Fred Savage, Co-Chair of the Looking Ahead Advisory Committee (and former young performer!) joined us for our 2014 Looking Ahead Awards.

WHAT IS LOOKING AHEAD

If you’re a professional young performer (9-18) living in Southern California, Looking Ahead was created for you!
 
We’re here to build community for young performers to help you and your family manage all the unique things about working in entertainment.
 
We take trips to colleges and visit a wide variety of workplaces in the industry to give you a broad sense of the careers available.  We meet monthly during the school year to develop leadership skills, while parents meet simultaneously to network and hear about resources.  We provide one-on-one and family-based sessions around emotional issues or education planning.  We go all over LA on community service field trips.  And we have a lot of events that are just for fun.
 
And you can be as involved as you want.  Some members attend events as often as once a month; others come once or twice a year.  However you choose to participate, Looking Ahead can be an important part of your Hollywood support system.
 
The Looking Ahead program is one of the programs and services offered through The Actors Fund.

 

THE ACTORS FUND

The Actors Fund is a national, nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882. We help all entertainment industry professionals – not just actors! – working in film, radio, theater, television, music, opera, and dance when they are in need, crisis or transition. With offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York,  the Fund reaches over 17,000 of our colleagues every year, and approximately 300,000 more through Web-based services. Our 25 programs are based on a simple philosophy of meeting the crisis with professional support and help when people are in trouble, and preventing the crisis by helping people build a more stable financial life in the creative industries by accessing affordable housing,  developing strong financial management skills, understanding affordable health insurance and health care, and securing better sideline work and building parallel careers.

MEET THE STAFF

Chris Smith small.jpgSocial Worker and Supervisor of the Program
Chris Smith, MSW

Originally from Sacramento, Chris moved to Honolulu to obtain a B.A in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii.  It was in Hawaii that he first worked with kids, as both a group leader and director of an after school program with the YMCA of Honolulu.  Just before joining Looking Ahead, he spent the last two years working at a hospice program in Sacramento.

Education Counselor
Melody Lawson, MSW

Melody attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work.  She then worked as a middle school social worker for three years, focusing on dropout prevention and high school readiness.  She moved to Los Angeles in 2015 with her then fiance (now husband!), where she began working to help former foster care youth transition into independence.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with friends, watching documentaries and hanging out with her cat, Truffle.  Melody has a passion for helping young people develop into their full potential.

 

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Vy Nguyen

Born and raised in Olympia, WA, Vy went to school in the northwest and earned a BA in English at Western Washington University. After graduating, Vy moved to Southern California when an opportunity came up to pursue a career in music and dance. Vy traveled as a singer and dancer for several years before returning to school to earn a teaching certification in Child Development at the Los Angeles Valley College. Over the years Vy taught dance at various studios, taught afterschool enrichment programs, provided tutoring at public and private schools, and was a Preschool teacher at UCLA and NBCUniversal. Education, performing arts and event planning are her passions which she enjoys bringing to the Looking Ahead program.

 

Administrative Assistant and Coogan Representative
Brittany Bell

Brittany Bell comes to us with a passion for the Arts in all its forms and has harnessed her passion by earning a BA in Advertising Design from Otis College of Art & Design. Brittany enjoys relating to a multitude of personality types, is youth-spirited and finds creativity in all of her work.  Some of her previous roles have included interacting one-on-one with new students as a Resident Assistant of Housing at her University, consulting creatives on how to build their brand and identity as a freelance Graphic Designer and applying an interchangeable curriculum to youth ages K-12 as the Photography Coordinator at The West Valley Boys & Girls Club. Brittany comes from a large and involved family, is a foodie, and enjoys trailing digital media trends. She hopes to fulfill an ultimate mission of helping others by forging connections. 

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Fred Savage
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Affiliation: Actor/Director, Co-Chair of the Looking Ahead Advisory Committee; and Former Young Performer.

