Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS - JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2012

Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between January 1, 2012 and February 29, 2012. (Note that "returning members" refer to those members who have returned to HOLA after having their memberships expire for some time and do not include renewing members.)

(Top row, left to right): Monte Bezell, Carmen Cabrera, Jennica Carmona; (second row, left to right): Sergio Figueroa, Ana Guigui; (third row, left to right): Mulain Guillet, Sosa James, Jr., Nelson Landrieu; (fourth row, left to right): Guillermo Lozano, Olivia Malonda, Antonio Miniño; (fifth row, left to right): Alejandro Moscoso Polanco, Geiddy Muñoz; (sixth row, left to right): Pep Muñoz, Luis Pavón, Francisco Ramos; (bottom row): José Ángel Sánchez.

Monday, February 27, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

The film Changing Diego won Best Latino Feature Film at the NYC Downtown Feature Film Festival, located at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC) in Manhattan's East Village. The film was written by Abraham Aponte and directed by Will Fonseca, the film stars Anthony Cruz, Yomaris Maldonado, Sean Manning, Will Fonseca, Juan Sarmiento, Michael Díaz, Rachel Strauss, Edison Carrera, Gloria Zelaya, María Teresa Silva, Yanelba Ferreira, Glenys Javier, Vanessa Benítez, Ura Yoana Sánchez, Lorena Jorge, Elliott Mayer, Jenn Pinto and Noriko Sato.

Departure, the short film written and directed by Mauricio Alexander (and starring Alexander, Brian Luna and Tracy Pérez) will be screened at the Nuyorican Poets' Café in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood on Thursday, March 8, 2012. For more information, click here.

Suni Reyes can be seen in the improv show 1-800-LONDON, produced by and performed at The People's Improv Theater (The PIT), located in Manhattan's Rose Hill neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Candela, Fuerza y Pasión, the musical that Luis Salgado is directing and choreographing, will return to the stage. The show, which includes Afro-Peruvian folkloric dance, while have a March run at the El Centro Cultural Rimac in Lima, Peru.

Marisol Carrere e-mailed us to that I Am Julia, the film she co-produced (with Gloria Zelaya), co-starred in and wrote, will be screening at the Jackson Heights Cinema as part of the Queens World Film Festival on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The film is directed by David Capurso and stars Leidi Salazar, Carolina Ravassa, Carrere, Doua Moua, Tationna Bosier, Brenda Gómez, Zahaira Curiel and Tamara Turner. For more information, click here. In addition, Mmes Carrere and Zelaya and Mr. Capurso will be on the radio program "La Voz" (KDM 1380 AM in New York) this coming Sunday with radio host Carlos G. Berducido talking about the film project.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oscar (the Academy Award) is Mexican!!












In 1928, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's art director Cedric Gibbons, one of the original Academy Award members, supervised the design of the award trophy, shown above at left, by printing the design on a scroll. In need of a model for his statuette Gibbons was introduced by his future wife Dolores del Río to Mexican film director, screenwriter, and actor Emilio "El Indio" Fernández. Reluctant at first, Fernández, shown above at right, was finally convinced to pose nude to create what today is known as the "Oscar."


Friday, February 24, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Marisel Polanco, shown at right, booked a national SAG commercial for Cambridge National Bank after the casting director saw her profile on the HOLA online directory and called her in to audition.

Laura Riveros
will be performing a benefit for Hybrid Theatre Works. The event, which will also feature DJ Cosi, will take place on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Belmont Lounge in the Union Square area of Manhattan. To buy a ticket, click here.

Madelin Quezada, shown at left, was recently crowned Miss Massachusetts Latina US and will vie for Miss Latina US title. She was also featured in the Massachusetts newspaper Rumbo (along with a mention for HOLA). To read the bilingual (English/Spanish) article, click here.

