is a very successful casting director based out of Los Angeles, California
Casting director Brandon Henry Rodriguez began his journey as an actor on the east coast. Shortly after booking the lead role in the CBS Movie of the Week, “Vampire Bats,” he landed a recurring spot on the NBC series, “Surface.” Brandon’s success on the east coast prompted his pilgrimage to Los Angeles, where he continued to book spots on television, features, and national commercials.
Along the way, he uncovered an intuitive understanding of the actor’s psyche, a keen business acumen, and a distinct artistic perspective, prompting him to parlay his experience into the casting world. Since he made the transition into casting, Brandon has worked as an associate for FOX Digital Studios (“Shotgun Wedding”) MTV (“Awkward”), The CW (“The 100”), Legendary Entertainment (“The Thinning”), SpectreVision (“The Greasy Strangler” “Bitch”), and several network pilots.
In 2015, he earned his first casting director credit for the independent feature “Day Six.” He quickly established himself in the independent features world, and has continued to accumulate credits on fully-financed independent movies. His casting director credits include “Dog Years,” written and directed by Adam Rifkin, “Desolate,” produced by Jordan Foley, and “Virtual High” (Disney), among others. He is currently casting the feature “The Other Place,” directed by Eric Bress, while concurrently working as an associate on “The 100” (CW) at Aufiero/Horn Casting.
As a casting director, Brandon is an advocate for actors—his passion for actors and their craft is evidenced by both his approach in the room and the material with which he chooses to align himself. Drawing on his early experiences as an actor, he takes great care to create a safe, creative, and collaborative environment for actors. Ultimately, he is committed to cultivating a mutual quest for verisimilitude.
Kate Holliday has been in the modeling industry for over 20 years. She has a background working as both a fashion and lifestyle model. She has experience walking high fashion runways as well as catalog and print editorials. Her chameleon like persona has helped garnered her longevity in an industry known for its brief shelf life. She has worked with such lifestyle brands as Disney, HSN, Bealls, JCPenny and Dillards. Her fashion experience includes walking the runway for Etro, MuiMui, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Alma Vidovic is breaking ground with a fresh new look in the fashion industry. She is a celebrity fashion stylist who has styled nationally broadcasted fashion shows, ad campaigns and photos shoots for some of the worldâ€™s most famous fashion icons. Her list of clients includes Mariah Carey, Iman, Twiggy, Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Simpson, Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Carmen Marc Valvo, Iris Apfel, Lucky Magazine, DKNY, Levis, Toms, Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman, Donald J Pliner, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, Tori Spelling, Molly Sims, Josie Natori, Nikki Poulos, Hal Ruenstein, June Ambrose, RJ Graziano, and many others. Her styling work has been featured on E!â€™s Giuliana & Bill. Her unique way of styling reflects a vision of inspired luxury with a mix of wearability and avant garde.
Alma is also the Designer/Owner of Alma Vidovic Collection and President/Founder of Fashion Industry Association, a Florida non-profit organization with members in fashion, beauty, photography and modeling.
A Fashion Photography tutor and Course Director at Contempo Learning, Adrian is extremely supportive and a great source of encouragement to all the students.
Adrian brings in a huge amount of experience in teaching and educational development including:
Adrian's professional experience spans over 40 years in a broad range of applications and styles. His field of vision covers everything from fashion shoots, photojournalism, and architecture to marketing production and documentary photography. He runs a successful commercial photo studio in Central London and is also a Course leader for PG Diploma Photography Portfolio Development at University of the Arts London. As a working photographer Adrian brings a pragmatic and updated approach to photography classes.
Jon Terzis is one of the country's premiere voice-over artists with over twenty years of industry experience. Jon does Voice Overs for Film, TV and Radio, Documentaries, Corporate Presentations, Websites, Pod Casts, Phone Messaging, I.V.R.'s and Character Acting. Jon has recorded spots for Toyota, Volkswagen, American Movie Classics, Bose, Sports Illustrated, CBS News, 60 Minutes, Coca Cola, Auto Zone, Chicago Sun Times, PBS, History Channel, Liberty Mutual, Boys' and Girls' Clubs, Cadillac, Visa, among many others.
