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Testimonials
"Gary,
We just wanted to say thank you for everything that you and your entire staff have
done for our daughter, Elsa Hanson. Obviously, it is exciting that Elsa has now
signed to be represented by a top modeling and theatrical agency. But, we see even
more important benefits in the way Elsa's self confidence and ability to articulate
herself, have grown. Her ability to overcome the natural fear, that we all seem to
innately possess, to stand up and express oneself in front of an audience of
strangers, will probably help her very much-regardless of what she chooses to do
with her life.

The success of your vision for "The Playground" is much deserved!"

Sincerely,
Sherod & Jane Hanson
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"I've never heard my daughter, Ashley, say, “I don't want to miss my acting class!”,
until she started taking classes at “The Playground”. Gary, Gayla, Lee, Faran and
the rest of the wonderful teachers at the Playground have been instrumental in
building her self-esteem. She goes to auditions with so much confidence, because
she has learned how to analyze scripts on her own. She can now perform
improvisations without panic. When she feels kind of nervous at an audition, she
does the exercises that she was taught and it calms her down. We are so grateful to
have found “The Playground” through our manager. "The Playground" doesn't ever
promise you a job or agent, but they help you build the skills necessary to attain
what you're hoping for (getting agents & managers, booking auditions, etc.) She
has an incredible amount of fun in her classes, but learns so much at the same
time. Her classmates have become some of her great friends-- Everyone there is
like family to us now. Parents hang out while their kids are in class, exchanging
pleasant stories about auditions, so the parents have fun as well.

Much gratitude to you and the staff, and thank you so much for such a great and
productive experience at “The Playground”!

Aurora Argota
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"I just wanted to thank you and your staff for always taking the time to answer (even
lame) questions and for all the great advice.  I also wanted to let you know how
positively we regard The Playground.  Your staff is amazing!  (The patience of
saints!)  It is rare to see so many genuinely nice people in one place.  The kids have
so much fun.  Ours has made so many great friends and adores his instructors (Bob
and Kelli are awesome!). Honestly, we never imagined he would get called by an
agent, or this soon.  But he was so well prepared at the interview.  He wasn't even
nervous doing a "cold read".  He said that he learned how to do these things at The
Playground.   Even his teachers have asked what's up.  They say he seems more
outgoing and eager to read aloud, with a lot of added drama. We explain that it must
be the acting classes...   So, we hope we can continue sending our little guy to The
Playground for many years to come.  And, again, just wanted to let you know what a
special place you have created.

Very Sincerely,

Eve Balembois
Sebastien's mom"
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“An awesome find! We’ve tried many different studios since our arrival in California
two years ago. We’ve learned that there are a million different ways you can spend
your money to educate your children in the entertainment business, but when we
found The Playground we knew we were in the right place. At this studio you can feel
the genuine enthusiasm that everyone has for your child to do well and the staff
provides the most professional experience I have come across anywhere. When we
found The Playground my thought was: ‘Finally, someone who really knows how to
teach, who cares about the kids as individuals, tracks their progress and gives
professional feedback you can trust!’ This is exactly what we were looking for.”

Cindra Barnes
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Dear Gary, if it weren’t for your expertise and an outstanding judgment of character,
Ani would have never ventured acting! Moreover, she owes all her audition nights
and performance nights to you and your amazing staff.

Our deepest thanks and warmest wishes to all of you at the Playground!

Grateful parents of Ani Helia O. (Playground actress)
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Gary,

I just wanted to let you know how thankful we are to you. I hadn't seen Paris perform
since she had auditioned for The Playground last year. I was so impressed by her
performance and the way she handled herself. I was blown away! I had a hard time
holding back the tears. It is so amazing to see what a great job you and your teachers
have done with Paris over the past year. As a parent it is such a blessing to see your
child blossom and gain confidence in her self. She has gained so much from her
experience at the Playground.I believe this experience will have such a positive affect
on her in so many aspects in her life.

After the interview I expressed to my husband how well Paris had done and that
whatever the cost, whatever the effort, The Playground has been all worth it. Our little
tiny nine year old could fill a room with so much personality and expression. My
experience watching her last week was priceless. Thank you so much for everything.
You have been so helpful and generous of your time. You have been so supportive of
Paris and her future. Whatever her future holds, we will be very grateful that we have
all had this experience.

All the best,

Ann
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Like many parents I thought that my daughter would be a "natural" without having to do
the "hardwork" but I quickly learned how wrong that thinking was! Without  the
coaching, mentoring, instruction and pure repetition you provide success in this
business could not be achieved or would be significantly delayed.

Thanks again.

