Success Stories

In past years, we are proud to have helped so many young actors attain their goals of working in television and film. Many former students have leading or recurring roles such as To All The Boys I Loved Before, The Thundermans, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Every Witch Way, Disney’s Jessie, Lab Rats, Kickin’ It, Austin and Ally and KirbyBuckets. On major networks, you can find other former prep actors on CBS’s Madam Secretary, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, NBC’s Splitting Up Together to name a few. Numerous actors have also frequently recurred or guest starred on other popular shows.

While we can’t take credit for the amazing kids who come to us, we are confident that our classes, training, workshops, camps and personal coaching play a significant role in the evolution of their careers.

Max Ivutin

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Max began acting at an early age and was born in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to acting, Max enjoys parkour, running 5Ks, riding his unicycle and playing baseball.

Max attended our Pilot Prep Workshop, Casting Intensive and private coached with our staff where he most recently booked a role in the HOME ALONE remake. Other credits include: Robbie (Comedy Central), Love to the Rescue (Hallmark), Superpower Dogs, MacGyver (CBS), and The 15:17 to Paris.


Lotus Blossom

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Lotus Blossom (and her younger brother Phoenix) were long time students in our Monday Juniors On-Camera class. Lotus was the type of student that showed up every week ready to work and learn. It’s safe to say that her success is a testament to her dedication. You can catch Lotus on Netflix’s We Can Be Heroes! of which a sequel was just announced!

We Can Be Heroes

Chase Vacnin

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Chase met John D’Aquino when he was 10 years old, and later reconnected with John in 2020. Chase enrolled in numerous YAW courses in addition to coaching with John on auditions where he secured 5 callbacks in 3 months. Most recently, John coached Chase on his latest audition where he booked a Series Regular role for Nickelodeon’s Drama Club!


Anais and Mirabelle Lee

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Anais and Mirabelle Lee are young actresses who are in our on-going classes in addition to private coaching on their auditions. The twins, who light a room with their energy, began their careers at age three as print models and have appeared in numerous advertisements for major retailers. They shared the role of “Janie” in the crime-thriller movie “Blood Ties” directed by Guillaume Canet and both performed in Debbie Allen’s musical “Brothers of the Knight”. Most recently, Anais booked a Series Regular role on Netflix’s THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB!

Reed Horstmann

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Reed is a rising star who came to YAW as an online student. He attended our Pilot Prep and Camp Hollywood. Reed recently booked a leading role in The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia and can also be seen in Netflix’s Our Souls at Night!

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (Netflix)

Noah Centineo

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Noah began his journey in John and Japheth’s weekly on-going classes. He private coached on auditions, and also took our summer Camp Hollywood where students gain valuable on-set experience. Noah booked a few guest-roles on shows like Austin and Ally and quickly took off when he landed starring roles in movies such as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, and Charlie’s Angels! Noah was also a series regular on Freeform’s The Fosters.

Josie Totah

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Josie Totah is an immensely talented actor, writer and comedian with a gift for bringing dynamic characters to life. Totah has been recognized by numerous prestigious publications including being named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 30 Stars Under 18, Forbes 30 Under 30 (Hollywood), Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21, Out Magazine OUT100 and Seventeen Magazine’s 6 Women Under 21 Who Are Changing the World. She was referred to YAW and took classes, summer camps, and private coaching.

Totah is most known for her starring role in NBC’s comedy television series CHAMPIONS created by Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy. Totah can be seen in MAGIC CAMP, NEW GIRL, THE EXES, SOFIA THE FIRST, as well as recurring in the Netflix series, NO GOOD NICK. She also starred in ABC’s comedy BACK IN THE GAME. Most recently, she booked the lead role in Peacock’s reboot of SAVED BY THE BELL.

Totah is also an LGBTQ activist who regularly appears on panels discussing LBGTQ rights and inclusion of LGBTQ characters in film and television. Totah is also a celebrity ambassador for GLAAD and GLSEN where she serves as a member of the GLSEN Game Change Council.

Saved By The Bell (Peacock)

RJ Cyler

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RJ Cyler, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, has always been an entertainer in some way or form. At the age of 12, he started a dance team with his older brother. RJ attended our Camp Hollywood, where John asked his parents to consider relocating to California in order to support a possible future as an actor. In 2013 the family took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles. RJ quickly found success when he booked ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL as the role of Earl. He can be seen in shows such as Black Lightning, Vice Principals, Swamp Thing, and Scream!


