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COTM
Our April COTM has now been updated with on the sidebar! This month we have chosen Brighton Sharbino. She just wrapped her recurring role on The Walking Dead the other week with an outstanding performance and we cannot wait to see what she does next!
Posted on Apr 01 2014 by Lisa
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New Layouts!
With a big thank-you to Marie at Frontier Designs we now have a new set of layouts! We've been loving the Cameron/Emma/Spencer storyline happening over at General Hospital and decided we wanted to reflect that in the site design for the next couple of months. The main features Michael and Nicolas, while the gallery features Brooklyn and Emma's struggle to choose. We hope everyone loves the new look as much as we do!
Posted on Mar 30 2014 by Lisa
Introducing...
On Friday night's episode of The Neighbors the Weaver's got surprised with a new family member! Brandon Severs played the role of Benjamin, and he's also been seen in an episode of Men At Work this month.
Posted on Mar 23 2014 by Lisa
Introducing...
A lot of additional cast members have been on our shows this week! On Days of Our Lives Jayka Noelle was seen at the bake sale while Makayla Lysiak and Daniel Iturriaga were on last night's episode of Parenthood!
Posted on Mar 07 2014 by Lisa
COTM
March is here and the COTM on the sidebar has changed! This month we have selected Caitlin Carmichael. Caitlin will be seen in the film 300: Rise of an Empire when it hits theatres March 7th, and she will be seen in an episode of Suburgatory on the 19th. She is set to air in season 3 of her series Chosen this month and she can currently be seen in a commercial for Old Navy!
Posted on Mar 01 2014 by Lisa
7 Years Online!!
Today kicks off the Star-Kidz 7th Anniversary celebrations! What started as a Yahoo Group, and then a blog lead to the creation of a fully functioning website in December 2006. Unfortunately the site was lost for a few months when the host disappeared without warning, and on February 22nd 2008 Star-Kidz reopened at www.star-kidz.net. Now every year on February 22nd we celebrate the number of years the site has been live (we don't count the massive downtime), and this year it is our 7th year!

We would not be here today if it wasn't for the wonderful fans, and the incredible kids, families, agents, managers, PR reps, and more who support the site and help us go above and beyond what a fansite does. We are so happy to have been able to expand on our Facebook account, supporting many talented young actors, models, and singers, across the nation! Some have done Q&A's with us that have been posted here on the website, and we are so happy each chance we have to share booking news for all of the kids we support on our Facebook and Instagram.

Through all of the ups and downs everyone has stuck by us, helped us grow, learn, be who we are today, and we want to say thank-you! Thank-you for visiting our website, thank-you for participating in the events and activities throughout the years, and thank-you for everything you do! We have made a video to celebrate our 7th Anniversary, and it is full of some great surprises! Make sure to grab a Kleenex before you watch, we know that first hand from experience. Once you're done, make sure to check out our slideshow we made to celebrate seven years of memories! Happy 7th Anniversary Star-Kidz and heres to another 7 years!


7 Years Online






Slideshow


Posted on Feb 22 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Olivia Sanabia



Olivia Sanabia is a young actress from Los Angeles. She has been seen on The Birthday Boys, in commercials for Build a Bear, Ford, My Little Pony, and more! Olivia will be on Sam & Cat tomorrow night and to keep up to date make sure to like her page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

I got started three years ago, I had begged my mom for a really long time to let me be in the business, after lots of singing and musical theater and people saying I'd be great at it, she finally set up an agent meeting, and I was ecstatic. After that first agent meeting they signed me across the board and I have been auditioning & working ever since.


2. What was your first booking?

My first booking was a print job for Frigidaire with Jennifer Garner. It shot at Smash Box Studios in North Hollywood and was such a great experience. Jennifer Garner was so nice and a pleasure to work with. I also met some great friends that day!


3. What was the experience like working on the Let Your Light Shine music video?

My experience was Awesome. It was a three day shoot in Hermosa Beach. In this music video I really got to become a different character, as I was part of the group of girls doing the bullying. The song deals with bullying which I have actually been through myself. I got to meet lots of new friends and see friends that I have worked with before.


4. Do you have a favorite part of shooting The Birthday Boys?

Shooting the Birthday Boys was fun, it was a two day shoot. My favorite part was the crazy scene where my dad was having a bbq with his friends and leaving his family out, I had to make a facial expression that I thought my dad was acting ridiculous. The Birthday Boys are a bunch of funny guys and I had worked with Jefferson Dutton, one of The Birthday Boys & the director of this episode on a short film.


5. What was the shoot for your Ford commercial like?

Shooting the Ford commercial was a blast. We shot it in an old Macy's building which was so cool to be in. The set was decorated just like Christmas time. My character was very mature, which is similar to me. I got to sit on Santa's lap and ask him for a Ford Fusion and then Santa's reaction was so funny when he hears me ask for a car. Between takes we laughed and Santa and the elf were hilarious. From the talented actors to the awesome crew everyone made it a great day!


6. Do you have a favorite role you've played in a theater production?

My favorite role was playing "Annie" in the show Annie at the historic Grove Theater. Ever since I was two year old, it was a dream of mine to play Annie. I would sing the full songs and if I was in a talent show, I would always sing "Tomorrow" from "Annie". When I was eight, I was able to pursue that dream. Hearing the news that I was cast as Annie made me feel like the happiest girl in the world, this a memory that will last in my heart forever!


7. How did you enjoy shooting your My Little Pony commercial?

I enjoyed working on the My Little Pony commercials a lot. It was a two day shoot, each day a different commercial. The wardrobe, hair and makeup was spectacular, I felt like a princess! I met lots of fun girls, but one in particular that we had so much fun together. After the long two day shoots the client gave me a few of the toys to keep, that was such a fun bonus on the shoot!


8. What was the experience like filming Sam & Cat?

Filming Sam & Cat was a dream come true. I had auditioned for Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat several times that year. When i finally booked it, I was over the moon. I could hardly wait to shoot it. Jenette McCurdy & Ariana Grande are so talented and fun to work with. This is a show I currently watch so being on the show was amazing, I cant wait until it airs this year.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I feel blessed to work each job that I have. Each one brings new faces and new experiences. But I have to say working on the music video "You're Still here" By Aleigh O' Sullivan a new artist was amazing. The song is a true story about the loss of the singers sister, I was playing the role of her sister she lost, it is a moving emotional music video and had the opportunity to meet her parents at the premiere of the music video and have stayed in contact them, it has become more to me than just another booking. It is special and I will always look back on this experience.


10. What has been your favorite project to work on so far?

My favorite job so far has been working on Sam & Cat. It really was a dream day for me because I had made it a goal of mine that year to book a role on Sam & Cat. I had auditioned over and over...when my manager called with that great news I just couldn't believe it!



