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Mother and daughter attend CGTV together!

Mother and daughter attend CGTV together!

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Mother and daughter attend CGTV together!

 “I am the Social Media Director for CGTV. I am also a mother of a child actor. I did my due diligence on CGTV before I worked for them and before I put my daughter through this program. What I found was that all the negative reviews came from people whom never attended the CGTV workshops or camp. We had about 80 kids presented at ACME Theatre live in Los Angeles this past January 2016. When the list of Hollywood Agents/Managers came out, I saw that about 45% of the people in the workshop were called back by top agencies. In addition, while we were at the camp, we worked with all of the Disney stars that Adrian advertises in his program materials. Actors whom had taken sometimes years to get accepted by an agency. In fact, we found out the Adrian (Esteban of The Suite Life of Zach and Cody) took three years in Hollywood before he was signed with a Hollywood agency. One of the reasons he started this program was to provide a viable way for talent to get in front of agencies that hundreds of thousands of others are also trying to get in front of. Adrian brings them the right to his talent and they come because he keeps producing talent. One thing to note, CGTV is not a talent agency. When one of the CGTV actors gets a huge role in a major motion picture (Like RJ Cyler in The Power Rangers or Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl) neither CGTV nor Adrian benefits financially from this. So the only way they can be paid for the tremendous service they are providing is to have a cost associated with their time/services. It is only a “scam” if they are pretending to be a Talent Agency. CGTV is not a talent agency. It auditions actors to make sure the natural talent is there. In Phoenix, I saw them audition 500 kids and only extend about 45 invitations for callbacks. If they have the talent, they will be offered a spot in one of the workshops. Some of them range in the low thousands and the VIP programs cost more. But the values are commensurate with the packages.   And the prices are clearly listed alongside the services when we speak with these parents personally about how we can help their child and why we think they have the talent.

Mother and daughter attend CGTV together! 

Example: I paid $5,000 for my daughter to attend this VIP session. She attended acting workshops with successful working actors for a week. She worked with Adrian directly over 4-5 times. She shot a professional, commercial grade reel on site at a real studio/set. She received head shots. When we were done, I wondered how he could do so much, for so long, for so little. My advice to him was to raise his price to $10,000. He smiled and said he wanted to keep it accessible to as many people as possible. 

Mother and daughter attend CGTV together!

As the newly appointed social media director, one of the parts of my job is to interview the actors and report their success stories. From Criminal Minds To Disney Shows, To ARROW, to blockbuster films, our kids that had NO HOLLYWOOD experience other than this program are winning big. And I am proud to be a supporter and promoter of this organization 

Mother and daughter attend CGTV together!

I read the bad reviews.  They were from people that had never experienced the service.  Writing negative reviews about a product you have not experience/purchased seems as disingenuous as me reviewing a $10,000 Sony Flatscreen that I never purchased.  Maybe it was worth the 10k, maybe it wasn’t.  But If I didn’t purchase it, I will never know. “

Gia Heller 

Gia Heller

Mom Actress Gia Heller and social media director at CGTV

 

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A Child Actor’s Point of view on CGTV

12118847_1677850622436016_3566059768855426653_nWe asked CGTV Graduates and Parents, to be honest, and give us their opinion on our TV and FILM workshops and training.  This is just one child actor’s review.
“Adrian and the CGTV program have done great things for so many kids including myself. I am glad my parents invested the money they have because I learned a lot with Adrain compared to other workshops I’ve attended. Thank you, Adrian, for making us all feel special and I am so blessed to have made all the friends I have around the country because Iof Adrian’s workshops.
At the end of it all… there are costs involved when doing business nothing is free. Adrian R’Mante doesn’t get to appear all over the country auditioning kids by mere magic. There are expenses. He brings in other experienced actors to help educate the kids, that is not free. No camp or workshop in the industry is free. An actor must invest in themselves as a business entity and that takes money. Headshots, reels, education none of it is free.
(Erin wrote a secondary review in response to a Canadian paper insinuating that CGTV was a scam)
“…when using the word “SCAM” one must truly understand the meaning before accusing one of “running a scam”. CGTV delivers exactly what is promised for a fee… quality education with experienced actors, professional head shots & reels, as well as, exposing the students to legitimate agents & managers in the entertainment industry. Adrian is not a “one hit wonder”, he has a successful career and enjoys sharing his knowledge & expertise with those serious about the industry. Neither Adrian or CGTV guarantees work or auditions he simply provides you the necessary tools to be the best you can be in a very competitive industry all while bringing families together to become lifelong friends & support in an industry that can be difficult.
 
Parents Beware CGTV has success stories

Parents Beware CGTV has success stories

Parents Beware CGTV has success stories

Parents beware CGTV has success stories.

At CGTV, we take talent seriously.  If you’ve been lucky enough to be selected at our audition process, you will be offered the opportunity to join us in Hollywood, CA to jump start your chances.  Even our Co-Owner, Adrian R’Mante (Esteban in The Suite Life of Zach and Cody) took 3 years before he found an agent and he is super talented.  Because of that, he created a program that would train actors for tv and film, provide a professional demo reel, resume, and headshot.  Because he was a household name and face on Disney for years (as well as many of his staff members) the agents come to his productions to seek out talent.  Agents from top agencies are impossible to get in front of, but not for us.  Don’t take our word for it.  Listen to another one of our recent success stories.

Parents Beware CGTV has success stories.

