Risa’s Recommendations

Industry News & Articles

Deadline Hollywood Daily

The Hollywood Interview

No Film School

The Wrap

Ain’t It Cool News

We Are Movie Geeks

Daily Actor

Box Office Guru

Box Office Mojo

I Watch Stuff

Indie Wire

Below the Line News – voice of the crew

We Make Movies

Insights, Articles, Tips & Clips

Your Industry Insider – interviews of successful pros, advice on breaking into the Industry

Playbills vs. Paying Bills – excellent resource for actors in all arenas

Actor Genie – great actor resource of what’s going on in town

Working With Actors – Blog

Brains of Minerva – archives of fantastic articles, interviews, info

Acting Classes and Coaches

Los Angeles

The BGB Studio – Bramon Garcia Braun Studio – LA (with Master Classes in NY, Toronto and other cities)

New York (Classes & Coaches)

Joan Rosenfels

Mimi Lieber – via email directly – mimilieber1@gmail.com

Deborah Hedwall 

Robin Morse

Sheila Gray

Melodie Somers


Corey Parker – Memphis based coach, teacher, and Skype coach extraordinaire

Voice/Dialect Coaches New York 

Kohli Calhoun

Page Clements

Amy Stoller

Nancy Mayans

Mike Ruckles

Susan Eichhorn Young

Justin Stoney


Risa’s Bookshop (via Amazon) BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ

Risa’s Bookshop List – download as word docx

Technology Support & Resources

Casting Workbookonline casting/actor resource – create, organize and distribute valuable information

ActivePitch – *formerly Active Submission – online casting/actor resource

Actors Access – online casting/actor resource – part of Breakdown Services

Now Casting – online casting/actor resource

Speedreels – Tape auditions/scenes as well as reels

Website and Reel Designers

Real Edits by Sam – w/Sam Littlefield – Reels – cool reel editing

Speedreels – Reels – known for doing it professionally and well – see menu of services

Paul’s Video – Reels – top editor with good prices

Quick Nickel – Reels –concise, clear work, good prices

Kyle Art Web Design – Websites – simple, smart and affordable

Gedaly Guberek / Professional Distraction – Websites/Blogs (like Making Your Website “Grandma Proof”)

Edit Plus –  Reels/Editing/Taping/Transfers – Dave Manship  – crafts your reel, re-edits scenes as needed

Photographers and Headshots

Los Angeles

David Zaugh – real, authentic, natural

Luke Fontana (also NY) – dramatic, alive, strong, also celebrity photographer

Peter Konerko – intense, character driven, can be wonderfully edgy

Bader Hower Photography  – actors love Bader

Braden Moran Photography – real, natural, reasonable pricing

Visi Cano – character photos, from Spain 

Shelli Wright  – natural, captures you wonderfully, fantastic with kids, reasonable pricing

Steph Girard Headshots – attractive, great eyes

Dennys Ilic Photography – high end celebrity photography, very cool portraits

Kenneth Dolin Photography – good looking, intense, good with kids, mid-range pricing

Paul Gregory Photography  – pricier but very high end, NY and LA

Innis Casey Photography – honest, simple, real

David Muller Photography – strong, natural, amazing eyes, mid-range pricing

Michael Sanville Photography – strong, real, striking

Dana Patrick Photography – natural, strong, great eyes, a little pricier

Theo and Juliet  -also more expensive but do excellent work

Paul Smith – strong, sexy, intense, loves mouths, pricier

Starla Fortunato Photography – high end celebrity photographer

Greg James  – attractive, appealing shots, good with kids, reasonable pricing

Buckman Headshots – great angles/contrast, fully captures the individual, mid-range pricing

Vanie Poyey Photography  -fun, real, natural, mid-range pricing

Caroline White  -lovely pix and feel, good prices and energy

Shawn Smith – strong contrast, attractive, mid level pricing

Cathryn Farnsworth Photography –  fun, alive, good with kids, good pricing

Coconut Photography

Laura Burke Photography

Bradford Rogne

Mark Hussman

New York

Luke Fontana (also LA) – dramatic, alive, strong, also celebrity photographer

David Rodgers Photography – been shooting actors, writers, musicians… a long time

Susan Shacter Photography –  edgy, dramatic, poetic

David Noles – personal, intimate, dramatic, environmental

Nadia Quinn – aka Nadia Wahhab – natural light, in and around NYC, intimate, real

Sam Khan, Image Works – strong, clean, real, mid-range pricing

Rod Goodman Photography

Litho/Reproduction House

Argentum Photo Lab – this is the place I use

Isgo Photo Lab – also really good for price and quality

Prints Charm’n – inexpensive and good

Reproductions – great deal for prints

New York


Precision Photos



Favorite Artist Sites/Blogs

Jeff Bridges – you know the Dude

Casting By – the movie – on Facebook – an inspiration

Showing Up the movie – A Conversation about the Audition

Gladwell.com – Malcolm Gladwell’s site

Theatre Companies

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST in NY)

Ensemble Studio Theatre LA (EST – LA)

Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles)

Manhattan Class Company (MCC in NY)

Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles)

LA Stage Times – What’s going on in LA Theatre

Scripts and Scenes

Daily Script

Simply Scripts


Why Insanity – movie monologues

Actors Pages – audition sides

Awesome Film


Screenplays Online 

Beauty and Body in LA

Back to Wellness – acupuncture, pilates, chiropractic, massage (Valley Village)

Arcona Studio – the only facial and facial products you’ll ever want (Santa Monica)


Mindfulness and Zen-like things

For your Head and Heart in LA

Black Dog Yoga – especially Melissa Morgan’s Restorative Class (Sherman Oaks)

Rising Lotus Yoga – small place, really good classes (Sherman Oaks)