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The Big Break: CGTV Actors Recall their Beginnings

CGTV creates real success stories, and our alumni are proof of that. CGTV alum Bex Taylor-Klaus was interviewed by Collider after scoring her “big break” role of Bullet for the AMC series The Killing. Collider asked Bex if she remembered the moment she found out she had gotten the role.

Bex said, “I remember that moment. I recently got asked what the best moment of my life was, and the first thing that popped into my head was getting the phone call from my agent.”

All aspiring actors hope to recall a moment like this. Another CGTV alum, RJ Cyler, has found fame starring in the new Power Rangers movie as the Blue Ranger. His first big break, though, was a smaller-budget indie film that became a Sundance darling, called “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” RJ played the titular Earl, who together with his co-worker befriend a classmate who has been diagnosed with cancer. RJ has said that the role of Earl has opened up many more opportunities for him, and was quoted as saying in an interview with Collider, “This is like the perfect launchpad for my career … now it’s only up and up.” A first acting gig is not only exciting for the actor who secures the role, but potentially life-changing as well.

Adrian R’Mante, co-founder of CGTV and long-time working actor in Hollywood, gained his footing in show business when heCGTV alum received a scholarship to the theater program at the University of Central Florida-Orlando. Adrian had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of the top-acting professionals in the country. During his training, he worked on Nickelodeon’s Gamelab, Slimetime Live, and the prestigious Orlando Shakespeare Festival. Adrian eventually decided it was time to move to Hollywood and live out his dream in television and film. After arriving in Hollywood, Adrian landed a co-starring role on the TV show Profiler. From here, Adrian met casting director Anthony Barneo who became the reason Adrian is where he is today. Adrian’s biggest and most recognized role to date is that of Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya Dela Rosa Ramirez from the mega hit Disney Channel television show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

If you are an aspiring actor, you too can one day hopefully feel the elation that comes with nabbing your first acting role. If you’re looking for a foot in the door in Hollywood, CGTV can help! CGTV is a high level TV, film, and entertainment program designed to help connect talent with some of the top agents, casting directors, and managers in Los Angeles. To get started, register on our website to receive information about upcoming audition events.

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RJ Cyler, Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 list!

RJ CylerCGTV reviews are on FIRE!  RJ Cyler one of the shiniest stars in our bunch is making global headlines as one of Forbes Magazine’s hottest young talents under 30 on their 30 under 30 list.  You can read the full article here:  http://www.forbes.com/profile/rj-cyler/

We are coming to many major US cities and International Cities across the globe in 2017.   if we are not coming to yours, you may want to consider traveling to a city nearby.  We will post which cities on our blog as they are announced.  Our grads are on Fire, check out RJ Cyler the newest winner of the Forbes, 30 under 30 distinction.  Other winners of this illustrious awards are people like Mark Zuckerberg, so RJ is in great company.
We found, trained and put RJ in front of all of our hollywood agents, managers and connections.  That training and those contacts got him exactly where he is today. He is now a critically acclaimed actor for his role in Me, Earl & The Dying Girl and is starring in the summer blockbuster Power Rangers 2017 as Blue Power Ranger.  In addition, Brad Pitt picked him up for War Machines, a Netflix Original.
If you think you have what it takes and you are serious about getting your chance to shine in front of exactly the right people, we are interested in you auditioning for one of our celebrity judges.  From the ages of 5-25, Hollywood is waiting for you.  All looks, all ethnicities, all body types, we are looking for every type. We love kids and more importantly, we love making kid’s dreams come true.
Adrian R’Mante, aka Esteban of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody is not only the owner of CGTV, he is the hands on acting coach, film scene director and mentor to each and every participant that comes through CGTV.  While he has a celebrity staff that have almost entirely come from Disney Shows, he makes sure each student gets his personal time as well.

RJ Cyler dreamed a big dream and is now living that same dream.