Is there anything else you would like to add?

I have a new commercial now airing called Tamagotchi Friends toy commercial airing on Cartoon Network, look out for it! :) Also keep an eye out for me on Sam & Cat!!!!! I would also like to say that without the support, help, and love from my family, I wouldn't be writing this interview.

Thanks so much Star Kidz for the interview, looking forward to a fabulous 2014!!!!


We'd like to thank Olivia for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 21 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Caynen Couture



Caynen Couture is a young actor/model from New York. He's been seen for The Blacklist, E! News, Reading Rainbow, the Today Show and more! Caynen will be seen on Who the Bleep Did I Marry tomorrow night and to keep up to date make sure to visit his official website, follow him on Twitter, and like his page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

I got started in the industry when everyone kept telling my mom how cute I was, so my mom set up a photo shoot and sent out my pictures to all these agents. She didn't think she would get a response and she heard back from every one.


2. What was your first booking?

My first booking was a video for FEMA/WIC. There were a lot of kids at the audition but they picked me!


3. What was the experience like shooting for Toddlewood?

Toddlewood is so amazing! Working with them I was able to host E! news with Terrence J and Giuliana. It was so much fun, one of my favorite jobs ever!!!


4. How did you enjoy being on the Today Show?

The Today show was fun. There were other kids there for me to laugh and play with and I met all the hosts. I was even able to keep the stuff I modeled for the show.


5. What was it like shooting for J.Crew?

J.Crew was fun getting to wear all the cool clothes. We ate and played the whole shoot.


6. What was the best part of working for Reading Rainbow?

Reading Rainbow was so much fun. There were so many people there and I was paid to play on an Ipad all day. I was interviewed by all these news reporters, I felt like a celebrity!


7. Do you have a favorite aspect to doing voice over work?

Voice over work is cool because you get to go in a studio with all these microphones and equipment. It was weird doing something with no cameras around but I liked hearing my voice.


8. What was the experience like filming The Blacklist?

I loved working on the Blacklist! It felt like I was getting paid to just have fun. It was freezing cold outside that day, but it was so awesome zooming all over the city shooting different scenes.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

My favorite people to work with have been Terrence J and Ray Rice. I love football so working with an NFL player was amazing!


10. Do you have a favorite project you've worked on so far?

I've enjoyed every job, they have all been so much fun. Hosting E! News, the Blacklist, and my Audi commercial are definitely my favorites!


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I had so many amazing opportunities last year. I hope 2014 is ten times better!!! I really want to work on a major feature film this year.


We'd like to thank Caynen for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 21 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Elladia Jones



Elladia Jones is a young actress/model from New Jersey. She's been seen in ads for Company Kids, OshKosh, Toys R Us, and you've most likely seen her commercials for J.Crew and Tide! Elladia can currently be seen in magazine ads for Mott's and the spring campaign for J.Crew! To keep up to date make sure to visit her official website!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

My mom was a model and actress. She thought I had great personality and would love it!


2. What was your first booking?

Simplicity Patterns


3. What was the experience like shooting your Tide commercial and print ads?

It was so much fun! I like that I got to make a mess on my princess dress. I love Chris O'Shea! She was so nice to me. I was so lucky to meet her and shoot the print ads in a mansion in the Hamptons.


4. Do you have a favorite shoot for OshKosh you've done?

They have all been so fun but I love when we shoot with pets!


5. What was the best part of shooting your J.Crew commercial?

Meeting the president Jenna Lyons!!!


6. What was it like shooting for Crocs?

Well it rained pretty bad that day, so it was not a very long shoot. They gave me new Crocs to keep! So cute!


7. How did you enjoy being on Pix11 News?

It has been my favorite so far! I love TV! It was so much fun to be live on TV


8. What is the best part of working for Toys R Us?

Playing with all the cool toys!


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

Nick Spooner is my favorite director! Stew the stylist for OshKosh and my pretend dad Jesse for Tide


10. Do you have a favorite project you've worked on so far?

J.Crew!!! So cool


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I hope to be in a movie soon. Maybe it will happen this year!? Fingers crossed!


We'd like to thank Elladia for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 21 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Emma Reed



Emma Reed is a young actress/model from Pennsylvania. Emma has worked for companies such as Babies R Us, Saks Fifth Avenue, and will be seen in the film Black Dog Red Dog. She can currently be seen for Joe Fresh and Target, and to keep up to date make sure to like her page on Facebook!







1. How did Emma get started in the industry?

Emma's Daddy is a photographer and one of his friends that is a model suggested that we send her picture to his agency. A week later at 5 months old she was on her first job!


2. What was her first booking?

Packaging and website work for Nuna, a Dutch children's/ baby gear company. They were wonderful to work with, she was featured sitting in one of their highchairs and were even nice enough to send us one of their buggy's (stroller) that we still use today!


3. Does Emma have a favorite moment from walking the runway at petitePARADE?

Emma enjoyed being around all the other kids, she is very social. She had fun playing around during practice with the photographers and making silly faces. Fashion photographer Lev Radin was there to capture one of those faces and it's become one of our family's favorite pictures.


4. What was the experience like filming Black Dog Red Dog?

This was Emma's first movie experience. The movie was set in the 1970's and the wardrobe was fun! Emma and her Mom were given wardrobe to look like "hippies", along with the other cast members. Emma made a friend on set, another toddler that was there for the day. They played all day long, the director loved how they interacted. The cast and crew were so nice and always checking in on the kids to make sure that they had enough to eat and drink. The set was on an old train that drove through farmland in NJ. In between shooting, the kids were playing in the fields and running around. She had a wonderful time on set with everyone.


5. How did Emma enjoy working for Saks Fifth Avenue?

She LOVED shooting for Saks with her friend Adriana. They were able to get behind the camera for a few pictures. The set was for Easter and Spring 2013 and she was so excited to wear a pretty dress and be featured on their website.


6. What was Emma's favorite part of her Babies R Us shoot?

Emma loves getting her hair done at the BRU and TRU shoots. She comes home and pretends to do Mommy's hair and makeup like they did for Emma.


7. How did Emma react when she saw herself on the packages for Spirit Halloween costumes?

Emma was so excited when she saw both of her costumes on display, she even screamed "that's me!!".


8. What has been one of the funniest or coolest moments to happen on set for one of her projects?

When Emma was in for wardrobe for Black Dog Red Dog, she was sitting next to actress Chloe Sevigney while they were both getting their hair and makeup done for the shoot. Chloe sat and talked with Emma and let her play with her brushes. Emma didn't know who Chloe was other than the nice girl talking to her in makeup.