Jon is a former Madison Avenue Creative Director who began his career by voicing his own TV and Radio spots. Confident, sophisticated with a distinctly strong voice quality, Jon has been compared to Donald Sutherland time and again with a voice that is empathic and subtly authoritative. Jon delivers a wide range of reads – conversational, commanding, characteristic, sexy, cool, wry or serious; all in his unique style that will allow any project to come alive.
Jon Terzis also operates Voice Over Tampa Bay, a full service, State of the Art recording studio based on Florida's Gulf Coast.
David Pezza is an accredited DJ and Music producer. With over 15 years experience in both fields he has extensive knowledge of the music industry and knows how to get the most out of it. David has owned his own recording studio and has worked in major studios all across the country. He has done remix work for major record companies world-wide. As a DJ he has played numerous clubs in New York, Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles. His expertise in mixing and sound engineering is world class. David loves to teach his craft and help inspire new artists. His philosophy is simple, keep it simple and focus on the details. In our video series, David provides an in depth and fun course in the arts of DJing and music production.
Tutor for Interior Design & Styling at Contempo learning, Sara has been working in the design industry for 23 years. She trained at the American Intercontinental University in London. Sara is a qualified teacher, a trained Colour Therapist and Project Manager. She alternates between working with an online Interior design company, teaching and writing courses, and mentoring students at UAL Chelsea College. She regularly writes articles for the Industry and is a Member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).
Melissa has been in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. Her career started as Miss MN USA, she was a professional cheerleader for the MN Vikings and MN Timberwolves. Melissa has been featured in national commercials including Buffalo wild wings, Natures Bounty, Zaahn Mattress and has hosted national fitness infomercials. She is currently a live on air guest for shopping channels in the US and Canada. Since 2014 she has generated 22 million gross in fitness sales. She resides in Florida with her husband fitness guru Hall of famer, Tony Little and twin boys.
Melissa Hall a/k/a Melissa Little spends thousands of hours hosting on-camera every year. Whether she's appearing in commercials, national fitness infomercials, or on HSN, where she presents products to more than 90 million households at a time…Melissa really is the host with the most. In fact, since 2014 she has generated more than twenty-two million dollars in sales from her appearances on television alone. And now, she's ready to help you become part of the action!
Tutor for Fashion & Personal Styling at Contempo Learning,Joseph has been working in the fashion industry for over 15 years. He studied for a degree in Product development for Fashion at the London College of Fashion. He proceeded to work in Fashion PR for brands including YSL and Jasper Conran. He then focused his career on the creative imagery industry working worldwide as a fashion and celebrity stylist with agency representation in the UK, Europe and USA.
He has worked in all areas of the styling industry, shooting editorials for publications both in the UK and Internationally whilst also shooting campaigns for many prestigious and luxury brands. As a celebrity stylist he has been fortunate to work with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry on projects ranging from pop promos to red carpet events. He continues to successfully work as a stylist and alternates his time with lecturing at the London College of Fashion on the Styling programme.
Teresa Washington is a Dayton, Ohio Native, lived in Cincinnati for 20 years before relocating to Illinois 6 years ago. Teresa has been in the Retail/Fashion industry a little over 15 years, certified Image Consultant, owned and operated a successful Boutique (brick & Mortar and E-commerce) Opened a first Members Only Wholesale/Retail Showroom in Chicago, designed and launched three successful women's apparel brands along with an accessories line which all are being carried in Specialty boutiques Nationwide. Teresa is ready to guide you through a very comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on starting your own fashion brand.
Bobby Marinelli is a Floridian born filmmaker. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in Telecommunication Production. Soon after he began working in television, with production credits on Discovery Channel's Miami Ink and Dual Survival and TLC's What Not to Wear. In 2010, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Florida State University's College of Motion Picture Arts. His thesis film “Waking Eloise” won, among other honors, a College Television Award for comedy short, the Grand Jury Prize for a short at Dances With Films and inclusion in the 2011 American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Bobby's feature film work includes Production Designing 2012's Roswell FM, 2014's Altitude, 2015's The Accident and Art Directing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Selection, The Rambler.
is a talented Makeup Artist. Her clients have now included celebrities like Olympic Swimmers Ryan Lochte and Dara Torres.
