Our classes are small, hands-on, innovative, effective and fun. As an active Casting Director, Barbara knows and shares what you need to get on television today. Can’t make it to a class? Barbara has you covered in her book, How To Get Your Foot In The Door: Television Hosting & Presenting.

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– Intro to On-Camera

Date/Time: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2-5:00pm 

Price: $150 (Limit 8  students)

This 3- hour intensive will change the way you think in order to help you succeed in a competitive marketplace. We cover on-camera basics along with current trends in hosting, what you need to get started, how to market yourself, where the opportunities are and how to practice.

Each class participant will be videotaped on camera at least twice and receives feedback + a link to their video.

This class is for you if you are trying to get a foot in the door in on-camera hosting, getting media opportunities and don’t know where to start, or feeling rusty and in need of a fresh perspective.



Date/Time: Sunday, March 4, 2018 12 – 4:00pm 
Price: $250 (Limit 8 students)

By popular demand, this four-hour workshop focuses specifically on working with scripts, both on and off the teleprompter, including making the copy your own, using bullet points and memorization techniques.

All participants do several on-camera reads and receive feedback/link to their video.


– Auditioning & Booking the Job

Date/Time: TBD winter 2018
Price: $499 (Limit 6 students)

There is no other class like this to take your career to the next level. In this 7-hour intensive we roll up our sleeves and delve deep into best strategies to get an audition and own the room.

This class is built around auditioning for a mock panel show. In the morning we cover the first audition and in the afternoon we cover the callback – how to be a fierce individual who plays well with others – including the mechanics (breaking down a script) and differentiation/point of view (i.e. what actually gets you hired).

All participants do several on-camera reads and receive feedback/link to their video.


ASK THE EXPERTS: Know The Business to Maximize Your Career!

Date/Time: Sunday, December 3rd, 2-5pm
Price: $99

Set yourself up for success in 2018! This special, one-of-a-kind event is a combination state of the industry and AMA (ask me anything) with packaging agent and coach, Jim Arnoff. In this 3-hour intensive you will learn to treat your career like the business it is as we cover:

  • Agents – when you need one, how to get one, keep one and maximize the relationship
  • Managers + Attorneys – what they do and how they can help you.
  • Negotiating – it’s about more than money
  • Networking – getting in the door + effective follow up
  • Powerful pitching – why you, why this project, why now
  • Mindset Reset – treat your career like a business and define your benefit proposition
  • Empowered language – communicate with confidence
  • Assumptions – about the industry and the limiting beliefs getting in the way of your success

Hosting for Home Shopping, Infomercials & Branded Content
with Sean De Simone and Barbara Barna Abel

Date/Time: Saturday, July 8th, 2017 – Manhattan SOLD OUT!

*Please email via the contact page to be added to the waiting list* 

Price: $499

**Location details will be forwarded with your confirmation after signing up

You asked for this class and we heard you. In this intensive we will teach you what we are REALLY looking for when casting hosts in this space and how you can stand out including:

  • What materials you need to get noticed and get the first audition
  • What and how to prepare for the audition
  • That getting the job and doing the job are two different things
  • How sales have evolved on television and digital platforms
  • What to wear
  • What and how to prepare for a callback

Everyone will go on camera multiple times, receive real time feedback and a link to the video.


How to Break Into: Corporate Voiceover and Narration – WITH MARIA PENDOLINO AND BARBARA BARNA ABEL

Date/Time: TBD 2018
Price: $199

A one-day intensive class aimed at helping you book work in the lucrative world of non-commercial and industrial voiceover work. Work for major corporations, small businesses and new startups around the world and voice their internal training videos, online explainer content and narrate videos for their employee conferences and sales presentations. Learn ways to make heavy copy feel upbeat, friendly and approachable. Every student gets to work on mic and will receive audio files of their work in class. No prior voiceover experience is required. The class will also include tips about demos, VO marketing and booking your own work online. This intensive class is great for actors, hosts, comedians and spokespeople who are interested in building up their voiceover skills and adding another income stream to their business!

Class Instructor Maria Pendolino is an actor and voiceover artist who has narrated corporate work for more than 60 companies worldwide. Some of her recent corporate projects include the New York Public Library podcasts, the Red Cross online babysitting course, a training program for caregivers on handling allergic reactions and a series of online videos for a new technology start-up.

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Create a Custom Class

Is there something specific you’d like to work on not offered above? Or on a different date? Abel Intermedia will happily create a custom class for you. Minimum 4 people. Contact Us >

Our classes are small, hands-on, innovative and effective.