9. Who have been some of Emma's favorite people to work with?

Emma always enjoys making friends on shoots, she likes to pretend she is one of the big kids. It's hard for her to pick favorites when everyone has been so nice to her. The one that has been mentioned the most has been a dog that was on set for a Target shoot that belonged to one of the ladies in charge, she always brings up his hurt leg and how cute he was.


10. What has been Emma's favorite job to work on so far?

Emma did a small part in an upcoming movie "Don't Worry Baby" with actor Christopher McDonald and Dreama Walker. The set was at York Avenue Preschool and she was on set all day but it was more like play time. The kids played outside on the playground, had a mini gymnastics lesson inside, coloring in the kitchen and pizza with her new friends. She was also thrilled that the camera ops were giving her a free reign of the Snickers supply. Emma's Mommy was even given a part and was told to pretend yell at the main actor. One of her favorite print jobs has been Target - very kid friendly, upbeat and fun atmosphere.


We'd like to thank Emma and her family for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Zachary Haven



Zachary Haven is a young actor from Los Angeles. He's been seen on television shows such as Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, been involved in the Let Your Light Shine music video and more! Zach will soon be seen in Airplane vs Volcano and to keep up to date make sure to follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

Mom asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I said I wanted to be on the big screen. Mom sent me to classes in our small town and I loved it!


2. What was your first booking?

I think my first booking was a Tickle Me Plant commercial. They are the coolest plants ever!


3. What was it like filming The Vampire Diaries?


It was extremely fun and hot. I was in an episode with a lot of kids, so we all had so much fun playing in between takes. It was really neat meeting some of the cast too. It was filmed at a lake in the woods, so we got to do some exploring. I had so much fun!


4. How did you enjoy filming the Let Your Light Shine music video?

It was so much fun, because there were so many kids on that set also. Plus Bianca and Chiara were my friends and that made it even better. It also is a song that supports anti-bullying and that means a lot to me. Oh and we got lunch from Fresh Brother's Pizza!


5. What was the experience like working on Criminal Minds?

It was amazing! The entire cast were so inspiring. I will never forget doing the table read and after it was my turn to introduce myself, everyone at the table, cast, directors and producers, clapped. It made me feel so proud! I would love the opportunity to be on the show again!


6. Do you have a favorite episode of L.A. Girls you've done?

The first one was my favorite. I think it was the funniest for me. Hope I return in season two!


7. What was the best part of being on The Doctors?

Playing ball in between takes with the actor that was playing my grandfather.


8. What was the experience like working on Horror House?

It was fun. At the end of every shoot day, they gave me an ice pop! They were also really good to make sure I never saw the scary guy.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I have been really lucky over the past 3 years, that I can't pick one person. They have all been great and I would be honored to work with or for them all again.


10. What was been your favorite project to work on so far?

Wow, this is a tough one! Each project has made me a better actor, so they are all my favorite. But, Moonchild was really fun, because I got to fly. Criminal Minds is on the top of the list, because it was my first major booking in Los Angeles. I can't wait to see how Airplane vs Volcano turns out with all the special effects. It will be on Video on Demand in March and then on DVD May 27.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for your support for me and to all the young actors! See you on the big screen!


We'd like to thank Zachary for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Jessica Cherniak



Jessica Cherniak is a young actress/model from New York City. She has been seen in films, commercials, has walked the runway at petitePARADE and more. Jessica can currently be seen in Melanie Martinez's video for Dollhouse and to keep up to date make sure to keep checking back at our Facebook account!






1. How did you get started in the industry?

I was always outgoing girl, happy, positive, not a shy, and talked a lot. All around people told my mom she is a future actress. From age 6 my mom took me to acting classes, where a manager was interested in me, after that I started to work.


2. What was your first booking?

My first booking was commercial "KaBoom". I was very excited, also I tried hard and everybody was happy with me.


3. What was the experience like being in Melanie Martinez's music video for Dollhouse?

This was very interesting work, Melanie she is amazing and a very talented singer, she has a lot of fans. 3 days after the video came out, it had 150,000 views.


4. How did you enjoy walking the runway at petite PARADE?

It was an amazing two days, I was wearing a beautiful outfit, met nice people, and had a lot of fun.


5. What was your shoot like for the dream printer KONICA MINOLTA commercial?

It was a very interesting project, we had a great time and met a lot of new friends.


6. What is your favorite part of taking part in East Coast Starz?

I like all competitions, but most of all my favorite part is when we are awarded and given gifts.


7. How did you feel performing in Seussical for the first time?

I really like to sing and therefore to act in the Seussical was a pleasure, all of us clapped and we made it a great success.


8. What was it like filming the pilot for The Ordained?

To participate in this project it was very exciting and filming was such celebrities as Sam Neill and Hope Davis.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I have liked everyone I have worked with, with many we remained friends and we maintain the relationship all the time.


10. What has been your favorite project to work on to date?

Very difficult question as all projects are interesting, it was interesting to work in the movie "Indigo Key" because it was my first speaking role and in Melanie Martinez's music video and in a Panasonic Commercial....


11. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you to all the people who have helped me and trusted me ( my family and friends and all who have work with me...) Thank you for Star Kidz for having me!!! Good Luck to all!!!


We'd like to thank Jessica for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Angelina G. Porcelli


Angelina G. Porcelli is a young model from New York City. Since our Q&A with her last year she has worked for top designers Mischka Aoki, Pale Cloud, walked the runway in fashion shows at Bergdorf Goodman, petitePARADE and more! To keep up to date make sure to visit Angelina's official website, follow her on Twitter, and like her page on Facebook!






1. What was your shoot for Mon Petit like?

The shoot at Mon Petit was at my favorite place to shoot The Metropolitan building and Cleo Sullivan was the photographer. I knew almost all the other models there so we had fun together when not shooting.


2. What was the experience like going to Norway to shoot for Pale Cloud?

Norway was my first International modeling I got. It was a long flight. We were there about 10 days. The first few days I had bad jet lag and did not feel well. It was May and still cold there. I did the Spring Summer 2014 Campaign for Pale Cloud.


3. How did you enjoy working for Baby CZ?

I loved working for Baby CZ! It was for AW13. I knew a lot of other models. I love the designer Carolina and her collection, and my good friend Michel Onofrio was the stylist. I love working when my friends are there too. They also loved my naturally curly hair.


4. What was your favorite line to walk the runway for at petitePARADE last year?

I did not have a favorite line this time because I loved all of them for different reasons. First I walked Mischka Aoki for Swarovski Elements. She has the most beautiful dresses in the world! Being one of Mischka Aoki's regular models we have become good friends and I love her and her family. They are very good to me. I loved walking for JCPenney because I got to smile and have fun on the runway. They were very nice and let me keep everything I wore on the runway. Also I was filmed for the tv show "Shark Tank" with hot hair care Products by Megan for JC Penney, they also interviewed me.

