Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

John Leguizamo's self-penned solo show Ghetto Klown (done on Broadway, as a world tour and, most recently, as a television special on HBO), will presented as part of Central Park's SummerStage. Presented by City Parks Foundation, in association with Westbeth Entertainment) will present Leguizamo, shown at right, performing his solo show, directed by Fisher Stevens, in Central Park's Rumsey Playground for two performances on Monday, July 28, 2014. For more information about the engagement, click here.

Rosa Rodríguez is starring in the webseries "Space Available" (written and directed by Patrick Avella), which is set to premiere in September 2014. For more information, click here and here.

J.W. Cortés, shown at left with his son Jaiden Cortés, will be singing the national anthem before the New York Mets-Miami Marlins baseball game on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Citi Field, located in the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park area of Queens. The event is also in commemoration of Autism Awareness Day, and by his side while he sings the national anthem will be Jonah Cortés (his younger son), who just happens to be autistic. For more information about the actor-singer-filmmaker, click here.

"Pushing Dreams", the webseries written and directed by Adel L. Morales, will be screened at Neirs's Tavern in the Woodhaven neighborhood of Queens on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The webseries stars Flaco Navaja, Caridad de la Luz, Selenis Leyva, Luis Antonio RamosVíctor CruzPlinio VillablancaAngela CoveLisann Valentín, Bobby DeJesús, Gabriel Sloyer and Mónica Walter Palmieri and Allen Holloway. For more information, click here or here.

Francisco Ramos, shown at right, is co-starring in the pilot "Pitch" (written and directed by John Henry Soto, who also plays the title character). For more information about the project, read the article in the Bronx Free Press by clicking here.

Emely Grisanty will be performing in a solo show of Sophocles' Edipo rey. Adapted and directed by Walter Ventosilla, Grisanty will play eight characters in the famed Greek tragedy. the Guacamolink Performing Arts production will have a run in May at the Producers Club Theaters, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

José Roldán, Jr. will soon be seen in the film Six String Buddha (written and directed by Fernando Gil). A teaser trailer can be seen below.

Six String Buddha - Teaser Trailer from Fernando Gil on Vimeo.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

2014 Drama League Nominations Announced - Nick Cordero and Rubén Santiago Hudson Up For Distinguished Performer Award


Nominations for the 80th annual Drama League Awards were announced on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at legendary Sardi's Restaurant by Judith Light and Christopher Sieber. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in Broadway and off-Broadway theater.

As previously reported, the Drama League's 2014 Distinguished Contributions and Achievements in Theatre honors will go to Barbara Cook, director John Tiffany and Broadway.com parent company Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America. One winner is selected for the Distinguished Performer Award. Recipients can only receive the award once during his or her career. 

Nick Cordero (of Broadway's Bullets Over Broadway) and Rubén Santiago Hudson (of off-Broadway's How I Learned What I Learned) are up for the Distinguished Performer Award this year. (Shown above from left to right: Cordero, Santiago Hudson.)

To read about the other nominees, click here or here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations Announced - Latino Nominees Include Burstein, Cordero, Santiago Hudson and Toledo

Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams announced the nominations for the 64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, celebrating productions both on and Off-Broadway, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at New York's legendary Friars Club. 

Productions who racked up nominations include A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which earned 11 nominations, the most of any production of the season; the new Broadway Disney musical Aladdin and the recent, critically acclaimed Public Theater production of Fun Home (starring nominee Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn and featuring Joel Pérez)— a Pulitzer Prize finalist — which received, respectively, eight and seven nominations. The Broadway debut of Rocky (starring Andy Karl and featuring Luis Salgado), the new musical based on the film of the same name, earned six nominations.




[Shown above, clockwise from top left: 2013-2014 Outer Critics Circle Award nominees Danny Burstein, Nick Cordero, Rubén Santiago Hudson and Isabel Toledo.]