Kara knew as a child she wanted to be in the entertainment industry. Everyone kept telling her that the only way to be successful was to be a triple threat. She didn't want to sing or dance. So, she decided to become “a triple threat” in my own way. Knowing that she wanted to act and model, she began participating in school plays, volunteering at the local theatre, and modeling at bridal expos. She participated in a summer program called Summer Musical Theatre at a local public high school, but since she didn't sing or dance, she found myself gravitating towards the production side of the show. Stage management was an immediate fit. Her focus, sense of control, and attention to detail allowed her to help orchestrate every aspect of a show — lights, sound, set, staging, and costumes — and for the first time, she saw that the combination of her strengths and her creativity would make her an excellent director.
And then there is the makeup… Often times when she was working on a project she would show up with more makeup cases (yes, that is plural) than the official artist on set. But it wasn't until people began asking her to work alongside the official artist that it dawned on her: somewhere in between attending Mary Kay workshops and sitting in front of the mirror practicing the techniques in every makeup book she could find, she had become a qualified, knowledgeable makeup artist. Now Kara's makeup kit has become a three-tiered rolling toll box, and she does makeup as a full time job, owning her own makeup artist business and doing makeup for weddings, fashion shows, magazines, events, and more!
Matthews is a native of England, Hendrickje has been in the industry for over 20 years
A native of England, Hendrickje has been in the industry for over 20 years, with professional training at the UK's premier makeup school, Brushstroke, Shepperton Film Studios studying FILM, TV, STAGE and SPECIAL EFFECTS — under the instruction of Neill Gorton (Millenium FX). Hendrickje worked at MAC Cosmetics for over 10 years. Currently , Hendrickje resides in Tampa,FL, is head makeup designer for Busch Gardens , and works for HSN, Mac Cosmetics, and Hendrickje Makeup,FX and Design. Hendrickje specializes in all aspects in makeup, body art, FX, beauty, editorial and more!
Some of her clients include: Busch Gardens, MAC Cosmetics, Home Shopping Network, E!Entertainment- WWE Total Divas, Event Show Productions, Tori Spelling, Candy Spelling, ESPN and Disney just to name a few!
Fabio spent the past fifteen years in London, where he worked in communication departments of major brands like Gian Franco Ferre', the Chanel Group and Zilli. His focus shifted to publishing in the mid noughties. Fabio serves as Communication Director at Upstreet Magazine, launched Plastique Magazine and worked on a pioneering online project, Imagine Fashion, the first video luxury Magazine. From 2010 Fabio lectures on Luxury Brand Management and Strategies at Istituto Marangoni where he has been the course director for the successful fashion Business programme. Fabio lead the communication department of Angelo Galasso, contributing to align the brand to major luxury brands and support its launch in USA and Russia.
Fabio currently lectures at INSEEC Paris at the popular Master Programme on Luxury Brand Management.
Fabio also contribute to Browns Fashion‘s blog in London, reporting on fashion, design and art.
Tutor of Fashion Blogging at Contempo Learning, A British journalist/ Editor who has written about accessories and fashion for over 12 years Clodagh Norton is the Co-Founder of eyestylist.com, The Fine Eyewear Design Review, a fashion platform showcasing luxury accessories and eyewear. Set up over 3 years ago, and now a successful, established online fashion review and leader in its field at an international level, Clodagh has a wealth of experience in blogging, social media, and fashion reporting. Clodagh has a publishing background, and specialist knowledge of the glasses, sunglasses and children’s designer fashion markets; she also works as a PR and brand consultant for emerging independent accessory labels.
Tutor of Fashion Blogging at Contempo Learning, Born in Cyprus, raised in Greece and travelling the world since then! Currently living and operating in London, Raina worked at “Must”, a Fashion magazine in Cyprus, when she was still in high school . she has attended myriads of fashion shows around Europe (Paris, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus), including her blogging presence at the London Fashion Week for the past two years. She originally launched her own lifestyle blog to promote the things she consider inspiring and to encourage people to live life to the most. Her blogging aspirations grew fast and in fact enabled collaborations with fashion companies like BuyMyWardrobe, London Fashion Bloggers, Rentez-vous and Mosaiqe as well as with designers like Chelsea Bravo, Sophie Cochevelou, Reece Curtis Wallwyn and Miriam Reikerstorfer. She has been featured in several lifestyle magazines in Cyprus as well as in the UK, most notably in Grazia. She is currently the editorial officer of the LSE Fashion Society as well as the fashion journalist for the LSE newspaper the Beaver.
