Below are some industry professionals & services that we highly recommend:
Best Rehearsal Space
We hold our large one night events at Simple Studios!
The main reasons being that their space is beautiful, intimate, quiet, with several modest-size studios and they are very affordable. The staff is incredibly helpful, organized, the vibe is relaxed and they are conveniently located. (they are located on 29th Street between 6/7) They also have free WiFi, a nice lobby area, healthy snacks to purchase, and private, well-maintained bathrooms. We love them.
Best NYC Headshot Photographers
Jordan Matter Photography: Simply said, Jordan's headshots are the gold standard for headshots in our industry. With a Jordan Matter shot, your "type" is captured in the most natural way which allows your headshot to be transparent. It's a "what you see is what you get" that will last you 2-3 years. Your headshot is your first impression and a mnemonic device for those you give it to. There isn't any room for unprofessional quality, variables or a disconnect between who you are in the picture and who you are in the room. A headshot from Jordan will ensure that everything is in place.
Melissa Hamburg Photography: Melissa’s photos have been successfully used for film, stage and television casting, book jackets, CD covers and corporate promotion. Her headshot photography encompasses the most desirable combination of elements to produce an honest, quality representation of every subject. A spacious, naturally lit studio and a fun, casual atmosphere encourage each person to feel relaxed and to enjoy the moment.
His Photography career began with earning a BFA degree from SVA. Combining his artistic background with over two decades as actor and teacher, together these components and have guided him to shoot professional headshots for actors. Over the 25 yrs as an actor, he gained extensive knowledge of the acting community and fully understands the essence of a marketable headshot, in relation to the business. His warm and charismatic personality creates that essential actor/ photographer chemistry that produces the best and most natural you. Having direct referrals from other actors, agents and managers, Anthony has become one of the leading Headshot Photographers in NYC. Anthony currently lives in NY with his wife, actress Diane Harrington, and their daughter.
Ale de Vries Photography: Ale knows how to capture an actor with his keen eye and lens using natural light. Together with his stylist/partner, AGR Senior Staff Member Canedy Knowles, the two know exactly what appeals to a casting director in terms of a good headshot. Canedy has worked in the industry for years as an actor/director/coach and has close relationships with many of NYC's top casting directors due to working at The Actor's Green Room. She knows the in's and out's of the NYC market and the importance of having a killer headshot. Ale is top notch in his effort to bring this to fruition. This power couple will deliver the goods in an affordable, super fun session.
Lauren is a photographer, storyteller and passionate creator dedicated to making you look and feel your best. She will guide you through simple coaching techniques to be present and engaged ensuring you get the most authentic, alive shots you can. The more confident and relaxed you are the more we can connect to your humanity in an image. She also is focused on shooting different types you can realistically play to make sure your photo stands out among the thousands of submissions a casting director gets for every role. She likes to be specific and most of all have fun! For more information, please visit www.laurentoub.com.
Best Headshot Reproductions & Retouching
Colorworks is a boutique post-house, specializing in retouching and printing actor’s headshots. Joe Barna, Colorworks founder and lead retoucher, believes that all actors need to have a professional headshot when going out for auditions. After all, this is your calling card and it’s what gets you in the casting director’s door. Colorworks believes in an active, hands-on approach; everyone on staff is committed to delivering you the exact shot you are looking for in order to land the part of a lifetime. Please email them at ColorWorksNYC@gmail.com and they will happy to assist you in any way possible. They look forward to hearing from you soon!
