Our Teachers

Ayumi Iizuka

Ayumi Iizuka

Founder, On-Camera Teacher & Coach

Ayumi is a multiple award-winning actor & improviser with over 20 years in the business. She is an alumna of The Second City Touring Company Canada and former faculty member of The Second City. She has booked numerous credits in network television and film in both comedy and dramas. Select credits include: Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Scandal and Jimmy Kimmel Live! See her IMDb for complete filmography. Her private coaching clients include an Emmy-nominee, as well as others who have gone to Network tests and booked Recurring & Guest Star credits on Network Television as well as leads in Feature films.
Doug Morency

Doug Morency

Founder, Improv Teacher & Coach

Doug is proud member of SAG-AFTRA, with over 30 years of professional experience as an actor in film, TV & theater. Originally from Toronto, he moved to LA in 2010. Since then, he has booked numerous network shows. He is an alumnus of prestigious The Second City where he wrote, performed in & directed numerous shows for the Main Stage and National Touring Companies. He is currently on faculty at The Second City Hollywood. Doug is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award winner, including two for Best Male Improviser. As an acting coach, Doug’s clients have booked many Guest Star & Co-Star roles as well as network testing for series regulars.
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Guest Instructors

Caroline Liem

Caroline Liem

Casting Director, Power Tools Instructor

Caroline has cast independent films, studio features, television pilots and TV series for Disney Studios, Nick Jr., Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW, and Fox for 20 years. Long before American Horror Story, there was Popular, the first show she worked on alongside Ryan Murphy
David Lawrence XVII

David Lawrence XVII

Voiceover Coach

Retiring after 36 years in radio, David H. Lawrence XVII moved on-camera, and has been seen and heard on Cars 3, The People vs. OJ, LOST, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, The Unit, CSI, Chuck, Good Luck Charlie, ANT Farm, and is best known as the creepy evil puppet master Eric Doyle on NBC’s Heroes.

Aaron Takahashi

Aaron Takahashi

Commercial Coach

Aaron has appeared in nearly 100 commercials, including multiple spots for Toyota, Dunkin’ Donuts, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Snapple, State Farm, Esurance & Ebates. Along with his numerous appearances as a featured player on Conan O’Brien’s late-night shows, Aaron has amassed several roles on popular shows for CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Comedy Central, Netflix, TBS, & IFC, with perhaps his most notable credit being a recurring role on the critically acclaimed USA Network series Mr. Robot.

Buckley Sampson

Buckley Sampson

Image Consultant

Buckley is a working actor of over 20+ years in Film, TV, and 100+ Commercials as well as many years as a casting professional. She knows the importance of selling image and look in very short period of time such as in an audition or in a headshot. She specializes in individual image consulting for actors. She loves to empower actors.  www.imagebybuckley.com
Todd Sterling Brown

Todd Sterling Brown

Stylist

Todd has been working in and around our industry and fixing actors hair for 22 years. Todd’s advice to actors is usually best at the starting gate before updating your headshots and resumes. His guidance on how to market yourself has helped many in his chair with bookings. He can fix, guide, color, cut and advise an actor on their product: themselves. Todd has made many actors’ headshots look more marketable advising color, cut, to skin tones, etc.  Also, what market will your look be submitted to? Start from the top and work your way down, as in your hair, your look, and your look for the market.

Eric Kind

Eric Kind

Talent Manager and On-Camera

Eric Kind graduated from one of the top 5 Conservatory acting programs in the country. He has worked in most aspects of the industry from Casting, to Studio Business and Legal Affairs, as an agent and now as a Manager at Kind Management. His resume includes Lionsgate Television (Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Orange is the New Black), Don Buchwald & Associates, Sovereign Talent Group, Casting House LA & NY. A very representative interview of Eric Kind and be found here.
Evin Michaels

Evin Michaels

Social Media Strategist

Evin Michaels is an LA-based actor and professional social media marketing strategist who coaches actors and actorpreneurs on how to use social media effectively to achieve their goals. As the founder of Social With An i Consulting, his client list also includes small businesses, artists, YouTubers, authors, storytellers, non-profits and startups. Evin uses his knowledge of the industry in combination with proven advertising and marketing methods and strategies to allow actors of all levels to discover the message they want their personal brand to portray.

Kristine Oller

Kristine Oller

Financial Strategist

Kristine specializes in guiding creative professionals (including Oscar nominees, published authors, international experts, TEDx speakers) through the process of making significant shifts in their lives and careers &, under her guidance, hundreds of creative professionals have expanded their careers and developed supplemental income streams. Author of the book, Feeding Your Focus, & creator of the podcast Cashflow for Creatives, Kristine has written monthly columns for two national publications (Backstage & The VoiceOver Insider) and has shared her expertise with a wide range of organizations including: Harvard/ART, Caltech, UCLA, Women in Film, & The Actors Fund, among others. More at KristineOller.com