I started working with Christine when I was twelve years old. She taught me how actors read a script, and encouraged me to use my own heart, spirit and ideas to bring a character to life. She always took me seriously as an actor, even when I was a green kid. She treated me with respect, and believed in me. If you get a chance to work with her, you’re lucky. She and Jessica have had my back a hundred times. Couldn’t be more grateful for what they do.
Jessica is bar none one of the best audition and taping coaches I’ve ever worked with over the 40 years I’ve been in the acting business, working in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and South Africa. She knows what’s needed for the audition, she’s up on trends, she takes her time with the material beforehand, and the lighting and taping when you’re in the room. She’s accommodating to an actor’s crazy last minute schedule. I feel blessed to have found her while in Victoria...just wish she was in LA too.
“Simply put, Christine is amazing! Christine puts in the time to learn about you, your role and your audition opportunity before you even get to your coaching session. Christine’s experience and professional approach makes all the difference to your child’s coaching session and winning roles. We think Christine is great and can not recommend her enough.”
I asked Jessica to help me prepare various auditions for the TV market in Vancouver and beyond. She is knowledgeable, experienced, kind and astute, calling on an extensive background as a teacher (CCPA) and actor. She has helped me get work. I have every intention of continuing the association.
There is no one like Jessica Van der Veen to get down to brass tacks when it comes to our craft. She takes something that can be so nebulous and hammers it to the wall for you to see. She calls it like it is and doesn’t waste time. The CAST studio is the perfect intimate get-it-done space as well. Could not recommend more.
A terrific taping coach. Professional and generous. Always prepared, Taking the time with your material beforehand. Accommodates last minute scheduling. Would recommend Jessica hands down to anyone needing a taped audition. Her enthusiasm is contagious.