A Virtual Entertainment Event for Youths

#TheENTbash • June 27-28, 2020

Have you ever thought about becoming an entertainer? Are you currently a working artist and looking for new ways to grow your brand? Want to hear from your favorite celebrities or creators?
Z Star Digital (ConnectHER Media's Gen Z Division) is hosting a two-day virtual event filled with panels, workshops, meet-ups and performances to help you learn and engage!. The Young Artist Academy™ is thrilled to produce several panels for this history-making event!  

REGISTRATION is FREE but you must register for access.
To attend, register here or view it streaming live to YouTube on Z Star Digital’s channel
(If you are unable to sign on, the conference room has filled to capacity, but you can view live on the YouTube Channel.)

We’re happy to brag about some of our expert panelists below!
See the full program lineup here.

How to Break into Show Business
Saturday 6/27 at 10am


Want to work in Entertainment? There’s a lot to consider!

What are the time & resource commitments with ShowBiz?

What life changes does working in the Entertainment Industry bring to me and my family?

Where do I find Coaches, Acting Schools and Classes?

How do all the different representatives work?

How do I find a good Agent, Manager or Publicist?

Exactly what are Casting Directors, Directors, Producers looking for?

What are the legal requirements for underage performers?

How does being nominated and winning awards translate into increased earnings and building one’s career?

Which Red Carpet events are the best, and how do you attend them? 

Presented by the Young Artist Academy™, this panel of Entertainment Professionals share decades of expertise to answer some of the most important questions.

Samuel Warren, CSA
Samuel Warren and Associates

With over 35-years of experience discovering talent for Casting, savvy producers and directors rely on Samuel Warren & Associates to provide the very best talent for their next big project. Mr. Warren scouts and casts for all media platforms, and has casted for feature films, off & on-Broadway, commercials, runway shows, and TV. Samuel Warren & Associates provides on-camera and acting workshops for talented or new performers looking to improve their artistry.

Lauren Bertoni
Actors Comedy Studio

Lauren Bertoni is co-owner of Actors Comedy Studio - The World’s only Sitcom Acting and Writing School. At ACS, Lauren teaches actors of all ages how to book work in TV Comedy. When she is not coaching actors, Lauren is working on set as a Studio Teacher. A Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker, is a specialized teacher who educates and protects the welfare of minors while they are working in the Entertainment Industry.

Lauren is also the IATSE Local #884 Executive Board Treasurer. Some of her recent credits include; The Big Show Show on Netflix, American Housewife, Sydney to the Max, Grown-ish and World of Dance

Andre Marcel
AMB Publicity

Andre Marcel is an Emmy-Nominated Producer and Hollywood Publicist working with Film/Television, Music, Fashion, Technology, Award Shows, and Philanthropic Causes.

Andre currently serves as a Judge for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Media Excellence Awards. He also serves as Co-Chair and Executive Producer of the Young Artist Academy Academy™ since 2017, and the Hollywood Creative Academy.

Kim Matuka
Schuller Talent

Kim Matuka, a native from New York City, owns a top talent management company for youth & celebrity actors, SCHULLER TALENT, with offices in NYC & Los Angeles, since 1953. She started managing from the age of 21 and established herself almost immediately, becoming one of the youngest managers in the business. In the past 25 years, with a great eye for discovering talent, she managed to successfully launch the careers of hundreds of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, including Emmy & Grammy Nominee Mos Def, Sherri Saum (Fosters), Michael Kenneth Williams, Mykal-Michelle Harris (Mixed-ish),  Kate Godfrey (ALL THAT), Social Media Star TXUNAMY, Jordan Elsass (CW’s SuperMan, Little Fires Everywhere) AND Tony / Oscar Nominee ANNA KENDRICK +++

