NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Though Amy Lyndon's career has taken her to Hollywood and beyond, New Rochelle will always hold a special place in her heart.
Lyndon grew up on Seacord Road and traces the beginning of her whirlwind career as an actor, manager, writer and booking coach to the age of 10, when she began participating in school plays at Roosevelt Elementary School.
She went on to attend Albert Leonard Middle School and New Rochelle High School.
During her final year at the high school, she began training at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, and went on to pursue her bachelor of fine arts degree at Syracuse University.
She trained with Stella Adler and Harry Mastrogeorge, moved to Los Angeles, and went on to perform in more than 40 movies and 35 television, including "Law & Order," "NCIS," "Entourage," "Ugly Betty" and "NYPD Blue."
After helping another actress land a role, Lyndon began focusing on helping prepare young actors for their careers.
"A friend of mine asked me to coach her daughter for a starring role in a movie, and she got it. I thought - 'hey, I could do this.' I created the technique on my own. It's called the Lyndon technique - I use it for myself and I started to share it. Within the last eight years it has completely blown up internationally," she said.
Lyndon wrote a book on her findings to spread it around the world: "The Lyndon Technique: A 15 Guideline Map To Booking Technique."
"I'm still acting, but I love being part of a young actor's life. My goal is to help them become successful," she said.
One of her most successful clients is Adam Brody, of "The OC" fame.
"Adam came to me when he was younger. I taught him how to act, and helped him book jobs. I was with him until the big role," she said.
The key to Lyndon's technique is to embody the writer's desire for the character.
"As an actor you are an emotional facility for the writer, you’re a vessel. There's all these different philosophies for how people should get a job. The truth of the matter is, if you read it as the writer wrote it, he might say you’re it. It's very logical and I don't know why more people don't do it," she said.
If Lyndon could give a piece of advice to an aspiring actor, perhaps one from New Rochelle, it would be, "Come here with the notion that you’re going to make it. We've lost a lot of great talent because they think within the first two years they’ll make it, and then they go back home when they don't. A career is not a job, it’s a lifetime."
Despite her success, Lyndon has never forgotten her roots or her love for her hometown.
"I love New Rochelle. I had a great, great childhood in New Rochelle. The diversity there taught me how to deal with just about anybody. I graduated with 1,000 people of every color imaginable. I met people from every part and I rode my bike everywhere. I loved new Rochelle and so did my family," she said.
For more information on Amy Lyndon, you can visit her website here.