Latino Outer Critics Circle Award nominees for the 2013-2014 season include Danny Burstein and Nick Cordero (both for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Cabaret and Bullets Over Broadway, respectively), Rubén Santiago Hudson (for Outstanding Solo Performance for How I Learned What I Learned), Isabel Toledo (for Outstanding Costume Design of a Play or Musical for After Midnight).

The Outer Critics Circle's members are affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, Internet and theatre publications in America and abroad.


Winners will be announced Tuesday, May 12, 2014. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Sardi's, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, or to see a complete list of nominees, click here or here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Eduardo Ramos, Víctor Cruz and Jorge Pupo can be seen in a national Spanish-language commercial for ACE Detergent, which spoofs telenovelas (the name of the telenovela in the commercial is "El Gran Final") and stars television and film star Sofía Vergara. (Ramos, shown at right, who plays Vergara's love interest and another role, booked the gig after the casting director saw his headshot in the HOLA online directory of talent and called him in to audition.) To see the commercial, click on the video below.



Sebastián Stimman, shown at left, stars in the Diana Sunder play With Love. Directed by Chris Manetakis, the play will be presented in May at the Manhattan Repertory (MRT), located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan, as part of the MRT Spring One-Act Competition. For more information, click here.

Emmanuelle Bordas booked a voiceover for Avon.

Olga Merediz completed work on the film Like Sunday, Like Rain (written and directed by Frank Whaley). The film also stars Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Billie Joe Armstrong, J. Smith Cameron and Alfredo Narciso.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Luis Salgado, shown at right, was profiled on the Puerto Rico Sun blog where he spoke on his role as Kid Rizzo in Rocky: The Musical (written by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Thomas Meehan, based on the screenplay of the Academy Award-winning film by Sylvester Stallone). The musical is directed by Alex Timbers (with choreography by Kelly Devine and boxing choreography by Stephen Hoggett) and is currently performing at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway. To read the interview, click here. In addition, he was interviewed by Luis Jiménez and Company for the New York radio program "The Luis Jiménez Show", where he spoke on his experience as a choreographer, Broadway performer and producer. To hear the interview (which is in Spanglish), click here.

Ramón Hierro and Gustavo Peña will star in the Teatro del Arte production of Jairo Aníbal Niño's La madriguera. Directed by Juan Carlos Mañón, the play will be presented in April at El Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

Susan Rybin will be hosting a showcase from The Big Apple Indie Music Series (TBAIMS) on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Toshi's Living Room, located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. Performers for the evening include Tachyon, Giant Flying Turtles, Sariah, Dante Blakeley and Joshua Kobak.

Mónica Delgado can be seen in the New York Lottery commercial below.



Eduardo Ramos can be seen in a viral video (directed by Liz Lanteri) from Cosmopolitan magazine, which extols the pleasures of petting felines and ripped midsections... all to a Dirty South-style hip hop beat (lyrics written by Ramos and CJ Richards, also in the video). To see the viral video "Cats + Abs", click on the video below.



If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Friday, April 18, 2014

HOLAwave: On Negotiating


[HOLAwave represents a series of guest blogs by industry insiders giving informative and educational tidbits for the Latino performer. They can range from acting and auditioning advice, tech tips, legal advice, marketing, producing tips, and so on. Get caught up in the wave– the HOLAwave.]

Here is a really quick, very basic primer on negotiation and what you should know about it. I provide this information for educational purposes on behalf of HOLA. Nothing in this blog is to be construed as specific legal advice. You and I do not have an Attorney-Client relationship by virtue of you reading this blog.


NEGOTIATING
Negotiating is communicating for the purpose of coming to an agreement, preferably one that achieves all the expectations you have for the work you want to do, and the remuneration (financial payment or other benefit, for example) you want for it. 
  
The key to all effective communication is knowing your audience


If you are a background performer ("an extra") and they are a big budget studio, your audience has little if any time for you and you are a plentiful commodity. In order to get what you want in an agreement you have to have leverage. If you are a background performer, you have little to no leverage– recognize that, do your work in a respectful professional manner and create a positive impression of who you are.

