Friday, December 30, 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 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 (212) 253-1015. (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!

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.


Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between November 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. (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): Alicia CerónLuis Alberto García; (second row, left to right): Mateo GómezFélix Hiciano(third row, left to right): Carlos LemosJosh Moser(bottom row, left to right): Tati RonderosMarlene Villafañe.

Not pictured: Yudy Jiménez.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016: Year In HOLA

The year 2016 has been quite an eventful year for Latin@s in the arts and media and for the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) in particular. Take a look at some of the things that occurred in 2016. 

HOLA initiatives, events and workshops/seminars
have bullets marked in red.
Advocacy issues and efforts have bullets marked in blue.
Union affairs have bullets marked in green
Notable industry/news items have bullets marked in purple.
Guest blogs
 have bullets marked in aqua.

 Gina Rodríguez's Love Letter to Rita Moreno at the Kennedy Center Honors. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Broadway Latinos Succeed on the Great White Way. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Starz Targets Latino Viewers with Hispanic-Themed Development Projects. (Click HERE for more information.)
• González Iñárritu, García Bernal and Isaac Among 2016 Golden Globe Awards Winners. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Netflix Orders "One Day At A Time" Latino Remake Series Co-Starring Rita Moreno. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Alejandro González Iñárritu, Fernando Coimbra Among 2016 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Film Awards Nominees. (Click HERE for more information.)
González Iñárritu and Lubezki Repeat as Academy Award Nominees As The Revenant Pick Up Twelve Nods While No Actors of Color Receive Nominations For The Second Year in a Row. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Louis C.K., Kenny Ortega and Juan Cabral Among 2016 DGA Awards Nominees for Television, Commercials, And Documentary. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Emmanuel Lubezki and Jonas Rivera's Inside Out Win 2016 Critics' Choice Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Gina Rodríguez Creates #MovementMondays Social Media Campaign for Latino Actors. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Open Letter From Rubén Blades On #OscarsSoWhite. (Click HERE for more information.)
 "Orange Is The New Black" Wins SAG Award For Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Series Again... And Its Stars Talk Diversity. (Click HERE for more information.)
Univision Buys Minority Stake in The Onion. (Click HERE for more information.)

• SAG-AFTRA Urges Telemundo to Help End Talent Double Standard / SAG-AFTRA Insta a Telemundo Que Ayude a Poner Fin al Doble Estándar con el Talento. (Click HERE for more information.)
• A Statement on Diversity from the SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement and the SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop with Manny Herrera. (Click HERE for more information.)
 The Revenant Wins Five BAFTAs; Argentine Film Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) Wins Best Film Not in the English Language. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Emmanuel Lubezki (El Chivo) Wins Record-Breaking Fifth ASC (And Third Consecutive) Award for Cinematography. (Click HERE for more information.)
HOLAfábrica Workshops and Seminars presents a Special One-Day Workshop with Casting Director Juan Pablo Félix (Plus Special HOLA Member Discount for Five-Day Menos Es Más [Less Is More] Workshop). (Click HERE for more information.)
• Alejandro González Iñárritu and Kenny Ortega Win DGA Awards; González Iñárritu Talks About Immigration and Diversity. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Famous Faces On The Struggles And Beauty Of Being Afro-Latino. (Click HERE for more information.)
New USC/Annenberg Study Finds Hollywood Studios "Whitewashed," Given Failing Diversity Grades. (Click HERE for more information.)
• HOLAwave: An Actor Inquires - Five (5) Considerations between a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a Corporation. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Latinos and the Oscars (as of 2016). (Click HERE for more information.)
• González Iñárritu and Lubezki Win Oscars (Again); Latinos Also Represented in Animation. (Click HERE for more information.)

 HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship. (Click HERE for more information.)
Emmys: TV Academy Expands Short Form Categories, Approves Other Rule Changes. (Click HERE for more information.)

• NGL Media and John Leguizamo Launch Full Scale Production Division NGL Studios. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Tío Louie Reporta: José Roldán, Jr. and His Award-Winning Solo Show Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned. (Click HERE for more information.
Warner Bros. Creates Directors Workshop to Address Diversity. (Click HERE for more information.)
 SAG, AFTRA Health Plans Expected to Merge by January, Says Trustee. (Click HERE for more information.)
Rosie Pérez, Adrienne Bailón, Bruno Mars, J.D. Pardo, Gabriela Natale, Others Nominated for 2016 Daytime Emmy Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)

 HOLAwave: The Definitive Guide To Being Super Successful (Click HERE for more information.)


• Casting Controversy in Chicago Area Regarding Marriott Theatre's Production of Evita. (Click HERE for more information.)
 In The Heights Win Three Olivier Awards in London. (Click HERE for more information.)
 The Tonys Are Just As White As The Oscars - Here Are The #TonysSoWhite Statistics. (Click HERE for more information.)
 César Álvarez and Jeanine Serrallés Receive 2016 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Hamilton Casting Controversy Spotlights the Importance of Diversity. (Click HERE for more information.)
Sonia Manzano, María on "Sesame Street", To Receive Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy. (Click HERE for more information.)
SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors Approves New Commercials Contracts. (Click HERE for more information.)

