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 and succeed on-camera 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.

If there is something specific you’d like to work on not offered below, Abel Intermedia will happily create a custom class for you. Minimum 4 people.

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Date/Time: Sunday, Sept 22, 2019, 12:00-5:00pm 

Price: $250 (Limit 8 students)

This 5-hour hands-on intensive will change the way you approach presenting on-camera and how you think about your career to set you up for success in a competitive marketplace. We cover:

  • On-camera skills (speaking to camera, scripts, teleprompter)
  • How to hone your point of view
  • How to fit in AND stand out
  • How to market yourself
  • How to practice
  • Where the opportunities are

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

This class is for you if you are:

  • Trying to break into on-camera hosting
  • Pursuing on-camera media opportunities
  • Not getting auditions or not getting callbacks
  • In need of a fresh perspective

Suggested reading: How To Get Your Foot In the Door: Television Hosting & Presenting.


– Auditioning & Booking the Job

Date/Time: TBD Autumn 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.


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

Date/Time: July 13, 2019 – NEW YORK CITY – 9:00am-4:00pm

Price: $499 

*payment plan available – please email

**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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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.