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“It is extremely difficult to find the words to describe why I appreciate Zak and his teachings without feeling like I am doing him justice. There is no ego, bias, Zak doesn’t try to change any student; instead, he encourages us to grow more into who we are. I am beyond grateful to have a teacher like Zak. I trust and respect him. He is worth every penny and every minute. Zak is one of the best investments I have made in myself. Least to say, I would highly recommend Zak as a first choice acting coach. He is an exceptional teacher because he is an exceptional person. He is undeniably one of the best acting coaches out there.”
-Wyntergrace Williams (Series Regular on Pilot “This Just In,” Supporting in Lifetime Movie “Violated”)
“I have studied with Zak for a number of years! He countlessly proved himself to be a nurturing, knowledgeable teacher. He has a ken sense on what each individual student needs, as we all have different areas to work on, and he caters to it, in a fun, motivating way. If you work with Zak, you have my word that it will be a more than pleasurable experience!”
-Cody Saigntnue, Brett on “Teen Wolf”
“I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person and an actor while working with Zak. I booked Days of Our Lives within just one month of taking the class. I found what works for me thanks to Zak. I couldn’t be any more appreciative. Thank you.”
-Casey Moss Regular on “Days of Our Lives”
“Zak Barnett is a fantastic audition coach to have in your corner. He will transform your every hesitation into a solid, confident choice.”
-Kelly Jakle (Supporting in “Pitch Perfect,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” and “42”)
“I have found Zak to be a very strong, focused & intuitive teacher with a style that actors respond to. As an actor/teacher, he understands how to analyze and break down the beats of a comedy script, but more importantly, he’s able to teach these tools to his students. I’ve seen terrific performances in his class, in many cases well beyond what I would expect of talent.”
-Carol Goldwasser, Casting Director
“Austin and Ally
“Dog with a Blog”
“It really makes a difference when you can trust that an actor has had good training and will audition well. I’ve been so impressed by the consistently high quality of the work I’ve seen from students of Zak Barnett’s. To see that an actor has trained with Zak really makes a difference when I’m deciding what actors to schedule.”
-Mark Bennett, Casting Director
The Hurt Locker
Zero Dark Thirty
“Zak’s ability to connect to his students is unlike anything I’ve seen…he gets them, he connects with them. They are his peers and it’s why they elevate their performance in class. I’ve been lucky enough to audition several of his students, and each and every one of them have been prepared, confident and really strong.”
-Sara Isaacson, Casting Director
Famous in Love
“Zak’s program is incredible. I find the talent well educated on both TV & Film Auditioning. It’s difficult to find a teacher who can relay the difference between the two mediums, but the students have a very strong grasp. Zak Barnett is accessible and a true talent whisperer.”
-Chadwick Struck, Indie Feature Film Casting Director
I cannot more highly recommend Zak Barnett Studios. Zak’s teaching methods and his infectious enthusiasm for actors and the craft create a wonderful, nurturing environment for actors to learn and grow.
-Paul Ruddy, Casting Director
“It is so refreshing to find a group of actors who work this hard and still have fun doing it. Zak has created a pretty special environment of learning, creating, structure and support for a group of super smart actors.”
-Corbin Bronson, Casting Director
I love sending clients to Zak. I know they will be prepared to do what it takes at the audition to book the job!
-Domina Holbeck, Talent Agent
Abrams Artists Agency
Whenever I need a client to score on an audition, I recommend Zak Barnett; he instills a sense of confidence that gets these actors results!
-Robin Nassif, Head of Youth Theatrical
Media Artists Group Talent and Literary Agency
Zak’s connection with his students is rare. He is positive, fair, and fun! His ability to help break down scenes and provide comfort and confidence in an actor – no matter the age- is incredible. He is also very committed and genuine with his students and that allows them to keep growing as actors. Thank you, Zak!
-Brianne Castillo Huang, Talent Manager
I need to be certain my clients are truly prepared and will rock their auditions so I send them to Zak Barnett.
-Wendy Alane Wright, Talent Manager
What I appreciate most about Zak is that his approach is not just to train the actor or to teach the “business.” It is also to address the happiness and confidence of the whole person, what they want, and the impact they wish to have in this world. The BIG picture is not to be missed, and Zak gets that.
-Alysa Brennan, Talent Agent
Paloma Model and Talent
Zak Barnett is both an amazing acting coach and a wonderful person. His care and compassion is evident in the vested interest he has in each client’s individual success.
