L.A. Connect offers different levels of acting programs. Programs run for three months, five months, eight months or three years. ‘On camera’ coaching classes combined with vocal work and hip hop classes are included in each program. Classes focus on scene study, improv, cold reads and audition skills. Programs involve a 2 hour a week commitment minimum. Programs are tailored to the age and experience of the child actor, tween actor, teen actor or adult.
Programs can also include up to twice monthly LA agent, LA casting director, and LA manager sessions, agent audition trips to LA, audition self-tapes, and LA head shot photo shots. Unlimited consultations are included with these levels.
Experts also conduct special seminars on topics from nutrition and self-image, audition technique, parents ‘must knows’, etc.
The LA Summer Experience is an LA immersive experience that takes the talent through the agent audition process, submissions, acquiring work permits and Coogan Accounts, real job auditions set up by the agent, attending a live multi-camera shoot of a major series, attending a film premiere at the ‘Oscar’ Academy (varies per experience week). Must be enrolled in 5 or 8 month, or 3 year program to qualify for the LA Summer Experience.
L.A. Connect offers private classes with acting coach Shelly Cole. Adults also may be enrolled through a combination of a la carte privates.
Shelly Cole has been lead acting instructor for L.A. Connect for the past 3 years. Previous to working with L.A. Connect she was an actress in Los Angeles for 12 years, working regularly. Her first job was a 3 1/2 year recurring role on the hit CW show Gilmore Girls, playing the role of Madeline Lynn. In addition, she’s had many guest starring roles on television shows such as NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI NY, and Cold Case, to name just a few. Her feature film roles include her breakout performance as Sally, a drummer in an all girl band in the film Prey For Rock n Roll opposite Gina Gershon, Drea de Matteo and Marc Blucas. PFRR had its premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. She then went on to play Gloria, opposite John Ratzenberger in The Village Barbershop, for which she won best actress at the Newport Beach Film Festival. She has a great passion for acting and loves fostering young talent though L.A. Connect. Her primary mission is to train and prepare young actors to take their acting craft to a professional level, from securing representation to booking jobs at the highest levels, through the LA Connect program.