The Lau of Attraction: My Studio Story
Ok, so here’s the deal…I am an overnight success. Seriously, I am. I am one of those who got lucky, one of those got-what-I-wanted-overnight success stories.
Do I have you now? Good. Because the truth is I do consider myself a success: a 40-year overnight success!!!
Get where I’m going with this? Years ago as a struggling actor in NYC I realized: there is no such thing as an overnight success.
This is probably closer to what really happens: a dream starts quietly, gets a little louder, eventually it turns into a goal which then becomes an action – or a series of actions – and that eventually becomes a reality. The point is that, somewhere along the way, I made a choice. And guess what?
Fortune favors the prepared. In this industry, success happens when preparation meets opportunity.
I set out with a dream: to create something really great out of nothing. I was an alchemist waiting for the right time, the right moment to seize my dream: a training-production-audition-performance studio that fearlessly specialized in finding the greatness in each and every one of its clients. When the moment came, I was 40.I seized it! Carpe Diem!
So you have a dream that you can turn into a goal. That goal requires action. If you take action, that goal can become your reality!
And this mindset of perseverance and preparation is what we teach at Lau Lapides Company.
Lau Lapides Company studio is an incredibly diverse team of coaches, producers, agents, engineers, actors, writers and voice talent. Our studio is a home, a haven, a “happy place” for artists, dreamers, risk-takers, and solo-preneurs to safely and boldly discover their true authentic voice.
We not only work with our clients to explore and expand their artistic voice, but also prepare them to enter this big, bold, crazy and ever-changing entertainment global industry experience as their own unique journey and become the best version of themself that they can be.
We are here to bring the greatness out of you that you know has been there all along…
The entire team is on a mission here, at our studio, to give you the tools and techniques and best practices to succeed in your field and in your craft. To create a process, whether on stage, in a vocal booth on a microphone, or in front of a camera, our media-based conservatory-style training is second to none providing training in the industry standards of TODAY in a practical, hands-on curriculum that you can utilize and apply to book work.
Our signature programs offer you a dynamic and diverse array of feedback, individualized attention and the down to earth “how to make it in the industry today” coaching practices you need to be successful.
Take action, commit and invest in training & creating your unique brand and let’s make magic happen together.
Our awards include: the Ad Club’s Women’s Leadership Forum 100 Women We Admire, Best Director four years running at Playwrights Platform Festival in Boston andWomen Who Make a Difference Award in 2003 and 2004, honoring women leaders of the Babson College community. Lau has also been honored as a selected judge for the National Gracie Broadcasting Awards in 2012 and 2013.
We have professional memberships with: Boston Women in Media and Entertainment, American Women in Radio & Television, Alliance for Women in Media, National Association of Professional Women, National Association of Broadcasters, the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, Stagesource, New England Theater Conference and theScreen Actors Guild American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.
Meet Our Team
Founder, President & Lead Coach
Lau Lapides is a professional actress, director and teacher who has dedicated her life to a career in media and the performing arts. She holds an MFA from the University of California and in her decades-long career has won numerous accolades and awards. Lau holds professional memberships in SAG-AFTRA/AEA, AWRT, AWM, NAPW, BWME, NAB, MBA, Stagesource and NETC.
Actress, Studio Photo/ Video-grapher, Makeup Artist*
Aria Lapides is a tour de force balancing a performance career as an actress credits include; TV Series Dexter, and recent commercial spots for 6 Flags, Dedham Savings Bank, Women’s Health Care, and Golden Corral. As a visual artist she creates the coolest industry standar actor & model headshots and fashion photos in the regional NE market. She is proud of her first book illustration gig with professional pal and musician Jodie Rachman entitled Ukulele J’s Song Time Fun for the fabulous under 5 crowd!
Studio Manager & Production Coordinator
Brendan does everything from administration to production to audio and video editing. If you’ve listened to either of the studio podcasts, either “Mic Camera Action Talkin’ Shop” or “Be Happy; Be Heard”, Brendan can be heard in several episodes as the 3rd mic or emergency announcer! In his spare time, Brendan is a huge baseball and football fan and enjoys the finest craft beers!
