On April 18, the New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Acting for Film department proudly presented their annual Alumni Industry Showcase – New Faces of Hollywood.
The event was held at the Burbank-based NYFA Theater. This year’s showcase, directed by Anne Moore, Associate Chair of Acting, was it’s most successful to date. The performances showcased NYFA acting school alumni in live scenes and short films written by them and directed by full time faculty, Michael McCartney.
“We had an incredibly talented group of alumni this year,” says Lynda Goodfriend, NYFA-LA Chair of Acting for Film.
“I couldn’t be more proud, and can’t wait to see where their careers take them,” adds New Faces of Hollywood director Anne Moore. “We already had alumni meet with top casting directors and had four alumni sign with representation.”
Some of the industry in attendance this year were casting directors from ABC, CBS, WB, Rapaport/Baldasare, Dea Vise, and Lisa London; talent agencies from Don Buchwald, Mavrick, Aperture, Black Apple Talent, and Daniel Hoff; and managers from Prestige, Evergreen, Marv Dauer, and The Beddingfield Company.
Here’s what some of the alumni had to say about their experiences in New Faces of Hollywood:
“The showcase was an absolute blessing and such an amazing experience! From the rehearsal process to the making of the film, I felt like I was put in the best position to grow as an actor and succeed on the night of the show. Having a room full of agents and managers is a priceless opportunity. To showcase my talents in front of industry personnel and establish those networking relationships was absolutely incredible. I encourage all alumni to participate in the future.”
—Josh Brooks, BFA
“The alumni showcase is such a rare and extraordinary opportunity. I highly recommend all alumni students audition for this group, because it truly does open doors and get your face out there. To be able to perform in front of all those industry individuals is such a blessing.”
—Ky Snider, BFA
“This was an eye-opening experience for me. The amount of time and work that go into creating a single moment that can be seen by all is incredible. It can take months or years to build up to a performance like this one, but people only end up seeing the final product.”
—Maeve Thompson Osgood, BFA
“An unforgettable experience that further pushed to break down my internal walls as an actor, while simultaneously granting amazing opportunities for my work to be seen.”
—Ryan Harrington, BFA
“The alumni showcase was a great chance to work with some of NYFA’s best. I was so lucky to work with Ky Snider as my scene partner. I always admired her work in the student-directed plays at NYFA, but never had a chance to work with her until the alumni showcase. This year we also had loads of fun writing and starring in our own little films, which are not only original but also great footage for our reels! The showcase generated some leads with agents, managers, and industry for me, making it a good springboard for my post-college career.”
—Miskar Chomse, MFA
“An unforgettable opportunity filled with growth, wisdom, and laughter that ignites a path towards success.”
—Elisa Nanty, BFA
This showcase represented the very best from the New York Film Academy AFA, BFA, and MFA programs who graduated from January 2018 through January 2019. You can check out their headshots, resumes and demo reels, please click here.