Shanda Quintal
(310) 980-7363 shanda@neworleansactors.org


Guest panelists announced for the day-long workshop

New Orleans, LA (October 26, 2010) - Tickets for the 2nd annual New Orleans Actors Resource Center (NOARC) Louisiana Actors Expo are now on sale. The one-day event will take place on December 11, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Old U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum located at 400 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.

The Louisiana Actors Expo was created to give new actors the information they need to start their acting careers and seasoned actors information to advance their careers.  "The Louisiana film industry is growing steadily. We are third behind Los Angeles and New York in production, so the opportunities for actors are here," says Chris Stelly, Director of Film and Television for the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development.  "To sustain this, Louisiana Entertainment is focused on cultivating our intellectual infrastructure, our creative talent, across all sectors of the entertainment industry.  By bringing together casting directors, talent agents, directors, producers, writers and other film industry professionals, all of whom are invested in actors in our region, NOARC's Louisiana Actors Expo supports this mission. It provides an exciting opportunity for actors of all ages to learn what they need to know to start and nurture a career in the film industry."

Confirmed panelists for the Louisiana Actors Expo include:

Casting Directors

Anne Massey, Anne Massey Casting
Hank Langlois, Caballero Casting
Lisa Marie Dupree, Films In Motion
Ryan Glorioso, Glorioso Casting
Tracy Kilpatrick, The Casting Office

Talent Agents

Carol Bloodworth, Fruition Talent
Dawn Landrum, Landrum Arts
Erin Guidry, Trinity Talent
Ken del Corral, del Corral Talent and SAM Agency
Lawrence Turner, del Corral Talent
Lee MacKenzie, fameagency
Liz Atherton, TAG Talent
Rebecca Hale, Hale Talent
Tabitha Bryant Huffman, Trinity Talent

Other notable film industry professionals include:

Chris Stelly, Director of Film and Television, Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development
Diana Boylston, Regional Representative, AFTRA
Eric Thompson, Senior Counsel, Twentieth Century Fox
Jason Hewitt, Director/Producer/CEO, Films In Motion
Jason Tomlinson, Regional Representative, Screen Actors Guild
Leslie Creppel, CEO, Cast Our Kids
Lolis E. Elie, Writer, HBOs Treme
Reed Daigle, Director and 2010 winner of the New Orleans 48 Hour Film Project
Steve Esteb, Director, Dirty Politics
Thomas Kelley, Executive Director, Independent Film Night (IFN)
Wayne Douglas Morgan, Actor/Producer/Independent Filmmaker, Upperline Entertainment

Panel discussions and Q & A's will be moderated by the following Louisiana acting coaches:

Casey Groves
Dean West
Garrett Prejean
Jennifer Schemke
Lance Nichols
Veleka Gray
In addition, there will be a special presentation room where the founders of two companies that provide actors with tools to efficiently and successfully manage their careers will demonstrate their online services.  Gary Marsh, founder and CEO of Actors Access/Breakdown Services, the most widely used online casting portal, and Brian Vermeire, co-founder and CEO of Holdon Log and Kristina Hughes, co-founder and COO of Holdon Log, the developers of PerformerTrack, the standard career management tool for performers, will show actors how to use their online services to manage their acting career.

Due to the demand from actors, parents of aspiring child actors and industry professionals, the 2010 Louisiana Actors Expo will launch three new features: child actor panels, casting sessions and agent meetings. In addition to the adult actor panel discussions, Q & A sessions and film industry vendors featured last year, these new components will give actors of all ages the opportunity to learn inside information about the film industry.

"As a parent, I understand wanting to give your children the tools they need to succeed," says Shanda Quintal, Executive Director of the New Orleans Actors Resource Center. "And in the film industry, because a child actor's parent is the de facto manager, the parent and the child must work as a team in order to succeed."

The Expo's child actor panels will focus on children ages 8 to 14 interested in starting an acting career in the Louisiana film industry. Agents and casting directors will discuss important topics that every actor of any age needs to know if they are considering working in the industry. "There are an amazing amount of films being shot in Louisiana," says Quintal. "However, there are a limited number of roles for children in the Louisiana film industry. But for dedicated children and supportive parents, the Louisiana Actors Expo will provide the cold, hard facts both need for a child to reach their goals of becoming a professional actor. Information and dedication are key."

Topics for the child actor panel will include:
  • Headshots and Resumes
  • Getting An Agent
  • Audition Etiquette
  • Self-taping for Submissions
  • The Casting Process

NOARC's 2010 Louisiana Actors Expo will again offer the adult actor panels introduced at last year's inaugural expo where actors of all levels, from aspiring to advanced, can learn something new. Topics for the adult actors panels will include:
  • Getting an Agent
  • Developing and Maintaining a Working Relationship With Your Agent
  • Getting the Callback
  • Working in Independent Film
  • Managing a Business: Your Acting Career
Casting sessions are for actors with representation (an agent) who are interested in performing a "cold-reading" audition for two prominent Louisiana casting directors. For those new to the industry, this is a unique opportunity to be seen by professionals in the position to get actors the jobs they want.  Actors must come prepared with a headshot and resume.

Agent meetings are a new feature designed for actors seeking representation (i.e., looking for an agent). During the meeting, actors can interview with two Louisiana agents who are actively seeking new talent to represent. Actors must come prepared with a headshot and resume, and two monologues--one dramatic, one comedic.  There are only a few slots available for both the casting sessions and the agent meetings.

General admission to the Louisiana Actors Expo is $50 per person in advance.  Parents or adult guardians of attendees between the ages of 8 and 14 must also purchase a ticket. Casting session and agent meeting tickets are $25 each and must be purchased separately.  Limited slots are available.  Tickets are on sale now.  To register and purchase tickets go to http://louisianaactorsexpo.eventbrite.com.   Tickets also will be available at the door the day of the event for $60 per person.


The New Orleans Actors Resource Center (NOARC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, exposure and ongoing education of actors of all levels in the New Orleans Metropolitan area, enhancing the good of the community through the dramatic arts.  NOARC is comprised of four programs: The Actors' Co-Op, which meets monthly and provides assistance with skills development and career advancement; The Workshop Series; and two other projects which are in development, an Actors' Library and Acting Classes. Learn more about NOARC at http://neworleansactors.org.