Symphony Canady

A natural-born storyteller, Symphony Canady draws on her passions for communication and movement as an LA-based actor and dancer. When she's not performing, catch her rummaging through vintage boutiques, practicing yoga, or in her happy place - poolside with a basket of fries.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… curious, independent, dreamer

Acting is… storytelling.

My last acting gig taught me… how fun pushing boundaries can be! I'm usually very neat and clean and for this role I had to instigate a food fight which in any other circumstance would freak me out, but stepping into my character’s shoes empowered me to let go and find the fun in getting cake shoved in my face.

Proudest performance moment… I'm honestly proud of each an every performance I give. I put a lot of energy into each role, and once wrapped I'm proud of the growth it took to get me to that point.

Most embarrassing audition… my very first audition. When I was a freshman in high school I auditioned for the spring musical and was so nervous that I cried through the whole song. I felt so embarrassed, but I made myself come back the next day. I killed it the second time around and was cast in the show!

Most challenging part... Playing Ernestine in Lynn Nottage's Crumbs from the Table of Joy was one of my most challenging roles. Not only did the character have tons of dialogue and several monologues, but she constantly flipped between being a teenager and an older version of herself annotating the scenes. Playing two characters simultaneously was definitely mentally exhausting and it took a lot of work to be able to separate the older and younger Ernestine's throughout the performance.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... when I realized that acting is the only profession that truly fulfills and energizes me. I can be on set or in rehearsal for hours and love every second of it.

Dying to work with... Margot Robbie.

Was born to play... really dramatic and eccentric characters.

Learn lines by... good old fashioned repetition. Assigning physical cues, like specific actions or gestures to lines really helps as well.

Get into character by... physical adjustment is very important in my process. I have to physically feel like the character, whether it’s a posture adjustment, a physical tick, or even a just a specific look.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I have a really good sense of direction, I'm rarely ever lost.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... I probably quote Mean Girls at least once a week.

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Black Mirror, Euphoria, and Bob's Burgers

Currently reading… The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Car karaoke tune… Diamonds by Rhianna

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a lifeguard at the beach.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Dustin. He's definitely the oddball of the group but he's super smart and independent.

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Janelle Monae.

Actor crush… Jon Hamm, Leo DiCaprio

Sign… Aquarius sun, Cancer moon

If I were a color, I'd be… periwinkle.

Hotel alias… Roxy Rose Lamar, it sounds like an old Hollywood starlet’s name

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… I have a favorite spot in Griffith Park that offers a perfect view of the Hollywood Sign on one side and the city on the other. I love going up there early in the morning when its very quiet to reflect or do yoga.

The best advice I ever got… To be like water. Water is able to flow and adapt to any space, it’s gentle yet can be a very powerful force.

You can find me at… symphonycanady.com or @symphosayshi on Instagram

Adam Moses

Adam Moses is a writer, director, and actor based in Los Angeles. When he’s not doing something related to making movies, he’s making music or working out. How LA of him. 

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Creative, adaptable, and purposeful.

Acting is… a passion of mine since I was a kid. The love for acting has been the fuel for many of my other creative passions. I feel it has grounded my need to communicate stories as a visual medium to the performance and character.

My last acting gig taught me… that it is fun no matter the circumstance.

Proudest performance moment… When a role that I believe I am the complete opposite of in real life, felt like it was actually me in the moment.

Most embarrassing audition… I unfortunately haven’t had enough auditions to have an embarrassing one yet.

Most challenging part... of anything really is to stay consistent. Dedication to the craft is necessary and takes time, and time is limited.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... was after realizing that every “I want to be a ____ when I grow up…” was inspired by a film where the main character was part that profession. I figured out that if I was an actor, I could pretend to be any or all of those professions. I think I was about 6 then.

Dying to work with... The list is too long, but at the top is Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

Was born to play... Don’t know if I’ve figured that out yet. I think it will end up being a character I write for myself. 

Learn lines by... listening to my own voice memos of my lines, and then running my lines with a voice memo of the other character’s lines.

Get into character by... Understanding the situation and scene very clearly. Knowing the story inside and out allows me to explore the world with my character. Once I’ve reconciled how I, Adam, would approach the given situations, I start to mold the character to me. Once that work is done, it makes it very easy to get into character.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… Drawing. I completely suck at drawing.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... At the moment it is John Wick 3.

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… The Young Pope, Chernobyl, Peaky Blinders

Currently reading… The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Car karaoke tune… Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a musician.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Steve Harrington

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by…

Actor crush… Emma Stone

Sign… Aquarius

If I were a color, I'd be… Blue

Hotel alias… John Schnectinger, just to have people trip over the last name.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… is the Hollywood Bowl Overlook. You get one of the best views of all of LA from there.

The best advice I ever got… Maximum engagement, minimum attachment. Got that extremely quotable and succinct advice from my acting coach Annie Change

You can find me at… adammoses.squarespace.com

Instagram: @adam.moses

Joe LoGiudice

Joe LoGiudice is new to LA from Connecticut. His last name is pronounced, “Lo-ju-di-che,” which means ‘The Judge’ in Italian. He found some success back home acting, but decided to take the leap and come out West and pursue it further; “no risk, no reward.” He is excited to get to work out here, and is sure to find the joy in the journey. Joe maintains an attitude of gratitude, which is revealed immediately when you meet him, and he enjoys watching others find success on their path as well as his own.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Grateful, content, giving

Acting is… Letting go, and being true. Exploration. Getting vulnerable, and being transparent. Rejoicing in the fact that you can walk past the fear of being judged.

My last acting gig taught me… Teamwork is number one. No one is better, or worse than one another.  We’re all a team, and if someone is throwing off the mojo with a poor attitude, you must nip it in the bud immediately, even if it may be hard to do.

Proudest performance moment… My first professional gig was a PSA on opiate addiction. I was proud for two reasons. One, because it was nominated for a New England Emmy. And two, because it had an important message, one that is personal to me.

Most embarrassing audition… I arrived unprepared, which is not only embarrassing, but unprofessional. I made sure to never let that happen again, because it is no one else’s fault but my own if I do.

Most challenging part... Mitch, in Streetcar Named Desire. I never did live theatre before, and I was fortunate to land the part after auditioning just for the heck of it. My fears were memorizing all those lines, and keeping tempo on stage where you don’t get a retake. Fortunately, by a lot of practice and commitment, it all went just fine.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... A few years ago, when I started. I have always been interested in human behavior, and the hows and the whys. I thought, that would be fun to do it on camera. So I answered a Craigslist Ad for a student film. I didn’t get the lead, because of my look, but they wrote a new part in, just for me. After that moment, I thought that I may be on to something.

