audition, show up early, and bring you’re A-game. Be aware that sometimes for the initial audition and usually for the callback, you may go in with another actor or group of actors for chemistry reads.

Once you’re cast, remember to treat it with the same professionalism you would a film or television booking, even if you’re doing it for little or no pay!

Will Doing a Play Interfere With My TV and Film Gigs?
I’m asked this question a lot. That depends on whether it’s a paid Equity show or non-Equity show.

If you’re working under a paid Equity contract, there are usually stipulations in the contract about when you can/cannot be absent because you have booked other paying work. The general rule is that you are given a fair amount of leeway during rehearsals, less leeway during tech rehearsals and almost no leeway during performances, unless you have worked something out with the producers and you have an understudy.

If you’re doing a non-Equity show, which most small theatre is here, they are fairly forgiving about missing rehearsals for auditions and paid gigs. If you are an actor who books a lot of film and television work, you should make it clear that you will need an understudy. Sometimes this may be asked on the initial audition form. If not, you may want to bring it up during the first table-read or in the first week of rehearsals.

The key is always communication. As soon as you know you’re on avail for a gig, let the appropriate person on the production team know. If you told them ahead of time that you book a lot, and they choose not to cover you with an understudy, that’s on them and they may just have to cancel a performance.

So . . .
Clearly, this doesn’t cover everything but it does give you some insight on doing theatre in Tinsel Town. It can be a great way to build solid acting skills outside of class and a community of people with a common interest. And sometimes it’s just an incredibly rewarding way to actively pursue and practice passion!

-Coach Inger