Xen Sams is a New York based actress, mentor and mother.
Xen started her career as an Elite NYC model and went on to train at Stella Adler's summer conservatory program, Lee Strasberg Theater, and Film Institute in New York city.
For the last 10 years Xen has been working as an actress in film, tv, voice overs, and commercials. She is most recently seen in The Banker (starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Nia Long) and Waldo, (starring Mel Gibson, and Charlie Hunnam).
Xen founded Ensemble Artists NYC (501c3 non profit organization) in 2012 where she continues to teach.
Xen is a mother to a 4 year old little girl and an advocate for organic living and holistic remedies.
Melanie-Amber Ruane is a photographer and social media strategist. Her photography work spans children, family, fashion, branding, headshots, music, fitness, and beyond.
Melanie is a former Children's Model Booker and Legit Talent Agent at Generation Model Management and GenerationTV, a top NYC agency for children. As an agent she represented children on Broadway, television, film, and also discovered stars such as Elizabeth Gillies (Dynasty, Victorious), and Colin Bates, the first American child in the lead role in Billy Elliot on the West End. As a model booker at Generation Model Management, the agency represented top talents such as Bella Thorne (Shake it Up, The Duff) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Brain on Fire, Dirty Sexy Money).
Melanie is a proud "Stage Mom" now of three children who are in the industry. Her children have appeared in national ads for Gap, Children's Place, Parents Magazine, Skip Hop, Macys, and countless more.
Melissa, Teaching Artist
Melissa Diaz is a professional teaching artist with a Masters in Acting and a Bachelor in Music.
Melissa began her professional career by starring Off-Broadway and in National Network commercials and voiceovers (MTV, Nickelodeon, Khols, Olive Garden, JC Penny AT&T).
Melissa has been a teaching artist for various elite NYC children's acting schools such as Child’s Play NY, Manhattan Youth, and The Children’s Acting Academy. She has coached children and teens throughout the NY/NJ area, specializing in on-camera, theater, and admissions to professional high school and college BFA training programs. She has trained and helped showcase numerous talents such as Oona and Jete Laurence (Matilda, Bad Moms,The Americans, Pet Sematary).
Currently, Melissa is the co-director of the theater department at Success Academy Charter High School of the Liberal Arts and a singer/songwriter for The Melissa June Band.
Stylist + HMUA
Merideth began her stylist career shortly after graduating from Parsons School of Design. She has styled commercial campaigns for the likes of Nike, Belvedere, Fossil, T-Mobile, Michelob Ultra, Comcast, Bud Light, Tic Tac, CVS, Mumm Champagne, Philips, Air Wick, and NBA G League. She has styled multiple celebrities and a big group of comedians such as Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan for the GQ issue “Kings of Comedy.” She has e-commerce background styling for Saks 5h Avenue and she has styled multiple music videos; J. Cole’s “Work Out, Justine Skye “Back for More” and Mack Wilds’ “Explore” and “Bonnie and Clyde" and Chelsea Cutler's "You Make Me."