Dying to work with... Al Pacino

Was born to play... Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street

Learn lines by... Repetition, repetition, practice, repetition

Get into character by... Deep breathing, and being prepared. Also, being grateful for the opportunity always takes the nerves out of anything.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I can tear down and rebuild tractor trailer engines

Movie I can’t stop talking about... The Departed is a fav that will come up frequently

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Breaking Bad, Black Mirror, House of Cards

Currently reading… The ONE Thing, by Gary Keller

Car karaoke tune… Paradise City, by Guns N’ Roses

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... Running some other type of business, probably in manufacturing, transportation, or landscape design

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Chief Hopper

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Patrick Warburton

Actor crush… Mark Wahlberg/Charlize Theron

Sign… Pisces

If I were a color, I'd be… Green

Hotel alias… Joe Long

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… The top of the Hollywood Sign. It reminds me, while looking out at a big, busy city, that I am not that important.

The best advice I ever got… There is no right way to do the wrong thing. Also, to always be grateful. There is always something to be grateful for, no matter what. Show your gratitude by giving back selflessly.

You can find me at… www.joelogiudice.com

Instagram: @joey_chay

Kelsey Ketzner

Kelsey Ketzner is originally from Kansas. She moved to NYC the day of high school graduation to begin her competitive journey as an actor, and eventually attended Syracuse University where she got her BFA in Acting and studied Entrepreneurship, too. She expanded her studies to the UK where she trained with the British American Drama Academy and Yale School of Drama, and now lives in Los Angeles. 

Kelsey applies her quirky authentic self to her acting and entrepreneurial endeavors, where she inspires and mentors others with dreams of becoming an actor on how to brand, network, and develop the mindset to create the stamina to stand out in the industry.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… CREATIVE / INNOVATIVE, BUSINESS MINDED, AMBITIOUS

Acting is… A THERAPY FOR SELF AND OTHERS

My last acting gig taught me… I collaborated with friends... SOMETIMES WHEN YOU'RE STARTING YOU CAN CREATE BETTER CONTENT WITH FRIENDS

Proudest performance moment… ANY TIME I'M ULTRA BRAVE + AUTHENTIC WITH MY CHOICES!

Most embarrassing audition… ANY TIME I'VE PLAYED IT TOO SAFE... WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE, RIGHT?!

Most challenging part... A SHOW IN COLLEGE THAT I PRODUCED AND ACTED IN

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... WHEN I FOUND CLOSURE IN AN AREA OF MY LIFE BY PLAYING THAT CHARACTER & KNEW THAT THE STORY I GOT TO BE A PART OF HELPED SOMEONE IN THE AUDIENCE UNDERSTAND SOMETHING MORE ABOUT THEM AND THEIR LIVES.

Dying to work with... EMMY ROSSUM

Was born to play... IMOGEN from CYMBELINE

Learn lines by... REPETITION

Get into character by... FILLING OUT AN EXTENSIVE CHARACTER ANALYSIS THAT I HAVE, COACHING, AND RE-READING

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I'M REALLY GOOD AT MAKING WELL CRAFTED PAPER MACHE MASKS

Movie I can’t stop talking about... HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS - I feel like I would be Andy Anderson if it was social acceptable

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL, THIS IS US, TYDING UP WITH MARIE KONDO

Currently reading… EXPERT SECRETS BY RUSSELL BRUNSON... it's about digital marketing. So, maybe not super helpful for acing. My favorite acting book so far is WHY IS THAT SO FUNNY by JOHN WRIGHT

Car karaoke tune… HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT by PANIC! AT THE DISCO

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... A SHOW HOST and/or ENTREPRENEUR

Stranger Things character that best represents me… I'M UNSURE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?!

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… EMMA STONE, PERHAPS!

Actor crush… BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH - MORE A TALENT CRUSH THAN ANYTHING

Sign… LEO

If I were a color, I'd be… MAGENTA

Hotel alias… HUDSON KETZNER... That's my dog's name. Maybe not super sneaky, but it always cracks me up when the vet or anyone refers to my dog by his full name.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… PHO-NOMENAL ON SANTA MONICA IN WEHO... I know, weird. But I love the garden! // A WALK ON THE BEACH

The best advice I ever got… "WHEN YOU WANT THE BEST FOR OTHERS, THE BEST SHOWS UP FOR YOU"

You can find me at… @kels.ketz (instagram.com/kels.ketz/) or kelsey@kelseyketzner.com

Jayse O'Brien

Jayse O’Brien is originally from Michigan, he moved out to California in 2007. He currently is part of the Academy program at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Hollywood. He has been a professional voice over artist for seven years, working with clients like Apple, Mitsubishi, Nordstrom, and Makers Mark Whiskey. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Lindsay. 

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Tall, Funny, Foodie

Acting is... something that truly makes me feel alive.

My last gig taught me... that I audition in person much better than a self-tape.

Proudest performance moment... has to be my original character work, that I write and perform.

Most embarrassing audition... Showed up to an audition in business casual attire and quickly realized I missed the whole beach wear part.

Most challenging part... Probably an Industrial I did a few years ago where I had to play a robot, it was fun but very creatively limited.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... My junior year I auditioned for Grease, got a spot in the chorus and I was immediately hooked.

Dying to work with... Daniel Day Lewis

Was born to play... a villain in a superhero movie.

Learn lines by... recording them and listening back nonstop.

Get into character by... living in the character as much as possible.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I am double jointed.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Bohemian Rhapsody

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… The Office, any standup comedy specials, and anything narrated by David Attenborough.

Currently reading… terrible articles on Facebook.

Car karaoke tune... Pretty much everything that comes on in my car, riders you’ve been warned.

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... miserable…. haha no seriously I’d be a professional drone racer. For the record I’ve never even flown a drone, just seems like something I could have been.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… I would say Mike because he would do anything to protect the people he cares about.

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Taron Egerton because I think I would sound awesome with a British accent.

Actor crush... Right now it has to be Idris Elba.

Sign… Leo the Lion

If I were a color, I'd be… Green cause I am green colorblind.

Hotel alias… Stu Baxter

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Anywhere near the ocean, but especially a little secret beach I know in Malibu.

The best advice I ever got… Always follow your dreams.

You can find me at… JayseOBrien.com and for booking http://www.starsagency.com/vo/voice-actor/Jayse_O%20Brien/9587

Peng Peng Lee

Peng Peng Lee was the 2012 London Olympic Team Captain and scored two perfect 10's to help UCLA clinch the 2018 NCAA National Championship Title! Gymnastics has been an unforgettable journey and taught her to continue reaching after new endeavors and dreams. She is currently a YouTuber and aspiring actress / host.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… vibrant, energetic and bright

Gymnastics is… my playground. It has shaped my character and taught me to be disciplined. Gymnastics has allowed me to be free and learn how to work hard to go after my dreams. 

My last gig taught me… Being on the UCLA gymnastics team has taught me how to be a leader, team player and the importance of living in the moment.

Proudest performance moment… My two perfect 10 routines at the 2018 NCAA National Championships. They were the two events I competed (uneven bars and balance beam) and my perfect 10 balance beam routine clinched UCLA the 2018 National Championship Title.

