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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 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: https://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!

 

CGTV Grad Is Sponsored to attend!