New Website

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website: http://houghtontalent.com

We will continue to post all new blogs on the new website blog page.

New Houghton Website



Some of the producers of the Backstreet Boys are looking to create another “boyband”,  featuring young boys, ages 12-19 that can sing and dance. They will be holding auditions on Saturday, April 19th between 11 am & 6 pm  by appointment only, in Covington, GA. No walk-ins will be accepted under any circumstances. 

Boy Band



Bernstein, Johnson, Guy, McBride & Howell Named 2013 WIFTA Honorees

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – September 30, 2013 – Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), Georgia’s premiere organization dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video, and other screen-media announced today the 2013 honorees of their Anniversary Gala Awards. Those to be honored include:

Industry Trailblazer Award – Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, Breaking Bad & Rectify

Creative Excellence Award – Jasmine Guy, Vampire Diaries & A Different World

The Georgian Award – Maria Howell, Revolution

The Georgian Award – Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead

Outstanding Contribution, Organization Award – The Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Contribution, Individual Award – Jennifer Brett, Access Atlanta

The awards will be presented during the WIFTA Anniversary Gala and Awards Ceremony, which is WIFTA’s primary fundraising vehicle. The proceeds of the Gala will enable WIFTA to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year.

“We are extremely proud to award Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson, Jasmine Guy, Melissa McBride, Maria Howell, Jennifer Brett and The Alliance Theatre with WIFTA’s highest honor in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the film, television and entertainment industry,” says Cheryl Jenkins, WIFTA president. 

In addition to the awards ceremony, the fundraising event will also include a screening of the video created via the WIFTA PSA & Mentorship Program, distribution of the WIFTA Tuition scholarship, dinner and a silent auction. Plus, WIFTA will also use the evening as a platform to showcase some of the talent from other entertainment industry disciplines. The night’s musical entertainment will include Neo-soul band Vintage Nation, country crooner Julie Gribble, the Georgia State University Faculty Jazz Trio and mixer extraordinaire DJ Mello. Contemporary dance company Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company and the hilariously funny improv troupe Village Theatre will also be featured entertainment acts during the event. The proceeds of the Gala will enable WIFTA to continue to provide exceptional educational programming, networking opportunities and professional resources in support of women in film and television throughout the year.

The WIFTA 39th Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony, which is being sponsored in part by GWCC and Oz Magazine and Projections, Inc., will be held on October 20, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom (bldg B) starting at 7:30pm. GWCC is located at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW Atlanta, GA. The event is open to the public. Those interested in participating in the event–as a sponsor, silent auction donor or attendee–should visit http://www.WIFTA.org/Gala (or click here) for the most up to date information on related to the event. Tickets are currently on sale: $125 for WIFTA members and $165 for non-members.

About Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are the Executive Producers behind two of the most talked about TV shows today–Breaking Bad and Rectify; both of which were shot in Georgia. Breaking Bad has been nominated for, and won, Emmy and other awards; Rectify, just released in 2013, is already following suit with a TCA Award nomination under its belt already. Clearly, the pair knows how to make good TV…and they’re sure to see repeat success with their third show, also shooting in Georgia: Halt & Catch Fire. While certainly notable for his television credits, Johnson is also the Producer / Executive Producer behind several unforgettable movies. The short list of his most memorable films include: Rain Man, The Notebook, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, My Sister’s Keeper, What Lies Beneath, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. With the girth of work that this duo has contributed to the entertainment industry and the successes of those works, it’s clear why WIFTA has chosen Bernstein and Johnston as its 2013 Industry Trailblazer Award recipients.

About Jasmine Guy

Jasmine Guy danced her way into the heart of America with at the start of her career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. While in New York, Guy starred on Broadway in original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack as well as reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago. After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the pivotal role of “Whitley Gilbert” on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Living Single. Her most recent TV role as “Grams” on the popular series Vampire Diaries can be seen on the CW Network.

In addition to her impressive list on on-screen and on-stage cast mates, Guy has worked extensively in theater behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Miss Evers’ Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Colored Museum, The Fourposter, The Nacirema Society, Broke-ology and Fool For Love; her most recent theatrical projects include God of Carnage at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, which is where she also directed the world premiere of the opera celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. I Dream.

About Melissa McBride

A veteran commercial, voice and television actress, Melissa McBride began her acting career shortly after college. She made her prime-time network television debut guest-starring on Matlock opposite the late Andy Griffith in a two-part special.

