The following is a terrific interview with Linda Seto, owner of Dallas Young Actors Studio. DYAS is one of the finest acting and film-production schools in the entire nation…right here in the Metroplex.


Linda’s been doing this a long time. She has a proven record with successful graduates from her school. She has a terrific reputation with former students, parents and Hollywood scouts and agents. It’s tough today finding legitimate schools in the entertainment industry. If you have a child or teen who’s expressed interest in acting or film-production, you need to speak with Linda.


And BE SURE to check out their upcoming Talent Search & Hollywood Showcase. There’s no better opportunity in Texas each year for your child or teen to be seen by Hollywood scouts and gain valuable training and experience.


(Oh, by the way they offer adult classes, too. If you’ve got the acting bug, it’s not too late!)

Youth Filmmaking Class editing their holiday short film. (Courtesy DYAS)

When did your company start and why did you decide to open the school?
I founded the school in 1986. As a child interested in the acting business, I discovered there were very few opportunities for children and teens to learn about TV and film acting. Later, after becoming a professional children’s TV producer-director-writer, I decided to open the first TV-film acting studio that merged both the acting side and the behind-the-scenes side. It was the first in the country and became well-known and highly regarded by local and Hollywood entertainment professionals.


What distinguishes DYAS from other acting programs for young people?
DYAS has its own TV soundstage, where the student actors perform live tapings, like on Hollywood TV shows. The students learn acting for TV and film on real set conditions, from our award-winning professional TV directors and acting coaches, thereby giving them an advantage of actual experience for their résumés. The Acting Program has a comprehensive curriculum that covers comedy and drama scripts and scenes for TV and film, in addition to commercials, monologues, voiceovers, green screen, improv, cold reading, and auditioning skills. The school also provides mentorships and career guidance.


How would you say the opportunities for young actors are in Texas now as opposed to a few years ago?
New opportunities arise for young actors as the market opens up in the Texas area and surrounding states, with more productions being brought to the area. This helps create acting jobs that allow an actor to break into the business easier while staying local.


Tell us about the teen producing and film making classes.
Teen Producers is the behind-the-scenes filmmaking program at DYAS. It emphasizes hands-on filmmaking while providing a foundation in technique through a series of interactive labs and projects. From screenwriting through producing, directing, cinematography, editing, and sound, students learn the skills necessary to join our alumni who have been accepted into the top film schools in the nation, many with art- and merit-based scholarships.


Tell us a bit about how you create opportunities for these young actors to be seen on the coasts?
As a part of our professional networking program, we’ve created opportunities for our student actors to showcase and develop their acting skills with the guidance of top Hollywood agents and casting directors for 30 years. This important Texas-to-Hollywood bridge has given many of our alumni the launch pad to work in the Hollywood market.


Who are some of your alumni?
Molly Quinn, starring in ABC’s “Castle”; Kaitlyn Dever, starring in ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” with Tim Allen; Kenton Duty in the Disney series, “Shake it Up”; Jake McDorman starring in the upcoming CBS series, “Limitless”; and Bethany Joy Lenz from CW’s “One Tree Hill.”


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Reprinted with permission of Linda Seto, DYAS. All photos courtesy of DYAS and Linda Seto.



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