How are you? We haven’t heard from you in a while and hope you’re doing well. How are the workshops going? Did you start your pilot season program?
Nick’s great. We’re still traveling back and forth for auditions. He will be shooting Goats sometime in March. He had to re-audition for his part because so much time has passed since he got the job, the director wanted to make sure the chemistry was still there. He even auditioned more boys the second time around. I’m happy to say Nick was chosen again…he held his part!
Nick also booked another part in a film “We Bought a Zoo”. It’s a supporting role, small, but he will be in a movie directed by Cameron Crowe! How cool is that!
Parenthood is over, it was great experience for him.
I’ve attached a current picture of him…he’s grown so much.
We hope to hear from you soon CGTV. Say Hi to Tim for us.
Samya, Nick, Robert and Olivia
Louis Tomeo takes to small screen in ‘Every Witch Way’ developed by Nickelodeon. The seminole Chronicle writes an article about Louis Tomeo is his development with the Karen Greer Models and Talent, LLC.
Andy Ceballos The Seminole Chronicle
It’s not uncommon for children to grow up watching TV shows on Nickelodeon, and 11-year-old Louis Tomeo is no exception. But when he tuned in to the channel last week, he didn’t watch just any old show – he watched his own show.
Tomeo, an Oviedo resident, is a cast member in Nickelodeon’s newest show, Every Witch Way, which tells the story of a teenage girl who moves to Miami and discovers that she is a witch. The children’s network debuted the show on Jan. 1.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Tomeo said. “I never thought I’d have a show on Nickelodeon.”
On the show, Tomeo plays Robby Miller, the younger brother of one of the lead characters, Daniel Miller. Robby and the two youngest Miller siblings are known as the “Terrible Three,” or the T3, and Robby leads them into various schemes and builds contraptions that don’t always work.
This is the first TV show that Tomeo has appeared in, but it’s certainly not his first foray into acting. He has also appeared in a few short films and national commercials for AT&T and Head & Shoulders.
Originally, Tomeo was discovered while attending CGTV, which is run by Adrian R’Mante, a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a former leading cast member from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. A local agent spotted his talent and recommended him to a friend who manages young actors and models.
“[I became his agent] through a friend who worked at a local agency in Florida. She said, ‘This is someone I think you should manage,’” said Daryl Washington, the owner and director of Global Management 101, located in Pennsylvania. “I believed in him so much and I told his mom and I submitted him to an agency and she became his agent in Miami.”
That agent is Karen Greer, owner of Karen Greer Models and Talent, LLC. Greer has also been an agent for young stars such as Bella Thorne, Victoria Justice and Bailee Madison. Greer had met Tomeo at the acting camp and saw that he had that X factor.
“He has a great personality – he’s very enthusiastic and he’s got a natural charm about him,” she said. “He’s very confident with people and he did a great job with the time he had in camp.”
Every Witch Way
After becoming his agent, Greer quickly secured a role for Tomeo in his first commercial. She was also able to get him an audition for a show that was being developed by Nickelodeon called Every Witch Way. Tomeo auditioned in Miami, but what he didn’t know was that auditions for the show were also being held in New York and Los Angeles.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Tomeo said. “I never thought I’d have a show on Nickelodeon.”
In the end, Tomeo still got the part and began filming the show in January 2013. He and his family, which includes his mom, Kellie, his dad, Louis Tomeo Sr., his older sister, Victoria, and his younger brother, Vincent, moved to Miami while the show was filming.
The show was shot from January through May, so Tomeo had to juggle his schoolwork while filming. He said his school, Page Private School, was very supportive during that time and would FedEx the work to him in Miami. He also had tutors on set, so when he wasn’t working, he was studying.
“He’s on set for eight to nine hours and goes to school with the other kids,” Tomeo Sr. said. “They shoot for a total of five to six hours, then they leave the set and we go to the apartment they provide for us. Then he has an hour of homework and studying lines.”
Overall, Tomeo worked a 12- to 14-hour day, six days a week and still managed to stay on the honor roll and was voted vice president of the Junior National Honor Society. But Tomeo wasn’t the only one juggling multiple responsibilities – his parents also had to juggle work and parenting their two other children.
“It’s been pretty crazy. We had to take vacation time and swap on the weekends,” Tomeo Sr. said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s been pretty fun to see how a show is made.”
Tomeo’s older sister also got to see exactly how the show was made. She was cast as an extra for Every Witch Way and made appearances in the third episode. Tomeo said that both Victoria and Vincent have been incredibly supportive of his work.
“My brother and older sister have been really supportive – they’re not bitter at all,” he said.