The film Blackthorn (directed by Mateo Gil and starring Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea and Fernando Gamarra), won four Goya Awards (the equivalent of the Oscars in Spain) out of 11 nominations (including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Original Score and Best Screenplay). The film won for Best Cinematography (Juan Ruiz Anchía), Best Costume Design (Clara Bilbao), Best Production Design (Juan Pedro De Gaspar) and Best Production Supervision (Andrés Santana).

The 2012 Rose Marine Latino Film Festival is taking place in Fort Worth, Texas. Running this weekend, it will feature the films Conscientious Objector (directed by J.W. Cortés), which stars Mônica Steuer, Giselle Forté, Marisol Carrere and Gilbert Cruz, and has Edwin Pagán as its cinematographer; and Departure (written and directed by Mauricio Alexander), which stars Alexander, Brian Luna and Tracy Pérez. For more information about the festival, which is produced by Artes de la Rosa Cultural Centre for the Arts and will take place at the historic Rose Marine Theater, click here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

The film Changing Diego was screened at the NYC Downtown Feature Film Festival, located at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center in Manhattan's East Village. The film was written by Abraham Aponte and directed by Will Fonseca, the film stars Anthony Cruz, Yomaris Maldonado, Sean Manning, Will Fonseca, Juan Sarmiento, Michael Díaz, Rachel Strauss, Edison Carrera, Gloria Zelaya, María Teresa Silva, Yanelba Ferreira, Glenys Javier, Vanessa Benítez, Ura Yoana Sánchez, Lorena Jorge, Elliott Mayer, Jenn Pinto and Noriko Sato.

IShowNYC Productions is producing Mujeres de par en par. Written by Indira Páez and directed by Alfonso Rey, the "café-cabaret" will have a run in March and April in the Teatro-Bar Times Square at the Roy Arias Studios and Theaters in the theater district of midtown Manhattan and stars Beatriz Castillo, Zulema Clares, Mariana Buoninconti, Malena Ramírez, Mafer Rodríguez and Rey.

Manuel Morán can currently be seen playing Cuban journalist Ramiro Martínez in the off-Broadway musical DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story (written by Luis Caballero and Harold Gutiérrez and directed by Caballero). The show, which also stars Modesto Lacén, Josean Ortiz, Lorraine Vélez and Omar Pérez, is currently showing at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in the theater district in midtown Manhattan. Recently, Morán met Ramiro Martínez in Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora was there to take photos and do an interview. To read the interview (which is in Spanish), click here. The video can be seen below.



If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Latino Vote Will Decisively Pick the U.S. President in 2012

Check out this article by Michael Scherer in Time Magazine on why the Latino vote will be instrumental in picking the winner of the U.S. presidency in 2012 by clicking here. Also, note the cover of the magazine,
shown at right (click on each photo to see
them larger).

Photographs by Marco Grob for Time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

HOLA Applauds Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Diversity Inclusion Efforts


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HOLA Applauds Washington, D.C.’s
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s

Diversity Inclusion Efforts


Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company holds New York-based auditions for HOLA members in response to recent criticism of its recently closed production of
MUCH ADO ABOUT N
OTHING

New York, New York, U.S.-- The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is pleased to announce that Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) recently held auditions in New York City exclusively for HOLA members. The company auditioned 45 Latino actors for possible roles in its upcoming season of productions. The opportunity afforded to HOLA members was made possible by HOLA’s advocacy efforts in the wake of recent criticisms surrounding that company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (which was set in 1930s Cuba).

HOLA applauds the company’s good faith efforts to address the n
eed for greater diversity within its productions. In response to criticisms surrounding its recent production of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company took immediate action by working with HOLA, the nation’s longest running active arts service and advocacy organization for Latino actors. The auditions stand as a testament to their desire to lead a meaningful effort for greater inclusion of minority actors within its ranks. “We had a wonderful afternoon of auditions with the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. It was a privilege to meet and audition so many talented actors, most of whom we hadn’t met before. We look forward to continuing our relationship with HOLA in the future,” stated Alan Paul, Associate Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company.