 It's 2016 and Latino Representation on TV Is Finally Starting to Reflect Reality. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. (Click HERE for more information.)
• On Your Feet!, Danny Burstein, Daphne Rubin-Vega, et al. Nominated for 2015-2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Danny Burstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ana Villafañe Among Those Nominated For 2016 Drama League Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Danny Burstein, Jeanine Serrallés, Daphne Rubin-Vega Nominated for 2015-16 Drama Desk Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)


 César Álvarez and Futurity wins Outstanding Musical at the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Gabriela Natale, "SuperLatina with Gaby Natale", "Cafe CNN" Win 2016 Daytime Emmys, Sonia Manzano Receives Lifetime Achievement Honor. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Luis Salgado, Ana Villafañe, Carlos González, Sergio Trujillo, Others Nominated for 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Earns Record 16 Tony Nominations; Danny Burstein, Sergio Trujillo Also Receive Tony Nods. (Click HERE for more information.)

 Univision Shuts Down Flama’s Editorial Division. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Danny Burstein, Sergio Trujillo, Marco Ramírez Win 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
 SAG-AFTRA Members Approve New Three-Year Commercials Contracts. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Sergio Trujillo Ties With Andy Blankenbuehler and Savion Glover To Win Best Choreographer Honors at the 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
Univision Teams With Netflix, Announces New Slate of Programming. (Click HERE for more information.)

 Lin-Manuel Miranda and His Musical, Hamilton, Win 2016 Drama League Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
• The Paley Center For Media Recognizes Hispanic Achievement In Television. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Lupita Nyong'o, Rubén Santiago Hudson, James Ortiz Among the 2016 Obie Award Winners. (Click HERE for more information.)
Latinos at the Tonys – Firsts and Milestones. (Click HERE for more information.)


 GALA Hispanic Theatre's Production of Yerma Makes History at the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
Tío Louie Reporta: Mônica Steuer and Her "Master Class" in Prospect. (Click HERE for more information.)

 Danny Burstein Wins 2015-16 Drama Desk Award for Fiddler On The Roof. (Click HERE for more information.)
 An Important Message about the SAG and AFTRA Health Plans. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Is Tops At The 2016 Tony Awards, Winning Eleven. (Click HERE for more information.)

• Lynda Carter to Make a "Wonder"-ful President of the U.S. on The CW's "Supergirl". (Click HERE for more information.)
 ShortsHD & Hispanic Heritage Foundation Partner on Film Award Competition. (Click HERE for more information.)
Marlene Forté on Being Latina in Hollywood (Click HERE for more information.)
Hamilton Swept the Tonys, but Has Diversity Swept Broadway? (Click HERE for more information.)


 Lin-Manuel Miranda on Diversity and Leaving Behind a Legacy. (Click HERE for more information.)
• José Díaz-Balart Named Anchor of Saturday Edition of "NBC Nightly News". (Click HERE for more information.)
 Oscar Núñez, Fred Armisen, Anthony Méndez, More Receive 2016 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations While Latinos/Hispanics Get Shut Out (Again) of Major Acting Categories. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Tío Louie Reporta: "Jane The Virgin" Star Andrea Navedo Plays With Other People's Money. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Update on Joselyn Martínez Solving the Cold Case Murder of Her Father and Finally Getting Justice. (Click HERE for more information.)
"Sesame Street" Moves To HBO, Cuts Three Long-Running Cast Members. (Click HERE for more information.)

• HOLA and Prime Latino Media Present HOLA After The Curtain: Other People's Money. (Click HERE for more information.)
Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago is Presenting In The Heights With An "Authentic" Cast... and Cast a Non-Latino to Play Usnavi... And Here's What Happened Next.... (Click HERE for more information.)
Lauren Luna Vélez To Join The Cast of ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder"... As Annalise's Boss. (Click HERE for more information.)


• Update: Bob, Gordon, and Luis May RETURN to "Sesame Street" (Due To Fan Response). (Click HERE for more information.)
 Update: Porchlight Music Theatre Responds Further To The In The Heights Casting Controversy. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Tío Louie Reporta– HOLA After The Curtain: Other People's Money. (Click HERE for more information.)
 SAG-AFTRA Mobilizes Against Telemundo Over Non-Union Stance. (Click HERE for more information.)
 HOLA and Prime Latino Media Present HOLA After The Curtain: Implications of Cohabitation. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Tío Louie Presenta: Vanessa Verduga and the Implications of Cohabitation. (Click HERE for more information.)
• A White Actor is Cast as Usnavi in the Musical In The Heights, Setting Off a Complicated Debate in the Chicago Theater Scene. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Quiara Alegría Hudes (and Lin-Manuel Miranda) on In The Heights Casting Controversy. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Tío Louie Presenta: HOLA After The Curtain: Implications of Cohabitation. (Click HERE for more information.)
 2016 HOLA Awards Announcement Ceremony. (Click HERE for more information.)
 2016 HOLA Awards Press Release / Comunicado de Prensa de los Premios HOLA 2016. (Click HERE and HERE for more information.)
 Report: 2016 HOLA Awards Announcement Ceremony. (Click HERE for more information.)
 In Chicago, the In The Heights Non-Latino Lead Continues to Stir Controversy. (Click HERE for more information.)

 Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop with Manny Herrera. (Click HERE for more information.)
 New Study Reveals "Hollywood Is [Still] An Epicenter Of Cultural Inequality". (Click HERE for more information.)
• SAG-AFTRA Welcomes Chicago's Better Government Association Employees into Union. (Click HERE for more information.)
• NBC's "Saturday Night Live" Adds First-Ever Latina Cast Member In Its 42-Year History. (Click HERE for more information.)
 The Alliance of Teatros Latinos New York Presents Teatro Fest NYC 2016. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Latino/Hispanic Winners at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Moisés Kaufman, Sandra Cisneros, Rodolfo Anaya, Luis Valdez Among the 2016 National Medal of Arts and Humanities Recipients. (Click HERE for more information.)

• Prime Latino Media Salón (October 2016) - Celebrating Latin American Culture and Artistry. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Report on Prime Latino Media Salón (October 2016) - Celebrating Latin American Culture and Artistry. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Report: Spanish Language Voiceover Workshop with Manny Herrera. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Meet The Masters of Ceremonies and the Official Entertainment of the 2016 HOLA Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)

 Meet the Honorees of the 2016 HOLA Awards: JAVIER MUÑOZ. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Meet the Honorees of the 2016 HOLA Awards: SUNNY HOSTIN. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Meet the Honorees of the 2016 HOLA Awards: MODESTO LACÉN. (Click HERE for more information.)
 2016 HOLA Performer's Choice Awards Recipients Announced – Fuego en Granada and Made In Puerto Rico: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Spanglish. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Lanzamiento del Libro Genial Juano Hernández por Miluka Rivera / Book Release Party for Genial Juano Hernández by Miluka Rivera. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Prime Latino Media Salón (December 2016) - Holiday Fiesta + Padrino/Madrina Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
2016 HOLAfestival / About the Films of the 2016 HOLAfestival. (Click HERE and HERE for more information.)
• Tío Louie Reporta: Lauren Luna Vélez keeps Adrift. (Click HERE for more information.)
• HOLAwave: What To Do When On Location. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Tío Louie Reporta: Marlene Villafañe Goes To Hollywood... and finds herself. (Click HERE for more information.)

• HOLAwave: We Came, We Saw, We Protested... Now What? (Click HERE for more information.)
 Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gael García Bernal, Gina Rodríguez, Chilean Film Neruda, Among Those Receiving Golden Globe Award Nominations. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Sofía Vergara, Rico Rodríguez, Selenis Leyva, Dascha Polanco, Elizabeth Rodríguez, Rodrigo Santoro, Others Nominated for SAG Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
Report on the 2016 HOLA Awards. (Click HERE for more information.)
• Report on the Prime Latino Media-HOLA-NYWIFT Holiday Fiesta. (Click HERE for more information.)
 BAFTA To Enact Changes To Ensure More Diversity In Movies. (Click HERE for more information.)
 Report on Book Release Party for Genial Juano Hernández by Miluka Rivera. (Click HERE for more information.)
Report on the 2016 HOLAfestival. (Click HERE for more information.)

 members have been very busy this year as well. And some of their gigs have been due to them being HOLA members. Whether HOLA members received work from a casting announcement we send to them via e-mail, a direct referral or through a casting director finding the actor’s information on our online directory, it makes us proud to see our members working. Some of the jobs that HOLA members received as a result of their membership are listed below.

Film, Television and New Media 
ABC Television Casting
Lin-Que Ayoung
Blanca Camacho
Columbia University

Gallery Players
New York University
Daniel Slottje
Investigation Discovery
Eugene Michael Santiago
VidiVici Films
Xizmo Media
Theater and Live Events
Around The Block/Al Doblar La Esquina
Fantastic Experimental Latino Theater (FELT)
Repertorio Español
Society of the Educational Arts (SEA)
Teatro Las Tablas
Théâtre du Châtelet
Commercials, Industrial, Voiceover and Print
Javier E. Gómez

[The above only indicates the jobs that
 HOLA members have informed us they received through HOLA and may not represent all the jobs received by HOLA members through HOLA membership.]

Que en Paz Descansen / Rest in Peace

Amelia Bence
Hertha Cárdenas
Shawn Elliott
Osvaldo Pradere
Bebo Valdés
Gato Barbieri
Chus Lampreave
Ismael Quintana
Eva Alers
Emilio Navaira
Theresa Saldaña
Elín Ortiz
Rubén Aguirre
Francis Taylor
Polo Ortín
Juan Gabriel
Evita Muñoz "Chachita"
Sixta "Yackeline" Salazar
Tavín Pumarejo
Ángelo López
Rolando Zúñiga
Mario Almada
Quique Lucca
Martha Roth
Gonzalo Vega
Juan Radrigán
Reynaldo Miravalles
Primy Rivera
Lupita Tovar
Gwen Ifill
Juan Troya
Lucila Campos
Judith Ortiz Cofer