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Our 500th Twitter Follower., Brandi Alyssa Young!!! This was an awesome shoot for so many reasons. Having the opportunity to work with this great actress who happens to be a filmmaker, producer and writer as well. It was such a pleasure meeting and working with her. A wonderful person....
Brandi started acting in the Southern region as a young girl. She moved to the NYC region a few years ago and has been busy with growing her network, and writing and producing her script, Evil Rising. Which is on the festival circuit now, and racking up the awards, 3 of which she won Best Actress, and 2 Best Horror Short Film.
Brandi is keeping busy with her film, Evil Rising, and was just cast in a feature film called 'Waking Up His Wife' to start principal photography April 2nd, 2018. She is also waiting to hear when shooting is going to start for a feature film, that she is not at liberty to discuss just yet.
Some of Brandi's goals are to get more recognizable work here in NYC and bigger budget feature films. She would also love to work with some of her acting mentors such as, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Javier Bardem, and Benicio Del Toro. She would also love to become bi-coastal and/or move to LA one day soon.
My experience with Tony at Backstage Photography was one of the best headshot sessions I have ever had. He was very professional and down to earth and very comfortable to be around and that allowed me to be myself and get awesome shots in return. Thank you, Tony!
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Hi there! I am Justin Sebastyan. I have been working primarily as an actor for the last 6 years of my life. I have been fortunate enough to find work both in theatre and tv/film. I graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since graduating I have had the opportunity to tour the United States with various shows.
As well as star in an Off Broadway musical. Recently, I have been working more in tv/film. I started out doing background work and have been working my way up from there networking and figuring out how to get the auditions for larger roles. My goal for the next five years is to continue to network and work my way into the film and tv industry. It's all about making connections, following up, and being present.
Well that's what I have gathered in my experiences so far so we'll see what I learn going forward! Working as an actor has made me a stronger person. Pursuing this career path pushes you to your limits. It really demands a lot from you physically and emotionally. It's challenging but rewarding. I am thankful to meet so many interesting people and have amazing experiences along the way! Best of luck to everyone and be well!
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Meet Tommy Coleman, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, has recently started chapter two of his New York acting career, after spending three years in Virginia working at a Teaching Artist at the Virginia Stage Company. Prior to working in his hometown, Tommy lived in Glasgow, Scotland, where he received his Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of London.
He later lived in London, England, where he performed in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The culmination of his London career was performing at the legendary Shakespeare’s Globe as the titular character in “The Lightning Child,” the first musical performed at the venue. During an 11 month stint in New York, Tommy performed in The Movement Theater Company’s “Look Upon Our Lowliness,” in Harlem.
Now that he has returned to the city, he has been working as a voice over artist with Studio Center Total Productions, and is in the process of reacclimating to the city. Within the next five years, he hopes to be continuously telling stories that are purposeful and represent the depth and breadth of society. To find out more about him, check out his website at www.tommycoleman.net .
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Jennifer Paldino graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.A. in Theatre, with concentrations in Acting, Design/Tech, and Directing/Stage Management.
Past credits include Bonnie & Clyde (Stella/Ensemble) at Porch Light Productions; Macbeth (Hecate), The Great God Pan(Joelle), and Dog Sees God (CB's Sister) at Ramapo College; and Godspell (Joanne) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne) at Per4ming HeARTS Theater Company. Concerts: What I Did for Love and Two Sides of the Story with New Generation Theater Company at the Duplex Cabaret Theater in New York City.
Jennifer currently studies under Linda Benanti at Linda Benanti Voice Studio.
I'll be starring as Bonnie Parker on Outlaws from Texas, the modernized webseries telling the story of Bonnie and Clyde! Check out the trailer here.
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Michael I. Haber was born in Brooklyn, New York and loved music from a young age. Perhaps his greatest memory of it was through Walt Disney movies and musicals through his childhood. Michael’s first school play was ‘Holiday Musical’ singing “What A Wonderful World” and “I Believe I can Fly.” That event being his very first steps onstage was also a terrifying one. He overcame his childhood stage fright when a microphone was placed into his hand for the first time.
