Mary Lou Belli - Director, Teacher, Author
Two time Emmy award-winning, Mary Lou Belli, has been directing television for over 30 years including NCIS New Orleans, Black Lightning, Bull, Legacies, Station 19, Pitch, Monk, Famous In Love, Devious Maids, The Quad, American Woman, and Hart of Dixie as well as Wizards of Waverly Place, Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, and The Game. Her short film, Straight Eye for the Gay Guy won “Best Mini-short” at the California Independent Film Fest where she also premiered I Heard Something, a thriller that went on to play fests internationally. She has done ground-breaking work on web-series. Her award-winning short, America, played its 14th festival on its 4th continent at The Hague a couple of weeks ago and won best short.
Mary Lou served two terms as the Co-chair of the Women’s Steering Committee at the DGA where she also has served on the Western Director’s Council. Presently, she is on the Leadership Council and serves as an alternate on the National Board. She is an Honorary Board member of the Alliance of Women Directors, an Advisory Board member of Women in Media, and a long time member of Women In Film.
She has served as judge for the CSU Media Arts Fest and the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant, a jury member at the Sapporo Short Festival, Newport Beach Film Fest, Regina International Film Festival, and The Voice awards, a lecturer at the Chautauqua Institute, and a panelist for Women In Film, the DGA, SAG, and AFTRA and the LA Times Festival of Books. She has been a guest artist at the International Thespian Festival for secondary school theatre where she gave workshops to thousands of teens and high school theatre teachers. Through her teaching, she supports many of the vibrant diversity programs including ABC/Disney, CBS, Sony, HBO Access, AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, and Warner Bros. Directing Workshop mentoring the next generation of directors.
Terrence Terrell - Actor, Author
Emmy-Winning actor, Terrence Terrell, was raised in the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. He displayed an affinity for entertainment from a very young age, entertaining anyone who would watch and listen. The 80's hit "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown was one of the first songs he sang, danced and performed to. "I don't know what it was but there was something about it that made me just want to move," recalls Terrell. Throughout his teenage years, he was bullied, but coped by turning the negativity into humor. As an adult, Terrell moved out of Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, to pursue his dream of acting and writing.
Terrence Terrell is known for his roles in shows like "Criminal Minds", "Modern Family" Shameless, and "Giants" for which he won an Emmy. He’s playing LeBron James in the upcoming film All-Star Weekend, and is the face of a Progressive Insurance campaign as the Motaur character. .
As if all of this doesn’t keep him busy enough, Terrence is also the CEO of iCrownedMe, a movement dedicated to inspiring young people to embrace what makes them unique, knowing they are royalty in the process. He’s the author of three children’s books, Blacky, The Shes, and The Crowned Kids. .
Nicole J Butler - Actress
Chicago-raised, Hawkeye-educated actress, Nicole J. Butler, moved to Hollywood with $200. She got stuck on a carousel of inflexible day jobs that she hated, spent money on bad headshots, gave terrible auditions, quit acting, got burned out, went broke, had to move to THAT neighborhood (oh, you know the one)... and after years of doing it wrong, she finally started getting it right.
Nicole has worked consistently for the past 14 years, in front of and behind the camera, on stage, and at the voiceover mic. She has appeared in over 100 commercials, television shows, and independent projects combined, and her varied experiences have given her a well-rounded perspective of the entertainment industry. Press coverage of Nicole includes HuffPost, CNN, Insider.com, The Hollywood Reporter, The Chicago Sun-Times, FOX LA, and actors’ trade publication, Backstage. .
Matt Earl Beesley - Producer, Director
Matt Earl Beesley grew up in Texas and graduated with a BFA in film from Southern Methodist University. He first found success under the tutelage of Clint Eastwood, where he functioned as his AD. Wanting to get closer to directing, he transitioned to 2nd Unit, including the award-winning BRAVEHEART and WAYNE’S WORLD. Soon thereafter, Matt Earl broke into the world of TV, producing/directing TV series, including REVENGE, CLOSE TO HOME and CW’s DYNASTY. In addition to being a producer/director, he has directed over 100 episodes of television including: MASTERS OF SEX, BOSCH, FALLING SKIES, LUCIFER, TRAINING DAY, DOUBT, and CHICAGO FIRE, just to name a few.You can connect with Matt Earl on: Instagram
Sascha Alexander - Actress, Writer, Producer
Sascha Alexander is an actress, writer, and producer, living in Los Angeles. Her acting credits include,SHOWTIME's Masters of Sex FOX'sBones, NICKELODEON's iCarly, and NBC's Days of our Lives.
