Friday, February 5, 2016

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.

Eric Robledo, shown at right, was featured in the DC Theatre Scene blog, where his participation in the GALA Hispanic Theatre production of Federico García Lorca's Yerma (Barren) was highlighted in Rosalind Lacy’s Top 12 shows of 2015, where it came in at number one. To read the blog, click here. The production, adapted by Fernando J. López and directed by José Luis Arellano García, also came up big at this year's Helen Hayes Awards, where it received nine nominations, including one for Outstanding Play. Robledo and the rest of the cast are nominated for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. For more information, click here.

David Zayas, shown at left, has booked a series regular role in the upcoming Hulu series "Shut Eye". For more information. click here.

Carla Caraballo will be starring in two plays from the Afrikan Women's Repertory– How Much Do We Hate Each Other? Let Us Count The Dead and Women Gather. Written and directed by Bonnie Wright, the productions will run in repertory in February at the Producers Club Theaters, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information on the productions, click here.

Tony Rodríguez is acting in the short film Una pierna, written and directed by Brian Peterson. The film is currently in production in the NYC metropolitan area.


Larissa Santiago, shown at right, will be starring in the film The Darkest Black. (written and directed by Angelita Mendoza and Víctor Capiz), the film is produced by VidiVici Films and Xizmo Media. Santiago received the role after reading the casting notice through the e-mail announcements that HOLA sends to its members and self-submitting.

Vladimir Ríos, along with Lester Blum, was interviewed by Time Warner New York 1 News for the narrative photo series I Still Remember, for which Blum served as photographer and Ríos served as creative director and lead actor. 
An epic, compelling photographic narrative (and accompanying book of photos) which tells a powerful and moving story of the quest for love, destruction, and remembrance, it takes place in the gay culture of New York City in the 1980s and 1990s. I Still Remember commemorates those who have passed from HIV/AIDS-related causes and to help educate a younger generation about the early years of the disease. I Still Remember was just recently exhibited at Staten Island LGBT Community Center in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island. To see the interview, click on the video below. For more information on the accompanying photo book, click here 
(note: some photos are not safe for work).
Andres Fabian | Facebook


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?

Monday, February 1, 2016

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.

A.B. Lugo, Indio Meléndez and Omar Pérez, shown at right, from left to right, were selected to present and perform in their self-penned solo shows for the Callback Series festival presented by Teatro Círculo. The plays are Manchild Machismo (directed by Omar Pérez), Someday A Father Be (directed by Dudley Findlay, Jr.), and Rhapsodia (directed by Mino Lora), respectively. The pieces will be presented together in March at Teatro Círculo's namesake space in Manhattan's East Village. For more information on the festival, click here.

Aileene Pérez and Edward Azcorra acted in Caravana de sueños. Presented by Producciones Barrera, it is written and directed by América Barrera, the play will be produced in January at the Poet's Den Theater in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood.


Marcelo Carrascosa, shown at leftis starring in 1989: A Musical PlayDevised and directed by Tatiana Pandiani, with music by Soda Stereo, Sumo, Virus, Abuelos de la Nada, and others, this bilingual (Spanish-English) musical will be presented by Columbia Stages at the Connelly Theater located in Manhattan's East Village. For more information, click herehere, or here.

Marcos Sotomayor
co-starred in Flama’s comedy video “C.A.R.I.N.A.” To see Sotomayor (he is the one with “chicken pox”), click on the video below. (Caution: strong language.)



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?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Banner Ads Now Available on HOLA Website

Wanna promote your upcoming stage production? Your upcoming film screening? Your upcoming special event?

HOLA members often get publicity in our Members in Performance page, but what if you could promote on our main homepage, or in our directory (The HOLA Pages), where more people can see your ad?

What if you had a project with no HOLA members that you wanted to promote?

What if you wanted to promote something that wasn’t a show (like your production company itself or a new website)?

Now you can do so by BUYING A BANNER AD on the HOLA website.

Banner ads come in half-page and full-page sizes and can be on the HOLA website for one week, two weeks, three weeks or a whole month. HOLA can also link your ad to a particular website at no additional cost.

Prices on the banner ads are affordable. Also, not-for-profit organizations receive a 10% discount on ad prices.

The HOLA website receives thousands of visits each month. The HOLA website is viewed by many professionals in the industry and is a unique way of reaching the Latino/Hispanic and mainstream audiences, which make buying a banner ad a smart investment for you.

Wanna buy a banner ad? Call (212) 253-1015 or (888) 624-HOLA or e-mail us for prices and ad dimensions.

HOLA Regional Membership Available For Those Outside New York Metropolitan Area

If you are an actor who lives in an area of the U.S. outside of the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey or Connecticut (HOLA's programming and administrative headquarters region), HOLA is proud to announce its Regional Membership level - for only $65 (versus a $125 regular NYC region membership price) for one full year!

As an HOLA Regional Member, you'll be entitled to the following member benefits:

• Your headshot, resume, reel and voiceover demo*  showcased on the HOLA Pages, the internet's only concentrated source of Latino acting talent. The directory is a trusted resource for casting directors, producers and talent agents receiving, on average, over 5,000 visits per month. (* There is an additional charge 
of $15 for adding your voiceover demo.)

• Your performances listed and promoted via HOLA's website and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) that reaches thousands of people in the entertainment industry.

• Casting notices that will alert you to employment opportunities tailored to the Latino actor.