Most embarrassing competition… was when I was 13 and I got boo’d by over 12,000 people and international television. I let it get to me and fell off the balance beam 3 times.

Most challenging gig... was being a member of the UCLA gymnastics team while I was injured. I had redshirted my first two years at UCLA and was unable to compete, however, I still had to learn how to contribute in other ways to help my team be the best that they could be.

Favorite event… is bars and beam, I love to see how high I could get on my release skills and I loved performing through my dance on beam. 

Pre-performance ritual… I always listen to music to get myself into a great mental state. 

Stay in shape by… My key components to saying in shape are eating and fueling my body with the nutrients it needs to recover and build strength. Also making sure my body is hydrated in order to excrete all the toxins. 

The moment I knew I wanted to be a gymnast... I knew I wanted to commit to being a gymnast when I started competing for the first time when I was 8 years old. I was 10 years old when I dreamt of going to the Olympics and switched to an elite gymnastics program in order to pursue that dream. 

Song that moves me… Bright - Kehlani

Favorite gymnastics event to watch… bars and floor

Broadway show… Lion King and Mamma Mia

Person who shaped my perspective… My parents. They have showed me that life is more than just sports and being able to stay well rounded growing up, has made my gymnastics freer and more enjoyable.

Dying to work with… Disney, Adidas and makeup companies

Currently reading… Influencer by Brittany Hennessy

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I can solve a Rubik’s Cube.

If I weren't a gymnast, I'd be… a tennis player or golfer.

Disney character that best represents me… This is tough, I would say maybe a mix of Mulan in the way she can roll with the guys but at the same time I’m also like Rapunzel, adventurous and vocal.

Actor crush… Channing Tatum

Sign… Cancer

If I were a color, I'd be… a sparkle, even though that’s not a color but a diamond in the light reflects multiple colors and I feel that I live my life by not being held down to one definer.  

Hotel alias… Candice 

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… El Matador State Beach

The best advice I ever got… There has been a lot of great advice I have received throughout my life but the main one that has stuck was when I got asked the question: would you rather be liked or respected. That just represented me not being afraid to be honest in a respectful way to lead the team to our main goal.

You can find me at (fill in links or rep info)… 

Paul Calderón

Paul Calderón was born in Puerto Rico and at the age of six moved with his mom to NYC and spent the rest of his childhood and teenage years in the Lower East Side and Spanish Harlem. After serving a stint in the US army he returned to NY and enrolled at the Sonia Moore Studio to study acting.

In 1984 he was made a member of the Actors Studio and eight years later was one of the founding members of LAByrinth Theater Co. As an actor he has had the honor to work alongside the greatest talent of our time - Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, Christopher Walken, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Philip Seymour Hoffman; and others. 

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife of many years, Catherine Calderón, whom he met his first day in acting class. They have two grown sons.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Hardworking.

Acting is... a mystery.

My last gig taught me... even more resiliency.

Proudest performance moment... I had to go onstage again the night after I asphyxiated and almost died on stage when I accidentally swallowed several blood capsules during a fight scene.

Most embarrassing audition... Too many to mention.

Most challenging part... Portraying a drag queen in a Sidney Lumet film, Q&A.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... I was in the army and totally lost.

Dying to work with... they’re all dead. (Brando; George C. Scott).

Was born to play... a version of myself that is a little a more at ease.

Learn lines by... Finding the operative word of each sentence and repetition.

Get into character by... imagining the archetypal energy encompassing that personality.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume…

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Several: Bullitt (with Steve McQueen), The Godfather Part 1.

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… The Last Tycoon; Damnation; Homecoming.

Currently reading… Hollywood Animal by Joe Eszterhas.

Car karaoke tune... I don’t drive.

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... totally adrift.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… embarrassed to say I don’t watch the show.

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Can’t really think of anyone……

Actor crush... used to be Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman back in the early ‘80’s.

Sign… ???????

If I were a color, I'd be… Light blue.

Hotel alias… Kalifornia.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Book Soup.

The best advice I ever got… “Don’t make waves when you first start out.”

You can find me at… paulcalderon.net

Cassidy Ratliff

Cassidy Ratliff’s imaginative free spirit lead her to start dancing at only 2 years old. At age 10, she began blending her love for dance with a new found passion for acting at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Acting opened the doors to finding real emotions to infuse true storytelling into her dancing. With the support and encouragement of her parents, Cassidy continued her training and graduated from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts with her BFA in Dance Theatre. When she is not performing, Cassidy enjoys working out, creating art through a small lens, and enjoying life with her little pup Tia.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… quirky, innovative and authentic.

Dance is... fire. A small spark of movement that is so flammable and contagious, you can’t help but touch everything in reach with its light.

My last gig taught me... the importance of being the most authentic version of yourself the moment you walk in the door. Once you are able to be 100% present and comfortable being unapologetically you, I find to be the most successful within my work!

Proudest performance moment... thus far would be having the honor of playing the iconic role of “Riff” in AMDA’s adaptation of West Side Story renamed, “East Side Story”. Growing up I always knew I wanted to perform, but always felt separated between dance and acting. Ending my senior year with this production was the perfect blend of both. I was able to have dialogue and play a character all the way through the show, while dancing at the same time. It was truly a dream came true and a perfect way to end my college career at AMDA.

Most embarrassing audition... was a commercial mostly because of my fellow auditionee. We were asked to come prepared with this “simple movement” that was pre recorded to memorize ahead of time. Well this simple movement was a step-touch. We were called into the room four at a time and I was lucky enough to be in the middle of two girls who both didn’t know we had prepared material. On top of that, they didn’t know what a step-touch was so I knew it was going to be an interesting audition! We were asked to act as if we were texting a friend then start doing the simple movement once the camera man called out “5’6’7’8’”. Well once he counted us in, you can only imagine the amazing dancing that was going on either sides of me.

Most challenging gig... would have to be being in a commercial with my parents! It was quite the experience let me tell you. It was for a series of commercials called, “Keep Arkansas Beautiful”. In my episode, I was the prom date and of course featuring my parents. It was interesting seeing my parents act and be nervous wanting to get each shot perfect, but with that came stress and arguing. Overall, it was an awesome experience I wouldn’t change for the world.

Favorite dance style... are Hip hop & Contemporary, but I love them all’

Pre-performance ritual... Prayer. Meditation. And Superman Pose.

Stay in shape by... working out around 6 times a week at Barry’s Bootcamp, taking at least 1-3 dance classes a week, and being fully committed to the Keto Lifestyle.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a dancer... was the moment I realized the impact movement had onto others and how you are able to share your true feelings without saying a single word.

Song that moves me... “All Through The Night” | By: Sleeping At Last

Favorite music video... “Pretty Hurts” | By: Beyoncé

Broadway show... Hamilton The Musical.

