Friday, May 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


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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Alfonso Rey, shown at right, was featured in the South Florida newspaper El Nuevo Herald, where he was highlighted for his award-winning work in the Iván Acosta play Cuba: Punto X, which is also directed by Acosta and currently playing in Miami. To read the article (which is in Spanish), click here.

Caridad de la Luz (also known by her nom de poésie et de musique La Bruja) will be performing spoken word poetry on Friday, June 6, 2014 and Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Social Lite Lounge in the Humboldt Park section of Chicago, Illinois, as part of the Culture Creator Series. For more information, click here.

Luis Salgado, shown at left, was profiled by the Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero, where his work as an actor, dancer, choreographer and teacher was highlighted, along with his current gig as cast member of the current Broadway (and Tony-nominated) hit Rocky: The Musical (written by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Thomas Meehan, based on the screenplay of the Academy Award-winning film by Sylvester Stallone; directed by Alex Timbers). To read the article (which is in Spanish), click here.

Kiki Meléndez was interviewed in Estrella TV, where she spoke about her film The Journey of a Female Comic (written by Meléndez and Lyn McCullough and directed by Meléndez and Erick Crespo). To see the interview (which is in Spanish), click on the video 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?

Thursday, May 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.

Ricardo Bacallao, shown at right, was honored on Friday, May 23, 2014 with a proclamation naming him "Cuban of the Year" by Mayor and State Senator Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners of Union City, New Jersey. His short film, Mondongo cubano, recently had its world premiere in that city as well.

Mónica Delgado booked a voiceover for a national commercial for Nice 'N' Easy.

Joel Pérez acted in the webseries "In Game" (created by Keisha Zollar, Zoë Samuel and Mark Lichtenstein and directed by Lichtenstein).

Michael Díaz (also known by his nom de comédie Juan Bago), shown at left, was highlighted in an interview in Splitsider of Jaime Fernández about the webseries they co-created (with Anthony Palmini), "Studio Heads", whose first season can be seen in its entirety on Remezcla. To read the interview, click here.

Jay Álvarez will be performing in his self-penned solo show Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! Directed by Theresa Gambacorta, the show will be performed in June at Stage Left Studio, located in the fashion district of midtown Manhattan. For more information, click here or here, or click on the video interview 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?

QEPD / RIP Abdón Villamizar

Abdón Villamizar
La Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de Nueva York (ACE) informa con profundo pesar a sus asociados y amigos, el fallecimiento a los 84 años de edad en la ciudad de Nueva York, ayer por la mañana, del notable dramaturgo y director venezolano Abdón Villamizar, quien recibió el 21 de abril de 2012 el máximo reconocimiento de esta institución periodística, el Premio Extraordinario ACE por Distinción y Mérito.

Villamizar, quien ha dejado para la posteridad siete libros de obras teatrales, cuentos y poesía, nació en la ciudad de San Cristóbal del estado Táchira, el 30 de julio de 1929, y fue en su natal Venezuela donde realizó sus primeros estudios de arte escénico en la Escuela de la Casa Sindical del Paraíso, para luego fundar el Teatro Rodante La Tinaja, en su natal San Cristóbal, El Teatro del Mundo en Maracaibo y el Teatro IATI en Nueva York.

Entre los innumerables premios recibidos por Villamizar a lo largo de su carrera teatral también figuran, además del Premio Extraordinario ACE por Distinción y Mérito, el Very Special Arts Awards del John F. Kennedy Center de Wáshington D.C.; el de la Academia de Artes, Ciencias y Letras de París; el de la Organización Hispana de Actores Latinos (HOLA, por sus siglas en inglés); así como reconocimientos de la Casa de la Cultura Dominicana y del Consulado General de Venezuela.

EL DIA LUNES, 2O DE JUNIO DE 2014 A LAS 5 P.M. EN LA IGLESIA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE DE LA CALLE 14 OESTE Y NOVENA AVENIDA EN MANHATTAN SE CELEBRARA UNA MISA POR SU ETERNO DESCANSO.




