Archive for July, 2011


Kelsey Edwards photography special

We have some very exciting news!!!
See what we’ve got up our sleeve! 

Kelsey Edwards Photography!

Things have been busy over here at Kelsey Edwards Photography!
We just launched our NEW website!
We have some amazing new features for you to take advantage of~
ALL new photos in our Galleries (and we’ll keep updating them),
some really fun FAQ’s, and great quotes!
But what we are really excited about is our new ONLINE BOOKING!

~we’re going to be back in Atlanta August 5th, 6th, and 7th~
Now is the best time to book and to take advantage of our new system!

Use this link for the new website (or click the image above) and explore!

To Your Success!

Kelsey Edwards Photography

Kelsey Edwards Photography
Catchlight Studio
633 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Performing Shakespeare Class

The esteemed theatrical actress Carolyn Cook is offering an adult Shakespeare class this Fall.  Here are the details:

When: Mondays, October 10 – November 28
Where: Georgia Shakespeare, Conant Performing Arts Center
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $200.00
What:  Learn to embrace Shakespeare’s language as your own and develop acting skills that will work for both classical and contemporary plays.  Each student will finish the course with an audition-ready monologue and a performance-ready scene. The course culminates in a performance for family and friends.
That’s it!  I’ll try to make the course worthwhile for people at various levels.  Please pass this on or delete it as you see fit.


Blueprint 4 Hollywood classes

 FREE CLASSES from Blueprint 4 Hollywood this summer!


Don’t let summer pass you by, without getting your acting career off the ground! Shows like Drop Dead Diva, Homeland, Walking Dead, Single Ladies and more, are filming right now. Along with Feature Films like 3 Stooges, American Reunion, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, commercials, industrials and so much more.


And we want to make sure YOU are ready for your big break.


Plus, it’s summer… so we want it to be fun!


What better way to kick off the summer than with FREE classes, with your friends???


Blueprint 4 Hollywood is offering such a sweet deal this summer, you will think it fell of the ice cream truck.  BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE!!!  That is right, for any classes you take this summer, you can give a class to a friend.  Crazy, huh?  Crazy in a really good way.
Here’s how it works…
 Take any of these Classes:  (and your friend comes FREE!!!)

1.COLD READING for CAMERA  (now required, before Audition Technique)
            Wednesdays, Aug 17- Sept 21 (6 weeks)

            Daytime class 12noon-2p  or Evening Class 7:30p – 9:30p Few Spots STILL AVAILABLE


2. On Camera AUDITION TECHNIQUE (if you have taken COLD READING)

Thursday Daytime 12noon-2p (6 weeks)  July 14- Aug 18 or

Tuesday Evenings 7:30p-9:30p July 19- – Aug 30    FULL


3. FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING (for the actor new to Professional Training)

Monday Evenings 7:30p- 9:30p (6 Weeks)   July 11 – Aug 15 FULL


4. MONOLOGUES for Film and Television

Monday Evenings  7-10p (4 weeks)  Aug 22-Sept 12  Few spots STILL AVAILABLE


5. AN ACTOR’S ESSENCE: Understanding Your “Type” and Castability

Wednesdays July 6 – Aug 10 (6 weeks)

Daytime class 12noon- 2p  or   Evening Class 7:30p – 9:30p   FULL 




We are really nice people, so we are honoring our current package deals, in addition to this special.  Which means….

1 CLASS = $200 …and your friend gets 1 class free (Total Value $400)

*2 CLASSES = $350 save $50… and your friend gets 2 classes free (total value $800!)



Rules and Regulations (Hey, even the Ice Cream Man has to obey the speed limit!)

1. Classes must be taken on the dates offered above (NO REFUNDS GIVEN)

2. The Free Student cannot have taken any classes here in 2011

3. Packages must be paid for in full, before the start of the first class

4. If registering online, sign up for yourself.  Enter your friends contact info and classes

they are attending in the ‘Comments’ section

5. You must be nice to the teacher.  (Hehe…just making sure you are paying attention)



CALL THE OFFICE OR REGISTER ONLINE.  This will fill up quickly!!

