Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sonia Manzano, María on "Sesame Street", Retires

This blog is brought to you today by the letters S and M and by the number 44.

Sonia Manzano, known to many in the United States as María Figueroa on the long-running PBS children's television series "Sesame Street" is retiring after being on the program for just over 44 years. The program, created by Joan Ganz Cooney in 1969, also helped popularize Jim Henson's Muppets. and Manzano joined the show two years later, in 1971. Also joining the cast that year was HOLA member Emilio Delgado, who plays Luis Rodríguez. Their characters dated over time and married in 1988, becoming parents to a daughter, named Gabriela (named after Manzano's real-life daughter Gabriella). Manzano and Delgado received the HOLA Ilka Award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors in 2005 for their work in educating children through "Sesame Street"

With Emilio Delgado at
the 2005 HOLA Awards.
Manzano was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series. She then branched out into writing for the series, and as part of the "Sesame Street" writing staff, she has received 15 Emmy Awards. In addition, her children's book No Dogs Allowed was published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing in 2004. The book has also been successfully adapted as a stage musical (which starred HOLA members Javier E. Gómez, Mike Smith Rivera and Juan Villarreal).

In addition to "Sesame Street", she has a recurring role as Judge Gloria Pepitone on the long-running NBC television series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and as the title character in the Adel L. Morales film short Missing Grandma (which most recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival). She will soon release her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx. This is a followup to her award-winning novel The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. For more information about the magnificent Sonia Manzano, click here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New Generation Voiceover with Voiceover Motivator Manuel Herrera

HOLAfábrica and DuArt Film and Video 

New Generation Voiceover with V.O. Motivator 
Manuel Herrera

Mondays and Thursdays 
August 17-31, 2015

Manuel Herrera presents a Spanish-language voiceover technique workshop for media professionals and actors who wish to fine-tune his/her technique. The workshop covers diction and voicing in Spanish, interpretation, rhythm and narration, professional audition and quick study techniques.

Manuel Herrera presenta su taller de técnicas de voiceover en español para profesionales de medios de comunicación y actores que desean afinar su técnica. El taller cubre dicción y uso de la voz, interpretación, ritmo y narración, audición profesional y técnicas de estudiar rápido de libreto.

The workshop will take place at
DuArt Film and Video
245 West 55th Street, 11th Floor, NYC

Registration is $250 for the workshop. Credit cards are accepted.
Call HOLA to register at (212) 253-1015 or (888) 624-HOLA.

For more information, e-mail 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.

Idalmis García, shown at right, was profiled in the Hip Latina blog, where she spoke about her career in stage (with theater companies Repertorio Español, Pregones-PRTT and Woodshed Collective) and screen (the feature films Los dioses rotos and Conducta). To read the interview, click here.

Jaime Carrillo booked a role in the television series "Hack My Life" (truTV).

Olga Merediz can be seen reprising her recurring role of Lourdes in the third season of "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix). 

Suni Reyes, shown at left, is one of the writers of the latest edition of the live sketch comedy show "He Said, She Said", scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre, located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. For more information, click here. In addition, she co-starred in two comedy videos from the online network Flama– one titled "Girls Do It Too" (a mock public service announcement), and one titled "If Mexicans Celebrated the 4th [of July] Like Americans Celebrate Cinco De Mayo". The videos can be seen 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?

Cynthia Cidre Returns With New Series, Signs TV Development Deal at ABC

Cynthia Cidre.
Check out the Latin Heat article about the former showrunner/creator of TNT's "Dallas", Cynthia Cidre, and her new ABC television series "Blood and Oil" (starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford), as well as her development deal with the same network, by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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

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!