the ACTOR & the BIZ is a private coaching service founded by Amanda Brooke Lerner. My intention is to train actors to feel empowered by helping them build the solid foundation they need to realize a sustainable career.
Driven by positivity, compassion and an insatiable love for the craft, the Actor & the Biz will guide you through the matrix of The Biz. In addition to Career Coaching, my specialties include: Audition Coaching, Self-Tapes, Resume Resurrection and Film Festival Press Kits.
After I got my BFA from Rutgers, 15 years passed before I started my professional acting career. During that time, I was a "Shadow Artist", disguised as the Senior Executive Assistant to the President of Calvin Klein. I also became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. In 2010, I left CK to pursue acting full-time. In order to support myself, I combined my coaching skills with my business skills and created the Actor & the Biz.
Our focus will predominantly be on The Biz, however, Craft will always be paramount. I have a plethora of tips, tricks and tools to share so you can start auditioning consistently, building your resume, expanding your reel, refining your craft, leveling up and acting as the President of YOU. I'm so excited to start working together!
AMANDA BROOKE LERNER - Founder & CEO
Amanda has starred in dozens of Award-Winning Indie films and has played Mom to both John D’Leo (The Family, The Wrestler) and Emmy award winning actress, Julia Garner (Ozark, The Americans).
she recently appeared on STARZ POWER opposition Omari Hardwick and shot a hilarious role opposite BD Wong in a new series for Comedy Central starring Awkwafina.
She's had Guest Starring roles on TV for HBO, A+E, and Lifetime and recently played the Lead FBI Agent in I Am Rebel on NAT GEO. She's excited about her role as Mrs. Cattsowitts in Damage Control, a hilarious new series starring Daniel Baldwin. Next Up: a short film Housewife, a feature film Everybody Loves Dick and a pilot How Am I Doing?
Regionally, Amanda played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Beatrice in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
Amanda won Best Actress for The Cartographer at the Long Island Int'l Film Festival Expo (LIFFE) and Best Actress for Daffodil at C.R.I.S.F.F. She was nominated for Best Villain for Sasha at Action on Film in Vegas, Best Supporting Actress for Kill Al at C.R.I.S.F.F. and Best Actress at NYTF for her role in Goodbye, Stranger.
Amanda earned her BFA from Rutgers under the direction of Bill Esper and Maggie Flanigan and currently studies with Larry Moss. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, you may recognize her as Olga in the popular Optimum: The Unmovers spots.
ROBYNE PARRISH - Associate Coach
Meet my Associate Robyne Parrish
Robyne is powerhouse talent who works non-stop. She specializes in musical theater, the classics (Shakespeare and Chekhov among others), monologue and career coaching, accents and dialects, self-tapes and bio makeovers. She loves to work with new graduates and actors who are just beginning their careers. She also knows the ins-and-outs of the Pittsburgh and Southeast Markets.
Robyne has appeared in NYC at the York Theatre, The Mint, Musicals Tonight!, Sonnet Rep and the NY Music Festival. She has worked across the country in regional theatres like The Arden, Virginia Stage, the Pittsburgh CLO and the Public Theatre of Maine. She is an addy award winning commercial actress, was awarded best actress in a short film for her work in Vulnerability (which she co-wrote and produced) at PCIFF and starred opposite Richard Kind and Steve Guttenburg in the feature, Help Me, Help You. She is a prolific regional stage director and a playwright.
Robyne is a UNCSA alum with a BFA in theatre and attended grad school at Point Park University. She has studied all over the country and abroad, including the Royal National in London and cutrently at the Russian Theatre Lab here in NYC. Member National Alliance of Acting Teachers.
AEA and SAG-AFTRA.