In 2016 she was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Daisy in the indie film Dating Daisy, and she plays Whitney in the 2019 indie feature Here we are in the Present Again. She also voices Fifi, in Dreamworks TV's Fifi: Cat Therapist Sascha's viral pole-dance short Why I Dance, described as "mesmerizing" "soul-searing" "brilliantly unapologetic" "heart rocking" and "magical" was featured by GQ, Vanity Fair, Redbook, Shape Magazine, Canal+, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Bustle, Refinery29 in 2015. Her two-woman show with Meghan Gambling Naked and Crazy, enjoyed a sold-out run in Los Angeles and a Fringe run in New York, and was called "exceptional" "wildly moving" and "gut-wrenchingly honest." .
Since 2017, Sascha has also supported dozens of Autoimmune and Chronically Ill patients in moving towards remission as a professional health coach and patient advocate.
Check out the books Sascha recommends for actors:
Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth GilbertInstagram If you would like to coach with Sascha, more at: SaschaAlexander.com
Tony Howell - Digital Strategist
Tony Howell is a digital strategist for Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Olivier award-winning artists. His work has been featured by Google, Squarespace, SAG-AFTRA, Actors' Equity Association, and more. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was an actor for 20+ years—performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours, and more. In addition to weekly free content and scholarships to his quarterly programs, Tony donates a percentage of profits to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and 100% of all the profits from his book, Artists to Artist to the ACLU.
You can learn more about Tony and his work at TonyHowell.me.
Krystina Alabado - Broadway Actress
A Phoenix native, Krystina Alabado has been performing since a very young age. At 18, she left home to travel the country with the 1st National Tour of 8-time Tony Award Winning musical, Spring Awakening. After 2 years on the road, she moved to NYC and now calls it home!
Krystina made her Broadway debut in 2011 in the Green Day musical, American Idiot, which she later toured with. She then played Juan Peron's Mistress in the 2013 National Tour of Evita where she sang the iconic song Another Suitcase In Another Hall across the country.
In 2015, Krystina made her TV debut playing Jill on the FX series Tyrant and got to travel the world shooting in Marrakesh, Morocco and Budapest! She has since been seen in the Paul Schrader film First Reformed which was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay.
In 2016, Krystina worked alongside David Bowie and Michael C. Hall in the world premier of Bowie's final work, his musical, Lazarus. She then played the role of Vanden in the Original Broadway cast of American Psycho. 2017-2018 were huge years for her theatrically, as Krystina lead the companies of 4 brand new musicals across the country in development and voiced the character of Veronica on Dreamworks' Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix, as well as multiple voice over spots. She is currently starring as Gretchen Weiners in the Broadway production of MEAN GIRLS!
Check out the books Krystina recommends for actors:
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
You can connect with Krystina on Instagram.
Vasthy Mompoint - Voice & Musical Performer
Vasthy Mompoint is a voice and musical performer with an impressive Broadway resume. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she grew up in Hoover, Alabama and currently lives in New York City. Vathy’s Broadway credits include: Good Vibrations, Hot Feet, Mary Poppins, Soul Doctor, Ghost, Rocky, and SpongeBob SquarePants, co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau and featuring original music and songs by such luminaries as Steven Tyler, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend and David Bowie. Her film credits include Mysteries of Laura, The Detour, and Better Off Single.
Vasthy is currently performing in the Broadway company of The Prom, understudying the role of Angie. On opening night in November 2018, Vasthy had the honor of wearing the legacy robe, and performed with the cast in the opening number at this year’s Tony Awards. Vasthy is also the voice of Layla on FOX's The Winx Club and is soon premiering a new cabaret show at the legendary 54below.
Read this illuminating article about Vasthy’s recent health journey: https://www.theatreartlife.com/artistic/vasthy-mompoint/.
You can connect with Vasthy on Instagram.
Bill Coelius - Actor
Bill Coeliushas been a working actor for over 15 years and counting. Bill has booked over 50 national commercials, worked with Ang Lee, and has appeared on many TV shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Criminal Minds, Parks and Rec, Modern Family, The Office, Desperate Housewives and many others, including American Horror Story: Hotel, where his throat was slashed by Lady Gaga, a career highlight so far.
Bill has developed a training program called Commercial Acting 101, which is the product of his experience acting in over 50 national commercials, and auditioning on a weekly basis in today’s market. From slate to set, Bill shares a carefully crafted game plan that will help you book and shoot that national commercial. From a reminder as basic as remembering to bring black socks to the shoot, to psychological exercises designed to help you recognize how your habitual patterns of fear-based thinking may prevent you from booking, he presents a myriad of skills, strategies and trade secrets that will turn your beliefs about yourself and the industry inside-out. Commercial Acting 101 covers everything from a review of basic skills such as slating, sign-in, and making copy your own, to the hidden rules of auditioning and the secrets of on-set behavior.
