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Diving into acting as a young man performing with a touring Shakespeare ensemble. Zachary continued his education at Pepperdine University, graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Theatre and Spanish. He has since performed in a number of plays, musicals, and films in the Los Angeles area, originating a variety of roles and partaking in several award-winning productions. Zachary has been an associate of the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles for over six years and currently serves as the organization's Treasurer. He would say that he is honored and humbled to be surrounded by this safe, strong and purposeful community of artists. And, that it is his brothers in ACN who help him to forge through the daily mire of rejection, disappointment and struggle that are inseparable from art, industry, and life. They inspired and guided him. Together, those in ACN aim to inspire and guide the future of not just their own lives, but of the entertainment industry, our society and ultimately, our world.
Michael hails from the obscure state of Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho, majoring in pre-medicine and psychology, but discovered a love and natural talent for acting during his final year of college. He decided to give up medicine and focus his efforts at becoming a professional actor. During his time in Idaho, Michael booked roles in several films, a TV series, and a few commercials throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Near the end of 2014, Michael migrated to Los Angeles. He continues to progress his career and keeps himself on a steep learning curve—his natural curiosity and love for learning drive him continually forward. Since being in LA, he’s worked on multiple short films, music videos, a soap opera, a feature film, a TV series, and both modeling and commercial jobs.
Michael credits his rapid growth and progress to meeting and learning from amazing friends and mentors, including the members of ACN. Having been a member of ACN for over three years now, Michael currently serves as the groups second Vice President. He has originated numerous characters in both stage and film productions with ACN, and is enjoying the writing, directing, acting, and editing processes that are making him a film maker.
Kristopher Dowling became interested in the arts through working in the non-profit sector of Skid Row, in Los Angeles. After studying the Shakespearian style of stage acting, Kristopher grew to have a passion for both the quality of the story and the power of the message. Kristopher is an integral part of the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles serving as the groups first Vice President, and has originated numerous characters with the Actors Coalition Network, including Dinner Theater, Main Stage, and Film Projects. He is excited to learn more as he moves forward with his career, and builds friendships that will help ground and guide him along the way. He is also very excited in becoming a film maker, as he has created several different films now, and has no intention of stopping.
Vladimir (Vlad) Garcia is a San Diego native who was raised by a single mother who worked very hard to support her four children. Vlad would say that his childhood was pretty normal, and that he went through numerous phases in his life from wanting to become a professional soccer player to becoming a professional street skateboarder. He even tried the skateboarding world for a while, then when he was sixteen one of his cousin's who was taking a film class hoping to become a director was filming a short and asked Vlad if he would be a part of it. After a highly enthusiastic yes, Vlad realized he had caught a vision for who he wanted to be in the future. He began the process of trying to figure out how to get into the entertainment industry and become a professional actor. He is truly thankful for a cousin that inspired in him a passion for story telling, because he unknowingly sparked a love inside of him for being an entertainer. Vlad is very excited to become a part of the Actors Coalition Network, and eagerly looks forward to his upcoming role in Red Squad Defiant: The Battle to Exist, as well as the many other opportunities he knows will come with being a part of this program.
Jake See was born & raised in Southern California. At 22 years old, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. He is a current member of The Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles, and he is working diligently as an actor, writer, and director. He has been involved in numerous films with Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles and over 15 stage productions, including Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Grease, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, & Lend Me A Tenor. He is thankful for each opportunity he is given to work with other artists to create meaningful work.
Cason Troutman is originally born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma. He also lived in Daytona beach for a little bit while in high school then moved back to Oklahoma to help take care of his grandfather. Cason had goals of playing basketball but life had other plans. In 2013 Cason joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard where he served not only his country but also his community. Thankfully Cason was never deployed overseas but was deployed for a stateside mission in 2018 to Port Arkansas, TX after Hurricane Harvey leveled the small township. In 2014 Cason was apart of a documentary which took him from his comforts of his small hometown feel to Toronto Canada. He then realized his passion for film and decided that once he was done with his military duties he would move to California and pursue his love of film making. Currently Cason is studying the art of acting and is taking combative Jiu-Jitsu as he strives to be the best he can be in the industry. His main goal and what drives him is to one day be able to go back home and open a hole in the wall agency that gives kids the opportunity to dig deeper into the art of acting and also give them the idea that they really can do anything they put their mind to.
Christian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of California. Since the young age of seven years old, going to the movies was always one of his favorite activities and it inspired in him with an unstoppable passion for art, film, performance, and of course, acting. He began exploring and developing his acting skills at the age of twelve when he served as a member in his community’s church youth group program. The youth group focused on producing stage adaptations of historic and biblical events for educational purposes that were then performed solely for the church’s community. Since then, Christian went on to pursue an education in acting at the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills. After graduating high school, he continued his educational career at California State University Northridge where he focused on establishing a theatrical background and ultimately graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre. While attending school, he was able to work on several projects including short films, TV pilots, YouTube videos, TV shows, and an award winning feature length indie film. Now, as a member of the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles, he is grateful and eager to be able to expand his education of the film and theatre industry and looks forward to sharing all of the knowledge he’s gained along the way with his fellow ACN brothers.
