Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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? (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?

 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.

To become an HOLA member (and you don't live within the NYC metropolitan area), call (212) 253-1015 or (888) 624-HOLA and inquire about our Regional Membership.

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.

Ya es la hora.
Now is the time.


Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between March 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014. (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: Enrique Avilés, Liliana Barrera; second row, left to right: Telba Cavero, Xiomara Cintrónthird row, left to rightMaría Cotto, Natalia Ivana Escobar; fourth row, left to rightMaría Fontanals, Stephanie Garay; fifth row, left to rightBianka Gómez, Emilio González; sixth row, left to rightNahuel Gorosito, Yvonne King; seventh row, left to rightDoris Lola Mártir, William Pérez; eighth row, left to rightLuis Ramos, Eric Robledo; ninth row, left to rightLorraine Rodríguez-Reyes Rénoly Santiago; tenth row, left to rightAlejandro Santoni, Harry Soto; eleventh row, left to rightSebastian Stimman, Gisele Torres; twelfth row, left to rightVivian VarasdiMathia Vargas; bottom rowMariana Vily

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.

Johanna Tolentino, shown at right, has completed the pilot episode of her webseries "Whatever It Takes", which is hitting the film festival circuit, and will film additional webisodes this summer. She was also interviewed with Jabari Gray by Uriah Young for The Synergistic Pulse blog. To hear the interview, click here. For more information about the webseries (which also stars Jay Álvarez) click here.

Mondongo cubano (written and directed by Ricardo Bacallao) will have its world premiere screening on Tuesday, May 21, 2014 at the Union City Museum/William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City, New Jersey. Produced by Bacallao, Marlene Forté and Lucio Fernández (see below). For more information, click here or here.

Pregones Theater-Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is presenting Alvan Colón Lespier's Call Me Esteban Only. Billed as "Part 1 of The Desire of the Astronaut", this new musical thriller is directed by Colón and features original music by Desmar Guevara. The production will run in May and June at Pregones' namesake theater in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx and stars Jesús E. Martínez, Flaco Navaja, Chad Carstarphen, Shadia Fairuz, Antonio Vargas, Yaremis Félix and Meredith Burns. For more information, click here.

Lucio Fernández is the host of the local television show "Live on Stage" (MNN/QPTV), the most recent episode of which featured Emmanuelle Bordas singing with Sirkis and The Deep Pockets and an interview with Héctor Luis Rivera, who performed poetry and also received a citation from the New Jersey State Senate. To see the episode (which is in English and Spanish), click on the video below. Bordas can be seen starting at about 02:24 of the episode (and again starting at 22:36 of the episode), while Rivera can be seen starting at 12:40 of the episode. For more information, click here or 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 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?

Tuesday, April 29, 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.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez, shown at right, will star as Nino in his play Barceló con hielo. The play, which won the 2012 MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, will be directed by José Zayas, will premiere in June at Repertorio Español (located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan) and will also star Modesto Lacén, Jerry Soto, Iván Camilo, Manny De La Cruz and Fernando Then. For more information, click here or here.

A webisode of Elaine Del Valle's webseries "Reasons Y I'm Single" (the webisode "I Tweet Jay-Z") has been selected to screen at the New York Los Angeles International Film Festival (NYLAIFF) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Producers Club Theater in the theater district of Manhattan. For more information, click here. For more information about the webseries, click here

Wanda Arriaga, shown, in character, at left, is performing her self-penned solo show ¡Qué felices son las Barbies! (directed by Mario Colón) in May at Repertorio Español (located in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan). For more information about the production, click here.

Lisann Valentín can be seen acting in the film short Anonymous (directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green).

José A. Esquea is slated to direct Fred Rohan Vargas' Tide Up The Rift. The play is slated for a run during the run of summer 2014 as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, slated for July and August at the Abingdon Theatre Complex in the fashion district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here or here.

Bones Rodríguez will be joining writer-director-producer Toni Vitale and Tara Moncure and Alexander Neil Miller for two evenings of sketch comedy. Called Laughin' With TV, it will have performances on Monday, May 5, 2014 and Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at The Celebration of Whimsy (The C.O.W.) space located in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here, here or 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 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 Tony Awards Nominations Announced – Nominees Include Burstein, Cordero and Toledo

Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and Emmy nominee Lucy Liu announced the nominations for the 68th Annual Tony Awards Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:30am ET in the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known informally as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

The new musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder earned 10 nominations, the most of any production of the season. The revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, also fared well, nabbing eight nominations. After Midnight, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night earned seven nominations apiece.

Nominees include Danny Burstein (Cabaret) and Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), both up for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; and Isabel Toledo (After Midnight) for Best Costume Design for a Musical.

[Clockwise from above left: Tony nominees Danny Burstein, Nick Cordero and Isabel Toledo.]

For the first time in Tony Award history, off-Broadway theaters were considered eligible for the annual Tony Regional Theater Award. This year, the Tony will go to the New York-based Signature Theatre.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, June 8, 2014 live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS starting at 8pm ET. The host of the ceremony will be Hugh Jackman. For more information, click here.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival Awards 2014: Few Latino Films, But Big Wins

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and presented by AT&T, announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony presided over by Pat Kiernan and hosted at the Conrad New York in New York City.

The world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 10 countries. Best New Director prizes were awarded to a first-time director for both narrative and documentary films, selected from a pool of 39 feature films throughout the program. Awards were also given for the best narrative short, best documentary short, and student visionary films in the short film competitions. This year’s Festival included 89 features and 57 short films from 40 countries, programmed by a team led by Tribeca’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Gilmore, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, Director of Programming Genna Terranova, and Programmer Cara Cusumano.

Of the 89 feature films, only five were from Latin America (Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezula) and three from the United States (Chef, Food Chains, X/Y), had producers, directors, stars and/or subject matter that was Latino. Of the 57 film shorts, three had producers, directors, stars and/or subject matter that was Latino. 

However, when it came to the awards of the festival, Latinos and films of Latino subject racked up major wins.

Güeros, directed by
Alonso Ruizpalacios.
Güeros (directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios) won Best Cinematography in a Narrative Film for Damián García. Ruizpalacios also received a Special Jury Mention for the film. The film Manos sucias (directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka and written by Alan Blanco and Wladyka), which dealt with Afro-Colombians in the Pacific coast town of Buenaventura, earned Wladyka a Best New Narrative Director award.

Manos sucias, directed by
Josef Kubota Wladyka.
With regard to the Audience Awards, the Heineken Audience Award for Narrative Feature went to Chef (directed by Jon Favreau), which starred John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale and Sofía Vergara, among many other high-level stars. (Wladyka's Manos sucias received second place for that award.) Mala mala (directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini) was second place in the Audience Award for Documentary, losing out to Keep On Keepin' On (directed by Alan Hicks).

Finally, the Tribeca Online Festival Best Online Short award was given to Love in the Time of March Madness (directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano).

For more information, click here.