You can learn more about Bill and his work on IMDb.
Mel Damski - Director
Mel Damski has directed dozens of movies and hundreds of hours of series television, from M*A*S*H to Boston Legal to Psych and </SCORPION>. He served as the Producing Director of Psych for USA network for several years, and has recently been busy directing 11 films for the Hallmark channel.
Mel has been nominated for an Oscar, two Emmy Awards and earned a Christopher Award for Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure.
A graduate of the American Film Institute - Center for Advanced Film Studies, Mel has taught at AFI, USC and the Tisch School at NYU. He is the founder of Cascadia Film Workshops, which launched in June, 2014 on the campus of Western Washington University.A former Newsday reporter, Mel writes a column, If I Ran The Zoo, which was awarded first place by the Washington Newspaper Publisher's Association. His columns can be found at IRunTheZoo.com.
Mel is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Director's Guilds of America and Canada.
You can learn more about Mel and his work on IMDb.
Francesca Faridany - Actress
Francesca Faridany can currently be seen in NBC’s hit series Manifest as Dr Fiona Clarke and she also appears in the movie, Black Panther. Other credits include: Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Macbeth, Man and Boy, The 39 Steps, The Homecoming. Off-Broadway: This Day Forward, The NY Idea, Orlando, The Stronger. Regional highlights: The Angel in Angels in America (Berkeley Rep), 2013 Helen Hayes Best Actress award for Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre, DC), Julia in Albee’s A Delicate Balance (McCarter), title role in her own adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else (Sundance Theater Lab and various regional), Narrator in the Sitwell/Walton Façade (Caramoor Music Festival), Cassandra in Agamemnon opposite Tyne Daly (Getty Villa) and the many productions with director Stephen Wadsworth, including: As You Like It, The Oresteia, Don Juan, Design for Living, An Ideal Husband, Changes of Heart, The Game of Love and Chance. FILM: False Positive (2020), Love After Love, Conceiving Ada, The Audition, Closing Night. TV: Homeland, Law & Order True Crime: Menendez Murders, Falling Water, E.R., Law & Order; SVU. MEDIA: Lady Macbeth and Titania for the Wordplay Shakespeare series. RADIO: Quartermain’s Terms (BBC). Francesca trained in London at The Drama Centre.
Parveen Kaur - Actress
Parveen Kaur hails from British Columbia, Canada and moved to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue a career in Film and Television. She is currently starring as a series regular on NBC’s hit show Manifest. Before that, she filmed a splashy guest star role on Fox’s 9-1-1. She also starred in Through Black Spruce directed by Don McKellar, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Parveen is also known for her work on Guillermo del Toro’s hit FX series The Strain, CTV’s Saving Hope as Dr. Asha Mirani, and Freeform's sci-fi series Beyond.
Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. - Emmy Winning Editor
Emmy-winning editor Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. has worked for over 20 years in Hollywood. He is best known for his work on Showtime’s acclaimed drama Homeland, where he won the Emmy and an American Cinema Editors award for cutting the pilot. He has also cut multiple seasons of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Masters of Sex, 24: Live Another Day, Terriers, Tyrant, The Chicago Code, NCIS, and the pilots of White Collar and Awake. With nearly 100 episodes of television under his belt, this month’s industry expert has earned a reputation for his dedication to story and keen eye for performance. Mr. Goldman earned his BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied directing with Adrienne Weiss. He is a member of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild, the American Cinema Editors, the Television Academy, and the Directors Guild of America. Mr. Goldman is the author of the book "How To Avoid The Cutting Room Floor: An Editor’s Advice for On-Camera Actors” In this interview, he gives us insight into the candid conversations that directors and other members of the creative team have in the cutting room about actors, offers us practical tips to improve our performances, and help us understand what it is an editor really does. Connect with Jordan on Twitter @thejgoldman!
LRM Publicity - Full-Service Firm
Lisa Malcolm (President, LRM Publicity) is an all around publicity guru with a BA in Communications from Ashford University complemented by a paralegal certificate from UCLA. Lisa has worked in the entertainment and health and beauty industries for more than 20 years. Her expertise lies in providing communications, brand management, marketing, strategic planning, and social media services for her celebrity clientele. Lisa’s commitment to her clients has yielded exceptional results and partnerships with organizations worldwide, including Proctor and Gamble, Big Sexy Hair, Peerless Clothing International, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Kind Bar.
