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Congratulations are in order! Reel English student Alejandra Espinoza not only landed the coveted cover of bilingual magazine Alegria, but she also opened up in an exclusive interview to share her American Dream story. “Alegría” roughly translates to “happiness” - and we couldn’t be happier for all of Alejandra’s success in Hollywood!
Up a Creek with a “Reel” Champion
Although he’s best known for his rock band chops and his recurring roles on hit primetime shows like “Dawson’s Creek” and “Californication,” Hal Ozsan has officially emerged as a triple threat. He recently sold his first screenplay (working title, “The Champion”) - and he’s already got “Taken” franchise director Olivier Megaton on board! We can’t wait to see this thrilling sci-fi adventure!
Can’t Get Enough Narcos!
What do Reel English students Anabell Gardoqui, Cristina Umaña, and Gabriela De La Garza have in common? (Besides their fabulous acting and voice chops, of course.) They’re all attending the Narcos Season 2 premier tonight! So excited for you ladies!
Marco’s on Fire at FOX!
Betchya didn’t know that Readers Digest’s “Most Trusted TV Personality in Mexico” is also a Political Contributor to the Huffington Post and a fierce debater! Marco Antonio Regil was on fire this morning at FOX LA, where he held a live debate with GOP Strategist John Thomas about US presidential candidate Donald Trump and immigration policy. Great job representing the Latino-American voice, Marco!!
WOW! Forbes Recognizes Ana Claudia Talancón
When Forbes México highlights you as one of the world’s most powerful women, you know you’re doing something right! Congratulations to brilliantly talented actress and producer, Ana Claudia Talancón, for this well-deserved recognition!
The Lord of Men’s Fashion
Fan favorite Fernando Noriega - of “Bajo el Mismo Cielo” fame - is the new lord of men’s fashion. His newly launched brand Lord & Animal boasts affordable, high-quality, runway-ready men’s apparel and accessories from glasses & watches to suits & ties. You go, boy!
Ask Him Anything!
Reel English is conducting an exclusive interview next week with Venezuelan TV show host and producer Rodner Figueroa. He’s best known for his work on the wildly popular Univision series “El Gordo y La Flaca” and “Sal y Pimienta.” So what do you want to know about Rodner?
Celebrating in Style
Independent bilingual magazine Alegria sure knows how to celebrate in style! They’ve chosen Reel English superstar Aislinn Derbez to grace the cover of their 4th Anniversary / Spring Edition. They couldn’t have chosen a better covergirl! Go, go, Aislinn!!
1 Month Away from “13 Hours”!
We can hardly wait to see Liisa Evastina in Michael Bay’s latest wartime drama, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” coming to theatres in mid-January 2016. Congratulations, Liisa!!
Master of Big, Fat American Vowels
Before getting down to brass tacks, I had a brilliant conversation with one of my Chinese learners about how connected we feel to Aziz Ansari’s show “Master of None” today. Finally, our cultural life stories have made it to the silver screen! Bravo, Netflix!
After a mini-celebration of our shared cultural heritage, she went on to master big, fat American vowels. Great work, Fiona!!!
Pronunciation Pros in the Studio
Cristina Rodlo and Giovani Florido totally nailed jump-down compound nouns in their semi-private class today. Like the “DRUNK girl” and the “FRAT boy” eating “POPcorn”! Sounds jazzy, doesn’t it? So American! Best. Students. Ever.
So, in terms of fascinating clients, this week I worked with a zoologist who plans to open a wildlife rehabilitation center and a counselor at a local center for transgender folks. #ILoveMyJob
The Doctor is In!
Congratulations to Alexis Rhee for landing a recurring role on Ken Jeong’s new comedy, “Dr. Ken.” Be sure to tune into ABC to catch the second episode, premiering tonight! Go Alexis!!!
Norwegian-American Horror Story
Kamilla Alnes blew the competition away when, at just 18, she became Norway’s Next Top Model. Now you can catch her great work every week on “American Horror Story: Hotel.” Go Kamilla, go, go, GO!!!!
You’ve Decided to Get Rid of your Accent.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
I’ve been in the field of accent training for over 25 years. I have academic expertise in applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and years of experience – not only living abroad and immersed in others’ cultures – but also applying my skillset to a variety of learning contexts in the US, from university classrooms to corporate workshops to coaching actors in Hollywood, and doctors from overseas.
I love my job. I get results. Not always, though. Sometimes a coach’s expertise doesn’t determine success. It’s also up to the learner. Accent training success requires that both the learner and coach be on the same page. My observation of training stages is as follows:
You’ve Decided to Get Rid of your Accent.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Stage 1: The Honeymoon
Best-case scenario: the background of the trainer or coach you’ve chosen meets all of your checkboxes: experience, record of results, and you share a good interpersonal professional connection. The accent (or dialect) pro has met so many of your criteria that you decide to move forward with training. So far, so good! You are feeling committed and raring to go. Yay! Change is just around the corner!
Stage 2: Self-Doubt & Frustration
So, you sign up for training, attend workshops and/or coaching sessions, and you do the “homework;” lots of it. You are a model student. Awesome. So, why do you still find yourself fielding the question “Where are you from?” Why do others continue to ask for clarification? After all, when in class with your trainer or coach, you feel empowered; you think you are getting it! Why no change from the world at large?
Stage 3: Quitting
“Yeah, okay, so this isn’t working. I’m spending too much money and time for minimal results. I’m done. This is hard. I’m not gifted at languages. I’m too old for this.” Sound familiar? You are not alone. Let’s look at how your experience can be different, fulfilling, and worth every penny. Get ready for change!
Don’t give up! It’s time to reframe. Here’s what you should know about pitfalls to avoid:
1.) Reframe your Approach
Forget about losing your accent. Your accent is who you are, or at least a big part of you who are. It’s your family, the folks you grew up with, your history, your food, your Mom. Focus on learning new speech patterns instead. The analogy I like to use is this: If you are a doctor who wishes to become a lawyer, you don’t have to unlearn (get rid of) your medical knowledge to acquire a whole new skillset. And you wouldn’t use your legal skills to practice medicine. So focus on adding new skills to your toolbox. Period.