CGTV is a rigorous curriculum designed to help connect young talent like RJ Clyer with some of the top agents, casting directors, and managers in Hollywood. Workshops include improv, audition techniques, marketing tips and more, for film, theater, television, and commercial acting.  Students are guided by top celebrities from ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows. For more information, please see our website, or call (818) 284-6689. “CGTV: We have people on TV and on Movies!”

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CGTV Grad Proves Persistence Pays!

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CGTV could brag for days and days about the successes our students have seen in TV and FILM because of the CGTV program. Instead, we urge you to review the success stories that we have created from grads and parents alike. Listen to what one mom has to say below.

We had been hearing about CGTV from an acquaintance for years.  Julian has been asking us to get him involved in acting since he was just five years old.  We did not act on it right away, we assumed it was a passing phase and waited for him to move on to his next idea.  But, he didn’t stop bugging me.  He was very persistent and continually asking me to please look into it.  I decided to sign up to receive emails.  My husband and I finally made the decision that we would help Julian pursue his dream.  The next day, CGTV sent out an email stating they were auditioning in LA.  We took this as a sign, and we signed him up.

 

I didn’t think he was nervous at all, but I was!  He was very excited but I had no idea how to prepare him so we did not prepare at all.  We told him to do his best and hope for the best, but expect the worst.  The last thing we wanted was for our son to get his hopes up only to be crushed by a Disney Star.  We decided that if this was what Julian truly wanted to do, that we would figure out a way to help him succeed.  We later found out that Julian was very nervous and that he had prepared on his own, practicing every chance he got.

When we arrived at the CGTV audition, Julian was very nervous when he saw that he would be auditioning for Hutch Dana, the Disney Star from Zeke & Luther.  Julian did great under pressure and told me that he felt good about his audition no matter how it went. I tried to stay positive for my son, but also tried to prepare him for the potential of not being selected.  Waiting was hard and definitely stressful.

Hutch thought Julian had real star potential and we got that callback.  We were so excited for Julian, we were astonished as parents and made a decision that we would invest in our son.  We have taught our children to follow their dreams and supporting them was never in question.  More importantly, Julian made a commitment to attend the program, do his best and really put his heart into it.  He was super grateful that we were willing to support him.

My favorite part of the program was watching Julian grow.  Every day, he changed, in a good way.  He was hungry for the notes given at the end of each scene and fought hard to improve every second, minute and hour of the day.  While Julian had been on stage for years as a dancer, this LIVE show at the ACME theater was new for him.  We wondered if the Hollywood Agents and Managers in the audience would see what Hutch saw in our Julian.  We desperately tried to prepare ourselves and Julian for if they did not.

Did we get a callback?  We got 4 callbacks the first time we did the All-Star Weekend and another 4 callbacks the second time we went back to CGTV.  Eight callbacks from agents and producers that would have never given us the time of day without the association to Adrian R’Mante and CGTV.  I was totally unprepared and blown away by the interest in my son.

 

Adrian and his cast of actor trainers helped Julian so much.  So many doors have opened for him and he has learned so much.  Truly, this is the fast track to Hollywood success, IF your child has a natural talent.  This program truly lived up to everything we expected and more!  Adrian truly is there for you…and I don’t know how he does it!!!  The experience is completely priceless. Julian’s life would not have been the same without his CGTV experience.

From the mom of Julian Cardenas

CGTV Grad Making Waves In Hollywood!

CGTVEarlier in the year we wrote about an amazing talent we scouted in Arizona last October, Bailey Axen.  You can read his initial article by Clicking Here.  Bailey scored a multitude of offers from Hollywood Agents and Managers at his CGTV Live Performance showcase at the end of the training program.

 

After doing our homework, we decided on an agent and a manager from the CGTV Showcase evening.  Since then, Bailey has been on numerous auditions for feature films with A list Hollywood actors attached to them and for many commercials.  Bailey has auditioned for Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.   Recently Bailey has been put on hold by a producer for a national television commercial and Lisa London, one of the most influential casting agents in Hollywood brought Bailey in to audition to play a young Adam Sandler in his new Netflix Movie.  Lisa London was an additional resource that Bailey picked up at CGTV.  Her book from Start to Stardom is a great tool and resource for anyone pursuing acting seriously.  