-Kathy Bridges, Owner and Talent Manager
Zak Barnett Studios is fantastic! I know without a doubt my clients are getting the right training, and I love that I get feedback on my clients progress! The progress reports give me a better idea of where my clients are in their training, which helps me to know if they are ready to be sent out on particular projects!
-Regina Phillips, Talent Manager
Dream Talent Management
I have known Zak Barnett for a number of years, and can attest to his talent as an acting teacher and even more importantly, his genuine caring for his students. He goes out of his way to make sure they are prepared not only for their audition, but that their agents and managers are up to date on the progress of his students. I heartily recommend his studios for actors that really want to get their careers going and make sure they are 100% ready to audition and have a real chance of booking the job.
-Greg Edwards, Talent Manager
Greg Edwards Management
My clients love Zak’s teaching style and his personal and dedicated approach delivers results! He truly cares about his students and that is why he gets the best performance out of them. The growth of my clients under his direction is amazing and the feedback he gives me is invaluable!
-Alex Marowec, Talent Manager
Major Minors Managment
Zak has worked with several of my talent and has done an amazing job of getting them ready for major auditions. I have been extremely pleased with the work he has done with each of them. He takes his job very seriously and is very dedicated to each of them individually!!
-Marlene Hartje, Talent Agent
The Marlene Agency
I love sending my clients to work with Zak! His energy is amazing and he understands how to get actors to transcend from being an actor to becoming the character. The classes and workshops he offers at his studio are one of a kind and I trust my clients under his guidance and leadership.
-Candace Daniels, Talent Manager
The student actors at ZBS were an absolute joy to work with — their combined passion and preparedness were truly inspiring.
-Robin Veith, Producer/Writer
Three Time WGA Winner
Three Tine Emmy Nominee
Law and Order: SVU
Zak speaks the language of the soul and is able to stir his actors on the deepest levels of artistic and personal transformation. Our collaborations have just begun…
-Barnet Bain, Producer/Writer/Director
What Dreams May Come (Academy Award Winning)
Homeless to Harvard (Emmy Nominee)
The Celestine Prophecy
The Los and Found Family
“I wanted to take just a minute and say Thank You! Your work and relationship with Stephen have been so helpful in not only his training as an actor, but believe it or not his growing into a thoughtful and insightful young man. A few different times now he has come out of a class or private with you and felt moved or changed or enlightened by what he learned about himself and his relationship to others during his time with you.
As parents we trust our children to the world and hope and pray for the best. You are truly a gifted teacher and I want you to know what that means to me. We are so blessed to have you.”
— Sonja Carey (Mother of Actor Stephen Carey, Age 14)
“I want to thank you for the teaching and the guidance you have provided our son. over the last 3 years in your acting class. You have helped him grow from a novice child actor to an actor that has depth, empathy and can act in many styles (comedy, drama, dramedy, etc). You have always provided exceptional balance teaching your students to enjoy the learning process while providing the structure the class needs to take the classes seriously. Too many classes allow the kids to “play” and that balance is always a challenge.
I also want to thank you for the many discussions we had that allowed us all to understand where our son needed to improve. His rapport and respect for you show in the many ways he has listened to that guidance and not only showed you in class, but it shows up in his auditions. “
— Cristina Cole (Mother of Actor Alek Cole, Ages 12)
“Zak has a great way with the kids. He really reinforced Mila’s confidence and helped her recognize her strengths as well as taught her how to break apart the material and get a deeper understanding of the script . He is always kind and gentle and has a super positive attitude. Mila loved being taught by him. She became so mature and quick in her choices for her acting. In the time they spent together she had booked over 15 jobs in TV, Film, Commercial , Voice-over and Print. In fact she has been working non stop and continues to. I would recommend Zak to any parents for their kids in this business. Teaching kids is a big responsibility and requires astute intelligence, finesse, patience, positive affirmations and kindness. Zak posses all those qualities. “
— Shirly Brener ( TV & Film Producer – Mother of Mila Brener, Age 9)
“My daughter loves Zak- aside from his fun and super kid friendly demeanor, he is able to collaborate with your child in a way which brings dimension to a character, without compromising your child’s uniqueness.
My daughter booked after just one coaching session with Zak- results speak for themselves!”
— Mom to Lulu, 11