Youth Acting Biz

Creating the Actor from the Kid Within: A Professional Training Program for Young Actors

Unique programs where the educators are also working actors, writers, and directors. On-going 6-week classes at the historic Lankershim Arts Center in the NoHo Arts District … and now in Orange County! Industry showcases have the top industry talent representation, casting and development in attendance.

Youth Acting Biz students have booked national commercials: Rice Krispies, SONY, Reddi Whip, Target, Chase and television and feature film roles on CSI, Hanna Montana, Funny or Die, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and Land of the Lost to name a few.

Acting Courses

Youth Acting Biz presents a plethora of important, skill-building courses and workshops for youth AND adults. Some of our most popular courses are …

  • Sitcom Acting Class
  • For Legal 18′s
  • Ins & Outs of Commercial Acting
  • NEW! Jump Start Acting for Pre-Schoolers

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Industry Showcases

We don’t just “teach” … we want to get you hired. Youth Acting Biz sponsors industry showcases to get you exposure. Some industry professionals who’ve attended our showcases have been …

  • Lisa Pantone Casting
  • Pam Gilles Casting
  • Bobby Ball Agency
  • Rage models and Talent

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& Industry Consultancy

Youth Acting Biz staff have extensive industry experience and offer industry consultation services for:

  • … Contracts
  • … Headshots
  • … Resumes
  • … Work and Labor rules
  • … Work Permits
  • … Agent / Manager Coachings

Consultations

  • Jump Start Acting for Pre-Schoolers – Second Graders

    AFTER SCHOOL
    Thursdays
    3-4PM
    6 WEEKS
    COST $200.
    Classes take place in a different location in the Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys area, inquire within).

    START DATE: January 24, 2013
    END DATE: February 28, 2013

    It is a great beginning class for very young actors who need the structure of a preschool-early elementary environment to introduce the fundamentals of acting. Peer play, Storytime, Arts and Crafts and Improv Acting (including script work mainly in commercial acting) create a wonderful foundation for your beginning actor.

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  • Orange County Master Classes

    Saturdays
    1 – 4pm
    3 WEEKS
    COST $375

    Classes take place at Polymedia Entertainment in Orange County

    START DATE: February 09, 2013
    END DATE: February 23, 2013

    Program Director, Mary Kennedy will be offering three master classes on Sundays, starting in February focusing on comedic acting to those residing in the OC.

    Age range: 7-17

    Enrollment is limited, so register today or contact Mary Kennedy for more information.

    Opportunity to participate in Spring 2013 Industry Showcase

    Mary Kennedy has been working as a Teacher, Actress, Comedian and Theatre/TV Producer, for almost 20 years. Not only will she teach the fundamentals of acting with her comedic twist, but her experience working in the industry as a Producer, Agency Consultant and Contract Rep, make these classes a must do for your young actor.

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  • Shakespeare Intensive

    SUMMER, 2013
    SHAKESPEARE INTENSIVE
    COST $600.

    Enrollment is limited; if you are interested in this program contact us.

    Based on New York’s Shakespeare in the Park series, students will learn the fundamentals of performing a Shakespeare role. Classical Acting combined with Improv, students will actually have a THEATRE CREDIT at a Noho Arts District Theatre, that they can add to their resume.

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  • Legal 18′s

    Legal 18′s
    Ages 16 – 25
    Mondays 7 – 10pm
    Begins: January 28th
    Cost: $350

    This is a great class, for young actors who are legal 18, who can play younger to be with peers in their same category. It is also great for our teenage actors, who are ready for more edgier, substantial scenes and roles. Age range is 16-25. 14+ actors are required to audition and a parent teacher meeting is also included in that audition, to make sure class is appropriate.

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  • Acting Classes for Stand Ups / Stand Up Classes for Actors

    Dates and Times: TBD

    We have found this class to be fundamental! Are you funny, an actor who everyone says you should do stand up, well this class is for you. Are you a stand up who every time you are asked to act, it is hard for you to get out of stand up mode? Then this class is just what you need. Join Paul Jacek and Mary Kennedy both Professional Comics and Actors who successfully through many Acting Techniques, Meisner, Linklater, Stanislavski, Spolin will guide the Actor and the Comic to a working career.

