Gina Fricchione
Newport Beach, CA
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Gina Fricchione

Gina F.

Newport Beach, CA
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I'm new here! If you're looking to work in TV and film, I teach all about the acting industry and the proven screen acting techniques that will earn the trust of casting and film and television directors! I having decades of experience, having earned my SAG/AFTRA card in 1984! I've worked on over 1,000 TV/ film projects and over 300 commercials!

I give students the correct inside information about the industry, how to get booked, necessary tools, and include insider tips and leads to fast track their careers!

As an Adjunct University Professor for six years, and 15 years teaching at entertainment schools in both CA. and NYC, I enjoyed guiding students to successful careers in television, film, and TV commercials! I keep my classes positive, and strive to bring out the best in each of my students!

I offer classes in proven techniques for TV/film acting, (Screen Acting) as well as courses that are specific for TV commercial acting (Acting in TV Commercials). There IS a big difference between stage, screen, and TV commercial acting, so each course teaches a separate and proven technique!

I also offer classes in cold reading and auditioning skills (Cold Reading Course) that teach a proven, effective technique recognized by casting directors that helps you land the role! This technique helps take the stress out of cold readings and presents confidence and professionalism for your auditions!

I'm background checked, with years of experience as both a union actor, career guidance counselor, and an experienced educator! I love to assist my students with the CORRECT information so they can achieve their goals!

About Gina F.

Hi! I'm new here!
I've been a veteran actor w/ SAG/AFTRA since 1984, w/ experience in over 1000 film/TV projects and 300+ TV commercials! I've taught as an Adjunct University Professor of Acting in Southern CA. for 6 years at an accredited university, and taught over 15 years at entertainment schools. I'm also still working in the TV/film industry!
I've also worked as an actor internationally, appearing in several film and TV projects in Asia and Europe.
Throughout my career, I've worked w/ directors such as Francis Ford Coppolla, Ron Howard, Gary Marshall, Warren Beatty, Woody Allen, Curtis Hanson and many others! I've appeared on shows such as Modern Family, The O.C., Cougar Town, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, and Scrubs to name a few!
I trained at the Actor's Studio in N.Y.C, Herbert Berghof Studios, N.Y.C., and The Lee Strasberg Institute, L.A. as well as training on thousands of sets for decades!
I strive to bring out the BEST in my students, to improve their confidence with KNOWLEDGE and a keen understanding of the industry. I give my students the CORRECT INFORMATION, teach with a POSITIVE vibe, giving VITAL tips and skills so to succeed!
I make sure you're well prepared to present as a PRO on set and cover all facets of the acting industry and the technique of screen acting!
I hope to work with you soon to help you reach your goals, and be your best ! I'm truly thrilled when my students land paid acting jobs and are doing what they love!


FAST TRACK TO ACTING COURSE:
Teaches you HOW to start working on sets as a paid actor, WHO hires, WHO is legit, and HOW the business of acting works! I instruct on what gets you HIRED, what gets you FIRED, and insider information and tips that will help you GET BOOKED! In the "Fast Track to Acting" course I also create an effective beginner resume'.
! review all casting photos, determine your brand or type assessment and lead you to legit TV and film casting offices! I teach you self-empowerment, providing you with the necessary tools to book acting work steadily and respectfully in the industry!

SCREEN ACTING 1 & 2 COURSES:
Teaches vital SCREEN ACTING techniques which are VERY DIFFERENT than stage acting! There is a HUGE difference between stage and screen acting due to TV & film's diverse camera angles, lack of rehearsals, continuity issues, tight filming schedules, changing conditions and location work! I prepare you for working on studio sets and location work, armed with effective screen acting skills to nail the scene!

COLD READING 1 & 2 COURSES:
Hones your skills for TV & Film auditions and enhances confidence! These classes arm students with a proven technique that is recognized by casting directors! This technique puts the focus on your acting skills NOT memorizing your cold read audition! It reduces stress and anxiety at auditions, builds confidence and skill, and helps you land the role!

ACTING IN TV COMMERCIALS:
This course teaches the difference between acting for TV and film, and acting in television and new media commercials. Students learn the specific techniques that casting and advertisers look for, as well as techniques that land commercials! Students learn how to break down commercial scripts, effective delivery and timing, and adjustment to the challenging 30 second, 60 second, and 120 second advertising spots. Students will also learn about getting hired on infomercials, (longer commercials) pay scales, residuals, and all facets of auditioning and working on TV commercials!

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Adriane
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I have known Gina for almost 30 years. She has worked in the industry for as long as I've known her, and has always been a person of integrity, grace, and professionalism. While I haven't been her student, I would highly recommend her for anyone who is considering working in this very demanding and competitive industry. You will find her vast experience and ethics to be invaluable.