His agent and his manager have also been incredibly supportive and both of them said that they enjoyed working with him.
“He’s very confident and he’s like an old soul,” Greer said. “He’s very mature for his age and I never got a complaint about anything. I hear complaints from kids on set but always heard good things from Louis.”
Good things could be on the way for Tomeo, who recently met and interviewed with a large talent agency in New York.
“The good news is he is going to be signing with one of the No. 1 film and TV agencies called CESD,” Washington said. “They are a talent agency in New York. They just interviewed him right before the holidays and they loved him.”
Kellie said the interview went really well and that Tomeo is waiting to get his contract from the agency. He’s also waiting to hear if Nickelodeon will pick up Every Witch Way for season two.
“We don’t know about season two yet,” Kellie said. “They’re waiting for the ratings to come in, but we should hear from them in three to four weeks.”
In the meantime, the family will continue to watch the show, which airs every weeknight at 7:30 p.m.
We know you would love to hear good news about your CSE performers, well Nia Bakari will be in the play Annie she will be playing Duffy and she will be in the ensemble that will be performing at the Feinstein on Broadway during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Thank you so much for holding such an amazing program! My name is Jai Saint and I’m Executive Director of Talent Management for Urban Models and Talent of Orlando, Florida. I have been to your program as a scout and and an industry expert on your discussion panel twice. Each time I have walked away with amazing talents. Your most recent class of all star talents actually brought us over twenty talents to our agency. Each one has been thoroughly trained in the proper industry etiquette and know how needed to survive in the entertainment industry. Our greatest accomplishment is West! West is a six year old triple threat whose acting capabilities far exceed that of any of my talents. He has landed his first feature film role opposite, Chad Michael Murray and Corbin Bleu in the up coming film “RENEE”. West has also done numerous auditions and is also featured in the Bealls Store Catalog. I really appreciate all that you have taught these kids and I look forward to more groups coming our way. See you in April!
Executive Director Urban Models Inc.
Subject: Just landed a JOB!
Hey CGTV how is everything?…just wanted to let you know that Green Agency set me up with an audition and I booked the job. I spent the whole day today working with Proctor & Gamble. Tomorrow, I will be working with P & G again and its paying me $3500 per day. I want to thank you so much for your CGTV and being so supportive and believing in me. Say hi to CGTV, and tell her the good news. Love you guys and thank you again for the beginning of my career!
I always wanted to break into the acting business and be on television but CGTV actually helped make my dream possible.
Susana Hoyos, a local teen from CGTV in Miami, has just been cast to star in Nickelodeon Latin America’s Grachi, the network’s new live-action television program for teens and her television debut. Shot in Miami, the comedy series follows Grachi, a young girl who must learn to use her new found magical powers all while coping with her school, boys and just growing up. Grachi will be produced in Spanish and will be released in Latin America this spring. Susana Hoyos and her show, Grachi will also be distributed in the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Hoyos, who recently attended Phill Lewis and CGTV R’Mante’s CGTV in Miami and is represented by Lauren Greene from the Green Agency, credits her acting debut to her recent camp experience and training. “I always wanted to break into the acting business and be on television,” said Hoyos, “but CGTV actually helped make my dream possible.”
If done correctly, acting workshops can provide both professional and personal growth opportunities for young children and teenagers. The experience of individualized camp structure and emphasis on commercials, television and film gives attendees greater understanding of acting and the multi-faceted opportunities that accompany the experience including increased confidence in acting abilities and pride in accomplishments.
CGTV R’Mante, who can currently be seen on the Disney Channel and Saturday mornings on ABC playing the role of Esteban on the hit television series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, offers a six week celebrity acting camp taught by celebrities in cities across the United States and Canada.
“I don’t think it should be that hard for kids and teenagers to follow their dream of acting. They just need training, confidence, true knowledge of the business and a few tricks to break into the Hollywood,” says R’Mante. “It’s one thing to teach acting but it’s another thing to actually live in Hollywood and make a living as a professional actor on television. We want to pass this knowledge on the next generation of young actors and their parents.”