“HOLA is heartened to witness this esteemed theatre company’s desire to truly address the issue of diversity. We are proud of the talented and highly trained actors that fill HOLA’s ranks and are confident that Shakespeare Theatre Company now has a roster of Latino actors to choose from for any future productions. Opportunities such as these are a direct result of HOLA’s mission and we are proud to have found an ally in that mission in this leading national theatre company,” stated Manny Alfaro, Executive Director of HOLA.

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SAG/AFTRA Post Complete Pro and Con Merger Statements

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) posted a complete booklet of pro and con merger statements online, a week before the ballot materials are scheduled to be mailed. Click here to read the 20-page booklet.

All About HOLA (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, fill out the member application form here.

To become a Friend of HOLA, click here.

If you have any more questions, check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page by clicking here.

We like to think of HOLA as "la comunidad del actor latino." We would love for you to be part of that community.

Become an HOLA member.
Become a Friend of HOLA.

Why Join HOLA? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



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 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?

HOLA member 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 Facebook, Twitter 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!


Monday, February 20, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Ángel Pastrana will be acting in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre (MRT) production of From the Inside. Written and directed by Richard Thomas Henle, the play also stars Félix Hiciano, Kathleen Wilce, Kerri Evans and Rosanna Plasencia and will have a March run at the MRT, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

Suni Reyes and Gaby Dunn will be performing in Jew-Rican Cocktail. Produced by Mafer Rodríguez and IShowNYC Productions, the production will take place at the Teatro Bar Times Square in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.

Jeffrey Hernández appeared in the film short Executive Ensemble. Directed by Katherine P. Picariello, the film was part of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts' 48 Hour Film Festival and screened at the Cantor Film Center in Manhattan's West Village, where it placed as one of the festival's top 25 films.

Eduardo Leáñez will be performing in the solo show You Are Confused! Written by Leáñez and Patrick E. Horrigan and directed by Rosalie Purvis, it will be presented for a March run at the Atlantic Theater Stage 2, located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Nanda Abella will be performing alongside writer-creator Eve Ensler in a production of The Vagina Monologues as part of V-Day New York 2012. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The production will take place at Cooper Union Hall in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood and will benefit The National Domestic Workers Alliance and The Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW). For more information about the event, click here.

Phoenix Ximénez will also be performing in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues as part of V-Day Hoboken 2012. It will be produced by The Theater Company of Hoboken (TTC), will take place at Monroe TheatreSpace at Monroe Center for the Arts, and is a benefit for WomenRising. For more information about the event, click here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a
bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

José Roldán, Jr.; Fortuna Calvo; and Inma Heredia, shown below from left to right, wrapped up work in an educational video for Motion Inc. The casting director spotted their respective profiles on the HOLA online directory and called them in to audition.

Caridad De La Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja), will be on the air on DTF Radio tonight at 11pm. To listen in, click here.

Jesús Ramírez Valles, Alfonso Ramírez and Charles Rice-González will be reading from their published works at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC). Produced by IPRAC, Vida/SIDA and one of HOLA's sister organizations, the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists (ALTA), the event will take place on Friday, March 2, 2012 at IPRAC, located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. For more information, click here.

Yanelba Ferreira acted in the Reify Baby debut music video "Think of You," which was produced by JDotMDot Productions, directed by Jason Morrison and just released. (One can see it below.) To purchase the song, click here.



If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a
bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Latinos Speak English…And Networks Are Beginning To Listen

Check out Rick Nájera's latest column, "Nájera in America," in Latin Heat about how U.S. television networks are noticing the burgeoning Latino population who speaks English and Spanish in this country by clicking here.

GUEST BLOG: Taping Your Own Auditions - Avoid This Common Mistake

This guest blog is republished from this site.

Putting yourself on tape used to be a pain. I remember when I first moved to New York I actually owned a video camera and was putting myself on tape for projects in LA. I would rush to the FedEx office to get it in the mail so it would arrive in time. Casting directors were still not open to the idea back then. Waiting for a DVD in the mail that may or not play on the DVD or computer was such a hassle that it was not worth the effort.