2.) Get Honest
There’s not a coach or trainer out there who has a “magic bullet.” Successful accent work does take time, but it is doable. Let’s start with the facts. How old are you? It does make a difference. The closer you are to puberty, the less likely fossilization has set in. In other words, the younger you are, the more malleable your muscles. And your tongue has 8 muscles! Eight! So, like gymnasts, the younger you are when you begin training, the more successful you’ll be. In fact from birth to around age 7, children will learn to native proficiency any language they are naturally and regularly exposed to. From the age of 7 to 17, native proficiency can be taught with ease. So, how long ago was 17 for you? It matters.
That said, if you set very concrete goals, you can develop new speech patterns. The learner who approaches a coach saying “I want to get rid of my accent. I want to sound American all the time,” is unlikely to be successful. If, however, the goals are to use an American voice at agent meetings, for auditions, to enhance marketing skills, to interview – then the work can be done more successfully. Being specific means being clear. That helps! Baby steps, please.
3.) Be Accountable (Really Do the Work)
When you choose an accent coach to work with, what exactly are you signing up for? You have chosen to work with someone who can assist you in achieving your vocal goals. That means you do the work and your coach guides you. It means that you work every single day, on your own, with exercises (especially focused listening exercises) provided by your coach. It doesn’t mean that you do the work the night before and expect your coach to get results. It’s your work to do. Do it! If, in fact, you are working daily and are not getting results, you probably don’t have the right coach for you. Don’t give up: find another coach whose training framework, exercises, and demands work for you.
4.) Take Note of and Celebrate your Victories
Adult learners in particular have a tendency to demand perfection immediately while totally ignoring the value of groundwork, of baby steps. Have you noticed that fewer folks ask you where you are from? That’s a victory! Do people require less clarification? That’s a victory! Are you getting fewer blank stares? Victory!
Take note of how many years you’ve been using your native speech patterns. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time (30 committed days of practice) to develop a new speech pattern. I can’t tell you how many times, when introducing a new vowel sound, a learner will declare: “it’s impossible, uncomfortable, it doesn’t sound like me”. When I ask the learner how long they have been aware of this new pattern, the sheepish answer is likely to be “20 minutes.” A week later, given commitment and practice, their comfort–levels and proficiency can be stellar. So, adult learner that you are, please be realistic! Give yourself the time you need to move past your comfort zone. Which leads us to another concept:
5.) Remember: Change Hurts
You are human. For you, change is tough. All kinds of change is tough. So when practicing new speech patterns feels weird… celebrate. Going through the “weird” means you are expanding your comfort zone to include the patterns of standard American English. Bravo! You’ve heard the adage: “No pain, no gain.” The same is true for voice work. One day you’ll look back at this stage in your career and chuckle.
6.) Keep your Eye on the Prize
No one is forcing you to learn a new accent, right? It’s all about what you want to do. So, reflect on your goals regularly. Are you doing what it takes to get to where you want to be? Do you have what you need? If developing new speech patterns is essential to achieving your goals, do the work! Otherwise, change your goals. It’s that simple. Envision your options with another accent in your toolkit. And go! Go! Go!
Is it Really Possible to Sound American?
10 Things I Admire About My Most Successful Students
(1) They do the work. Not the day before class, but every day. After all, when we work in our passion, doing the work is a joy.
10 Things I Admire About My Most Successful Students
(2) They come to class on time and prepared to work, recognizing that the work is theirs to do with the guidance of their coach — me!
(3) They engage in focused listening and vocal awareness, constantly observing professionals in films & TV shows they love.
(4) They take responsibility for their learning and take inventory of their results.
(5) They keep their eyes on the prize. Doing the work means developing the voice they need to get the parts they want.
(6) They are authentic. They openly share the challenges they face so we can develop strategies to move forward when we hit obstacles.
(7) They are willing to be vulnerable, leaving their comfort zone in order to expand their comfort zone.
(8) They recognize that, as actors, they are self-employed artists who are accountable for their own growth, vocally and otherwise.
(9) They believe in their talent and ability to adopt a standard American voice. In the end, if they don’t believe it, why should anyone else?
(10) They surround themselves with more experienced others.
Voices from Around the World
It’s been an incredible year for Reel English students from all around the world! Our congratulations goes out to all of our students for every movie and TV role, every book publishing, every baby bump, and everything in between. Keep up the great work!!
Here’s what Reel English students have been up to:
Reel English Students Open Acting School in LA
Reel English students and real-life couple Mauricio Ochmann and Aislinn Derbez are not only the stars of the hit comedy, “A la Mala,” in theaters now — but they’ve also recently opened up their own acting school right here in LA! Mauricio gives an outstanding performance in his recurring role on the crime drama “El Señor de los Cielos” and has even appeared on HBO’s “Capadocia.” Aislinn had top billing in last year’s fantasy thriller “The Vineyard” and a stellar part in “Gossip Girl: Acapulco,” the Mexican adaptation of the popular American show.
If you’re looking to boost your acting chops and your voice skills, first head over to Reel English for an assessment and then be sure to visit the Mauricio Ochmann Acting Studio!
Ana Claudia Talancón is Pure Sunshine
Ana Claudia Talancón is not only pure sunshine; she’s also a favorite here at Reel English. You may know her from her starring roles in the film adaptation of “Fast Food Nation” alongside Bruce Willis, Greg Kinnear, and Wilmer Valderrama, or the Teen Choice Award-nominated thriller “One Missed Call” alongside Ray Wise. Colombian fans can tune in to see her in the new romantic thriller series “Palabra de Ladrón,” airing now on MundoFox. The rest of us will have to wait for filming to finish on “Refugio,” which also stars Eva Longoria and Reel English students Demian Bichir and Jose Angel Bichir.
Kristel Elling’s Many Talents are “Kristel” Clear
What a joy it’s been to work with Estonia-born actress Kristel Elling! Last year she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the dramatic short “From Me.” Keep your eyes open for her supporting roles in “Drunk on Love,” opening in the US this May, and “How Not to Propose,” premiering later this year.
“How to Rob a House” with Just an iPhone
A huge congratulations are in order for Polish actor Adi Spektor. The mystery he wrote, directed, and produced, “How to Rob a House,” was a finalist at the Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival and won Best Script at the Cinephone International Film Festival. It’s almost impossible to believe that the entire thing was shot on his iPhone! If you’re left craving more Adi after watching the thrilling short film, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for him in the soon-to-be-released feature-length productions “American Violence” and “Cranium Intel.”
Genesis Rodriguez is Officially A-List
As the career of Reel English graduate Genesis Rodriguez continues to blow up, we can’t help but sit back and watch with pride. You can catch her in blockbusters left and right — from the hilarious “Identity Thief” with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy to the horrific “Tusk” by Kevin Smith starring Justin Long. But our favorite recent role is Genesis as the voice of Honey Lemon in both the English and Spanish versions of the wildly popular animated adventure “Big Hero 6.” Now that’s more choice for your voice!