Additional credits include The Mist, directed by Frank Darabon; the festival award-winning film Lost Crossing, directed by Eric Blue; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, directed by Peter Care and produced by Jody Foster. For television. McBride’s appearances include Dawson’s Creek, Walker Texas Ranger, Profiler and American Gothic; the television movies Living Proof with Harry Conick, Jr., Pirates of Silicon Valley with Noah Wyle; and A Season In Purgatory based on the book written by Dominick Dunne, with Patrick Dempsey; along with numerous television commercials.

In the music scene, McBride played “Lucy, the messed up dressed up waitrrss’ opposite Martin Sheen in Diamond Rio’s music video “It’s All In Your Head.” She was the voice double for Anne Bancroft in the 2008 animated feature Diego.
In addition to her on-camera and voice acting, McBride has worked behind the camera as a commercial casting director.

About Maria Howell

Maria Howell stars as Grace in NBC’s “Revolution.” Howell is an actor, singer and voiceover artist. She is often remembered as the choir soloist from the movie “The Color Purple” but has certainly gone on to make her mark as an accomplished performer since then. As an actress, Howell has appeared in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Meet The Browns and House of Payne. Her other television credits include Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, Vampire Diaries, Past Life, Detroit 1-8-7, as well as the acclaimed theatrical release The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. She worked alongside Mario Van Peebles and Wendy Raquel Robinson in the series The Game, on Queen Latifah’s Single Ladies, and on USA’s hit show Necessary Roughness. Most recently, she played Cameron Diaz’s doctor in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and the role of “Mrs. Easle” in the movie Firelight, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Throughout her career, she has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia, Howell relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and performed weekly at Sambuca Jazz Cafe for nine consecutive years–from 2002 to its closing in December 2010. She and pianist Bill Wilson held the distinction of being the longest-running act at the Atlanta location. Howell has released several CD recordings, with the most recent release titled “Reflections,” a retrospective collection.

About Jennifer Brett

Jennifer Brett is an accomplished journalist that has been keeping Atlanta in-the-know about what’s happening in the Atlanta entertainment industry for years. She shares her “insider information” via her Access Atlanta column, appropriately named The Buzz. Brett, a unique journalist, is known for dividing her attention equally to covering the major Hollywood studio films that are shooting in or have ties to Georgia as well as the independent productions that are shot here.

About The Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre has become the lead producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people. They not only produce world-class work on stage, they also have one of the most successful and respected acting education programs in the country. The Alliance Theatre is a community of artists, administrators and business and civic leaders devoted to theatre arts and arts eduction. The people behind the Alliance Theatre include a dedicated staff , a generous volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and countless artists and instructors working to put the best theatre in the world on the stage every day.







Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), a 501c-3 Georgia non-profit, is a member-based professional organization affiliated with other Women In Film chapters around the world. Since our inception in 1974, the Atlanta chapter has proudly had a membership community of multi-generational and culturally diverse professionals, which include producers, directors, actors, entertainment attorneys, camera and sound technicians, film editors, graphic design artists, make-up artists, wardrobe specialists, screenwriters, talent agents and casting directors. Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, television, video, and other screen based media by offering opportunities for media makers to connect, create, champion and inspire.





with David Patrick Green

Take control over your career!

Actor Power is a single-day event featuring David Patrick Green, professional actor, and founder of HackHollywood.com. At Actor Power, you will learn the exact strategies you need to find your on-screen success.

David has recurred on five major series including Smallville, ER, Battlestar Galactica and Covert Affairs. With his 10+ years working in TV/Film and backed by an MBA from the University of Southern California, David has created the only complete and easy to follow acting career program.

For the first time in Atlanta, he will show you the system that allowed him to go from unemployable actor to working whenever and wherever he wants.

At this event, you will learn:

  • The Five Steps you need to go from struggling amateur to respected working professional
  • How to shift your mindset from one of confusion and desperation to total clarity and control
  • A complete and easy-to-follow system for acting career success
  • Examples of how working actors around the world are using these steps to
    accelerate and take control over their own acting careers

Take advantage of the amazing surge in production spending right here in
Atlanta and get ahead of the competition by signing up today!

WHEN: Saturday November 2nd, 10:00-6:00

WHERE: Georgia Shakespeare

    Conant Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Oglethorpe University

    4484 Peachtree Rd., N.E.

    Atlanta, GA 30319  

COST: $150, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 11th. For questions or additional information and to reserve your spot contact Allen O’Reilly at 404.504.3401 or via email at allen@gashakespeare.com. Space will fill up quickly, so register today!