Fast forward to 2012 and it's a different story. Putting yourself on video properly is so commonplace that its now almost being expected. The expansion of broadband has made uploading and screening videos an easy endeavor. Bi-coastal means putting yourself on tape and uploading it in a file that can be sent.

However… you must remember that shooting yourself for an audition, is still putting yourself on video and basic filmmaking techniques apply. How you film yourself will effect the experience for the casting director. The biggest pet peeve I have when people put them selves on tape for me… is sound. It’s the simplest problem to solve. Go to Radio Shack and get a clip-on mic. Most cameras have a basic mic on the front but it is meant to capture all the sound around. A clip on mic (even a cheap one) will capture your voice and make the tape feel much more intimate.

Think about it from a filmmaker's prospective. Most films (if you're into them) you can forgive a shot or a bad picture even framing, but sound in a movie is much more difficult to forgive. Bad sound is the hallmark of student films. So when you send a video with bad sound the first thing it does is remind me of all the bad student films I have seen. Bad sound also takes away the intimacy of your performance. We hear an echo of a room and are very aware your surroundings. Where a simple clip mic will bring your voice in line with the closeup and make me aware of your subtleties… not the echo of the room.

If you self-tape- use a clip mic or lavalier.

Alberto Bonilla is an actor, playwright, director, teacher and HOLA member. He currently teaches the Film and TV class at the Maggie Flanigan Studio.

Monday, February 13, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Yanelba Ferreira, shown at left, just finished filming the web series "Happy Cancer Chick." Written by Linda Nieves-Powell and Jenny Lídice Saldaña and directed by Nieves Powell, it also stars Saldaña as her sister and introduces Eudocia Hernández as their mother (in real life, Hernández is Ferreira's mother). The webseries will premiere in March 2012. (She booked the gig after reading about the casting notice on one of HOLA's e-mail announcement notices and submitting herself.)

Edvin Ortega booked a role in "A Gifted Man" (CBS).

Milteri Tucker, shown at right, received a Taíno Award in the category of Best Dancer/ Choreographer at the Fourth Annual Taíno Awards for her work as choreographer in the musical Temple of the Souls (written by Anita Vélez-Mitchell, Anika Paris and Dean Landon). She and her work were also highlighted in the New York Daily News. To read the article, click here. In addition, she was invited to perform with the renowned grassroots band Brown Rice Family in February at a sold out performance at the 92Y Tribeca. She is currently working on new projects with her company Bombazo Dance and most recently was invited by master Ailey teacher and Broadway dancer Fernando Carrillo to dance with him on his developing choreography.

Mauricio Alexander reports work on "The Good Wife" (CBS).

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Ángel Pastrana wrapped up work in the webseries "Naja's Dating Debacles," written and directed by Naja Matthews. The series also features Pete Márquez, Ajayé Brewington, Jamel Bell and Nyla Berry.

Ángel Dillemuth is acting in the play The Tragedy of Tupac, or Who Shot Me? Written by The Entity (George Carroll and Christina Taylor) and directed by Jennings, the show is scheduled for a February run at The Black Spectrum Theatre located in the Jamaica section of Queens. For more information, click here.

Rodney Roldán played a small claims lawyer in an episode of "The Good Wife" (ABC).

Eddie Antar's play The Navigator (associated produced by Mike Smith Rivera) received a "Critic's Pick" honor in its rave review from Back Stage. Directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby, the production stars Kelly Anne Burns, Joseph Franchini, Michael Gnat and Nicole Taylor and is running in February and March at the Mainstage Theater of the WorkShop Theater Company located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. To read the review, click here. For more information about the show, click here.