Rebecca Ek
Eris Talent

Rebecca Ek is CEO and co owner of the Eris Talent Agency. Her clients can be seen on top television and films including Modern Family, Billions, A.P. Bio, Danger Force, This is Us, Little Fires Everywhere, Love, Victor and many more. She also has clients on major SAG National commercials. She started her career in the Entertainment when she founded FHL Entertainment Talent Management company. She had talent working on several projects within a few weeks of forming her Management company. She is very passionate about helping others realize their dreams and works hard to get her clients every opportunity possible. She has a strong background in management and organization coming from the world of real estate where she ran several Multi Million dollar properties. Her experience gave her the business acumen to be successful. Eris is now one of the Top boutique talent agencies in the Nation. The have been ranking in the top 100 on IMDb since inception.

Tom Brumpton
Polymath PR

Tom has had his work recognised by The Recording Academy, has participated in panels, lectures, events, and Q&As for BAFTA, The BFI, and NAMM.
He has been a judge for the Heavy Music Awards since 2017, a member of BAFTA Crews since 2018 and a voting member of BIFA since 2020.

Christopher Ryan
Chris Ryan Marketing

Chris Ryan is famously known as the mayor of the Sundance Film Festival, a title he received when he helped celebrity publicists and news outlets by organizing the master grid of all the invite-only parties at the Sundance Film Festival. News articles about the list and Mr. Ryan have appeared in Businessweek, Bloomberg News,ABC News,Vanity Fair, E!, MTV News, The Wrap, and hundreds of other outlets.

Chris Ryan did his first influencer deal in 2008 with Monster Energy Drink and popular YouTuber at the time, Dave Days, well before it was called influencer marketing. He’s used his access to garner relationships with popular YouTubers, TikTok, and Instagram influencers. He connected brands with popular creators like David Dobrik, Gabbie Hanna, and many others.

Michelle Koshman
Young Artist Academy™ Awards

Michelle Koshman is a publicist to the Emmy Awards, and an Executive Producer of the Youth Oscars. Working 20+ years in Film Production & Entertainment Branding, she has expanded the regional Emmys, created new red carpet publicity platforms for Toronto International Film Festival, San Diego Comic-Con, and the Hollywood Creative Academy.

Living in the Limelight
Saturday 6/27 at 3:30pm


As a Star, what you say and how you express yourself will greatly influence others.

How can an entertainer inspire in healthy and progressive ways?

What does style say about an artist?

When a performer posts and is forever documented online, what message will it send?

How does the entertainment industry expect stars to dress for business meetings, media interviews, red carpet events and on social media?

How does a performer effectively network with Entertainment Professionals?

How does an artist’s brand affect business relationships, sponsorship opportunities and fans?

How does a Star decide which brands and people to endorse, which jobs to accept, to whom to give shout-outs, whether to publicly condemn, and how to respond to haters?

These all affect an artist’s Brand, Fanbase, and Prospects of being hired. How can a Star make the best choices when it comes to their own personal brand?

Young Artist Academy™ members open up the discussion on this panel.

Brandin Stennis
Academy Member Since 2018
Young Artist Academy™Award Winner
2020 Young Artist Academy™ Nominee
Represented by LA Talent and GTK PR

Brandin has appeared in over 29 National TV commercials and is known for his role on the CBS series The Young and the Restless, Brandin has also appeared in live stage performances with star talent, including Raven-Symone, Jeniffer Lewis and Marla Gibbs; and has been honored to interview celebrities, such as, Snoop Dogg, Halle Berry and Stevie Wonder.

Mallian L. Butler, AKA, Mallie
Academy Member Since 2018
2x Young Artist Academy™ Nominee
Represented by Osbrink Agency and Treadwell Entertainment Group

The soon-to-be 14-year old from Los Angeles, loves anything creative. Enjoys hiking, traveling, shopping and spending time with friends and family. 

She has credits in TV/Film, Commercials and Theatre. Most recently known for her role as Young Tasha in Netflix Movie, Her Only Choice. She’s also garnered a screenwriter and casting director credit for the work she did on her own, award winning show titled, Legitimately Mallie!