Tutor of Fashion Blogging at Contempo Learning, Diana Kakkar is a Fashion Designer and a Fashion Blogger. A major in Economics, Diana pursued her career in Fashion Design. Having worked as a Designer for global brands in India, Australia and U.K., she started to document street style images on her blog TrendBridged.com.
Diana eventually founded LDN Bloggers, a Blogger to Brand relationship agency, where she empowers Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers with core skills to become Blogger-preneurs.
Now London-based, TrendBridged.com captures the spirit of multicultural London, with its own idiosyncratic style, and aims at bridging the visual gap in the world, with one picture at a time.
Tutor of Fashion Styling and Fashion PR at Contempo Learning, Michael Temprano cuts an inspirational and captivating figure with a comprehensive background in fashion, style and education. His charisma is borne out by his infectious appeal and a wealth of fashion industry knowledge he brings to all his lecturers.
With over 10 years’ experience in the field, Michael is also a lecturer at London College of Fashion (University of the Arts, London) and a Fashion Editor, stylist and consultant. After contributing personally to editorial styling through a diverse range of high end publications, Michael is highly sought after in the industry. Some of his clients include: Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Carrera, Longines, Bicester Village, Boden and Debenhams. Editorial clients include: InStyle, Stylist, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Style, Evening Standard, Cent Magazine, Woman and Home, Grazia, Prive Jewellery, S and R Publishing.
Alicja Zimnickas has been a tutor for Interior Styling. Alicja graduated with a Master's Degree at the University of Fine Art Industrial Design Department in Warsaw before studying Interior Design at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. She divides her time between professional interior design projects and teaching interior design.
Alicja began exhibiting her paintings in the early 1990's and has shown her artwork in numerous countries including Canada, UK, France, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania. Her paintings can be found throughout the world in private collections, prestigious hotels (including the Marriott and the Hilton), and on the walls of various companies, such as Novartis, MasterCard, Allianz, the Lithuanian Embassy in Poland and the Presidential Palace in Lithuania. Alicja comes with the vast experience in the industry and is responsible for nurturing the growth of all the students into the industry during their study.
Naturally creative and impeccably diligent, Sarah began her career as a concert pianist. Having played the piano since the age of eight, she went on to become an accomplished session musician, performing at many of the world’s most prestigious venues. She recalls how these experiences first inspired her to pursue event planning: “I became drawn to the idea of having another creative outlet and something which would play to my strengths, particularly my attention to detail. This was the inspiration for Orchid Events, a bespoke party planning company with a focus on creative, imaginative parties.” With her extraordinary vision and her meticulous planning abilities, Sarah has shaped Orchid Events into a leading light of the event planning industry.
Sarah was committed to making Orchid Events exceptional in the industry. She wanted it to thrive on inspiration, on excellent service and on producing one-of-a-kind parties for each and every client: “My team and I have now organised hundreds of events around the world, ranging from Luxury weddings and music festivals to street parties, like London’s Mozart Centenary celebrations.
Tutor for Hair & Make Up at Contempo Learning, Carlos Palma has worked extensively within the fashion industry and has an accredited reputation in New York, Miami and London. His creativity and talents are coveted by industry professionals from photographers, stylists, publishers and celebrities alike. His substantial portfolio clearly defines his ability to stay ahead of trends and this has come from almost twenty years of experience as professional.Carlos approach to the creative process is derived from his classic art training.
Originally educated as a painter/illustrator Carlos studied the semantics of art and design along with photography. These provided the platform for his concepts of colour composition and lighting which make his work as a hair and makeup artist unique.
With further education in makeup from the University of South Carolina Arts and Sciences it wasn't long before Carlos was applying his skills on fashion shoots, TV commercials, videos and short films. Carlos continues to have a loyal following of clients who request him by name
Tutor of Fashion Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Alison Lowe is dynamic and results-oriented entrepreneur who supports the development of emerging fashion and creative brands through her agency Felicities.
Alison has a highly successful background in the achievement of profitable business growth through the creation and execution of successful business, marketing and PR strategies. Alison’s quick understanding and industry knowledge of what fashion brands really need is most precise and very impressive. She works with many exciting emerging fashion designers and creative businesses in London today and in addition to being friendly and approachable, she can provide a great insight into how PR can work as part of a holistic approach to a brand for both press and sales.