I walked 2 outfits for Bonnie Young. I have been one of Bonnie's regular models for about 3 years. I am very friendly with her and her family. It was the first time I walked in 2 outfits this season and I was also her fit model preparing for the show for about 2 weeks so I spent a lot of time with her and her family. I also brought my friend Kyah in to walk for her as well. It was his first time. His dad is Soccer Star Tim Cahill.


5. What was the best part about working for Mischka Aoki?

I love the Mischka Aoki line and I love the designer and her family. I hope to always work for her. Right now I am her main model in America but I now travel abroad to shoot her Collections.


6. How did you enjoy getting to travel overseas for the shoot?

I have now traveled overseas 2 times for 2 different designers in 7 months for their Campaigns. I love traveling! I will be working in Europe all this summer and can't wait.


7. What was the experience like taking part in the Bergdorf Goodman Fashion Show?

I love Bergdorf Goodman! They are very nice to me. I was working a trunk show there for Mischka Aoki. A woman bought a dress I was wearing because she liked it on me. There were 2 other models there I knew so we did everything we could to make it a success. And it was! I am doing another one this week for 3 days for Mischka Aoki at Bergdorf's again.


8. What was your day on set for Target like?

I had so much fun on the Target set! The photographer and I had so much fun talking and we ate lunch together too. We talked about Justin Bieber. I am a life long Vegan Vegetarian and they had the best Vegetarian food. I will be in the stores for the Spring Campaign 2014. Look for me!


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with this past year?

This year I have met so many new people and made new friends working and taking acting acting classes. I always love working with Stylist Michel Onofrio, the Mischka Aoki team and the designers 2 children. My friend Nicole Karabaich also went overseas to shoot Mischka Aoki and I love working with her.


10. What has been your favorite project to work on this past year?

My favorite project has been working all my jobs with Mischka Aoki. She is beautiful inside and out. Also, a new project I am working on that I can't talk about yet but "stay tuned!"


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I always look to improving my craft and giving the best job I can do to the designer. I appreciate all my friendships I have made and all the ones I continue to have. You must be serious about this if you are going to be a model or actress because the designer who hires you has a lot if faith in you that you will make there clothes shine.


We'd like to thank Angelina for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 16 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Anthony Cieslak



Anthony Cieslak is a young actor from New Jersey. He has filmed commercials for big name companies such as Amazon, AT&T, Toyota, and his Georgia Gas spot is currently airing! Anthony recently shot a new spot for Google, and to keep up to date make sure to like his management's page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

A good friend of my mom saw a picture of me and thought I would be a good fit for CP Talent.


2. What was your first booking?

My very 1st booking was Amazon/Kindle.


3. What was the best part of filming your AT&T commercial?

The best part of filming the AT&T commercial was meeting Beck Bennett.


4. How did you enjoy your commercial shoot for the Amazon Kindle?

I really enjoyed the shoot for Amazon Kindle. I got to make new friends.


5. What was it like shooting for Google?

Shooting for Google was a lot of fun, but hard work.


6. What was the experience like shooting your commercial for Toyota?

My experience shooting for Toyota was a good one. I got to work with Beck Bennett again!


7. How did you like working for Georgia Gas?

I liked working with Georgia Gas. It was very hot out though and I had to be bundled up in winter clothes, but I did get chocolate ice cream after my shoot.


8. What was been one of the funniest or coolest things to happen on set for any of your projects?

The coolest thing was on the Google set, they let me make up some of my own lines and then we got to shoot at a toy store!


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I liked working with everyone at Google, they were a lot of fun.


10. What has been your favorite job to work on so far?

I really liked all my jobs, but if I have to pick a favorite it would be Google.


We'd like to thank Anthony for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 16 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Olivia Baldassano



Olivia Baldassano is a young model from New Jersey. She's been seen for Made Like Me, Oscar de la Renta, walked the runway at petitePARADE and more! Olivia recently shot for Amscan and to keep up to date make sure to like her management's page on Facebook!








1. How did you get started in the industry?

My sister started modeling first and it sounded like fun so I decided to try it out!


2. What was your first booking?

My first job was a direct booking for Voque Bambini Magazine. I got to wear a really cool outfit and it was really fun because they used a wind machine and bubbles. It was so exciting when I got to see myself in the magazine too!


3. What was the experience like walking the runway at petitePARADE?

I got to walk the runway at Petite Parade twice so far and it was amazing because there is a lot of excitement and I loved all of my outfits! I also got to work with my sister and a bunch of my friends!


4. How did you enjoy shooting for Oscar de la Renta?

Working for Oscar has been one of my favorites so far. I did a fall photo shoot, I was a flower girl in a bridal runway show and also walked the runway in a spring show. The clothes were so pretty but the best part was getting to meet Oscar. He was so friendly and he tied the bow on my flower girl dress for me. At the end of the show all the kids got to take pictures with him! I also got to meet Mariska Hargitay and her daughter backstage - that was fun!


5. What was your shoot for Made by Me like?

Working for Made by Me was fun because I got to be on the box for Butterfly Magnets and Stepping Stones.


6. How did you react to seeing yourself on the boxes for the first time at the store?

The first time I saw the boxes in the store was really cool and my mom took a lot of pictures. We bought some too!


7. How did you enjoy shooting for Amscan?

Shooting for Amscan was another one of my favorites! I modeled 4 different costumes - they were all very different from each other and I got to wear really fun wigs! I can't wait to see them in the store this fall.


8. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I loved working with the photographer from Vogue Bambini. He made the job a lot of fun and that's when I knew I wanted to keep modeling. I have also made some really great friends...we are always happy for each other and cheer each other on. Also the Brides from the Oscar runway show were so kind to me!


9. What has been your favorite job to work on so far?

All of them have been so much fun and it's hard to pick just one!


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I feel lucky to have this experience and I hope to keep modeling for a very long time! I'm also thankful for my parents, I know they are very proud of me and my manager Colette who works so hard to get me great jobs!


We'd like to thank Olivia for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 15 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Hunter Metnick



Hunter Metnick is a young actor from New York. He's been seen for Disney, Nickelodeon, Treasure Hunters, WWE, and just booked a James Patterson project for HBG TV! To keep up to date make sure to like his management's page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

I did a SAG bank commercial for a bank when I was five.


2. What was your first booking?

Since the bank commercial was just something my mom took me to, my first booking was a spot on Nickelodeon.


3. What was the best part of filming your WWE promo?

The best part of shooting the WWE pay-per view promo was making the 'mean face' as a young Seamus, the wrestler.


4. How did you enjoy shooting for Treasure Hunters?

Shooting For James Patterson's, Treasure Hunters was a dream come true-meeting Jim, one of the best authors in the world was great! Playing a pirate with him was fun!