Bio:

Starting out in commercials in Chicago, Savage’s acting career has included such feature films as Vice Versa, The Princess Bride and Austin Powers: Goldmember as well as several television series, most notably a six year run as “Kevin Arnold” on The Wonder Years, a role that earned him several accolades and awards, including two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Behind the camera, Fred has produced and directed over 100 episodes of both comedic and dramatic episodic television where his work has earned him four Director’s Guild Award nominations. He has served as producer/director on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” as well as the AFI honored “Party Down,” and NBC’s “Best Friends Forever.” His episodic work includes “Modern Family,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “The Goldbergs.” Additionally, Fred has helmed successful commercial campaigns for clients such as Verizon, Farmers Insurance, and Honda. Currently, Fred is serving as director and executive producer on “Garfunkel & Oates,” a new comedy series for IFC, and preparing “Ladies Night,” a film produced by and starring Charlize Theron. Fred lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Quote: “Looking Ahead provides…a place where kids…can turn if they need someone to talk to, confide in, or ask for help.  Where they learn that the skills they are developing as a result of being in the business at an early age, serve as a foundation for them to not only succeed but excel in whatever they choose to do in life within the business or out of it.  This is an important organization and one that I am proud to support and be a part of and it is one that I hope (others) will continue to support…as mentors, as advisors, as role models and donors.  We all share that responsibility….we're in this together.”


Sharon Lieblein
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Affiliation: Casting Director, Co-Chair of the Looking Ahead Advisory Committee

Bio:

Sharon Lieblein, CSA, is a freelance Casting Director in Los Angeles. Most recently she served as VicePresident, Casting and Talent Development, for Cartoon Network Studios. Lieblein oversaw live- action talent and casting for the Studio and served as the executive liaison between talent and the different divisions within the studio and network. She was responsible for identifying, casting and managing talent appearing on Cartoon Network Studios scripted and alternative live-action projects.

Prior to Cartoon Network, Lieblein was on staff for 13 years at Nickelodeon, where she served as Vice President of Talent & Casting. In this capacity, she oversaw all live-action casting for Nickelodeon Networks, including pilots, TV movies, specials and promos. Among her projects were such signature Nickelodeon shows as iCarly, Big Time Rush, Victorious, Zoey 101 and Drake and Josh, and she helped discover such talent as Emma Roberts, Lily Collins, Miranda Cosgrove, Victoria Justice and Drake Bell. She also oversaw animation casting at the network for two years.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Lieblein worked as a freelance and in- house casting director on various feature and television projects including Witt-Thomas Production’s The John Larroquette Show (NBC) and Pearl (CBS).

Lieblein has been a working member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) since 1995 and an active Television Academy member since 1999. Additional affiliations include serving as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for Looking Ahead, a program of The Actors Fund.

Quote: “Looking Ahead is important to me because - A large portion of my career has been dedicated to discovering young talent. I feel like it’s my duty to give back to all of the kids that are trying to follow their dreams. I look forward to the day that every young actor in the industry is a Looking Ahead member.”


Christopher M. Allport
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Affiliation: Director, Composer, Performing Artist

Bio:

As a young actor / singer / dancer, Christopher M. Allport made his mark in the studio world by the age of eight.  Feature, TV and recording credits, during formative years for Disney, Fox, MGM, WB and Sony, paved the path for a successful transition into adulthood.

Graduating from Loyola Marymount University, magna cum laude, Allport began developing his own creative content, and currently is a successful film and music director.  Allport is CEO of Allport Production Studios International, Inc., where the collective focus remains on human resources, talent and artistic integrity.  He has developed features, television specials and live variety shows that tour all over the U.S. and Europe.

Quote: “As one of the founding members of the Looking Ahead program, my interest in transitional years has influenced the positive development of many young careers — it’s great providing guidance and encouragement to artistic talent, worldwide.”


Scott Appel
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Affiliation: Scott Appel Media

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Scott Appel is a personal publicist and digital media manager with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry.  His clients over the years have included Matthew Morrison, Ashley Tisdale, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jensen Ackles and Ben Savage, and current rising stars Renée Marino, Thomas Kasp and Johnny Ortiz.  Scott is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is an avid photographer in his spare time.


Cynthia Bain
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Affiliation: Owner: Cynthia Bain’s Young Actor Studio and Former Young Performer

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Cynthia Bain is the Owner and Artistic Director of Cynthia Bain’s Young Actor Studio. She began her career as a young performer at the age of 14, and moved into teaching and coaching over 16 years ago. Since then, she has established herself as a leading industry coach and performance consultant to young actors, studios and networks. Cynthia earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and later trained under the legendary acting coach Roy London. Her students include some of the top young actors working today in film and television including Emma Roberts, and Academy Award Nominee Hailee Steinfeld.

Quote: “As a dedicated teacher of young performers, and as a former young performer myself, I am well aware of the unique needs of young performers. I was delighted to discover The Looking Ahead program, and am honored to serve on its Advisory Committee. It has been an incredible privilege to witness first-hand the remarkable positive impact this program has on its members. I sure could have used this program when I was a young performer! In the confusing and challenging world of professional young performers, Looking Ahead offers a safe harbor and home.”