Bailey has quickly discovered that this profession is tough and requires patience, persistence and passion.  Acting is hard work and to be really great, you have to continue to improve by taking workshops, classes and hiring coaches that can help you grow and be competitive in the market place.  Just like an athlete or entrepreneur, an actor must put in the work to receive the rewards.  Even through rejection, Bailey keeps a smile is grateful for the opportunity and moves on to the next shot.  CGTV and Adrian R’Mante prepared him for this road, so it was not unfamiliar when he had to walk it alone.  

Stardom is rarely an overnight success!  Getting a reputable Hollywood Agent and Manager alone can take years and years of rejections.  CGTV took years of pursuit out of our equation and put Bailey directly in front of the talent agents and managers that could launch his career.  Now, it’s up to Bailey.  One thing that has been crucial is celebrating the wins.  Getting an audition is a win.  Getting a call back is another.  Being put on hold is a win.  Booking the job is the prize and it’s not easy.  But when you love acting as much as Bailey does, you pursue your dream relentlessly with all of your heart.  

Bailey is extremely grateful and feels very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with Adrian R’Mante and CGTV and feels he received the tools he needed to start him down his true career path.  Bailey has booked his first TV role, 6 months after graduating from CGTV.  He is guest starring on an episode of Adam Ruins Everything called Adam Ruins the Wild West! 

Pilot season is just around the corner and Bailey is super excited for the calls he expects to receive from his agent and manager.  

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CGTV is not a scam

CGTV is not a scam, I know firsthand!

CGTV is not a scamCGTV is not a scam, I know firsthand! The following is a personal letter written to us from one of our Graduates from last January’s VIP Program at CGTV – The Celebrity Experience. It’s easy for us to tell you how great our program is, but we prefer if you hear it from our graduates/students instead. If you are looking for CGTV Reviews and/or whether or not CGTV is a scam, keep reading.
“Ever since I can remember I have had dreams of being an actress. Growing up with a thespian as a mother probably had a little something to do with that. Throughout the years I have auditioned and performed in many shows/venues, including the Utah Shakespeare competition. However I always wanted more. I knew my dream was to make it to the Oscars some day. Luckily I was gifted with a mother who believed in my dreams and wanted to help make them a reality. She was always looking out for auditions that either me or her could do, and one day a local talent agent sent her an email with the information for CGTV auditions happening that following week in Phoenix, Arizona. CGTV is not a scam.
Neither me or my mother had ever heard of CGTV and immediately thought it was going to be a scam or trap. We decided to look further into it. After hopping on google and typing them in we came across a negative review on the first page. We decided to click on it thinking yep, just another waste of time. Words cannot express how shocked we were, and moved, over the 8 paragraph response Adrian R’Mante had personally written himself in the comment section of the review. Seeing a star, someone I watched throughout my childhood and loved, defending and putting effort into helping his own cause and not sending someone else or just ignoring them was amazing. In addition there were PAGES of other parents that had actually been through the program defending the program and Adrian. We immediately secured our audition. CGTV is not a scam.
I don’t really know how to describe the feeling of knowing that you were going to potentially meet and perform in front of people you watched growing up on Disney. Never in my life had I memorized a commercial that fast. My nerves were in overdrive after finding out from my mother that Hutch Dano from Zeke and Luther was going to be the guest judge and actor for our auditions. Now not only did I have to perform in front of strangers I had to now do it in front of a high school crush of mine! Butterflies were swarming in my stomach as we entered the room that was completely filled with other kids waiting for their auditions, maybe about 600. After realizing that I’ve watched and seen all the actors personally, that are on their opening video, that they helped get started with CGTV I was floored and crazy excited. (By the way, we knew it was real when only about 50/600 of us were offered a spot in the program)
I’m finally put in the room with Hutch and am trying not to let  my nerve show on my face. Afterwards he told me I did a great job, I will forever remember that as my first real step into the acting world! Sadly the time care for us to leave and wait for the calls to come, or not come. 11 pm rolls around and I’m having to face the music and start thinking about my next move since I didn’t make it. Twenty minutes later I go back to find a voicemail waiting on my phone, and it’s CGTV letting me know that both me and my mother had been selected! We meet with them and talked about what needed to happen next and decided the V.I.P. package route was the best and smartest way to go. We were scheduled for the beginning of January. My personal experience at CGTV can not be described as anything less than extraordinary.. I had the best time of my life, learned everything about the business, and have the confidence and knowledge to continue my career in acting. And, I walked away with all the tools needed to secure an agent and/or manager. Lastly, becuase I bought the top VIP package, I can come back to CGTV for FREE for the rest of my life and perform live over and over in front of agents/managers until I get a callback. That is committment. I love Adian and CGTV so much, I hope to work with them one day!”
PS… I almost forgot to tell you how AMAZING it is when all your OTHER child hood stars from Disney arrive at CGTV to train you as well. The dad from Josh and Drake, Jonathan Goldstein, Geno Segers from Pair of Kings, RJ Cyler from Me, Earl and The Dying Girl and Power Rangers 2017! And more…. it was the time of my life and I will never forget it.
Jenna McKenna age 21, San Diego, California

