Monday, February 29, 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 (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.

• 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?

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.

WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS – JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2016

Below is a list of new (and returning) HOLA members who joined between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 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): Débora BalardiniCarmen Borla(second row, left to right)Barby GaneshMartín Gómez(third row, left to right)Vanessa Hernández, Laura Lebrón; (fourth row, left to right)Arisleyda Lombert, Christian López Lamelas(fifth row, left to right):  Paty QuirogaLuis Reyes Cárdenas; (sixth row, left to right): Pablo Ribot; Mario-Francisco Robles(seventh row, left to right): Julián RojasSandy Siquier(bottom row): Ellis Vizcarra.

Not pictured: Víctor Gómez.











González Iñárritu and Lubezki Win Oscars (Again); Latinos Also Represented in Animation

Multiple Oscar winners
Alejandro González Iñárritu
and Emmanuel Lubezki.
The team of director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki struck Oscar gold again, where for the second consecutive year they received Academy Awards for the direction and direction of photography, respectively, of the film The Revenant. (Last year, they received Oscars for the film Birdman). González Iñárritu picked up his second consecutive Academy Award for directing, becoming the third person (and first Latino) to do so. (The other directors to repeat Oscar wins were John Ford in 1940 and 1941, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 and 1950.) It is also the third consecutive year a Mexican has won this award (he succeeded former HOLA Awards honoree Alfonso Cuarón, who won for his work on Gravity). Lubezki also won an Academy Award for his work on Gravity, making him the first person to ever win three consecutive Oscars for cinematography.


Latinos were also represented in the animation categories. Chile's Historia de un oso (Bear Story) won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (the award went to director Gabriel Osorio Vargas and producer Pato Escala Pierart), while director Pete Docter and producer Jonás Rivera picked up the Best Animated Feature Film for the Pixar film Inside Out.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) honored film in 2015 and took place on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California where awards in 24 categories were presented.


Latinos and the Oscars (as of 2016)

Over the 88-year history of the Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars), Oscar nominations have been given to people of Latino/Hispanic heritage from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and the United States of America.

• For a list of Argentine Academy Award winners and nominees, click here.

• For a list of Brazilian Academy Award winners and nominees, click here.

• For a list of Chilean Academy Award winners and nominees, click here.


• For a list of Colombian Academy Award winners and nominees, click here.

• For a list of Mexican Academy Award winners and nominees, click here. (This list includes Lupita Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico City, Mexico.)

• For a list of Puerto Rican Academy Award winners and nominees, click here. (This list includes Joaquin Phoenix, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.)

• For a list of Spanish Academy Award winners and nominees, click here.

• For a list of Uruguayan Academy Award winners and nominees, click here.

• For a list of Latino/Hispanic Academy Award winners and nominees from the United States of America, click here. (This list includes an Mexican-American, an American of Mexican-Czech heritage, an American of Mexican-Basque heritage, a Cuban-American and a  Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn. This list does not include Margaret O'Brien, of Irish-Spaniard descent, who was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award in 1944. This list also does not include screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris, who is of Cuban-Puerto Rican-Armenian-Croatian descent, nor producer Jonás Rivera, who is also of Latino heritage.)

The list of Academy Award winners (as of press time) from Latin America and Spain is below. Anthony QuinnGustavo SantaolallaEmile KuriRobert AmramGil Parrondo, Emmanuel Lubezki and Alejandro González Iñárritu are the recipients of multiple Oscars.

ARGENTINA
Eugenio Zanetti (art direction); Gustavo Santaolalla [twice] and Luis Enríquez Bacalov (original score); Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bó (screenplay).

CHILE
Claudio Miranda (cinematography); Gabriel Osorio Vargas (direction), Pato Escala Pierart (production).


MEXICO
Anthony Quinn (acting) [twice]; Emile Kuri [twice], Brigitte BrochEugenio Caballero and Pilar Revuelta (art direction); Robert Amram (short subject and documentary short subject; the first and only time a film was given Oscars in both categories in the same year); Guillermo Navarro (cinematography); Beatrice de Alba (makeup); Alfonso Cuarón (director); Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematography[three times -  first person to win the Best Cinematography in three consecutive years]; Alejandro González Iñárritu (director, screenplay, production) [four times first Latino to win a Best Picture Oscar and first Latino to win two consecutive Best Director awards].


