Thursday, August 31, 2017

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 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.

From Music to Movies to TV, Latinos Are Widely Underrepresented - And I'm Done With It

I’ve lived my entire life justifying my position on the outside looking in. Trying to rationalize analytics that break records to executives that just “can’t see it working” for an undisclosed reason. How can we continue to be absent on so many lists, awards shows, news programs, movies, TV shows and even, more so, distorted and erased from history textbooks? —Actor and writer JOHN LEGUIZAMO

Read the rest of John Leguizamo's essay in Billboard regarding the underrepresentation of Latinos/Hispanics in the entertainment business by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 HOLA Awards – Excellence in New York Latino Theater Awardees Announced

Contact: HOLA (212) 253-1015

2017 HOLA Awards Recipients for

Excellence in New York Latino Theater

The 2017 HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017

at the Flamboyán Theater at The Clemente Soto Vélez
Cultural and Educational Center in NYC

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (New York, New York) — The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation’s longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, has announced its latest class of HOLA Award recipients for 2017, the awards ceremony's 18th year.

The HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6pm at the Flamboyán Theater, at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, located at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey streets, in lower Manhattan, NYC. Tickets are $100.

HOLA will also continue its annual tradition of honoring the best of Latino theater in New York with noncompetitive awards encompassing multiple winners in each category. HOLA is at the forefront in recognizing the high caliber work being offered across New York’s growing and thriving Latino theatrical stages. For this year's HOLA Awards, the theater season began on July 1, 2016 and ended July 2, 2017. Additional honorees will be announced at a later date.

Plus, once again, HOLA will present the HOLA Performer's Choice Awards. The HOLA Performer's Choice Awards will honor Outstanding Production (of a cast larger than one person) and Outstanding Solo Production. To vote for the HOLA Performer's Choice Awards, visit the HOLA Performer's Choice link at Voting for the HOLA Performer's Choice Awards closes at 6pm New York time on Friday, October 13, 2017. Winners will be announced on the night of the awards gala.

Tickets are $100. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling HOLA at (212) 253-1015.

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service/advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists. HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in the entertainment and media industries. 

2017 HOLA Awards Recipients
Excellence in New York Latino Theater

Rafael BeatoLa canción (Repertorio Español)
Sandor JuanSeis (Corezón/FUERZAfest)
Daniel OjedaEl pez gordo (Primordial Jam Productions)
Anthony RuizImplications of Cohabitation (Sudaca Theater)

Rosie BerridoOlvidadas (Teatro Círculo)
Zulema ClaresEn el nombre de Salomé (Repertorio Español)
María FontanalsSeis (Corezón/FUERZAfest)
Aileene PérezMirandolina (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/CoDoCul) 

Edward AzcorraAllá en Monte Calvo (FenixUSANY)
Jorge Luis Figueroa, Mirandolina (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/CoDoCul)
Juan Manuel SanábriaLa lechuga (Coquí Theater/CoDoCul)
Claudio WeiszEl uso de la palabra (Corezón/Microtheater NY/SEA)

Natalia MarteloLa lechuga (Coquí Theater/CoDoCul)
Noëlle Mauri, Olvidadas (Teatro Círculo)
Erika Reyes, ¡Los enredos de la Señorita Ivonne!, (Coquí Theater)
Jeannie Sol, The 3 Pigettes and the Big Bad Lady Wolf (SEA)

Francisco Gattorno, La fiaca (Repertorio Español)
David Ponce, La orgía (Havanafama/CoDoCul)
Daniel Romero, 10 millones (Repertorio Español)

Gretell Barreiro, Huelga de sexo a las mujeres
(ArtSpoken Performing Arts/Thalía Hispanic Theatre)
Daysy Fontao, Gas en los poros (Artefactus Cultural Project/CoDoCul)
Belkis Proenza, Gas en los poros (Artefactus Cultural Project/CoDoCul)

Mario Golden, Father God Mother Death (Downtown Urban Arts Festival)
Barbra Herr, Trans-Mission (Teatro Círculo Callback Series)
Modesto Flako Jiménez, ¡Oye, For My Dear Brooklyn! (Brooklyn Gypsies)
Alfonso Rey, #Popular (Monologando Contando Ando)

