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    Posted June 7, 2011

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Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) Presents KICKSTART

A Two-Day Series of Workshops and Panels Geared To Latino Actors

New York, NY – June 6, 2011 - The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is proud to present “KICKSTART: How To Take Your Career To The Next Level,” a two-day series of career workshops and panels geared to the Latino actor.

KICKSTART takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th, 2011 from 10am-5pm, both days. It will be held at the new Teatro SEA, located at 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey streets) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The cost of KICKSTART is $199 for HOLA members and $249 for non-HOLA members. Interested parties who wish to reserve their spot, or those seeking additional information, should call (212) 253-1015 or go to www.HelloHOLA.org. Major credit cards accepted.

This is the inaugural presentation of KICKSTART and is indicative of the roster of new and relevant programming being offered by HOLA for its members. “At a time when current census figures show that there are 50 million Latinos in the United States, our HOLA members are poised to fill the roles that accurately reflect and portray the great diversity, complexity and breadth of accomplishments made by the Latino community in the U.S. This workshop will impart invaluable insights and information that will help HOLA members and non-HOLA members alike successfully navigate their career trajectories while offering a vital understanding of the challenges and benefits unique to the Latino actor,” stated Manny Alfaro, Executive Director of HOLA.

The schedule for the KICKSTART event is as follows:

DAY ONE – SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011
10am Getting a Headshot That Gets You Noticed
10:45am Dos and Don’ts of Creating Actor’s Resumes
11:30am Marketing Yourself in the Internet Age
1pm Lunch Break
2pm Navigating The Unions
3:30pm Transition Your Career into High Gear

DAY TWO – SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011
10am The Changing Face of HOLA
11am Meeting The Theater Producers and Directors You Should Know
1pm Lunch Break
2pm Meet The Casting Directors You Should Know
3:30pm Meeting The Agents You Should Know

Workshop leaders and panel participants include leading casting executives from ABC, CBS and NBCUniversal; Adam Moore, Associate National Director, Affirmative Action/Diversity, Screen Actors Guild; Connie Best, Interactive Media Representative, American Federation of Television of Radio Artists (AFTRA); John Fasulo, National Director of Membership, Actors’ Equity Association; (AEA) actor/photographer Anthony Ruiz; actor/singer and IT expert Francisco Fuertes; Broadway performer Julio Agustín; and leading producers from the NYC Latino theater scene, as well as leading agents from national talent agencies. Moderators for the panels include Mario Bósquez, journalist and on-air host of “Living Today” on Martha Stewart Living Radio on Sirius 112 and XM 157; and Dr. Manuel A. Morán, performer, director, writer and producer and the founder and CEO/Executive Director of SEA (Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.).

HOLA is proud to present “KICKSTART: How To Take Your Career To The Next Level,” a two-day series of career workshops and panels geared to the Latino actor. KICKSTART takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th, 2011 from 10am-5pm, both days. It will be held at the new Teatro SEA, located at 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey streets) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The cost of KICKSTART is $199 for HOLA members and $249 for non-HOLA members. To reserve your spot, or to seek additional information, please call (212) 253-1015 or go to www.HelloHOLA.org Major credit cards accepted.


About HOLA: HOLA, founded in 1975 by a group of Hispanic actors concerned with the images of Latinos in the media, is a national member-based non-profit organization headquartered in New York. HOLA is the nation’s longest running arts service and advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in all entertainment and media industries. HOLA’s signature roster of programming and services includes the HOLA Pages, an online directory of Latino actors; HOLAfábrica, a professional training unit of workshops and seminars; HOLAgram, an in-house casting referral service; as well as HOLAtalks, HOLA After The Curtain and HOLApanels, a series of special events and post-performance discussions. HOLA’s communication platforms include its website, www.HelloHOLA.org; its Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/HOLAonFB; its Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/HOLAOfficial; and its blog, www.elblogdehola.blogspot.com.

CONTACT: A.B. Lugo, Associate Director, Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA)
(212) 253-1015 • ablugo@helloHOLA.orgwww.HelloHOLA.org

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