Archive for June, 2011


UMFF Script Competition


Do you have a fresh, innovative short film, feature film, play, or television script?

Submit to the 10th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) to win prizes and awards! UMFF is culturally diverse festival taking place October 14-16, 2011, in Duluth, Georgia. The festival offers over $10,000 in prizes and awards, and honors actors, artists, filmmakers, graphic designers, and writers. This event features opening and closing night events, international film screenings in competition, live script reading by professional actors, workshops, on-site distributors, networking, parties and more!

Submit your project today!

Regular Deadline – July 1, 2011
Late Deadline – August 15, 2011

Sponsored by: Camrose Creative Services, Oz Magazine, Movie Magic, The Moses Family, Withoutabox, Arts Engine, Media That Matters, Michael Syphoe Consultants, Inc., El Elyon, openfilm, New York International Latino Film Festival.

This project is partially funded through a grant from the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Headshot Special

$25 OFF
Summer Special on Headshots for Houghton Talent!!!

(Now thru Sept. 30th 2011)

Is it time to update that old headshot that’s not getting you the auditions you deserve? Is something stopping you from moving forward? I have an incentive for you! Take advantage of this special offer!!! I am committed to shooting the highest quality digital images that you need to compete in the current Atlanta market. Your headshot is your #1 selling tool, so don’t put your best marketing piece in the hands of an amateur! I’ve been photographing headshots for models, actors, and entertainers for over 20 years.  Mention this ad and get $25 OFF!!!

Teryl Jackson Photography


Crystal Carson – Acting for Film/Television Workshops

Crystal Carson

Acting for Film/Television Workshops

Wednesday, July 13 – 5-9:30pm –  “Thought Support” – limited to 14 students – $104

The Thought Support Technique is an exercise that strengthens the muscles you need to act with the sides in your hand, so that you don’t have to waste your valuable prep time memorizing. Thought Support allows you to know the lines “by heart,” while still having a safety net.  Memorizing makes most actors susceptible to getting locked into a delivery, and/or causes actors to worry throughout the audition that they might forget their lines. The lines are the last thing that you should be worried about. It is far more important to be connected to the other person — fighting, for your needs, and changing your behavior in accordance with what you see them doing.  The “Thought Support” exercise capitalizes even further on the idea that a scene can be a high-stakes conversation, complete with objective, obstacles, relationship and environment… even when the you don’t know your lines.

Thursday, July 14 – 5-9pm – “Practical Application” – open to ALL tv/film actors – $104 ($78 if also taking the weekend intensive)

The greatest actors in tv/film all have some sort of process they follow when creating a character. Using your instincts isn’t enough!  This workshop takes actors through the steps of breaking down and analyzing the script to create the most 3-dimensional character possible. Wanna break out of the “under 5” category to book a meaty, guest-starring role….or better?!  This class will give you the tools you need to develop a career in lead and supporting roles.

Fri, July 15 – (3-8p) and Sat/Sun July 16-17 (10-5p)/- “Audition for TV/Film 3-day Intensive” – $360

“Auditioning by Heart” – This is Crystal’s “famous” weekend workshop!!!  Actors are put on tape every day and thoroughly critiqued.  Crystal offers insight rarely found in acting classes – she is able to “see” what part of your preparation needs more attention, if your performance is inappropriate for the genre, where you are truly strong, what choices you made that are weaker than other choices, and more!  This workshop gives you the tools to apply to your next audition so that you’re always improving. You will leave this workshop on a acting high!  You’ll know exactly where you need to focus your attention in order to develop a successful career in tv/film.

For more about Crystal, please visit

To Register: email 

Please specify which workshops you’re interested in.

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Stats from Lauri Plesco Ross with TAG

Stats for TAG are:

* Roughly 70% of TAG Actors have been hired for “TAG Only” jobs.
* One job at scale pays for 16 years worth of dues at $60.00/year, (unless you are Level Three because they are Lifetime Members).
* Two companies are currently requesting TAG Actors only on all of their Teleprompting jobs.
* Two additional companies (having heard “word on the street”) have called TAG to request information regarding hiring TAG Actors only on their teleprompting jobs and were given these facts:

FACT: All current Production companies/Producers requesting TAG Actors only on all of their Teleprompting jobs have gone from shooting 3 days of teleprompter work to only 1 day with TAG Actors (Level One, Two and Three!) This saves them a lot of money in the production and editing process. Actors/Agents are gaining work due to their TAG pool/demographics.


Film & TV Budgeting Webinar

TVspecific is offering a webinar this Thursday, June 30 on Budgeting Made Easy for Film & TV

For more information, visit their website:


PVIFF Chat Series


Tune in for the Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF) 2nd Annual Chat Series on Tuesday, June 28th at 7 p.m. EST. PVIFF will feature acclaimed casting director Twinkie Byrd during week 2 of the 2011 celebrity chat series.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask Ms. Byrd about casting great films such as “Notorious,” “Stomp The Yard” and most recently “Jumping The Broom.” Ms. Byrd is also known for finding new great talent such as Quinton Aaron who played the lead role in “The Blind Side.” Actors who are interested in launching or growing their careers will have an opportunity to ask Ms. Byrd about success secrets and more. Ms. Byrd will be hosting a one on one workshop entitled “The Casting Couch With Twinkie Byrd” at PVIFF this year. Join the chat session to find out more.

Tune into this conversation for your chance to win tickets to the “Casting Couch with Twinkie Byrd” at PVIFF 2011, an AirTran plane ticket any where AirTran flies in the U.S. and more.

If you would like to submit an advance question or if you can’t attend live please send questions to:

To participate in this live chat visit:


Free Acting Class 7/1

Blueprint 4 Hollywood is offering a free preview class this Friday, July 1st from 7:30-9:00 PM.