The Big Move - L.A.: SPECIAL Three Part Series!


Vagabond School of the Arts




Sun, May 16, 2021 - May 30, 2021

3 classes

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT


Online via Zoom


20 students

Class Experience

One of our most popular panel sessions becomes a three part informational series this spring! You can attend just one session or sign up for them all.

Week 1 (May 16th) - Agent Zach Gray, who moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to open Gray Talent Group LA in 2016, provides insight to actors thinking about making the daunting move to the west coast and changing or shifting representation.

Week 2 (May 23rd) - Casting Director Shelby Cherniet, CSA, who is currently living in LA and working on casting for producers such as FX and Netflix (to name a few), will talk about projects, protocol and getting in the room in the city with largest TV and Film market out there.

Week 3 (May 30th)- Actor Behzad Dabu, who moved from Chicago to LA will share his journey, answer questions from the actor perspective, and share his tips on pursuing a career in acting on the west coast.

This three week session will offer an honest assessment of the struggles, landscape and work it takes to transition into the Los Angeles market. It will cover everything from common traps to avoid, to marketing yourself in a way that's appropriate for the market. This honest and informative session can help you discern if/when the move to Los Angeles is right for you. Buy all three or drop in for the sessions you want.


Zach Gray is a TV/Film agent who has placed clients in feature films (from blockbusters to Sundance hits) and many major Network, Cable and Streaming shows such as This is Us, Veep, Better Call Saul, Grey's Anatomy, Fear the Walking Dead, Law & Order: SVU and Modern Family. Zach is a proud Chicagoan, Cubs fan and graduate of Northwestern University.

Shelby Cherniet, CSA, is a2019 Artios Award Nominee & 2016 Artios Award Winner. Currently living in Los Angeles and working as the Associate Casting Director on the FX tv pilot “The Spook Who Sat by the Door”, Season Three of “The Umbrella Academy” on Netflix and the upcoming feature “House Party”.Before moving to LA, was the Chicago Casting Associate on several projects, including the pilot for "Empire (Artios Award Winner), Seasons One, Two & Three of NBC’s “Chicago Fire “, "Chicago PD", "Betrayal", and “Crisis”. Shelby has worked as Casting Associate on several films, including 2015 Sundance Film Festival's nominated "Unexpected", "Divergent", "Superman: Man of Steel", The Wachoswki’s “Jupiter Ascending”, Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion”, “The Last Rites of Joe May”, “Gifted Hands”, “The Poker House”, and “The Lake House”.

Behzad Dabu is an actor, producer, and activist based out of both Los Angeles and Chicago. He has worked extensively on stage at some of the best theaters in the country, especially in Chicago, and is a proud company member at TimeLine Theatre Company.
On screen, you can see him as 'Simon Drake' on Seasons 3 and 4 of How To Get Away With Murder on ABC, as 'Amir' on the Showtime series The Chi, on Disney’s The Lion Guard, and episodes of The Good Place, Chicago P.D., Drive Share, You're So Talented, Dealbreakers, and various national commercials. He strives to be a strong advocate for social justice and equality, particularly in regards to representation in the arts and media; and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project, which seeks to level the playing field and provide resources in the arts for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.