5. What was it like working with James Patterson?

Simply amazing!


6. How did you react to finding out you booked a Disney Resort commercial?

My sister and I FREAKED out when we learned about booking the Disney shoot!!


7. What was the experience like filming it?

Shooting for Disney was absolutely incredible-we got to go into the park just as the sun came up and we were the only ones there! They stopped the rides (later when the park was open) to let us on to film us on the rides.


8. How did you enjoy working with your sister?

It made the trip very special because we could do it together and we could share the excitement!


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

Cynthia Perez was the photographer on the Disney shoot-she made it so much fun. James Patterson was an honor to work alongside.


10. What was been your favorite project to work on so far?

My favorite project-I have done regional theater in Syracuse (Syracuse Stage) twice now and I just played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol-I did 42 shows in December-the cast really bonded and it was sad to see it end.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks!!!


We'd like to thank Hunter for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 15 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Ava Baldassano


Ava Baldassano is a young model from New Jersey. She's been seen in ads for Gant, Peebles, Scholastic, and more. You've probably spotted Ava in stores and online for Aeropostale, and she recently booked a commercial for Amazon! To keep up to date make sure to like her management's page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

I knew I wanted to be a model when I was in 4th grade. I kept asking my mom and after 2 years she finally sent my pictures in and I booked my first job pretty quick!


2. What was your first booking?

My 1st booking was for Company Kids catalog. I modeled a towel with a Peace sign and I knew right away that I would love modeling. It was exciting to see myself in a magazine!


3. What was your shoot for Gant like?

My shoot for Gant for was so much fun!!! It was at a really pretty place for an outdoor shoot. I got to be a part of a wedding and there was the cutest dog on the set.


4. What is the best part of working for Toys R Us?

The best part of working for TRU was that I really loved the FLOAM. A lady made some really cool things like flowers and dinosaurs and I got to test it out. I also loved the GAK because it was for a new scented kind but it wasn't out yet so i had to pretend it smelled it amazing!


5. How did you enjoy shooting for Scholastic?

Scholastic was fun because it was so different. The article was about "What Not to Wear" to school so I wore fun pajamas and colored hair extensions.


6. Do you have a favorite Halloween costume you shot for Gemmy?

I loved them both but my favorite was Spiderella because I loved the design and the way they styled my hair!


7. What was the experience like working for P.S. from Aeropostale?


PS has been my favorite so far because I've worked for them more than once and it makes me feel really comfortable to be working with people that I already know...plus I shop there and LOVE their clothes!


8. How did you react to seeing your images up in their stores the first time?

When I saw the giant poster behind the register I couldn't believe it was me up there! I've met the managers from a few of their stores and they are so friendly and let me keep the posters.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I have made some really good friends on different jobs especially the PS crew!


10. What has been your favorite job to work on so far?

*see above


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would really like to thank my family for all their support especially my mom for all the times she drives me to the city and for being so patient.


We'd like to thank Ava for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 14 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Aidan and Logan Miller


Aidan and Logan Miller are young actors/models from California. They've been seen in commercials for First National Bank, Straight Talk Wireless, ads for OshKosh and more. You may have seen Aidan and Logan on Born on a Bad Day, Jimmy Kimmel Live or Modern Family, and to keep up to date make sure to keep checking back at our Facebook account!






1. How did the boys get started in the industry?

A friend of our family from the past, Deidre Halls Identical Twin Sister, Andrea on Days if Our Lives submitted the boys picture (I had send them to her via email) Days casting contacted us and they almost booked the role of Baby Joe but they were too big as the baby on the show was to be born premature. Anyway, Andrea told me to put them in advertising and that was that.


2. What was their first booking?

OshKosh and Carter's Print Ad


3. Logan, what was the experience like being on Jimmy Kimmel Live?

It was fun. I got to wear camo and pretend to shoot a gun! Oh and we got to meet Jimmy Kimmel.


4. How did you enjoy shooting for OshKosh/Carters?

Working for OshKosh and Carter's was fun too. We got to try on lots of different clothes and smile like a million times for the camera. Then we were in a magazine.


5. What was the best part of being on Modern Family?

Modern Family was SO much fun. Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) played with us in between takes in a BIG BALL Pit on the set! Then he stole the blocks from me in our scene and it was caught on camera. Episode was: "The Bicycle Thief" - I am wearing a orange shirt and a plaid hat.


6. What was the shoot like for Born on a Bad Day?

"Born on a Bad Day" was an experience. It was an episode (re enactment) in which a mother gives birth during a HURRICANE. Aidan got water sprayed in his face SEVERAL different times and did a GREAT job acting out that scene- He cried and pointed his finger at the director but it looked like he was pointing at the window breaking. The director said: "Cut, EXCELLENT Job Aidan ( even giving him a high five) and that's wrap for Aidan & Logan!!!


7. How did you feel seeing the Straight Talk Wireless commercial the first time?

We absolutely LOVE seeing ourselves on television. The very first time we saw our National Straight Talk Commercial we were ecstatic!!

Aidan: "We are famous!!" Everyone can see our commercial!"

Logan: "Wow, thus is SO cool.."Faster.. Faster.. Faster...( that is what they had to say in the commercial)


8. Aidan, what was the experience like filming the First National Bank commercial?

My bank commercial was funny cause the man holding me kept tickling me and making me laugh. He was really nice.


9. Who have been some of their favorite people to work with?

All the actors, directors and producers have always been kind to us. It's fun when they like to interact with my boys as it makes everything go smoother and makes it FUN!!

Aidan and Logan: The red haired man from Modern Family (Jesse Tyler Ferguson). He was SO fun and nice to us. I hope we can work with him someday again.


10. What has been your favorite project to work on so far?

The Straight Talk National Commercial cause we got to ride the rocket ship like a million times!


We'd like to thank Aidan, Logan, and their family for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 14 2014 by Lisa
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Introducing...
Sydney DiMera will be looking different in the coming months on Days of Our Lives as twins Berlyn & Brooklyn have begun filming for the role! The girls have previously appeared in a commercial for Hertz. Look for them to first air this summer.
Posted on Feb 13 2014 by Lisa
February Q&A Series - Andrew Popovich


Andrew Popovich is a young actor/model from Illinois. His resume includes credits in a variety of project types such as television, print, theatre, and more. Andrew has worked for big name companies including Kmart, Lord & Taylor, and has been seen on Chicago Fire! To keep up to date, make sure to keep checking back at our Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

I told my mom I wanted be on tv so she looked into and now I get to be.


2. What was your first booking?

My first booking was print inflatable boxing gloves.


3. How did you enjoy filming The Pied Pipers?

I had a blast working on Pied Pipers the cast and crew were super fun/funny.