Conscientious Objector is continuing its run at the film festival circuit. It screened as part of the New Latino Filmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archives (located in Manhattan's East Village) and it followed that up with its acceptance as an official selection of the San Diego Latino Film Festival. The film, which stars J.W. Cortés (who also serves and director and producer), has Edwin Pagán as its cinematographer, and also stars Mônica Steuer, Giselle Forté, Marisol Carrere and Gilbert Cruz. To find out more information about the film, click here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a
bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Friday, February 10, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at left, was inducted into Latino Leaders Magazine's list of "Dallas's 25 Top Young Latino Leaders of the Future."

Ayanery Reyes, shown below at right, e-mailed us to let us know that HOLA is still working for her even though she has recently moved to Los Angeles. She booked a role in the play Not One More Foot of Land after seeing the casting notice in the daily e-mail announcements HOLA sends out to its members. The play is written by Art Shulman and directed by Kristina Lloyd. It will have its world premiere for a February and March run at The Secret Rose Theatre in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, California. For more information, click here.

In addition to his acting gigs (in the plays
The Stranger to Kindness at The Kraine Theater in Manhattan's East Village in February and March and All About Meat (The Garcías) at the Duo Multicultural Arts Center in Manhattan's East Village, respectively), Antonio Miniño will be directing Riti Sachdeva's Scene/Unseen as part of the Planet Connections Festival. This production will have a June run at the 45 Bleecker Theater in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood. For more information, click here.

Ellie Diez and Carlos Alberto Valencia are among the actors in Downsizing: The Ten-Minute Play Project. With original works by José Casado, Patricia Janvier, Adrian Kelterborn, Jon Lonoff, Jason Lucere, Karen Odyniec, Rebecca J. Roe, Lally Ross and Marcin Stawarz, the short plays are directed by Marco Aiello, José Casado, Christine Cirker, Michael H. Johnson, Adrian Kelterborn, David Kester, Natashe Nussberg, Kim Spurlock, Marcin Stawarz and Yaara Sumeruk. The production, presented by Our Workshop East, will have a March run at The Barrow Group's Mainstage Theatre, located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.

Lorraine Rodríguez will soon be seen acting in the ABC's hidden camera, ethical dilemma series "What Do You Do?" with host John Quiñones.

Caridad De La Luz (also known by her nom de poésie La Bruja) is the featured poet at the Nuyorican Poets' Café for Friday, February 10, 2012, where she is set to perform a set of her work at the famed spot, located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Latina Journalists Navigate Sexuality And Professionalism











Check out this article by Cristina Constantini of the Huffington Post which highlights the difference Latina journalists have to employ when working for the Latino and mainstream American markets, respectively, by clicking here.


(Pictured, journalist Lilia Luciano when she worked at Univisión, above at left, and at her current job with NBC News, above at right.)

From Voxxi: The Afro-Latino experience in the United States

Check out this article by Rosalba Ruiz of Voxxi regarding the Afro-Latino experience in the United States of America by clicking here.

John Leguizamo Signs Development Deal With ABC For Sitcom Based On His Life In NYC

Check out this article in the Huffington Post about the new development deal between John Leguizamo, shown at right, and ABC for a new single-camera sitcom by clicking here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Manuel Herrera, shown at left, along with Janny Landaverde, are hosting a radio program called "Acceso Directo." The entertainment news program will air Saturdays at noon Eastern time (9am Pacific time) at the internet radio station Radio Nación Latina. To tune in, go to their website here.

Luis Salgado is one of the investors of Peter and the Starcatcher. The acclaimed new American play is written by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice and will be directed by Tony Award winner Roger Rees and Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers. Preview performances on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre begin Wednesday, March 28, 2012, with an official opening night slated for Sunday, April 15, 2012. For more information, click here or here. In the video below, get a behind-the-scenes look into the workshop of wood artisan John Long as he handcrafts the logo art for the show. For more information about the production, click here.



