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NOARC's Louisiana Actors Expo To Take Stage At The Old U.S. Mint
Second annual gathering of actors and film professionals hits its mark with panels and presentations

New Orleans, LA (October 17, 2010) - The annual New Orleans Actors Resource Center (NOARC) Louisiana Actors Expo comes to the city for a second run of informative discussions and Q & A sessions with film industry professionals on Saturday, 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 the French Quarter.

The Louisiana Actors Expo brings together casting directors, talent agents, directors, writers and other decision-makers in the Louisiana film industry to help actors learn how to develop and move forward their acting careers.  Actors from all over the Gulf South are invited to participate in what has been called the biggest event in Hollywood South.

"NOARC is doing a great thing for actors in our region with the Louisiana Actors Expo," says casting director Ryan Glorioso. "It gives actors insight into how the business works, helps them make connections, and shows them what to do with the opportunities that come their way."

Child actor panels will focus on children age 8 -15 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. Panel topics include:

    * Headshots and Resumes
    * Getting an Agent
    * Audition Etiquette
    * Self-taping for Submissions

Casting sessions are for actors 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.  

Agent meetings are a new feature designed for actors 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.

NOARC's 2010 Louisiana Actors Expo will again offer the adult actors panels introduced at last year's inaugural expo where actors of all levels, from aspiring to advanced, can learn something new. Topics in the adult actors panels will include:

    * Getting an Agent
    * Developing and Maintaining a Working Relationship With Your Agent
    * The Casting Process
    * Getting the Callback
    * Working in Independent Film
    * Managing a Business: Your Acting Career

In addition to in-depth panel discussions, there will be a vendor area where actors will have an opportunity to network with other actors and learn about the businesses and organizations that can provide the tools they need to begin and develop their acting careers.  Headshot photographers, make-up artists, demo-reel producers and acting coaches will all be available to answer questions and share with actors the business tools they need to succeed in the Louisiana film industry.

Admission to the Louisiana Actors Expo is $50 per person in advance.  Casting session and agent meeting tickets are $25 each and can only be purchased in conjunction with Expo tickets.  Limited slots are available.  Tickets go on sale October 26, 2010 and can be purchased online at http://louisianaactorsexpo.eventbrite.com.  Tickets also will be available at the door the day of the event for $60 per person.
About NOARC
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 weekly 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.