Connor Falk

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Connor Falk was born in Trondheim, Norway. At four years old, Connor moved with his family to Vail where he continued to live until the age of 12. During his time in Colorado, Connor was an avid rock climber, skier, and gymnast, and participated in martial arts. However, after being dragged to Denver on the weekends for his older sister’s acting classes, and after attending numerous of her musical theater performances, he became fascinated with the performing arts. When Connor was 12 years old he booked his first television role as ‘Young Chase’ in the Hulu/Marvel series Runaways. This on-set experience solidified his love of acting, and in the fall of 2017 he moved to Los Angeles with his mother. Since moving to LA, Connor has starred in Criminal Minds, Forever, Black-ish, and can be seen on Sydney to the Max, and the new Disney+ show Diary of a Future President. Most recently he booked the series regular role of Oliver starring opposite Lena Headey and Josh Hutcherson on the Showtime show RITA. Connor was introduced to YAW and took our Pilot Prep Workshop and ongoing classes!

Diary of a Future President (Disney)

Madison Iseman

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Originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Madison Iseman is best known for her role on the CMT comedy television series Still the King, where she played the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus’ character. After making the move to LA, Madison enrolled in John and Japheth’s ongoing classes, attended our summer camps, and privately coached with John and team.

Other credits include Modern Family, Henry Danger, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween and more!

Jumanji: The Next Level, Goosebumps, Still The King (CMT)

Kira Kosarin

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Kira met John in Florida at a weekend workshop and knew she wanted to come to LA for Camp Hollywood. She never went home.  Kira starred as Phoebe on Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans for five years and 106 episodes. More recently she did season three of Hulu’s Light as a Feather, was in Good Trouble with Damon Wayons Jr. and several other movies and guest appearances. She now focuses most of her time on her music, having released an album called Off Brand and an EP titled Songbird.

Jack Griffo

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Jack Griffo is an American actor, musician, singer, and model who starred as the lead antagonist-turned-anti-hero, Max Thunderman, in Nickelodeon’s hit show, The Thundermans. Originally from Orlando, Jack moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in YAW classes in addition to private coaching sessions. Post-Thundermans, Jack had a recurring role as Dylan on the Netflix Emmy nominated show, Alexa and Katie along with roles in several feature films in including Sid is Dead and Butter.

The Thundermans (Nickelodeon)

Siena Agudong

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Siena was born and raised in Hawaii and began her career in early 2013, booking the recurring role of Lulu Parker on ABC’s Texas Ranger drama, Killer Women. She also played the recurring role of Tiffany on TVLand’s Teachers, and was a heavily recurring Guest Star known as Natlee on Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Siena just finished filming a lead role in Disney Channel’s original movie, Upside Down Magic, based on the best selling books, set to release in 2020.

Siena is most know for her title character role of Nick, a street smart con artist with a secret agenda, in Netflix’ original series No Good Nick, starring alongside Sean Astin, Melissa Joan Hart, Lauren Donzis and Kalama Epstein. Sienna was a camper at Camp Hollywood, and her family helped John host an event in Hawaii teaching classes!

Siena has earned several Young Entertainer and Young Artist award nominations in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In the spring of 2017, Siena Won her nomination and was awarded “Best Guest Starring Young Actress 12 & Under” for the Young Entertainers Awards held at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California.

No Good Nick (Netflix)

Katelyn Nacon

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We met Katelyn through our friends at Catapult Acting Studios in Atlanta. When she relocated to the west coast, Katelyn trained with us in our classes, workshops and camps. She is most know for her recurring role on the #1 cable television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead. Katelyn portrays the quiet and mysterious teenager Enid, whom Carl (played by Chandler Riggs) meets shortly after arrival in the safe zone of Alexandria. Katelyn has always been drawn to performing, from ballet at the age of three to performing in hometown and Metro Atlanta musicals such as Annie, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Hairspray.