4. What was the experience like walking the runway at the Lord & Taylor Fashion Show?

My experience walking the runway for Lord & Taylor was fun and exciting, but I was a bit nervous since my first runway job.


5. What was the best part of working on Chicago Fire?

The best part being on Chicago Fire was meeting the cast and getting my pictures with them.


6. How did you enjoy your shoot for Kmart?

I really enjoyed shooting for Kmart because I got to play with a spy car with camera on it.


7. What was it like being a part of Oz the Musical?

I loved being in Oz the Musical because first time being on stage doing theatre work and I really enjoyed the dancing we learned as well.


8. What was the experience like working on Dhoom 3?

Dhoom 3 wasn't a good exp we had work till 3 am and it was below zero and they had us stay outside and we froze.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

The favorite people I've worked with would be Chicago Fire cast.


10. What has been your favorite project to work on so far?

My favorite project would be Chicago Field Museum I got to do both the commercial and print which is on display in museum.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I love working in the industry and I'm working to be the best I can be and make my dreams come true, working as a regular on TV.


We'd like to thank Andrew for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 12 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Caroline Ognibene


Caroline Ognibene is a young actress/model from New Jersey. She's been seen in a commercial for JDRF, and has done print jobs for companies including FAO Schwarz, Ralph Lauren, and Toys R Us, to name a few. Caroline will be seen in the upcoming film My Dead Boyfriend playing the younger version of Heather Graham's character and to keep up to date make sure to like her management's page on Facebook!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

My older sister was involved in some modeling and I thought it looked like fun. We heard that CP Talent was having an open call so I went even though I almost didn't make it since I was sick. Colette invited me to become a part of her agency. I was so excited to get started on this fun journey!


2. What was your first booking?

My first booking was actually my Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation commercial shoot. It was so much fun!


3. What is the best part about shooting for Toys R Us?

I love Toys R Us! My absolute favorite part of shooting with them is all of the great people I get to work with there. From the amazing ladies who do my hair and the photographers to the "baby wranglers" who always make me smile. It is always so much fun.


4. How did you enjoy filming your spot for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation?

It was so great. The whole thing was filmed on a playground and I got to shoot on the slide, the monkey bars and the spinning wheel. I loved pushing the spin wheel around and jumping on while it was spinning so fast even though it was heavy and hard to push. Everyone was so nice!


5. What was it like shooting for FAO Schwarz?

It was fun. I got to see a bunch of the sets they had set up, including the giant stuffed animals. I also made a new friend that day. I wore a beautiful outfit and got to shoot with the Cabbage Patch Dolls which was so cool. Dolls are my absolute favorite toy! I loved seeing my picture in the catalog and got to bring it to school to show all of my friends.


6. What was your favorite part of filming My Dead Boyfriend?

That was a long day. Lots of waiting around, hair and wardrobe. But I loved it! My favorite part was when I finally got a chance to be on camera. The older boy and girl actors who were playing my parents were so nice and kept making me laugh while we were waiting. Also, I got to get gummy fruit snacks from craft services while on location which made my day. That was the day I truly realized how much I love modeling and acting.


7. How did you enjoy meeting Heather Graham?

She was so nice. As soon as she walked into holding she came right up to me and said hello and said "You must be playing little me?". My mommy asked to take a picture of me with her and she said yes and also had my Mommy take a picture of us with her phone. I liked her a lot.


8. If you could work on any project with your siblings, what would it be?

Me and my sister love gymnastics and my brother likes it too. I hope that one day that we can all do a gymnastics movie like McKenna or a shoot for gymnastics equipment.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

I have liked everyone I have worked with. Everyone has been so nice. My favorite people though were Jesse and Lana, my "parents" from My Dead Boyfriend. They really spent a lot of time with me and kept making me laugh.


10. What was been your favorite project to work on so far?

My favorite projects have been the JDRF shoot on the playground and my Babies R Us shoot where I got to be in the Princess Sofia sleeping bag. I love Princess Sofia so it was so fun.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank Colette Palmerio of CP talent for believing in me and giving me a shot in this business. And thanks to Roisin O'Dea for all her hard work on my behalf. I love modeling and acting and look forward to many jobs to come! Thank you Star Kidz for having me!


We'd like to thank Caroline for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 09 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Hunter Jones



Hunter Jones is a young actor/model from New Jersey. He has been seen in commercials, print ads, runway shows, and has worked for big name companies including Cheerios and Toys R Us! To keep up to date make sure to visit his official website!







1. How did you get started in the industry?

My sister was interviewed and they loved me too so I was signed.


2. What was your first booking?

Joe Fresh commercial and print ad


3. What was your favorite part of filming your Cheerios commercial?

I got to eat all the Cheerios I wanted! They were all so nice to me. My pretend sister was so sweet


4. How did you enjoy filming your J.Crew commercial?

It was my favorite bc the president liked me a lot and let me sit on her lap. I even got to wear her black framed glasses.


5. What was the day on set like shooting for South Coast Plaza?

The most relaxing place in the world. I thought I was on vacation.


6. Do you have a favorite Toys R Us shoot you've done?

My favorite is riding the cars


7. What was the best part about filming your commercial for Crest?

I had the best time shooting it with my cool ware wolf costume I got to keep.


8. What was the experience like being a part of the Kids Rock Fashion Show?

So cool!!! Meeting the Knicks players was awesome.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

My modeling friends


10. Do you have a favorite project you've worked on so far?

Cheerios was my favorite


Is there anything else you would like to add?

My mommy says if I try my best I can be anything I want. Maybe I will be the president of the United States


We'd like to thank Hunter for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 08 2014 by Lisa
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February Q&A Series - Zara Franchesca Reaves


Zara Franchesca Reaves is a young actress/model from Miami, Florida, who also works in the NYC market. She has been seen in commercials, print ads, runway shows and more. Zara has worked for big name companies including Disney, Nordstrom, Oscar de la Renta and can currently be seen in the latest issue of Babiekins Magazine! To keep up to date make sure to like her page on Facebook!








1. How did you get started in the industry?

Mom submitted my photo to an agency when I was eight months old and they were immediately interested in representing me.


2. What was your first booking?

Two weeks later, I landed my first booking with Babies "R"Us. It was an exciting moment for me. I was all smiles and giggles during my shoot and well liked for being a very calm and happy baby.


3. What was the experience like filming your Disney commercial?

Filming a Disney commercial was really a blessing and a dream come true. A very special and magical moment. What made it so special and so magical was that I had no idea who the characters I was going to be filming with, until the last minute on "action" when the drapes were pulled back. My first character was with Rapunzel who was hiding behind black drapes. When the drapes were dropped and I saw Rapunzel, I was completely mesmerized by her hair and beauty. I really had to pull myself together. In the afternoon, I got to meet my second character, Princess Tiana. I am in awe of her. I had no idea who was behind the white drapes and when Princess Tiana pulled back the drapes, my face lit up and I ran opened arms to her and fell into her arms. There was an instant bond and connection between us. I lost all sense of reality and was wrapped up in the whole magical experience. Our interaction completely blew the camera crew away. After we wrapped it up the Director came up to me to give me a big "well done" hug. Mom was in tears of joy watching us interact on camera. I will always treasure such a wonderful experience.