CGTV is not a scam, I know firsthand!

Lisa London

CGTV’s Celebrity Casting Director?

kn0ky4xmLisa London has been a Hollywood staple for 20+ years.   She have discovered and/or cast many actors long before they were famous; such as Miley Cyrus in Hannah Montana, Jonah Hill in Grandma’s Boy, Emma Stone, Katharine McPhee, and Kat Dennings in House Bunny, Selena Gomez in the Disney pilot of What’s Stevie Thinking, Jennifer Aniston in her first feature, Leprechaun, Mark Ruffalo in the CBS series, Due South, Adrian R. Mante and Megan Hilty, in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Yari Shahidi in The First Family.  Lisa London
 
Lisa London has a knack for picking needles out of haystacks and her casting history proves this in spades.  The exciting news is that she is a partner with CGTV and is always seeking new talent at our events.  Read more about Lisa and how to get involved below.  
 
Lisa and her partner Catherine Stroud own London Stroud Casting and have cast a number of highly successful TV shows such as Hit The Floor for VH1, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana pilot on the Disney Channel, Arliss on HBO, Roseanne on ABC, Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon and Get A Life on Fox. 
 
A few of the movies they have cast for that you will recognize are House Bunny and Grandma’s Boy for Happy Madison Productions, Stepfather for Screen Gems and From The Rough which stars Oscar and Emmy nominated and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson (who is starring in the Fox Television “hit” series, Empire) and the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan plus an international cast including British actor, Tom Felton (from Harry Potter films). 
 
Recently they have stepped into the Indie film market with, In Search of Fellini starring Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub and the awesomely talented, Ksenia Solo (from the TV series, Orphan Black & the feature, Black Swan).
 
So, how can you get in front of Lisa?  There are a few ways, the first one is to be a part of CGTV’s “The Celebrity Experience” and perform LIVE onstage at the ACME theatre in Hollywood where Lisa sits in the audience with a notepad scouring for new talent. 
 
The second one is to attend Lisa’s workshop.  The next will be held on October 15th and 16th in Tampa Florida.  Price:  $175 for children and teens ages 6 to 13.  $250 for Teens to adults 14+.  Call 813-873-9440 to reserve your seat. 
 
Can’t make it to Lisa’s next workshop?  That’s ok, she wrote a book too!  Get her book here:  Visit www.fromstarttostardom.com.  The CGTV Reviews on her book are off the chart, in fact we have just published a success story of Zeah whom took action on Lisa’s book and turned it into success. 

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CGTV Graduate RJ Cyler stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!

RJ stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!

CGTV Graduate RJ Cyler stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!This photo features one of our recent graduates, Bailey Axen whom had 10+ Hollywood agents and managers ask him for a call-back.  He stands proudly in front of RJ Cyler, a CGTV Graduate, and Hollywood Star.  He hopes to follow in RJ’s footsteps and even met RJ and was able to perform on the same stage with him at Hollywood’s ACME theater, led by CGTV and The Celebrity Experience’s Adrian R’Mante. CGTV Graduate RJ Cyler stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!