The Walking Dead (AMC)

Izabela Vidovic

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Izabela Vidovic was born in Chicago, Illinois and started performing in stage productions by the time she was seven, appearing in Mary Poppins, Camp Rock, and Annie. She transitioned to film and televisions when she enrolled in John and Japheth’s ongoing improv and on-camera courses. She quickly found success in shows such as Freeform’s The Fosters, CW’s Supergirl, Hulu’s Veronica Mars, and Wonder opposite Julia Roberts.

The Fosters (Freeform)

Kylie Cantrall

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Kylie Cantrall is an actress, writer, singer, and dancer known for Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, Just Roll with It, and Kylie Cantrall: No Reason. Kylie took classes with YAW in addition to private coaching. 

Gabby Duran & The Unsittables (Disney)

Olivia Keville

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Olivia Keville was born in Houston, Texas. She was introduced to YAW when John was teaching a workshop in Houston. She later took YAW workshops, summer camps, and classes. During Camp Hollywood, her outstanding performances caught the eye of Nikki Mincks (Mincks Talent Management), who currently represents her, along with Emily Urbani (Osbrink).

Keville’s acting career began at the age of five, when she fell in love with the theatre after seeing a performance of Annie. On the stage, she has appeared in local musical productions, is a trained singer and is best known for her lead role on ABC’s Splitting Up Together!

Splitting Up Together (ABC)

Aubrey Miller

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Aubrey was referred to us through her agent, and began her training in our on-camera classes and private coaching. Aubrey is most known for her roles as Hannah Parker-Kent on Amazons original series Just Add Magic, Megan Simms on Disney’s Austin and Ally, Ellie on Nickelodeon’s Sam and Cat, and Emily on Shameless. Aubrey continues her performing career while also serving as an animal rights activist. English is her first language and is studying Korean as a second language!

Just Add Magic (Amazon Prime)

Liana Ramirez

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Ever since she could walk, Liana Ramirez has had a passion for performing and storytelling. At fourteen, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and she has been very successful, appearing multiple times on such networks as the Disney Channel, CBS and Netflix. Ramirez also stars in Star Light, a horror feature by the producer of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot series. She came to YAW through a referral, and took our Pilot Prep Workshop, Camp Hollywood, and Private Coached with John.

Ramirez stars in Power Rangers Beast Morphers on Nickelodeon as Evil, The Yellow Ranger. Liana also wrote her first novel The Secrets Within Me. She started creative writing before she was ten and aspires to one day have her own section in Barnes and Noble, dedicated to her books!

Power Rangers Beast Morphers (Nickelodeon)

Garren Stitt

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Garren was born in Alexandria, Virginia. When he was 3 years old, he moved to California and started acting in 2011 when he private coached with John.

In 2013, he was cast in his first film roles; Love Triangle, the James Franco directed film, Bukowski, and No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie. His first recurring TV role was as Connor in 4 episodes of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.Stitt landed the major recurring role of Marty (nicknamed Marty from the Party), a competitive charmer on Buffy Driscoll’s track team, in Disney Channel’s Andi Mack. He temporarily left the show during the second season to film General Hospital but returned for the third. Stitt replaced Rio Mangini as Oscar Nero on General Hospital in 2017 ,a role for which he received a 2019 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.

General Hospital (CBS)

Evan Roe

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Funny enough, Evan met John when he was renting out his airbnb! Discovering he was an acting coach, Evan enrolled in YAW classes, workshops, and private coaching. Evan is best known for his role as Jason McCord on the CBS political drama television series Madam Secretary that he booked shortly after he began training.

Madam Secretary (CBS)

Owen Atlas

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Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada Owen has been with YAW for years. He has taken our summer camps, ongoing classes, and private coaches with a variety of our teachers. He is best known for his lead role of Lucas in Netflix’s Little Evil. He can also be seen in Bunk’d and The Starling!

Little Evil (Netflix)

Cade Sutton

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Cade Sutton splits his time between Texas, his home, and Los Angeles. Cade met John during a workshop in Texas, and began his training journey in classes and camps. Cade can be seen starring in the hit Disney Show “Kirby Buckets’ and has had the lead in two Feature Films, Ghost Squad and Underdogs. He has had recurring roles on TV shows such as Haunted Hathaways as well as numerous others. His natural wit and comedic timing has helped him land these roles and is helping him to become a successful actor.

