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CGTV Grad scores big on TV!

CGTV Grad

Erin Reese DeJarnette

 

CGTV Grad scores big on TV!

 

We LOVE working with kids and young adults!  More than working with them, we love to hear their follow up stories on how life is going since they LEFT CGTV’s program.  We work with talent agencies all over the country in bringing their biggest and brightest talents to our Hollywood Agents and Managers.  Since graduating Erin has been busy, listen to her story below.

CGTV Grad

“I was 7 when I attended a weekend CGTV workshop in Miami, Florida that Adrian R’Mante was kind enough to provide for my agent Karen Greer’s top talent. That summer I attended CGTV’s camp which I can’t say enough about.

Now 12, Adrian has been a constant in my life as my acting mentor/coach. The tools I have learned in the CGTV program have allowed me to book a national tv commercial, projects for Disney, appear on stage in children’s musical theater productions, a role in Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors NBC TV movie, as well as the sequel filming this summer.
I am so excited to be going back to LA this summer to attend another CGTV camp. The highlight I have to say, is all of the amazing friends I have made in the program/workshops. Friends that have become like family to me.  We support each other in our careers which makes it extra special. Adrian taught us that it’s important to lift each other up and we all continue to do that. Adrian has always been a phone call or text away, making each of us feel important and nurtured.
The experience of working with the CGTV team has boosted my confidence and I have grown so much as a person and actor. I am now considered a triple threat, acting, dancing and singing. The training I have received since age 7 has prepared me to audition and keep reaching for my dreams!  Thank you CGTV!”

CGTV Builds Actor’s Confidence

CGTV builds

Elizabeth Anne Waldridge

CGTV Builds Actor’s Confidence.

 

A big part of acting is having confidence in front of the casting directors.  Actors also tend to be very hypercritical of themselves and that shows in front of agents and directors.  At CGTV we teach our actors skills and practices that instill confidence at the heart of the actor.  The confidence leads to comfortability both at auditions and on-camera.  Don’t take our word for it.  Listen to what Elizabeth Anne Waldridge, CGTV graduate.

 

CGTV Builds

Thanks to Adrain R’Mante I have so much confidence. Thanks to Celebrity Experience I have been getting calls from agencies.  A producer from Miami wants me to do a movie in Colombia. Thanks to the confidence Adrian gave me, I participated in the local talent contest.  CGTV helped me learn so many acting techniques. So thank you so much for all you have done for me!”  – Elizabeth Anne Waldridge

 

CGTV Builds Actor’s Confidence.

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Actor scores more roles after CGTV

 

TJ Norfus

TJ Norfus

There are plenty of actors that come to us that are already getting jobs on their own.  So why do they come to us?  There are a few reasons that we want to point out.

TRAINING

A true actor knows that training never, ever ends.  Each new role requires you to reach into a different part of you to bring that character to life.  Sometimes, techniques that worked to help reveal one character just won’t work with a new one.  And, as we mature techniques that were not available to us as a child become front and center. Because of all of these reasons, most actors are either still learning or at the point where they are mentoring others.

CONNECTIONS

The second reason working actors come to CGTV is because of Adrian R’Mante to be quite frank.  Not only is he a consummate professional actor and director, but he is also a teacher, mentor, and light in many people’s lives.  He also packs an iPhone filled with Hollywood talent agencies and casting directors that he puts his students in front of.  Everyone knows that Hollywood is a small town and it all comes down to who you know.  And chances are, you don’t know anyone.  We do.  Don’t take our word for it, listen to the parents of a working actor named TJ Norfus.

“The CGTV experience truly encouraged the many faces of TJ. It was an all around awesome experience – we made friends we still see and talk to. The week is not just about the kids receiving invaluable training but the parents also being oriented to the business. For me, the two things that stand out the most:

1) Adrian is as real as they come. He set expectations that made it very clear that a talented child will likely not be an overnight success. Rather, like everything else, you have to work for what you want. That has helped us keep him on a humble path of continually nurturing his craft with practice and patience; and

2) Adrian made himself available for feedback and questions long after the week was over. So, he’s not just taking your money and running.

TJ loves acting more than ever, is regularly working in Miami and his confidence continues to grow. Very thankful for the tools we both received through CGTV to support that.”  Natalie Norfus

 

CGTV’S Student becomes SAG eligible

Tina Hovhannisyn

We received amazing news from one of the agents that pulls talent from CGTV’s star showcase.  One of our very own, Tina Hovhannisyn is now SAG eligible after finding her agent through our showcase and then being cast in a national commercial for Ross.  If you don’t know how difficult it is to become SAG eligible, read more below1

“SAG-AFTRA represents around 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.  SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world.  With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.  Visit SAG-AFTRA online at www.SAGAFTRA.org to learn more.” 