Posted Jun 6, 2021
Paula P.
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I took several of Gina’s classes in 2018 and 2019 and I’m happy I did! She taught me excellent acting techniques as well as important information about the industry which I don’t think I’d get somewhere else. I was 100% more confident and skilled in my ability as an actor after her classes and highly recommend her!

Posted May 28, 2021
Dr. James Monaghan
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Gina is an outstanding instructor. She brings her extensive experience in Hollywood to the classroom in a manner that is accessible, informative and rigorous. She demonstrated in a wide variety of acting courses an approachability, a genuineness and a care for our university students that was truly remarkable.

Our acting program was new, and her duties included developing new curriculum, curricular materials and assessment tools for several classes. She did this splendidly well, taking her vast experience and creating courses that were described as among the best that students had ever taken.

Indeed, her student course evaluations were consistently very high, among the best at our university. She was the epitome of a professional, who brought her deep experience to students with a real-world sensibility as well as a commitment to the highest ethical standards.

Posted May 27, 2021
Mary
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I was a former student of Gina's from 2017-2019 in a university setting. I owe a lot of my own personal successes to Prof. Gina. Here classes were always the most informative, fun, and provided the most up-to-date information about the industry and its practices. She combines practical tools for working in Hollywood along with great acting technique and moral ethics. She was and still remains invested in me and my career, and I have her to thank for her knowledge and knowhow for the success I have now as a SAG-AFTRA actor working in this industry. I cannot recommend her further her time and teaching worth every penny!

Posted May 4, 2021
Megan
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Gina is extremely knowledgeable in her craft. I took a wide variety of acting classes taught by her over the span of three years when I was in college, and they are among the most beneficial classes I've had the opportunity to take. She is very clear in her teaching, focusing not only on acting technique, but going through all the survival skills she has accumulated throughout her years working in the industry. By the time I finished the last class I took with her, I felt well-equipped to handle the acting industry! I would recommend Gina to anyone wanting to learn about acting and working in the film industry.

Posted May 1, 2021
Alexandra Arzaga
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Having taken Gina's courses and being taught by her, I have been finding more success in my pursuits. I believe taking her courses has led me to getting booked faster than I thought. Her teachings have proved extremely valuable to me and am so happy to have chosen her to learn from.

Posted Apr 22, 2021
Griffin Leander
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If you are looking for an acting coach who will give you a complete rundown of what it takes to be successful in the industry, look no where else. Gina is by far the best acting coach I've ever had. Not only is she personable and pleasant to work with, but she also does a phenomenal job of helping hone your acting craft and bringing out the best in you. You will NOT be disappointed!!

Posted Apr 21, 2021
Shelby
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Gina is a very skilled and experienced actress and teacher. After taking Gina’s classes, I acquired all of the tools and knowledge I needed to start my professional acting career before physically being on a professional set. Not only did she give me the knowledge and tools I needed but also the confidence I needed to start working on professional sets. Because of her vast experience in the industry, she truly knows film from all angles. She has the inside information that a starting actor needs to be successful. She doesn’t just teach you how to act on camera but also shows you the business of working in the entertainment industry and how to conduct yourself on and off set as a professional actor. I highly recommend her to anyone serious about starting their acting career and being a professional working actor or model!

Posted Apr 21, 2021

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Experience

Instructor/ CEO
Jan 2006 - Present

Studio GF

Instructor of The Business of Acting, Screen Acting, Cold Reading, Acting in TV Commercials, and Personal Development.

Professional Union Actor
Feb 1984 - Present

SAG/AFTRA

Professional Union Actor in New York and Los Angeles for Film, TV, TV Commercials, New Media, Voice Overs, Industrials, and Music Videos.

Adjunct Professor of Acting
Dec 2015 - Jan 2021

John Paul the Great University

Adjunct Professor of Acting, creator and instructor of The Business of Acting, Acting I, (Improv) Screen Acting I, Screen Acting II, Cold Reading, Acting in TV Commercials, and acting career mentoring and guidance through the university's "Personal Plan for Success" program.

Education

Scene Study/ Theater Arts
Jan 1992 - Sep 1993

The Lee Strasberg Institute

Audition and Casting Process
Sep 1990 - Oct 1990

Mike Fenton C.S.A. Casting Workshops, NYC, NY.

Scene Study/ Theater Arts
Jan 1982 - Aug 1984

The Actor's Studio

Scene Study, Theater Arts
Jan 1982 - Feb 1983

Herbert Berghof Studios, NYC, NY.

Theater Arts
Aug 1980 - Jun 1982

Holyoke Community College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Dale Carnegie Institute Certification
Jan 1982

Dale Carnegie Institute

Dale Carnegie Institute Certificate in Public Speaking, Presentational Skills / Communications via full scholarship.

Awards

SAG Awards Honorary Nominating Committee Member
Feb 2014

SAG Awards

Miss New England 1982
Jan 1982

New England Camera Council

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Feb 1984
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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