Meet the team

Karen Patmas: Founder/CEO and Talent Agent

Karen Patmas founded National Talent LA. National Talent LA is a SAG-AFTRA Franchised/WGA Signatory talent agency based in Los Angeles, CA. Committed to core values of ethics, integrity, transparency, service, and transformation, NTLA insists upon upholding the highest professional standards while serving the needs of both talent and clients. National Talent LA represents Commercial and Theatrical Actors, writers, Directors, Producers, and production companies. Karen has experience since a young age with modeling, acting and also being published as a model internationally. With 20 years experience as a behavioral health therapist, Karen Patmas has the experience needed to manage high-stress situation.

In addition to modeling, acting, mentoring models, directing and assisting in producing runway fashion shows, she holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is an LISCW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). She has graduate classes in leadership. During her 20 years of experience, she worked in a variety of setting including locked acute psychiatric facilities, ER psychiatric triage, behavioral health case management, outpatient therapy office, Child Protective Services, owned her own practice, and assisted in starting a behavioral health department within a multi-specialty medical group. She was instrumental in the development of that department and assisted in hiring, managed, participated in strategic planning, and mentored colleagues. With her clinical degree, she was diagnosing, assessing, writing treatment plans and implementing treatment plans.

Karen had published a few issues of Belle Vie Magazine in honor of her son that had died in a car crash in August of 2017. Belle Vie , meaning “beautiful life” was in honor of him and represented his life and how he helped others without hesitation, he loved life, lived life to the fullest, and taught many around him to live, love, and laugh. He had a heart of gold at the young age of 24 years old. The magazine was created to help others in the industry and “lift them up” , giving them needed exposure and also a platform to speak from. A dedication page was created for all parents who wanted to have a chance to share about the child they lost. The magazine was given up once Karen had her SAG license due to the SAG rule of not being able to own another business while being a SAG AFTRA Franchised talent agency owner.

This agency is also a dedication to her son and a continuation of how he helped others and uplifted them. She is a firm believer that it takes team work and communication. It takes both a strong agent and also a strong talent that is willing to work hard and that combination will equal success. Karen is honored to be representing the talent on her roster, and excited to use her experience in leading and guiding others to assist them in reaching the goals they would like to reach in their career.

Noelle Kim - Sr. Agent

Head of the Action and Specialty Division at National Talent LA since 2018, Noelle Kim reps a variety of professionals with specialized skills and superior acting ability.

With an extensive background in the action business, from being the only female ever given an executive position (VP of Operations) at the prestigious Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures to running the Emmy-winning stunt office of such hit shows as CSI Miami, House, Numb3rs and Curb Your Enthusiasm it is fair to say Ms Kim knows the action business. On top of which, she is the only non-stunt person to be accepted into both the stunt peer group of ATAS (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) and the World Stunt Academy (approved by legend Terry Leonard, original Blue Ribbon Committee member), giving her a unique knowledge and perspective on the action industry afforded to few others and making her the first agent of her kind to represent strictly union action professionals at every level, both theatrically and commercially.

Additionally, Ms Kim has been a casting director, producer/executive producer and she is delighted to use her 25+ years in showbiz to benefit her clients fully.

To submit yourself for possible representation by Ms Kim, please email current headshot, resume and acting reel to

Paula Allen, Screenland Associates


Paula is a seasoned publishing executive with more than two decades of experience in author representation and contract negotiation, and she’s also managed publishing business units for Barnes & Noble, Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon that generated hundreds of new books each year, and millions in sales.  In 2005 Paula founded Screenland Literary Associates, a boutique literary and consulting agency helping an eclectic mix of authors and illustrators find publishing outlets for their manuscripts.  Paula also consults with companies needing help or guidance for their publishing businesses.  Some of her recent corporate consulting clients include: A+E Networks, & the History Channel, NBC Universal, Crayola and IFLScience.

Ralph Cooper, Talent Agent

Ralph Cooper is a 10 year theatrical, commercial, and voiceover agent and accomplished writer, director, and Emmy award winning producer. Ralphs experience spans from working as an agent for CESD, Capital Talent, AVO, working at Universal Studios and also PBS television.

After receiving his film studies degree from University of California,  Santa Barbara Ralph entered the entertainment field as a freelance screenwriter and emerged into prominence once joining the team of an iconic LA commercial talent agency as an assistant. Ralph worked his way up in the agency to a  promo and trailer agent and became a solid booker for the agency 

After a long stint at the agency, Ralph left  to start other ventures including managing a web design firm, founding a film finance company and running a television station, the latter garnering him 2 Emmy awards for producing.

Ralph is back with his passion for working as an agent … with a couple Emmy’s added to his history now!

Aayushi Bhargava

Talent Agent Assistant for Noelle Kim

Amy Weingartner

Literary Consultant

Amy Weingartner enjoys a dynamic and varied career in the worlds of film, TV, animation, comics, publishing, and consumer products.  She is a leader in storytelling, content strategy, and IP/franchise development, having held leadership positions at entertainment studios:  Warner Bros., DC Comics, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment and, most recently, MGA Entertainment. A passionate and experienced publishing business and story content development expert, Amy is also an established and widely published writer and editor.

With a Masters degree in Literature and an MFA in Fiction and over a decade of teaching writing at the college level, Amy is a writing coach and teaches screenwriting, playwriting, graphic novel, and fiction writing at a performing arts college in Los Angeles.