NETFLIX 2024 (season 4) 

+  Umbrella Academy as Diego 

+ Most Dangerous Game : New York

+ PokerFace (2023)  Directed by  Rian Johnson

+  SICARIO 2  +  El Chicano

+  We Die Young  +  Standing Up, Falling Down

+  The Tax Collector directed by David Ayer

Film Reviews :   "David Castañeda is going to be a bona fide movie star. He has a real gravity to him, and is able to move levels in a conversation without doing much beyond changing his posture or  his eyes."  The Ringer

+ "Caring, nurturing, patient, & devoted!   Jimbo  (James) is a great teacher/coach and even a friend...He can make you laugh at any time, but encourages you like no other.  Working with him  from the start of my career and now over 10 years later  -  has kept me evolving and growing.  Definitely making me a better/stronger/more confident actor and having results that are specific, honest, detailed, and always real.  I love this man! "


Sharmita Bhattacharya
Sharmita Bhattacharya


" ... I feel very lucky to have had the chance to grow under the guidance of James. His coaching helped me stand in my power, take the tools, and learn how to use them to give strong, memorable performances. He is passionate about the craft of story telling and the feeling is very contagious. He genuinely cares for the growth of his students, not only as an actor, but as a person. He encourages us to be a community of people who help and cheer for each other. James made me realize the secret to becoming a great actor is focusing on the power of standing up for the many stories that are being and in need of being told.

It changed my perspective of approaching my craft and significantly transformed my work..."

 +Star of the New "Rom-Com" Film "Arranged Love"  + Summer - JULY 2023

PLUS RAVES FOR HER LA THEATER  PERFORMANCE IN 2023  "Yoni Ki Kahaniya"  Vagina Stories

+Grey's Anatomy 2023

+The Rookie 2022

+Tribeca Film Festival 2022 : "The Four Samosas" + Film in Theaters + December 2022

+Impeachment: American Crime Story 

2020 - Lost Girls: Angie's Story

Freeform - Grown-ishCBS - All Rise, NCIS: LosAngeles

bobby soto

+ Flamin' Hot  2023

MUNDO actor, writer, executive producer, 

along with executive producer  Eva  Longoria

The Tax Collector (2020)

starring with Shia LaBeouf

written by David Ayer 

+ Narcos: Mexico

+ "Like a thick and knotted ships rope - James has helped me to learn to untangle any script and see every detail that's in front of me. He shows me how to see multiple layers of a character, from their emotional state, and how I can find -- in myself a way to stand up for each one I play.

James is a true brother to all actors.  "



+ Host: CBS Series "LOVE ISLAND" 2019-2021

+ Series Regular - "Meet the Browns",  + ABC Family's "Greek",

+ Film: "The Ugly Truth" + Multiple National Commercials

Influencer + SnapChat + Instagram

+  "...I am so thankful for everything that James has done for me in my acting career. And extremely happy that I have a teacher-coach I can trust and be myself around...  "YES, I can honestly say I have the best teacher ever..." I have learned the most and had the most fun in James’ class!"

chris lowell


+ Series Regular - How I Met Your Father (NETFLIX)

+ Series Regular - ABC's "...Life as we know it", 

 "Veronica Mars" ,

+ Series Regular - ABC's "Private Practice" "Glow"  

+  Film:  "The Help", "Up In the Air"....


+ "...I wholeheartedly admire James’ dedication to this art form. 

And believe me, he is a master of it’s domain."

I express my full appreciation for it all."

Demore  Barnes


+ Series Regular - + NBCs - Law & Order: SVU, 

   CBS' & David Mamet's "The Unit" 

+ Recurring -   + CW's The Flash, +  NBC's Hannibal,  12 Monkeys Series, + Hemlock Grove,

+ Supernatural, + Caprica, + XIII

+  "...So many of us actors have received a gift we're not certain how to use.  James continues to teach me to wield my own gifts with great skill, confidence, and a commanding force..."

Darren hayes 


+ Singer, Writer, PopStar - Savage Garden


2022 & 2023 New Music Release

+  "...The Best Acting Lesson(s) I have had with James- are always about learning & trusting to let my guard down"



Christopher  wiehl

+ " a working actor, James is the perfect weapon.

His character study in coaching is unparalleled,

along with his passion and precision of the details,

make working with him, honestly, a true pleasure"

+ Currently Starring as Alec in his 2nd Season on "Going Home"

+ Actor, Writer, Producer - Director

+Multiple Series & Films

                  KEVIN QUINN

                                                                    Capitol Records Signs Rising Star Kevin Quinn  --

        to Multi Year Record Deal Sets Debut Single "WILDFIRE" For Release August 13, 2021

+ NETFLIX  "A Week Away" A New Musical Movie

 &  in the  Adam Sandler Film  "Hubie Halloween" 

SERIES REGULAR on Disney's  "Bunk'd" 

Recurring - NBC's "Champions" + Film + "Canal Street" 

+  "...As an actor, I have found that finding the right coach is not an easy task. It requires compatibility, relatability, and a true sense of direction from the coach to the artist. James is easily all those things put into one..."


Laura REgan


+ SERIES REGULAR on FOX's  "Minority Report," 

+ AMC's "Mad Men, + Without a Trace, 

+Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, +  Law & Order: Criminal Intent


+  "...Vague, generalized acting finds its ‘antidote’ in James Reese. He never fails to detect falsity, and doesn't let any of his actors get away with a single non-specific moment in their work. His coaching is a litmus test for authenticity..."



 David K. Kessler (screenwriter) for Film Starring Johnny Depp "Minamata"


Johnny Depp plays celebrated U.S. photographer W Eugene Smith in the true-story thriller that pits Smith against a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people in Minamata, Japan in 1971. It’s based on the book by the photographer and his wife Aileen Mioko Smith, written for the screen by David K. Kessler


+ WORLD WAR Z (2013)


+ Queen Mimi Documentary 


 + "...James is a genius in the art of teaching acting.

He always finds the best jewels in the sides/script within seconds. 

His instincts, understanding of the character's psychology, and knowledge is priceless. 

Coaching with him makes difficult material easy and fun.

Not to mention what a gifted artist he is himself. "


Best Documentary Award Winner - Manhattan Film Festival 2015 Best Director Award Winner -

St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Producer Award nominee - Elliot Kotek -

St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Editor Award nominee - Ally Garrett -

St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Selection - Manhattan Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Selection - SF Docfest 2015

INCLUDING Naomi Watts, Christopher Wiehl, Marley Shelton,  Kerr Smith,  Reed Diamond,  Piper Perabo, Daniel Lettrle, Meredith Monroe,  Noah Bean,  Jon Fleming,  Michaela Conlin, George Stults,  Laura Regan,  Johann Urb, Maitee Schwartz, Sean O’Bryan,  Julie Dreyfus, Jesse Metcalfe, Anson  Mount, Colin Egglesfield, Santiago Douglas, Oleg Vidov, Jana Kolesarova,

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