PUERTO RICO
José FerrerRita Moreno and Benicio Del Toro (acting).

SPAIN
Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz (acting); Gil Parrondo [twice] and Antonio Mateos (art direction); Néstor Almendros (cinematography); Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo (costume design); Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay); David Martí and Montse Ribé (makeup).

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mercedes Ruehl (acting); Alexander Dinelaris (screenplay); Jonás Rivera (producer).

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
1982 - Volver a empezar (Spain)
1985 - La historia official (Argentina)
1993 - Belle Époque (Spain)

1999 - Todo sobre mi madre (Spain)
2004 - Mar adentro (Spain)
2009 - El secreto de los ojos (Argentina)

• For a list of Academy Award winners and nominees in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, click here.


In the case of the Best Foreign Language Film category, the director accepts the award, but the award goes to the producing nation(s).

Sunday, February 28, 2016

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.

Andrea Navedo, shown at right, with her awardwas honored (along with other former HOLA Award honorees Luis Guzmán and John Quiñones, as well as ESPN and the Hulu series "East Los High") at the 19th annual Impact Awards gala, presented by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), which this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The gala took place on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, located in Beverly Hills, California. For more information, click here.

Héctor Luis Rivera, shown at left, was mentioned in the Parafernalia column of the blog La Bazuka (written by Lissette Montolío, also see below), where his role as director of the Franklin Domínguez play Lisístrata odia la política. Based on the Aristophanes comedy, this award-winning play produced by the Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos (TEBA) just wrapped up its run in February at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the column, which is in Spanish, click here.

HOLA members Denia Brache, Enmanuel García Villavicencio, Mateo Gómez, Arisleyda Lombert, Billy Martin Mejía, Lissette Montolío (also see above), Marco Antonio Rodríguez, and Yolanny Rodríguez were among the artists mentioned in the Entreactos y Telones column of the weekly New York newspaper La Voz Hispana, where they were highlighted in a list of actors who raised the profile of the Dominican Republic in New York City. The tribute coincided with the Dominican Independence Day. To see the tribute, which is in Spanish, click on the image at right.

A.B. Lugo, Indio Meléndez, and Omar Pérez, shown at left, from left to right, were featured in the Arte NY blog (edited by J. Edgar Mozoub), where they are about to present and perform their self-penned solo shows for the CALLBACKseries 2016 Festival presented by Teatro Círculo. The plays are Lugo's Manchild Machismo (directed by Omar Pérez), Meléndez's Someday A Father Be (directed by Dudley Findlay, Jr.), and Pérez's Rhapsodia (directed by Mino Lora), respectively. The pieces will be presented together in March at Teatro Círculo's namesake space in Manhattan's East Village. For more information on the festival, click here. To read the blog, click 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?

Friday, February 26, 2016

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.

Manuel A. Morán, shown at right, was mentioned in El Blog de Pablo (edited by Pablo García Gámez) as a result of his direction of the bilingual children's play La cucarachita Martina (Martina, the Little Roach)Based on the Pura Belpré short story (itself adapted from Cuban and Puerto Rican folktales), it was adapted by Morán, features Jesús E. Martínez in the cast, and will run in February and March in Teatro SEA, located in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (home to HOLA) in Manhattan's Loísaida neighborhood. For more information, click here. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Frank Robles is co-starring in La gringa. The Carmen Rivera play, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary of performances at the Repertorio Español in New York City (where it was directed by René Buch), will play a special anniversary performance on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, located in the Mott Haven area of the South Bronx. For more information, click here.

Arisleyda Lombert, shown at left, is co-starring opposite Susanna Guzmán, Juan Carlos Díaz and Teresa Yenque (an all-HOLA member cast) in Marco Antonio Rodríguez's award-winning play La Luz de un cigarrillo. Directed by Rodríguez, the play is wrapping up its run in February at the Teatro Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood.

Joel Pérez was interviewed by Paul Wontorek for Broadway.com, where he talked about his career and his co-starring role in the Kron-Tesori-Bechdel musical Fun Home (currently playing on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre). To see the interview, click on the image below. (Pay special attention to the video at around the 12:55 mark, after expressing a dream role of playing the title character in the Sondheim-Lapine musical Sunday in the Park with George.)

Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Fun Home's Joel Perez


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, February 25, 2016

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.

