About Abel Intermedia

My Mission

Abel Intermedia is a heart-centered boutique talent and executive development company specializing in media coaching, leadership and communications training, personal branding and casting for television and digital platforms.

I believe you have a story to tell and my mission is to help you tap into your super powers, find your voice, hone your message and make an impact on the world.


Barbara Barna Abel

Barbara has an eye for talent whether she’s casting or bringing out someone’s best as an on-camera coach and media trainer.

Barbara believes passionately that everyone has a story to tell and is committed to helping clients find their authentic voice. Her clients include television networks, PR firms, athletes, models, celebrity chefs, business executives and young creatives.

As a casting director, Barbara has worked on over 100 unscripted/alternative projects since launching her business in 2001 and among the talent she discovered or gave early breaks to: Adam Richman, Amy Schumer, Bert Kreischer, Carson Kressley, Chrissie Teigen, Clinton Kelly, Jake Tapper, Jeff Probst, Ted Allen, Thom Felicia, Wayne Brady…

Barbara started in entertainment as music director of her college radio station (KSPC, Claremont, CA) and making tea for powerhouse ‘80s musical acts like Culture Club and Human League as the first college intern for Virgin Records UK. Read More >>


I interviewed a number of leading media coaches who were recommended by a top agent. Barbara’s name was included in the list. I was nervous about focusing attention on what I thought were irreversible communications challenges. From the very start, even in our initial phone introduction, Barbara approached me in a way that is uniquely hers; a blend of smart, intuitive, gentle, and forward-thinking. Her approach is bespoke; neither boiler-plate nor one-size-fits-all. She has been both gentle and firm as well as highly skilled in sizing up my specific needs and working collaboratively with me on breaking some deeply embedded habits. It has been a joyful experience. Fun not fearful. I trust Barbara’s guidance unconditionally and I also refer my own clients to her, many of whom are senior executives.

Roy Cohen – Executive Coach and Author of The Wall Street Professionals Survival Guide

BBA Manifesto

I BELIEVE you have a story to tell.

I BELIEVE there’s a shade of pink for everyone.

I BELIEVE you are never too old and it’s never too late.

I BELIEVE cheerleading is not just for Sports.

I BELIEVE you can be successful, happy and kind.

I BELIEVE a little rebellious streak is a good thing.

I BELIEVE one size does not fit all.

I BELIEVE when you stop apologizing and start harnessing your power you are unstoppable.

I BELIEVE the quest for perfection gets in the way of success.

I BELIEVE in playing the long game.

I BELIEVE hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

I BELIEVE in finding the funny.

I BELIEVE success is not a hobby.

I BELIEVE in big dreams.




Everyone needs to be good on camera. We build skills and confidence through innovative, effective, client-centered skills and technique.

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Talent & Exec Development

You’re talented and hard-working but are fear and limiting beliefs keeping you from realizing your goals and dreams? Missing your creative spark?

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Classes are small, intimate, innovative and effective. We value providing personalized attention and a safe, supportive, creative environment.

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We enjoy a well-earned reputation for being creative professionals with an impressive track record for finding break-out talent across all genres.

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Barbara is available for workshops, panels and events. Key topics include Branding and Risk & Reinvention at Any Age.

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