Richard Barbarossa
Father of Ashley Abbott
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"Gary Spatz's: The Playground is simply the 'creme de la creme' of children's acting
schools!!
With acting coach extraordinaire Gary Spatz and his talented crew, Porschia has received
the best training from the best children's acting school in the business! From Gary's
impressive credentials to The Playground's simulated TV Studio Set, you won't find a
'Young Actor's Conservatory' like this anywhere in the world! So if you're serious about
your child's acting career...this is THE school to attend!"

Geralyn C. Adler
Our experience at Gary Spatz's Playground has been an abundance of positive energy
and love. My 11 yrs old daughter is developing important acting skills and growing as an
expressive young lady. Gary has the energy of a fun filled kid, a passion for the business
and a compassion for his kids and their families. Thank you Gary, Eric, Lee, Andrew,
Diana, Gayla, and staff for this great experience and opportunity.

Much Love,
Channing Lou and Lesli
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Dear Gary,

We can't believe one year has passed. Initially we were skeptical about enrolling Westin
and Cassidy in acting class, but now we know that we made the right decision. Their school
teachers noticed an improvement in their communication skills since they started with you.

They both have learned patience and perseverance through this process and the need for
the kids to have a work permit is a strong incentive to keep their grades up. It has been a
positive experience for them and they can't wait for Saturdays to come.

You and your staff are very supportive of them. We are looking forward to another great
year with you!

Sincerely,
The Mills Family
Gary Spatz is the best acting coach we've ever had. He is so inspiring and caring about his
students it's amazing. We learn so much each week and every week is a different
experience. The teaching staff is really great, too. They give you constructive criticism and
help us be prepared for all kind of situations in the audition process. The private coachings
are really great and every time we called Gary he was always there for us.

Justin and Dean Misch
Gary,

My wife and I appreciate everything you have done for Harrison, and look forward to what
else he will learn in his advanced, and professional classes. He loves it all, and he even
studies at home with his little brother Preston.

Thank you all again,

Harrison, Marni, and Anthony Thacher
Gary,

I just wanted to share with you and your staff how much Sean's everyday life has been
changed for the good. Sean's improved with school and his shyness and overall confidence
is wonderful. This truly is a thank you letter.

Sincerely,

Terry & Kimberly Fall
"Ally loves the "PLAY"ground! She looks forward to her classes and wishes they were
everyday. She has learned so much and she says she never wants to leave! We love
Gary. He is wonderful! He's always available to talk to the parents and genuinely cares
about every student."

The Espinoza Family
Hi Gary,

“I wanted to thank you and Gayla for a wonderful experience at The Playground.  Deciding
to take acting lessons was not something we took lightly.  It was completely new to us,
since Marissa had never expressed an interest in acting, and it was a big commitment of
time and money.  I am SO glad we did it!  Marissa loved every minute of it and has learned
so much about herself in the process.

Many people have dreams of becoming famous actors, and of course it would be
awesome if that happened for her.  I was happy to give her the opportunity to try
something new, but my hope was that if nothing else, she would gain the skills, confidence,
and poise that one needs in life to speak in front of others.  She got that and more from
your program.  Thank you very, very much for a truly wonderful experience.  I loved that
we always saw you there and that you would take the time to chat with the kids and
parents.  Andrew was a pleasure to see each week; he is a terrific young man.  Gayla, well
there aren't words to tell you how we feel about her.  I'll start by saying we ADORE her.

Not only is she a wonderful acting coach, but she made it fun, exciting, and safe to try new
things.  She truly "gets" kids and it shows.  You are so lucky to have her, and she is a
huge part of what made Marissa's first foray into acting the amazing experience it was.”

Susan Laschi
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Gary, your Playground is simply UNIQUE! Your genuine dedication, care and
well-grounded personality radiates towards your students in a way that they unfold
their wings to greater heights. You have created an acting conservatory that not only
enriches all students artistically but also emotionally and socially.  We enrolled our
son and daughter with the simple hope of nurturing their talents and quenching their
thirst for acting, but in less than four months, they acquired enough confidence and
skills to meet with agents and audition well.  Indeed, The playground is a well thought
out conservatory, crafted intelligently and with the best interests of all students in
mind.  Students are not only exposed to real lights and camera recording studios but
also to a very talented staff that deliver various acting experiences, personalities and
talents. Thus, making The Playground a very special place to be in.