Ana Layevska Tells the Untold Story of “Cantinflas”
Our congratulations go out to Ukrainian-born Mexican actress and singer Ana Layevska for two huge accomplishments last summer on the heels of her 2013 Best Actress nomination by “People en Español.” Professionally, her multi-million dollar box office smash hit “Cantinflas” was released, which tells the untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of the same name. Mario Moreno Cantinflas was best known in the US for his leading role in the 1956 classic “Around the World in Eighty Days.” And personally, she recently wed Mr. America Latina 2009 himself, Ecuadorian actor and model Rodrigo Moreira. Way to go, Ana!
Sexy Mallika Sherawat is in Bed with Politics
Bollywood bombshell and activist Mallika Sherawat made global headlines in 2013 when her response to an anti-feminist journalist went viral (check it out below!), but Mallika is probably best known in the US for her appearance in the “Funny or Die” short “Whatta Man,” featuring Bruno Mars. After her last successful Hollywood cross-over, “Politics of Love,” and a guest role on the “Hawaii Five-0″ revival, Mallika’s gone back to Bollywood with the recent release of “Dirty Politics.” With her fierce spirit and strong voice for Indian women’s rights, we can’t wait to see more of her in the US!
A Match Made in Dance-Heaven
Ladies will remember Gleb Savchenko as Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump’s partner on “Dancing with the Stars” here in the U.S., but did you know that the globe-trotting dance heartthrob made his DwtS debut in Australia? And can you believe that his beautiful and equally talented wife Elena Samodanova actually taught Kelly how to salsa?!
Now Gleb and Elena have taken their professional dancing shoes to Moscow for this season’s “Dancing with the Stars: Russia.” Elena quickly became known as the strictest judge on the panel, while Gleb and partner Adelina Sotnikova continue to sizzle on the dance floor. In an interview for this month’s MK Magazine, Elena says she’s “absolutely not” jealous of her husband’s work with 18-year-old Adelina, who brought Russia the gold medal in figure skating at the 2014 Olympics. Rather, Elena’s “very glad that he has such a wonderful partner that any professional can only dream about.” We can’t wait to continue training over Skype with both Reel English stars!
UK in the House!
It’s been a whirlwind of a busy year for England-born Reel English student Francesca Louise White. With leading roles in five feature films and a TV pilot in the works, there’s sure to be no shortage of Francesca across the pond — and with her amazing work behind-the-scenes here in the studio, we officially need to see more of her brilliance Stateside! Be sure to keep an eye out for “2025,” “A Reasonably Good Bloke,” “Enter the Cage” and “Milk & Hon£y” later this year.
For now, you can catch her as the leading lady in the sci-fi rom-com “What Goes Up” — and right here in her brand-new demo reel!
Kátia Kieling Dubs Netflix’s “House of Cards”
We absolutely love having the beautiful and talented Kátia Kieling inside the accent studio! Brazilian-born Kátia’s well-rounded career includes the leading role in the recently released short “Crossing Shadows,” an appearance in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” music video, stunt work for the fantastically funny “Childrens Hospital,” and even language coaching on the set of “House M.D.” Now you can even hear her voice in the Portuguese dub of the Netflix Original Series “House of Cards.” How cool is that?!
Natalia Cordova in Disney’s “McFarland, USA”
Keep an eye out for Natalia Cordova in Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” at a theater near you. Natalia is an absolutely exquisite actress. We demand more Natalia on the big screen!
Melissa Rivera IS “RagDolls”
You may have seen Melissa Rivera in Cher and Christina Aguilera’s Golden Globe Award-winning musical drama, “Burlesque,” or as the Hot Bullfighter on “How I Met Your Mother” — but just wait until you see what this talented actress, director, and writer can do in the hilarious web series “RagDolls.” We at Reel English are always glad to see Melissa when she comes in for her regular voice tweaks.
Pippi Areskoug is “Pippi”-in-Your-Pants Funny in “Dogs & Me”
We’re so excited for the second season of the hysterical web series “Dogs & Me” starring Reel English graduate Petra “Pippi” Areskoug! Swedish-born Pippi voices the dog Scarlet in the critically acclaimed series which has won numerous awards such as “Best Web Series” at the Chicago Comedy and Sunset Film Festivals and two awards, including “Outstanding Comedy Series,” at the LA Web Series Festival.
Be Sure to Catch Ana de la Reguera on NBC and Netflix
It’s always a pleasure to work with Ana de la Reguera, who recently made her voice-over debut in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning animated film “The Book of Life.” You can catch her as titular character Vanessa Cruz on tonight’s episode of NBC’s “The Blacklist” — and we can’t wait to see her in the upcoming Netflix original series chronicling the criminal exploits of drug lord Pablo Escobar, “Narcos.”
Congrats to Newlywed Sandra Echeverría!
From all of us at Reel English, a big congratulations goes out to newlywed Sandra Echeverría, expecting her first child this September with husband and Fobia frontman Leonardo De Lozanne. Sandra is best known for her role alongside Benicio Del Toro, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Reel English student Demian Bichir in the crime drama “Savages,” as well as her spectacular voice-over work for “The Book of Life.” Her newest movie, “Bound,” was recently announced and promises to be a fast-paced, sexually-charged, psychological thriller. Can’t wait to see her at our next touch-up training session!
Alejandra Espinoza Heats Things Up in Pitbull’s “Fireball”
At only 28, superstar and new mom Alejandra Espinoza has truly done it all. She was crowned Nuestra Belleza Latina in 2007 and went on to co-host the beauty pageant in 2014; she’s been a correspondent and model for the wildly popular long-running Latin TV shows, “El Gordo y la Flaca” and “Sabado Gigante;” and now she’s turning up the heat in Pitbull’s sexy music video, “Fireball.” We can’t wait to see her and baby Aiden back in the studio soon!
Check out her amazing work with Pitbull — if you can handle the heat!
Montserrat Espadalé is Coming to the Big Screen
It was great meeting Montserrat Espadalé this year, who received international acclaim for her award-winning lead role in the powerful dramatic short “Crescendo.” We’re excited to see her on the silver screen in “Little Boy,” coming this month to a theater near you!
