On Camera/ Acting Technique - Virtual
Elana Safar harbors a giant passion for mentoring talent and has been working with The
Prep since 2020! She has a proven track record for helping students book their very first
roles on Broadway, in TV/Film, commercials, and sign with top agents and managers, as
well as gain admission to leading performing arts schools and universities. She is also an expert marketing professional who rewrites bios, resumes, and websites.
Elana earned a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from NYU, a BA from Brandeis
University, and trained in Terry Knickerbocker’s two-year Meisner conservatory. She
previously interned in casting at the Papermill Playhouse and publicity at Universal
Records. She is also certified in dealing with mental health issues and disorders (audition anxiety, clinical perfectionism, ADHD) under Michael Jacobs, PHD.
As an actress, her TV credits include Quantico, The Blacklist, Damages, Small Miracles,
and Jimmy Fallon. Currently repped by Take 3 Talent, she has appeared in films,
commercials, musicals, plays, and staged readings opposite such legendary performers as Brooke Shields and Tovah Feldshuh. Elana also loves to write and contribute thought
leadership to this field and was published in American Theater Magazine.
She brings her friendly approach and sharp intuition to diagnose exactly what each
individual needs to move their skills, career, and mindset forward. Ultimately, Elana makes sure that her clients built confidence, learn practical techniques, and feel good while doing it!
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Elana! Just wanted to say thank you again for the help today. I watched the tapes back and I’m really happy with them. They came so far in just a day and I really learned a lot!
-Madison Curbello, Advanced to the CHEMISTRY READ for the lead role in an exciting film starring Josh Lucas!
Grant has transformed before my eyes! Elana's love for acting and teaching is truly inspiring. Elana's weekly sessions with Grant have helped him gain confidence in acting. She is also very helpful during his callbacks and auditions. She not only makes class fun, but she was able to bring him out of his comfort zone while helping Grant explore each scene and to dig deeper. Elana is a wonderful teacher and mentor. The Prep, myself and her students are all lucky to have her!
-Grant Po's Mother
Elana always challenges me and makes the class fun and comfortable. When we do a cold read or self tape, she is always encouraging, provides feedback and introduces me to techniques that I can use and most of all she helps me explore emotions that I never knew how to work in a scene. She is an AWESOME teacher and always supports me!
-Grant Po, Booked a short film and was called back for Trevor the Musical!
Ziva was placed with Elana and they got off to a quick start. She worked diligently with Ziva and had her ready for the agency showcase in just a couple of months. I was nervous but Elana was certain she was ready. She was right and Ziva nailed it! She signed with Stewart and has been working ever since! Elana really laid the foundation for Ziva’s success and we’re so grateful!
-Ziva Jane's Mother, ZIva is now recurring on a prestigious Showtime series to debut in 2022
Working with Elana for the past year has helped Quinn grow and improve tremendously as an actor. Elana has helped Quinn prep for auditions and callbacks, answered numerous questions about “the business” and most recently helped Quinn get signed by Spark Talent Agency by reviewing her demo reel and making suggestions. Quinn always has a blast when working with Elana and we are so thankful for discovering her and The Prep!
-Quinn McCarthy was CALLED BACK and/or PINNED for films and episodic, a recent confidential HULU film!
Elana showed me the ways of the industry through thoughtful and skilled teaching. I was able to really connect and develop thorough characters. With the help of Elana I was able to put together a reel which got me callbacks for numerous indie and feature films, I also booked a lead in a short film and a supporting role in a feature table read! Without Elana I would not be the actor I am today!
-Trinh Ryan BOOKED a short film!