Acting & Voice Over Coach, Studio Liaison
Carole is a professional on-camera and voice actor and print model in the New England and New York markets. After a 25 year career in the airline industry as a corporate trainer Carole handles any corporate, technical, or medical scripts that come her way. recent TV/VO commercials; Rockland trust bank. Fisher investments, FreeStyle Libre, & Baylor University
Joann Maria Yarrow
Acting & Voice Over Coach
Joann has over 30 years experience as an international director/producer and currently is the Director of Community Engagement and Education at Syracuse Stage. She is also the Executive Director of Live Animation Studios and Distinctive Voices, LLC. She is a Broadway veteran and has worked at the Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab West in LA where she has participated for the last 20 years.
Acting Coach, Actress, LA-based VO
Stephanie has her B.A in theater from UC Irvin and is a disciple of Jerzy Grotowski. Badami Productions picked up her short film ONE DANCE, which was broadcast nationally on CBS and FOX. Stephanie’s other shorts have garnered nominations and awards and have screened in film festivals nationwide. She has been seen on Netflix, Amazon Prime, NBC, and FX.
Audio Engineer & Sound Designer
Ken studied Communication/TV/Audio at Framingham State University and is an important member of our studio family! As Operations & Engineering for the esteemed Boston-based production house Rumblestrip Audio where he has been heavily involved with producing Radio & TV commercials both regionally and nationally and working with global clients, producers and casting and agencies. He records all genres from commercial, to animation, narration and more! He is exciting to work with our studio’s amazing talent on a regular basis!
Jeremy does our payroll, payables, paylinks, invoicing and started with the company in 2010. His undergraduate degree is in Accounting and MBA in Financial Management. He holds memberships in the National Association of Tax Professionals, Institute of Management Accountants, and Financial Executive Networking Group. Jeremy enjoys attending numerous classes and events and assisting with filming and supporting the efforts of our stellar coaches.
Home Studio Technical Coach & VO Talent
Mike is a 13 year VO veteran having voiced a few thousand hours of e-learning, hundreds of commercials, and dozens of characters for clients on every continent except Antarctica. The majority of the e-learning has been in the medical, technical, and financial sub-genres. His commercials have been heard across the US and Europe and his character work has been heard in museums and amusement park shows. He is the current Vice President of Membership for the World Voices Organization, a non-profit, member-driven association of voice talent whose job it is to educate and inform both talent and business professionals about standards, best practices, and ethical conduct.
MCVO Voice Talent & NY Guest Writer & Acting/VO Coach & Trainer
Brad Beckman is a writer, filmmaker, director, actor, and voice-over artist. He studied film at the University of Texas at Austin and taught film at New York University and currently teaches Dramatic Structure, Literature and Acting at Syracuse University. He is the former Artistic Director of the Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival and worked with Richard Schechner and his East Coast Artists company as well as with the Bond Street Theater. He has done shows at many NYC venues including La Mama, P.S. 122 and HERE and his play, Papeles, was a finalist in the City Theatre’s National Playwriting Competition and has been presented in Miami, Los Angeles, NY, Peru and Colombia. Brad Beckman is a National Michael Chekhov Association Certified teacher of that acting technique.
Christian is a Boston native, graduation from Suffolk University with a B.S. in Communications/ Theatre/Film. As a professional actor, teaching veteran of actors for over 15 years and SAG-AFTRA member he joined the long-running cast of Joey and Maria’s Comedy Italian Wedding for a staggering 20 year run! HE boasts over 100 major television and film projects to date he has been seen in some of the top agencies and studios around New England!
Elaine is a 40 year veteran having earned her masters in psychology from Curry College and is a licensed Family Therapist. She has facilitated seminars and workshops throughout New England on topics including; conflict resolution, reaching your full potential and enhancing relationships through effective communication. Her inspirational workshop series has motivated actors and creative souls to achieve their fullest potential and breakthrough emotional and psychological barriers holding them back from achieving their goals.