Diogo Morgado Stars in the CW’s “The Messengers”
Fresh off the heels of his role as Jesus in the Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated TV mini-series “The Bible,” Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stars as The Man in the brand-new sci-fi series, “The Messengers,” coming to the CW this month.
Loren Escandon Joins Diogo Morgado in “The Messengers”
Known best for her long-time career with the National Ballet School as well as her role in the People’s Choice Award-winning drama, “Shutter Mind,” you can catch Colombian-born actress Loren Escandon alongside Diogo Morgado in the cast of the CW’s upcoming series, “The Messengers.” Loren’s dedication to her accent training is truly inspiring. We love having her in the studio, working hard to get voice-ready for the many opportunities at her doorstep.
Bollywood’s in the House Again!
What a joy it is to have Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat back in the studio just days after her appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” Mallika has been making headlines around the world for her outspoken criticism of violence against women. Today, she made excellent progress with tone and punch. Great work!
Dancing with the Stars - Live!
I had an absolute blast at the “Dancing with the Stars” taping as choreographer and Reel English student Elena Samodanova’s guest! Elena’s husband, Reel English student Gleb Savchenko, showed off his moves with the in-house professional dance troupe. Last season he and dance partner Lisa Vanderpump (”Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) blew us all away with their spectacular performances. Keep shakin’ it, Elena and Gleb!
Spain in the Studio
Can you guess which star of HBO’s hugely popular “Capadocia” dropped by the accent studio today? The ever so handsome Miguel Ángel Muñoz stopped by before heading back to Spain to begin filming a new series. Congratulations!
Student of the week: Soledad Fandiño
Our intentions, feelings and meaning are communicated through melody and rhythm. Sol had a major breakthrough this week in terms delivering her lines in a way that is understandable to American audiences. Well done. This is BIG!
Stefanie Uncles Back in the Studio!
Absolutely thrilled to have Stefanie Uncles back in the studio. Move over accent barrier, here she comes!
Student of the Week: Kamilla Alnes!
Even though Kamilla had been out of LA shooting exciting projects, she continued to engage in focused, active listening and came back owning the big fat American moving vowels that are so different than those in her native Norwegian speech.
Perfect timing, too. With her American vocal identity in place and her Green Card arrived, she’s ready to audition!
Congratulations, Kamilla! Go! Go! Go!
Go Romina Peniche!!!
Comedic actress from Mexico, Romina Peniche steals the red carpet at the Road to Juarez Premiere. Go!
Student of the Week: Elena Talan
Student of the Week: Elena Talan, whose short film PAPER has been accepted by 2 festivals so far! Way to go, Elena! Doing the work works. And Elena did the work, from bringing her tone down to an American register to owning the big fat vowels. So proud of this mover and shaker!
I’m proud to introduce my first Student of the Week: Aleida Torrent
This week, I’d like to acknowledge Aleida Torrent from Spain for mastering and owning the American /ʌ/ sound (as in “done, “something” and country) in just one week! This sound doesn’t exist in Spanish, so to create new muscle memory in just a week is a testament to Aleida’s diligence.
Just wonderful to work with Mantha Balourdou!!!
It fills my heart to watch her approach her lines with confidence, having discovered the key to American melody and rhythm. Brava!
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Interview with Accès Privé
Beautiful and talented Aurélie Meriel took part in an interview with French TV’s Accès Privé (M6) in the studio. Her confidence, authenticity and charm filled the room! Aurélie is an amazing student: her hard work really showed and her insights were magnifique!
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6 Reel English Students in Top 12 Breakthrough List!
TheLatinList has announced the Top 12 Breakthrough Latin Actresses and half, yes, HALF of the actresses have worked with Kelly in the studio. What an honor! Congratulations, Olga Segura, Ana de la Reguera, Ana Claudia Talancón, Martha Higareda, Sandra Echeverria, and Gabriela De la Garza!
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Fernando Noriega in Morir en Martes
Genesis Rodriguez Nominated for Alma Award
Screening of Elena Talan’s film Paper!
Ana Layevska ready to take on Hollywood
Already a household name in much of Latin America, Ana Layevska is prepared to take Hollywood by storm. Multilingual (Russian, English, Spanish), multi-talented (she even plays the violin), this gorgeous woman is making her mark!
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Olga Segura in “Cellmates”
Rafael Amaya in Iconos Magazine
Nivi Singh Starring in Bilingual Feature Film and Comedy Web Series
Reel English student Nivi Singh will be starring in the bilingual feature film “Cardboard Dreams.” She will also be featured in “The Acting Class”, a web series on Funny or Die. Big things happening for the luminous Nivi!
General Hospital in the House
Students Talk Back: Angeles Rojas
” I finally sound American. Your training goes beyond pronunciation. It grounded my performances. It made me understand the mini social contracts behind rhythm and intonations. And the cherry on top of the ice cream: your great personality. Thank you!!! “
Students Talk Back: Heiko Obermöller
” What sets Kelly apart? Her great passion and love for actors! Hands on, precise work from the start, wonderful and creative exercises and her ability to take you from where you are to where you want to go in no time. We always laughed a lot in every lesson, she is so much fun to work with! I always get compliments on my great accent work from Casting Directors! Thank you, Kelly! “
Heiko is famous in Germany for his starring role on the longstanding soap opera “Die Anrheiner” and is best known in the U.S. for his recurring role on “General Hospital.”
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Students Talk Back: Romina Peniche
” Kelly is fantastic! [She's] the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. She is so specific with your individual problems that you wouldn’t believe it. Plus she gives you everything she has to make you better! And last but not least, she is an amazing person! Viva Kelly! “
You can find Romina on the big screen in “From Prada to Nada” and most recently in her role as the appropriately named Star in the award-winning independent film “Santiago.”
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Fernando’s on Fire!
Hats off to Fernando Noriega for his commitment to doing the work — it works! He’s such an inspiration for talent wanting to cross over. From nailing vowels that don’t exist in Spanish to owning the melody of Standard American English, his dedication and passion for his craft and his coaching are evidenced by his amazing progress. And the next Oscar goes to…
Fernando’s response just warms my heart!
” Reel English is with no hesitation the best investment I have ever made. Kelly Reiter is the best teacher I have ever had. She is not just a dynamic and patient teacher, she also is very kind and very professional. My quick improvement is thanks to her and her positive point of view that makes me to hook onto this challenge (to reduce my Latin accent). “
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Elena had such kind words for me, I had to share!
