OUR INSTRUCTORS

Hollywood Launch is committed to providing the best training in an empowering environment. Our Hollywood Launch instructors and guest master class teachers are diverse, distinguished, and experienced to ensure that the students are getting the very best triple threat training. 

VEDA BURTON - CEO/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Veda Burton is the C.E.O. of Hollywood Launch, and has quite a reputation for launching some of the major kid and teen talent in Hollywood today!  She is also the owner of the world famous Rage Performing Arts Complex, a 13,000 square foot performing arts facility in the San Fernando Valley that is a mecca for rising young talent. 

She has developed talents like Taylor Lautner (Twilight), Boo Boo Stewart (Twilight), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), Mitchell Musso (Hannah Montana), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Riker Lynch (Glee).

As a mother of 3 successful kids in the entertainment industry, Veda has worked on all sides of the entertainment business and is uniquely qualified to see the potential in a talented performer, develop them, and help launch their careers.  In the dance industry her reputation is worldwide, and her current Rage Dancers are often seen appearancing on America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, The View, The Ellen Show, The Maury Show, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and much more.  You cannot watch television or movies without seeing some of the talented kids that have come across Veda’s path through her 25 years in the business!

RHYAN SCHWARTZ - ACTING

Hollywood Launch welcomes Rhyan Schwartz! Rhyan is an LA-native actor, writer, director, producer, and stand up comedian. His acting credits include co-star and guest star roles on ABC, FOX, TNT, IFC, and MTV, as well as national commercials for McDonald's, Geico, Lay's, Arby's, Kia, and AT&T. He just completed a TV pilot he wrote & directed called Artista Obscura -- starring name actors, children, and trained animals (including Bill Purray the cat!) Rhyan's experience teaching kids extends through theatre, piano lessons, K-12 science, and private coaching. He's thrilled to join the Hollywood Launch community, and we're certainly happy to have him!

BRITTANY BURTON - VOCAL MENTOR

Brittany is one of our most requested and loved vocal and songwriting master class coaches for the last 10 years. She has recently worked with Laura Marano from Austin and Ally, Kevin McHale from Glee, Benny Cassette signed to Warner Brothers and Good Music, Simon Cowell's label Syco, The Stereotypes who produced 24k Magic, and many other artists and producers. She signed her publishing deal this year and has recently signed a  major label deal for her solo artist project! . 

JONATHAN GEORGE - VOCAL CONSULTANT

Jonathan George, C.E.O. of JG Entertainment, has been creating rock stars in the entertainment world for over 20 years. His success comes from his unmatched ability to identify the talents, gifts, and abilities in people and his ability to cultivate those into greatness

MELINDA MARKULIS - HIP HOP  

Melinda Markulis was born in Honolulu Hawaii, raised in Buffalo New York where she began her dance training in a multi style competition company and simultaneously began training in Toronto CA with Geoffrey Chapman Modeling & Talent Agency doing Bridal Print and Runway and continued her career in New York.  Melinda was 1 of 2 females picked from over 2000 candidates who won an acting scholarship that brought her to the West Coast.  In Los Angeles, Melinda has danced for Tiffany and Co, Eva Universe, American Crime Story: The Murder of Gianni Versace, Rolling Stones, Mila Jam, and MTV. Melinda has also hosted on NBC’s Whacked Out Sports and a variety of acting roles including New York Film Academy short films, Physic Court, Vanity Fair and Baywatch the movie.   

 

Melinda’s has a passion for the performing arts and enjoys inspiring young students to pursue their passion for dance and acting.  Melinda currently teaches dance in Hollywood Launch’s Triple Threat program, as well as tumbling, Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap with young students at the Rage Entertainment Complex.

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