ActorsE Chat, an informational website for actors, was the idea of John Michael Ferrari, Creative Producer, Director, Editor, who says that the multi-talented Heising’s rise to fame after many years in the business gives inspiration to many actresses who seek fame, but are unwilling to expend the patience and hard work required. John Ferrari and Pepper Jay are tag-team performance coaches in Los Angeles, California. They coach actors, singers, musicians, public speakers -- anyone who wants or needs to be in front of an audience. Students who have recently hit the headlines include Liquid Blue (Pop Album of the Year – LA Music Awards), Nikki Nova (Top 10 International Taiwan Idol), Allison Iraheta (Top 4 American Idol, Season 8), and Gisell (Winner: Talentos Premios). The interview can be seen at:
About Pepper Jay
Pepper Jay began her performance career at age five. When she wasn’t appearing in television sitcoms, such as ‘The Real McCoys,’ she was performing on stage in school, at local parks, or community theater. After graduating from San Diego State University, Pepper Jay, she taught several subjects for the Los Angeles Unified School District including drama, dance, health education, and physical education. During the 1970’s, she taught at Hollywood High School, John Muir Junior High School, and at Crenshaw High School, where she was also in charge of coordinating and producing shows by the 100+ member drill team. Completing her pubic teaching career in 1983, she began private performance teaching and coaching. Pepper also continues her public speaking engagements for both public and private schools; sharing with school children topics such as ‘Listen and Be Heard,’ and ‘The Power of Money.’
In 1990, Pepper Jay became John Michael Ferrari’s performance coach. In 1991, they partnered to create their entertainment company, Pepper Jay Productions. From 1993 through 2008, Pepper Jay created and hosted the Working Actors Group, offering on camera and cold reading workshops to working actors. Today, Pepper Jay is found on both sides of the camera. She is a producer of live music entertainment and media content and director of films (‘Hercules In Hollywood’), documentaries (‘Women Warriors’), and music videos (‘Run’). She coaches performance skills for actors, speakers, and singers. Pepper Jay (“SAG and AEA”) also remains a working actor (“The Call” – 2011, “Midlife” – 2011, “Brooklyn USA” – 2010, “Marked” -2007).
About John Michael Ferrari
Music has been an integral part of John’s life -- writing it, singing it, and sharing it with audiences bi-coastally. This passion for performing and writing music was the foundation of John Michael Ferrari’s career as an entertainer, composer, and a performance coach. During the 70’s, John began writing musical jingles for radio commercials. As a songwriter, his “Dustoff, penned by Ferrari while serving in the United States Army in Viet Nam, is a favorite among Veterans. Ferrari, the cabaret performer, still entertains and “wow.”
Although Ferrari wears many hats, he treasures most the time he spends coaching with his singer and actor students. As a photographer and director of photography, John has worked with many of the top models and up and coming filmmakers of today. His photography graces CD covers (i.e., “Minor Matters,” for Peoples Republic) and movie posters (i.e. “Redemption,”
About Dawna Lee Heising
Dawna Lee Heising is a member of SAG-AFTRA. Dawna belonged to Sal Romeo's Friends and Artists Theatre Group in Los Angeles for many years, and has appeared in numerous film, TV and theatre productions. Dawna is the executive producer and host of the nationally broadcast television series, "Eye on Entertainment"
About Ric Drasin
Ric Drasin (born July 12, 1944) is an American artist, actor, webcast host, stuntman, writer, personal trainer, former bodybuilder, and retired professional wrestler. Drasin designed both the original Gold's Gym logo— a cartoon sketch of a bald weightlifter—
ActorsE Chat is a show on Actors Entertainment, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.