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Though it can't blame it on fears of becoming snowbound, Hollywood seems to shut down during the last few weeks of every December. While much of the entertainment industry is on hiatus, now may be the perfect time to reorganize your career. Spring for some new headshots, update your resumé, or start working on your New Year's resolutions. When productions pick back up, you'll come out swinging.

E! Entertains

E! Networks has formed E! Studios, a production company dedicated to producing original programming for E! Entertainment Television and the Style Network. Jeff Shore will oversee. The hope is that the newly formed production company will continue to process the same kind of quality fare as The Anna Nicole Show, Wild on E!, and E! True Hollywood Stories

Welcome to Reality

A new reality series titled Welcome to Hollywood is currently being cast by Henderson/Zuckerman Casting. The documentary-style show will follow actors (à la It Factor) from the moment they first walk into the casting office as they vie to be chosen by filmmaker Adam Rifkin to become America's next superstar. Performers will audition with scripted material and will be asked to sign a release form before their first audition. They are looking for one male and one female, 18-24 years old; each should have a quirky, offbeat comedic style.

IHOB

The International House of Blues Foundation will hold auditions for the Blues School House program, an educational musical presentation for students on the history of the blues. Rehearsals start on Jan. 3. Programs take place three times a week at the House of Blues on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, January through May and October through December. Performances are paid. The foundation is currently looking for one female vocalist (blues, jazz, R&B, gospel), one male vocalist/narrator, one drummer, and one electric guitarist. Send pics and resumé to IHOBF, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802 or e-mail ihobfanheim@hob.com for more information.

Productions Auditions

Productions Plus is holding auditions for its agency, Dec 19-20. This is a general audition seeking new talent. Production Plus specializes in providing talent to corporate America (auto shows, conventions, tradeshows, special events, ear-prompter speakers). Registration is free. Applicants will be asked to dress in proper corporate attire and bring 10 headshots and a resumé. They will be interviewed for approximately 20 minutes and are expected to read sides. Interested talent should contact Staree Bass, California Talent Coordinator, Production Plus West, 19300 South Hamilton Avenue, Suite 240, Gardena, CA 90248. (310) 324-5544. www.production-plus.com.

Jackson Hole

Remember Victoria Jackson? The funny airhead from Saturday Night Live is back with a new film set to begin production in January. Shut Up & Kiss Me tells the story of two best friends, born on the same day, whose lives take very different turns. One falls in love with the daughter of a gangster, while the other becomes a stockbroker and gets caught in the middle of some questionable trading. The casting director is Karen Armstrong.

Spirit Guide

Take One! Bookstore is sponsoring a free workshop titled Acting From a Spiritual Perspective with author Kathryn Bild on Dec. 28, 2-4 p.m. The workshop will explore acting as an art and show you how to integrate your artistic and professional ambitions. The workshop will also include tips on your "casting profile," mastering auditions, and finding good agents. For more information, go to www.take1filmbooks .com.

Faust Is Short

The Sacramento Opera is holding auditions for Faust on Dec. 16. It is seeking three men and three women, ages 18-25. All roles require athleticism and some choreography. A stipend will be provided. Performance dates are Feb. 28, Mar. 2, and Mar. 4. Call Bethanie Baeyen at the Sacramento Opera Offices for more information: (916) 737-1000.

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