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MEET THE CREW!

THE PROS BEHIND OUR LOS ANGELES 
HEADSHOT STUDIO, SELF-TAPE STUDIO, AND WHEREHOUSE

Meet the Crew

OUR STAFF:

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PAM KOPPEL

Owner, Crew-Coordinator 

Pam's got a heart of gold and a passion for helping actors, having been one herself! She has been performing in Theater since she was a kid and went on to get her degree in acting at UC San Diego. In the last 5 years, she's become fully immersed into the world of TV/FILM as she helped her daughter break into the industry. Needless to say, Pam gets it! She's very familiar with the ups and downs that come with this career and knows first hand how worth it it becomes when you book those roles!

With a professional background in management and a passion for actors, Pam is committed to making sure Closeup Crew is a space that actors can rely on to put their best selves forward. From that first moment you reach out to us through your full experience in our Studio, Pam is here to make sure you always feel supported and are having fun!

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Isaac Jay

 In-House Acting Coach 

Isaac Jay has been acting and storytelling since he was a wee lad. Trained in Theater Arts at The University of Southern California and with a Classical Conservatory education at BADA in London, Isaac has since gone on to build himself a solid career in the industry working on several Feature Films as well as Award winning Shows such as Apple TV+’s Lessons in Chemistry, among others. As a coach, Isaac has worked with actors such as Claudia Doumit (The Boys) and Alyssa Jirrels (Fatal Attraction).

 

If you’re looking for a coach who has a passion for everything story and can help any actor find the play and heart in their scene, Isaac is for you! He focuses on discovering the deep inner life of the character using a unique combination of Uta Hagen, Meisner, and text analysis. Then, after doing some full body shakes and letting all the work go, simply living and having fun in the moment. Let’s play!

You can check out Isaac’s IMDB here.

OUR COACHES:

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ANDREW ONOCHIE

 In-House Acting Coach 

Andrew’s got a heck of a talent for storytelling both on and off camera. He’s been acting since the ripe age of 5 and has since built an inspiring career in this industry. As a performer, Andrew has worked with award-winning filmmakers, been part of the hit CBS series “Seal Team”, and has even been nominated for awards as Best Actor. As a filmmaker, he has produced multiple feature films, one of which made it to #1 in the Nigerian Box Office.  And as an acting coach, he has worked with talents such as Dayo Okeniyi (Hunger Games, Greek Freak) and Maria Sten (Swamp Thing, Straight Outta Compton).


If you’re looking for an audition coach that has real-life, multi-faceted industry experience and a strong passion for helping actors find the magic in their scenes, Andrew is it!  He uses a unique approach derived from Meisner technique — focusing on living in the moment, breaking down the scene, diving deep into the character, and ultimately letting it all go for a more freeing performance! 
 

You can check out Andrew's IMDB here

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Isaac Jay

 In-House Acting Coach 

Isaac Jay has been acting and storytelling since he was a wee lad. Trained in Theater Arts at The University of Southern California and with a Classical Conservatory education at BADA in London, Isaac has since gone on to build himself a solid career in the industry working on several Feature Films as well as Award winning Shows such as Apple TV+’s Lessons in Chemistry, among others. As a coach, Isaac has worked with actors such as Claudia Doumit (The Boys) and Alyssa Jirrels (Fatal Attraction).

 

If you’re looking for a coach who has a passion for everything story and can help any actor find the play and heart in their scene, Isaac is for you! He focuses on discovering the deep inner life of the character using a unique combination of Uta Hagen, Meisner, and text analysis. Then, after doing some full body shakes and letting all the work go, simply living and having fun in the moment. Let’s play!

You can check out Isaac’s IMDB here.

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CHLOE LANIER

 In-House Acting Coach 

With over a decade of professional acting work under her belt so far, Emmy award winning actress Chloe Lanier is venturing into directing. Alongside her creative partner, Hayley Erin, she now boasts two top-rated screenplays on the blacklist, ranking their work in the top 1% of the website. In addition, The Reveal, Chloe’s directorial debut short, which she also penned and starred in, took home awards for best comedy short at the New York Movie Awards and the Hollywood Just4Shorts festivals. It was also a finalist for best dark comedy at the Austin Comedy Film Festival. With plans to direct again later this year, Chloe is looking to coach actors to continuously build up that muscle. With a background in Alexander Technique, Animal Studies and Meisner, Chloe is well-versed in being absolutely present. She also firmly believes in the "whatever works" method. Everyone is wired in their own unique way, and no two actors will work exactly alike. Chloe believes in meeting the actor where they are, connecting them to their breath, and committing fully to the given circumstances in whatever language works best for them. Humans, like the characters we play, are full of contradictions. Chloe's goal is to help every actor find those contradictions and subtitles in the characters they're building in order to breathe life into their work. Also, this should be FUN! 

