Kids in Commercials class at The Viera Studio
Some of the students in Advanced Acting at The Viera Studio include Juan Costa, left, Kaitlyn Levon, Meghan Scott, Ashlee Kennel, Allison McDowell and Sarah Chalmers.
Kids with dreams of breaking into television acting will soon be able to learn exactly how at The Viera Studio at 3270 Suntree Boulevard, Suite 1113.
The newest class offering, Kids in Commercials, will be open to children ages 8 and up at 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning in March.
“This class will be different from our theatrical ones and will contain practical, on-camera lessons,” said Jonathan McFadden, co-founder of The Viera Studio. It opened in summer 2012 and has more than 100 students from age 3 through adult.
The Kids in Commercials class will be taught by Rockledge resident and Central Florida commercial actress Victoria Lambert Monterrubio. She has appeared in more than two dozen commercials, as well as several television shows, infomercials and training videos.
“I plan to teach on-camera techniques but also give kids a taste of the business side of acting for television,” Monterrubio said.
“We will go over finding an agent, creating an acting resume, auditioning and what to expect on the set when they land a role.”
The class will also cover how to take direction and break down the “language” of commercial acting to acquaint kids with the process. When it comes to the actual acting, kids will learn to implement smaller actions that are camera friendly and use their voices in different ways.
The Viera Studio co-founder Jonathan McFadden gives pointers to students in the advanced acting class
“For kids who are used to being on stage or musical theater, this class will be very different, but fun,” Monterrubio said.
This is not Monterrubio’s first time in the role of acting instructor. She taught at the MDM Studio in Indian Harbour Beach before it closed, and McFadden was one of her students.
So far, there has been a lot of interest in the Kids in Commercials class and studio co-founder Monica Toro Lisciandro said there is potential for a younger age-group class to be added in the future.
“We want to expand our offerings to accommodate what our students really want and need in their growth,” Lisciandro said.
“We are excited because this class will really be able to do that and will complement the other classes we offer.”
To learn more about the class, visit the studio or go online to register at thevierstudio.com. VV