Archive for November, 2009


Michael Beasley Scene Study Class

Who: Michael Beasley (See bio below)
What: Intensive Scene Study for Film
Where: Creative Studios of Atlanta
When: Mondays 1-4pm OR Wed. 7-10pm
Beginning Monday November 30
Investment: $225 ($25 discount for Houghton Talent)
Class size will be limited to 12 or 14 for individual attention.

To Register call 404-355-4588 or email


Following in the footsteps of his movie and TV star father, John Beasley’s son is starting to make a name for himself with his own accomplishments.

Michael recently earned the title, “The hardest working actor in the Southeast” by working on so many projects in such a short time including:

“The Great Debators” with Denzel* and Forest Whitaker

“Mississippi Damned” with D.B. Woodside,

“American Violet” with Charles Dutton and Alfre Woodard,

“Preacher’s Kid” with Essence Atkins and Laytoya Luckett,

“Road Trip 2 : Beer Pong”

“The Wronged Man,” with Julia Ormond

“I Love You Phillip Morris” with Jim Carrey and Ewen McGregor

“Mardi Gras” with Carmen Electra.

In additiion to these films, this year Michael also guest-starred on “Army Wives” and “Drop Dead Diva” as well as keeping up with his recurring character “Mike Wilson,” on the CW’s hit tv show “One Tree Hill.”

Furthermore, Michael also has CNN and Coke Zero national commercials airing now.

*Said Denzel Washington about casting “The Great Debaters, “I went through hundreds and hundreds of auditions all over the nation and each person won their part. Everyone had to go thru me, because my name was on it.”

As of right now, this is a one-time workshop.   So, if you’re interested, do not hesitate to register.

To Register call 404-355-4588 or email


Join Women in Film & Television Atlanta for an Evening of Networking, Cheer and Holiday Giving

Tis the Season to Mix & Mingle

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2009

6:30 PM – 9 PM


UTOPIA Martinis & Tapas Restaurant


840 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318

Enjoy Hor d’oeuvres, Beverages, a Cash Bar and Surprise Giveaways!!!

Open to all – FREE for WIFTA Members;  $10 for Non-Members

(Cash, check or credit card payments accepted)



Enjoy some holiday shopping…

WIFTA supports the Buy Handmade Initiative –  

Support Local Artisans offering great selections for your holiday gift giving needs.

Participating vendors include:


Incidentals Candles





Handmade soap, perfume,

bath & body



Bookbinding & Photography



…And make some time to give!

Support WIFTA’s Holiday Charity Drive for

Atlanta Children’s Shelter Holiday House 2009

WIFTA is asking for donations to help the homeless this holiday season.

Please bring a donation to the party and drop it in the box.  

All items should be new and unwrapped.

Partial items needed include toys & clothing.  

For a full list of needed items visit: or


JD Lewis coming to Atlanta this weekend and will be doing two workshops. One for kids & teens, and one for adults

JD Lewis is a top acting coach, director, and owner of The Actor’s Lab in Los Angeles, California who is coming to Atlanta this weekend and will be doing two workshops. One for kids & teens, and one for adults.

These upcoming workshops are geared for the intermediate/advanced actors and will include instruction in on-camera commercials auditions, as well as cold reading for film and television.   In addition, Mr. Lewis will discuss the business of acting, with information on targeting casting directors, creating projects and networking.

What industry professionals have to say about JD Lewis:

“He is the guru of acting coaches in Hollywood.   Studying with J.D. Lewis, you’ll be most certainly on the road to success.”

– David Kirkpatrick

President of Paramount Pictures

We’re doing a special for kids/teens that qualify. $110 PER STUDENT.

Please click below for more details:


America’s Got Talent on NBC is looking for the best of the best to come audition for Season 5.

We are the biggest variety talent show in America, showcasing all kinds of acts from chainsaw jugglers to classically trained triplets playing the violin. We average 12 Million viewers per episode, and last season our finale received an estimated 20 MILLION Viewers! This is an amazing opportunity to take your talent – no matter what it is – to one of the largest stages on TV.

We are looking for Singers, Dancers, Jugglers, Contortionists, Drum Lines, Singing Groups, Magicians, Clowns, Comedians, Dance Groups, Aerialists, All Variety Acts and any other kinds of Unique Talent!!

If you or someone you know would be great for our show please send us a video clip or a video link of their talent and their contact information to

 Looking forward to hearing from you!!”





‘Vampires’ Descend Upon Oxford Campus


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It all started with the appearance of a gigantic blue cherry picker. Wires, lights and cameras came next, followed by a mass of black-clad individuals wearing headsets. Finally, a group of Hollywood-beautiful actors and extras with perfect teeth and well-fashioned haircuts arrived on the perimeter. It was official: Oxford College’s Hoke O’Kelley Library had been temporarily transformed into a television set.

Early last week, the Oxford library acted as a shooting location of the new hit CW show “The Vampire Diaries.” Filming commenced early Monday morning and spilled over into Tuesday before moving to other nearby locations.

Based on a popular series of young adult books by author L.J. Smith, “The Vampire Diaries” involves two recently orphaned siblings, Elena (Nina Dobrev, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen, grandson of legendary action star Steve McQueen).

Set in the small, fictional town of Mystic Falls, the show follows Elena as she becomes romantically involved with a classmate named Stefan (Paul Wesley, “24”) who she later discovers to be a vampire. Meanwhile, Elena and Jeremy realize that their neighbors and classmates are being attacked and tormented by Stefan’s psychotic brother (Ian Somerhalder, “Lost”).

Developed for TV by “Dawson’s Creek” and “Scream” maestro Kevin Williamson, the show mixes the teen soap opera aspects of the former with the horror/comedy tone and pop-culture savviness of the latter.