You can check out Chloe's IMDB here

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MARGIE MAYS

 In-House Musical Theatre and Singing Coach 

Margie found herself jumping headfirst into the world of acting 5 years ago after a whirlwind stint as a contestant on American Idol (Seasons 17 & 18; she is also a singer who’s been studying the voice for the last 15 years). Some of her favorite accomplishments as a performer over the last few years have been playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical in Hollywood (2022, 2x award Winner for Best Performer in a Musical), Jane in Disney’s TARZAN at Moonlight Amphitheatre (2023, Nominated BroadwayWorld Best Performer in a Musical), and landing a recurring role on FOX’s sitcom “Call Me Kat.” She has recently gotten into the world of voice acting, where she’ll be a series regular on an animated series coming to Netflix.

 

Margie has studied at Lesly Kahn Studio, Margie Haber studio, and privately coaches with Shari Shaw. She also still studies the voice with her own coaches, as she’s also in the trenches auditioning for tv/film/theatre on the regular. She is a lifelong learner and will never stop finding ways to explore and improve her crafts.

 

A big believer in the Meisner technique, Margie is a proponent of repetition, repetition, repetition, so you can stop thinking about the lines and starting reacting to everything else around you. Beyond that, she genuinely believes authenticity is key. Within the confines of every medium and tone (theater versus film; comedy versus drama), taking the time to find your emotional connection to the character is indispensable.

 

Her role as coach is to make sure you feel confident in all the technical pieces of the audition: let’s make sure we’ve nailed the song cut, in the right key, picking the right song choice for you if that applies, get you warmed up physically if need be for musical numbers. Once we’ve dealt with the technical, her job is to create a space where you can be free, including ridding yourself of the limiting beliefs that often get in our way of doing our best work. Depending on the needs of each student she caters to what they want/need. If it’s helpful for her to direct a scene behind the camera as they go, she’s all in. Or if it’s better for them to completely have her let go once we click record on a tape, she’s all in for that. Every actor has their own process, and she respects all of them.

 

Her superpower is that she is in the trenches with my students. She is regularly audition for tv/film/musical theater, always having her own wins and failures alongside her students. She’s rendezvoused with so many parts of the music business - recording music, songwriting, session singing, live performances, Broadway and national tour auditions, voice acting, voice injury, voice recovery - each element has helped her gain a 360 view of what the demands truly are of being a performer in 2024. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, she really understands the artist’s journey, as her own is unraveling before her. The empathy  she has for her students’ creative journeys has helped her deeply connect with them. She’s battled her own fears and limiting beliefs, and as a coach it’s her job to acknowledge that those exist, while also helping you get those out of the way so you can find freedom in the craft.

 

In her own audition journey, she sleeps well at night knowing she showed up for herself on a day. It’s not about perfection, it’s about doing the scene/songs to the best of her abilities on that given day. If she can do that, she’s done my job and her metaphorical cup is full. That’s what she hopes her actors walk away with: that they feel at peace knowing they did their absolute best with all they have for that audition. That way you know you’ve sent your best materials AND you can *let it go* once you walk out the doors. On to the next! (Or on to the callback!)

You can check out Margie's IMDB here.

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OUR PHOTOGRAPHER:

Adam Hendershott
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ADAM HENDERSHOTT

Photographer 

Adam is one of the best Los Angeles headshot photographers and portrait photographers in the game. This isnt his first Professional Headshot Studio! He has shot countless celebrities and high profile clients over his career. From headshots to editorials and even commercial shoots, Adam's the guy you can count on to always get "the shot!" You can check out some of his work here. But what makes Adam particularly special when it comes to actor headshots, is the fact that he's an actor himself! So he knows exactly what it feels like to be in your shoes. He understands the actor and knows how to get the"it" shot out of you. With Adam you'll get a super fun and chill headshot experience. He'll make you feel comfortable from the start and will have you laughing by the time you're shooting! 

 

Adam's signature style? Making you look and feel ridiculously good, while still looking exactly like YOU.

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