“In just a few discussions with David, I am convinced that the very practical advice he provides willassure my opportunities for real success in the Film/T.V market”. -Allen O’Reilly actor

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Fulton Country to cut funding for the arts

Below is a letter from the Fulton County Arts Council that talent and industry professionals may find interesting. Please feel free to share.


As you may have recently read in last Sunday’s AJC, Fulton County is in a dire financial situation, looking at a possible $115m deficit.  I am reaching out to you to make you aware that as a part of a proposed resolution to this deficit, the current Interim County Manager has proposed a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture.  Long story short…We need your help!  As someone who is either in the arts or has a strong appreciation for what art and culture means for this community, our Fulton County Commissioners MUST hear from you! 


     Over the past five years our budget has been cut an average of 14-20% annually, and since 2001 has been cut over one million dollars. Though these were difficult for the Arts in Fulton County, the cuts were proportionately aligned with all other departments within the County budget.  At this juncture, however, a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture is in the County Manager’s top three recommendations!


    Our plea to you, as someone who is connected to arts and culture in this community, is for you, your staff, board, attendees and friends to IMMEDIATELY let your Commissioner know of their concern.  To let our voices be heard, we ask everyone who wants this to continue to be a healthy cultural community to do one or all of the following:


1)      Call your Commissioner and simply state that you are very concerned and not in favor of there being any cuts in the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Phone numbers are below


2)       Send an email to your Commissioner stating that art and culture is an important part of the quality of life for those of us who live, work and play in Fulton County and that you urge them not to support the County Manager’s recommendation to cut the budget for the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Email Addresses of Commissioners are below:


District 1 (At Large)     Chairman John Eaves                                                                                                  
Email: john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov


District 2 (At Large)  Commissioner Robb Pitts
Email: robb.pitts@fultoncountyga.gov


District 3  Commissioner Liz Hausmann
Email: liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov


District 4  Commissioner Tom Lowe
Email: tom.lowe@fultoncountyga.gov


District 5   Commissioner Emma Darnell
Email: emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov


District 6    Commissioner Joan Garner
Email: joan.garner@fultoncountyga.gov


District 7   Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards
Email: commissioner.edwards@fultoncountyga.gov


3)      Attend the Board of Commissioners meeting (Wednesday, August 21st at 10:00AM) where this issue will be discussed and voice your concern during the public comment section. The meeting will be held at the Fulton County Govt. Complex, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia.  At this called meeting, they are scheduled to introduce the recent recommendations to the full Board.  Your presence is critical and extremely necessary to ensure we maintain a healthy Arts environment throughout Fulton County.

Note:  If you are an arts organization, please be prepared to share the impact of your organization (i.e. number of employees, number of attendees…especially if you can break those numbers down to number of seniors, youth/children, etc.)


     We are encouraging all in attendance to wear green so our presence can be easily recognized by the BOC.


    The Department of Arts and Culture, as well as the Fulton County Arts Council thanks you in advance.  This will be our only chance to communicate to the Commissioners the importance of Arts and Culture in our surrounding communities.


    Our thanks, in advance, for all you have and will continue to contribute to  Arts and Culture.  Please ACT TODAY to help stop this action by the Commission and allow Fulton County’s quality of life for families, children, seniors and artists remain alive and vibrant!


Warm regards,


The Fulton County Arts Council     


Scene Study with Regina Moore/Moore Casting, LLC

DATE: August 24th, 2013 (Hosted by Alan Dysert)

PLACE: Offices of Moore Casting – 417 Welshwood Drive, Suite 109 Nashville, TN  37211

TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Price: $135

Many actors want the opportunity to ask questions and spend time with casting professionals so they can get an idea of what is expected.

Breaking down the audition process by focusing on the scene is vital.

This workshop is about working scripts, knowing what questions to ask, helping the actor find out who they are and about being able to understand their character.

We will be spending time working Film and Television scripts while including the element of improv allowing the actor exploration beyond the words on the page.

The purpose of the workshop is to build confidence in making choices and realizing that will come with stepping away from what feels safe and relying on one’s individual unique strengths.

Spend the day with Regina Moore identifying what makes you unique as an actor.

This class is limited to a certain number of students and is filling up quick.

Go to www.moorecasting.com for more details, click on workshops.