Originally shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, the show relocated to Monroe and Covington, Ga. to take advantage of the tax incentives provided by the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, which boosted the state’s tax credit for qualified production expenditures by as much as 30 percent.

Although the show has previously been filmed in locations around the Covington area, this marks the first time the program has made its way onto the Oxford campus.

According to the show’s location manager Danny Sconyers, the Oxford library provided an ideal setting, both for its small-town feel and its general proximity to other shooting locations.

“Creatively, it had the look for what the director was looking for,” he said in an interview with the Wheel, noting the library’s winding staircase and immense chandelier fixture. “Logistically, it was close to another location that we’re filming in the same amount of days. So we paired them together and saved on travel.”

Filming was restricted to the second floor of the library with students being allowed to roam quietly at the lower level. In order to prevent unwanted background noise, students were instructed to silence their cell phones upon entering the library.

Despite these minor inconveniences, many students were thrilled to have their school be part of a popular TV show.

“It was exciting,” Oxford freshman Necol Ronda said. “I didn’t really feel as though it was a hindrance on our studies and it was an interesting experience. It brought something new to Oxford.”

Cathy Wooten, director of communications for Oxford College, sees the filming as being highly beneficial for both the college and its students.

“It’s a great opportunity for Oxford,” she said. “It’s good exposure, we can get good public relations and it’s a lot of fun for the students.”

Besides the obvious economic advantages, Emory’s Business Development Manager David McClurkin believes that hosting film productions is an excellent way for Emory to build up its relationship with the both the local community and the state.

“Emory has such great venues and locations. It can really support the community in that way,” he said, adding, “this is one of the fun parts of my job.”

Prior to “The Vampire Diaries,” Oxford College and the general Covington area have played host to several other movies and TV shows, including “In the Heat of the Night,” “My Cousin Vinny” and Rob Zombie’s recent remake of “Halloween 2.” Most notably, Oxford’s Seney Hall was featured in the opening credits to the classic 1970s show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Depending on the direction of the show’s storyline, Sconyers predicts that the cast and crew may be returning to the Oxford campus several more times before the season wraps in April. In any case, he says they would be all too happy to come back.

“It’s been great,” he said. “It took a lot of people to coordinate getting here and getting things done but they’ve all been very helpful.”

McClurkin also had nothing but good things to say about his experiences with the Hollywood community.

“You usually think of Hollywood people as being pushy,” he said. “But by-and-large they’re sweet people and very professional.”

According to Wooten, Oxford will be investigating future opportunities for hosting film and television production.

For now, Oxford students wait in anticipation to see their school on national TV. Many more look forward to informing friends that they attend a school where savvy teenagers and vampires collide, rather than just where the “Dukes of Hazzard” boys used to crash their car.


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NEEDED: African Dancers & Drummers

WHAT: African Dancers & Drummers for live event
WHERE: Atlanta, GA (specific location TBD)
WHEN: Mid-December (specific date/time TBD)
RATE: Negotiable (send quotes with submission)
NEEDED: Resume, Video, AND Pictures of performer

We are in need of 2 African Dancers and 2 African Drummers for a live event that will take place in December.  The drummers will be providing the music and the dancers will be mingling and dancing amongst the crowd while giving basic instructions on the steps (they’ll be given a headset microphone).  The client is looking for several options to choose from.

At the moment we do not have location, date, or time, but the client would like to go ahead and begin looking at submissions.  To submit please email resume, video, and pictures of you drumming or dancing – we’ll be using these to create an electronic submission packet so send anything you think sells you for this specific casting (for example: you may need to re-write your resume to specifically highlight your dancing credentials).  Please also send a rate quote with your submission – we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to get it but will certainly try, and it’s important it’s a competitive quote since your rate will be a factor in who the end client chooses.

Please feel free to forward or post this to others that may be qualified.

Thanks and we look forward to your submissions!

Chase Paris
Houghton Talent, Inc.
404.603.9454 x204


Open Call: Regional non-equity Professional Production of RENT


Open Call: Regional non-equity Professional Production of RENT casting November 15th beginning 10am at Theatre Row Studios located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues

Presently looking for the following Roles to be filled: Angel, Maureen, Collins, Joanne, and Benny.

Production to take place in Charleston SC with rehearsals beginning late December.

Production to run for 16 performances 2.11-3.7. Resort Housing provided plus above non-equity scale wages for both rehearsals and performances. Please bring current head shot and resume plus song to sing from the show. Audition Pianist provided.

Please call 843-709-5050 for more information.





843 345 5673


South Carolina Vacation Commercial

People Traveling to South Carolina for Vacation

From Out of State in November 2009

Sought for National Television Commercial Campaign


Will you or someone you know be vacationing in South Carolina between in the Month of November?  If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Fincannon & Associates, Inc., an Emmy-Award winning Casting Agency, is looking for families and individuals who are planning a trip to South Carolina for vacation in the month of November to appear in a marketing campaign and commercial.  This could be a family vacation; a romantic get-away (anniversary, birthday, etc); a “guys” weekend of golfing, fishing, hiking, etc.; or a “girls” weekend of shopping, going to the beach, etc.  These Families and/or Individuals should be traveling to South Carolina for vacation from outside of the state of South Carolina.

No acting experience is necessary … this is a real person project.  It will air as a commercial for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism across the country.  Anyone in the commercial will simply talk about why you chose, and why you love, your South Carolina vacation destination.

Tentative shoot date will be one day during your vacation in the month of November

If you believe you and/or your families are perfect for this project, please contact the Tara Bennett at the Fincannon & Associates office at 910-251-1500 or email us at

Thanks for your help and please spread the word.