This is what is listed on their website.  What is not listed is how difficult it is to become a member.  You cannot just pay your way in.  In fact, you will not find a “Join now” button on their website.  

There are only 3 ways to qualify for SAG-AFTRA as listed on their website: 

Proof of Employment 

SAG-AFTRA membership is available to those who work in a position covered by a SAG-AFTRA (or AFTRA or SAG) collective bargaining agreement, provided that any person qualifying through work as a background actor must have completed three (3) days of work as a background actor under an SAG-AFTRA (or AFTRA or SAG) collective bargaining agreement.

Employment Under an Affiliated Performers’ Union

Performers may join SAG-AFTRA if the applicant is a paid-up member of an affiliated performers’ union (ACTRA, AEA, AGMA or AGVA) for a period of one year and has worked and been paid for at least once as a principal performer in that union’s jurisdiction.

Potential broadcast members should contact the National Broadcast Department or their Local for information on joining

FILM

My life changed because of CGTV

My life changed because of CGTV

We asked one of our amazing students what the best thing that she got out of CGTV and this was her response:
 
Because of CGTV, I am inspired to pursue my dreams.   Prior to CGTV, I believed my goals were unachievable and unrealistic.  This is my third year being a part of CGTV and I can proudly say that at just 18 years old, I am moving to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver Film School.  Adrian R’Mante has truly helped me discover myself by believing in me and motivating me.  The greatest gift of all has been him teaching me that I can accomplish absolutely anything I dedicate myself to.  He sees my true passion for performing and I am so grateful for everything he does for each and every one of his students.  I love the entire staff at CGTV and you have each changed my life and for this, I am grateful.  
My life changed because of CGTV & now “I am moving to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver Film School.”
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CEO Reviews CGTV’s Program

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CEO Gia Heller

CEO Reviews CGTV’s Program

So glad you reached out.  First of all, I am the social media director for CGTV and before that, I was a client and a mom of a client.  Both my daughter and I went through the program and it is truly amazing.  My daughter got to work with the actors from all of her favorite TV shows from childhood.  She was a Shakespeare Festival finalist and I am a classically trained theatre actress.  I too had questions of legitimacy, because there are so many talent agencies scamming and asking for fees.  CGTV is NOT a talent agency.  It is owned by Adrian R’Mante aka Esteban from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.  Who coincidentally was an English teacher prior to striking it big with Disney.  He is a machine.  He works with these kids from the moment their feet step on the ground in Hollywood and he never leaves them.  Even after the program.

Before I tell you more about the program itself, I want to point out that CGTV found Bex Taylor Klaus (Arrow, MTV’s Scream & many more) See her IMDB here:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4545813/  I text with her and she 100% testifies that without CGTV she would be nowhere.
And I also want to point out RJ Cyler (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, Power Rangers) who I had the pleasure of spending a week in January with.  He comes back to the program to give back, because he credits Adrian and CGTV with getting him prepared and in front of agents.  He is now one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood and was nominated for the Critic’s Choice Award.  See his IMDB here:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5518972/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

During the program the kids all audition again for Adrian in person.  This takes hours, but it reminds him what their talent is and helps him select a scene partner that will make both partners shine.  He does all of this himself.  Even though there is a large staff, the important production, casting, directing and final decisions are all made by Adrian.  From day 1 of the event through the end, you will watch him work from morning till night, then go home with hours of work to do to get everyone organized and on track.  The week I was there he did this with over 75 students.  It was insane to watch how perfectly orchestrated it is.  When you are not in the room with Adrian, you are in workshops with STARS from your favorite shows.  But more than stars, they are consulate professional actors that know the ins and outs of Hollywood and want to save your kid the strife of learning from the ground up, the hard way. The actors shown on your brochure are not just photo and a smile, they work with our students to teach them everything from how to take your mark, how to audition, what will separate your audition from everyone else, the motivation behind your monologue/scene, improv and so much more.

Then, on the final night we auditioned in front of Hollywood Agents & Managers.  I would say that about 40% of the students received call backs from Hollywood Managers and Agents.  My husband was in the crowd and he estimated around 35 -40 agents from recognizable firms.  I personally got a “nod” from Lisa London who founded Mark Ruffalo, cast Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana and thousands of other stars.  Many of my friends and children of my friends are currently working with agents and have auditioned for leading roles on pilots.  I am sorry, but there is no where else that I know of that has this kind of success rate.  Adrian is a FABULOUS actor and it took him 3 YEARS to find an agent.  Agents are not very interested in people on the streets.  You get to agents through connections.  Adrian is a trusted actor and program owner in Hollywood so he gets all the best agents in town at his shows because they know he trains and delivers ONLY talent
Out of the 300 people that auditioned in Phoenix, I know for a fact that only 60 kids made it past the audition.  So they are HIGHLY selective in whom they bring into the program because it is his reputation on the line with the agents every time.  For them to keep coming back for years, is only the result of Adrian’s hard work at ensuring there will always be fresh, new talent at these events.  Lastly, my daughter and I were scene partners and we were able to perform on an actual TV set with Adrian directing and have professional commercial reels and headshots that can be delivered to agencies and applied directly for roles.
So from one cynical mom to another, I personally rest my reputation on CGTV and Adrian R’Mante.
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Bex's 1st Times Square Billboard!

