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Actorfest Event Brings Job Opps to Latino Community

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Even with the economy in the tank, the entertainment industry continues to look for talent. Latino performers of all ages and levels of experience can get their feet in the door and faces in front of the camera at a special edition of Back Stage Actorfest on April 16. At this free event, casting directors will search for actors to fill upcoming projects.
Actorfest is a series of nationwide trade shows presented by Back Stage. The upcoming event is also the kickoff for NALIP 10-a Decade of Influence, marking the second year Back Stage and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers have joined together to bring media opportunities to the Latino community.
Doors open at 10 a.m. for the Actorfest event, which runs through 6 p.m. at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. For this first-come, first-served event, actors are asked to bring ample headshots and résumés. Note that space is limited. According to conference director Octavio Marin, more than 600 people showed up for last year's event, "but we were only able to get 300 processed through due to the number of agents and the time it took for all the meetings." This year, he expects 600-800 to attend — and be "processed."
For those actors waiting for casting calls, producers of the event advise having water and food on hand, but also will offer industry panels free to attendees. Panelists from groups such as Nosotros, Telemundo/Mun2, and Mambo Casting, as well as national corporations NBC and Fox Diversity, are scheduled to discuss strategies and options for career advancements.
Last year, said Marin, "we got a number of calls from actors thanking us for the great experience and to let us know they had found representation or were already working on projects, including one working on General Hospital."
Marin emphasized the community feel of the event. "I think it's very important to join forces and continue helping performers to get an opportunity to enter such a difficult industry," he said. "Sometimes an event like Actorfest can change the life of a performer. They can network, learn from other established actors and industry professionals, and receive feedback, all of which can help propel their careers. That can make the difference between keeping on or giving up."
NALIP 10, which will also take place at the Island Hotel, runs April 17-19 and will feature speakers and executives from HBO, PBS, CBS, Time Warner, and ABC-Disney, and many others.
Registration for discounted NALIP 10 attendance and hotel accommodations can be accessed at www.nalip.org/conference10

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