RJ’s current IMDB profile reads as follows; CGTV Graduate RJ Cyler stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!

“RJ Cyler, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was born Ronald Cyler II, the youngest of three boys. RJ has always been an entertainer in some way or form. At the age of 12, he started a dance team with his older brother. In Jan,2012; RJ heard a commercial for open auditions in the Jacksonville area. RJ was asked to Los Angeles for another acting camp, which at that time RJ’s mentor asked his parents to consider relocating to California in order to support a possible future. Feb 22,2013,the family took a leap of faith; he along with his mother, moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after, his father and one brother also relocated as well. With his family behind him, RJ continues to focus on becoming a better young man, comedian & actor, not easily deterred when life comes at him, he is truly the laugh box of his family and to those who met him.”

The one thing it doesn’t mention is that the acting “camp” was the CGTV Acting Program.  In particular, The Celebrity Experience.  Since we spotted RJ at a local city audition, he has been nominated for awards, taken the part of The Blue Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers 2017 and scored a meaty role in a new movie with Brad Pitt.
RJ is not alone on our list of achievements.  CGTV Reviews are in and they are astonishing.  Check out actress Bex Taylor-Klaus on IMDB as well;

“Bex Taylor-Klaus was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, a fourth generation Atlantan. She has two passions that she has pursued throughout her life: sports and acting.

An all-around athlete, Bex played on her high school Varsity Softball team as a Freshman (Catcher & 3rd base). Bex’s acting training started with Shakespeare in an after school program in the 3rd grade, and was a consistent part of her extracurricular life and summers. In high school, Bex performed in her school’s Improv Troupe – she loves comedy and Improv – and with friends started a Junior-High Acting Troupe to train young actors. CGTV Graduate RJ Cyler stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!

At 18, Bex moved to LA in the summer of 2012 to begin her acting career while finishing High School. As a series regular in The Killing (2011), Bex’s first official role as an actor is the part of Bullet. Bex writes about playing Bullet, “to be an actor is to want to visit the dark places that humans strive so hard to stay away from.” She is having the time of her life, fulfilling her dreams, and doing the work she loves.

When not working, Bex loves to hang out with her siblings (both real and ‘by choice’).”

If you are considering the acting program at CGTV be prepared for the success that may follow if you put in the work.
CGTV Graduate RJ Cyler stars in POWER RANGERS 2017!
CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

CGTV Graduate Is Sponsored to attend!

CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!In our last blog, you learned about the success of one of our graduates, Zeah. CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

This is a follow up on her continued success and is surely a great article for anyone scouring the internet for CGTV reviews.

“This (CGTV/TCE/Hollywood)  is definitely a JOURNEY that can be accomplished when ‘the family comes together to support the child actors pursuits” – Zeah’s Mom 

 

When we returned from TCE, I took 3 days to read Lisa London’s book, “From Start to Stardom” that we purchased at the event.  I took every step in her book and began taking action.  (She has founded many of Hollywood’s finest and hottest celebrities) While waiting for our demo reel to be edited, I created a sponsorship letter to local businesses and organizations to seek out donors to sponsor Zeah’s participation in the program – for simplicity, I will quote some info from the letter so you can see what our mission and purpose was:

 

“On January 12, 2016, Zeah received an exclusive invitation to attend the CGTV Pilot Program Training in Universal City, California.  This is an elite program offered only once a year, and Zeah is one of 30 children invited to participate in this accelerated, 4 week training program.

 

We have less than 2 weeks to raise $9,500 for program expenses and travel & housing accommodations, which will allow Zeah onsite private acting training with active, practicing celebrities, auditions for 2016 Pilot Season for Film & Television in Hollywood, California, exposure and opportunities with more industry professionals, and more.

 

We are considering creative ways to raise funds for this exclusive opportunity for our daughter. If you, or any organization or company you know, are willing to sponsor Zeah’s next step in her personal & career development, she will in exchange, create a unique promotion or commercial for your organization and/or company.