Maité Bonilla, Zulema Clares, Dalia Davi, Darlenis Durán,
Hannia GuillénJesús E. Martínez, Francis Mateo, Diana Pou,
Johary Ramos
, Jerry Soto, Fermín Suárez, En el nombre de Salomé
(Repertorio Español)
Alejandro Gil, Carlos Gudiel, Christian Ocón, Tamara Melián, David Ponce, Steven Salgado, La orgía (Havanafama/CoDoCul)
Marina Catalán, Alicia Cerón, Idalia Limón, Julissa Román,
Nanas (LaMicro Theater)

Juan Roca, for his costume, scenic, and lighting design; and Lisandra Neiley Molina, for her properties design, of La orgía (Havanafama/CoDoCul)
Katiuska Flores, for her makeup design; and Damiana Reyes, for her costume design, of Mirandolina (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/CoDoCul)

Leonardo González, Nanas (LaMicro Theater)
Marco Antonio Rodríguez, En el nombre de Salomé (Repertorio Español)

Pablo Andrade, Seis (Corezón/FUERZAfest)
Diego Chiri, Olvidadas (Teatro Círculo)
Leyma López, La fiaca (Repertorio Español)
Héctor Luis Rivera, Mirandolina (Teatro Experimental Blue Amigos/CoDoCul)

Aurora Castellanos, for her contribution to Latin American theater
Caridad De La Luz and Chachi Del Valle, for their performances in
I Like It Like That (I Like It Like That, LLC/Pregones-PRTT)
Lucio Fernández, for his continuous support of the arts
Pablo García Gámez, for his achievements in playwriting this season
Andrea Navedo, for her performance in Other People’s Money
(NicAva Entertainment/Chelsea Repertory Company)
Aníbal Nobel, for his performance in Luz negra (Group of the Arts/CoDoCul)



Gas en los poros (Artefactus Cultural Project)
La orgía (Havanafama)
Secretos prohibidos (¡A La Porra!)

La canción (Repertorio Español)
Huelga de sexo de las mujeres (ArtSpoken Performing Arts)
The 3 Pigettes and the Big Bad Lady Wolf (SEA)
TANGOmenaje/La cumparsita 100 años (Thalía Spanish Theatre)

Blind Spot (Repertorio Español)
En el nombre de Salomé (Repertorio Español)
Cinco hijas feas (Teatro Del Aire/CoDoCul)

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gloria Estefan To Receive 2017 Kennedy Center Honor

Singer-songwriter-actor Gloria Estefan is scheduled to be one of the five recipients to receive the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where her lifetime artistic achievements will be celebrated at the 40th annual ceremony on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Washington, District of Columbia.
Other honorees this year include dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, hip-hop artist-actor and entertainment icon LL Cool J, television writer and producer Norman Lear, and musician and record producer Lionel Richie.

Other Latinos to receive Kennedy Center Honors include Plácido Domingo (2000), Chita Rivera (2002), Martina Arroyo (2013), Carlos Santana (2013) and Rita Moreno (2015). CBS will broadcast the gala as a two-hour prime-time special on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. For more information, click here.

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.

A.B. Lugoshown at right, was featured in the Latina Book Club blog where his book of poetry, Spanish Coffee: Black, No Sugar (La Casita Grande) was selected as Book of the Month for August 2017. For more information, click here. In addition, the film The Devil's Breath (written and directed by Julián Juaquín, and co-starring and associate produced by Lugo) is an official selection of the Viva! Latino Film Festival, scheduled to take place in September in midtown Manhattan in New York. For more information, click here.  

Gualterio Alomar's documentary Colonization is Extinction is an official selection of the Viva! Latino Film Festival, scheduled to take place in September in midtown Manhattan in New York. For more information, click here.

Edison Carrera and Raúl Riverashown at left and at right, were featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura (written and edited by Héctor Luis Rivera), which told of their latest artistic ventures. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Phoenix Ximénez co-stars in the feature film Children of Hip Hop (written and directed by Antonio De La Cruz). The film is hitting the film festival circuit, and its next stop will be at the Viva! Latino Film Festival, scheduled to take place in September in midtown Manhattan in New York. For more information, 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?