Industry Speakers (old)

JOEY PAUL JENSEN - CASTING DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

Joey Paul Jensen is an award winning casting director for film and television and has been an industry expert speaker on Access Hollywood, E Entertainment, Nightline and Dr. Phil.

She has been a driving force working with talent in Hollywood for over 20 years. Joey co-produced and cast, the award winning SONY release of “Soul Surfer”. Joey received the prestigious Artios Award for Casting Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” along with 12 other nominations which also includes the movie “Soul Surfer”.

JP Casting is a casting company with over 60 feature film credits and more than 500 hours of episodic television. Joey has cast live action and animated series for Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, HALLMARK, LIFETIME, FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, and PBS. Some of her credits include EVEN STEVENS, THATS SO RAVEN, CORY IN THE HOUSE, IMAGINATION MOVERS, PROJECT OSO, HEY ARNOLD, and MOVIE SURFERS. Additional feature film casting credits include HONEY 2, RAISE YOUR VOICE, BRING IT ON CINCO, BRATZ, and THE THREE NINJAS.

Joey Paul Jensen has been instrumental in launching the acting careers of Shia LaBeouf, Anna Sophia Robb, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Aly Michalka, Jason Earles, Chelsea Kane, Rachel Crow, and Naya Rivera.

Joey began her own show business career singing with the Chicago lyric opera as a child and her first operatic lead at the age of 14. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

EMILY GRACE - CELEBRITY SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT

Emily Grace is an award-winning actress, a producer, and an actor-marketing coach. Through her company, Emily Grace Productions, she helps actors get in the driver's seat of their career with marketing plans that work. From in-person networking, to social media marketing, to effective follow up, Emily provides practical tools specifically designed for actors.

Emily starred in Sundance and Deauville award-winning film What Alice Found, and earned her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has studied with the legendary Wynn Handman (co-founder and Artistic Director of the American Place Theatre) and at the British Academy of Dramatic Art Oxford program (including Yale Drama School teaching faculty).

On the other side of the camera, she has worked with Indomitable Entertainment (Soul Surfer, I hate Valentine’s Day, Breakfast at Tiffany's Broadway Production).

Emily does not believe in waiting for things to happen to you. She believes in makingthem happen for yourself. She has worked with actors all over the world from New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Atlanta, Orlando, London, Sydney, Melbourne and many places in between.

MITCHELL GOSSETT - SUPERSTAR AGENT

Mitchell Gossett is one of the most respected talent agents in the Industry. He works at CESD Talent Agency as the Senior Vice President of Talent/Motion Picture/Television. During his tenure at CESD, Mitchell has built a renowned operation for developing emerging talent. Throughout his career he has worked for agencies that have represented some of the biggest names in show business, including actors, filmmakers, and screenwriters. Collectively, these agencies have handled many of today's most acclaimed artists, several of whom have won or been nominated for Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and SAG Awards. Mitchell currently represents some of the most successful rising stars working in the film and television industries.

Prior to CESD, Mitchell was an agent with United Talent Agency, and also owned and operated Gossett Entertainment Management, where he produced films and theatre and managed actors with strong theatrical backgrounds for leading film and television opportunities.

Mitchell received his BFA studying theater and acting at NYU, and holds a Master's Degree in Acting from Cornell University. He also studied acting with The National Theatre of Great Britain. Mitchell discovered Myley Cyrus as well as many other superstars. Mitchell has also been honored with a Backstage West Garland Award for Performance.

Variety, the prestigious trade paper for the entertainment industry, wrote the following about Mitchell: "His agenting method draws from his previous careers as actor, director, and talent manager. Thus, his clients get a hands-on rep who speaks their language, understands their struggle, and can offer credible advice on how to improve their work. Gossett believes part of his role is to show [his clients] their value beyond commerce."

Q'ORIANKA KILCHER - MOVIE STAR / ACTIVIST

At the age of 14, Q’orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actors with her portrayal of Pocahontas oppose Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick’s Oscar nominated film The New World”.