Tracy Bobbitt
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Affiliation: Founder and Editor, Hollywood Mom Blog

Bio:

Tracy Bobbitt is the Founder and Editor HollywoodMomBlog.com the premiere website for parents of professional child actors.

Voted the “BEST Los Angeles BLOG” 2014 by LA HotList and named in the “Top 5 Power Mom Blogs” by CBS, Hollywood Mom Blog (HMB) has been a trusted news outlet and information resource since 2010. But first and foremost, HMB is a community assisting moms and dads with the challenges of parenting children in the entertainment industry.

As HMB editor, Tracy has been featured on MSNBC News Raw, The New Rikki Lake Show, The Jeff Probst Show, OutQ 106 on SiriusXM Satellite as well as numerous print and online publications.

Tracy is the Hollywood Mom of SAG actress Jordan Bobbitt and the wife of award-winning feature film Property Master Russell Bobbitt. They reside in Los Angeles, CA and on location in Atlanta, GA.

Tracy proudly serves on the Advisory Committee of The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead program and, as the parent of a teen actor, has personally experienced the many ways in which the Looking Ahead program has benefitted her own child.

Quote: “I value Looking Ahead because it’s a program dedicated to the growth and development of our children as a whole – mind, body and spirit.”


Ray Bradford
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Affiliation: CEO, Bradford Advocacy Group, LLC

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With over thirty years experience working at the intersection of civil rights and popular media, Ray dedicated to the principles of social justice and human rights for working adults and unemancipated minors.  Having performed on most every live and recorded communications platform, he uses those skills to advocate within legislative, regulatory, labor and civil rights arenas for access to and equality in the workplace.  Ray sits on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Councils, facilitates strategic planning retreats and symposiums, and is a resource for organizations interested in furthering their own EEO compliance and programmatic needs.

Quote: “I'm committed to Looking Ahead because it is the only program in the country that focuses on what it takes for a child working in the entertainment industry to grow up in a balanced and socially diverse environment; ready to succeed as an adult in whatever area they choose.  Ultimately, it's about their life. It's that simple, yet that important!”


Polly Businger
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Affiliation: Business Agent, Local 884 IATSE Studio Teachers Union

Bio:

I have enjoyed my career as a studio teacher.  I've had many interesting jobs, but my favorite was working with Brooke Shields in Fiji on Blue Lagoon.

Quote: “Looking Ahead gives young performers the opportunity to interact with kids who share their interests. As a Studio Teacher I feel very strongly that this interaction is an essential part of their education.”


John Cao
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Affiliation: CEO, Gamers Guild and Former Looking Ahead Program Intern

Bio:

Gaming Philanthropist, specializes in Video Game and eSports. A former Professional Gamer and founder of THE GAMERS GUILD. Also, serving on Executive Board at Children Hospital Los Angeles and Children' Hospital Orange County.

Quote: “Looking Ahead and I share the importance of leadership, growth and giving. I believe we will make a difference for the youth!”


Arthur 'Trey' Carlisle
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Affiliation: Youth Representative, Current Member of Looking Ahead Program

Cheryl Diamond
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Affiliation: President, Local 884, IATSE, Studio Teachers Union

Bio:

Cheryl Diamond is the current President of IATSE Local 884, Studio Teachers/Welfare Workers. She was born in New York and moved to California when she transferred to UCLA where she got her teaching credentials. Employed as a Studio Teacher for over 25 years, Cheryl has worked on many television shows including "Seventh Heaven," "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," "Medium" and is currently on "Jessie." She loves her job and enjoys working with children of all ages.

Quote: “Looking Ahead is important to me because it connects and supports young performers and offers special services to help them succeed in life.”


Ilene Graff
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Affiliation: Western Council Liaison

Bio:

Ilene Graff is a Grammy-nominated recording artist (for her CD BABY’S BROADWAY LULLABIES) who is best known as the mom on the TV comedy, MR. BELVEDERE. Currently, she is recurring character on the CW’s HART OF DIXIE. Broadway work includes runs in PROMISES, PROMISES (pit singer; Fran Kubelik), and GREASE (Sandy). The highlight of her Broadway career was creating the role of Cleo in the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical, I LOVE MY WIFE. She co-starred with Glenn Close in the Disney film version of SOUTH PACIFIC, and also has appeared in concerts for The Actors’ Fund honoring Harold Arlen, Kander and Ebb, Jule Styne and the late great Cy Coleman. Ilene has had sold out engagements at cabarets across the country, including successful concerts at Birdland and the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan, and along with her family The Graffs, at New York’s newest nightspot, 54 Below. Married to composer Ben Lanzarone, they are the proud parents of Nikka Graff Lanzarone, a Broadway musical theatre performer.

