Our classes are small, hands-on, innovative, effective and fun. Classes are held in our Brooklyn studio unless otherwise specified. 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 13, 2019, 2-5:00pm SOLD OUT!

Price: $150 (Limit 10 students)

This 3- hour intensive will change the way you think about television hosting and your career in order to help you succeed in a competitive marketplace. We cover the basics of on-camera skills and techniques 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: TBD Winter /  Spring 2019
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/Spring 2019
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.


Whaaaaaaat’s My Personal Brand?

Date/Time: TBD Winter/Spring 2019
Price: $99

Personal Branding is the key to standing out and differentiating yourself from the competition in business, job interviews and auditions. In this hands-on workshop, we will get down, dirty and specific on 3 important topics: How to define your personal brand, how to effectively market your personal brand via social media and how to deliver on your brand in auditions, presentations and meetings. All class participants will receive a Brand Book Starter Kit.


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

Date/Time: February 10, 2019 – LOS ANGELES

Price: $499

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

You asked for this class and we heard you. There is a lot of opportunity in this space – and a lot of competition. In this fun, hands-on and effective intensive we teach you what we are REALLY looking for when casting hosts in this space and what you need to know to succeed:

  • What materials you need to get noticed and get the first audition
  • How to identify your strengths and maximize them
  • How to prepare for the audition process from self-tape to Skype to callbacks
  • How to tell your story
  • How to calm nerves and gain confidence

Everyone presents on camera multiple times and receives real time feedback plus a link to the video.


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

Date/Time: TBD 2019
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.