Founder, Primary Acting Instructor
At a very young age, Chris Gilmore had showbiz written into her destiny. A child actor and starring in her first movie at age 4, she also appeared on such well known television shows as "The Brady Bunch", "Nanny and the Professor," "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", and "Movies of the Week." She was also a voice talent for many of the animated "Hanna Barbera" cartoons.
She was influenced early on by growing up alongside such legendary music greats as Elvis, Brenda Lee, Wayne Newton, and Michael Jackson (just to name a few). She was also a rock recording artist at a very young age, with a record in the Billboard top 100. Chris toured the country as the opening act for such classic groups as "The Buffalo Springfield" and others. Over her lifetime, Chris has composed over 150 songs!
In the Theatrical realm, Chris starred on Broadway as the leading lady in an Alan Jay Lerner Musical at the age of 15; "Lolita."
Making a choice of career shift for personal reasons, Chris became a Casting Director at the tender age of 22. She very quickly became a highly respected and successful Casting Producer who has cast for soaps, syndicated television pilots, movies, web series, commercials, infomercials, kid's shows and reality television as well. She is also an accomplished writer.
Chris was also privileged to work as a team with Hollywood pioneer & visionary Chuck Barris for many years. As a successful producer in television with a 100% hit record with Viacom, Chuck could have hired anyone in Hollywood to be his "right hand man." He chose Chris for a reason. Chuck was quoted in his auto-biographical book as saying: “Chris is one of the most creative minds in Hollywood.”
With a keen casting eye for talent, and always seeing how actors can perform with more excellence in auditions, Chris also evolved into an incredible teacher. She is also the founder of a previous incarnation of the Actors Edge Studios: a highly successful performing arts school for all levels of actors (from celebrities to beginners), singers, dancers, and models.
She has helped to develop literally tens of thousands of clients comprised of adults, teens, and children.
Having been a well trained actor with master acting techniques from Method to Meisner, Comedy IMPROV to Commercials, and Shakespeare to Sitcoms, Chris developed the very unique and highly effective educational course which she also authored into a book titled "The Steps to Stardom" (published by the esteemed Applause Publishing House) which publishes top acting teachers and celebrities in Hollywood.