Especially early on, you as a performer, will not have much leverage, so understand that any concessions that you get from a producer on the terms or language of an agreement will largely come from their goodwill and interest in fairness and not from their fear that you will walk away. You can get concessions as a polite, professional, respectful little guy, but are not likely to get it as an entitled, brash, nobody.

Whether it be pay, hours or food, you are likely to get concessions if you appeal to their better angels and their sense of fairness, rather than acting insulted by the terms as they have been set out in the first contract they prepare for you. Most producers are not looking to "screw" you and if something seems wrong about a contract it may, in fact, be an error they didn’t know or think about.  

Which individual below is a "Goofus" and which is a "Gallant"? (In the examples below, "XYZ" refers to a particular clause in a contract, whereas "ABC" refers to an additional work duty of some type.)

Example 1: "Can I ask a question? Here where it says XYZ. Does that mean I may have to ABC? That might mean more work, right? Is there any extra compensation for that?"

Example 2: "HOLD UP! It says here I have to ABC, but it doesn’t say anything about paying me more for it? That’s Crazy!"
Clearly the Gallant (example 1) is more likely to get a concession than the Goofus (example 2). The idea it to be a Gallant and not a Goofus.


I hope this blog either enlightened you or reinforced some good habits that you have already developed. I will be posting a few more blogs about some general legal topics that may interest or educate you, however, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me via e-mail here and I will help you in any way I can. Chances are your questions or problems are ones that many other actors want answers to, and I can in the future use a blog post to answer a few common questions that I get.

Juan C. Restrepo Rodríguez, Esq., is a civil litigation attorney at Pellegrini & Associates in New York, specializing in commercial litigation, labor and employment law, as well as entertainment law. He serves as both Treasurer on the Executive Board of HOLA and General Counsel. He has been a guest lecturer at several local colleges on legal topics and volunteers his time in various political and social campaigns.  He was born in Medellín, Colombia and has been a proud New Yorker for over 30 years. He can be reached via e-mail by clicking here.  

SPANISH LANGUAGE VOICEOVER WORKSHOP with Manuel Herrera in May


SPANISH LANGUAGE VOICEOVER WORKSHOP with Manuel Herrera

May 6-22, 2014
Six (6) sessions on
Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 6:30pm sharp to 8pm

$200 for HOLA members

$325 for non-HOLA members
(HOLA membership will be included with admittance into workshop for non-members)

HOLA
 Office, located @ Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Suite 302 


Workshop will be co
nducted in Spanish.
(El taller será conducido en español.)


LISTEN TO THE BELOW PROMO FROM MANUEL HERRERA


Manuel Herrera's Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop was instrumental in my career development. Since I took this workshop, I have booked a number of Spanish-language commercials, industrials, dubbing, and special projects. In the past year alone, based only on my voiceover demo (which is on file at a commercial media company), I was offered a television campaign and was brought back three times. As a result I earned over $30,000. Take this workshop. Manuel is an excellent teacher, and you can be sure to increase your skills and earning capacity. Actor, playwright, director, producer and voiceover artist MARIO GOLDEN

Manuel HerreraHOLA Special Projects Director, actor, director and voiceover artist, will direct an advanced voiceover technique workshop for the experienced actor who wishes to fine-tune his/her technique. The workshop covers: diction and voicing in Spanish; interpretation and rhythm; character voices, and narration; professional audition and quick study techniques. Previous HOLA voiceover workshop students invited. Applicants should supply blank CD to record work progress. Optional production of demo tape available at additional cost. Actual voiceover copy will be used for this series. Small classes. Spanish-language voiceover jobs provide the greatest income potential for the Spanish speaking actor. 

Workshop held at 
HOLA using the "WhisperRoom". Register early as there is limited enrollment. Registration confirmed upon payment. 



Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center,
located at 107 Suffolk Street 

(between Rivington and Delancey streets), Lower East Side, NYC.
(F to Delancey / J M Z to Essex / 
M9, M14A buses)
Visa, Mastercard and 

American Express cards accepted. 
Call 
HOLA at (212) 253-1015 to register.

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