Stewie Vill, shown at right, will perform a standup comedy set at The Cutting Room (located in Manhattan's NoMad area) on Thursday, February 25, 2016 as part of the New Comic All-Stars event. For more information, click here.

Sejal Shah is co-starring in the feature film Jack of the Red Hearts (written by Jennifer Deaton and directed by Janet Grillo). The film stars Famke Janssen and AnnaSophia Robb and is scheduled to open in select U.S. markets this Friday, February 26, 2016. For more information, click here.

Denia Brache and Elaine Del Valle co-star in the short film Los Angeles (written by Mary Matoula Webb and directed by Lina Sarrello). The film has completed production and will soon be hitting the film festival circuit.

Héctor Luis Riverashown at left and also see below, was mentioned in the Arte NY blog (edited by J. Edgar Mozoub) as a result of his directing the Franklin Domínguez play Lisístrata odia la política. Based on the Aristophanes comedy, this award-winning play will be produced in February by the Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos (TEBA) at the Broadway Blackbox Theater, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Marco Antonio RodríguezSusanna GuzmánTeresa Yenque and Juan Carlos Díazshown at right, clockwise from top left, were also featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written by Héctor Luis Riveraalso see above), for their participation in the revival of the award-winning play La Luz de un cigarrillo. Written and directed by Rodríguez, the play stars Guzmán, Arisleyda Lombert, Yenque, and Díaz. The play will have performances in February at the Teatro Rafael Villalona at the Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en EEUU, located in Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click 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?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

HOLAwave: An Actor Inquires - Five (5) Considerations between a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a Corporation

[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.]

AN ACTOR INQUIRES

An Actor Inquires
 is a section devoted to actors and the questions they have about the business and legal aspects of the film and theatre industry. In a nod to Stanislavski and his book, An Actor Prepares, these blog posts are meant to prepare you about the other equally important areas of the acting profession. A talented actor who knows his or her craft AND the business is a force to be reckoned with. If you have questions for future postings, please e-mail them here.

This blog was originally published here.

A client asked me the other day what should he go with in forming his company, a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation. He thought an LLC was "better" because it would offer more liability protection than a corporation but I informed him that both LLCs and corporations provide similar overall liability coverage. So what are some other reasons for choosing one over the other? 

  • If you plan on staying small– a limited liability company (LLC) is probably better if the company plans to remain privately-held and seeks minimal investment. Corporations are better suited for companies that want to grow into a Fortune 500 type company one day.
  • If you seek investors a corporation might be a better choice since it has a longer history of use in the business and legal world and is more attractive to foreign investors. It's also more attractive if you seek traditional types of financing like bank loans or have plans to seek an initial public offering (IPO).
  • If you have difficulties maintaining corporate formalities an LLC might be a better choice since they require less formalities and tend to be more flexible. For example, you are not required to set up a separate corporate board to run the day-to-day operations. Instead, the members (or managers) of an LLC run the day-to-day operations. Also, if you form a corporation you have to conduct and document your regular meetings for matter of importance such as opening a bank account or entering into a significant new venture. Finally, with a corporation, you must observe good business practices, like not commingling personal and business funds or set up a review mechanism for business decision-making. While observing good practices should be a goal of an LLC as well, the laws and the courts are more forgiving with failure to observe such good practices then they would be with a corporation.
  • If you seek tax benefits– a C corporation allows for deductions on fringe benefits as they are recognized as corporations. LLCs are recognized as partnerships (unless it elects to be recognized as a corporation for tax purposes) and taxed as a pass-through entity meaning profits and losses are handled in the individual member's tax forms. LLCs allow for some deductions too but may be more complex to figure out then a corporation during tax season.
  • If you need the money your company makes– an LLC might be better if you need to access the income your company makes. However, you will be paying self-employment taxes among other taxes on that income which is higher than corporate taxes. A corporation might be better if you will not need that income right away. Your corporation would be taxed at the lower corporate tax rates since you will not be distributing dividends (which would be subject to a second level of taxes). The money that stays in the corporation can then be used to grow the company.

Choosing an entity is an important choice and should be tailored to the specific goals, type of industry, plans for growth and resources you have for your company. No matter what you choose, formation of your entity is only the first albeit important step. Be prepared to commit to doing the other tasks, big and small, to make your company a successful one.


Danny Jiminian is an attorney who specializes in Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Business Law and Nonprofits and practices out of New York. For a free consultation, reach him at his website.

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