Active Actors Coalition Network Associates
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 six years now, Michael has served as the groups second Vice President in charge of fund raising. 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, has been an associate member for over six years, 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.
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 again be expanding his knowledge and understanding of the entertainment industry, and eagerly looks forward to what all the future may hold.
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 entertainment business. 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.
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 recently graduating from Santa Monica College with 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 for 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. Since joining the Actors Coalition Network he has continued to grow and learn. As well as discovering more interests within the industry. He plans to stay a part of ACN as long as possible as he builds himself, and his work, to become the man he knows he can be one day.
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 recently graduated college with a degree in theater, as well as continuing his passion for neuroscience and medicine. He is currently working with USC, and his his first drug in clinical trials. 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.
Eric St. Martin
Eric St.Martin grew up in Minnesota where in his senior year of high school he found a
love for acting after being asked to audition for the school’s musical production of Oliver
Twist. After high school he attended the University of Iowa, and at the age of 26 moved
to Los Angeles. Eric has found that his true passion is for film, but not just as an
actor, he has also developed a love for writing as well.
Eric joined the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles, and is excited to continue to learn and appreciate the nuances of acting as well add his own voice to the work that this company is already doing. He now serves as the companies second Vice President. Outside of the entertainment world, Eric is a man who loves to stay active. He played multiple sports growing up, and still plays hockey. He enjoys cooking, and is quite construction and landscape savvy. Eric has a bright mind, and always brings a positive attitude to the work he is a part of. His goal is create projects that make people feel and think, which is why he is driven to succeed, making the best of each and every day.
Born and raised in LA County, Iam first found an interest in acting when he joined drama class during his sophomore year of high school. After he was in a school performance of a Midsummer Night Dream, in his junior year, he knew that acting was what he wanted to do. He went to Citrus Community College where he is majoring in Theater Arts. Acting is his dream, but he is interested in writing and directing as well. Now an active associate of ACN, he is eager to further advance his acting and filmmaking experience.
William grew up in a small town in Missouri participating in any sport available. He also did a few school plays but just as a way to pass the time. It was not until he moved to Maryland that he got his first real audition and realized his passion for acting. He started taking any acting opportunities more seriously and soon it was all he could think about. William currently serves our country as a full time Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. As well as acting, William is also interested in writing and directing and will exercise these skills while working with ACN.
Frank Balocca was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He graduated from Pasadena High School, class of 2019, and currently serves in the United States Marine Corps. based out of Camp Pendleton. Frank has always had an interest in writing, but his main passion is music. Currently, he is recording his first EP (Extended Play / Mini-album) with his band “Let Me In”. Frank is new to the filmmaking scene, but he is excited to explore more opportunities with this open door.
Christopher Frătița, born in Hollywood Ca, raised in the San Gabriel valley, is a first generation American trying to find his outlet through the arts. His inspiration and admiration for the arts started at an early age, grade school to be exact, but wasn’t heavily pursued until his mid 20’s. Christopher is driven and passionate about perfecting his craft in every element possible; moreover, he is looking to improve and be the best version of his vision as well as present his talents. However, he understands it is a process, and is taking it day by day!
Timothy Dominguez has lived in SoCal his whole life, and has been interested in Film for as long as he can remember. He is overcome with joy for the opportunity to not only further his career in acting, but to build new relationships with the people he’ll meet in the process – especially while being involved with ACN. Timothy loves having deep and meaningful conversations with those he gets to know. This begins to make more sense when you find out his BA is in Philosophy. He enjoys a multitude of activities, such as: playing games, whether that be board games, card games, videogames or outdoor games/sports; he loves playing the piano; he enjoys reading; and he loves going on road trips with his friends and family. Timothy takes everything he does with a degree of seriousness that allows him to thrive in whatever he sets his mind to. This manifests itself in his love for piano, his consistency in working out, his sacrifice for his family, and more recently, his love for acting. Timothy’s primary study in acting has been in being able to feel each character coming to life, and allowing the audience to be part of it. Timothy realizes the hard work that is needed to flourish in this industry, and is prepared for what is to come.
Alexander Nifong - Associate Member Emeritus
ALEXANDER NIFONG is a theatre, film and music artist who serves with a willing spirit. Though possessing a theatre degree from NYU, a resume worthy of consideration, and many gifts and talents well suited for his path, he walks with a student's mind and a child's heart. Whether waiting tables and performing Off-Broadway, modeling around Santa Monica and flying to shoots around the world, building sets and running tech for sleepless nights, lighting dance projects, executive producing music, drumming his heart out, or teaching artists in the community from the overflows of his garnered experience, he counts himself equally blessed. As a member of ACN's first board, having served under Randall Gray as both tech director and actor, Nifong is joyful and ready to continue in collaboration with ACN towards the growing of its artistic community through the building of its outstanding members. He is presently on a walkabout while recording his first album, " enough. ".