4. How did you enjoy working for Oscar de la Renta?

I felt very honored working for Oscar de la Renta in New York. It was a full day packed with fun at the Bronx Botanical Gardens. The entire team were amazing and the shoot was very well organized. I loved the way my hair was styled and the clothing that I modeled were gorgeous. I felt very comfortable modeling Oscar de la Renta clothing and working with the team. I did an outstanding job because the lead photographer made it a point of telling mom that I am amazing in front of the camera, a great listener, I take direction very well, I am very well behaved and that mom should be extremely proud of me. Mom was super proud of me and treated me to my very first American Girl doll, Addie that I have always wanted. I was in my absolute glory with the whole experience.


5. What was your favorite part of the Nordstrom fashion show?

My favorite part was opening the runway show. I was surprised that I was not nervous. I walked it with confidence and grace. I love runway modeling.


6. What was the best part of shooting for Hoodie Pets?

The best part was wearing the Hoodiepet and swapping out the stick-on pets. They were a novelty. And, the crew having us do different activities in the park. I actually liked the blue color Hoodiepet that they selected for me to model. It was a glorious and fun-packed day!


7. How did you enjoy your shoot for Walmart?

I loved every bit in driving the electric Barbie car and playing with the Barbie doll house, both my favorite toys. I was so engrossed with playing with the toys.


8. What was the best part of your Carters shoot?

Being in a beautiful location and wearing Carter's outfits. The wrangler was a very funny and entertaining lady that had us all in fits of laughter. The production team were awesome.


9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

Some of my favorite people to have worked with have been the production teams for Disney, Oscar de la Renta, Living Mural, Hoodiepets, HCA, FL Hospital, Babiekins Magazine and Bonprix.


10. What has been your favorite project to work on so far?

Gosh, this is a difficult question as they are all very different. If I really have to choose I would say Disney because I love everything Disney and their production teams for commercial and print are wonderful. I don't think there is a single Disney movie that I have not watched and despite having been to Disney World several times both for work and pleasure, I will never grow tired of visiting Disney World and meeting the characters. Every visit is just as magical as the first.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes. I was very honored in filming a Living Mural in "Celebrating America" for the George W Bush Presidential Library. The living mural is only a few steps inside the front door of the Presidential Library and it is there to stay. I cannot wait to visit the Library and see the Living Mural and to think that one day my kids will get to see it too!


We'd like to thank Zara for participating in our February Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 05 2014 by Lisa
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Industry Professionals Q&A Series - Alisha Kosaka



Alisha Kosaka is an Acting Coach based in Los Angeles. The children she has worked with have been seen in numerous projects including television shows, films, national commercials and more. Alisha recently spoke with us about what she looks for in the children she works with, the classes she runs, and the projects her clients have been working on. Make sure to visit her website for more information and to like her page on Facebook!






1. How did you become an acting coach?


I first started out as a Model at a very young age, now I am a Actress. I have been Acting since I was a child. Always taking all types of Acting classes. I studied at The Lee Strasberg Television and Film Institute in NYC, The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and with many acting teachers in NYC, Miami and Los Angeles. While in NYC, doing a bunch of Indie films I got into behind the camera. I have worked as a Prop Master, Boom Operator, Production Assistant, Makeup Artist, Casting Director, Casting session director, Casting assistant, Casting Associate, Producer, Assistant Director, Production Coordinator, Director, Writer, Editor and Acting Coach. I am also a Filmmaker, two of my films which I wrote, directed, acted and edited have played in Film Festivals. While acting in so many films I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work in so many different avenues in the Entertainment Industry which led me to Coaching. I used everything that I have learned and all my passion and put that into all of my classes and coaching sessions. When a child takes a class with me they are not just taking a class from a Acting Coach. I started coaching my Husband and then it opened up to me working at a Theater teaching acting and doing private coaching for kids and teens. I have been coaching and teaching for years now and I truly love it! I decided to focus on kids and teens because since I have been in the Entertainment Industry I have seen a lot! I want to support children's dreams and to teach them to believe in themselves. I am very lucky that many of my students get awesome results with getting callbacks and book awesome jobs in Los Angeles.


2. What age groups do you work with?

I teach 4-18


3. Where are you located and do you have a way to take out of state clients?

I live in Los Angeles, CA and yes I have many private clients that I coach via Skype and FaceTime all over the US and they are getting awesome results as well getting callbacks and booking jobs.


4. What do you look for in young talents when working with them?

Passion. It is so important to be passionate about acting. If a child does not love it, it will be very hard on them once they book a job having to be on set for many hours. Some kids just love acting so much and love being on set and there are children that do not like it at all. The ones who do love it, usually work much harder and get better results. It is so important for a child to be able to listen, focus and take direction. Those are learned skills. If a child goes into a audition and does not know what to do or cannot listen and take simple direction than they will most likely not get the job. Cute can only go so far. Cute does not make talent!


5. What are the main aspects children learn in your classes?

Wow there are so many!!! Confidence is so important and I love to see when a child gains confidence from working with me. How to audition, how to break down a character, how to breakdown a scene. How to improv naturally, how to be real and subtle, and so much more!


6. How long do your classes last and what types of classes do you offer?

My classes are in Hollywood, I rent space in a Casting Studio. Every class I have my students will have mock auditions in the casting studio ( I make them as real as possible for them and it takes away so much pressure and they learn to have fun with confidence in their real auditions. I film my students in MOCK AUDITIONS which are sent to the parents after each class. It depends on the age as how long the class is.


7. At what age do you recommend children begin seeing an acting coach?

As soon as possible. It can be very intimidating going into a casting session with big lights shining in you face, having a camera pointed in your face too! In my class they learn how to handle their auditions like a pro. A child needs to learn how to take direction and deliver it naturally.


8. What are the biggest rewards when coaching young actors?

The biggest rewards are so many!!! I love this story. I had a student who has taken many classes with me. When he first came to me, he was extremely shy. He kept on telling me that he could not act and that he could not read. After working with him I saw him open up so much and allow his confidence to shine. He began to have callback after callback and began to book jobs. I had a student who was so shy that she could not look you in the face. (which is very normal, I used to be like that!!!) She loved acting so much and she really worked very hard and challenged herself. She began to get auditions and booked a role on a Network TV show.