Person who shaped my perspective on dance... wow well I feel there have been more than a handful of humans who have shaped my perspective on dance that I am oh so grateful for, but there are two people that stand out in 2018 who really helped me develop who Cassidy is as a performer and more importantly as a human. Those two humans are Genevieve Carson and Fresh Redding. They deserve all the praise the world can give!

Dying to work with... Chris Brown

Currently reading... Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power | By: Erwin McManus

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume... I LOVE ORGANIZING! It doesn’t matter what it is. If you need me to organize or color code, I’m your girl.

If I weren't a dancer, I'd be... a Creative Director

Disney character that best represents me... Ariel

Dancer crush... Phillip Chbeeb, solely based on his insane concepts he brings to life and because he is one of the best creators in the game right now!

Sign... Cancer.

If I were a color, I'd be... Black because it represents power, strength, aggression, elegance, mystery, and sophistication.

Hotel alias... Cassandra.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me... The Beach!

The best advice I ever got... “There is a time and place for everything.”

You can find me...

INSTAGRAM: @cassidyratliff - https://www.instagram.com/cassidyratliff/

FACEBOOK: Cassidy Ratliff - https://www.facebook.com/cassidy.alane

DANCE REEL: https://vimeo.com/cassidyratliff/dancereel

cassidy.ratliff1@gmail.com

Kellen Howard

Kellen Howard was born and raised in Orange County, California. He is an American actor and model of English, Scottish, Swedish and Vietnamese ancestry. Kellen trained in improvisation with Second City and has studied the foundations of Adler, script analysis, scene breakdown and audition technique with Joshua LeBar, Aquila Morong Studios, and Ruskin Studios. His first theatrical role was that of a young Supah Ninja in the widely popular Nickelodeon Channel show.

Kellen’s passion for the creative arts extends beyond acting as he plays multiple musical instruments and has a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. He is a stellar athlete (baseball, football and lacrosse), enjoys rock concerts and traveling the world to experience history and cultures first hand.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… motivated, kind, and different.

Acting is... the ability of tying an imaginary rope between your knowledge about your life with the character you are studying, as well as to your feelings. It is the skill of bringing yourself to that character, rather than pretending to be that character.

My last gig taught me... The one thing that acting has taught me is that things do not happen overnight. Anything that is worth the time and effort is a process. The one thing that I always remember when coming back from an audition or a coaching lesson is that what I am trying to accomplish here is an art form and it will take many years, if not a lifetime, to master. Like many things, it is about the small details.

Most embarrassing audition... was my very first audition because I messed up so many lines. It was for a comedy and I was contradicting the purpose of comedy... by breaking character and destroying all of the crucial punchlines.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... was when I saw the movie Passenger with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Both actors experienced something that I don’t have very much knowledge or experience of and that is love. So now I'm here.

Dying to work with... Christoph Waltz and Saoirse Ronan.

Learn lines by... by memorizing them and trying to stay grounded throughout the scene, or trying to create a through line between my life and the story placed in front of me. With that being said, the main thing acting has taught me is the feeling of putting hard work into it only for it to be chewed up and spit back out at me so that I can put it out again with a few tweaks. When the time comes your hard work will be well digested.

Get into character by... firstly breaking down the character's relationship with whomever is pushing and pulling him throughout the story. Next I relate that to my life and how I would react in a situation of those sorts. Dessert is last and this is where I connect my knowledge of my feelings and create the through line.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... I have a few including a TV show: Django Unchained, Call Me By Your Name, Sneaky Pete, and A Star Is Born.

Car karaoke tune... “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew.

Actor crush... Isabela Moner or Emilia Clarke specifically in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Favorite reading… The Bible because I am a devout son of God, as well as “How to be Compassionate” by the Dalai Lama.

Silja Rós

Silja Rós is an Icelandic actress, singer-songwriter living in Los Angles. She is an alumni from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She released her debut album “Silence” in 2017 and her and Magnus Dagsson just released the album “Afflicted” last month. Silja Rós is currently recording new music for her solo project as well as writing/singing music for other artists. This summer she was part of the Icelandic movie “Þrot” which will be released in the fall of 2019.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… hardworking, optimistic and kind.

Acting is... doing your research, working hard and then just being in the moment, listening with all your senses.

My last gig taught me... to enjoy on camera work. I was filming a movie back home in Iceland and it was definitely the moment I realized that I would love to do more film work, before the movie I mostly saw myself as a stage actor. It was the most fun I’ve had, and it was crazy that I could call it my job.

But the most important thing I’ve learned during a project was during my grad play “The Country Wife”. Lady Fidget taught me self-confidence. The character had to be very confident so I worked on it in myself as well as being able to step into her shoes. 

Proudest performance moment... was when I was working on a scene from A Doll’s House in class and the first time I truly felt I was listening 100% was during the class performance.

Most embarrassing audition... was when I was auditioning for a part in a musical I was already a part of. I don’t know why I became so nervous, in my mind I was so sure that they had made a mistake hiring me that I forgot everything that I had prepared. Totally blanked. But somehow they didn’t lose their faith in me and were actually really supportive. The director decided to send part of the room out and worked with me and helped me through the audition. I ended up getting one of the leading roles.

Most challenging part... I worked on a scene from the play Children’s Hour and I played the role of Mary. It was so hard for me because we were so different. I was bullied a lot as a child and now I was playing a bully. And it was very challenging for me to justify her behavior and fully understand the point of it. Children don’t always fully understand that their actions can actually lead to very serious consequences. The play reminded me a bit of the movie Jagten (The Hunt).

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... when I stepped into my first acting class when I was 11 years old. At that time I loved being able to escape from myself and be someone entirely different. But today I’ve learned to love being myself as well and focus on the art of storytelling. But it’s magical to be able to step into others’ shoes.

Dying to work with... in music Damien Rice. In acting Domhnall Gleeson and Elisabeth Moss. 

Was born to play... Nora in Dollhouse and Éponine in Les Miserables.

Learn lines by... using all kinds of methods. First I make sure I understand every single word and my objective. Then I record the lines of the other actor and repeat them naturally while I’m cleaning my apartment or doing some kind of a workout. I need to connect my body and the words together. I also write the lines out on cards, read the other actor’s lines and try to remember my lines.

Get into character by... knowing their body. Knowing their status. I often use the Chekhov technique to feel the tension between the characters and sense memory if I need to get into a certain state of mind. I also love using viewpoints.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I can fit my whole fist in my mouth.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... About Time! Love that movie!

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… 1) Trapped! An Icelandic TV show by Baltasar Kormákur. A must see! 2) Stranger Things 3) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel & New Girl. Then of course Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Currently reading… a lot of books at the same time which is kind of my style (All you need to know about the Music Business, Macbeth, The Secret, You Are a Badass, Meisner, The Actor and the Text, An Actor Prepares, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide.