Sharon Tomlinson and Kristen Shaw
Blueprint 4 Hollywood

Industry Mixer

Autumn Bailey Entertainment, Film Atlanta & Blank Stage Productions Presents

A Monthly Film & TV Industry Mixer Hosted By the Cinema Dolls

July is Indie Film Maker Month
GET CONNECTED is Proud to Screen 96 Minutes – Directed by Aimee Lagos & Produced by Lee Clay
9:30 pm screening of this amazing film shot in Atlanta!
Check out the trailer at

JUST IN! FILMMAKERS…You asked for it!
We’re excited to announce this amazing opportunity! This is your chance to learn how to pitch your project to majors!

GET Connected, in association with the “Atlanta Pitch Summit”  (, is offering a 2-hour seminar series on “How to Pitch Your TV/Film Project”, 6:30-8:30PM during monthly Get Connected events. The seminar fee includes entry to the event once the seminar ends for the evening. Monthly GET Connected Pitch Seminars will be taught by Atlanta Television and Film Producers, C. Denise Hendricks and Ty Johnston.

Each seminar will offer you the opportunity to learn how to effectively pitch a television sitcom, reality show, docu-soap, animated series, dramedy, feature film, or theatrical. The seminar will also position you to present your story ideas directly to those in the business who can do something for your career!
To Register:

This month Charity Spotlight


Partial proceeds from July’s Get Connected benefits The Erica Hubbard Foundation.  The Erica Hubbard Foundation is a non-profit organization which shows the youth that they can control their destiny with a positive mind set. We inspire and motivate the next generation by teaching and instilling certain morals the next generation should have for a successful future. We encourage our youth by building strength with optimistic thoughts in the midst of a challenging era. The Erica Hubbard Foundation gives scholarships and communicates our thought provoking message to build character in schools, churches, youth seminars, charity events and community centers in at-risk neighborhoods.

July’s sponsors:
Sistah Bell’s Food and Catering, • Rayne’n Cakes, • Enterprise • Melissa Donner Goodman & The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), • Entertainment Partners, •Michael Newport of Raleigh Studios, • Lynn Mathis of Williams, Turner & Mathis, •Jeanette Gregory & Women in Film & Television Atlanta, •PCE-Atlanta, •Kristen Angell Shaw & Sharon Thomas-Tomlinson of Blueprint 4 Hollywood, and special thank you to Len Gibson & Peachtree Village Film Festival Atlanta,,

Ronald Lopes video last month June 30th
June 2011’s Get Connected Charity Spotlight – The Lisa Lopes Foundation

Get Connected Founder, Autumn Bailey, Cynthia Collins & Brent Brooks co-founders of  Get Connected Present Ronald Lopes with partial proceeds check

OVER 1,000 Attendees in June…Be in the Number in July



Changes to the 8/6 & 8/7 Chez Group Workshop

We are announcing a slight change of plan for our upcoming workshop weekend with Shay Griffin and Mari Lyn Henry August 6th and 7th.

Shay asked that I encourage each of you to invite any of your talent who you feel might benefit from this weekend workshop event.  It will be an excellent opportunity for her to get to meet with them personally.

After Shay’s recent seminar with Alpha Tyler, in which participants were encouraged to ask any questions they may have regarding the casting process, we realized there was not enough time in the day to get to all of the answers.

With the weekend’s format that we have structured for Mari Lyn Henry’s visit to Atlanta August 6th and 7th, participants of the weekend workshop will have the opportunity to visit with Shay when she is not observing and participating with Mari Lyn.  They are encouraged to ask any questions regarding the casting process that they may have, whether these questions relate to the actor individually, or are general in nature.

Because Shay will be holding this open forum discussion simultaneously with Mari Lyn Henry’s HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR workshop, we are changing the workshop location so that the two rooms will be situated next door to one another.  This move will facilitate everyone’s being able to rotate more conveniently in small groups between the two sessions throughout the course of the weekend.