Quote: “In a business where kids are expected to grow up too soon, Looking Ahead provides a vital service for hard working young performers by providing a safe, nurturing place where they can just be kids. Whether it's through educational counseling, social services, field trips or community service, Looking Ahead is where youngsters are cared about as a whole person, and not a career. And it's fun!”


Darby Hinton
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Affiliation: Former Young Performer

Bio:

Darby Hinton started his acting career at 6 months old and continues acting today. He is best known for portraying ‘Israel Boone’, Fess parker’s son on the long running “Daniel Boone Show”, and being ‘The Salem Rapist’ on “Days Of Our Lives”, and ‘Cody Abilene’ in the cult classic “Malibu Express”. For complete credits check IMDB. Darby is an active member of ‘A Minor Consideration’ and former member of ‘SAG-AFTRA Young Performer’s committee’ And he is very proud, from the very beginning, to be on the Advisory Committee of Looking Ahead.!

Quote: “Why Looking Ahead is important to me: Growing up as a ‘Child Star’ I am keenly aware of the many pitfalls and the downside of an otherwise exciting and fun career. Over the years I have lost way too many of my fellow child performers to drugs, alcohol, and suicide or witnessed otherwise loving and caring families ripped apart by the pressures of fame and success, or the lack there of. And one has only to pick up a paper or watch the news to see that it is still going on today. From my perspective the two greatest reasons for this tragedy is isolation, (which has only gotten worse with all the home schooling), and not being prepared for what comes next as one grows, changes, and matures. Looking Ahead addresses both of these issues in a fun and positive way and by not only helping and being of service to the young performer but also their families as well. Looking Ahead continues to create a unique community where young performers can come together and share what is really going on in their lives with other kids that actually “get it,” while at the same time learn the joys of giving back and being of service to others, or simply ‘looking ahead’ to what may come next all in a safe, fun, and very well supervised environment.”


Karla Huff
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Affiliation: Owner, Dream Talent Management

Bio:

Karla Huff, owner of Dream Talent Management in Los Angeles, not only oversees 4 management offices in Southern California representing amazingly talented kids, teens and adults, but also serves as First Vice President of the Talent Managers Association, an organization that stands for strong ethics in the field of talent management, especially with children.  Although there is a myriad of success stories that come out of Dream Talent Management, she is most proud of the fact that her clients are extremely hard working, big dreamers and she gets to participate every day in helping to make those dreams come true!

Quote: “Serving on the Advisory Committee of the Looking Ahead program is an honor because there is truly nothing more important than making sure I can be part of an organization that specifically reaches out to families in the entertainment community and gives them additional confidence and experiences that will help them now and in the future!”


Ilyanne Morden Kichaven
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Affiliation: Executive Director, Los Angeles, SAG-AFTRA

Bio:

Ilyanne Morden Kichaven enjoys over twenty years of personal growth and significant accomplishments as one of the entertainment industry’s and labor’s leading women executives. Morden Kichaven currently serves as the newly merged SAG-AFTRA Los Angles Local Executive Director, representing over 70,000 actors, broadcasters, dancers, singers, stunt-persons, voice-over and recording artists. A Los Angeles native, she previously served as the first female Hollywood Executive Director in Screen Actors Guild’s (SAG) illustrious 79-year history, as well as SAG’s top Communications and Marketing Executive. She has been recognized with numerous civic and community honors.

As a chief executive and key strategist of the union’s senior team, Morden Kichaven holds duties in the collective bargaining process, operations, governance, public policy, labor and industry relations, communications and organizing for the largest local of SAG-AFTRA. She manages internal matters for the 48-person local board, is a conduit to SAG-AFTRA’s 32 local committees and oversees two focal programs at the union; the AFI-based Conservatory and Hollywood Film Society screening program. Additionally, she advocates in local community, public and governmental affairs while serving as a liaison to critical city alliances and strategic partnerships.