• Advocacy to combat stereotypes of the Latino/Hispanic community in media and entertainment as well as the opportunity to join in solidarity with the Latino/Hispanic acting community.


Application for regional memberships accepted by telephone order only. Call HOLA toll-free at (888) 524-HOLA or (888) 524-4652. (VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted.) Please submit your headshot (in .jpg format) and resume in a Word 
document or in Portable Data Format (.doc or .docx; or .pdf) via e-mail to HOLA.

Why Join HOLA? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About HOLA

WHY JOIN HOLA?
Frequently Asked Questions

• Is HOLA an agency or management company?
No. While we work similarly to an agency or an artist management company, we do a lot more. In essence, HOLA is a membership organization, a not-for-profit arts service and advocacy organization that offers jobs and casting opportunities, workshops and seminars and special events to its membership.

• Does one have to audition for HOLA?
No. HOLA is a membership organization. Just pay the annual membership and you become an HOLA member.

• I am a new actor. Does HOLA apply to me and how so? (Or conversely, I have a fair amount of experience. How does HOLA apply to me?)
HOLA members range from the beginner to the established and everywhere in between. HOLA will apply to you at every stage of your career.

• Do I have to speak Spanish (or Portuguese) to be an HOLA member?
No. HOLA members speak English only, Spanish only, or both languages fluently. Our Brazilian members speak Portuguese as well as English. There is no requirement for any member to speak Spanish (or Portuguese) to be an HOLA member.

• What kind of casting notices do you receive?
HOLA receives all kinds of casting notices— from union and nonunion, through the disciplines of film, television, theater and voiceover. The majority of our notices are distributed to our membership. There are some instances, whether because of short notice or because of the search for something very specific, that HOLA makes referrals to certain talent.

• I have signed representation. Would that be in conflict with HOLA?
No. In fact, we would put your signed representative’s name and number on your online profile. It would be another way to promote yourself without conflict.

• If I book a job through HOLA, do I owe you a commission?
No. We are not an agency or artist management company. You are under no obligation to give us a commission. (But if you want to show your appreciation with a donation, we’ll be forced to take it, I suppose.)

• I am in the process of getting my citizenship. Could I still join HOLA?
Yes. As long as you can legally work in the U.S., you can join HOLA.

• Does HOLA have a social media presence?
Yes. We are on FacebookTwitter and have our own channel on YouTube. In addition, we are on Wikipedia and have our own blog, titled El Blog de HOLA.

• What if I am not an actor but I like what you do?
You could support HOLA by becoming a Friend of HOLA and donating to the organization. If you are a producer or director, a Friend of HOLA donation allow us to promote your productions!

All About Becoming an HOLA Member or a Friend of HOLA

Wanna be an HOLA member? Wanna know more about HOLA first?

HOLA
 is a not-for-profit arts service and advocacy organization founded in 1975.


HOLA members get their headshots and resumes on our web directory. In addition, HOLA receives casting notices from various sources that we pass on to our members (or in specific cases, help refer actors to the casting director).

HOLA offers low-cost workshops and seminars, professional counseling, special events and networking activities. We also produce the HOLA Awards which honor outstanding achievement by Latinos in entertainment.


HOLA has a Facebook page and a Twitter page in addition to this blog (imaginatively titled El Blog De HOLA). Whenever a member is doing a project, we can promote via e-mails we send out, through our Members in Performance page on the website or in El Blog on our HOLA Member Bochinche column (only good bochinche, never bad bochinche). It functions as another outlet to promote your work. HOLA is also on YouTube and on Wikipedia.

What if you are not an actor? You can support HOLA by being a Friend of HOLA. For more information, click here.

To become an HOLA member online (New York metropolitan area), fill out the member application form here.

Univision Buys Minority Stake in The Onion

About two weeks ago, Univision Communications it has made a minority investment in Onion Inc., the media company behind satirical The Onion. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The New York Times reported that Univision acquired a 40 percent stake, valued at less than $200 million, citing a person briefed on the deal. 
"The Onion is a complementary extension of UCI’s Spanish- and English-language digital portfolio, broadening the company’s multicultural, digital footprint and its reach with a highly coveted millennial audience," Univision said. "With more than 25 million engaged monthly uniques on Onion Inc.’s platform, UCI will expand its overall digital presence in multicultural, millennial-focused content with this transaction."
Onion Inc. brands include The OnionThe A.V. Club, which features pop-culture commentary, interviews, reviews and other entertainment-related content; ClickHole, a satire on such websites as BuzzFeed; StarWipe, which calls itself “the most trusted source in the completely untrustworthy realm of celebrity gossip”; and digital video network Onion Studios, which combines programming from the company’s brands and original series.
Univision also has set out to show investors it's not a stodgy old TV company but an up-and-coming digital firm that appeals to millennials, including English speakers. Before investing in The Onion, the broadcaster purchased The Root, a digital media company targeting African-Americans, and in 2013 it partnered with Disney to create Fusion. Univision now is negotiating to purchase Disney's stake in that English-language multimedia company, which targets millennials.
The deal comes at a time when traditional media companies have been chasing a younger audience by making investments in big-name digital brands. NBCUniversal sank $200 million each into BuzzFeed and Vox Media in 2015, and 21st Century Fox and A+E Networks have taken stakes in Vice Media.
To read more about the acquisition, read Georg Szalai's article in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking here, and Paul Bond's followup article in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking here.