” Working with Kelly gave me the greatest boost in confidence! I learned to speak ’slow and low’ and embraced ‘big fat American vowels.’ The biggest compliment I got from some Brits was that they didn’t realize I wasn’t American! Strangely enough, people don’t ask me where I’m from anymore! “
2 Students Star in “Santiago”
2012 is off to a great start for me and my students! Mexican actress Martha Higareda has signed a talent holding deal with FOX after being hand-picked by their head of casting! Today’s article in “Latina” says FOX wanted “to find mostly established performers from Latin America to see who had potential as cross-over talent to U.S. television.” Congrats, Martha!
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Reel English in the News!
The hit celebrity gossip show “50 Minutes Inside,” which airs to 5 million viewers on TF1, France, is coming to the studio this week to interview me! They want to discuss my work with “The Artist” female lead Berenice Bejo, as well as the opportunities that lay ahead for male lead Jean Dujardin here in Hollywood.
Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel, where I’ll be posting a clip from this episode and a behind-the-scenes look at the filming!
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CSI Just Got Better
So great to see Reel English student Martha Higareda on this week’s episode of “CSI: Miami.” Brilliant, as usual!
Vowels are [ou] So Fascinating
Enjoyed this evening’s rapid vowel review during a semi-private lesson with two lovely up-and-coming actresses from Japan and Russia. I was glad to clarify some surprising misconceptions as in the vowel [ou], which is formed starting with the tongue in schwa position followed by movement to high-back and ending with lip-rounding. Clarity is king!
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Abra Cadabra: Jorge Blass is at the Magic Castle Again!
The Magic Castle is lucky to have Reel English student Jorge Blass as this week’s featured performer — and I’m lucky to work with such a talented entertainer. He’s been learning and performing magic since the age of 12 and is now internationally recognized as the host of “Nada X Aquí.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see him live while you can!
Cowboys and Aliens and Ana — Oh My!
Ana de la Reguera is on fire, posing for magazine covers and starring in blockbusters. She looked stunning at the premiere of this summer’s hot genre mash-up, “Cowboys and Aliens”!
Congratulations to Reel English student Martha Higareda for winning the 2011 Best Actress in Television Imagen Award for her starring role in “Lies in Plain Sight,” which airs on Lifetime Television. It was only a matter of time! :)
It’s always such a pleasure to see Ana de la Reguera — whether I’m coaching her for an upcoming audition or flipping through magazines online. Doesn’t she look gorgeous as the covergirl for “Revolution”?
Desperate Times Call for…
Ricci Harnett, an amazing student from way back when, continues to amaze me as the star in the British film “Desperate Measures.” Audiences are raving about his haunting and menacing portrayal of a non-traditional drug rehab counselor — you’d never know he was such a sweetheart in real life!
Looking forward to adding more sounds to my Brazilian students’ American phonetic repertoire tomorrow morning!
What a privilege it is to build language competence around philosophical discussion with Alex Charm. That said, any day I work with Alex is a good day! :)
A Scary Good Movie
I’m so excited for Reel English student Carlos Leal’s starring role in the crazy action/horror movie “Sennentuntschi,” directed by Michael Steiner! Be there tomorrow night for a special screening on Wilshire across from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Rolling Stone is Raving
Check out awesome Reel English student Fernando Noriega in this month’s Rolling Stone Español! A standing ovation goes to all my students who are able to work in both English and their native tongues — talk about the power of choice!
Food for Thought
Starting the day with Panda Restaurant Group call about development of a Guest Services Video. What an opportunity to assist Panda associates with their customer service efforts!
Colombian Journalist Claudia Bahamon is Here!
Claudia Bahamon does it all: a degree in architecture, modeling, hosting her own radio show and as a journalist, she’s interviewed the Who’s Who of Latin America from President Alvaro Uribe to Shakira. Wow! Thanks for the referral, Ana de la Reguera!
OLGA in NOLA!
Congratulations to Russian actress and Reel English superstar Olga Doykhen for landing another American movie role! Working in a city they call the Big Easy just seems right when you’re alongside Robert De Niro and 50 Cent!
Mallika at the White House — Again!
Bollywood sensation Mallika Sherawat will certainly be in enviable company at this weekend’s White House Correspondence Dinner. What a fun way to do research for her upcoming starring role in “Politics of Love”! The plot sounds so juicy — an Obama campaign volunteer falling in love with a die-hard McCain follower (played by Brian White of “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself).” Sounds like a must see on both sides of the aisle!
Ana is always such a pleasure to work with — so I promise I won’t keep her all to myself! You can catch her in this summer’s mash-up blockbuster “Cowboys & Aliens” — starring three-time James Bond, Daniel Craig; Olivia Wilde of “House” fame; and the adventure flick guru himself, Harrison Ford.
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We Love You, Japan
In addition to filling tummies with delicious Chinese food, client Panda Express has stepped up in Japan’s time of great need to fill lives with hope. Donate at a Hibachi-San, Panda Express, or Panda Inn and Panda will match your donation dollar for dollar. Eat well and give generously!
Ana vs. Annette
Ana de la Reguera’s look has been featured on the cover of magazines from Harper’s Bazaar to People en Español. Maybe that’s why Annette Bening is stealing her style! Looking forward to our audition coaching over Skype tomorrow, Ana!
Dance to the Top, Dmitry!
Emmy nominated Russian dancer-choreographer and his celebrity partner, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition covergirl Petra Němcová, are making their way to the top of the leader board on “Dancing with the Stars.” Fancy footwork, folks!
Queen of the South, Indeed!
Congratulations to Reel English student Kate del Castillo for garnering record-breaking ratings as the star of Telemundo’s new novel-turned-novela, “La Reina del Sur” (”The Queen of the South”)! Kate’s character’s plunge into the dark world of drug trafficking is reminiscent of the poolside plunge of Pilar Zuazo (also played by Kate) on Showtime’s “Weeds.” I might have to brush up on some Spanish to keep up!
La Vida Bonita
Mexican film sensation Ana de la Reguera, who has starred alongside Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in “Cop Out” and played the charming lead actress in Jack Black’s “Nacho Libre,” is livin’ la vida bonita. Catch her as the voluptuous Vida in the hilarious HBO series “Eastbound and Down”!
After appearances in Nicolas Cage’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and the feature-length Saturday Night Live action comedy “MacGruber,” Timothy is coming straight to a living room near you with a recurring role on CBS’s hit drama “Criminal Minds.”