Active in both entertainment and labor, Morden Kichaven sits on The Actors Fund Western Council and its Looking Ahead young performer program. She is a primary delegate to The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the California Federation of Labor, the Los Angeles Citywide Film Taskforce, Film LA and The Los Angeles Public Affairs & Arts Coalition, as well as the liaison to many of the union’s essential partners. She is a member of the Television Academy, an executive member of Women In Film and supports numerous industry and charitable organizations.

Prior to joining SAG-AFTRA in 2000, Morden Kichaven worked as an executive for numerous notable independent film production and distribution companies orchestrating several award-winning marketing and strategic partnerships. However, her greatest success is her marriage to husband Michael and her two sons, Gregory and Jeremy.

Quote: “I am so honored to be a part of Looking Ahead. Helping young performers is one of the most important services one can do. We are shaping the future.”


Jacky Olitsky
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Affiliation: Labor Representative, Local 700 IATSE, Editors Guild

Bio:

Jacky Olitsky is a Labor/Business Representative with the Motion Picture Editors Guild for nine years, following a decade-long stint as a Business Representative at Screen Actors Guild. An advocate for her members, she has built and fostered long-standing‎ relationships within and outside the entertainment industry. Born in Virginia Beach, Jacky has lived in Los Angeles and been in the Motion Picture Industry since 1995 committed to protecting young performers and promoting their careers. She has served on the Advisory Committee since its inception twelve years ago.

Quote: “I sit on the Advisory Committee for one simple reason...I hope to be able to help and make a difference in the lives and careers of young performers.”


Cindy Osbrink
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Affiliation: Owner/Agent – The Osbrink Agency

Bio:

Cindy started The Osbrink Agency twenty-one years ago in a one room office, and is currently known as one of the Top Youth Talent Agencies in Hollywood. Osbrink has since grown the company into a full-service agency providing the Entertainment and Fashion industry with many visible youth clients in film, television, commercial, voice-over and print. Cindy loves finding and starting brand new talent.

She has represented numerous fresh faces of Hollywood which include Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: New Moon & Eclipse, The Runaways, The Secret Life of Bees), Elle Fanning (Maleficent, We Bought a Zoo, Super 8), Tyler James Williams (Go On, Let it Shine, We the Peeples, Everybody Hates Chris), Tyrel Jackson Williams (Lab Rats) Atticus Shaffer (The Middle, Frankenweenie), Jae Head (The Blind Side, Friday Night Lights), Jake Lloyd (Star Wars) Max Burkholder (Parenthood) Molly Quinn (Castle), Josie Loren (Make it or Break it) Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless), Leo Howard (Kickin' It, Conan the Barbarian), Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games, Columbiana), Kenton Duty (Shake it Up), Blake Michael (Dog with a Blog,(Lemonade Mouth), Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo, Jake and the Never Land Pirates) Maggie Jones, (Ben & Kate, We Bought a Zoo, Footloose) Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing, Bad Teacher) and Cameron Boyce (Jessie).

Quote: “I am honored to be a part of Looking Ahead. The program allows children to be children in our business of Hollywood with the support and knowledge of a healthy path for their futures to become amazing adults. Looking Ahead and everyone involved is a true gift for our children!!”


Paul Petersen
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Affiliation: President, A Minor Consideration and Former Young Performer

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Chairman Emeritus, A Minor Consideration. Member of SAG-AFTRA since 1955.


Hannah Pitts
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Affiliation: Young Performer and Looking Ahead Alumnus

Bio:

Having her first solo in church at the ripe old age of 3 should have been an indication that performing would become Hannah’s passion. With a background in theater and on camera work, she brings that zeal to everything she does. Whether it’s creating the Looking Ahead Childhood Cancer Awareness Party to help children at local hospitals or working in the business, Hannah’s passion for people has always driven her to bring happiness through her work. She has a unique insight as an Alumni, Peer Mentor and Former Intern of The Actor's Fund Looking Ahead program.

Quote: “The Young Performers that go through this program are the future. They may not be the future of the entertainment industry, if they decided to pursue a different path, but they are the future none the less. In an industry filled with shallow relationships and vain compliments, Looking Ahead stands alone as the one program who legitimately values the child performers as people first, profession second. It helps them become well rounded individuals so that when adulthood comes calling they are prepared to face it head on and not just survive but thrive.”

Josh Rudoy
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Affiliation: Argyle Capital Partners, LLC, and former young performer.