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The Association of Entertainment Critics of New York regretfully informs its colleagues and friends that the notable Venezuelan playwright and director Abdón Villamizar passed away yesterday (28 May 2014) in New York City at the age of 84. Villamizar received the the highest honor bestowed by the ACE Awards– the Premio Extraordinario ACE por Distinción y Mérito– on 21 April 2012.

Villamizar, who left behind seven books of plays, short stories and poetry, was born in the city of San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela on July 30, 1929, and it was in his native Venezuela where he started his theater studies at the Escuela de la Casa Sindical del Paraíso (also in San Cristóbal), where he founded the Teatro Rodante La Tinaja.  He also founded El Teatro Del Mundo in Maracaibo, Venezuela and IATI Theater in New York City.

Among his innumerable awards throughout his career include the above ACE Award for Extraordinary Distinction and Merit, a Very Special Arts Award from the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; an award from the Académie des Artes-Sciences-Lettres in Paris, France; an HOLA Award from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors; as well as honors from the Casa de la Cultura Dominicana and the General Consulate of Venezuela.

ON MONDAY, 2 JUNE 2014 AT 5PM, THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL MASS IN HIS HONOR AT THE IGLESIA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE, LOCATED AT NINTH AVENUE AND WEST 14TH STREET IN MANHATTAN.

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QEPD / RIP Abdón Villamizar




Tuesday, May 27, 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.

Rhina Valentín, shown at right, was profiled in The Bronx Free Press, where her career as an actress, dancer, producer, writer, emcee, television host and social advocate is discussed. To read the article, click here (click on the "Spanish" tab to read the article in Spanish).

Inma Heredia performed her mix of singing and comedy in May as part of the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts at the Theater of the New City in New York.

Jeannie Sol sang and performed with Teatro SEA in May at the Loísaida Festival in lower Manhattan.










Luis Salgado
, shown above, at left just outside his workplace, received an official citation from the duly elected members of the New York City Council, shown above, at right, for his exemplary work to the community and dubbed him an "outstanding citizen" of New York City. Salgado can be seen currently eight times a week in the Broadway production of Rocky: The Musical (written by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Thomas Meehan, based on the screenplay of the Academy Award-winning film by Sylvester Stallone; directed by Alex Timbers) at the Winter Garden Theater on the Great White Way of New York City.


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?

HOLAwave: Watching Your Eye Line and Movement At An Audition

[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.]

There are a few things to keep in mind when prepping for an audition that can make your performance all the clearer– one is to be aware of your eye line (meaning where you are looking) in your audition. It can be difficult for actors to remember the technical side of their reading along with the emotional side. The inner work is most important but there are times, say in action scenes where one has to see something or one may have to refer to two characters, maybe notice someone enter a room, etc., where one has to be specific and technical. These things should not be ignored. Pay close attention to the fine details in the stage directions.

For your opening lines, be sure to say them outward and not looking down at the page. It helps leave a strong, memorable opening impression.

Also, it's important to not go over the top with physical directions in the audition, like if one has to pretend to use a weapon and whack someone for a film audition, be calculating with it and don't thrash around outside of the frame. For a theatre audition, you may move around a bit but not too much, don't overdo it– staging comes in rehearsal and don't give the person auditioning you your back of course, maybe for a second or two (if ever at all), or only if it's in the stage directions. It's important to never invade a casting director or director's space when doing your audition, it won't impress them and they'll think you might be crazy.

After the audition is over, stay positive and grateful you've had the opportunity to audition.  Take every audition as a chance to leave an impression to be considered in the future. Nothing is ever wasted.

Break a leg!



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 rfilm credits include Hackers with Angelina Jolie, Daylight with Sylvester Stallone, and Con Air with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich; and the indie filmsPunks (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 will be directing the Mathilde DeHaye play Snow White and the Beast in June at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in New York. 

For more information about Renoly Santiago, click here.