Parker James Fullmore
Academy Member Since 2018
Young Artist Academy™Award Winner
Represented by Snow Entertainment

Parker James Fullmore is best known for playing Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical in theaters nationwide from 2016-2019, for which he received the 2019 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Lead Actor in a Professional Musical. He's appeared in several commercials, music videos and stars in the upcoming documentary film: Why Dance! His cover of Come Alive from The Greatest Showman will be released on music streaming platforms in July.

Gabrielle Neveah Green
Academy Member Since 2018
2020 Young Artist Academy™ Nominee
Represented by CESD, Myrna Lieberman Management, and Portrait PR

Gabrielle Nevaeh Green is an actress, singer and an advocate for social change.
Gabrielle is best known for her role on the Nickelodeon Hit show ALL THAT.
Gabrielle's iconic characters Beyonce, Cardi B, Alisha the Barista and countless others have been viewed a million times online in additional to weekly television viewership.

When not acting or singing Gabrielle dedicates her time to her philanthropic work supporting such initiatives such as building schools in third world countries, bringing awareness to bullying and ending homelessness.

Trinity Rose
Academy Member Since 2020
Young Artist Academy™ Award Winner
2020 Young Artist Academy™ Nominee
Represented by Creative Ventures Agency

Trinity Rose has dedicated her life to being positive and writing music that touches people’s hearts. She performed as the youngest female contestant on NBC's The Voice and went on to complete GRAMMY CAMP. In 2019, Trinity won the #1 international songwriting contest for her global unity song Love is the only River and spent most of that summer at the Berklee College of Music. Trinity has performed for crowds of over 25,000 attendees. Her pop single, Miss You, with Aidan Gallagher, received over 1M streams in less than 6 months. Trinity’s latest single with Cameron Nino, I Can’t Breathe and her solo single, Morning Text are now available on all platforms.

Rachelle Henry
Academy Member Since 2018 
2x Young Artist Academy™Award Winner
Represented by LA Talent, Daniel Rojo Management, and GTK PR

Rachelle Henry has over a decade of experience working in TV, film and commercials. She has 70+ acting credits, has directed 6 short films and produced 9 short films. Along with her filmmaking, Rachelle is a college student and is passionate about causes such as animal rights, shelter for the homeless, and runs 5k’s to benefit children’s hospitals and other charities.

Disabling Dangers
Sunday 6/28 at 10am


How can you discern and proactively protect yourself from some of the most inhibiting threats against young performers?

What legal provisions, laws, and organizations are available to help protect young performers?

Topics may include: Protecting your Reputation within the Industry, Bullying, Predator Protection, Protecting your Intellectual Property, Body Image & Ego Identity, Prejudices, Disabilities & Mental Health.

The Young Artist Academy™ starts the conversation to help learn needed skills and about resources from key figures in performing youth communities.

Christopher M. Allport
Allport Productions

Director/Producer, Composer and Performing Youth Activist, Chris M. Allport was a professional actor from the age of eight, and is an award-winning alumnus of the Young Artist Academy™ Awards. Chris was a contributor to the revision of the California Coogan Law, and an integral part in passing new legislation to protect the educational rights of young performers.
In addition to live theater, music composition and feature films, Chris has produced and directed acclaimed shorts specifically related to the arts and humanities.
Chris was elected to the Hollywood Division of the Screen Actors Guild Board of Directors for a one-year term. He encourages other actors with leadership skills to get involved in SAG.

Tina Treadwell
Treadwell Entertainment Group

Tina Treadwell is President of Treadwell Entertainment Group. With a degree from Princeton University, she is also an award-winning producer/casting director and former executive for Disney Channel, where she served as Vice President of Casting, Talent Development and Alternative Programming (including the network's In Concert Series, spearheading 14 music specials for artists Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, LeAnn Rimes, Backstreet Boys, Aaron Carter and 'NSYNC)

Ms Treadwell was recently invited to become an Arts Emissary for the US Embassies in Singapore, Malaysia and Jakarta, to speak to students and diplomats about their experiences in the film and television industry.