As a reminder, the workshop details, including the new address, are as follows.

The Chez Group is excited to announce a two-day workshop weekend with Shay Griffin and Mari Lyn Henry, who will be coming to Atlanta to join Shay, the weekend of August 6th and 7th.

Mari Lyn will conduct her highly acclaimed workshop, Getting Your Act Together!, based on her best selling book, HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR, now in its fifth edition and more commonly referred to by actors and industry professionals as “The Bible of the Biz.”

To read more of Mari Lyn’s career highlights, please follow this link, .

The weekend’s agenda will include image enhancement, scene study, and audition technique…both on and off camera. Each participant will receive individual analysis from Mari Lyn regarding all aspects of presentation.  A detailed schedule of events can be found on the training page of our website at .

Shay Griffin will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer more of your talent’s questions about the casting process.  We have found that there is a huge demand for time devoted specifically to questions and concerns regarding auditions…and nobody is better equipped and more qualified to address the subject than casting director, Shay Griffin.

While Mari Lyn works with your talent on creating their perfect image for an audition, Shay continues the process through a Q & A session that runs in conjunction over the course of this two-day workshop.

After spending the weekend with Shay and Mari Lyn, your talent will have the necessary tools it takes to be working actors.

To purchase a copy of Mari Lyn’s book, HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR, please follow this link to,

Casting director Shay Griffin is quoted on pages 238-239 in the chapter devoted to regional markets, wherein Atlanta is designated as a “unique regional market” for the acting industry.

The minimum age requirement to attend this workshop is 15 years of age.

The hours of the workshop weekend will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM…all participants will attend both days…!

The new workshop location is the Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta/Buckhead at 2960 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.  The hotel’s phone number is 404-239-0677.  If anyone should need to book a guest room, a $99 rate per night has been extended to all of our Chez Group actors.  Please be sure the room is booked through the front desk to receive this special rate.

The cost of this two-day workshop is $225.

There is a PayPal button on the training page of the website.  To register, please follow this link,


Headshot specials


Casting Call

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Our STUDENTS invite you to be in their SHORT FILMS, COMMERCIALS and PSAs!
We’ll be delighted if you – or actors you know – will consider appearing in these films. Thank you to everyone who’s auditioned with us in the past. Our students can’t make their films without you!

When: Thursday, July  28, 2011
Time:   6:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30328

Please email Jessica Muhammad at <>
— Use ACTORS WANTED as Subject of email
— INCLUDE your first and second choices for times. We schedule actors in 30-minute blocks.
— Please provide the following in your email:
Age Range
If you do Voice-Overs
If you are a member of SAG and/or AFTRA
Your audition confirmation will include a SPECIFIC time.  Audition times are first come, first serve. If you have a last minute change of plans, please email

NOTE TO PARENTS: We love your kids but this casting session is for Age 14 and up.  Please email your child’s headshot, resume and key info (above) so students can contact you if they do have kid-roles.  THANK you so much for your ongoing support of our young directors.

* Please bring your HEADSHOT and RESUME (at least 2 copies of each)
* Prepare 2 short MONOLOGUES (a dramatic and a comedy) for your audition.
* Sides will not be provided, but we may have IMPROV scenarios you can do in addition to your
prepared Monologue(s)
If you can’t come to Auditions but would like to be considered for students’ film, please email us your headshot, resume and other key info noted above.
If you are coming to Audition, please don’t attach your headshot and resume to the email but be sure to bring them to the Audition

Although actors will not be paid,  each actor who appears in a student film will receive a master-quality video of project(s) in which he/she appears.

Parking is free at The Art Institute, but if you arrive before 8pm, please get a parking pass from receptionist in 1st floor Gallery. Put the pass on your car, follow the signs and come upstairs. If you arrive after 8pm, see if receptionist is still in gallery – if not, you don’t need a pass.

The Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30328

I would like to extend a very big Thank You! for taking an interest in our student films!