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Amir Arison

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Amir Arison is best known for his work on nine seasons of the NBC/Sony/Netflix international hit series The Blacklist as fan favorite ‘Aram Mojtabai’. In 2022, Amir starred as the lead role ‘Amir’ in The Kite Runner on Broadway, for which he won the 2023 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Performance in a Broadway Debut.

Select TV credits include recurring & guest appearances on American Horror Story, Ramy, Billions, Law & Order: SVU, Bull, Homeland, Girls, as well as many others including HULU’s ‘The Dropout’. On film, he starred in the indie drama ‘20 Weeks’ and has been seen in Tom McCarthy’s ‘The Visitor’,  Nia Vardalos’ ‘I Hate Valentines Day’, Amy Heckerling’s ‘VAMPS’,  ‘Jane Wants a Boyfriend’, ‘Big Words’, among others.  Currently Amir has been starring in a satirical Butterfinger commercial campaign running for the past four years.

On stage, he’s performed in New York, around the country, and internationally with world premieres at New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, The Signature, MCC, LAByrinth, Waterwell, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington, The Shakespeare Theatre, the RSC & more.

Amir is the Emmy Award winning host of the NBC/Telemundo special “Clear The Shelters” helping 161,000 rescue pets nationwide get adopted. He recently sold, is executive producing, and hosting his own talk show ‘The Reel Ones with Amir Arison’ for Reach TV and Lightbeam TV. Amir is also the award winning director of ‘Fortress’ and Angelight Films’ ‘Tati’s Fashion Show’. He is currently between filming the Apple TV Limited Series “Sinking Spring” from Ridley Scott & Peter Craig.


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  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

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Alex Feldman

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Alex Feldman is a Ukrainian born American Actor/Director. He is a graduate of The New York Conservatory For The Dramatic Arts. As an actor, Feldman has been a presence in Film, Theater and Television for over two decades. He has appeared on such hit shows as The Americans, Law & Order, Cold Case, Without A Trace, Law & Order: SVU, Law& Order: Criminal Intent, CSI: Miami, In Plain Sight, Shooter, NCIS,  and Code Black.  Film credits include Chernobyl Diaries, Repo Chick, The Bling Ring. Alex can soon be seen in the Dark Horse Comics produced series Grendel, and the upcoming feature film Exposure.

Alex has voiced numerous popular video game characters in franchises such as Call Of Duty and SPIDER-MAN.

In 2006 Feldman began his writing/directing career with  “SENT”, a film based on the music of Tom Waits. Since then he has directed numerous short films, the hit web-series Floored and Lifted, and the Science Fiction series Eternity Hill in which he also stars.

Alex Feldman is the CEO and founder of For Actors By Actors, a successful acting network based in Los Angeles, CA.  He serves as the On-Camera Chair at Theatre Of Arts Hollywood. Alex is a husband and a father.


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Tamara Taylor

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Law of Attraction – When You Don’t Desire Something Too Much, It Just Wants You

Canadian actress Tamara Taylor currently stars opposite Christoper Meloni and Dylan McDermott on Dick Wolf’s “Law and Order: Organized Crime” on NBC.

She spent 11 seasons as Dr. Cam Saroyan on Fox’s popular drama “Bones” and made her feature film debut in Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Taylor appeared opposite Joel Kinnaman in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Altered Carbon” and was the lead of Netflix’s sci-fi drama “October Faction.” Other credits include “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” “Lost” and “Party of Five.”


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Jasika Nicole

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How To Recover When You’re On The Precipice Of Quitting

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jasika Nicole fell in love with performing at a young age. She landed her first audition in fourth grade and went on to grace the stage in school and local theatre productions in her hometown. After graduation, Nicole attended Catawba College in North Carolina, where she continued to nurture her passion for the arts by studying Theatre, Dance, and Studio Art. In 2003, Nicole made the decision to leave the South behind to pursue her musical theatre dreams in New York City, where she showcased her talent in Off Broadway musicals and plays. Eager to hone her craft, Nicole made the decision to head west to Los Angeles in search of opportunities in television and film.