Best Self Tape & Slate Shots
660 STUDIOS NYC is where actors can professionally tape auditions, monologues & slates. Located in New York City. They shoot with a Canon DSLR camera, professional studio lighting, sound & blue (or green) screen. Your session includes taping, playback, editing and upload in a quiet, relaxing environment. Flexible hours to accommodate your busy schedule. They tape 7 days a week. A/B/C/D trains to 145th Street (2 stops from 59th Street/Columbus Circle) Refer a new client and receive 25% off your next visit. To book a session, email Dani Baum directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dani at: (646) 450-0595. For more info, check out their site: 660STUDIOSNYC.com
About Dani Baum: Dani is an actress, writer, director, producer living in NYC. She founded 660 STUDIOS NYC because she feels passionately about helping her fellow actors achieve their very best auditions in a comfortable environment. During taping your session Dani will be your reader, as well as coach/direct you, and offer any insights to the material that she may have. Find out what it's like working with Dani by reading our testimonials: http://bit.ly/660STUDIOSNYCTestimonials
Best VoiceOver Coach
Jane Dashow is a 25 year voice over veteran. She is a working actor and voice over talent that knows how to maximize YOUR voice, audition skills and script analysis. Jane also assists students with accent reduction, learning alternate accents and adjustment of mannerisms to expand casting possibilities. Her approach is honest, casual, one on one and fun. You’ll learn how to analyze copy for voice over work. You’ll also learn what works best for you and your voice. AND you’ll be better prepared to relax and rock it “in the room” or “in the booth”. Are you ready to feel completely confident? Jane can be reached at email@example.com
Visit Jane's website: www.janedashow.com
Best Acting Coach/Therapist
Clyde Baldo is an acting coach like no other. My tag line for him is: "Get to the root. Be the source. Act pure. Embrace your shadow" - because that's exactly what he gets actors to do. Being able to "act" requires one to draw upon their resources and be completely unblocked in order to truly be present within any character. With Clyde's unique background in acting, directing and psychotherapy, he has the ability to take an actor to their root - the place where it all happens. The actors I send to Clyde come back with a level of depth that is unparalleled.
Clyde can be reached at 917.604.4090 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out his website at: www.clydebaldoactingcoach.weebly.com
Best Social Media Expert
Noam Ash is an actor, writer, and social media expert. Through creating his own series, My Gay Roommate, Noam learned the ins and outs of the major social media networks. Never paying a single advertising dollar, #MGR has reached over 5,000,000 views, establishing itself as one of the biggest scripted web series on YouTube.
Utilizing the strategies he learned promoting his own work, Noam has helped individuals and companies including The Actor’s Green Room and Ziva Meditation more than triple their online presence and engagement.
Noam offers social media consultations in hour-and-a-half blocks. During these sessions he goes over the major social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and gives you the inside scoop on the different algorithms that these networks use and how you can leverage these to maximize the reach and engagement of your posts. The goal in the sessions is to give you the knowledge you need in order to execute your social media campaign with efficiency, clarity and that unique voice that is solely yours. #LetsDoIt Contact Noam at email@example.com
If you are an actor who suffers from anxiety or just don't feel you are functioning at your most optimal level, Picara Vassallo is the person to see. Picara is a licensed acupuncturist and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her four year Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Picara is gentle and understanding and truly gifted at what she does. She also works on a sliding scale and makes herself accessible to those in need. Picara is based in Manhattan and can be reached at: 215.880.9285 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Picara's website
If you are looking for a great Primary Care Physican, Dr. Jonathan Warman is your guy. He is based on the Upper East Side and is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Warman is a knowledgeable, caring doctor who goes the extra mile to make sure you get the care that you need. He takes virtually all insurance plans and is very accessible. Check out his profile on ZocDoc.com by clicking here. He can also be reached at 212-988-2900.
If you are looking for a Chiropractor or Nutritionist, that really understands actors then Dr. Doug is your guy! Dr. Doug has been a SAG member since he was 8 years old and still works as an actor. On top of that he is a regular at the AGR Monday night class! After majoring in Biology and minoring in Theater at Cornell University, he moved to NYC to pursue acting full time. Dr. Doug worked on both coasts in Equity theater, TV, soaps, numerous commercials, and stand-up comedy. At 29 he decided to go back to school, and complete degrees in Chiropractic, Massage, and Clinical Nutrition. Today, he runs a busy practice near the Flat Iron building, working almost exclusively with Industry people. He currently takes care of American Ballet Theater, dancers from 13 broadway shows, TV actors, make-up artists, wardrobe people, agents and casting directors. In 2012 he published his first book called Quantum Paleo, about the popular "Caveman/Paleo Diet". He is also known for his ridiculous discounts that he has been giving to performers for 15 years. Dr. Doug can be reached at email@example.com or visit his website at: http://TheHealthFixer.com