Car karaoke tune... Sunny Boney M

If I weren't an actor or musician, I'd be... a painter.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Nancy

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Amanda Seyfried because she’s also a singer-songwriter.

Actor crush... I must be too in love with my boyfriend because I can’t even think of one.

Sign… Leo Sagittarius rising

If I were a color, I'd be… yellow, gold, red or light blue.

Hotel alias… When the time comes…it will probably be Moli, the name of my childhood cat.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… is the beach, since I come from an island I’m very used to being around the ocean, just to be able to see it is calming.

The best advice I ever got… is always to be true to yourself. Listen to your instinct or follow it. Always trust yourself, you can do anything you want to.

You can find me on… Spotify, iTunes, Youtube, www.siljaros.is and IMDb. 

In real life at CorePower Yoga, Tiago or at the rooftop of my building.

Simone Sassudelli

Simone was born and raised in Italy and grew up acting in a small theatre company in his hometown. After graduating High School he moved to Milan to study musical theatre and started working in several productions. He then decided it was time to take a risk and leave his country to pursue his career. Simone is now about to graduate from AMDA Los Angeles and he’s working hard every day to make his dreams come true.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Ambitious, passionate and goofy

Acting is... truth. It might sound contradictory but I believe acting is even truer than some moments in life. We might think it’s faking, because you’re portraying someone outside of you, but being someone else requires you to be believable and experience true moments. Life is sometimes so filtered by everything that surrounds us. Acting just means being sincere, frank and straightforward.

My last performing gig taught me... talent is not enough. Determination, consistent discipline and hard work are what really makes the difference.

Proudest performance moment… I played Snowboy (one of the Jets) in West Side Story and an important member of the audience who works in the industry stopped me after the show saying that I was living each moment on stage and he kept looking at me, even if I probably had 10 lines in the entire play.

Most embarrassing audition… There are many... but I would say when I only had one night to learn two songs for a callback and at the audition I sang the first verse and then I started singing “la la la” till the end of the song. I couldn’t remember a word… Very embarrassing!

Most challenging part... Probably playing Romeo back in High School. It’s a role that can be played only once Love really comes into your life and I hadn’t found it yet. I’d love to play it now!

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor / singer... When I was sobbing my heart out watching Mary Poppins flying over my head. It was also the first musical I had ever seen in my life.

Dying to work with... Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh

Was born to play... Bert in Mary Poppins and Glinda in Wicked, of course

Learn music by... listening to it over and over… and over. Before I go to bed and as soon as I wake up. They say it’s the best way to memorize things.

Get into character by... studying every aspect of it in the beginning (back story, behaviors, physicality, voice) so that I’m ready for the rehearsal process. At that point all I do is listen to the characters I’m talking to. I noticed how accurately you can define your character just by naturally reacting to the others’ lines.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I blink my eyes really really fast

Musical I can’t stop talking about... At the moment it’s definitely Dear Evan Hansen. ("the moment" has been going on for over a year. I am a little bit obsessed.)

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why and I’m looking forward to the next season of The OA

Currently reading… Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim

Car karaoke tune… All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers!

If I weren't an actor / singer, I'd be... a cartoon dubber or a designer

Rent character that best represents me… Angel.

If they made a musical about my life, I’d be played by… myself or my future son. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of and hopefully one day it'll come true.

Actor / singer crush… There are many but probably the biggest ones would be John Mayer, Natalie Portman and Emma Watson.

Sign… Capricorn and my moon sign is Cancer.

If I were a color, I'd be… Green Green Green!

Hotel alias… Monét Green 

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… OUE Skyspace Downtown. It’s California’s Tallest Open Air Observatory. I like to spend the whole day there when I go. Seeing that beauty all around makes me really happy and gives me a sense of freedom that I hardly find elsewhere.

The best advice I ever got… “Don’t try to be anything but yourself. Technique is great but if you’re only focused on being perfect then 99% of the time you’re gonna feel like a failure because you’re not perfect. You don’t wanna be perfect, you just wanna be real, you wanna be Simone having authentic moments of life.” my voice teacher J.

You can find me at… 

www.iamsimone.net

@simounpoulain on instagram

Krystyn Sayre

Krystyn Sayre is originally from Michigan but currently lives in Louisville, Ky. She spent most of her life living in the Chicago suburbs where she took her first acting class at Acting Studio Chicago. She then moved to Kentucky where she booked her first role as the Lead in the independent feature film “A Stranger on Earth.” In December 2017, she signed with Katalyst Talent Agency. She coaches weekly with Joshua LeBar Studios located in Los Angeles, California. Krystyn will be working on a Pilot this upcoming December in Cincinnati, OH.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Passionate, Dedicated, Dreamer

Acting is... Art. Being able to be vulnerable enough to let go and truly become the Character. 

My last gig taught me... While working on a short that takes place in the 70s, my background in Fashion and Costume Design helped keep costume accurate.

Proudest performance moment... I would have to say my role as Irene in A Stranger on Earth.

Most embarrassing audition... I had to mime and dance the whole audition. I remember meeting up with my sister and telling her how awkward I felt. I was offered the role the next day.

Most challenging part... When I first read this question, I instantly thought of acting as a whole. So I am going to answer the question that way. Living in the midwest can make it hard to push yourself to keep going when it seems like you could be doing so much more.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... I always loved being in front of the camera. I remember getting headshots when I was 12 and really fell in love with the role of the stylist. I felt that would be an easier goal to attain. After many years of hard work in that field I realized acting is my passion and just as attainable. I finally made the decision at 24 to take my first acting class. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Dying to work with... There are so many actors I would love to work with. Lately, I have been in love with so much of Nicole Kidman’s work.

Was born to play... I am always told I need to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid. My sister tells me I resemble her in so many ways. For example.. I want to be where the people are.

Learn lines by... I read through the whole script a few times. Then I break it down into sections. I do not move on until I have that down. If I am having a hard time, I will write out the lines. I always read my script before bed. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me.

Get into character by... Finding the character in the lines. One of the many things I have taken from my sessions with Joshua LeBar.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… Predicting the ending of movies/shows.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Recently, I have been watching so many series but always re-watch my favorite movies. With that being said, I will forever quote 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, and Mean Girls.

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Hands down The Magicians, Stranger Things, and Santa Clarita Diet.

Currently reading… I was gifted a book by a director I recently worked with called The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Car karaoke tune... If you know me, you know I am in the car a lot! I would have to say any song on the Kings of Leon album Only By The Night.

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... A Fashion Designer. I have a BA in Fashion Design. My dad tells me I will create my own line when I make it. I always respond with you know I’ll do it.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Nancy. I am an older sister and very loyal to my friends and family. She is motivated to find the truth. I see a lot of myself in her.

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Kate Winslet (With Red Hair)

Actor crush... Dacre Montgomery! :)

Sign… Leo!!! You would definitely know it if you met me.