Bio:

Josh grew up in Los Angeles and was extremely fortunate at the age of 9 to have the opportunity to meet with a talent agency. Soon thereafter, he landed a role for Steven Spielberg’s, “Amazing Stories.” From age 9 to 15, Josh continued work as a child actor and starred in various movies/tv shows such as Harry and the Hendersons, Flatliners, ALF, What A Dummy and Beauty and the Beast. Josh later graduated from The University of Southern California, where he met his wife Kathy. After 8 years of working for two Wall Street firms, Josh co-founded an independent investment company in Century City in 2012. Josh serves on the Advisory Committee for The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead program which was created to help professional young performers and their families thrive amid the unique challenges of working in the entertainment industry. Josh is also active in The Wilshire Rotary Club where he currently serves on the Board. Josh resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons; Reid and Chase.

Quote: “Looking Ahead is important to me: because when I was a young performer I struggled to find a balance between work, friends and school. At that time, there was no program in place to help facilitate the difficulties of assimilating into “a normal life.” Looking Ahead utilizes all the key components (community service, education, family and financial support to bridge that gap.”


Aaron Sanders
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Affiliation: Youth Representative and Current Member of Looking Ahead Program


Joanne Savage
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Affiliation: Parent of Former Young Performer


Judy Savage
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Affiliation: Agent: The Savage Agency


Judy Taylor
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Affiliation: The Disney Channel


Nancy Wileman
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Affiliation: Program Director (Retired), Substance Abuse Prevention - Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services

Bio:

Nancy is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and educator with 5 state credentials. Before retiring, she was the Program Director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Programs for Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center and was their liaison to the community for consultation, education and prevention. In this capacity, she led teams in critical incident responses in the community and participated in numerous inter-agency and school collaborations. Nancy is the author of Beyond Bias: Think Peace which is a program being used in the elementary and middle schools to teach prejudice reduction and conflict resolution as well as peer mediation. Before coming to Didi Hirsch, Mrs. Wileman taught in the Los Angeles and Culver City school districts, worked in the chemical dependency field creating a program for the families of those abusing substances, and was the program director for a shelter for runaway girls as well as for a program serving cancer patients and their families.

Quote: “My professional mission is to create resilient human beings who are able to cope with stressors without prolonged upheaval. Looking Ahead focuses on the four areas of development: social competency, problem solving skills, autonomy and sense of identity, and a sense of purpose and future. I am on the Advisory Committee to assist in promoting these traits and to be a resource for any mental health questions including those relating to substance use.”


Angela Williams
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Affiliation: Parent to young Performers, Author, Life Coach

Bio:

Angela J. Williams has over thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry beginning as a professional singer/songwriter/performer and published author. She is the mother of three sons and the executive overseer of her sons’ personal careers and businesses. Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, Dear White People, The Walking Dead), Tyrel Jackson Williams (Lab Rats), and Tylen Jacob Williams (Instant Mom) are successful actors, writers, producers, directors, and musicians.

Angela holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters degree in Psychology. She is also an ordained minister, producer, life coach, spiritual counselor, mentor, philanthropist, entertainment consultant, and public speaker. She is a member of Women In Film Los Angeles, Film Independent and a member of the Looking Ahead Advisory Committee.

Quote: “Looking Ahead is important to me because it echoes my passion to help others survive and thrive in the world of entertainment.”


Lisa Rapport, Ph.D
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Affiliation: Professor, Department of Psychology Wayne State University

Bio: support for young performers to succeed in life, now and in the future. I’m very proud to be a part of this extraordinary organization." img="http://www.lookingaheadprogram.org/uploads/media/1462926570.jpg"]

Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist who teaches in the doctoral program at Wayne State University. She earned her doctorate at UCLA and specializes in psychological assessment and research methods. She has been with Looking Ahead since its inception. With support from the Actors Fund, SAG-AFTRA, and Paul Peterson’s organization “A Minor Consideration,” she and a student, Matt Meleen, conducted the first scientific survey of former young performers. The study examined outcomes and predictors of well-being among adults who were famous young performers. The results of the study (published in The Journal of Personality Assessment) were among the guides used to develop the Looking Ahead program.


Michael Rosenfeld
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Affiliation: Vice President, Counsel, The Walt Disney Company

Bio:

Mr. Rosenfeld specializes in labor, employment, and immigration law. He serves on several boards in addition to Looking Ahead, including the Council for Global Immigration and the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans. He earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Whittier Law School.

Quote: “The peer support, community-service opportunities and old-fashioned fun which the Looking Ahead program provides are experiences young performers will carry with them for the rest or their lives and, hopefully, pay forward to the next generation.”