Connect Now instructors ensure an environment that is both energized and safe with the promise of an experience you have yet to have in any workshop.
With over 25 years in the corporate and entertainment industries, our unique blend of Performance and Improvisation techniques helps professionals in all industries build deeper relationships with their clients and better communication within their teams while driving productivity to new highs and exceeding goals.
Jana Lee Hamblin
A native of Portland, Oregon Jana Lee is a working actor in Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, and Portland. Her list of film/television credits and commercials, both national and regional, is extensive. She last guest starred on Amazon’s Sneaky Pete with Giovanni Ribisi and alongside Dwayne Johnson and Russell Brand on HBO’s Ballers. She has also been seen on stage in the Portland premier of Artists Repertory Theater’s Trevor and Emily in Beruit Wedding’s World premier of Reborning.
Jana is an ongoing faculty member at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and was the owner and founder of The Act Now Studio in Portland, Oregon. As a coach and mentor for over 13 years, she has nurtured a creative and supportive environment for actors to hone their craft. Additionally, she has facilitated ongoing workshops with casting directors, directors, producers, and coaches all over the country.
Jana has taken her unique skills as an acting teacher and worked with several companies to help sales reps, managers, and employees in the corporate world become better listeners, better leaders, and more successful in their careers. She pushes people out of their comfort zones with joy and service and gives people tools in which to work with in any situation.
During her limited time off, Jana spends her days in the Malibu canyon in LA and on the trails of Portland’s Forest Park with her three dogs. She is a staunch advocate for animals.
“Jana Lee Hamblin is a warm, enthusiastic and talented acting teacher who is dedicated to making you better at what you love to do.”
– John Levey, Warner Brothers Casting
Tom Zalutko has had a successful and rewarding twenty-year career in the healthcare industry with experiences ranging from Quality Control to Sales and Management. As a manager, Tom was responsible for the development of both sales teams and future leaders while achieving and exceeding corporate goals.
In 2003, Tom left the workforce to become a Stay-Home-Dad to his daughters, Sarah and Danielle. While at home, Tom led his daughter’s two soccer teams as head coach and earned a national license in coaching while doing so.
In 2008, Tom was accepted into the Masters in Fine Arts program for Literary Writing at Pacific University, ranked 4th in the world at the time. It is here that he earned his Masters Degree in Literary Writing, graduating class of 2010.
With his designs set on writing, he entered his comedic short story, Bad Habit, into one of the world’s top literary journal competitions: Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and earned the award of Finalist.
In 2010, after MC’ing an event in Vancouver, WA, Tom was approached by a local filmmaker to play the role of one of the characters in his film. Tom said, “Yes,” and his adventures began.
After ten years in the entertainment business, Tom’s credits include multiple feature films, national television and commercial projects, several theatre appearances, additional MC’ing events including the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival and pitching projects at the annual Cannes Film Festival in the south of France.
It is through these experiences, his background in sales leadership and a willingness to say, “Yes,” that Tom came to understand the power of connecting deeply with another human being, the importance of listening over speaking and how his training could help others.
Kelsey Tucker is an attorney, film producer, writer and actor. Kelsey is a native Oregonian and graduated from the University of Oregon and later from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School. With 22 years of experience in law, Kelsey’s practice has ranged from corporate law, domestic relations, real estate transactions, and construction defect litigation, among other fields.
In 2016 Kelsey wrote, produced and had a supporting role in her first feature film, THE COMPETITION, a romantic comedy about a girl with a rather troubling theory on romance, and a guy who challenges her to a competition to prove her theory wrong. The film stars Thora Birch and Chris Klein and was released to the world in 2018.
Kelsey has been writing and acting since junior high school where she starred in several plays. She went on to perform in many more stage productions, radio commercials, and later film and television. Kelsey recently appeared in the upcoming film VICTORY FORCE opposite Billy Zane, and in the featurette JUDITH, where she plays Judith, a woman given 24 hours to discover what men truly want. Kelsey lives in Lake Oswego with her husband William, a business owner and real estate redeveloper, and her son Dash, an aspiring writer and actor in his own right.
Kelsey is honored and excited to bring the powerful experience of these workshops to those working in the corporate world and, through these workshops, she is confident she can help anyone realize outstanding results in both their personal and professional lives. She believes it’s life changing stuff!
In her time off, Kelsey enjoys water skiing on Lake Oswego, frisbee with her son Dash, reading novels, and writing screenplays.