Here is the general website of CGTV for your information and reference: http://cgtv.la

 

Mahalo for your consideration to help Zeah Live Her Dreams”  to be on TV and to be an inspiration for keiki here in Hawaii, and around the world.”

 

As a result, Zeah received some donations, as well as one offer of sponsorship – which created the opportunity for her to work on her first paid commercial project.  She was assigned to write, produce, and film a commercial for Dr. Aki Oshita, Gonstead Chiropractor and owner of Cornerstone Community Chiropractic.  Here’s the final product that Dr. Aki used on his Facebook page to promote his practice, and Zeah’s passion for acting.

 

While we did not meet the fundraising goal to return to LA for CGTV Pilot Program in February 2016 it did not shake Zeah.  Rather, it refocused her and her determination increased.  The program had PREPARED her for rejection.

 

Toward the end of February we received the TCE demo reels recorded at Universals Sound Studio so I was able to submit Zeah’s complete package to our local talent agencies.  I submitted her package to 4 agencies, 2 of which were SAG-AFTRA franchised.  Both SAG-AFTRA franchise agencies replied to schedule a meeting with us to meet Zeah and to go over their expectations as an agency.  Following meeting with ADR Agency, they were interested in representing her.  After researching the 2 SAG-AFTRA franchised companies in Hawaii, and meeting personally with Talent Agent Ryan Brown, Zeah signed with ADR Agency. CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

 

That same week, prior to signing with ADR, we self submitted to Hawaii Actors Network (HAN) for the lead role in “Yes Mama”.  This was Zeah’s first audition in our local market place and she used the skills she learned from TCE and Adrian’s CGTV training videos to prepare for this audition.  Additionally, I recorded one of Zeah’s rehearsals and sent it to Adrian for his feedback.  He offered some suggestions for improvement, Zeah made the adjustments, and she did an amazing job at her audition.  The first audition resulted in a callback and a second audition which eventually lead to Zeah being offered the lead role of “Millie” in the Hawaii Student Short Film Project, “Yes Mama”.  The Director envisions this film in 2017 film festivals – we are really excited for that and pray that things line up. CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

 

Prior to filming, we had 2 weeks of rehearsals which was a very interesting and a great learning experience for our entire family.  Filming took 4 days and it was an amazing experience for Zeah.  As parents, we literally watched our daughter mature over the two weeks of filming.  Her commitment to the project was amazing (for lack of a better term).  This was a student film so there was only one camera, one sound person, and they filmed on location – which resulted in many many many retakes because of sound quality and/or noise from the environment (ambulances, planes, dogs barking, neighbors talking….hahahaha…you catch my drift). On the final day, as we left location – and the last day was a very long day, I asked Zeah how she felt.  To my surprise, she responded with “I LOVE ACTING!!!  WHEN CAN I DO ANOTHER MOVIE???”  I expected her to tell me it was too much work, or it was too hard, or something to that effect – but her response demonstrated that acting is truly her passion and that the amount of work that is required to complete a project will not stop her from reaching beyond the stars. CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

 

In April 2016, Zeah was formally invited by BNI KOA Chapter in Ewa Beach, Hawaii to be their ‘youngest entrepreneur’.  Zeah attended their new member orientation and instantly connected with many businessmen and businesswomen there.  She shared a 20 second overview of who she is and her goals and aspirations in life.  The members were very supportive and impressed by her poise and ability to know what she wants and to go after it at such a young age.  Zeah intends on joining the BNI KOA Chapter as soon as she can create opportunities to pay for her annual membership.

 

In June 2016, Dr. Aki at Cornerstone Community Chiropractic offered Zeah another paid project opportunity – to create an educational video teaching about Gonstead Chiropractic Care and the correlation of proper adjustments, appropriate home care, and overall health.  Rather than it being an advertisement for his practice, he wants Zeah to create this video to teach about Gonstead Chiropractic Care as a whole to share with his colleagues and the Gonstead Community.  Zeah accepted this opportunity and we are hoping to complete this project by the end of the year.  She has to do extensive research before she can write and produce this project.

