Owner & Founder
Nikki Pederson is the CEO of Nikki Pederson Talent and serves as the Networks Executive Director. With over 20 years of experience discovering some of the industries leading actors and models, Pederson has managed to establish tremendous relationships within both the entertainment and fashion industry.
Jana Lawrence is the Executive Assistant to Nikki Pederson Talent and plays a key role in the day-to-day operations of the Network and it's talent.
LA Acting Coach Bryan, Texas
Raini is a Bryan, Texas Native is also a Nikki Pederson Talent Alumni and an award winning Hollywood actress. She is best known for her roles as Trish in the Disney series Austin & Ally and Maya Blart in the films Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. She has also appeared in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and on the Disney XD show I'm in the Band. She played Tess in the 2011 film Prom and won Best Young Television Actress at the 2013 Imagen Awards.
Her vast knowledge within the television industry makes her a perfect fit for our LA Acting Coaching team here in Bryan, Texas. Having Raini as part of our team is such an incredible honor. She was already family before!
Dani Davis is a former model with over 20 years experience in the modeling and talent industry. Out of her passion for helping educated and develop models, Davis is also an award winning Makeup Artist and has worked alongside some of the world's leading photographers.
Tiffany has over 20 years of experience in both Marketing and Advertising that she brings to the Nikki Pederson team. Her passion for helping others pursue their dreams makes her a perfect fit for our team and every client she encounters. Tiffany is part of the “beginning” process of our yearly Open Call Auditions for our LA Invitational Team. Each June, she begins reaching out to all of our applicants who have submitted their information to our website and schedules them to come in for our Open Call that we have in August. Being a part of the Nikki Pederson Talent Marketing Team has been such an honor for Tiffany and her family and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to utilize her knowledge and skills.
LA Casting Director
Patrick began his career at the young age of 18 as an actor in commercials and later went on to star in the Academy Award nominated movie Stand and Deliver. Baca is now a LA Casting Director and casts feature films, television sitcoms, short films and theatre. His most recent film credits include E.M.T. starring Tom Everett Scott, Interior Night starring Riley Smith and Erinn Hayes, A Christmas Melody directed by Mariah Carey for Hallmark,
Baca has played a key role and helped launch the careers of many young actors including, Jaimie Alexander, Seann William Scott, Taylor Kinney, Natalie Martinez, Amy Acker, Christina Milian, Tanner Stine and Ashley Green. Outside of his impressive resume, Baca is also a five-time CSA Artios Award nominee and won the Talent Manager Association’s Feature Film Casting Director of the Year Award in 2011.
LA Acting Coach Bryan, Tx
Laura James “LJ” is a television director, short documentary producer, acting coach, improv teacher and content creator. Born and raised in California, LJ went on to earn her BFA in Acting from Southern Oregon University. Degree in hand she moved to LA to follow her acting dreams. She found paid work in production and every other odd job she could find. Luckily she found improv and spent her time performing and eventually teaching improv. She produced an award winning short documentary called A Friend Comes To Visit, A comic conversation about a touchy topic: Menstruation. LJ moved to the emerging comedy scene of Portland Oregon performing and teaching at Curious Comedy Theater and Oregon Children’s Theatre which naturally led her to sketch comedy which she wrote and performed for years. She began directing sketch shows and her shows went on to win festivals around the country. She emerged as a go to director for sketch comedy. Her background led to merging all of her skills and strengths to become one of the main directors of many short films through the Neutrino Project, a m onthly improvised film project. LA called her back with the hopes of directing television, a lifelong dream. She got her foot in the door as a dialogue coach at Disney Channel and used that opportunity as her film school.
She got her first shot on the hit Disney Channel show, Austin & Ally where she directed multiple episodes. She went on to direct episodes of Bunk’dand Bizaardvark. She also directed digital shorts series for Disney Channel and a music video for solo artist Pat Kearns.
She is best known for quickly creating rapport with actors and crafting incredible performances, working fast without sacrificing quality, navigating politics with ease and being a confident and collaborative leader. LJ is passionate about helping others and giving back. She is very active at the DGA, and was recently elected as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Steering Committee.
Nikki Pederson Talent is so honored to have her as part of our Coaching team for our LA Invitational Team.
Hot Springs, Arkansas Acting Coach
Tiffany Thornton is an American actress, radio personality. She made her television acting debut in the pilot episode of the Fox sitcom, Quintuplets. She then went on to appear in 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams, The O.C., Desperate Housewives, That's So Raven, Jericho, Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana.
In 2009, Tiffany co-starred as Tawni Hart on the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance and then went on to play a part in the Disney Channel Original Movie Hatching Pete. After Sonny with a Chance ended in early 2011, it was replaced by So Random! in the summer of 2011 where she reprised her role as Tawni Hart.
From 2015–2016, Tiffany began her career as a radio personality for KLAZ 105.9 based in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She co-hosted the morning show "Kramer and Tiffany", as well as hosted her own mid-day show. She is also a blogger for DisneyBaby.com.
As of mid-2016, Thornton works as a recruitment adviser for Champion Christian College.
Having Tiffany on our team as an acting coach is such a blessing. Her knowledge of the industry and her successful experience as an actor will play a major role in helping our Hot Springs, LA Invitational team.