LA Guest Acting Coach & Trainer
John Sudol has been teaching acting for over 30 years, but there’s much more to his story. For the past 14 years, John has dedicated his life to studying and understanding the science we now have on emotions and how it applies to artistic expression. He has studied the work of leading researchers in the field of emotions, which has given him great insight into how some people express emotion and the various reasons others do not.
Developing the The Language of the Face and the classes that go along with it has been his quest and passion. John has published several articles in trade papers as well as on his blog on various topics including The Language of the Face, as well as the craft of acting, and self-esteem for actors.
MCVO Voice Talent & Guest Podcast/Radio Play for Be Happy Be Heard writer with the studio!
Jessica is a non-union voice actor who has trained with Steve Blum (LA), Bruce Carey (Dallas), Marissa Lenti (Dallas), Dorothy Gallagher and Brian McKeever (Boston). In Jessica’s home studio, you’ll find several microphones including an AKG C214 condenser, MXL 990 condenser, and a Blue Yeti USB, with an AudioBox USB 2×2 Interface. She edits with a combination of Adobe Audition, StudioOne, Audacity, and GarageBand. Need her in-studio? Don’t worry, she can travel to you or set you up with one of her preferred studios.
Jessica has also trained in NYC, Boston, and NH for acting.
Jessica is a wife, mom to two corgis and a Maine coon cat, Subaru enthusiast, paranormal investigator, obsessed with the 90’s, lover of all things anime and animation. She also takes singing lessons for fun and loves to participate in local theatre.
NY Guest VO Coach & Trainer
Chris is a versatile, prolific voice talent who has worked in many VO genres, including Commercial, Video Game/Interactive, Animation, TV Narration, Promos, E-Learning/Corporate Narration and Audiobooks. He currently resides in the NYC area, but has the ability to be bi-coastal at minimal cost. Chris is the lead male voice actor and creative consultant for EarPlay, a voice recognition/interactive gaming company. They are working on several programs for the Amazon Echo and have a production partnership with Blindlight, a casting/production house in LA. Chris is also a full-time audiobook narrator with over 320 career credits and has won multiple industry awards.
Voice Over Coach, Voice Over Talent
Joel Hunter is a multi-talented character and commercial voice actor with MCVO Agency, and has boasted such national projects as “Fort Hall: Gateway to the Pacific Northwest”, “Pocatello Recreation Video 2014”, “Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures”, “The Thomas Creator Collective” (recipient of the 2017 Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award for Best Preschool Show Exclusively for a Streaming Platform), “The Railways of Crotoonia”, “Gate City Brewfest & Gate City Brewfest 2 Commercials”, “Skyler Is Gone”, “Mish & Mash”, “Steaming To Legacy”, and is a featured voice actor and writer for the Staples collaboration with Lau Lapides Company Podcast, “Be Happy; Be Heard”.
He is proud to have worked directly with Mattel Creations and Driver Studios.
Marketing Maeven, Actress, Model
Valeri Bates is an award-winning actress whose seasoned experience in front of and behind the camera has proven to serve her well in her parallel career track. Val has been an asset to working behind the scenes in the industry as a Photo Marketing professional and Booking Agent with Hoffman International Model & Talent Agency. She has not only been thriving on set for the past decade as an artist, but she has also made a name for herself as the agency’s acting coach, polishing on-camera talent and helping to build their portfolio for proper marketing to esteemed clients and agents. Val continues to hone her craft through filmmaking and Meisner acting technique. She is hard at work social media marketing for Lau Lapides Company and MCVO.
Marketing Maestro & Professional Voiceover Talent
Dan’s expansive global work with many companies include Verizon, The Home Depot, General Dynamics, American airlines, and various law enforcement agencies. he has run construction crews, negotiated with, and worked on projects for the government across the world, and has led emergency management and training teams.