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What's Right With This Picture? Making Your Photo and Resume Count
- Jack Menashe, president of Independent Artist's Agency, Inc.
- Paul Russell, casting director, director, and author
- Chris Macke, Chris Macke Photography
Jack Menashe is the president of Independent Artist's Agency, Inc., a full-service, multi-departmental talent agency based in New York. Jack began his career in the arts as a performing artist and later went on to serve as a visual artist for such companies such as Reebok, a professional photographer with a focus on headshot photography, and later as a talent agency assistant with The Agency for the Performing Arts and Ambrosio-Morimer and Associates.
Jack established Independent Artist's Agency 13 years ago, and it has become a rapidly expanding company that staffs five theatrical agents, three on-camera agents, and a voice-over department. He prides his agency on its close relationships with clients and a unique personal touch to representing and developing talent.
Paul Russell -- casting director, director, and author of ACTING: Make It Your Business -- has nearly 30 years experience in entertainment, including film, TV, and Broadway. He began his career as a successful working actor.
As an independent casting director, Paul has been involved with casting films (20th Century Fox, HBO, the independent feature Following Bliss); television (The Cosby Show, Friends, many Warner Brothers Studio pilots); New York theatre productions (Disney's Beauty and The Beast, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Cobb Woody Guthrie's American Song, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, UBU Repertory, The Lark Theatre, tour of Keep on the Sunny Side): and more than 200 plays, musicals, classical works, and premieres for more than two dozen acclaimed Shakespeare festivals and regional theatres, including the Asolo Theatre Festival, San Jose Rep. Florida Stage, and Barter Theatre.
A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Paul has had the fortune of serving both premieres and established works in New York and for the regional stage.
Chris Macke's photography career is the result of his life long interest in the arts. Originally from the Midwest, Chris spent his childhood studying music and acting at Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts. As a gift for his 15th birthday, Chris's father, also a photographer, bought him his first camera. He has been shooting ever since. Chris's clients have appeared in over 30 Broadway productions and in the television series Law & Order, Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Lost, Rescue Me, Third Watch, All My Children, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and NYPD Blue.
His photographs from September 11th have been seen at The New York Historical Society and internationally through the Here Is New York exhibits. All photographs were donated to help raise money for the families of 9/11 victims. In addition to his photography career, Chris spent five years working at the New York offices of the bi-coastal agency Bauman, Redanty and Shaul, and in the commercial department of The William Schill Agency. Chris has also spent time working as a professional actor and remains a member of Actors Equity Association.
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