Nicole is perhaps best known for her role as Astrid Farnsworth, an FBI agent turned scientists’ assistant, on the hit FOX series Fringe. The cast also included Joshua Jackson and John Noble. She also made her mark on the small screen with large roles in Scandal and Underground. Other television credits include guest spots on Station 19 and Major Crimes to name just a few.

Nicole showcased her talent on the hit ABC medical drama The Good Doctor. She played Dr. Carly Lever, the head of pathology at St. Bonaventure Hospital, who formed a friendship with Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore). Nicole was upped to a series regular for Season 3, which allowed fans to get to know her character on a deeper level as she navigated the ups and downs of a budding romantic relationship with Dr. Murphy. The storyline made television history as one of the first to explore romance between neurotypical and neurodivergent partners, which earned praise from fans and critics alike.

Things aren’t slowing down for Nicole. She can currently be seen as Cherie’s girlfriend Lauren, a fun-loving and self-assured lawyer on the Punky Brewster reboot. The cast also includes Soleil Moon Frye, reprising her role as Punky, Cherie Johnson and Freddie Prinze Jr. The series is streaming now on Peacock.

In addition to her success onscreen, she has also brought her talent in the world of voiceover. Nicole lent her voice to the popular fictional podcast Welcome to NightVale, which followed the story of a small desert town where conspiracy theories run rampant. Recognizing her natural talent in this medium, the creators started another podcast, Alice Isn’t Dead, specifically with Nicole in mind for the role of narrator Keisha Taylor. The podcast gained such a following that it also became a best-selling novel. Nicole is an Audio Book award winner for her narration of the novel. Nicole has gone on to voice other audiobooks and has also voiced characters on several animated shows.

When she is not acting, Nicole enjoys bringing her creativity to other mediums. She loves to sew and makes her own clothes and shoes, which she shares on her Try Curious blog. The platform allows her to document her process of making and share pattern reviews with her readers. She also loves to knit, make pottery, and is constantly looking for new ways to express herself through new projects. Nicole is also an accomplished writer who has had several personal essays published with various outlets over the years.

Nicole also loves giving back. As a proud queer woman, she is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. She supports Project Q, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that aims to provide gender affirming haircuts and a safe space for youth to find their identity.

In her spare time, Nicole loves to travel, cook, bake, and draw to name just a few of her favorite activities. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her partner, Claire.


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“Being an actor feels like such a privilege, but it’s not a privilege if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing.”

“I try to remember that just because it isn’t on my timeline, doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to happen.”

“Actors have totally different ideas and mottos and ways of working and there’s no right or wrong way.”

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  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

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The Little Moments that Build into Big Moments

Two-time Emmy Award winning actor and poet Ron Cephas Jones continues to captivate audiences with his heartfelt and memorable performances on both stage and screen. This year, Jones and his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones made Emmy history as the first father-daughter duo to both win individual Emmy awards in the same year.

Jones stars in NBC’s award-winning drama series, THIS IS US, which returned to NBC for season 4 in September 2019. Jones plays ‘William Hill’, a gay, recovering addict who becomes reconnected with his biological son while coming to terms with his own terminal cancer. Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K. Brown co-star in the series. Jones’ heart-wrenching work on the show has earned him two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series along with an additional Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor and two Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor. As a cast, the show has received a 2018 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, a 2018 and a 2017 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Drama Series as well as show wins at the Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice Awards.

Jones was recently seen in the AppleTV+ Series TRUTH BE TOLD, which is based on the novel Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. Starring Octavia Spencer as Poppy Scoville-Parnell, the show revolves around a journalist who creates a true-crime podcast to reinvestigate a decades old murder case that may have convicted the wrong killer – someone she condemned. Jones plays Poppy’s father, a former Black Panther who may be in the early stages of dementia, in a performance The Hollywood Reporter called, “magnetic.” Jones will reprise this role in season 2 of the series which has been ordered by Apple TV+.

Next, Jones will star alongside Julianna Moore in Stephen Kings’ new AppleTV+ Series LISEY’S STORY which follows a widow who becomes the object of a dangerous stalker, obsessed with her husband’s work.