Hi my name is Bledar and I am currently a college student worrying about his future, not to mention other things that will probably not mean anything 10 years from now. I was born in Europe and came to the United States to find my "place" in this world. I strive to be happy every day, and let the people who I love guide me in the right direction. I am very excited to be a part of the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles, and to have the opportunity to start working toward something I have always wanted.
Jeffrie Favianny is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer and dancer. Originally from Honduras in Central America, he moved to California at the age of seven and quickly dove into academia and the arts. While his earlier focus mostly consisted of theatrical acting, he began to explore dance at the ripe age of 21 while in college to aid his acting. Soon after, he received a full scholarship to Ballet California for two intensive years, where the famous Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland trained (and he danced with). Since then, Jeffrie has also studied American Dance and Character Acting at Duke University, studied policy and ethics at Oxford University, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley. Jeffrie now divides his time between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to create and collaborate within the community.
Carlos is 22 years old, and is a young, charismatic, confident, adapting young actor from South Central, California. Carlos would honestly say throughout the struggles in life, it has been modeling, acting & poetry that have all played very large roles in helping open his eyes to a whole new person he thought he’d never become. The relationships built on & off set are what makes chasing the dream worth taking the risk for, because the learning, growth, bonding, & families that are created in the entertainment industry will last a lifetime if nurtured properly. He is excited to see what the next years have in store for him.
Hello, my name is Xhuliano Smakaj. I was born in Albania. Moved to the United States when I was 7 years old. Didn’t really have any friends growing up because I couldn’t speak English, haha. At age 15 that’s when I realized that I had a very big passion on becoming an actor. Ever since, I have been doing acting and modeling to try to build up my resume. Now just recently moved to California from Detroit Michigan. And oh boy I’ve had a lot more downs than up’s. But who knows maybe I’m supposed to tell a hell of a story one day. Sometimes I feel like my life is one big movie. And I can’t wait to finish it and find out what the ending was like. Otherwise what’s the point of going through all the struggle just to give up at the end. Think about it. Hopefully you liked this movie trailer. You have to watch the whole movie I don’t want to spoil anything else.
Nolan Akamatsu was born and raised in California. Ever since he was little, Nolan found a passion in telling stories to others. Not just any stories, but stories that impact other people’s lives. His love for storytelling has led him to pursue a career in acting. Being a part of “Who Among Us” has truly been a gift and an awesome opportunity for him to pursue his talents and passion. Nolan enjoys music as well, spending his time playing piano and occasionally singing, although this remains a hobby for him as his acting has taken priority over any other passion. Although the world of acting can be unpredictable, Nolan has found the strong friendships are what grounds him, friendships such as the ones he has made with his fellow castmates. Nolan is very excited to work alongside friends in “Who Among Us”, and cannot wait to see what other opportunities come his way from this project.
Archer Herring was born and raised in Ventura, California. His passion for the arts started at a young age and he has never lost his motivation to pursue it. One thing that he knew he needed to do with his life is to create and tell stories that have a positive impact on people's lives. He hopes to further his career by involving himself in as much as possible and developing long lasting relationships that lead to collaboration. Being a part of the Actors Coalition Network has not only allowed him to do that, but it also teaches him how to be a hardworking professional. He is a theatrically trained actor but has done a couple film projects. He continues to improve his craft by soaking up as much as he can in the acting world, taking classes, and learning from the other ACN members. Things that Archer enjoys are surfing, traveling, watching film/T.V., hiking, chilling at the beach, and spending time with the people he loves. Archer's motivation is the thing that keeps him focused and inspired. With the constant uncertainty of the acting world he is able to keep a positive attitude and continue to work hard no matter the outcome.
Alejandro "Alex" Sandoval
Hello, my name is Alejandro, but I like to go by Alex. I'm a 23 year old native Californian. Some of my hobbies include playing/watching sports, watching movies, and listening to music. I recently got into making music of my own. I would describe myself as a laid back chill guy, and funny once you get to know me. I've been acting for about roughly two years now, and can honestly say I love the craft. I'm extremely excited for what's to come for my future acting endeavors!
Ben Wolfwood is a 23 year old filmmaker and writer who has been working in the entertainment industry for a few years now. He is an associate member of the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles, where he has been honing his skills in acting, writing, and camera operations. Always looking for opportunities for growth and new adventure, Ben has recently been working on numerous film projects with multiple companies. Ben is very excited to be part of the crew of "Who Among Us", as well as the project's Co-Director of Photography, and cannot wait to see what all comes from his involvement with this project.
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