We get asked all the time to sponsor or host L.A.-based acting coaches or casting directors. Until now, we’ve always said “no” to them. Why? Well, for a couple of reasons. One, we are naturally skeptical when it comes to people claiming they can get you cast in feature films or network television shows, even if they have worked in that field at some point in their career. We just wonder if they are actually looking for talent or looking to make a buck. Most of the time, we think they are just looking to make a buck. Secondly, our belief has always been that once an actor gets good – really good – opportunities tend to find them. We still believe that.
So why the change? Frankly, it’s because our students asked us to find legitimate, out of town acting coaches, casting directors, or anyone else that could give them new perspectives on how to succeed when they start looking for work in L.A., New Mexico, Atlanta, and other film and television markets. Our students wanted help figuring out what opportunities, workshops, classes, agents, and managers are worth their time and money when they travel to these other markets. So we reached out to our students and other industry professionals who have spent time in these markets to find out who we should bring to Denver. Throughout our search, there has been one name that has come up time and time again as a “go to” guy that if we only brought one person to Denver ever, this is the guy. That guy is John D’Aquino.
John is a very successful actor (The Mentalist, Dexter, Cory In the House, Shake It Up, Seinfeld, CSI, Hannah Montana, JAG, 3rd Rock from the Sun) and is one of L.A.’s most sought after acting coaches. Normally, that would be enough to invite him. It wasn’t.
Take a look at a list of some of John’s recent students: Lilla Crawford (Annie, Into the Woods), Natalie Coughlin (The Cook), Elizabeth Hunter (Jersey Boys), Aedin Mincks (Jessie), Aubrey Miller (Austin and Ally, Sam and Cat, Just Add Magic), Kenton Duty, Skyler Kessee (Shake It Up), Kira Kosarin, Jack Griffo and Audrey Whitby (The Thundermans), Nick Robinson (Melissa and Joey), JJ Totah (Jessie, Glee), Cory Fogelmanis (Girl Meets World), Evan Roe (Jessie, Sam and Cat, Madame Secretary). Lizzie Greene (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn), Izabela Vidovic (About a Boy, The Fosters), Zoey Burger (Every Witch Way). That should be enough, right? Nope.
We’re bringing John to Denver because several of my students (and their parents) rave about him. The parents all say he’s great with their kids, that he really knows his stuff, and that he gets the best out of everyone he works with. They say he’s very confident in his abilities but doesn’t take himself too seriously. Yeah, he’s got a different approach than we do. Yeah, he teaches some things differently than we do. And, yeah, he may even contradict some of the stuff we teach. We say, “good.” We like having our approach challenged. We like learning new things. We like having multiple things we can share with our students. Mostly, we like that our students (and other talented kids and teens in Denver) will have a chance to work with one L.A.’s best
Space is limited. There are two ACTING FOR THE CAMERA workshops on April 4th. The First is for ages 6 to 10 and runs from 9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m. and the second is for ages 11 to 18 and runs from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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