Thank you Gary,

Joseph and Ileana
The proud parents of Andre and Abigail
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As a parent there have been many forks in the road and times I have thought this is
crazy, this acting stuff.  I had no idea if Maika was even talented and she was
sacrificing more and more time to it.  I was not sure if it was healthy or would ever go
anywhere.  AND I was driving her everywhere plus working full time (we live in Santa
Barbara).  When it came to the end of her class I had thought we would back way off
the acting and focus more on dance or whatever in Santa Barbara.  But that night
when she won the BEST ACTRESS AWARD I couldn't tell her no.  I truly was in
shock (as was she).  I thought coming from you, Gary Spatz, she won best actress??
So honestly that revived my energy to help my daughter follow her dream.  Without
you, she would not be filming a movie right now.  And really I shouldn't emphasize
the award so much because it was the classes and the feedback she got from the
teachers that were invaluable.  So a big thank you Gary (and awesome staff)!

I am so happy that things are going well for you.  When Maika finishes filming we will
come down and see you!

Dixie Buckley
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We really want to thank you for your teaching Jillian at the Playground. Because of
the Playground, Jillian got an agent (Kathy Keeley from Jana Luker) and has had six
jobs this year alone! This weekend, she worked on a short film, and the director,
Chris Krebsbach, gave her so many complements about how well she was able to
act and take direction. She was impressed that Jillian understood so much of the
terminology of the industry and told us she could tell Jillian had received excellent
teaching. Chris really gave us great feedback about Jillian and we gave all the credit
to you and the Playground. We cannot thank you enough for your help. Jillian loves
acting and it has truly given her a direction in life. We can only hope one day Kassie
will have the same opportunity to study at the Playground.

Take care, and hopefully our paths will cross again if Jillian ever gets a feature film
or a job on as a series regular.

Thank you.

Denyse and Tim Nation
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I just wanted to say thank you again for all you and your staff did in giving my
daughter, Kayla, the opportunity to learn, and more deeply develop her love for
acting there at the Playground.  She learned valuable skills that she will be able to
use in all areas of her life, not just in acting.  You have a top-knotch staff!  They are
awesome!  I was just so amazed and appreciative of how you and your staff treated
the students.  What a possitive environment and atmosphere!  We live in the Central
Valley (between Fresno and Bakersfield) and it was so well worth the hours of driving
for her to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Playground family!

The graduation was amazing.  Thanks for the opportunity to participate in that.  You
and your staff did a phenomenal job on putting that together.  I can't even imagine
the number of hours involved.

Again, a big thanks to you and your staff!
Kathy B
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than 20 years of experience, Spatz
is one of the most sought after
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April 3, 2014

Gary,

Thanks for returning my call on Monday.  I’m sure you have a very busy schedule,
so we (Greg, Quintin and I) appreciate you taking the time to call us back.  When we
were told about the performance night a few months ago,  and I was excited to see
how Quintin would handle the experience.  I’ve been in sales for years, so I
understand the importance of being able to speak in front of a group of people with
confidence.   When Quintin was offered the opportunity to participate in your
program, we agreed because Quintin loves to act…  but secretly I wanted to make
sure Quintin could successfully and confidently speak in front a peers, classmates,
and in the future, potential clients or co-workers.

So fast forward to performance night.  In preparing Quintin, we told him to have fun
and be himself.  To “Just go with it” and enjoy the experience.  I told him that
because this was his first audition, he probably would not receive any calls and that
didn’t matter.  As long as in his heart he did his best, then really that what matters…  
If you remember we were speaking with you when Quintin came out of the audition.  
He said, “I nailed it” and I could see how proud he was of himself.  It was exciting to
see his enthusiasm.  Greg, Quintin and I left your wonderful business feeling good.  
It was nice to see Quintin feeling proud and having the confidence that he has the
ability accomplish anything.  As we walked to the car, Quintin mentioned that he
forgot his lines.  He said, “Mom, if I would of gone back to the memorized monologue,
than it would not have made sense, so I did what my teachers told me to do and I
made up a few lines so it flowed and went back to the lines I memorized and
everyone laughed.”  I told him, “Good Job”, but Greg and I both said inside
(pessimistically) that he really won’t get any calls now…

To our surprise, we were wrong.  On Sunday, we received our first call and on
Monday, we received (5) more calls from Talent Agencies/Managers wanting to
represent him.  We heard on several calls that Quintin’s performance was one of
their favorite performances.  It was so unexpected...  Feeling very overwhelmed, that
is when I put a call into you.  I just wanted to take a minute to share our experience
with you.  We want to thank you for having the vision to create an environment that
allows kids to discover their potential.  We want to thank your staff for teaching and
encouraging Quintin.  He loves going to playground and is excited to share with us
what he is learning.  Honestly, the “realist” in me is not really sure if this will go
anywhere professionally for Quintin, but I do know he has overcome one of the
biggest obstacles/fears that most people face… Speaking in public…  And for that, I
am very grateful.