9. What are some of the projects your clients have gone on to work on?

Many!!! Modern Family, Tosh O, The Neighbors, Sam & Cat, Levis, True Blood, Baby Genius, Mattel, Taco Bell etc...


10. Do you have any advice you could give to children and their families looking to get into the theatrical side of the biz?

When your child has a audition, hire someone to help them, being the parent you may not see the technical things that your child is doing that could prevent them from having a great audition. Make sure they memorize their lines, support them and be patient.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am available for private coaching sessions and I can be reached at alishakosaka.com, actingwithalisha@gmail.com, and 310-663-0725


We'd like to thank Alisha for participating in our Industry Professionals Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 02 2014 by Lisa
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Industry Professionals Q&A Series - Colette Palmerio
We're starting our February Q&A's off with something a little different this year! This month we have been speaking with two industry professionals who kindly answered some questions about their companies and the business. We hope that many will find this information helpful whether you're just getting started or looking to learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes! To kick things off we have our Q&A with Colette Palmerio of CP Talent!





Colette Palmerio is the owner of CP Talent Management located in New Jersey. Her talent has been seen in numerous theatrical and commercial projects, as well as in print, Broadway, and more! Colette recently spoke with us about what she looks for in the children she represents, the NY market, and being a manager. Make sure to visit the CP Talent Management website, as well as follwing them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook!






1. How did CP Talent come together?

I worked for a management company for sixteen years (New Talent Management). It had started as a high school job and I was hired as a receptionist. We were bi-coastal managers. Through the years I learned the business and started handling the print department of the company. As I got to know the children I started to handle the commercials as well as the print. Around 2005 the owner started spending more time in LA and I became in charge of the entire East Coast. Four years later the owner decided he would stay out in LA and he suggested I opened up my own company. He closed the New Talent name, and opened up under his name in LA. He called the agents and clients we worked with and explained that this was a mutual decision and so after all the paperwork was completed I opened up CP Talent Management (2010).


2. What are the differences between a management and an agency in the NYC market?

This is an excellent question and one I get often. Agents and mangers work very closely together. A talent manager literally manages every aspect of a talents career. Managers organize the day for a talent. I usually know their schedule before they do! Agents call managers with auditions and managers help supply talent for certain calls. So any agency I work with my talent also works with - thus increasing their auditions.


3. What are some of the biggest Do's and Don'ts of the business?

Do's: Be ready. Book out if you are not available. Answer your messages. Update your photos. Updates your child's sizes. Communicate. Keep your child's permit up to date. Send us your vouchers on time. Remember two is the slowest age in the industry. Be excited when your child books- we are!

Don'ts: Don't let your child's permit expire. Don't think a photo a few months old is acceptable for submissions (this is for babies). Don't listen to others. Don't forget we are working hard for your child.


4. How often do you typically hold open calls, and what should parents bring with them?

We hold open calls about 4-5 times a year. Parents should bring a snap shot with them (or a picture or resume if they have one), dress is casual. The process is very much like an audition. I can tell with in a few minutes if a child is right for the business.


5. What do you look for when selecting infants and toddlers to join CP Talent?

As long as an infant or toddler is cute, happy and willing to go with strangers (will not cry when mom/dad/guardian isn't holding them) they will probably do well. Of course someone has to be flexible enough to travel into the city for auditions as well.


6. What do you look for in children and teens when adding new talents to CP Talent?

As children get older we look for outgoing, good looking children. Someone who is going to walk in and command the room. Also, if someone has a special talent (sings, an amazing dancer, bi-lingual, etc). Once again someone has to be flexible enough to travel into the city for auditions. They also have to be a good student (the permit has a spot for the school to fill out).


7. After being selected to join the CP Talent family, what should parents and children expect?

After you are accepted we will begin submitting your child on castings. Please be available. It is very easy for someone to lose interest in you if you are constantly unavailable. Appreciate the opportunity. A lot of people would love to trade places with you.


8. What types of projects can your talent be seen in?

We have children in magazine ads such as American Baby, IBM, Parents Magazine, Lands' End, The Children's Place, Rice Krispies, McCalls Patterns, Toys-R-Us, Babies-R-Us, Scholastic, Kiwi, Aeropostale, Cottonelle, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, OshKosh, Monnalisa, Nautica, Ser Padres, Amscan, Little Me, Earnshaw's, Hasbro, Avon, Huggies, 20/20 Eyewear, to name some.​​

Some recent TV Commercials are NY Health, MasterCard, AT&T (multiple spots), Radio Shack, Radio City, Cheerios, E-Trade, Pampers, Georgia Gas, HCL Technology, Sprint, Comcast, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Pandora, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Chuck E. Cheese, Kraft, T-Mobile, Tonka, Toll Brothers, Bank of America, Treasure Hunters, Amazon, Toys-R-Us, Home Goods, Macy's, to name some.

Some television shows are One Life to Live, All My Children, Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Nurse Jackie, Gaffigan, Little Airplane, to name a few.

Some films: Jack Attack, Left, Danger Word & The Picture Show, to name a few.

We also have placed children on the broadway stage, The Grinch & Beauty & the Beast (tour).


9. What are some of the most rewarding aspects to being a manager?

Seeing my talent on TV, in magazines or on stage is so amazing! The feeling is indescribable. It never gets old. As amazing as that it is, it doesn't compare to the fact that we truly are a FAMILY! Everyone cheers each other on. It makes the long hours equally rewarding. I believe we are so successful because people truly care and are happy for one another. I love my talent and consider them part of my extended family. I love seeing my talent outside of work as well. It is great to see how many friendships have been made.


10. Is there any advice you could give to families looking to get started in the biz?

Yes, PLEASE do your homework! There are a lot of amazing people in the business but on the same note there are some places that will take advantage of the novice. NEVER put up a dime up front (agents & managers work on a commission basis on bookings), ask for a license number. Reputable places will gladly give it to you. Be loyal. The business is small and we talk. Your rep is your best resource for answers. They are on your side and your partner in this journey.



Is there anything else you would like to add?

The business is fast paced it is important to check messages, emails, texts often. It is important to have updated photos of your child and to know their sizes (exactly). Remember your rep works hard for free until you get a booking. It's a partnership. Sometimes you may think nothing is going on- but there is a lot of behind the scenes work going on. Have a little faith!


We'd like to thank Colette for participating in our Industry Professionals Q&A series!
Posted on Feb 01 2014 by Lisa
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February has now arrived and that means the sidebar has a new COTM! This month we have chosen Michael Leone who plays Cameron on General Hospital. Michael has been seen in several episodes lately as the kids have their own love triangle and storyline going on, which will continue to air this month. Michael has also recently been working on the films Mom's Night Out and Within the Dark.
Posted on Feb 01 2014 by Lisa
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