Saturday, October 25, 2014

HOLAwave: The Importance of Keeping Consistency in Performance

[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.]

One of the things I find fledging actors struggle with is continuity in their performances once the work is done. It is important for the actor to know and preserve what works in every performance once the "discovery" phase is over. 

Too often after getting to that place where things should be set, some actors continue to over-think and struggle; even after knowing they already thought it out deeply, practiced and rehearsed in every which way. Yes, spontaneity is good within context and realism, being lost isn't. 

This is where an actor's sense and talent in psychology comes to play. It is so important for actors to get a real sense of people's real behavior and what motivates them. This should be done in a humble nonjudgemental way; those who simply observe to mock others completely lose the point and need spiritual guidance, but the artist looks with his heart. 

Be bold and observe life, this will give you confidence in knowing your choices are right. So much is on you to make a scene come to life.

The actor must do a lot of self coaching and consistence is key to keeping the point alive and giving directors, writers and producers what they are looking for.


Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey. He currently resides in New York City. He made his film debut co-starring in the blockbuster hitDangerous Minds alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. Other film credits include Hackers with Angelina Jolie, Daylight with Sylvester Stallone, and Con Air with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich; and the indie films Punks (Sundance Film Festival selection), The Street KingJust Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy and Lavoe: The Untold Story(where he played Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco). Among his episodic television appearances are guest leads in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", "Touched by an Angel", "Big Apple" and "Stand Up".

He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award by the press as Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical in his Broadway debut The Capeman, composed by Paul Simon, and in which he starred alongside Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Rubén Blades. He has appeared in many off-Broadway productions under such notable directors as Liz Swados in Lincoln Center and in workshops with Graciela Daniele in Blood Wedding and Gabriel Barre in the Kander & Ebb musical Skin of Our Teeth with Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez. 

His writing credits include the Emmy-nominated television series "City Kids", in which he was also a lead character and the book to the musical Bring in the Morning… A Wake-Up Call at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York starring Lauryn Hill.

As a singer, he can be heard singing backup for recording artist India on her album Latin Songbird, duetting with Danny Rivera and Marc Anthony amongst others, having performed with many artists of international renown.  He is currently developing new acting, writing and production ventures across some exciting genres at home and abroad, also community arts projects. He is writing new songs in English and Spanish and is presently recording music for his debut album. His next feature film is Grand Street with Kelly McGillis, currently in post-production. In addition, he most recentlky directed the Mathilde DeHaye play Snow White and the Beast at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in New York. 

For more information about Renoly Santiago, click here.

Sofía Vergara Talks Latino Representation On Television

Check out this blog by Carolina Moreno in The Huffington Post on how actress Sofía Vergara talks about Latino representation in television and what she did to help the writers of her hit ABC television series "Modern Family" represent her Colombian heritage correctly by clicking here.

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.

Vanessa Verduga, shown at right, in character, was profiled in Latin Heat, where the blog dealt with the upcoming third season premiere of her webseries "Justice Woman", which she conceived, wrote, directed, and in which she produces and stars. To read the article (written by Elia Esparza), click here. The third season of the webseries is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, October 28, 2014. For more information, click here.

María Fontanals will be starring in Federico García vuelve a nacer. Written by Rodolfo Braceli and directed by Raúl Rivera, the production will be part of the eARTh Theater Festival/Lorca Al Desnudo II, scheduled to take place in November at the Roy Arias Studios and Theaters complex, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.


2014 HOLA Awards recipient Jeannie Sol, shown at left, will be performing a cabaret to benefit Teatro SEA's Be a Hero campaign. The cabaret will take place at Mundo (in the Paper Factory Hotel), located in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. For more information, click here or here.

Rénoly Santiago is scheduled to be keynote speaker for the Second Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, November 1, 2014. To register, click here.

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 memberwhy not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLAwhy not become one?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Do Minority Actors Have a Duty to Reject Stereotypical Roles?

Check out this article by Justin Chan of Complex magazine regarding the images of minorities in the media (and where HOLA's Executive Director Manny Alfaro was quoted), by clicking here.

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.

Michael Díaz (also known by his nom de comédie Juan Bago), pictured at right, in character, was profiled in the DNA Info blog, where it mentioned his current webseries "Ask Bago" (The Flama), where he dispenses advice to people online with comically disastrous results. To read the profile in DNA Info, click here

2014 HOLA Awards recipient Marco Antonio Rodríguez was recently interviewed by Mike Robles & Pedro Rafael Rosado of the popular internet radio show "Robles & Rosado", where he was promoting the two stage productions now playing in which he is involved— Barceló con hielo (written by Rodríguez and directed by José Zayas and presented by and at Repertorio Español, located at Manhattan's Rose Hill neighborhood), and La caída de Rafael Trujillo (written by Carmen Rivera and directed by Cándido Tirado and presented by and at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village). He can be heard at about 14:58 into the program, which can be heard by clicking here.


María Cotto acted in the play El espejo. Written and directed by and co-starring Yasmar Cruz, the two-hander was presented in October at the Gran Teatro del Cibao as part of the VIII Festival Internacional de Teatro del Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. 

Rosa Rodríguez and Ramón Hierroshown above, from left to right, booked an on-camera commercial for Access Health through an HOLA referral.

Vivienne Jurado is starring in the Christy Smith-Sloman's play Negative is Positive. Directed by Andreas Robertz, the play will be performed at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click here.


Diana Pou, shown at left, will play Vanessa in the musical In The Heights (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes). Directed by Waddys Jáquez and produced by Amaury Sánchez, the musical will run in November at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The production was featured in a Playbill Online Photo Call showing production photographs. The photo gallery can be seen by clicking here. The cast (including Pou) performed on the Dominican talk show "Chévere Nights" (TeleSistema). To see the performance and interview (the former in Spanglish, the latter in Spanish), click 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 memberwhy not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, you can find out more information on how to do so by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLAwhy not become one?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zoë Saldaña On Why She Wants The Word ‘Ethnic' To Disappear

“I cannot wait until the word ‘ethnic’ is erased from our everyday vocabulary,” the star added. “In America, everything that’s not ‘American’ is ethnic but outside of America everything that is American is ethnic. So in reality there’s no such thing as being darker or lighter, when in reality you’ve just been this way your whole life. Unless you’re comparing me to something, then I’m always going to be taller, smaller, skinnier, bigger or lighter or darker.”


Check out this blog by Carolina Moreno in The Huffington Post on how actress-producer Zoë Saldaña wants to have a particular word erased from the vocabulary and how she advocates creating your own opportunities by clicking here or by viewing the video below.

Rosie Pérez Says Latin Hollywood Told Her Not To ‘Rock The Boat'


“I started calling people on their stuff. I’d say, ‘Listen, things have to change. How come I keep getting 50 million offers to play the crack ho?’” the Puerto Rican actress told King. “And I challenged them on it, and initially, oh my god, the negative response was horrific. And it wasn't just from white Hollywood. It was also from Latin Hollywood. They were telling me to stop trying to rock the boat. And I said, 'The boat needs to be rocked.' "


Check out this blog by Carolina Moreno in The Huffington Post on how Academy Award nominee Rosie Pérez has been a vocal advocate for Latino representation in the media– and how she was often discouraged from being one by Latin Hollywood by clicking here.