Carving out a successful acting career is really hard. You need all the help you can get. And we are committed to leveraging our decades of experience to advocate for you and your career. Our BGB Career 911 offers a step-by-step walkthrough for some of the most challenging aspects you will face in your career. Born from current, real-world experience working in the Industry and guiding actors to success, each class gives you the essential and practical tools to turn any Industry and career hurdle into an opportunity.
To be a successful actor, you need to be driving your career forward with clear intention, deep intelligence, and specific, focused action. The BGB Career 911 series of Pop-up classes shows you exactly how to do it.
Our LIVE POP-UP classes are scheduled and shared LIVE on Zoom for 2 hours apiece.
How To Jump-Start Your Acting CareerFind out more here!
After decades in the Industry, guiding actors from obscurity to success (even during the pandemic), we have answers. And we're going to tell you what you need to do to jump-start your career.
Our ON DEMAND classes are recorded from the LIVEs and available to you to watch, study, and master in your own time.
How To Get (and KEEP!) An AgentFind out more here!
After decades of working with agents and managers and guiding actors to strong, lucrative relationships with their reps, we're here to tell you that it's possible. And more than that, we're going to tell you how to do it. Step-by-step.
For the past 40 years Risa has collaborated with the most groundbreaking artists in the world. She’s worked as a director, producer, casting director, and teacher. Having directed two feature films, 200 CIGARETTES and THE CON ARTIST in Canada, she has also directed for television and dozens of plays in New York & Los Angeles.
Her casting résumé includes more than 100 feature films, TV shows, & plays, including movies such as SOMETHING WILD, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, ANGEL HEART, FATAL ATTRACTION, JACOB’S LADDER, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, JFK, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, TRUE ROMANCE, SPEED, TALK RADIO, and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, as well as serving as a producer on Oliver Stone’s NATURAL BORN KILLERS, and THE DOORS, which she also cast.
She’s cast numerous TV shows, including ROSEANNE, MASTERS OF SEX, THE AFFAIR, and more.
Steve Braun is an acting teacher and coach whose clients include lead and recurring actors from WHEN THEY SEE US, WESTWORLD, MR. ROBOT, FEUD, NARCOS, SNOWFALL, THE CROSSING, HOMELAND, ATYPICAL, GREENLEAF, SNEAKY PETE, THE NEWSROOM, CHICAGO LAW, TRANSPARENT, 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, MAD MEN, DEXTER, TRUE BLOOD, VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE BLACK LIST, CSI, CSI: NY, etc, etc.
While pursuing an acting career, Steve starred in movies such as HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, WRONG TURN 2 and THE TRIP. He was a series regular on THE IMMORTAL and TWINS. He guest starred on CSI: MIAMI, CSI: NY, BONES, GILMORE GIRLS, THE CLOSER, NCIS, and THE MENTALIST, among others.
Steve draws on decades of acting training, Buddhist practice and martial arts training to help his clients discover and express their unique emotional truth.
"Risa was able to make me, an agent-less, essentially credit-less actor at the time, ask the question — Why not me? She recognized the artist in me, brought it out, and helped me never to be intimidated by external circumstances that have nothing to do with what we do as artists."
"The BGB Studio has had a profound effect, not only in my work but in my life. It’s been quite frankly life-changing."
"The Studio and your warm welcome and the people I've come to know in class and the WORK we do...it has connected me to That which is greater - greater than the sprawl, greater than the nerves of being new, greater than agent reroutes and cockroaches and traffic. The two of you have helped to articulate - and rung the bell in ME - why we do what we do and that we have no choice but to do it. It has helped to demystify the business and bring myself to it with more leadership, confidence, and humanity. Your passion - and compassion - for this craft and those who practice is startling."
"Thank you Risa for reminding us that the only limits that exist are the ones we create for ourselves. It is invigorating, incredibly satisfying work, all fueled by the heights you lift us to. Thank you for caring, thank you for reminding us what is important and thank you for spreading joy and empowerment. Grateful is an understatement."
"Training with Steve at BGB absolutely changed my career. He gives me the practical tools and the confidence to book work. His insight, intuition, and passion for the actor’s process make working with him invaluable."