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Back Stage Actorfest for Latin Performers

Back Stage announces a special edition of Actorfest for Latin performers of all ages. This is a free event. Top Hollywood casting directors are seeking Latino talent of all ages.

Attend this free pre-conference event on Thursday, April 16 from 10 a.m. - 6 .pm.

The call begins with your arrival and registration at the Island Hotel (690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California. Go to the Palm Garden tent on arrival.

All performers will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early and bring lots of pictures and resumes; registration will be on site. There are not unlimited spaces to see everyone — later arrivals may have fewer meetings or none at all. Please plan accordingly

Pack some food and water. Dress beautifully but comfortably, and be prepared to read, Q&A, and callbacks.

All talent will have access to industry panels, including Nosotros, AFTRA, NALIP and Mun2. Casting directors continue to be confirmed. Here is the partial list:

Rosalinda Morales, FarMore Casting
Ivan De Paz, DePaz Management
Jamie Ferrar, Jaime Ferrar Agency
Blanca Valdez, Blanca Valez Casting
Mark Teschner, Casting Director/ABC Television Center/Mark Teschner Casting
Carla Hool, Casting Director/ CARLA HOOL CASTING
Tim McNeal, VP/ ABC/Disney Talent Development & Diversity
Janice Tanaka
Orlette Ruiz, Mambo Casting
Christine Williams, Peak Models & Talent
Jeff Gelber, Universal Casting and Mun2

Arrive early to ensure your participation in the open calls. Once you arrive at the hotel, follow the signs to Palm Garden ballroom for registration. For any questions, email

This is a pre-conference event to the NALIP 10th National Conference. It ends at 6 pm on Thursday April 16, 2009.

If you are interested in staying for networking events, keynote lunch, awards presentation, screening, plenary, panels or other events to be held during NALIP 10: A Decade of Influence April 17-19, 2009, please check out the program and register in advance at NALIP. Discount hotel rates are available through April 1, 2009.

-- Heather Langone

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