If I were a color, I'd be… Olive Green

Hotel alias… Gloria “Glo” Olson

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Since I currently live in the midwest, I do not spend much time by the ocean. So, when I am on the west coast, the ocean calls my name.

The best advice I ever got… I was in Chicago for my sister's graduation and we had to take an Uber. The driver was speeding down State Street almost hitting an elderly man. While holding on for dear life in said Uber the driver told me “Be Yourself. No one else can do it better.” I probably shouldn’t have tipped him but that advice was needed.

You can find me at… 

https://instagram.com/Krystynsayreduran

http://imdb.me/krystynsayre

Katalyst Talent Agency- katalyst.tv 

Nikki Gatzimos

Nikki Gatzimos is originally from Indiana.  She established Gatzimos Productions in 2016 with her first short film "Sisters".  She is currently working on the upcoming short film "Perfect Date" and webisode series "MisAdventures".  She is also working on the script for the feature film "The Farmhouse".  Nikki is represented by Prodigy Talent Agency.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… quiet. observant. strong.

Acting is... an art form with the ability to enlighten, entertain and alleviate. At its best it can enable people to see another perspective, showcase another viewpoint, and help us to learn more about each other ... about ourselves. Allow us to connect with one another, identify with each other and not feel so alone.

My last gig taught me... Grab craft services when you can.  You may not get another chance.

Proudest performance moment... Back home I was performing in a play and a well-respected critic attended the show.  At the end of the performance he gave us a standing ovation.

Most embarrassing audition... I was asked to mime making scrambled eggs and failed miserably.  #I'm not a cook.

Most challenging part... Juliet. It was my first role out of college and I hadn't learned how to deal with the pressure of leading a show.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... I always knew.  But when I was sixteen I decided that I was going to pursue acting.  I would be unhappy in life if I didn't.

Dying to work with... obviously Meryl. Frances McDormand, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Sarah Paulson, Laurie Metcalf, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Sally Hawkins, Peter Dinklage, Ben Foster, Richard Jenkins, Michael Fassbender ... Coen Brothers, Alejandro Iñárritu, Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Torro, Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, Lynne Ramsay, Denis Villeneuve ... and of course, Roger Deakins

Was born to play... Lady Macbeth.

Learn lines by... Repetition and speaking out loud.  Lines always sound different when you actually say them versus saying them in your head.  I go over each section one by one, and I don't move on from the first section until it's memorized.  I focus on the beginning and any challenging sections the most.  I also look at the lines before I go to bed; I find that it helps me to remember them the next day.  Because of this, I don't ever wait until the day of to memorize if I can help it.

Get into character by... It depends on the role.  Some roles need more assistance than others.  Hair, makeup, and wardrobe always help.  Determining how the character walks, what her body language and demeanor are ... and the lines ... the lines help me to get into character.  There're usually one or two lines specifically that will embody the character.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… mmm ... I can alternately wiggle my eyebrows up and down.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... RBG, the documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Better Call Saul, the final season of the Americans and I'm getting ready to finally watch Handmaid's Tale

Currently reading… Stranger in a Strange Land

Car karaoke tune... This is my fight song! Just kidding. I'm deathly afraid of singing.

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a cosmetologist. ... but I do think I missed my calling as either a boom operator or a blood spatter expert.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… either Eleven or Joyce Byers (Wynona Ryder) ;)

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Natalie Portman.

Actor crush... in no particular order - Denzel Washington, Charlie Weber, Chris Pine, Michael B. Jordan, Dominic Cooper ... and Marion Cotillard.

Sign… Aries, March 24

If I were a color, I'd be… Purple.

Hotel alias… Sarah Connor

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… I like to get away.  Go outside of the city.  Take a drive on the PCH and stop at a beach or winery.

The best advice I ever got… Be yourself.

You can find me at… 

www.NikkiGatzimos.com

http://www.imdb.me/nikkigatzimos

https://www.instagram.com/nikki_gatz

Celine Rosalie

Celine Rosalie was born in Cologne, Germany. She is half Italian and a big part of her is Czech. She grew up mainly in Prague and Cologne, watching her mom perform on stage from a very young age. She went to a Catholic Choir school, spent 5 hours a day doing gymnastics, also singing and playing the piano while getting all her schoolwork done, but after an accident in gymnastics her whole life turned around and she started to focus solely on Acting. Therefore after graduating High School she moved to the UK to attend the Oxford School of Drama which led her to Los Angeles. She is currently finishing her conservatory training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, working towards getting into the conservatory’s Company. She wouldn’t be where she is now without the support of her family and the strong belief that it is that simple and dreams really can come true.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… A determined hardworking Dreamer and a hopeless romantic

Acting is... being vulnerable and experiencing beautiful agony through the exploration of somebody else’s soul to understand the behavior of humans in specific circumstances, further expressed through your own personal thoughts, actions and reactions. 

My last gig taught me... that it’s all in the words, and the more you feed the words, the more reality and truth you get out of it.

Proudest performance moment... was the moment I let go for the first time as an actor. I didn’t think about what I should do or should be feeling, it all just came together. It was during a tough time in my real life but being able to feel that on stage and to use what was going on almost felt cathartic. I was the character. I had her thoughts and emotions. This was a scene that I was working on from the play Hedda Gabler, and it felt magical to be able to get there emotionally. 

Most embarrassing audition... was when I had to audition for a mute character. I did my best to learn as much sign language as I could in the short time I had, but they wanted me to talk anyway and I didn’t really know what I was doing. It just felt wrong and so odd.

Most challenging part... Venus in Fur. She is just such a complex and strong character, I am still working on her and trying to completely get her. It’s a lot of fun though!

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... when I saw my mom performing on stage. I was enticed. I felt how the atmosphere of the theater changed and I started noticing how it affected the audience. Laughing, crying, I didn’t care, but I knew I just wanted to make people feel something that might change them or make them see things in their own lives they might have never noticed before.

Dying to work with... Meryl Streep, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Quentin Tarantino, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron

Was born to play... oh no, this is a tough question…I think Millie from Picnic, I would love to play Vivian from Pretty Woman and I’d love to say Wonder Woman but Gal Gadot is really awesome.

Learn lines by... repetition, writing, listening and recordings

Get into character by... music, writing a diary as the character, Mannerisms, specific movements and behaviors the character has

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I have a creature voice, it’s basically a character that’s really funny and sometimes just comes out, I call her ‘creature Ceze’ :D

Movie I can’t stop talking about... I absolutely love Top Gun, Pretty Woman, Robin Hood (with Kevin Costner), WW, Rocky, Goodfellas, Girl Interrupted and any old classic, agh there are so many amazing movies!!!

