Welcome to JBA

Founded by Jeb Beach in 2012,  JBA is a go to spot for actor support in the Film and Television Industry.  We are known for expertise, positivity, integrity, and innovation. We are proud of our rep for always being Ahead of the Curve, supporting actors in the constantly changing game.

Jeb Beach - Founder

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Jeb has coached and supported actors to bookings Series Regular, Major Film roles, or simply to their first one-line role.  He is known for being a highly positive, nurturing coach, and for being deeply aware of the myriad of styles and how to adjust to them.  Jeb has worked on all of the major networks and genres that shoot in Vancouver and continues to be one of Vancouver’s most sought-after acting coaches.

Jeb's Classes

Coach with Jeb

 

Wesley Salter - Teacher, Audition & Career Coach

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Wesley is a Vancouver industry vet. He has worked as an Actor, Producer, Host, Associate Casting Director (with Clark & Page), Publicist, and Press Manager.

With his years of experience on both sides of the negotiation table, he’s uniquely positioned to support actors in making the right choices – both in auditions and careers.

 

Follow Wesley on @wesley_salter & @wowthelink

Wesley's Classes

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Our Team

Matthew Kevin Anderson - Teacher, Coach

Matthew Kevin Anderson

Matthew is a Vancouver and LA actor and coach who knows the industry from all angles. You’ve probably seen him as a reader in some of your Film & TV Auditions. In addition to a complete understanding of the industry, and how to manage its ins and outs, he’s got a knack for comedy, both as an actor and as a coach. As such, in addition to being a go-to audition coach for all genres, Matthew is also the Comedic Leading man for JBA.

Follow Matthew on @mattkevanderson & @wowthelink

Matthew's Classes

Coach with Matthew

 

Jessie Fraser - Teacher, Coach

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A prairie girl who wanted to be Indiana Jones when she grew up, Jessie buried her nose in textbooks and got a master’s degree. Then she realized that she’d rather play Indiana Jones on TV.

Ever since she has been working steadily as an actor on high-profile series such as MistressesSupernatural, J.J. Abrahms’ Fringe and Alcatraz, and Steven Speilberg’s The Whispers. She recently reprised her role on Amazon’s critically acclaimed series The Man in the High Castle, executive produced by Frank Spotnitz and Ridley Scott.

Between Film and TV gigs, Jessie has appeared in over 20 national and international commercials for brands such as Dentyne, Oral-B, Glade, Lexus, and Vicks. She has also gained a unique perspective on the audition process from the other side of the camera as a reader for busy Vancouver Casting Directors.

Jessie has yet to land a role as an adventuresome archeologist, but she’s confident that it’ll happen one of these days.

Jessie's Classes

Coach with Jessie

 

Megan Peta Hill - Teacher, Coach

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Megan Peta Hill is an award-winning Australian born actor who has trained and worked professionally in both film and theatre around the world. Megan has worked on numerous film and television series including RiverdaleX-Files and opposite Bruce Willis in Apex to name just a few.

She also has a prolific voice-over career has voiced various characters in video games, feature films, and commercials. Megan has a Bachelor of Creative Arts. 

 

Megan coaches for film, television, theatre, voice-over, and motion capture. 

Megan's Classes

Coach with Megan

Back to Booking - Voice Work

 

Karen Holness - Teacher, Coach

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Karen is the series lead of Cashing In and with over 60 other film and television credits to her name including  FOX’s Almost Human, CW’s Arrow, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and a recurring role on FOX’s Fringe. Karen played wife to Danny Glover in Donovan’s Echo, wife to Laurence Fishburne in Tortured.  Karen also appeared in the Oscar-winning movie production of Chicago. Her stage credits are extensive and include Rent,  DreamgirlsCrazy for You. Karen was also the co-founding member of Toronto’s Beacon Theatre Company for 4 years.

Karen attended Performing Arts High School in Toronto and then transferred to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, New York. Since then Karen has studied at the top schools out of Los Angeles namely Edgemar Studios with Larry Moss, Cameron Thor Studios, and the Ivana Chubbuck Studios. Karen has privately coached many bringing them successful results. Karen taught the Arts Program for the City of Toronto and at the Kate Booth center, Vancouver.

As big sister of four, Karen says, “Teaching is as natural to me as breathing. It’s exciting to witness the growth, progress and success of a fellow artist”.

Karen's Classes

Scene Study

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Aadila Dosani - Teacher, Coach

Aadila Dosani

Aadila is a Vancouver based actor, producer, and coach. Her career started booming the last couple of years after finding her team at JBA and really understanding how to meld both the creative storytelling elements/craft actors bring to their work with the “business” side (knowing and understanding networks, style, and the space in which the audition must live). 

 

Her film/tv career ranges from EXTENSIVE work in commercials to multi/single-camera comedy – series regular on Upstairs Amy. Aadila has worked on a plethora of local television shows and is currently recurring on a dramatic mini-series here in Vancouver. 

 

Aadila has also gained a unique perspective on the audition process as she is also a reader for a very busy Casting Director in the city. 

 

She is all about them BOOKING VIBES & then ending the day with a margarita or scotch… possibly some nachos! 

Aadila's Classes

Coach with Aadila

 

Shane Savage - Teacher, Coach

Shane Savage

Hailed as one of the top audition coaches from Melbourne, having taught at the National Theatre and run his own successful studio for 3 years.

 

Shane’s clients have booked international network series and feature films and Shane loves nothing more than seeing hard-working actors rewarded for their years of dedication.

 

Shane has received international awards for writing and producing, brings a background in casting, and specializes in script analysis and character development. 

Shane is currently on leave and will be returning to coach with us shortly.
 

Jax Smith - Creative Support Services, Coach

Jax Smith

Experienced on both sides of the lens, Jax is enthusiastic about the craft of storytelling in all its forms and supports students in getting their self-driven projects to the next stage of development. Jax is the co-creator of the branded-content series, ‘Turning the Tables’ for Shaftesbury Films Inc.

 

Her series DEFECT was shortlisted for the CFC’s Netflix Project Development Accelerator. Jax has optioned three TV pilots and her scripts have placed well in several notable screenplay competitions, including The Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Sizzle Screenplay Competition, Table Read My Screenplay Austin, the ScreencraftCraft Film Fund, and the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.

 

Jax directed and co-wrote the short film  MENTAL. A BravoFACT recipient, it thrived in an extensive festival run, won several awards, and received five Leo nominations, including Best short drama and Best screenwriting. It garnered Jax the 2019 WIFTV Spotlight Image Award for, ‘an outstanding short work that shows production excellence or a unique, visionary approach.’

 

Jax directed THE STAKEOUT, nominated for an EDA award for ‘Best Female-Directed Short’ at the Whistler Film Festival 2017 and for a Leo award for Best Actress.  

 

She’s directed projects for First Star and the World Wildlife Fund, which screened on CBS, The Knowledge Network, Urban Rush TV, and were featured in The Vancouver Sun and The Province.

 

In 2019, Jax workshopped a playlet trilogy titled,  A TRIPTYCH OF IMPARITIES. The workshop raised funds for the Movember Canada Foundation and was the first playlet to be workshopped in JBA’s black box theatre.

 

She is thrilled to support and nurture the creative endeavors of JBA students.

Jax's Classes

Coach with Jax

 

VIDEO SERVICES TEAM

The JBA Video Services Team know the shows, know the style, and know how to make you look and sound great for a professional audition taping.

Kristy Fielding

Kristy Fielding

Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes

Spencer Teeter

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