Emmanuelle Bordas will be singing in the musical revue Jukebox Part Deux: the 70’s. Produced by Jazz Vox, directed by Cilla Owens and accompanied by a five-piece band, the revue will take place Friday, February 10, 2012 at 9pm at the famed cabaret Don’t Tell Mama, located on Restaurant Row in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

"María Montez" is appearing live in the aptly named show María Montez LIVE. The show will feature an interview the former Queen of Technicolor by Walter Bárbaro and appearances by her sisters Teresita Montez and Ada Consuelo Montez, her publicist Chic Hazzard and others. Some of the people slated to appear include Dalia Davi, A.B. Lugo, Douglas Santiago, Robmariel Olea, Inés García and Arisleyda Lombert (some of whom may or may not appear). María Montez LIVE is produced by Mafer Rodríguez and IShowNYC Productions and will have a February run at the Teatro Bar Times Square in the Roy Arias Studios in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New NHFA Study: Latinos Missing in Action on Sunday Morning Network News Shows

Check out this article in Latin Heat about a new study from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), which states that there is a dearth of Latino representation on the Sunday morning network news and politics programming by clicking here.

The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) is a not-for-profit organization was founded in 1997 by actors Esaí Morales (also an honorary HOLA member), Sônia Braga, Jimmy Smits (also an honorary HOLA member), Merel Juliá (also an HOLA Advisory Board member) and attorney Félix Sánchez to promote Latinos both in front of and behind the camera.

Monday, February 6, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

José Roldán, Jr., shown at left, was cast in an educational video for Motion Inc. after the casting director spotted his profile on the HOLA online directory and called him in to audition. In addition, he is in pre-production for the short Infected. Written, directed and co-starring Roldán, the film will also star Jorge Álvarez and Jennifer Fernández.

J.F. Seary is performing some of her poetry at Club J'Adore in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood at a fundraiser for Sigma Lambda Upsilon LADYS (Leadership, Advancement, and Development of our Young Sisters) mentorship program. For more information on the program and the sorority itself, click here.

Vidal Silva Gil e-mailed us to let us know booked a trio of gigs. First, he closed out 2011 by acting in a promo commercial for Verizon. He then started 2012 off with a voiceover for José Cuervo and a role in a NYU student film.

Dennis Brito starred in the film The Ideal. Directed by Wes Tomasz Cieśla and written by Rivka Rappoport, the film also starred Iván Pérez and Kristen Brancaccio and had its NYC screening debut at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan's East Village.

Caridad De La Luz (also known by her nom de poésie La Bruja) will have a concert in Mi Gente Café, located in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx. For more information, click here.

If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Why Join HOLA? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



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 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?

HOLA member 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 Facebook, Twitter 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 HOLA (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, fill out the member application form here.

To become a Friend of HOLA, click here.

If you have any more questions, check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page by clicking here.

We like to think of HOLA as "la comunidad del actor latino." We would love for you to be part of that community.

Become an HOLA member.
Become a Friend of HOLA.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to "gossip." In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members who are getting acting and performance gigs. The names of HOLA members are in boldface.

Robmariel Olea, shown at left, was interviewed for the Dominican Republic-based online magazine En Segundos (www.ensegundos.net). To read the interview (which is in Spanish), click here.

Raoul Bretón and Marina Durell booked a on-camera national commercial for Church's Chicken.

Mike Smith Rivera will act in Youngblood's Brunchback Mountain. A series of five brand new short non-heteronormative plays written by Alex Borinsky, Angela Hanks, Patrick Link, Tony Meneses and Emily Chadwick Weiss, respectively, they will be directed by Jeremy Bloom, Nick Leavens, Colette Roberts, R.J. Tolan and Mark Armstrong, respectively. The show is set for a February run at the Ensemble Studio Theater, located in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. For more information, click here. In addition, he is associate producing Eddie Antar's play The Navigator. Directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby, the production stars Kelly Anne Burns, Joseph Franchini, Michael Gnat and Nicole Taylor and is scheduled for a February and March run in the Mainstage Theater of the WorkShop Theater Company located in the theater district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here or watch the teaser trailer below.



If you are an HOLA member and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail at holagram@hellohola.org. If you are not an HOLA member, why not join?