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Daredevil, Game of Thrones, Black Mirror and I’m curious about Jessica Jones

Currently reading… A biography: The Two Lives of Errol Flynn by Michael Freedland

Car karaoke tune... Old Time Rock n’ Roll, Summer of '69, anything from the Grease Soundtrack

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a doctor or a gymnast

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Eleven

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… myself I hope or maybe AnnaSophia Robb or Julia Roberts

Actor crush... Tom Cruise, Ian Somerhalder, Pierce Brosnan (especially as James Bond)

Sign… Aries

If I were a color, I'd be… Red

Hotel alias… Never thought of that before, but I don’t have to think twice about this one: Diana Prince

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… any of the hidden Malibu Beaches, Mulholland Drive and a little park very close to Runyon Canyon that I found not long ago.

The best advice I ever got… You are enough. Completely trust yourself and let go.

You can find me at… 

https://www.backstage.com/u/celine-rosalie-zoppe/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9108749/

https://www.instagram.com/celine.rosalie/

Henry Carbeck

Henry Carbeck is a young actor originally from Scottsdale, Arizona who is always searching for great food to eat and beautiful films to watch. He is currently finishing his conservatory training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is so excited to begin his journey into the world.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… motivated, passionate, kind

Acting is... holding your heart in your hands and allowing others to touch it.

My last gig taught me... that it’s really a wonderful thing being needed to do more than acting in a production in order to get a story told. 

Proudest performance moment... Harold Gorringe in ‘Black Comedy’

Most embarrassing audition... not fully knowing my sides for a theatre audition so I had to come up with alternative lines.

Most challenging part... James in ‘Time Stands Still’ 

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... Sophomore year in High School a lady came up to me after a Shakespeare showcase and told me I did really well. 

Dying to work with... Joaquin Phoenix

Was born to play... Joseph

Learn lines by... repetition, repetition, repetition

Get into character by... finding something unique about the character's physicality.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… eat a whole bag of flaming hot Cheetos in 5 minutes.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... The Master

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Peaky Blinders, The OA, Mindhunter

Currently reading… David Bowie - A Life

Car karaoke tune... Magic by B.o.B

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... an Interior Designer.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Steve Harrington

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Brandon Perea.

Actor crush... Jake Gyllenhaal 

Sign… Aquarius 

If I were a color, I'd be… Black

Hotel alias… Michael Smith

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Huntington Botanical Gardens

The best advice I ever got… You can control if you’re prepared, professional, and on time. Just roll with everything else. 

You can find me at… http://henrycarbeck.com/

Matt Kolonis

I came out to LA as a graduated senior fresh outta High School, from Memphis, Tennessee. I left to fulfill my lifelong goals of becoming a musician and actor. There was nothing more satisfying to me than being behind a microphone, or standing on stage. This is more than just my job, its my love, my savior, my everything, and that’s why I give my everything to acting. It’s what makes me feel alive.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Ambitious, Honest, and Carefree

Acting is... Everything to me.

My last gig taught me... to be more open with the crew around you.

Proudest performance moment... after performing Henry 4th, as Hotspur

Most embarrassing audition... After I was done with my monologue I completely blanked on the character and author of the play.

Most challenging part... is finding that character inside you.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... was when I was 5, I saw my family watching Young Frankenstein, they were laughing their asses off, and I knew I wanted to make people feel that way.

Dying to work with... Leonardo DiCaprio

Was born to play... Petruchio - The Taming of the Shrew

Learn lines by... Repetition

Get into character by... thinking of the bio I’ve written.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… Can chug water really fast

Movie I can’t stop talking about... SPLIT

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… MAD MEN, Shameless, Parks and Rec.

Currently reading… The Motivation Manifesto

Car karaoke tune... LOVE by Nat King Cole

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... dead.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Chief Hopper

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… James Franco

Actor crush... James McAvoy

Sign… Sagittarius

If I were a color, I'd be… BLUE

Hotel alias… Dick McWorthalot

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Any coffee shop, and Venice Beach

The best advice I ever got… Live in the present moment

You can find me at… 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGnZhZO3awU_6DM1Q1bhoUA?view_as=subscriber

https://soundcloud.com/matt-kolonis

Jade Santana

Jade was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil. Before becoming an actress, she first started as a dancer and her passion for performing came from there. Three years ago she made a decision to move to LA so she could start her acting career. In 2017 she graduated from The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts and became part of the 2017-2018 Academy Company. "Everyday is a struggle and it gets really hard sometimes, but there is not a single moment that I regret doing it. The feeling that you're in the right place doing the right thing is much bigger than any tough day."

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… I’d say determined, focused and I like to believe I’m fun to be around hahah

Acting is... the power of bringing life to things and people that are just written on a page.

My last gig taught me... how to deal with unexpected things happening on stage.

Proudest performance moment... The next few days after a show when people would get really surprised when they would find out that I was the one who played their favorite role in that play because it was so different from who I am in real life. That showed me that I was able to give life to that character and that people really believed in it.

Most embarrassing audition... Oh my God. When I did not understand the script at all and tried to read it from all perspectives I could think of. I just hoped that if I read it with confidence they would buy it. I probably didn’t make any sense but I gave it a shot! Never heard from them.

Most challenging part... It was definitely Billie from Women Of Manhattan. She got hit by her husband but found out that she actually liked it ‘cause she believed it had saved her marriage to be beaten. It was just challenging to understand where her feelings were coming from and how I would express them, how I’d be able to tell her story and believe in what she believed in.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... I’ve always known that I wanted to be an actor, I just never had the chance to face it or own it. The moment that changed it was when my Stepdad asked me what I would be doing if I could choose anything and that’s when I said that I’d be on stage. That was when things changed, when I said it out loud.

Dying to work with... I’d love to work with John Krasinski or Jason Bateman.

Was born to play... My dream role is Mimi from Rent!

Learn lines by... Writing. I pretend that I’m writing a letter to someone and I know that I have it when I’m writing all of it without checking the script.

Get into character by... Physicality. Mannerisms, body language, way of walking, way of sitting, way of turning their head, where they place their hands…

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… Okay. I have a character that I sometimes like to let out to make people laugh. It’s a Favela boy and when I get into it, the last thing you see is a girl. It’s so weird…

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Love, Rosie. I’m always telling people to watch that.

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Grey’s Anatomy, Schitt’s Creek, Game Of Thrones and I just started Rise and I’m really into it!

Currently reading… Origin by Dan Brown

Car karaoke tune... Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... probably an architect by now. That’s what I used to do before coming to LA.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Dustin definitely

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Naya Rivera.

Actor crush... It’s always a battle between Colin Firth and Gerard Butler.

Sign… Libra.

If I were a color, I'd be… Green.

Hotel alias… I never thought of it so I honestly don’t know.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… I love going to see the sunset at Griffith while drinking hot chocolate.

The best advice I ever got… That people will love you just as much as you love yourself.