 

“Going into the CGTV program we knew absolutely nothing about “the industry” and Ashlyn had never been on a stage in her life. She was super excited to learn, and the CGTV program didn’t disappoint. Ashlyn absolutely loved her classes, all her instructors, and all the little friends she made that week. By the end of the week, she had beautiful headshots, a professional resume, her first experience on a real set, and her first performance on the stage of the famous ACME Comedy Theater! She shined on the stage and managed to get a call back from half of the managers and agents at the performance! It was a whirlwind after that as we met with some of the top youth agencies in LA, got multiple offers for representation, and found a manager that we love! Now Ashlyn is well on her way to pursuing her dreams and loving every minute of it! I am so, so very grateful to CGTV for opening  these doors for her. We would have never been able to get this far on our own!”
Parents Beware CGTV has success stories.

You can follow Ashlyn’s career by searching for this hashtag on Instagram and Facebook:  #‎AshlynLundahl‬ (Her mom closely monitors her social media as any good parent of an under aged child actor should!)

If you or someone you know thinks they have what it takes to be on TV and in the Movies, register for your audition at https://CGTV.LA/Register – And check us out on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/HollywoodCGTV and on Instagram at CGTVHollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CGTV was the first to see my potential

CGTV was the first to see my potential

CGTV was the first to see my potentialCGTV was the first to see my potential. CGTV takes talent, develops that talent to be TV/FILM ready and then puts them in front of Hollywood Agents and Managers with all the tools they need to ensure their success.   Our success rate is amazing, but don’t take our word for it.  Below is another testimonial from one of our graduates.

 

CGTV was the first to see my potential

“My name is Kolin A. Sovern, I attended CGTV at the end of the 2014 program and 2015 Pilot Program.  Since being part of CGTV, I did get a manager with their help. Eventually, I got an Agent after my first performance at the Hollywood Improv with the Standing Tall Comedy group.  I have performed live several more times at the Improv.  I have also had a guest starring roles in several movies, along with a co-starring role in ‘The Overlords of Magick,’ filmed last summer.  Adrian R’Mante, one of the co-owners of CGTV was the first person who truly saw my potential, pushed me to find my passion and my dream of being a performer.  I will continue to pursue acting as part of my life thanks to Adrian and CGTV.  Thank you,  Kolin A. Sovern, CGTV Graduate”
CGTV alumni

CGTV Alumni Books National SAT Commercial

CGTV Alumni Books National SAT Commercial

We love all of our graduates at CGTV and this one is no exception, no one works harder at crafting his art than Oscar Ceja. During his time at CGTV, he took his training very seriously and truly shined when we presented his talents to many industry agents and managers at his live showcase at ACME theater. We can go on about the 1,000+ success stories that CGTV has helped develop, but we prefer you listen to the grads themselves.

CGTV Alumni

“My name is Oscar Ceja I am 17 years old and I am a CGTV Graduate. About 3 years ago was when I first heard about CGTV on the radio, I was a bit skeptical since I had already lost over $20,000 to the “scam” schools such as John Robert Powers, John Casablanca, One source talent and the list just goes on. I decided to audition for CGTV and I attended the program that same year. Since day one Adrian cared for all the talent and not only are you a student but you become family that creates life long friendships with people who share the same passion. I gained lots of knowledge and skills that I didn’t have before attending the program. With the knowledge and skills I was able to attain an agent that has helped me get many auditions in LA. Since the program I have also booked several jobs.

Most recently my Khan Academy/SAT commercial that just aired. CGTV gave me a huge kick-start to my career that no other program would. Without CGTV I wouldn’t be where I am today. Since the program I have relocated to Los Angeles and constantly auditioning hoping to book something. Adrian continues to mentor me and I also assist him during the other programs.

One major thing to know is that nothing is free in this business therefore you have to invest money in order to get money. I encourage every actor that doesn’t know in what direction to go to consider CGTV”
With Great Appreciation,
Oscar Ceja
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Is CGTV Right for you or your child?

Is CGTV Right for you or your child?

Is CGTV Right for you or your child?Is CGTV Right for you or your child?Some people are reluctant about the program at CGTV.  Some fear they do not have the time IF they are discovered.   And unfortunately, some fear that CGTV is a scam, an agency out to make money on your dreams.   CGTV is NOT a talent agency.   We are a training ground for kids, teens and adults with talent and facilitate getting them in front of decision makers.  Yes, we charge for this.  Because we are NOT a talent agency.  We get $0 when one of our actors strikes gold in Hollywood.  But we get the joy of knowing WE were the catalyst that put them there.   We are only paid commensurate with the services we provide which are comprehensive TV/FILM Actor’s workshops, a live show, commercial reel, headshots and the chance to highlight your talent in front of industry agents and managers.  While we can’t help you decide if acting is for you or your child, with over 1,000 success stories and two of our students in major roles like Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, Power Rangers and shows like Arrow and Criminal Minds, we can assure you, we are the real deal.  Don’t take our word for it.  Listen to the mother of one of our kids.

Is CGTV Right for you or your child?

“My daughter Angel Berry (13) from Calgary has over 27 film credits. A best actress winner. Has a USA visa and yes was a student of Adrian R’Mante (CGTV) Twice actually, once for three weeks (summer camp) and then a weekend workshop. The poster CGTV advertises are actual mentors that either have or are participating in the workshops. Angel trained along side of celebrities she watched on TV. If it was not for the encouragement and ongoing support from Adrian, Angel would not be winning the awards or booking the jobs she is booking. Angel trains with many coaches all over North America however, knows she can pick up a phone/ send a message to Adrian. He never forgets a student’s name. Is his workshop for everyone? Only if you are serious about the business. I suggest parents reach out to parents with working acting kids. We are plentiful in Alberta. Good luck with you journey.”

Christine Berry

Is CGTV Right for you or your child?

CGTV talent Angel Berry at the Oscars 2016

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Every Witch Way

Louis Tomeo takes to small screen in Every Witch Way

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

Louis TomeoIt’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

Luios Tomeo

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.