Bex’s 1st Times Square Billboard!

Bex's 1st Times Square Billboard!

Bex Taylor-Klaus

Bex’s 1st Times Square Billboard!

Our graduates have made it BIG in Hollywood.  Bex Taylor-Klaus is one of those stars.  Bex credits CGTV and Adrian R’Mante for her Times Square, New York City Billboard!  From her first audition to her acting program and showcase, Bex shined like a diamond in front of our Hollywood agents & Managers.

 

Bex’s 1st Times Square Billboard!

While CGTV is NOT a talent agency, we are the best in the nation at scouting talent, training that talent quickly and effectively and then putting them in front of our personal industry Hollywood contacts.  In fact, many Hollywood casting agents, managers, and agents have come to rely upon CGTV as a quarterly talent source. Want your shot at Hollywood? Register at www.CGTV.LA/Register just like Bex did.

RJ Cyler makes it to Sundance

RJRJ Cyler makes it to Sundance

The truth is, we are proud of all of our CGTV graduates.  And, this one struck gold, almost immediately after attending our program.  We saw RJ’s raw talent at an audition and were thrilled to train him and prepare him for Hollywood.  After the program was complete, we put RJ on stage, live in front of our Hollywood managers and agents.  It was nearly unanimous, they all wanted him.  RJ had his pick of top Hollywood agents and managers through his training and connections from CGTV.

RJ Cyler makes it to Sundance

It did not take long for him to secure a co-starring role in Me, Earl and The Dying Girl.  Not only was the movie critically acclaimed, but the three main stars (including RJ) made it to The Sundance Film Festival.  In fact, RJ was nominated for a Critic’s choice award.
Now RJ is on set filming The Power Rangers.  Cast as the Blue Power Ranger, this is just the beginning of an amazing film career for .  RJ credits all of this to CGTV’s acting program and connections.
Do you have what it takes?  Let us help you decide.  Register at https://CGTV.LA/Register
CGTV is Kid Loved and Mom Approved

CGTV is Kid Loved and Mom Approved

CGTV is Kid Loved and Mom Approved

Of course, kids love CGTV, what’s not to love?  You get to work with your favorite actors from Disney, Nickelodeon and more.  You learn how to audition for TV and Film, perform LIVE on stage at ACME theater in front of Hollywood managers and agents and in some programs get your own headshots and professional commercial reels shot on professional TV sets with Adrian R’Mante as your director.  But when Moms love it, that’s when you KNOW it is a home run.  Don’t take our word for it, listen to what Praveena Chetty had to say about her daughter’s experience.

CGTV is Kid Loved and Mom Approved

“As a proud parent of a CGTV alum, I would love to share my experience.  My daughter has attended two programs with CGTV and Adrian R’Mante.  As a parent, I have noticed that she has not only gained skills and training for acting, but she has also gained the courage and confidence needed to face large audiences.  After graduation, she has performed in various music videos within the South Asian community of Bollywood and has been modeling for high-end Bollywood fashion designers of India as well.  This is just the beginning for her, modeling agencies in LA have been offering her further opportunities.  She has been both motivated and encouraged b Adrian R’Mante’s programs and is looking forward to attending more even though she has already been signed by Platinum Talent Management Agency.  For her, nothing beats working with her favorite actor from her childhood.  Thanks, CGTV and Adrian for the help and support that has gotten my child to where she is today.  You have not only shown her down the path but you have been an integral part in making her dreams come true.”  Praveena Chetty

CGTV is Kid Loved and Mom Approved

CGTV selects

CGTV selects Kaitlyn Evans

CGTV selects

CGTV selects Kaitlyn Evans

We audition in many cities and see thousands of hopeful faces in any given year.  When we saw Tweetybird we knew she had the “it” factor.

 

CGTV selects

Listen to what Kaitlyn aka “Tweetybird” had to say about CGTV.

“CGTV was the best thing that ever happened to me!  I had wanted to get my feet wet in the entertainment industry but had absolutely no clue where to start.  CGTV picked me out of the crowd and gave my dreams a green light.  The program taught me to push forward and hustle hard if this is your passion.  They taught me to never give up, always work hard and always be prepared.  CGTV has opened doors for me that I would never have been able to find on my own at 18.  With Adrian R’Mante and CGTV, your life and career can blossom like crazy.  I want to thank each and every one of you for the time and attention you gave me that changed my life.”  Kaitlyn