Graduates of CGTV appeared in hits including NBC’s Parenthood, Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp, and Modern Family to name a few. For more success stories and upcoming workshop in a city near you, visit http://www.celebritystar.tv
Hey, my name is Sebastian Mercado, and I just finished my CSE experience a week ago. Honestly, I loved this camp. It’s an experience I will NEVER forget & something I learned so much from. I’ve always had a passion for acting & I’ve been wanting to take it to the next level. So I enrolled in CSE after hearing about it on the radio. On the first day of camp, I knew nobody, I was insecure about my acting skills because I assumed everyone else was stellar, and I was around celebrities; so I was pretty overwhelmed. During this 6 week course, I made a handful of new friends, gained a lot of confidence, learned so much about what acting really is & the inside scoop on everything else. The celebrities CGTV R’Mante brings in are awesome. I have no complain about them. They make sure you’re learning & everyone participates. They even have a one-on-one with you if you need help. After every class was over, I always wanted to go back. And, that’s coming from a 16 year-old. Every class is different, but it builds on what you learned the week before. I really felt like I belonged there, and in a way, it was like a mini-family. All the older kids got along with the little kids. They always had questions for us, and they learned from watching us. We were like a role model to them, in a way. The last weekend at camp, we had a showcase for agencies from around the country. CGTV brought in several ones at the Providence camp. In all honesty, I was completely nervous. I had never done anything of this type of caliber before. But, I remembered all the things I’ve learned; such as, turning that nervousness into energy. I went into the showcase pretty confident, not really knowing how well I performed. They told us we would receive a call-back within 3 hours and 3 months. I received a call back the next day. The Boston agent really loved me. I went this past week for an interview, signed with them, and went on my first casting call 2 days ago. If someone would have told me I would be signed to an agency to be on TV & Film 6 months ago, I would have NEVER believed them. Larry Lafond, a casting director from Nickelodeon, also has me on his callback list. None of this would have ever happened if it weren’t for CGTV, CGTV, & of course, the fabulous crew he brings in. Recently, I was just accepted to attend the Summer program in L.A. this summer. I’m looking forward to attending, & learning a lot more! I want to thank CGTV and everyone associated to CSE for this opportunity, that I will most certainly take advantage of. If you’re a young actor that wants to pursue acting, I HIGHLLY RECOMMEND that you take the CGTV, you won’t regret it!
Justin has officially booked the role of Mikey Amato in Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas! We are soooo happy and proud!!! What a huge accomplishment. I can’t wait to see the movie! The movie will be set in Leavenworth, WA. Here is the website for the movie: Ira Finklestein’s Christmas. It looks super cute and it should be very fun to film. So far we have met the boy who will be playing Ira Finkelstein and the director, Sue Corcoran. Justin really hit it off with the boy who will play Ira. I know that they will have a great time filming together. The director is great too – I think that she will be great to work with. She is very nice. What an exciting new adventure!!!
Thank you once again for your guidance. You have been so supportive of him and have tought him so much! We are so very appreciative of all that you have done for us. You are doing a great thing for these kids – you are such a wonderful role model to them.
I still can’t quite believe that we are where we are right now. I had no idea that we would be on this wonderful ride 9 months ago. I will keep you posted on how it’s going. It looks like most of Justin’s filming dates will be in April. I am also so thankful to know that I can contact you for anything and that you will be there for Justin and I. I still have so much to learn and appreciate that you are there to answer my questions.
YO CGTV- THANKS!
You know what’s really cool? I just had a moment. LIKE A REAL emotional moment. It really struck me how everything happens for a reason. Fate is SO overwhelming. I was thinking how lucky I was to take a chance and stumble accross your camp. I WAS SO LUCKY to experience what I did this last summer. And now I am taking it to the next level. I am currently CAST in an independent FILM. I am also working on attending a University (currently at comm college) by next fall or spring. I am so overwhelmed at how lucky I got- with everything. And I say lucky because I don’t believe I deserve this life. I don’t think I worked HARD ENOUGH for my life. What have I done to be so lucky- to fall head over heals for the performing arts? It’s like “how dare I” you know? How dare my life be great when so many others have it worse? What about the kids who never had an outlet like theatre and live in shambles? It’s hard for me to accept my fortunes but it’s not hard for me to appreciate those who helped me along the way. Thank you so much CGTV. Thank you for being real and truthful with me. Thank you for being a great teacher. You ARE someone who deserves the best. If you’re human, and I know you are, you have doubts. I want to remind you to keep going strong. When I think of camp and how you and CGTV personally helped me, it makes me feel SO greatful. Wishing you the best of luck this year.
PS Hug CGTV for me.
Just wanted to say hi and see how u and the wife are doing.
Also wanted to let you know that Mackayla landed a modeling job for Family Dollar. Her shoot was this past Tuesday and she said right away…”dad, CGTV would be proud of me right now”
CGTV! Guess what?? My agent just called me and told me I have my 4th callback for a new pilot show!!
Just thought I should let you know! Since I wouldn’t have ever made it this far, if it wasn’t for you!!