Today we’d like to introduce you to Rakefet Abergel.
Rakefet, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a Los Angeles native and an award-winning American/Israeli actress, writer/producer and outspoken stand-up comedian. One month after taking a stand-up class, I won Best Comic and Best Overall Talent on the Tyra Banks Show. I appeared in the movie Superbad with Jonah Hill and as Adam Sandler’s sister in Just Go with It. I can also be seen in the films My Best Friend’s Girl opposite Dane Cook, with Halle Berry in The Call, and alongside Eddie Murphy & Kerry Washington in the film, A Thousand Words. I regularly guest star on TV shows including Showtime’s Shameless, New Girl, My Name is Earl, Bella and the Bulldogs and iCarly.
Recently, I wrote, produced, and starred in a dramatic horror/thriller short film called Jax in Love, which I co-produced with executive producer and casting director Jory Weitz (Napoleon Dynamite). The film, directed by Oscar-nominated director Colin Campbell, has been making the festival rounds. To date, we’ve been accepted to over 20 festivals and garnered over a dozen awards including multiple Best Actress awards.
I teach sixth-grade religious school and Hebrew in Los Angeles and also work as an acting coach and mentor for kids and adults at Kid (F)Actor, a company I founded in 2010.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Anything in this industry is never a smooth road. I tell my students that if they don’t really WANT this, to find something else to pour their talents into. The people who succeed in this business are the people who never give up. Working multiple jobs, trying to stay available for auditions, pay the bills, learn lines and deal with stressful audition situations is not the easiest way to live life. But, it usually pays off in the end.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kid (F)Actor – what should we know?
The Scam Factor
April 21, 2014
When I was seven years old, there was nothing more I wanted in life than to be an actress in movies and on TV. I hounded my parents at every opportunity to let me go out on auditions and find an agent. Problem was, neither they nor I knew anything about the business, so when I saw an ad in the paper claiming to “Make Me Star!” and put me in front of “Industry Professionals”, I dragged my aunt to the open call.
We waited in a room full of fresh-faced and eager kids and their parents to get our chance to be on TV. They made us fill out enough paperwork to drown in and then asked us for $350 to do a “screen test”. The screen test involved me, in a room, with a cheap consumer camera, stating my name and age and reading a generic piece of commercial copy. We were promised the test would air “somewhere”. Sounds naive, I know, but I was seven! What did I know? After a couple of weeks, we went by to check in on the “airdate”. The whole place was empty. As if the company had never existed. They probably set up for two weeks, made a killing and then left town.
I started the Kid (F)Actor to combat companies like that one. I don’t want any desperate kids or families making the same mistake I did. I want to provide a place for kids to learn skills, foster creativity and gain knowledge on how the industry works and how to avoid scams.
Through trial and error, I eventually learned how to navigate the tricky waters of “Hollywood”. I don’t want anyone to have to go through the emotional and financial losses my family and I endured. With my class, the Kid (F)Actor, you be sure that you are getting correct and valuable information from a trusted working actor and casting director in the business who’s been through it all and sincerely wants to help children, teens, to be the best actor – and person – they can be.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are so many people I could thank. One that sticks out is Jory Weitz, a producer and casting director, who I consider my mentor. He’s always been there to answer my questions, fight for me, encourage me and believe in me. Also, my parents for their unwavering support in every way possible. Without them, I would never have been able to follow this dream.
- Private Acting Coaching – $80-$100/hour
- Consultation – $80-$100/hour
- Audition Prep – $40/half hour
- Website: www.kidfactorla.com
- Phone: 646-KIDS-ACT
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaxinlovemovie
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kidfactor
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/kidfactor
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-kid-factor-los-angeles
- Other: www.JaxInLove.com