• New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Acting for Film Alum Natalya Butkevich Creating New YouTube Channel


    Buzz has been steadily growing for influencer and television personality Natalya Butkevich, an alum of the Acting for Film program at New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA.)

    Butkevich originally hails from Russia and in August 2009 she attended the 4-Week Acting for Film workshop at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus.

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    NYFA alum Natalya Butkevich

    Since graduating NYFA, Butkevich has steadily increased her star power as an actress, producer, and TV presenter, and had the foresight to use social influencing as a medium even in its earliest days. 

    In 2010, Butkevich owned a program on television, Kinoshanc, and has been featured in many top publications, as well as on the covers of magazines including Elle, Women’s Health, Tatler, and Cosmopolitan.

    Also a writer,  Butkevich has created a brand from her love of travel, writing blogs about her travel experiences. Her Instagram popularity is growing at a rapid pace as she provides insight into her day to day life from her fashion styles to her favorite destinations. To date, Butkevich has traveled to many destinations including Turkey, Miami, New York, Bahamas, and Dubai.

    “It is really important to understand your body from within and surround yourself with positivity,” Butkevich recently shared with The Statesman. A YouTube channel is a perfect fit for Butkevich, so it’s no surprise she is currently working on launching her own.

    New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA-LA Acting for Film alum Natalya Butkevich on her new YouTube channel and encourages everyone to subscribe!


    January 7, 2020 • Acting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2243

  • NYFA Hosts SAIS Women’s Alumni Travel & Storytelling Panel

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    Cyndi Freeman

    The New York Film Academy hosted a unique and riveting Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Women’s Alumni (SWAN) event at its New York campus at Battery Park last week. The “Travel and Storytelling” event featured a panel of six SAIS Alumni.

    “We are so thrilled and honored to collaborate with SAIS Women’s Alumni Network of Johns Hopkins University,” said NYFA’s Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein. “SWAN’s focus on international relations and humanitarian efforts across the globe so closely align with our mission.”

    This panel was the first in a two-part series on a topic that is close to many SAISers — how travel has impacted careers — as well as the art of storytelling.

    The featured panelists were:

    We have really fantastic relationship that we built with NYFA, and hope to continue to build in the future,” said SAIS alumna Sarah McGrath, who provided the opening remarks for the evening.

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    Cyndi Freeman, a two-time NY Fringe Festival award-winning solo performer and storyteller with 20 years of experience, was the facilitator for the evening. Freeman’s shows have been presented in Boston, Amsterdam, Ireland, The UK and NYC. Some other credits of hers include “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, “Campus Comedy” on HBO, and “Compromising Situations” on Showtime.

    “I’m in love with storytelling,” said Freeman. I believe it’s in how you choose to tell the story that shows who you are.” 

    Beginning with Karen Seiger, SAIS alumni panelists shared their stories about how the ability to travel — as well as their personal travel experiences — has had an effect on their professional decisions and career paths.

    Attendees of NYFA students and SAIS alumni also had the opportunity to respond to the panelists’ short, exciting, effective stories, as well as share their own with the audience.


    January 25, 2017 • Community Highlights • Views: 3653