Her performance won her the National Board of Reviews best breakthrough performance of 2006 and the 2006 Alma Award for best Latin American actress in a feature film, as well as numerous nominations and rave reviews.

Some of her other credits include Princess Kaiulani, the award-winning FX TV show Sons of Anarchy, Shouting Secrets, Hallmark Hall of Fames “Firelight”, the Syfy mini-series Neverland, The Killing , Longmire and The Power Of Few, starring Christopher Walken and Christian Slater, a film she not only starred in but also produced via her production company iQ Films. iQ films upcoming slate of projects currently includes “The Life”, a TV pilot shining light on the epidemic of child sex trafficking in the US and “Always Running” A Film based on the world famous , award winning book by Luis J Rodrigues.

As Actress and young multi media producer and director with an eye for innovation , Qorianka is a much sought after Keynote Speaker, Media Educator,Master Class and Workshop facilitator , speaking and teaching master classes at various Universities, Youth Events, and Film Festivals, including the Washington DC International Film Festival, LALIFF, Harvard Leadership Conference, North West University and George Washington University just to mention a few. She is also a volunteer and collaborator with some of the most effective and outstanding Youth in Arts programs locally and globally , including LIFI, LALIFF, AIE and IYMS (International Youth Media Summit ) as well as youth Media programs at various High schools including The Hollywood High school New Media Academy and the LA School of Global Studies.

As a young producer willing to see opportunity where others see risk, Qorianka proved to be not only a young voice for change with a desire to break down some of the barriers of conventional film making but also someone with a vision for a more inclusive , interactive and collaborative film making process and production model. Her contributions as producer to the films significant interactive and collaborative elements through participatory storytelling not only proved that there is opportunity were most see risk, but was a major step in creating a new connection between Hollywood and a young passionate global audience, and audience with a desire to creatively express themselves and have their voices heard while exploring the new frontiers and of today’s interactive media and technology.

Q’orianka is not only an award winning actress with high critical acclaim, but also an accomplished Singer Songwriter and committed Human Rights and environmental activist and fearless young force, who has courageously and tirelessly used her public voice and privilege of celebrity to speak out for the voiceless and many of today’s most important and relevant causes and issues.

Her work in support of basic Human Rights, Social and Environmental Justice, corporate accountability and Indigenous peoples rights has not only garnered her many national and international nominations, awards and honors including the Young Hollywood Green Award, the Gandhi Award and the prestigious Brower Youth Award , but also has won her the respect from many indigenous leaders and notable personalities like Nobel Peace Price winner Rigoberta Menchu , Bolivian President Evo Morales, and Indigenous leader Alberto Pizango among others.

Her work and persona were one of James Cameron’s first inspirations in creating the character of “Naitiri ” for the highly successful film “Avatar”.

While Q’orianka frequently lends her celebrity, voice and energy as spokesperson and youth ambassador to many notable organizations such as Amnesty international, Green Peace, AIDESEP, IFG ,Amazon Watch, and Volunteers teaching kids Film acting and production when ever she can just to name a few, her true passion is to help empower small grassroots community projects and indigenous youth initiatives from around the world and work directly with the many unsung every day action heroes who she feels are the true front line soldiers of effective change.

Q’orianka is the founder of on-Q Initiative, Youth4Truth media and ActionHeroNetwork with AHN being the first open source activist platform focused on empowering the many every day action heroes within our communities and globally, while facilitating a more interactive, direct and collaborative approach to philanthropy itself.

Q’orianka frequently gives master classes for actors at various Universities and film festivals and speaks at international conferences and panels including the United Nations – Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the International Forum on Globalization ,Amnesty internationals woman’s rights, World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Rise-Up Womans Health Initiative and at various universities, including Georg Washington University and the Harvard Leadership conference, speaking on a wide spectrum of subjects including Human Rights, environmental and social justice, sustainability, indigenous peoples rights, corporate accountability, Free Trade, youth leadership, and Juvenile justice, womans rights and empowerment just to name a few.

In her free time, Qorianka enjoys dedicating herself to her passion for music and is hoping to play more live shows and record a CD of her original music.