At CreativiTown Daycare Center, a dedicated teaching staff organizes programs for children as young as 12 months old while working to instill a love for learning and creativity. Educational toys and books fill rows of pintsize shelves, which help to section the open area into themed stations suitable for building with blocks, acting out scenarios with dolls, or discussing the social commentary embedded in cartoons. In addition to exercising mind muscles with reading, math, science, art, and social-studies activities, the teachers supervise active play in a sunny, fenced-in outdoor play area.
Although the backgrounds of Becoming Famous's instructors differ—there's TV host Alison Skipper, singer-songwriter Randall Richards, and actor Adam Vernier, to name a few—they all share the same goal: to help others bask in the limelight. During the Becoming Famous workshop, they round up aspiring models, actors, musicians, and other entertainers and share an array of industry tips, including how to find an agent, how to use social media advantageously, 10 things that can launch a career, and conversely, 5 things that can sink a career.
Additionally, during the workshop, a camera crew will be filming for a reality TV show called Becoming Famous, which documents the successes, failures, and complimentary lunch spreads on the path to fame. If Becoming Famous's instructors like what they see, there's a chance they could share your info with one of their personal contacts, which include TMZ, networks such as CBS, and record companies such as EMI.
Originating in Los Angeles and helmed by experienced director Amy Allen, L.A. Acting Workshop transplants theatrical knowledge to the minds of fledgling actors, training them in diverse disciplines in order to ready them for careers in the dramatic fields. Youngsters ages 5–10 can join the L.A. Acting Youth Players' Wednesday classes under the tutelage of skilled instructors, where they'll learn acting basics such as improvisation, script work, and how to mime their preferred Shakespearean monologue. Adults can join The Working Film Actor – Level I classes held Tuesday nights for seminar-style sessions designed to polish existing skills and provide insight into interviews, cold readings, and soap-opera auditions, including lessons on coming in and out of comas at will. Classes help actors build confidence and learn to market themselves successfully to agents and other powerhouse professionals in the entertainment industry.
Teri Lea brings her experience from the front lines of show biz to Ignite Arts Academy, where she works with actors and dancers to hone their crafts. Acting classes range from building strong foundations during a six-week fundamentals course to perfecting the art of the monologue. Dance classes are also available in a variety of styles and levels.