 

Following Zeah’s participation with CGTV summer program 2016, we made a family decision to follow up with callbacks and book appointments with the Agents and Managers who showed interest in representing Zeah.  We knew that a lot of sacrifice and much transition was necessary in order to take the next BIG step in Zeah’s pursuits so we hosted a “Zeah’s Journey To The Big Screen” fundraiser in August 2016.  This fundraiser was a great success and gave us an edge to commit to returning to LA for 3-4 months.  On September 1, 2016 we brought Zeah to LA and are currently learning, experiencing, auditioning, building networks, attending classes, making friends, acclimating to the “home away from home” that we are creating for Zeah.  It’s definitely a JOURNEY and we are so grateful to have the opportunities, network, and support we have gained through our participation with TCE and CGTV!!!  Our family has grown so much over the past year because of our TCE ohana & CGTV ohana!!! CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

 

Zeah is truly a blessing and has aspirations to become a celebrity so that she may inspire kids in her community, our beautiful state of Hawaii, and beyond.  Her motto is “Be Grateful Everyday, Love God, Be Kind To Others”  –  she truly wants that message to circle the world. CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!

 

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CGTV Reviews are in!

CGTV’s Zeah Kaapana-Bates Sores Big!

 CGTV Reviews are in!

Zeah Kaapana-Bates

CGTV hosts auditions in cities around the globe and the CGTV reviews coming in from our child and young adult actors are nothing short of amazing.  One of the cities we routinely visit is Honolulu, Hawaii.  This is exactly where we found one of the brightest stars to graduate CGTV and The Celebrity Experience.

 

Zeah’s aunt heard an audition for CGTV and The Celebrity Experience on the radio in Honolulu.  Her aunt sent her mother the recording and urged her to take her daughter to this audition.

Zeah was nervous and excited to meet and audition for one of her favorite Disney stars, Adrian R’Mante, Esteban, from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.  She says that Adrian made her instantly comfortable and she knew that she did her best and it was all she could do.  She wasn’t sure if she would get a call back, but she knew that she could not have done any better, so she was proud of her efforts.

 

When Zeah found out she was indeed called back to be a part of Adrian’s program, she was screaming and excited beyond belief.  Her parents were excited but they wanted to wait to see what it was all about before making a final decision.  They were excited to hear what Adrian had to say at the callback orientation.

 

As parents, they decided to invest in Adrian’s program because they believed in his mission and vision. Zeah’s parents knew that his program included a training curriculum that would support their daughters aspirations of becoming an actor. They could see that the training would also contribute to their daughters development as a life long learner, individual, and contributing member of our community and world.

 

We asked Zeah what her favorite part about CGTV’s acting program was.  She replied,

“I loved meeting and training with all the Celebrities, playing all the improv games, and I was really excited when we got to meet and talk to Debby Ryan who played Jessie!”.

When we asked Zeah’s parents what they loved best about CGTV they replied as follows, “As parents, we appreciated the experiences, skills, training, networking, and performance opportunities (Showcase, Universal Sound Studio Scene Recording with a Celebrity, LIVE performance and the ACME theatre in Hollywood) with TCE & CGTV. We greatly appreciated the parent workshops/Q&A sessions because it gave us great insights to the industry and the profession of acting. The professionals that Adrian invited to speak to us were well accomplished professionals who were honest and transparent with us. Lisa London, Joey Paul Jensen, and Philip Marcus came from different perspectives with a vast amount of experience.”

Zeah was pretty nervous about performing LIVE at the ACME theatre in front of the Hollywood agents and Hollywood managers, but with the help of Adrian, her scene partner and a week’s worth of intensive coaching, she nailed it.  Even mom could not spare a tear that evening.  She had never been so proud and she realized there were going to be many more successes to come in Zeah’s future.