Kirby Buckets (Disney)

Lilla Crawford

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Lilla Crawford came to YAW as a referral from her agent. She began her journey in our ongoing classes and through private coaching. Lila was a series regular on Netflix’s The Who Was? Show; starred in the recent ABC pilot, Relatively Normal; and voiced the lead role of Sunny in Nickelodeon’s animated series, Sunny Day. Lilla made her feature film debut as Little Red in Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods opposite Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. She made her Broadway debut as Debbie in Billy Elliott and then was cast from a nationwide search of over 5,000 young performers in the title role of the 35th anniversary revival of Annie directed by James Lapine!

Courtney Grosbeck

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Courtney met John in Florida and she later relocated to Los Angeles where she enrolled in on-going classes with John and Japheth! Courtney also took our Pilot Prep workshop, and was a camper at Camp Hollywood. Courtney can be seen in hit shows such as Parenthood, The Bold and Beautiful, Homeland, and most recently, HBO Max’s Love Life!

Ethan William Childress

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Ethan William Childress is a young talent who was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was enrolled in a charter school for the arts and began to thrive as an actor, eventually realizing that this was his calling. He decided to give up playing on a competitive soccer team to focus on acting and began his YAW journey as an online student of John’s. Childress starred in two short films: Happy Place, written and directed by B. Gordon Stovall and Darryl Pugh; and The United States of Tomorrow, written, directed and produced by David Keith. He took classes weekly, and later booked a series regular role as Johan Johnson on ABC’s Mixed-ish!

Mixed-ish (ABC)

Audrey Whitby

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Audrey Whitby was born in Tennessee and raised in Northern Indiana. Audrey started acting when she was six in community theatre and started auditioning in Chicago when she was eight. Audrey moved to Los Angeles when she was 13 and enrolled in John and Japheth’s ongoing classes in addition to private coaching. She found success working on shows for Disney and Nickelodeon along with several national commercials.
She’s best known for So Random, The Thundermans and Awesomeness TV’s Terry The Tomboy and Betch!

The Thundermans (Nickelodeon)

Noah Rico

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Originally from Miami, Noah met John and Japheth through our friends at the Actory! Noah later came to LA to actively audition and train. He took our signature Pilot Prep Workshop, enrolled in our on-going classes, and private coached on his auditions. In fall of 2019 he coached with YAW teacher Shane Brady on an audition for Nickelodeon’s ALL THAT and booked a recurring guest role where he performs a variety of fun sketches!

All That (Nickelodeon)

Jordan Austin Smith

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Jordan first came to us in 2011, and took classes with our teachers John D’Aquino and Japheth Gordon for many years. He’s participated in several of our CAMP HOLLYWOOD summer camps where he gained valuable on-set experience and education. With the combination of on-going classes and camps, we’ve helped him book his first guest-star spots and his recurring role on Netflix’s Alexa and Katie!

Alexa and Katie (Netflix)

Jacob Perez

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Jacob started coming to our classes in the Fall of 2018. He wanted to take his training to the next level and participated in our PILOT PREP workshop where he learned a crash course of techniques, performed a scene in front of our industry guests, and gained representation. That summer, he participated in our signature CAMP HOLLYWOOD, giving him the education and his first experience of working on a set. With that, on-going classes, and private coaching with a variety of our staff members, he booked his first feature, The Marksman, as a lead opposite Liam Neeson.

We’re proud of his accomplishments and his growth not only as an actor, but a human as well. The Marksman is currently in post-production, but will be released in the near future.

Judah Prehn

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Judah not only lights up every room he is in, but he is hard working, dedicated, and truly has a love for the craft. Judah walked in our doors in June of 2019, and booked a series lead in December of 2019. Judah was referred to us by his agent and manager for our audition preparation, and he hit the ground running with his training. He immediately took our signature PILOT PREP and SKETCH COMEDY COURSE and kept up his private coachings for auditions. Judah worked with John during his process of booking SYFY’s Resident Alien including the initial audition, callback, and network test.

We watched Judah grow with his training, focus, listening, and ability to handle and learn from high stakes situations. You can also catch Judah as Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s son in a LightLife commercial, and Adam Ruins Everything.

Resident Alien (SYFY)