Can’t wait to watch him on this week’s new episode! Here’s a hilarious commercial he recently did to tide all of us over until then. Can you tell he’s Irish? Talk about more choice for your voice!
Oprah’s Favorite Things
Israeli-born Tamar Geller’s name is synonymous with some of the most innovative, sought after modern dog training techniques. She’s trained dogs for celebrities ranging from Oprah to the Osbournes and now she’s looking for some personal training - to work out her accent with Reel English, of course. Exciting!
Go Elena, Go!
Such a delight working with accent aficionado Elena Talan on the next episode of her webisode today. Not to mention talk of moving forward with her first screenplay. Much respect! I love the actress who loves the process and meets challenges head on. Bravo!
Watching Scottish actor Alastair Duncan play an Englishman on ABC’s “Castle” this evening. It’s so wonderful to eschew constraint and embrace choice, to have power over your accent!
From Panama to Prada
Former Miss Panama and current Reel English student Patricia de León took a break from playing every man’s fantasy woman on Ray Romano’s “Men of a Certain Age” - not a far stretch for this bombshell - to attend the premiere of “From Prada to Nada.” Doesn’t she look stunning?
Busy as Bees
Fernando Noriega sure has his plate full! In addition to making movies this year he’s back for season 2 as the star of “Morir en Martes,” the Spanish-language mystery series about a college girl’s death where everyone is a suspect. Come back to California soon, Fernando!
Dancing with the Accent Modification Coach
Spicy Latin ballroom dancer Dmitry Chaplin is accustomed to dancing with the stars ever since he found his big break through the hit series “So You Think You Can Dance.” This week, I’m choreographing his accent modification routine - and I have a feeling he’s going to be getting the Reel English Mirror Ball trophy!
Congratulations to Mexican-born actor (and supermodel) Fernando Noriega on his first English-speaking role! He’s starring alongside Eric Mabius (of “Ugly Betty” fame) in the crime drama “Where the Road Meets the Sun,” now in post-production.
Vassy’s In The House!
Australian performing artist Vassy, whose single “Run to the Sun” aired on Grey’s Anatomy last week, came in for her speech assessment today. She’s amazing!! Great attitude, energy, sense of humor and such a talented singer. Check her out on YouTube!
do - re - mi
I’ll be in Moscow again this morning (via Skype, of course!) co-writing with performing artist Tatiana Kosareva. Consonant blending is a really neat trick for manipulating beats. I learn something new everyday!
Easy Breezy Beautiful
Just assessed another doctor from Cedars Sinai Hospital. With a few rhythm and pronunciation tweaks, she’ll be better able to communicate with confidence and empathy. Oh, and T-rules are going to change her life!!!
One of my Slovakian students just booked a horror film… Pre-production coaching starts next week.
Nothing Against Life
Reading a script in preparation for pre-production coaching with one of Mexico’s top 10 handsome actors, Fernando Noriega, who is playing the role of Felipe in Nothing Against Life. How great is my job?
Congratulations and enjoy the shoot!
Lucila Sola - So Lucky!
How Long Has it Been, Berenice?
Hawaii Five-0 Revisited
What Did You Just Say?
Hats off to French Canadian student Jerome Le Blanc for correcting his [d, ð] substitution issue in just one week! Now, “day” is rightfully “they.”
Is the French Accent a Help or a Hindrance in Hollywood?
I’m going to be interviewed by French Morning Magazine today about French actors and the accent issue in Hollywood. Reel English students Flo Tung, Jerome Le Blanc and Charles Fathi will give their personal views, too! What do you think?
Singing my Life with his Words
Perfect Rhythm, Big Fat Vowels!
Pop Star in the Making
Audition Coaching for New HBO Pilot
Standard American Opens Doors in Hollywood
Jorge Ramos is discussing his book “A Country for All” on CSPAN’S Q&A at 5:00 today!
Audition coaching for a part on Entourage. How great would that be?!
More from Ana de la Reguera!
Summer Group Classes Forming Now!
3 intensive classes offered: Rhythm, Pronunciation, and Fine-Tuning. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!
Watch Out For This Pop Star In The Making!
What a busy and exciting time for Russian born Alex Charm. In the last 3 months, he’s gotten a manager, shot a music video, and recorded an album. This week he’s in New York City at meetings with record labels. Phew! I’m so grateful to be on his team!
Michele Laroque’s The Neighbor aired on Showtime this week. I remember how fun pre-production coaching was in 2007 and Michele was FUNNY!
Six Reel English students hit parties and premieres in Cannes this year. Since I coached Mallika for the film Love, Barack, I was invited to the launch party, too! What a lovely gesture! Maybe next year…
Weekly sessions in Moscow
What a pleasure it is working with the lovely, talented, and super-smart Tatiana via Skype every week. She’s a coach’s dream come true – loving the sounds of Standard American English and singing in it, too!
Ana de la Reguera is on her way to Puerto Rico for a month to play “Royal Pains” Mark Feuerstein’s romantic interest. The new season starts airing in June. Watch!
I love working with the uber-talented Olga Segura who played opposite the amazing Tom Sizemore in the soon to be released film White Knight. She, and the amazing Sarah Maldonado have joined forces in a pronunciation group class. Lucky me, lucky me, lucky me!
Ready to work on enunciating the big vowels with Miami teen Louis Santos who has a big audition next week!
Big audition for Rita tomorrow. Coaching up a storm!
Spring Group Classes Forming Now!
3 intensive classes offered: Rhythm, Pronunciation, and Fine-Tuning. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!
New Groups in the Works:
- Fine-Tuning Group for New Yorkers in LA starts Monday, March 8th. Fah-get about it!
- Pronunciation Group for Business Professionals starting March 13th.
Ana de la Reguera is Preparing for Press
This is Ana de la Reguera’s year! Not only has her film Backyard received critical acclaim but she’s also in the Bruce Willis comedy Cop Out, due out this month. Congratulations Ana!
Congratulations to Patricia de Leon for her great recurring role on Men of a Certain Age with Ray Romano!!!
LA is Paying Attention to Olga Segura
Congratulations to Olga Segura for her role in “THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA” which opens January 22nd. Go see her; it’s a great play! The Underground Theatre 1312 N. Wilton Place Hollywood, CA 90028 Friday 8:00 PM Saturday 3:00 PM AND 8:00 PM Sunday 8:00 PM
Happy New Year!
What a wonderful week and great start to the New Year with students from India, Slovakia, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, and Venezuela. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented bunch!