Hayden Wilder has lived in Los Angeles his entire life (as well as New York for bits and pieces). He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a focus in theatre, where he studied various acting techniques such as Meisner and Stella Adler. Additionally, he attended the British American Drama Academy in London where he attended a master class with Fiona Shaw of Harry Potter fame and also studied high comedy. His passion for acting began when he saw Star Wars when he was three. He has also been studying Shakespeare since he was six and is a massive musical theatre enthusiast. Besides acting, Hayden is an avid reader. Having learned to read at the age of two, his tastes range from Dickens to Stephen King. He is also a major film and television buff, particularly of horror and animation. He strives to see at least 100 new releases a year and write about them in his journal.
Often using the nickname "Iceberg", Ayberk comes to us from Istanbul Turkey. He currently attends school in Santa Monica where he is pursuing a career in acting. He moved here to America six years ago in hopes of discovering himself. Though already in love with the art of acting, Ayberk was a professional basketball player on a star team in Turkey. The thought that he was going to live his life as a professional athlete was almost expected, but after traveling around the U.S., living in New York, Miami, Washington D.C., and Cleveland Ohio, he eventually moved to Los Angeles where he turned his focus on what he truly loves. Being a part of the Actors Coalition Network offers Ayberk the opportunity to continually grow, learn, and flex his artistic muscles with others who are attempting to make themselves the best they can be as well. Life is a journey, and we are glad to have him on this one with us.
Joshua (Josh) Rehfeldt was born and raised in Orange County. As the son of a musician, he was taught drums, guitar and bass as he grew up but would not find his passion for acting and singing until performing in his first musical at the end of his senior year in high school. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from California State University Fullerton in May of 2019, though he credits most of his recent progress as an actor to the training he received in Christopher Shaws' private acting class. Though he loves live theater, now being out of school he is shifting his focus to more on camera work and is thankful for the opportunities he has with ACN to not only grow as an Actor but also as a Writer, Director and film maker.
Originally from Germany and raised in a Russian family, Phil Xander was always surrounded by people from many walks of life. This fostered a curiosity about human nature in him, which motivated him to pursue creative arts, including music and acting. He moved Madison, WI at the age of 13 and has been pursuing his passions since then, joining theater groups, performing with an improv comedy troupe, traveling WI with a jazz band performing in various venues, and producing music. He moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2019 to pursue his dreams full time after graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in Strategic Communication and Digital Marketing. He is currently finishing an album, set to be released end of the summer 2019, and working on several film projects.
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Kevin Lam has always wanted to prove that no matter where you are from, you can always push forward and prosper. Being the oldest of his entire family, he’s been setting an example to his siblings by currently attending Santa Monica College and pursuing a degree in Linguistics. He became interested in the entertainment industry through music when he first picked up the bass and then learned to use the guitar, drums, and piano. Being two ends of the same rope, he progressed to stage and film acting, incorporating his musical talent and his language skills into every project he has done. Looking to better himself and help others better themselves as well, he’s become involved with the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles.
Chris Kioudjian, born and raised in LA discovered his passion of entertainment as a young child. After several years of casually pursuing his dreams Chris went to Bali for a month or so, and when he came back he was determined to chase his dreams down the path of destiny. Chris loves to act sing discuss ideas thoughts and topics to spread awareness & knowledge. As well as loving to laugh. Chris Uses his creativity on YouTube as well and is very excited for his future as It seems to just be the beginning!
Greg Havton comes from Los Angeles, California, and is excited to join the ACN community. He was introduced to acting when he was taking an improv class in high school, and fell in love with it. Greg is currently in college working on a degree in theater, as well as continuing his passion for neuroscience and medicine. ACN offers a lot to Greg, as he is given the opportunity to continue acting as well as to learn more about other aspects of film, such as directing and writing. He hopes to make the most of this opportunity and is excited to be a part of the team.
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Mario "Marty" Juarez
Mario “Marty” Juarez was born and raised in L.A. County. He began his creative journey extremely young, devoting his spare time to illustrating character concepts, crafting short stories, and creating screenplays set in unknown, far off lands. As he grew older, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to concentrate on in the art world, but he was sure of one thing: he wanted to devote his life to creating things bigger than himself. His world was rocked during his Freshman year of high school when he was offered the role of “Sydney Bernstein” in a musical called “Curtains”. Marty discovered a new way of expressing his artistic abilities: acting. From then on, he was involved in every play, whether it be on stage or behind the scenes. He moved on to major in Animation, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design in college and, although he loved those fields, they couldn’t satisfy his creative needs. It wasn’t until he took an acting class that he realized what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He then set out to chart the world of acting and has been doing so ever since, hoping to inspire others to do the same as him: to create something bigger than themselves.
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