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  • Ins and Outs of Commercial Acting

    Saturdays
    11:00am to 12:00pm
    Six Weeks
    Cost: $200

    We explore the ins and outs of commercial acting using commercial techniques and improvization.
    Ages 7 – 17.

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Industry Showcases

Enrollments for the showcase session close, Saturday, January 5, 2013, no exceptions.

INDUSTRY SHOWCASE SESSION, ENROLLMENT IS EXTREMELY LIMITED.

Enroll Today!

Showcases are split between two categories, Agent and Manager Showcases and Casting and Development Showcases.

AUDITION AND ONE PRIVATE COACHING CONSULTATION IS REQUIRED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN CLASSES WITH YOUTH ACTING BIZ IN THE PAST

NOTE: There is also a $100 fee to participate in the showcase, it is for payment of industry, administrative fees and additional rental requirements. This fee is non-refundable.

Industry in attendance in the past have been, Lisa Pantone Casting, Pam Gilles Casting, Krisha Bullock Casting, John McCarthy Casting, Megan Foley Casting, M3 Productions (Disney), Nickelodeon, Lynnanne Zager Voiceover Casting, Agents KSA, Osbrink, CESD, Bobby Ball Agency, Jana Luker Agency, Rage Models and Talent. Managers: TJ Stein Management, Serendipity Management, Empowerment Management, Committed Artists, DBA Management and Cinda Snow Management.

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Industry Consulting

Other industry services are available including:

    • Industry Showcases with Top Casting Directors
    • Private Acting Coaching

Industry consultation services for:

    • … Contracts
    • … Headshots
    • … Resumes
    • … Work and Labor rules
    • … Work Permits
    • … Agent / Manager Coachings

Fees start at $100h.

Additional Services

Youth Acting Biz services to make your life easier!

Can’t take your child to an audition or set? Call me at 310-941-3788 and I can set you up. Myself or another colleague of mine is ready and available to be of assistance.

Have no idea what to do to prepare for a photo shoot for headshots, Youth Acting Biz, can help you get the right shot, right away. Consultation, 4 hour shoot, $250 and includes photo day and consult on phone beforehand. This rate is only available to newsletter recipients. Usually $500.

Have a contract you aren’t sure you should sign? Ask about contract consultation rates. Contract experience is the following, Agent and Manager contracts, TV/Film Contracts and Equity Theatre Contracts. Over 15 years experience. Rate starts at $150 an hour. Lawyers usually bill $300 an hour, so we can look at a contract first and save you some money in most cases. Any contract we cannot handle, we have Entertainment Attorneys we can call.

Meet the Team

Mary E. Kennedy, a Boston na­tive, co-starred in the fea­ture film Cre­ative Dif­fer­ences. Cur­rently she hosts, Oh Mary, an edgy, cur­rent event talk show with co-host Paul Jacek, on the award-win­ning LA Talk Radio, as well as Master Coach here at Youth Acting Biz.

Paul Jacek received his theatre training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Fresh from his stint as writer for JOAN RIVERS on TVLand’s hit show, “HOW’D YA GET SO RICH?”, Paul is a regular at the World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd, and a featured comic at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Paul is seen weekly at the hip Story Salon in Studio City, California.

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Mary Kennedy & Paul Jacek Youth Acting Biz Staff

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Courses

Youth Acting Biz presents a plethora of important, skill-building courses and workshops for youth AND adults. Some of our most popular courses are …

  • Sitcom Acting Class
  • For Legal 18′s
  • Ins & Outs of Commercial Acting
  • NEW! Jump Start Acting for Pre-Schoolers

Jump to Courses

Industry Showcases

We don’t just “teach” … we want to get you hired. Youth Acting Biz sponsors industry showcases to get you exposure. Some industry professionals who’ve attended our showcases have been …

  • Lisa Pantone Casting
  • Pam Gilles Casting
  • Bobby Ball Agency
  • Rage models and Talent

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What They’ve Said

Many of our students have not only graduated from our classes and workshops with flying colors but have gotten work in the industry. Here’s what they’ve said about Youth Acting Biz

“I can’t sleep on Friday nights, because I can’t wait to get to class on Saturday morning.” Danny, Sitcom Acting.

“Jesse has much more confidence at school now, because of being in class.” Simone, mom of Jesse, Sitcom Acting

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Youth Acting Biz
5108 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, California 91601 USA

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(310) 941-3788