Business Professionals Prepare to be Heard
So pleased to be working with Swiss German David Angerhn, Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Planning at G4 Media. David is learning how to project confidence, express enthusiasm and deliver a compelling presentation.
Congratulations to Russian actress Elena Talan who signed with a manager last week! She’s moving forward with her standard American voice!
2010 Group Classes Forming Now!
2 intensive classes offered: Rhythm and Pronunciation. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!
What a year for Ana!
Just got word from Ana de la Reguera who has had back-to-back projects in Mexico and Spain. Just recently, she worked with Peter Coyote (congratulations!) who complimented her on her American voice. Thanks, Peter!
Standing Ovation, Please to my amazing student Jorge Blass, Spanish magician with a huge heart. Don’t miss him in LA at the Kodak Theater November 8th.
MAGICAL KENYA 2009
Jorge Blass junto con la Fundación Abracadabra de magos solidarios, la inestimable colaboración de Nyumbani y gracias al patrocinio de Groupama Seguros, ha realizado un viaje a Kenya donde compartió su magia con más de 3000 niños,en escuelas, hospitales, orfanatos y centros de acogida. …
I just saw Martha Higareda kiss Keanu Reeves in Street Kings. Oooh la la. She’s amazing and such a delight to work with!
Nina Rausch is Going Places!
Major congrats to Nina Rausch who rocked as the home-wrecker nanny on Mad Men this past Sunday. And now, check her out on the star-studded webseries “Easy to Assemble”. Nice momentum!
Bemvinda a Los Angeles, Rita!
Brazilian actress Rita Guedes has come to Hollywood and is preparing to meet agents. What a pleasure it is to work with her; she’s well on her way!
A Day in the Recording Studio with Anastasia Nemirovich Danchenko
Today was quite a departure for classical concert pianist Anastasia who I had the pleasure of coaching on the recording of 2 pop songs in English. It was effortless. Truly a professional, that Anastasia!
I Smell an Oscar, a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar
Congratulations and good luck to Ana de la Reguera! The Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Carlos Carrera’s Backyard (starring Ana) as the country’s entry for the Oscar’s foreign-language film.
The World Just Gets Smaller and Smaller!
Thank you Sandra Echeverria for referring Martha Higareda; we started working together last week. Lucky me!
Fall Group Classes Forming Now!
2 intensive classes offered: Rhythm and Pronunciation. Book your assessment interview today to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry! Only 4 students per group!
Standard American English is a Powerful Tool
British Indra Ove used her American voice for an agent meeting last Friday and signed on Monday! Congratulations!
Los Angeles Honors Mallika Sherawat!
In what was the first Special Recognition of a
Bollywood film celebrity by the City of Los Angeles, Indian star Mallika Sherawat was given a special honor by the Los Angeles City Council. I was so thrilled to be there – on the eve of Indian Independence Day, no less! It was an exciting day all round.
Froylan Cabuto is Honored
One of my dearest students, poet and professor Froylan Cabuto, has been nominated for an Imagen Award. Bravo Froylan!
Angelica Castro Keeps it in the Family
The gorgeous Angelica Castro joined handsome hubby Cristian de la Fuente on “In Plain Sight” August 9th. It’s true, I really do get to work with the beautiful people. Don’t hate me!
Nina Rausch on Mad men
What a treat to work with Nina Rausch who came in for a fine-tuning class this week. She’s featured on episode 8 of Mad Men this season, so tune in!
Torsten Voges is Hilarious as Dr. Lars in “Funny People”
AND he booked a new series, Eastwick, which we’ll start working on this month. Fantastic!
Kate del Castillo Takes On American TV!
While on tour in Mexico with the stage play “Blackbird” Miss Kate is all over US airwaves. Woo hoo! Last week, she blew it out of the water on “The Cleaner” and next week, you’ll find her on “Weeds”. Nice!
Patricia Velasquez: Actor and Humanitarian
How blessed am I to be working with the lovely Venezuelan Patricia? I am so grateful she found me – it was just a matter of time considering how many people we know in common! I’m very impressed by her commitment to building a standard American vocal identity. Let’s see where this goes…!
Ana Claudia Talancón is back!
I started working with Ana Claudia back in 2005. and have had the good fortune of working on set with her for 2 film projects she’s done here: “Alone with Her” in 2006 where she played opposite Collin Hanks, and more recently, “Days of Wrath” with Wilmer Valderrama. and Ricardo Chavira (Carlos on Desperate Housewives). I love working with Ana and am so proud of her for having won over both American and Latino audiences. How does she do it? A lot of talent, hard work, and a great sense of humor!
Did You Say Merlin? You Must Be From Baltimore!
I love the “Merlin” (Maryland) dialect: A little Philadelphia, a little New York, a lot fantastic! Not only did whiz kid Chip Hormess pick up standard American in about a minute flat, he’s also an absolute dream to work with. Maybe I’m biased because he loves my cats… You may recognize this charmer from his lead roles in Walk Hard, Transformers, Cold Case, or Criminal Minds. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Chip!
Summer Group Classes Forming Now!
2 intensive classes offered: Rhythm and Pronunciation. Come in for your assessment now to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you. Hurry ! Only 4 students per group!
Where Do I Know you from?
I’m completely hooked on the new Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander starring Kenneth Brannagh. So last Sunday, there I was fully engrossed in the episode when the female co-star playing Ella Lindfeldt stole the scene. I knew I knew her from somewhere… but where? Ahhhh, yes! It was the lovely Orla Brady who I’d had the pleasure of coaching back in 2004. Nicely done, Orla! Your performance was nothing short of captivating.
Hollywood? Meet Bollywood.
I really have to count my blessings this year. I’ve just met and begun working with Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat whose career has been on the fast track since she first hit the Indian film scene in 2002. Hollywood is definitely smitten with Mallika who has several projects in the works. Keep an eye out - she’s hard to miss!
What a Year for Ana de la Reguera (and me!)
Here’s what’s gone down so far: We started the year with ADR for the Cover Girl Aqua Smooth Commercial.
Then we prepared for Ana’s sessions with acting coach Aaron Speiser (he’s Will Smith’s coach, too!) for her lead role in the movie Backyard which shot in Mexico
After that, we did pre-production coaching for the lead role of Ellen in the ABC pilot Empire State. Whew! Let’s hope it gets picked up!
And we just got word that Ana has joined the cast of Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks as the third major lead. Did I mention that she’s playing opposite Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan? Sweet!
Alexis Rhee: What a Delight!