Lauren Bertoni
Actors Comedy Studio

Lauren Bertoni is co-owner of Actors Comedy Studio - The World’s only Sitcom Acting and Writing School. At ACS, Lauren teaches actors of all ages how to book work in TV Comedy. When she is not coaching actors, Lauren is working on set as a Studio Teacher. A Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker, is a specialized teacher who educates and protects the welfare of minors while they are working in the Entertainment Industry.

Lauren is also the IATSE Local #884 Executive Board Treasurer. Some of her recent credits include; The Big Show Show on Netflix, American Housewife, Sydney to the Max, Grown-ish and World of Dance.

Keyonna Monroe
Pretty to Me Foundation & LYF Matters

Love is a prominent concept in the work that Keyonna does. As a certified NLP and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Ms. Monroe works to help youths explore their feelings, experiences and dreams. Her company works to help youths explore and unpack frustrations, fears, and feelings of stagnation or "being stuck," and instead discover their authentic self and dreams.

Keyonna’s programs encourage and promote self-love, emotional intelligence and the awareness of appropriate love. She’s worked to educate adults and children on the difference between appropriate behavior,demeanor, affection, and love.

Darren Trattner
Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein

Mr. Trattner is a named partner of the entertainment boutique law firm, Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein, where he represents actors, writers, directors and producers in the motion picture and television business. Mr. Trattner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 with a B.A. in history and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1994. Mr. Trattner resides in Los Angeles, California. He was profiled in the Wall Street Journal.


TheENTbash is produced by Z Star Digital (of ConnectHER Media) and is an official partner of the Young Artist Academy™.

Laura Filipowicz
ConnectHER Media Group
Z Star Digital

Laura Medina-Filipowicz is the CEO and Founder of The ConnectHER Media Collaborative Agency, and is the brainchild behind various influencer-driven events; including TheENTBash, GenZ Social Summit, CollabSummit, and the ConnectHER Media Influencer Conference. Laura has been featured on as one of the Many Faces of Latina Entrepreneurs.

With a vision to connect local brands to influencers and families, Laura provides the platform for brands, influencers and families to connect and develop solid relationships with measurable ROI. In 2020, brands will have even more opportunities for reach with the roll out of The Gen-Alpha Summit.

Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, teen daughter and their dog Pepper.

The Young Artist Academy™ is pleased to partner with Ms. Filipowicz in support of today’s young artists.

TheENTbash is made possible thanks to amazing sponsors and partners. The Young Artist Academy™ is thrilled to support the GenZ Social Summit and TheENTbash!

To learn more about the Young Artist Academy™ visit our official website.

To learn more how the Entertainment Industry recognizes excellence and to become an Academy Member, visit
this webpage.

Legal Reminders

The Young Artist Academy™ reminds families that California Law requires publicists, managers, acting coaches and headshot photographers who work with child performers to obtain a Child Performer Services Permit.

Please be thorough and insist on this protective measure when making new Industry Connections.

The Young Artist Academy™ is bonded and in full compliance with the Krekorian Talent Act,
an expansion of the California Advance Fee Talent Service Law.

In compliance with California Legislature Sections 1286 to 1289 and Assembly Bill 1660,
the Academy's annual awards show is produced by Stage Managers, Directors, Writers and Producers
carrying Child Performer Services Permits.

While no process is perfect, this is one that we take seriously and are committed to constantly improving.
Rigorous protocols created exclusively by and for the Young Artist Academy™ have received
praise as the new "gold standard" for youth awards organizations.

We remain community-minded and committed to our obligations in this area.
We welcome respectful inquiries, questions, and concerns at


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