During the last 10 years Alison has worked with her clients to break into new markets both in the UK and internationally. She has successfully established a range of sponsorships, partnerships and promotional opportunities for her brands. Felicities and its clients are now a regular on the London Fashion Week Schedule and also hosts pop up showrooms across the globe.
Alison also teaches Start Your Own Label, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Entrepreneurship courses at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Jill Bulgan, tutor for Knitting at Contempo Learning, has been knitting for 48 years, since first starting at 4 years of age. Jill is never not knitting (even on the bus!). You can find her on www.ravelry.com as "Knit with Jill." She knitted for designers throughout the Eighties and worked in a local yarn shop in London. She is currently test knitting and designing for yarn retailers. Her first knitting book collaboration ‘Outrageously Adorable Dog Knits’ has just been published in the UK and globally. Jill is dedicated to passing on to the next generation her knowledge and knitting skills.
Joeel A. Rivera, M.Ed. has a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and he is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis on happiness.
In almost a decade, Joeel has reached over ten thousand people from different parts of the world as a psychology professor, educator, entrepreneur, speaker, curriculum developer, and consultant. His clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals, and small businesses. He has also reached hundreds of thousands of people through his published books and magazine publication.
Tim Schwaba has been teaching Developmental Psychology since 2007 and recently has been teaching parenting skills online reaching over 950 students worldwide.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on research in nonverbal communication in children from Northeastern Illinois University in 1996. He received his Master of Science in Education from University of Wisconsin in 2011. He is a father himself and teaches other classes including Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Human Relations, College Success and Study Skills, Mathematics, and Sociology.
Dr. Ian Dunbar is a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and writer. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) and a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University of California in Berkeley, where he spent ten years researching olfactory communication, the development of hierarchical social behavior, and aggression in domestic dogs.
He has written numerous books, including How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks, the Good Little Dog Bookand a series of Behavior Booklets—separate educational booklets on each of the most common pet behavior problems. Additionally, he has hosted eleven videotapes on puppy/dog behavior and training, including SIRIUS® Puppy Training, Training Dogs With Dunbar and Every Picture Tells A Story. All of his videos have won a variety of awards. The famous SIRIUS Puppy Training video (the first dog training video ever produced) remains the all-time best selling dog video. For three years running the SIRIUS® video has always been voted the #1 best dog training video by the Association of Professional Dog trainers-the largest and most influential association of dog trainers in the world.
Before SIRIUS® Puppy Training Classes there were simply no puppy classes-Dr. Dunbar developed them in 1981.
Dr. Dunbar is peerless in his field; there is simply no other person who has his qualifications, experience, and expertise in the realm of modern psychological dog training and behavior counseling-fields which Dr. Dunbar has played a major role in developing over the past 25 years.
Dr. Dunbar will be touring the UK giving seminars all July 2015. Don't miss your chance to see him present some of his most popular talks, including: Common-Sense & Cutting-Edge Concepts in Behaviour and Training, Simple Solutions for Common Behaviour & Training Problems , Dog Aggression: Biting and Pros & Cons of the Five Reward-Based Training Techniques. Learn more at Dog & Bone's website: http://www.dog-and-bone.co.uk/seminars/ian-dunbar-uk-seminar-tour
In almost a decade, Natalie and Joeel Rivera, M.Ed, have reached over ten thousand people from different parts of the world as educators, entrepreneurs, speakers, curriculum developers, and consultants. Their clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals, and small businesses. They have also reached hundreds of thousands of people through their published books and magazine publication.
Natalie Rivera is a visionary speaker and entrepreneur. She is passionate about empowering others to get real and live authentically. After a decade of living a life that wasn't hers and developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Natalie let go of everything and completely transformed. Through her journey to healing she rediscovered her true self and greater purpose—to be an entrepreneur and inspire others to transform their lives. Natalie "retired" from the rat race at 24, put herself through school as a freelance designer, created a non-profit teen center, and later created Transformation Services, Inc., which offers motivational speaking, curriculum development, life coaching, event management, and publishing for individuals on a path of transformation. She is also the Publisher of Transformation Magazine.
Joeel A. Rivera, M.Ed. has a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and he is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis on happiness. In almost a decade, Joeel has reached over ten thousand people from different parts of the world as a psychology professor, educator, entrepreneur, speaker, curriculum developer, and consultant. His clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals, and small businesses.