Alexis’s credits run miles long (from Blade Runner to Crash to Norbit to Lost) so It was no surprise that her assessment cold read blew me out of the water! I’m loving working with Alexis as her audition coach for Korean American parts.
ER Paging Dr. Horta
Pre-production coaching is a breeze when it comes to the incredibly talented and handsome Tomy Dunster who booked the part of Dr. Horta on ER”s final season. You may recognize Tomy as Juan Pablo Renato Ruiz de Vasquez, the character he played on All My Children. I know Tomy from my 2008 rhythm and pronunciation group classes. I love the way this year is shaping up!
Happy New Year!
On January 9th, Christoph Dostal put his standard American voice to work on stage at the Goethe Institute on Wilshire. It was a full house and a really good time. Agents were nibbling after the show… Now that’s what I call a Happy New Year!
The Magic of Jorge Blass
I had the great pleasure of working with world-renowned magician Jorge Blass last month. It’s not surprising that he’s enjoying such tremendous success; his work ethic, commitment, passion, and professionalism took my breath away. Read more about him in this month’s Magic Magazine which features an 8-page article about his TV show in Spain.
Easy Breezy Beautiful Ana de la Reguera
Not only is Ana stunning in print as the new Cover Girl, but she sounds amazing, too! Listen to her impeccable English in the CG commercial we looped last month - it should be out any day now! I started working with Ana in 2005 after she wrapped on Nacho Libre in which she played Sister Encarnación. I know, I know… I have the best job in the world!
I support Obama and so does my girl Kate Del Castillo! Watch her in the will.i.am video - it’s amazing:
Group classes already forming for September! Schedule your assessment interview now to reserve a spot in the class that’s right for you.
Congratulations Cristian de la Fuente for placing 3rdon this season’s Dancing with the Stars! We wish you a speedy post-surgery recovery.
If you want to see more of this talented Latin actor (who doesn’t!), be sure to tune into the new series ‘In Plain Sight’ on USA starting Sunday, June 1stwhere Cristian plays successful baseball player Raphael Ramirez.
Swedish actor Mikael Forsberg is at the Cannes Short Film Corner
this month for the screening of ‘God’s Marble’ in which he plays the lead.I’ve loved coaching Mikael over the years and watching his confidence and talent soar.
Action Galore with Armand Assante and Danny Trejo!
I had a blast mid-February on location coaching Sofya Skya who played the lead in her first action film “Shadows in Paradise.” It was my first time on an action set as well, and the talent and skill of martial arts star Mark Dacascos blew me away.
Sofya’s background as a prima ballerina served her well on this action-packed shoot! Check back for news on the release date.
Comedy Variety Nights planned tocelebrate and raise funds for ALS-stricken colleague Carla ZilbersmithCarla Zilbersmith
Jeannine Frank of Parlor Performances @ Steinway Hall and Danna Hyams and Gary Blumsack of The Hayworth Theatre are joining forces to present CARLA-BRATION! two special variety nights raising money to assist their friend and colleague, Carla Zilbersmith who was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
While facing extraordinary challenges and tough decisions Zilbersmith continues to be insightful, honest — and even humorous, regularly channeling her observations and feelings into a series of ironic, often hard-hitting and always-inspiring essays at http://carlamuses.blogspot.com/ . All proceeds from these events will go toward additional assistance and quality of life services not covered by insurance. More information about the fund and Carla can be found at www.quiltmamas.com/dmc/ .
Just the Facts: A CARLA-BRATION for Carla Zilbersmith: A Special Variety Night to celebrate & support a friend and artist in need!
When: Saturday, April 12 at 8pm
Where: Steinway Hall @ Fields Pianos * 12121 W. Pico Bl. (one door w. of Bundy * Level P2 under the store) * Park free in lot!
When: Monday, April 14 at 8pm
Where: The Hayworth Theatre * 2509 Wilshire * Los Angeles 90057 (between Rampart and Alvarado)
Price: $25 suggested contribution Reservations & Info: www.thehayworth.com or (800)838-3006
Dancing with Cristian de la Fuente
Get your vote on this March 17thfor Cristian de la Fuente who will be on this season’s Dancing with the Stars. Not only is he hot hothot sexy, Cristian is one of the funniest actors I’ve ever worked with.
If you missed Cristian on Ugly Betty, tune into USA network April 24th for the premiere of his new series “In Plain Sight”.Felicidades, Cristian!
“America The Beautiful” with Gerren Taylor in Theatres Soon!
When supermodel Gerren Taylor (dubbed “Baby Naomi” by Oprah) took New York’s fashion week by storm at the tender age of 12, her success created such a buzz that I was brought on board to help her prepare for the media frenzy.
Documentary filmmaker Darryl Roberts also took notice and began chronicling Gerren’s journey in the superficial, thin-obsessed fashion industry. In the film, we see the effervescent Gerren take an emotional tumble when at 14 and a size 4, she’s considered obese and abandoned by the fickle fashion world.
What we don’t see on film is that she’s on her feet in no time and back in my studio preparing self-esteem workshops for young women worldwide – first stop: Durban, South Africa in March 2007. Next week, Gerren will be back in NYC sitting on the “My body and Me(dia) panel. Way to go, Gerren!
The Kite Runner – Now Playing
Props to lovely Atossa Leone for her warm portrayal of Soraya in Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball) The Kite Runner.
Atossa, who grew up in Germany, is of Iranian descent and brings to the screen a compelling performance rooted in her inherent understanding of the immigrant experience. I worked with Atossa several years ago and am naturally thrilled to see her continued success on the big screen. If you haven’t seen the movie yet – go!
Around the World with Ligeia
I began coaching Russian beauty Sofya Skya when she moved to Los Angeles in January ’07. She barely spoke a word of English then but by the fall she had booked the lead in Ligeia co-starring Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Eric Roberts.
In November we headed to Moscow for 10 days of preproduction coaching. After mastering the text, we worked the scenes with acting coach Lisa Melillo and fellow actor David Lloyd Smith. The days were long but we made time to see the sites of beautiful Moscow – what a city!
I joined Sofya on set for a week in St. Louis where she did a great job. I was impressed by the friendly Mid-Westerners crew and, yes, I saw the Arch! Shooting wraps in January in the Ukraine. What a journey!
Coming Soon: Latina Bond Girl in ‘08
Cross your fingers for my girls! Kate Del Castillo, Sandra Echeverria, Angelica Castro, and Ana de la Reguera are up for the part.