Kelli Schloemer (CEO, LRM Publicity) has working in marketing and public relations in the entertainment industry for over 25 years on both the east and west coasts. Through marketing in print, radio, and television, she increases revenue for her clients. Cross promotions, brand marketing, and product placement are other key strategies she employs. Not only has she been featured as a keynote speaker at conventions and trade shows, but she has also built strong relationships with organizations such as the American Heart Association, the United States Olympic Committee, Pepsi, and professional sports teams.
Kristine Oller - Change Strategist
Change Strategist Kristine Oller guides successful creative professionals (including Oscar nominees, published authors, international experts, TEDx speakers) through the process of designing and aligning the next chapter of their lives and careers – always with an eye towards helping them expand their brilliance and increase their resilience. Every single month for the past seventeen years, Kristine has led multiple, ongoing mastermind groups, and, under her guidance, hundreds of creatives have multiplied their opportunities and developed supplemental income streams. Author of the book, Feeding Your Focus, and creator of the podcast, Cashflow For Creatives, she has written monthly columns for two national publications (Backstage and The VoiceOver Insider) and has shared her expertise with a wide range of organizations including: Harvard/ART, Caltech, UCLA, Women In Film, and The Actors Fund, among others. Kristine is an award-winning Golden Circle Member of NAPO (the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals).
More at KristineOller.com
Brittany Daniel - Actress
Brittany began her career starring opposite her twin sister Cynthia in the television series "Sweet Valley High” for which they won the Young Artist Award for a TV comedy. She recently starred as “Kelly Pitts” in the hit television show THE GAME, that finished its 9th season on BET in 2015. After making her feature film debut in "The Basketball Diaries” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Brittany went on to recur on "Dawson's Creek", "That '70s Show," It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and went on to become a series regular on "That '80s Show." Other feature film credits include “Skyline” "White Chicks," "Joe Dirt," "Joe Dirt 2," "Little Man," and "Club Dread.” Brittany was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for producing “Ruby” for the Style Network starring her best friend, Ruby Gettinger. It ran for 4 seasons.
Brittany was diagnosed with and survived stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in her mid 30s and it is her passion to help share what she has learned along her road to a full recovery. Brittany has been an ambassador for 4 years to The Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Cycle For Survival and Stand Up To Cancer. Most recently Brittany and her sister Cynthia launched their California-inspired lifestyle website, The Sweet Life by Brittany and Cynthia Daniel
In this inspiring interview, Brittany shares tips for working with her agent and manager, secrets to launching a successful social media presence, and how she manifested her favorite series regular TV gig, among other useful gems. You can access her favorite books on craft here: How to Stop Acting by Harold Guskin and True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet. The pitching resource she shares is a free e-book on How to Pitch a Reality Show
Enjoy, and connect with Brittany on Instagram at @iambdaniel
Howie Deutch - Director
Howard Deutch began as a director shooting movie trailers and commercials and then moved into major motion pictures and television.
Films he has directed include MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, THE REPLACEMENTS, GRUMPIER OLD MEN (People’s Choice Award winner), THE ODD COUPLE II, PRETTY IN PINK, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, THE GREAT OUTDOORS, ARTICLE 99, and GETTING EVEN WITH DAD.
Howie also directed the television film, GLEASON, for which he received a Director’s Guild of America nomination.
Recent television directing includes multiple episodes of YOUNG SHELDON, EMPIRE, TRUE BLOOD, GETTING ON, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE STRAIN, CSI:NY, CSI:CYBER, JANE THE VIRGIN, among others. He was Producer/Director on two seasons of the Cinemax/HBO series OUTCAST, and the first season of TNT’s CLAWS.
Earlier shows include the pilot for MELROSE PLACE, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, TALES FROM THE CRYPT (Cable ACE award winner), HUNG, BIG LOVE, RINGER, LIFE UNEXPECTED, JANE BY DESIGN, HARRY’S LAW, WATCHING ELLIE, WAREHOUSE 13, and EMILY OWENS, MD.
Deutch has directed several plays at New York’s Ensemble Theatre, as well as music videos for performers such as Billy Idol and Billy Joel. He has a long association with the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, as a teacher and stage director. He has also volunteered as a teacher for the NFAA YoungArts program, a non-profit theatre project called The Unusual Suspects, and at seminars for the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild.
Deutch resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lea Thompson, and their two talented daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, along with a menagerie of horses, dogs, lots of fish and chickens!Visit Howie's IMDb Recommend to a friend