You can find me at… www.jadesantana.com

Cat Del Re

I am a storyteller, creator and visionary aka- consciousness inspirer. I have lived and thrived in Los Angeles for the past decade, originally I am from Colorado. I love the journey of unraveling the storyteller within me, how characters and story have shaped and molded me through the years and continuously inform my life. Aside from my artistic pursuits and creating my own material, I travel, hold book clubs, throw gatherings, yoga out, take photos and enjoy this stage of my life being married. To have a partner hold you, support you and love you while striving and continuously growing through life and work has been the most beautiful gift given to me in my life. I am a huge advocate for the real l-o-v-e. :)

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… Empathic, Imaginative, Corky.

Acting is... The Art of Being.

My last gig taught me... Allowing Silence To Carry The Story.

Proudest performance moment... It was actually after the moment, it was when I realized living the character changed my lens and overall perspective about womanhood. 

Most embarrassing audition... When I was starting out I had so many! Haha, especially in the commercial realm.

Most challenging part... Not to Lose Hope and to Keep Going.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... When I started putting on a production at Christmas and performances during summer break, I think I was 4 or 5.

Dying to work with... Tilda Swinton, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Ewan McGregor ... Okay the list goes on and on my friends, categorized in positions held in the industry-lol.

Was born to play... Do I have to pick?!!? Please Don't Make Me!

Learn lines by... Through Imaginative association. 

Get into character by... Movement, Sensory, Writing, Drawing, Vocal Work, It really depends on the character and what is being called forward.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I can impersonate Sméagol quiet gloriously.

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Recently, Three Billboards and Wind River

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Handmaids Tale, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Jessica Jones. Queen Sugar

Currently reading… Non Fiction- Pachinko Mindset- Loyalty to Your Soul

Car karaoke tune... Whitney Houston

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a Humanitarian or Therapist.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Eleven

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Depends on the era!

Actor crush... Tom Hardy / Cillian Murphy. What can I say, I like a bit of controversy.

Sign… Cancer

If I were a color, I'd be… Royal Purple

Hotel alias… Chateau Marmont

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… In the City. Top of Restoration Hardware. It's a Hidden Gem.

The best advice I ever got… Just go out and do it, if you don't, who will? Follow your instincts, your heart and joy; It will never steer you in a direction that is not for your highest learning.

You can find me at… www.royal-misfit.com / @_royalmisfit_ / IMDb / Momentum Talent

Connor Hess

Connor Hess is an LA-based actor originally from Knoxville, TN. He has grown up as an actor and spent as much of his educational experience studying theatre as he was able. He recently graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Theatre and Psychology.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… a storyteller.

Acting is... an exercise in empathy.

My last gig taught me... that I am my own artist, and no one can make my artistic choices for me. I have to have the confidence in myself as a storyteller to bring my own ideas into the room to foster collaboration.

Proudest performance moment... was when I first felt myself give way to the character. It was the scariest and most liberating experience I have ever felt. All of my "actor thoughts" were gone, and the character was living through me.

Most embarrassing audition... was in the 8th grade when I had to go first for the singing audition in front of the 200 other students auditioning, and I completely choked. I was shaking so bad from nerves, people could see it from the back of the room.

Most challenging part... I have ever played was actually an understudy role I did for an English Restoration piece called "The Busy Body". I understudied for Sir George Airy, and it was physically, emotionally, and mentally taxing in a way that I have never felt from a role before. Thankfully I never had to go on!

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... was in the third grade when I was cast in a school play as a narrator and completely fell in love with performing.

Dying to work with... Jessica Lange. She's such a powerhouse actress and I feel like she would be an amazing scene partner.

Was born to play... Tom in The Glass Menagerie.

Learn lines by... by repetition. Pure repetition, and then pairing it with blocking.

Get into character by... doing a Linklater progression and listening to music that I think the character would listen to.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I'm a great addition to any Dungeons & Dragons party!

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Mad Max: Fury Road

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… This Is Us, Superstore, and Handmaid's Tale.

Currently reading… Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan

Car karaoke tune... Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge!

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a psychiatrist.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… I want to say Steve, but in reality it's Mike.

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Timothée Chalamet.

Actor crush... Blake Lively

Sign… Pisces

If I were a color, I'd be… blue.

Hotel alias… Chip Skylark

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Runyon Canyon

The best advice I ever got… "As an actor you have to be willing to go down the dark roads. But don't be intimidated because as a human being, we all have the entire well of the human experience inside of us, so nothing is out of reach."

You can find me at… https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6702811/

Stef Beaton

Stef Beaton is an Australian actress based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts  2 year conservatory program, and is currently a member of the 2017 AADA Company as well as attending The Groundlings School for Comedy. Stef is also the co-founder of the sketch comedy duo "Bad Cookies", a group which allows her to write, direct and star in sketch comedy every week. Stef is best known for her performance in the dark comedy "Dolores" directed by Sandy Martin, where she played the deranged lead "Dolores" - a battered wife with a heart of gold and wicked sense of humor.

I am (use a max. of 3 words to describe yourself)… witty, warm and cheeky.

Acting is... making art out of the human experience.

My last gig taught me... to find beauty in the nuances of a scene.

Proudest performance moment... playing Dolores in Edward Allan Baker’s “Dolores”. Sandy Martin was the perfect director for this piece, and getting to act opposite an actress who is like family is indescribable.

Most embarrassing audition... My biggest audition ever I totally blanked. Couldn’t even tell you what my monologue was about. BUT I haven’t been really nervous about an audition since...

Most challenging part... is keeping yourself accountable and being self motivated.

The moment I knew I wanted to be an actor... was probably when my step dad came into my life and introduced me to classic comedy. All I did after that was mimic them and try to make people laugh. There's no greater feeling in the world than making someone smile or laugh.

Dying to work with... Allison Janney and Jessica Lange.

Was born to play... Aidy Bryant’s character in the SNL sketch “Birthday Party” ft. Ryan Gosling, or Kathy Bates' character in Misery.

Learn lines by... repetition repetition repetition.

Get into character by... living as my character.  Finding their quirks and habits, likes and dislikes.

Special skill I wouldn't put on my resume… I rap battle my roommate daily sooooo probably that...

Movie I can’t stop talking about... Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Top three Netflix / Amazon shows in my queue… Dark (watch in German with English subtitles), Coach Snoop and Grace & Frankie.

Currently reading… Rainn Wilson’s autobiography “The Bassoon King."

Car karaoke tune... Island in the Sun-Weezer

If I weren't an actor, I'd be... a jazz singer.

Stranger Things character that best represents me… Barb, obvs.

If they made a movie about my life, I’d be played by… Beanie Feldstein.

Actor crush... Robert De Niro.

Sign… Taurus.

If I were a color, I'd be… Orange.

Hotel alias… Tammy Curry.

LA spot that inspires or relaxes me… Aroma Cafe & Bakery in Studio City.

The best advice I ever got… “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

You can find me at… 

Website: https://steffiebeaton.wixsite.com/actress

Instagram  |  My personal @stefbeaton  |  My sketch duo @_badcookies_