Eventually Michael moved to Old Bridge, New Jersey and began to train in voice, dance and acting. Just some of the productions he accomplished include: GOOD NEWS, CINDERELLA, GREASE, THE PAJAMA GAME, BYE BYE BIRDIE and OKALHOMA and CHILDREN OF EDEN. His endeavors took him into dance recitals with the New Jersey State Theatre and summer theater intensives with the George Street Playhouse. He began training with Broadway Artists Alliance with such greats as; Skylar Astin, Aaron Tviet and Alice Ripley. More mentors were to come including Christy Altomare (star of Broadway’s ANASTASIA and MAMMA MIA) and Mary Setrakian (legendary NYC vocalist and coach of Nicole Kidman and Broadway’s Sierra Boggess).
He went to the Middlesex County College and continued his passion by majoring in theater. While attending he took on the project of 5 MINUTES TO CURTAIN (a play within a play musical revue) as a featured player. Staged readings include: A CHRISTMAS CAROL and BETWEEN A PRINCESS AND A WITCH. Eventually graduating with an Associates Degree in Theatre/Fine Arts (AFA),
Just a few of his film credits include: THE BIG C, THE CARRIE DIARIES, NEW YEARS EVE, HOME (an award-winning film by BLUE BLOODS’ co-writer Jono Oliver.) and eventually became a proud member of SAG/AFRTA. Michael is also an active and professional member of Bobby Holder’s THE ACTOR’S PROJECT NYC nicknamed, TAP NYC. From there he has brought to life countless characters through monologues in front of countless industry officials.
Along with THE ACTOR’S PROJECT NYC, he appeared in numerous Off Broadway shows including appearing in certain performances as part of THE EAST 4TH STREET SINGERS in the NYC premiere of David Grieg’s acclaimed play THE EVENTS at the New York Theatre Workshop. He also appeared in Matthew David’s acclaimed plays CHERISH EVERY PRECIOUS MOMENT, GOSSIP OF THE HARLEM RENASSIANCE, THE RIGHT TO LIFE, and FOR THE LOVE as part of the NEW YORK INSPIRATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL.
He studies with Carner & Gregor and has performed at the Don’t Tell Mama piano bar with Seth Bisen-Hersh as well as raised money for The American Suicide Prevention cause at the West End Lounge.
Other projects include: Back up vocals for Carner & Gregor’s album CARNER & GREGOR: ONE, a table reading of an upcoming untitled musical, New York City’s “The Triad” at Carner & Gregor’s holiday concert “Somebody Put Acid in the Egg Nog.” and the original cast recording of NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (starring Josh Groban)
Some of Michael’s upcoming projects will include a featured role in the short film THE TREE, written, produced and directed by Jesse Swenson (Broadway's original SPRING AWAKENING and THE ADDAMS FAMILY).
Michael's plan within the next 5 years is to continuing to working in the worlds of Theater (especially doing Broadway, Off Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre plus readings and workshops of new shows being developed for the stage), Film, Television, Recording, and the concert stage (especially performing with some of the world's major symphony orchestras).
What does it take to make it? I know a lot of you have paid your dues.. whether its paying for classes, workshops, headshots, websites, or SAG! You are dedicated that's for sure, but how far will you go to pursue your dreams/goals. Are you where you want to be...have you a backup plan...job waiting in the wings. A lot to think about, yet you go on. Taking it day by day, auditioning, getting the callback...hopefully nailing the role. Having family behind you, having friends cheer you on, believing in you, and believing in yourself, Drowning out the doubt even when it creeps in the back of your mind. Staying true to form, you keep moving forward, never backing down. Learning more about who you are and what you are capable of doing. Learning to look deep into you darkest fears and facing them. Remembering that tomorrow will bring new opportunities, calling on all your strengths to get you to the next level of your journey and never letting go. Please share, comment, like...agree or disagree