I will keep you posted on our progress.

Warmest regards,

Patty M
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March 30, 2014

Hi Gary -

I've got some good news about your recent student (and my daughter), Nika F. She
graduated the advanced program this winter, and signed up with a management
company, Carman Hall Entertainment. To my best understanding, this is a small,
starting up group - but we liked the owner, Morgan Terrelle, for her energy and
evident connectedness with the industry, and figured out working with her would be
great experience for Nika. Morgan is helping Nika choose an agent; we have one
representation offer so far but per Morgan's advice plan to meet with 1-2 more
agents so Nika can have best-working representation.

You might have heard it many times by now, but there were two things that Morgan
said made her call Nika same day after the audition and offer her representation:
Nika's performance during the audition and the fact that she completed a year of
training with you. We got similar feedback out of Nika's meeting with an agent who
immediately agreed to represent her. Needless to say, Nika's ability to perform came
straight from her diligent work in The Playground.

Morgan highly recommended that Nika gets coaching prior to major auditions, and
no surprise in the short list of suggested coaches you are on the top. Getting
coached by you is Nika's clear preference! So it's likely that we will ask you for
appointments in months to come.

Cheers,
Mike F
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April 23, 2014

My daughter, Taylor G,  has wanted to be an actress since the age of 3 and I have
always been very skeptical of the industry.  Even with my skepticism,  I decided to
enroll Taylor in the "The Playground Conservatory"  after being approach by a Spatz
team member.  Taylor completed the beginner's class taught by Scott and Rebecca.  
They were great and gave consistent feedback on her progress.  More importantly,  
Taylor had fun and really enjoyed the class.  Gary was also great with making the
sure his presence at the classes was a priority.  He had an open door policy and was
extremely helpful with anything parents needed.  After the beginner's class,  I
enrolled Taylor in the advanced class taught by Nick and Rebecca.  Even though
she enjoyed the class and I was told she was talented,  I still didn't' reach out to any
agents to represent her.  After 2 months of the advanced class,  Taylor was noticed
at The Playground and received calls from agents and management companies.  
She ended up with 5 offers for representation!  This happened without a head shot
or a resume!  :) The training they provided for Taylor was the key along with the
training they provided for me as a parent. :)  When I had questions,  the team
responded quickly and Gary personally answered my phone calls and returned
emails when I reached out to him.  I am extremely appreciative of the entire team for
the opportunity that my daughter now has.  I went from being skeptical to being a
complete advocate of the program.  I would recommend the program,  even if you
don't want your child in the entertainment industry.  It is a fun environment where my
daughter's public speaking skills and confidence were enhanced, along with making
friends she will have for years to come!   

Thank you to each of you on "The Playground" team!

Lakisha H
Mother of Taylor G
Taylor and Calum Worthy at Gary Spatz's The Playground
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June 8, 2014

Hi Gary!

Hope all is well with you and your family. I was just looking at your face book page
and thought to tell you that Kera won first place for all around at the Orange County
Academic Pentathlon! That is of all private and public schools in Orange County,
she had the top score, amazing right? I am still shocked when I think about it.
Attached is a current picture if you would like to post the news in face book.

I also wanted to tell you that I have seen a marked improvement in her verbal acting
skills, I don't know if you remember but she was the lead in a film that went to
Cannes and she didn't talk in the entire film and was a bit awkward putting emotion
with words when she first saw you. Your instructors are great, she really enjoys
herself when she goes to class. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Daphne
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June 7, 2015

edaan.m       "The great thing about filming
a film is that you will all have your final days
shooting AND you always know that you will
be back for the premiere"       Thank you
@garyspatztheplayground for an amazing
acting experience and production for the
last 2 years.  I will miss you all and can't wait
for the premire! Also thank you for the most
amazing classmates
@madster56
@shaniiiee
@rawr_for_us


eddan.m

Edaan M
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June 30, 2015

Hello Rebecca,

I am so glad that we saw you yesterday and
were able to tell you about what a great
experience Michael has been having at The
Playground since you signed him up last
August! He has learned so much there. Not
just great acting techniques, but everything
from public speaking to self-esteem. He is
also grateful that you recommended Kids
Management! He really enjoys being on set
and is learning about how the entertainment
business works from behind the scenes. As
we told you yesterday, he was booked for
background work in an Apple commercial
and while there was upgraded to a principal
role!! He was more than ecstatic to make
$2,500.00 for running down the hall!! I think
he has really found his passion and he
hopes to do much more work in the future!


Thank you for everything, Nicole S
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