On the small screen, Jones was recently seen in LUKE CAGE, Netflix’s critically acclaimed series based on the popular Marvel comic of the same name. In 2015, he appeared in the sophomore season of USA’s Emmy nominated drama series, MR. ROBOT opposite Rami Malek and Christian Slater. His other television credits include Baz Luhrman’s THE GET DOWN for Netflix, AMC’s LOW WINTER SUN, BANSHEE, THE BLACKLIST, LAW & ORDER: SVU, and ABC’s 2008 adaptation of A RAISIN IN THE SUN opposite Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald.

Jones can previously be seen in the installment of Sony’s Marvel Universe, VENOM, opposite Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and W oody Harrelson. Other film credits include Ken Marino’s DOG DAYS, HE GOT GAME, Woody Allen’s SWEET AND LOWDOWN, and PAID IN FULL.

On stage, Jones has appeared in a depth of diverse roles including; Longacre’s Broadway production OF MICE AND MEN opposite James Franco, Second Stage’s BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, Off-Broadway productions of THE EXONERATED, TWO TRAINS RUNNING, and TITUS ANDRONICUS, Classical Theater Harlem’s THE TEMPEST, as well as the title character in RICHARD III as part of The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit. Jones has also appeared on the London stage in Old Vic London’s THE TEMPEST & AS YOU LIKE IT, the Almeida Theater’s THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, Greenwich Theatre’s OTHELLO, and on Westend, JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN.

In 2006, Jones was a recipient of the prestigious “Sustained Excellence of Performance” at the Obie Awards. He has additionally received recognition for his theatre performances at the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.


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“It’s all about the action…You can’t focus on what you’re feeling until you can focus on what you’re doing…You don’t feel anything until after the action.”

“You can’t do this to be successful, you have to do it because you love it. Success is a byproduct of doing something you love.”

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  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

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Leaving a Footprint: No One Can Tell You It’s “Not For You”

Selenis Leyva is an award-winning actress known for her roles as Gloria Mendoza in the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black and as Gabi Cañero in the Disney+ original Diary of a Future President. In addition to her film and television credits, Selenis is an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights, and often is invited to college campuses to speak on diversity and inclusion. Selenis is currently promoting the release of her memoir, “MY SISTER, How One Sibling’s Transition Changes Us Both” which was published through Bold Type Books. Written with her sister Marizol, a transgender woman and advocate, the book is told from both women’s perspectives…about growing up in the Bronx, Marizol’s transition and more broadly….family, love, and the path to self-realization. Prior to this, Selenis was awarded the Anti-Violence Project’s 2016 Courage Award and the Stonewall Community Foundation’s 2016 Vision Award for inspiring visibility, advocacy and outspoken support for the transgender community. She has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Time magazine’s Motto, People magazine’s Latina Love Project Series, and Splinter.


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“I believe in all stories being able to be told. I have a problem when you tell me that because of what I look like, because of what I sound like, because of where I come from, that I can only play certain characters.”

“One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned in the last decade is sometimes you want something so badly and for whatever reason you don’t get it, trust that it’s because it just wasn’t for you. Something else came that was going to be bigger, better for you.”

“There is nothing more powerful than loving yourself and respecting yourself because then you’re going to want the best for you and you’re not going to settle for anything less.”

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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
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  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Bebe Katsenes

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Alysia is best known for her role as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, the tough as nails assistant warden everyone loves to hate on NETFLIX’s hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Alysia won a SAG award as part of the amazing ensemble cast, and you can see her in all 5 binge-worthy seasons. She is currently in production on Season 6 of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and recently launched her very own eco-friendly fashion label, Livari. Alysia recently wrapped production as both a producer and star of motherhood dark comedy EGG, starring with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp.

You can also catch her as Sunny in F/X’s critical hit and Peadbody Award winning BETTER THINGS, brought to you by the inimitable Louie CK and Pamela Adlon. And don’t forget to look for her in recent/upcoming episodes of YOUNGER, BROAD CITY and ODD MOM OUT.

Alysia may be all over your streaming shows and on your TV, but she couldn’t get an agent for years and self-submitted and taped for the break role in the Oscar nominated film SIDEWAYS. Listen in to hear her daily practice for being a creative person and how she is mentoring the next generation of female storytellers.

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“Don’t wait, create” CLICK TO TWEET

“Daily practice for a creative person; Do something for the business, something for the artist in the business and something for artist.”

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