 

Zeah received one callback from a Manager during The Celebrity Experience.  Then,  at CGTV, she received two callbacks from Agents and two callbacks from Managers.   Lisa London said that her performance showed that she is ready to book jobs!  Coming from the casting director that found Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Anniston and more, this was a huge nod that we were in the right place with the right people.

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When asked what the #1 thing she learned from Adrian she replied, “eye contact”.

Zeah’s mom asked if she could add some final words to this story, and they are so beautiful we decided to include them.

“As a family, Adrian has done countless things for us. If I had to choose just ONE thing to highlight, the #1 thing that Adrian has done for us is to stay true to his word. From the first day we met, Adrian committed to our daughter and her aspirations of becoming a successful actor. He committed to being available and a part of our journey through each step, and he has DELIVERED beyond what we could’ve ever expected. Adrian is committed to being honest and transparent throughout each step and continues to provide us and our daughter with mentorship and guidance even after the program is complete. I would recommend them to anyone with serious Hollywood dreams.  It is a place where you will discover what it takes and if you HAVE what it takes.  This is definitely a JOURNEY that can be accomplished when ‘the family comes together to support the child actors pursuits’:  – Zeah’s Mom

Artist: Zeah Kaapana-Bates

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Adrian R’Mante and CGTV partners with many local talent agencies to provide auditions in a variety of cities, globally, year round.  The below review is from an actress that found us through one of these local agencies.  If you are a talent agency interested in bringing Adrian R’Mante and The CGTV Celebrity Experience to your talented youth, please, call our Director of Marketing, Gia Heller at 480-258-1392. The following is a blog story created from an interview with Kiara Carrion.

Kiara Carrion

My name is Kiara Carrion and I heard about CGTV from a local agency in my town.  I was nervous for my audition and worst of all, I did not prepare in advance.  I suppose the thing that made me MOST nervous about my audition was knowing that it would be in front of my Disney hero, Adrian R’Mante, aka Esteban from the Suite Life of Zack & Cody.  I have to admit, it was a little bit intimidating but, also very exciting!

When I walked into the room, I brought my fear with me.  But Adrian was very quick to put an immediate end to that!  He was SO nice, so friendly and let me know that there was no need to be nervous.  He had me feeling comfortable immediately.  I was grateful, certainly not what I was expecting from a star I had watched for years on TV.
I thought I did pretty ok at the audition, but I was still unsure if I was good enough.  So, the wait to hear if I was going to get a callback was very stressful.  I got called back!   I was thrilled, I think my parents were shocked!  Haha!  The room was PACKED with other kids and I was shocked to see that I had made it into a small group that were invited to join the VIP experience in Hollywood.  Knowing the experience would end with me on stage in front of Hollywood managers and Hollywood agents was even more nerve wracking than the original audition!
We had heard SO many great things about the program and recognizable stars like RJ Cyler (Me, Earl and The Dying Girl, PowerRangers 2017, War Machines) and Bex Taylor Klaus (MTV’s Scream and Arrow) were giving heartfelt testimonials that CGTV took them straight to the top of Hollywood!  Because of these reasons, we decided to invest in the training, it was an easy decision.
My favorite part about the training was being coached by the stars I grew up knowing on Disney, you see, in addition to Adrian, the team is FILLED with highly recognizable Disney Stars!  And of course, my MOST favorite part were the results of my live performance at the showcase.  Not one, but EIGHT Hollywood agents requested a meeting with me.  In fact, Adrian had even taught us the tools of WHAT to look for in an agent and HOW to act when we got to our callback appointment.  Of course, we also had our video reels and pro head-shots complete with resume to give to our new pursuers!  It was a turn-key staircase to Hollywood.  IF you had the talent and even more importantly the drive and commitment to see it through all the rejections.
Even if they had NOT picked me, this program was WORTH its weight in gold in terms of the training.  I now have the tools I need to continue in my career, which is taking off!  I highly recommend this program to anyone with Hollywood dreams.  It is the real deal, there is a ton of training, information, head-shots, exposure and qualified staff.  By qualified I mean they are already highly successful working actors.  Thank you to my parents for investing in me and thank you to Adrian and CGTV for delivering so much more than you promised.
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